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.

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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!

MEDA302 Blog Post Week 6

So this week is the first week of working towards the final project. This week all I’m going to do is to establish a time schedule to work in. I’m a self aware person, so things I know about myself:

  • It takes me a few weeks to get into a rhythm
  • I don’t stick to time schedules that go past 5 weeks, but if I focus on small portions at a time, I’m more likely to stick to it
  • I like to spread out workload rather than do a lot at once or in consecutive weeks
  • I get stressed easily

In listing those things about me, I created this time schedule

Week 6- Establish plan for next few weeks, Find more influence, more ideas
Week 7- Finalise Idea- Start working- Test footage
Week 8- Critical reflection of test footage- Further research
Week 9- Make a start on final video- Plan out what to do week 10-13

At this point, I still am stuck with the specifics of the project. All I still know is that it’s a 3-5 minute film showcasing the art form of Foley in a parodied way. However the specific visuals themselves are what I am unsure with. Do I want to tell a story with the visuals that I will be creating foley for? or should I focus on more scenery and specific actions which I will be creating a range of sounds for?

I’ve decided I will do a bit of all of that. Tell a story, nothing complex, something as simple as someone getting from one place to another with obstacles. And in the process, there would be scenery and specific movements which would give me heaps of work to do foley sounds in.

A suggestion for an artist to check out is Jacques Tati so I watched this video

 

What I observed was the visual and sound comedy that is in this film. The sounds are exaggerated and the visuals are over the top. I understood within the first minute why this was suggested to me. What I find funny in this are the same ways I want mine to be funny. I feel the visuals are something I can incorporate, just the absurdity of what’s happening, though I still want it to be scenic. The sound effects is very exaggerated but not to the point where it’s out of reality completely, it’s still somewhat grounded, yet comic enough.

MEDA302 Blog Post Week 5

So continue on from last week’s blog, I have come up with my idea for my final project, being a 3-5 minute film which is a parody of foley videos which you see on YouTube. The idea is to exploit the stereotypes and making fun of the “Master of their craft” like videos you would see online. In doing this, I need to critically analyse the works that would influence my project.

The first work I’m going to critically analyse is this video. I’m a big fan of the video as I’ve actually watched it many times for leisure. I find the visuals which the foley artists are creating sound effects for really breathtaking in itself as it’s set in a quiet and small fishing town. The shot selection and camera angles were great as it establishes the focus point for where the sound effects come into play. I really liked how the video would switch back and forth between the studio with the foley artists and the film they were working on, especially as you would see their professionalism in the ways they would get their timing right, and the perfect and accurate execution of their craft. On top of this, the soundtrack of the video really further established a serious tone, which all the more, adds to the professionalism. What this video does best is bring attention to this art form, to really show their mastery and what goes on behind the scenes. That is an aspect I’ll be looking to emulate in my own project.

So this second video is a straight out humorous parody on Foley work which I found hilarious. The guys in it just have a list, and seemingly would just go for whatever suffices. Obviously the camera work and style of this video, technically speaking, doesn’t touch the first video I showed, it’s mainly the narrative that makes this just as  entertaining. The equipment they use and their careless attitude of their work contributes to a more funnier approach than the serious craft mastery of the previous video. The ideas I’d take from this video is using the funny equipment like they do, and execute the sounds in a similar manner timing wise as they do, but I’d remain serious in execution much like the first video.

MEDA302 Blog Post Week 4

My primary practice in creating works is sound, mostly music, but pretty much anything that’s sound, like sound effects, soundscapes and all that. And the other is filming, which I haven’t used too much of in this subject. But for this final project I wanted to incorporate both. I knew I wanted to do a sound based piece which is complemented by visuals. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, whether music based, but the initial idea was to create some form of sound work that was supported by visuals. I tossed up doing a music video, and a soundscape, but after getting feedback, I realised that wasn’t really the way to go

Last week while I was making my late night rounds through YouTube I came across this video

 

After watching this video, I realised, I wanted to do something just like this for my final project, but how could I make it unique or conceptualise it? How could I add flavour to this format? Well, those questions are what led me to my idea:

The idea is a video just like the one I just showed. The film will roughly go for 3-4 minutes, I’m not sure what the exact vision I have of the film is just yet as far as visuals go. But it will Include behind the scenes footage of me doing foley work, which I might show through a second screen maybe, just so it doesn’t jump back and forth between me doing the foley and the visuals that are shown.

So what’s the catch? the foley work itself would be comically bad. Now I’m still unsure how to approach this, whether I want the sounds itself to be terrible to the point where the sound is off time, or having them barely resemble the sounds it’s meant to make, or maybe have the sounds only just believable enough so that it gets a pass, or to actually have the sounds be made well, but the items I’m shown using to to create them are just far fetched to the point where it’s ridiculous. So yeah the humorous aspect I’m still deciding where to go, but no matter what, the seriousness of the video will remain the same. It’ll be made with the same enthusiasm and professionalism as the video I showed.

I believe the genre for a video of this type would fall under “parody video”. A parody video is an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. Such movie examples are Austin Powers, Scary Movie and Shaun of the dead. In an article called Bitter Laughter, the writer touches on how parody can be used to politically influence the audience. Though my final project has no political message at all, the concepts brought forward in this article will allow me to understand the approach to take in making this video.
“Within previous work on Parody, Holman and Harmon (1986) define it as an imitation intended to ridicule or criticize, that to be understood requires familiarity with the original object, and to be effective must sound faithful to the original.” I really admire the work these foley artists do, so I wouldn’t say I’d be ridiculing the work with intent to discredit these artists, but definitely in a sense of taking a little jab at the whole “Masters of their craft behind the scenes” styled videos. My project also wouldn’t really be downfully criticizing the work of these artists, but more exploiting the stereotypes of the video, such as the dramatic music and the seriousness of the artists. Throughout the article, the writer repeats that the primary intention of parody videos is to  “Amuse the audience”, which really sums up the intent of my project

 

 

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].

 

 

BCM320 Blog Post 3

So this week’s blog is to detail my own auto-ethnographic experience with this subject of Digital Asia and the field I’m looking in. My group have decided to delve into the culture of K-Pop

So being a Filipino Australian who has friends of many different cultures, I already felt like I have been exposed to a variety of traditions and texts as I’ve either been at a friends home and seen on the television a movie made in their respective culture, or other ways such as seeing what they share on social media and all that. I however did not really know much about Korean Pop other than Gangnam Style.

Before we looked into any sort of information regarding Korean Pop, we decided to just put a camera on us, and watch videos, and react. As little background information as possible. This would become our live reaction DA. We simply searched up the top 2 K-Pop bands and we found BTS and EXO who we all have heard of before but never looked into them. They both happened to be rival artists, and this is what led us to looking into the fandom in K-Pop as well. We watched 2 videos by BTS and EXO and reacted to them which were these:

 

Reaction Video

 

My auto-ethnographic experience with this video was that I instantly began to compare them to familiar artists in Western Media such as One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Nsync and more. I also began to analyse the musical features as I myself am a musician. I noticed typical pop melodies that are present in Western songs, as well as the dance choreography which is familiar yet unique. Interpreting these videos were actually very easy for me, except the foreign language. Musically, I heard everything I normally would hear in Western songs, I saw choreographed dance, and filming styles that I’m very much aware of. Exo’s music video was styled as a single shot one take video, same as the film Birdman. BTS’ music included rapping which reminded me of modern rappers that I listen to, although mixed in with pop music.

On top of these two videos, we also looked into videos of fans interacting with the bands and we learned that fans of K-Pop are crazy, and this is where I had my epiphany, looking into the fans. They are similar to the nature of soccer fans who fight each other and argue in all forms of social media about who is better. Seeing all these fan interactions and footage really baffled me as I couldn’t believe the extent of what these fans would do for their artists. One fan bought a singer an Xbox and gave it to him at a meet and greet. Others gave them jewellry, and a lot of them cried meeting their favourite artists.

 

BCM320 Blog Post 2

This week the screening we watched was the film Akira (1988) which is a Japanese animated post apocalyptic Sci-Fi film. The film has received critical acclaim over the years and is widely considered to be one of the greatest animated and Sci-Fi films ever made.

Prior to watching this, I haven’t been exposed to much anime, only ‘Ghost in The Shell’ that we watched in BCM 241. However as a kid I did watch Pokemon a lot and I also was into cartoons. So Akira is the second anime film I would be exposed to. Ghost in the Shell was a very fascinating and enjoying watch for me.

Viewing the movie I was surprised on how much I immediately engaged with it. I thought it would be somewhat foreign to me, but the graphics themselves as well as the english overdubs, I didn’t really need to adjust to the movie as much as I did with watching Godzilla. I must admit the english overdubs did help me a lot and made it more familiar to me.

The story of it is also not as foreign as I expected, the plot almost seems like that of a Western movie, so it’s very accessible. I love the style of the animations, and honestly can say if I didn’t now the film was made in 1988, I would’ve thought it was recent. There’s also nothing which grounds the film in 1988, 30 years ago, because the plot and themes, are still relevant and used in films today. If there’s one thing about Akira that is certain, is that it is Timeless. I also really loved the soundtrack of the movie, it is absolutely beautiful.

All in all, I absolutely loved the movie. I was very surprised how well I engaged with the movie, and didn’t need to step out of my comfort zone to immerse in it.

Another part of this week was reading an article Ellis At Al (2011) which is an in depth run down of what exactly Auto-ethnography is. What is delved into is the history, the process, and the results, as well as the criticism of it.

The very first sentence sums it up: “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)”.

It is essentially the coming together of autobiography and ethnography. This is exactly what we did in our first blog post responding to Godzilla, the context of it, and how we perceive it based on our own experiences. So through that, I’ve already done Auto-ethnographic work.

The most interesting part of the article was the “Potentials, Issues and Criticisms” which detail some of the forms and approaches of auto-ethnography such as Indigenous/Native, reflexive, narrative, layered accounts, interviews and more, which was good. The different approaches really helps you figure out how to immerse in auto-ethnographic research and which methods are best for which situations.

MEDA302 Blog Post 3

For this week of MEDA302 we had a look into two texts which explore installation arts and projected images.

The first text on the set reading is a rundown of how installation art came to be, and the earliest work of installation art. Well some of the examples aren’t necessarily “installation art” by nature, like the Eisenhaim Alterpiece, the parts which are placed in places of worship are examples.

I feel the most important points the reading highlights is that installation art should be interacted with by an audience, in some way. Because, why go through the effort for an audience that would just simply look at it in the same nature as seeing a painting. It has to enthral the audience in a way different to the standard form of art (painting, film)

One interesting installation that I loved the idea of is on page 156 of the chapter and it is the Bronx, 1985 by Fabrizio Plessi, which’s message is that death comes to all things, even machines. And I feel only the form of an installation could really best create a message like that and be impacting.

The second reading is ‘The Projected Image in Contemporary Art’ , which is a discussion based reading that delves into the intrigue of the projected image. The form of installations and projections is one that has been shaped by many things throughout history of art, most notably the rise of cinema. In honesty I didn’t really connect much to this reading as it seems the people involved tried to overcomplicate what is not complicated. Maybe a very careful dissection, but unnecessary, but I guess one like this is needed. But

MEDA302 Blog 2

So in the second week of MEDA302 the set reading we were given was ‘An Attempt At A “Compositionist Manifesto”‘ by Bruno Latour. This set reading was a highly difficult read for me, and on first read doesn’t mean much at all. But upon the second and third read it begun to make sense to me to an extent, though still was a lot of information to absorb.

The most important word of this text was the word manifesto just off the first few paragraphs so I looked at the meaning of the term which was: “a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate”

To add context to points Latour delves into, in the introduction he talks about the fil  Avatar, and how it is an onscreen example of modernist humans meeting Gaia. These references are throughout the text, and really they just offer a backdrop to the information he gives. At points just sounds like he’s saying the terms Pandora or Gaia just to sound pretty. But he uses Avatar as a way to represent where humans are at this point in time.

Latour describes that in war times the manifestos were a sign of progress, and that though now manifestos aren’t a thing, it is a method to create progress, but the type of progress which allows you to process forward and meet new prospects . He breaks down there is a difference between progress and progressive; “It is as if we had to move from an idea of inevitable progress to one of tentative and precautionary progression”. Latour calls it the “Compositionism manifesto.

This certainly does makes sense to me, as I perceive the manifesto to be not only a plan of action, but a carefully constructed agreement to progress in an effective way. Like in the process of creating a work, it’s like a finalised and detailed storyboard. Well that’s my perception. A manifesto would create set structure, something important to me in making films. But I feel by using a manifesto approach to creating work, it would eliminate “on the spot” improvisations that could be magic.

Ultimately, as the text continues, he makes a case where the three ingredients of modernism is critique, nature and progress. They have to be decomposed and recomposed.

Compositionism can be viewed as an alternative to critique (the second hand type of critique). The point he makes is that in a post modernist sense, what makes critique cannot also compose. With a hammer you can break walls and create all sort of damage, but can’t repair those walls. The mistake of modernism is how we critique, how we look at a work and say “Shouldn’t be like this, but it should be more like this”

The parts of this reading which spoke to me the most was the importance of the manifesto, the observation of critique and progress. Mostly because I was able to understand to an extent the points he was making, but also that I could relate it to how we can create works of art. The nature aspect didn’t really speak to me though I understand how compositionalism is like nature, though more built on, as if it was a successor

All in all, this text was extremely hard to understand, though the main and obvious points, that relate to composing work, and the processes involved did speak to me