YouTube Animation

It’s easy to forget all of the great things you can find on YouTube. I used to spend a lot of time finding new YouTubers and watching all of their videos, but there was a long stretch of time where I was only using it to watch music videos or trailers for new movies. I recently rediscovered How It Should Have Ended (HISHE). This is an animation channel that re-imagines popular movies. Despite the name of their channel, not every video is an alternate ending.

They have been making videos for 10 years, which is super cool and also crazy because I forget that YouTube has been around for that long. They’ve also started featuring videos from other movie related animation channels on their channel. It’s a cool way of finding other channels you might enjoy. They also have a HISHE channel specifically for Continue reading

This Week (3/6-3/12)

This week I downloaded all of the necessary paperwork that needs to be accomplished for our project, and started working on some of it. I also posted a couple of blog posts discussing our sound design or the video, pictures of the location, and a couple of clips from our shoot. I also got started on a revised script, although I can’t really do much with it until we get the rest of our interviews. Because this week was midterms and next week is Spring Break, we didn’t accomplish very much on this project. The week we get back from Spring Break will be a hectic one as we work out our final version of the Maker Lab video.

Begin Again

Begin Again is about Gretta (Keira Knightley), a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan who has a chance encounter with Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced music business executive. There is obviously a bit more to that story which includes Gretta’s rockstar ex, Dave (Adam Levine), and her close friend, Steve (James Corden).

This ended up being a surprising movie that I liked a lot more than I thought I would. The story structure is unique in that it isn’t entirely linear or something that we see a lot in movies which made it refreshing to watch the story unfold. Revealing bits and pieces of each character gradually and in semi-nontraditional ways makes it engaging and memorable.

Although I wasn’t sure how to feel about Keira Knightley as a singer-songwriter, I actually Continue reading

This Week (2/27-3/5)

The beginning of the week was a little slow. I had already transcribed the interview, and Alejandro had offered to rewrite the script for Project 1. He set up a filming day for Friday (3/3). I didn’t have a lot of responsibility that day aside from offering suggestions about different shots, and offering some assistance in interviewing someone in the Maker Lab. The weekend was a bit busier. I spent Saturday in the computer lab putting together a rough cut of our project. Incorporating sound bites from our initial interview with Mikayla, footage we had shot the previous day, a music track, and the impromptu interview we got of Atticus (someone who uses the Maker Lab). I tried to make it informative as well as interesting, but I knew it still had work to be done. After receiving feedback, we’re going to try to re-interview Mikayla to get better audio, clearer information, and a more personalized approach to the Maker Lab like we were able to accomplish with Atticus’s interview. We’re also going to film the interview itself so we have a face to go with the voice.

This Week (2/20-2/26)

This week I attended our weekly meeting which lasted about an hour and a half. We discussed Project One and Project Two briefly, and we were luckily able to get an interview with someone at the Tech Desk despite some major setbacks. I helped come up with the interview questions, and during the interview, I recorded the audio. Later in the week, I spent about two hours transcribing the audio from the interview. I watched a short avant-garde film called Meshes in the Afternoon in an attempt to better understand the avant-garde genre and prepare from Project Two. In addition to that, I wrote up our Production Meeting blog post, as well as my individual posts. Aside from that, I spent time watching television, listened to a podcast, and watched a movie that was suggested to me by a previous professor, which I think has been beneficial to my understanding of different types of film and filmaking techniques. This will be especially useful when we go into Project Two with the intention of exploring alternative filmaking.

Grand Piano, a Podcast, and a Netflix Original

Although I didn’t set out with this goal, I again managed another week with quite a variation in my media consumption. It all started with Grand Piano, which was one of the many movies on my “To Watch” list. If I remember correctly, it was a film that came highly recommended by one of my professors, and let me say, I was not impressed. After watching it, I completely understand why it only received a 5.9 on IMDb. Although it did have a couple of redeeming qualities like Continue reading

Variety

Somehow I managed to watch 9 movies this week, but I couldn’t decide on one to talk about. I decided, instead, to talk about all of them briefly and the importance of watching a variety of movies. I keep an ever expanding list on my phone of movies and TV shows to watch. Some are recommended by friends, some were discussed in my classes or textbooks, and others are just things that I want to see of my own volition.

Viewing movies that are diverse in genre, plot, cast, crew, views, and perspectives is incredibly important in expanding your knowledge of film as well as allow you to empathize with unique people in varying circumstances. Even movies that leave you wanting that hour-and-a-half back can teach you something. Continue reading

This Week (2/13-2/19)

This week we didn’t have a production meeting. Initially, we had planned to meet on Thursday, February 16 to film in the library. However, we received an email about getting permission before we did any filming. I got in contact with our professor first, but she redirected me to our librarian liaison who then redirected me to the Assistant Dean. I spoke with the Assistant Dean, gave her details regarding our two promotional films we are going to be making about the Maker Lab, and told her that when we had more concrete dates and times for filming, I would get back in contact with her to gain the necessary clearance. Alejandro was trying to get in contact with our potential Tech Desk interviewee. He wasn’t able to get into contact with him, so we cancelled our meeting for this week. We will be meeting up next week at some point, and hopefully we will be able to get some of our preliminary footage done.

This Week (2/6-2/12)

I did quite a bit this week for our production project. I did our production meeting blog post for this week. I also updated the look book for our final pitch for Project One tomorrow. This involved updating our approach to the project, as it is now two short videos instead of one. I also made sure to include what each video would accomplish. There was also the issue of ensuring that the differences between our project and the project that Film Box Features is also doing on the Maker Lab are emphasized.

In our production meeting we discussed ideas for Project Two. After our meeting, I wrote out a short screenplay we could possibly use.

Fantastic Beasts

Although I have never read the Harry Potter books,  nor seen the movies, I went to Prochnow to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With relatively no expectations for what I was about to see, I walked away quite pleased. Not only was the story interesting, but the characters were compelling. It wasn’t dependent on the other movies or story lines, so I was able to enjoy it as were avid HP fans.

Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an English wizard, travels to New York during the 1920s with a Mary Poppins-esque suitcase full of a diverse cast of fantastic, magical beasts. An accidental suitcase switch with aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), and a misunderstanding with Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), a member of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) leads to adventure for Newt.

The cast had great onscreen chemistry, and each delivered powerful performances. Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of the endearingly awkward Newt will make audiences fall in love with his shy smile. Ezra Miller also did a fantastic job drawing viewers into the odd character of Credence Barebone.

Full of twists and turns, good humor, and memorable performances, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great adventure movie.