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“Nah Another Day”

“Nah Another Day” follows an individual, who like many, decides to take up a start on becoming a fitter and healthier person. One night he reads up on health advice, workout routines and diet plans, and takes it upon himself to start his fitness journey the following day. With an early wake up, he prepares himself to go for a morning run; the first workout of a healthy lifestyle. The person walks out his front door, then stands and contemplates. The film then cuts straight to him lying down in his couch, on his playstation, eating junk food and ends.

The theme ‘Rebel’ is highlighted in this video through the man’s actions at the very end which contradicts what happens before it. The lead up to the conclusion suggests he has grasped a new focus on living a healthy lifestyle; he researches, makes a plan for his first day, wakes up early, puts on his workout gear, and walks out the front door. However, all this preparation and focus would instantly be eliminated as the man decides to go back inside, turn on his playstation and eat junk food.

Many of us have been in this exact position, not only in fitness, but in many other aspects such as study, working, house chores and other commitments. We have talked and mentally prepared to do something, but when it’s time for talk to become action, there’s always the “Nah another day” option that we are able to fall on, and a lot of the time never end up going through with it. Taking this option is a form of rebellion, that we don’t even really notice.

The music I used in this work is an instrumental of a song I wrote called ‘Heaven Sent’. Simply got my producer to mute the vocals and send me the instrumental.

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Meet The Locals (Podcast Excerpt)

In this podcast/radio type of approach in the audio platform, the theme of rebel is presented not in a way where what is discussed or recounted is a story of rebellion, but the person being interviewed, is partaking in a rebellious manner. He does not at any point in the 1 minute excerpt give the interviewer an answer that he wants, or adhere to the typical function of the interview. The interviewee doesn’t present a name, doesn’t give an age, and just doesn’t give any answers that would allow the interviewer to get what they want.

The two voices I edited to match the typical sound of a radio/podcast. The presenter is very clear while the interviewee (who is on the phone) is a little bit muffled. I added intro music to lead into the interview. One thing I did which isn’t generally in live podcasts are sound effects which come at comedic parts. These are usually included in sitcoms, however I felt it would add to the interview. I started and ended the podcast with a piece of music which you hear generically in the beginning and ends of podcasts.

The influences for this work are simply interviews you’d see online where the interviewee answers in a comedic manner to antagonise the interviewer. One specific example is this:

 

 

 

Tell Me I’m Wrong (Photo Series)

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How to make a guitar teacher throw up

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Still shredding tho. Tell me I’m wrong.

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The bed, a plain rectangular shaped object that still has a top and a bottom?

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Unorthodox? Weird?  I still get a good night sleep. Tell me I’m wrong. 56232079_388993225023449_8468024105671589888_n

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Got myself a big, nice, comfortable and fully supported footrest to help me relax while i sit down to watch TV.

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A reversed arrangement of furniture. I’m comfortable as hell. Tell me I’m wrong.

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The Playstation controller. A carefully constructed, yet linear design for comfort.

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I’m still winning. Tell me I’m wrong.

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Artist Statement

This photo series highlights rebellious acts of utilising everyday objects which can be found at an everyday home against it’s “normal” use. The photo series ‘Tell me Im wrong’ challenges the ideas of ‘How these objects SHOULD be used” and why it is wrong to use them in different methods. And no matter the argument for how wrong it actually is using these in this manner, if you’re still getting out of it it’s main function. Why is it wrong?

An instruction manual, the name of the object, how the products are advertised, and how the world generally views the purpose of an object; Do these reasons really solidify the way we use these object? And make some methods “Wrong”?. Unless the use completely eradicates any use of the object at all, what is so wrong about sleeping headfirst at the foot of the bed? what is so wrong about sitting on the footrest and using the couch as a footrest? Obviously by design the objects aren’t being used for the intended purpose of the architect, but the same results, while unorthodox, are still into play here.

The inspiration for this work was an article in Good House Keeping of 30 everyday objects you are using wrong. While this article did teach me things I may have been doing wrong, in reflection, if what I’m doing still works, is it still wrong? furthermore if you completely use objects in the most unorthodox and absurd methods, but still achieving desired results. Is it still wrong?

In this photo series I highlighted 4 objects which are used in a strange way; Reversing the footrest and the couch, sleeping at the lower end of the bed, using the playstation controller backwards, and playing the guitar as if it’s a piano. Some of these methods are completely absurd, but the captions to the photos conveys the idea that they are still working to it’s desired intent. And since it is, is the method really wrong?

 

 

BCM313 Reflection

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Upon walking into BCM313 the vibes were already very welcoming and remained that way for the duration of the semester. As I already read the subject outline for the subject before the first class, I was well aware that the content we would learn was going to revolve around the workplace. But as the weeks went by, I realised the subject was more centred on ourselves and the workplace, rather than just the workplace. This was evident through all the activities we did in class.

What surprised me in this subject was the approach the tutor took to how we consumed the information. The theory was provided in a way where we must reflect on ourselves and the other people in our class, rather than just simply having notes wrote up on the wall. In the first class we were asked to ask a family member, a workmate and a friend to choose one word to describe you. other activities also would determine what type of workers we were and focused on how we think/our attitudes. The most fascinating activities were where we were to partner up with someone and tell them a story of our successes, and deconstruct our thinking.

This class was great because we did learn about the workplace and Future of work, but we learnt more about ourselves. And that is something that will always make me remember this subject and will make it stand out. Every other subject I would jot down notes, learn the theory and then apply it in an assignment or exam. But for this subject not only were what we learnt relevant to our jobs, but what we learned about ourselves were relevant to how we would continue to work in the future.

A topic that stuck out to me was the “Absent but implicit” because I never really paid attention to what wasn’t said, but suggested. I realise I learn a significant amount about a person through the absent but implicit. Other topics are negotiations and how we handle a situation where we must consider the best interests. Also how we listen to the stories of others as they are telling it, and deconstruct the ideas that they are presenting, but also through analysing whats’s absent by implicit, the ideas they don’t mention but imply.

The presentation I did on my mate Jarrad who is a YouTuber was quite an experience as well. Having to sit him down and interview him was tough as we both are good mates but we eventually got through it. I learned a lot about him in the interview as well as confirm the things I already know. it was a good time presenting him to the class and I did feel very proud about it!

All in all, through the vibes alone, I could say this was one of my favourite classes in my time at uni. The tutor was by far my favourite tutor I’ve had and the actual things we learnt was relevant to our lives.

Korean Music

 

 

 

Background

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My name is Ryan Catbagan, I’m a 21 year old Filipino and I’ve been living in Australia since I was 2 years old. I’ve always felt that my exposure to different cultures has in many ways been both broad and narrow. I have friends of many cultures, and eat many foods of different cultures, and I do know a lot about historical facts of these cultures. But I learnt through being in the subject BCM 320 Future Cultures that really my personal exposure to different cultures is limited to what I listed above. Through watching the original Godzilla movie, to Akira, to State of Play, I slowly became aware of how much I don’t know. 

The central media form that I’ve engaged in throughout the years is music. So I feel it’d make sense to me that I immerse myself in the music of a different culture. One culture that I’ve always heard about in regards to music and how great it is, is Korea. So in this blog I will be looking into the music of Korea.

A Musical approach to Auto-ethnography

A musical approach to Auto-ethnography is about deconstructing the endless layers of musical elements in your consciousness. Your experience, the music you currently/used to listen to, your ideology and understanding of theory etc. That is the main components associated with the musical approach to Auto-ethnography. This is supported by this quote: 

“Likewise, musicians move back and forth between the different layers of their musical consciousness in the interpretation and creation of musical works. In this creative process they draw on a wide range of musical experiences, memories and reference points, so that distinctions between the personal and musical become entangled.”
-Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Making Autoethnography Sing/Making Music Personal)
This quote sums up the idea that a music approach to Auto-ethnography is about deconstructing the endless layers of musical elements in your consciousness. Your experience, the music you currently/used to listen to, your ideology and understanding of theory etc. 

My exposure to different cultures is extremely limited, however my exposure to every genre of music is extremely wide. This is what makes my auto-ethnographic experience so immersing to me. Many other people who would dive into Korean Music would only be viewing these Korean songs for face value. Before even going into this I knew that the musical elements within these songs would be a large part of how I make sense of this. As it says in the article by Ellis;

“scholars began recognizing that different kinds of people possess different assumptions about the world—a multitude of ways of speaking, writing, valuing and believing—and that conventional ways of doing and thinking about research were narrow, limiting, and parochial.” 

What I possess that makes how I make sense of this content unique to me is based on my musical background, and the fact I myself am of an asian background, which leads me to draw comparisons

My Experience with Music

My personal taste in music throughout the years have ranged to the extremes of different genres. I can create a Study playlist with Hardstyle EDM music to Johnny Cash to Drake to Metallica to Parkway Drive to RIhanna to Whitney Houston to The Eagles and much more. I’ve been in rock bands, metal bands, performed jazz music at school, and now I’m singing in a solo RnB/Rap project. My exposure to music of any genres is extremely wide and that’s something I take pride in.

I’ve always been open minded in how I consume music and film, and that’s what has led me to be as creative musically as I am. I am so interested to hear and compare the music of Korea with what I’m already familiar with. 

Past Experience with Korean Music

Prior to diving in to Korean Music culture for this project, like a lot of people, my first exposure to Korean music was Gangnam Style by PSY in 2012.

I remember sitting in the library in school, playing video games, and my friend come up to me and saying “You need to watch this!”. It was on the day the video blew up and became no.1 trending video on YouTube. The song itself had very catchy melodies, and though was all in Korean, the chorus of “Oppa Gangnam Style” was instantly memorable. The electronic components also was very familiar and would be a typical sound on an EDM track in western music.

What instantly caught my interest however was the music video and the visuals. I’ll never forget first seeing the video and instantly laughing my head off. It was brilliant. It knew it would go viral. It was goofy to the point where it was impossible to not succeed. It really was amazing, and re-watching it now, it still holds up. And diving in to Korean Music, I do expect to see a bit of what Gangnam style brought us.

Coming into going into Korean Music, a friend of mine who is a big fan of Korean artists said, expect everything to be Over the Top.

Korean Pop

Initially, when one says ‘Korean music’, the first word to come to mind is K-Pop. This is a culture within Korean Music which is the most popular and you would find many of the western population would actually be fans of.

In an online forum “What are the characteristics of K-pop” and one user wrote:

“Idol groups usually have these characteristics:

  1. Minimum of 4 members.
  2. There are roles: leader, vocalist, rapper, dancer, and the prettiest.
  3. Rapper seems mandarory. Girls’ Generation used to not have any rap, but it all changed since 2014.
  4. The members usually undergone some training, such as singing, dancing, and acting. Those who dance well but can’t sing will be rapper. Those who can’t dance and sing but too pretty will be an actress.
  5. Nowadays, cosmetic surgery is a must. Kpop companies take no risk anymore. They’d rather release a group containing 10 member with similar face than making an easy to identify group.
  6. Live singing used to be possible. But now it seems they prefer to present a great choreography with lipsyncing. 
  7. Cheesy lyrics. 
  8. Idol group usually tries very hard to get some fanatics. A lot of them force themselves to act cute or pretend to be gay towards other member because that’s what the market wants.
  9. The older the group gets, the sexier their concept become. A great example for this is Girl’s Day.
  10. The fanwars. I’m not sure if this is exclusive to kpop, but there are a lot of online fights between fandom. From what i can see, the first was between g.o.d and HOT fandoms, this time between EXO and BTS fandoms.”

In keeping this in mind I looked at a range of K-pop groups such as BTS, Exo, Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, SEVENTEEN, Blackpink (Live reaction video at the top) and Super junior just to name a few.

Every point that was listed above was relevant in almost EVERY SINGLE group I looked at. (Except maybe no.5 and no.9) It was absolutely fascinating watching all these videos and actually seeing these listed features. This made me look back at the boy bands and groups throughout the years that I’ve listened to. Backstreet Boys, Nsync, Boyz II Men and All-4-One. Though Backstreet Boys and Nsync are a different genre to Boyz II men and All-4-One, they all follow characteristics of typical bands of their genre, though more western influenced. The synchronised dancing, the fashion, the lyrics.

My exposure to those bands and groups when I was younger definitely impacted me to how I made sense of these K-Pop groups as while I was watching the videos, particularly those of BTS and Exo, I was just reminded by those bands. Even though the lyrics was in Korean, based on what I was seeing in the cheesy lovey dovey music videos, I always knew the songs were about being in love.

Music Videos and their Features

One thing Korean music videos are known for are their overproduced and very bright videos which feature a large array of colours that standout.  As I watched videos of Korean bands in the genre of Pop/Hip Hop/RnB. I definitely saw this in every one. And Over The Top definitely applies here. Here are some examples:

Other characteristics I picked up on are a use of close up shots, and zoom outs as the band begin to dance in sync. The faces of each singer are usually completely over the top covered in make up (Well I assume; just watch the vids). Being a big “film guy” for years, that led me to observing these features.

Compared to Western music videos, Korean production just seems more clean in comparison and more genuine, though more over the top. In many videos I see today, there are multiple things I can pick up on such as quick cheap cuts, cheap effects, poor lighting (Not applicable to all western artists), however it seems all Korean artists have excellent production, and leads to the charm

Korean Rap/Hip Hop

One genre of music I was extremely excited to jump into was Rap/Hip Hop. I was interested to hear how the Korean language would work with the flows you would hear in modern rap. As I speak a second language (tagalog), I’ve heard how rhymes and words that go together in tagalog work in different ways when writing. I was very interested to hear how it would sound in a rap genre.

Rap music in Korea has been around since the 90’s with artists such as Seo Taiji and Boys’ who arguably paved the way in Korean Hip Hop. The genre through the years has slowly been growing and growing with more artists coming along the way including HU57LA, RYNO, JON and more.

Features of Korean Rap

Over the top Style.

As I was watching a range of Korean Rappers, the most prolific aspect was their fashion, and their aesthetics. I believe the fashion and aesthetics of these videos are internally influenced. By that I mean, they do not look at Western artists and copy their style. Watching these music videos I believe that the Korean fashion industry and cultural trends are the main influence.

The theme over the top is one that perfectly encapsulates the aesthetic of Korean rap, but most prominent in rap, and that’s part of the charm. That’s why there is an overseas following growing every year that’s bigger and bigger.

Though Western influence is highly prominent in rap styles as I always found similarities and comparisons to American rappers, Korean rappers integrated their culture into these styles such as fashion, dance moves, brands and more to make it their own.

Live Reaction Vids

The first video I checked out was called Wondaland

Here is my live reaction:

Important points:

  • Implements english language throughout and uses American pronunciation
  • Very strong beat
  • A range of different styled vocals by the different rappers which are influenced by western rappers. One specific part a homage to Eminem.

The next rap artist I looked at was Bobby:

Important Points:

  • Massive over the top production-typical in Korean music
  • Strong and memorable melodic instrumental for the hook
  • Energetic performer

Rap and Language

An important aspect I observed is the relationship between language and rhyme. As I know how to speak a different language (Tagalog) I can tell you that for making words rhyme but also for the sentence to make sense, sometimes the rhyming word would have to be placed to the start of a sentence rather than the end. As I deconstructed these videos as best as I could, and with the help of my Korean mate for phrases, I found that the relationship between the language and rhyme patterns do a points limit structural patterns. This means the use of repetition of phrases and words to make the lyrics both make sense yet flow as well.

Korean Metal 

Rock and Metal music has been a love of mine since I first started listening to ACDC, up to when I discovered Metallica, and since then I’ve gotten into so many genres and sub genres of heavy music. I listened to Deathcore, Post Hardcore, Speed Metal and Thrash. I love it all. So this made me very interested to see what Korean music has to offer in the genre of metal.

So I looked into the Korean heavy metal band Crash who are described as pure adultered Thrash metal. Check out my reaction in the video below.

Important points I bring up in this video is that:

  • Sound is a mix of 90’s Thrash metal and 2000’s Metalcore. Follows generic Metalcore elements with Thrash metal parts
  • Comparisons can be drawn to Western bands such as Trivium,
  • Trend of Screamed vocals in verse and Cleanly sung choruses

The most important point I brought up is that this band has a more “truer” metalcore sound than most Western metalcore bands as crash does not stray to mainstream elements that most Western Metalcore bands fall for.

The next Metal band I live reacted to was Diablo which is below

Important points:

  • Screaming style of vocalist reminiscent of Randy Blythe by Lamb of God and clean singing style sounds like Howard Jones by Killswitch Engage.
  • Very generic riffs used
  • The clean sung vocals weren’t overproduced; a more genuine and raw sound which bands of the 2000’s used. Nowadays in Western Metal the vocals are overproduced to the point where the bands fail to capture authenticity

After listening to these two bands as well as more I’ve come to the conclusion that the genre of Metal remains a sound that is very hard to culturally make unique. However it speaks volumes that these bands follow the sound they aim for in a very “true” and genuine sense unlike many Western metal bands who succumb to the pressures of the modern downfall of metal. Essentially what I made sense of the Korean Metal genre is that when they aim for a sound or subgenre (e.g Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Post Hardcore), the music is created in a fashion where is stays true to the elements of that sub-genre as opposed to many western metal bands who identify themselves as a certain styled band, but utilises mainstream or ‘what’s trendy’ components which stains the feel of their music.

In Retrospect

Immersing myself into Korean music, I experienced several epiphanies that impacted how I made sense of the music. I was brought back to my high school music class all throughout as If I didn’t learn the theory, I wouldn’t have heard many things that stood out to me in the reaction videos. Watching the music videos themselves, as someone who’s been into film their whole life, I picked up apart technical elements which led me to the conclusion that their over the top style of production is what leads to the charm and style of Korean music. Such elements are the camera shots, the bright colours, the fashion and more.

I personally loved every single artists I checked out because while western influence was present, though for different genres there’s different levels of influence, they implement their own cultural influence which leads to the charm and uniqueness of these Korean artists.

 

References

Beyond Hallyu. (2018). What Are K-Pop Fans Like?. [online] Available at: http://beyondhallyu.com/k-pop/what-are-k-pop-fans-like-according-to-this-survey-theyre-actually-pretty-cool/ [Accessed 25 Oct. 2018].

Bruner, R. (2018). http://time.com. [online] Time. Available at: http://time.com/5124176/best-k-pop-artists/ [Accessed 25 Oct. 2018].

Ellis, C., Adams, T. and Bochner, A. (2018). Autoethnography: An Overview. [online] Qualitative-research.net. Available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095 [Accessed 25 Oct. 2018].

Lee, M. (2018). 2015 Was Korean Rap’s Breakthrough Year. [online] Noisey. Available at: https://noisey.vice.com/en_au/article/r7pdnx/2015-the-year-korean-rap-broke [Accessed 25 Oct. 2018].

 

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MEDA302 Blog Post Week 10

So this week I began filming. The location I ended up using was: Sylvania Waters, Kurnell and suburban streets around the shire.

Here are some of the shots

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The filming was very straight forward and only took 2 hours (including 30 minutes of lunch). The concept for this part was simple: A man in a hurry running home to only just turn the microwave off. This meant a lot of improvising for these parts. My actor Mitchell made some great suggestions that I didn’t even think of at first; Climbing a fence, a shot of him jumping over me and himself vomiting while he’s running. He also made his running style very humorous as it’s sloppy.

The day we chose to film happened to be a very hot day, and most of the scenes involved frantic running, so we did experience difficulty in the heat with the filming, however, we did have bottles of ice cold water to help us throughout.

Next week I will begin editing this footage so it is ready for foley work to be done.

 

BCM320 Blog Post 4

So in the last post for BCM320 I detailed my experience in the subject Digital Asia from an auto-ethnographic approach. To summarise that post I detailed my upbringings as a Filipino Australian and the the cultures and texts I was exposed to as a kid. I believed I was well diversified due to the range of cultures of the people I was friends with, and of my own.

I realised by the time I wrote the last blog post that I had only touched the surface of intercultural experiences. This subject has really opened my eyes and my mind to different cultures.

Personally to me, what draws me to immersing in these cultures is the sense of familiarity and unfamiliarity. During the semester, with every film/video we viewed, first I cling to the elements which are familiar, and this is what produces “epiphanies” (remembered moments perceived to have significantly impacted the trajectory of a person’s life (BOCHNER & ELLIS, 1992; COUSER, 1997; DENZIN, 1989). This is how we process what we are seeing. How we understand what we see in our minds using our own personal experiences.

Then I get drawn to what’s unfamiliar. Or similar way but a tad different… The familiarity within the unfamiliar. The things my mind perceives as familiar within things I find strange, odd, weird, unnatural etc etc. This also triggers epiphanies but in a different way. The mind trying to make sense of something that doesn’t make sense always creates a unique understanding of what is seen. One example of finding familiarity within the unfamiliar was in State of Play.

It followed the lives of professional gamers in Japan. I find video games familiar and I find the competitive mindset commonly found in sport familiar. I used to play video games all the time as a kid, and I’ve watched a range of different sports in my life, now mostly MMA and Boxing. When I watch MMA and Boxing fights and the documentaries behind them I see their competitive mindset. The will to put their lives on the line to win. It’s what I feel is a unique mindset. I myself have been boxing on and off for the past year, haven’t competed yet, though through fighting sparring partners during training, I am aware of the mindset fighters must have.

Now through watching State of Play, I saw this same mindset of risking everything just to win, but instead with Japanese pro gamers. I am aware of the existence of pro gaming, but not to the extent of the one seen in State of Play. I usually envision kids in a quiet room full of heaps of screens when I think of a live pro gaming event. But in State of Play it was like a concert, and the gamers were rockstars. There were massive crowds screaming, and a huge production. The gamers that the film follows themselves were what I found the most strange as they took it so seriously. They sacrificed many things just to excel in this. It’s as if their lives depended on it. Compare these two videos.

 

 

Both COMPLETELY different professions. But you can see the same mindset in both the gamers and this professional fighter.

This has led me to gain interest in the Behaviour and Attitudes aspect of Auto Ethnographic studies. In the Ellis Et Al reading this kind of study reflects the form of  reflexive auto ethnography.

Digital Artefact

Now for the digital artefact for this subject, me and 2 other students will be delving into the K-Pop Fandom wars. We were planning on doing a reaction video to these fans going crazy for their favourite artists. Because we want this to be authentic in reaction, I will not look into anything related to it until after we react to the video

MEDA302 Week 8 Blog Post

 

So I did this quick test footage where I used the visuals from the video that influenced my idea, and I did cheap sound effects with ONLY whatever was on my desk. I tried to find the balance between ‘actually trying’ and ‘Barely trying’ just to test the waters with how I can execute these sounds. So that mindset is to get sounds that are ‘Close enough’ and ‘Barely close’ to the actual sound. Here I used a tin with random stuff in my desk, sticky notes, a stanley knife, a packet of tissues and my voice.

Feedback

After making the video and showed the class. They actually said the sounds themselves were actually well done. To the point where if it didn’t have me on the split screen doing it, they would’ve barely noticed. The feedback I got was to do more sounds using my voice as the sound itself and using my voice to create them is humorous enough as an idea, and only gets funnier with execution. I was also given recommendations with text to watch by Tati, who I’ve already checked out

One thing I want to incorporate is a two screen installation where the movie is on the left screen, and me doing the foley is on the screen to the right. The class did like that recommendation as opposed to the split screen that I would do which still works, however a two screen installation would work better.

All in all with the amount of effort I put in, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. For the upcoming footage I’m going to use Adobe Premiere rather than iMovie, and I’m gonna explore different approaches to making sound designs. Such examples of different approaches is “Trying too hard”, “Off time sound”, “Foley work but in a hurry” and more. At the final project I want to have a mix up of a variety of executed sounds.

MEDA302 Week 7 Blog Post

So the end plan for this week is to establish a final idea for the project, or at least grounded enough for me to visualise how a final edit would look like. So last week after viewing some Jacques Tati work, I decided I did want to include the same visual humour he did, though it might contradict the scenic approach I wanted to take. I was thinking at first, it’d have to be one or another. A serious approach with visuals and imagery that would be complemented by terrible foley, or a more humorous visual approach complemented by exaggerated and terrible foley.

I decided to go for a balance between both. The visuals would be scenic, but also the things that would happen would also convey visual comedy (But very very little). I want the forefront of the humour to be the sound.

So for the visuals….

The footage and story that I would be doing foley for will simply be a man (Played by my mate) going from location A to location B, but in a hurry, and comes across some obstacles. Though that doesn’t sound much in terms of “Finalising my idea”, that’s already provided to me a plan. I know my actor, I know the vibe I’m going for, that’s honestly enough for me for this week. The actor I’m using Mitch is also a very humorous person who has the same humour as me, so even he comes up with great ideas on the spot that complement my project.

Here is past work I’ve done with Mitchell:

 

The only thing I knew coming into this was:

  • One minute video
  • Raising awareness for spontaneous injuries

Not the greatest video obviously, however the mark was pretty good from what I remember and I filmed/edited/planned this in a span of 2 days.

This final project for MEDA302 I still have nearly 2 months to finish. I’ll be sweet!

Recognise Your Qualities= Reach Your Potential

In the first few weeks of BCM 313 we were given several exercises which has allowed us to know more about ourselves in two ways: Through assessing our own values through answering questions and through asking others. In the future of work, an important aspect of progressing in the workplace is to recognise your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the values and traits you carry. Many scholars highlight this as an integral part of one’s progression in their field. 

Beth Kuhel from the Personal Branding Blog says that “Research shows that it’s better to focus on your talents and uncover what you do well than to dwell on the areas you need to improve”. 

In the first class of the subject we had to do was to ask a family member, a workmate and a friend to describe you in one word. My father said ‘Hardworking’, my workmate said ‘Diva’ and my best friend said ‘D*$%head’. These are things I already know, the word my best mate used is certainly in good spirits as we both love to go at each other with insults, a value we both love. The word my workmate used is definitely the word to sum up what I already know: At my work (retail), I do like things to run smoothly. So when things don’t, and I’m the one that has the responsibility, I do get a little fierce.

We also filled out an online questionnaire in which I learned that I was a planner. Someone who loved to go about situations with a set plan. This I didn’t really notice about myself until now as I often believed that unplanned experiences do offer some unique opportunities or fun, but it did show my preference is to stay with planned events.

Another exercise is we had to interview and be interviewed by random students in our classroom who we didn’t know. The structure for these interviews revolve around four questions which are modelled around the ideas put forth by the scholar Michael White. The questions we had to ask were:

  1. What was happening when you decided to do something that turned out well? What’s the basic story?

    I do boxing, and in practice I was sparring a guy much taller than me and I was getting dominated in the first round, because he was hitting me easily, and I couldn’t reach him cos of his height, and the fact I’m much much shorter . In the beginning of the second round I worked out I need to get closer and brawl, which made him uncomfortable, and allowed for me to find a lot of success as his long arms weren’t able to hit me up close, and I, being the shorter more compact guy, could land good shots from the inside.

  2. Broadly, what do you think you were intending to do when you made this decision or choice?

    Just working strategically how I can beat this guy

  3. Specifically, what value do you think you might have been trying to put into action? Can you see other times when this value has guided your actions, or is this new for you?

    Relentlessness and problem solving

  4. Who knows about you that you would act in this way? Who supports or appreciates this intention that you have?

    My friends and coach

 

Reflecting on this made me realise I have a relentless attitude and I’m competitive. I believe by deconstructing and reflecting on our movements and decisions, from there we can identify values which we demonstrated at the time. From recognising our values, we can reflect on who in our lives we know would act this way.  

What these exercises did for me was that I was able to learn the qualities that I hold. I learnt that I am someone who loves to stick to plans, I have a strong work ethic and I always stay true to my values. But by having a strong work ethic, I might come off stubborn in problem solving situations. I’m good in teamwork, however if I was in a leadership position I’d struggle. So in retrospect to what these questions in class have taught me, in the workplace, I believe realistically recognising your qualities is the quintessential step in advancing in a career. So I took a look at some media sources which highlight this.

In another article by Leader Economics, the importance of recognising and working on your strengths is acknowledged as it says “Many people ask if it’s more worth their time to just focus on strengths or work on improving weaknesses? Generally, it would be better to focus more on your strengths”. I really liked this viewpoint as, why not build on your strengths to me yourself a master at what you’re good at.

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An activity this article had which is similar to those in class is that you pick 5 qualities from table 1 and from table 2, and put them in order in which number 1 represents you the most and number 5 represents you the least. Notice the difference between table 1 and 2??  Table 1 focuses on the positive qualities you are aware of, and table 2 focuses on the more negative associated qualities you recognise.

In this forbes article the writer says that  “if you are looking to advance your career, finding and leveraging your workplace strengths is perhaps the most important thing you can do. “Strengths, motivation and task interest often go hand in hand, and when these three are in force, your performance will definitely show it and help your progression. But if you are stuck in a position that doesn’t leverage your strengths, your drive and performance will suffer along with your career advancement.” The last sentence I found the most important as it is true, if you can’t take advantage of your strengths, you’re slowing or halting your progression.

References

Kuhel, B. (2018). Want to Improve? Know Your Strengths – Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career. [online] Personal Branding Blog – Stand Out In Your Career. Available at: http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/want-to-improve-know-your-strengths/ [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].

Pillay, H. (2018). Why It’s Important To Know Your Strengths And Weaknesses. [online] Leaderonomics.com. Available at: https://leaderonomics.com/personal/why-its-important-to-know-your-strengths-and-weaknesses [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].

Smith, J. (2018). How To Identify Your Workplace Strengths. [online] Forbes.com. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/08/30/how-to-identify-your-workplace-strengths/#49c5a0d311d3 [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].