Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Due 9/16

A. Revise your concept -- post all to blog.
B. Experiment formally with your concept -- try different drawing tools, paper, etc. etc. etc. Post your ALL of your experiments to your blog or bring them in. Do not edit.
B. Bring Materials to experiment with in class. More is better. We may glean ideas from your failures etc.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Due 9/14

Pitch/Present concepts Tuesday

To Do:

A. Solidify your idea until you can tell anyone what your project is about. Know your concept inside and out.

What is your theme? story? genre?

Link to notes on the above.

B. Create a detailed map of the structure of your project:

3-Act Structure is a good place to start. Link to notes on 3-Act Structure.

link to structure worksheets

C. Post visuals to your blog. Inspiration. Sketches. ETC.

After all the end product of your concept/proj is going to be made into a visual medium.

D. Post all materials you are going to use in your presentation. Try not to read directly from your blog. It is important to make eye contact with the people you are presenting to. Have everything easy to follow and easy to read.

Be engaging. There's nothing worse than someone who is pitching with a lack of energy. That's not to say you should be hyper, but intently focused on telling your story with passion. If it's funny, let that come across (comedy pitches are a bit like doing stand-up.) If it's a drama, intensity is key. If your are not engaging/passionate why would any of invest our time/brain energy in your project?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This self-critique is an important part of your project (and
grade) and reflects the learning process
you went through. Please spend serious time preparing it and make it
no longer than 1000 words. Post the self-critique to your blog.

On the self-critique, please include the following information:
1. Title of your project
2. Main idea that you started with
3. Source of the idea and its importance to you
4. Key emotion or experience that you wanted your audience to experience
5. Brief, clear synopsis of the story
6. Theme or premise of the piece that you discovered after finishing it
7. Strengths of the project. Look for these in all areas including process.
8. Problem areas. Include notes on your own and others suggestions for improvements. What can be done to resolve/improve problem areas.
9. Journal-type notes on your own learning process, discoveries and
frustrations. Frustrations should not be the focus of your self-critique -- aka this is not a rant or self-pity party.

B. Re-work your project/ polish/ edit

C. Post potential (3?) ideas regarding the "subtraction/addition" project.
This project has one rule:
you must capture analogue drawing digitally one frame at a time

Artists to check out:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Due 9/7

A. Final Crit! Have work in a folder labeled yourlastname_2 on the server in the proj2 folder.

B. Read through all the articles/links below -- then choose 1 article and deep read to further develop a position regarding google or the larger concept of the interweb in general. You will post a short essay regarding your findings/point of view. You are not limited to 1 nor are you limited to the articles/interviews/videos linked below -- the articles must relate/tie - in to our focus in some way. The articles below are not in correct chronological order etc. remember our discussion regarding research methods etc.

Visit the Library? hold the actual print version of wired mag for this september
The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet -- cover
The Web is Dead? A Debate
How Google's Algorithm rules the Web
The internet: is it changing the way we think -- part review of Carr's new book -- The Shallows -- Reading a review is not the same as reading the book -- get through the whole thing as interesting debates follow
The Shallows - What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
Study: Obsessive Web Surfers are More Depressed
The Net Effect
Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy
An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness
Internet use "good for the brain"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Due 9/2

Work in progress critique

Required Reading for 9/2:
you know i don't dig paper -- but if you know you don't "read" the same on the interweb -- print this out -- underline -- mark up -- etc.

Read the article below and post a critical response to your blog.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Due 8/31

A. All of your images organized into a set of folders.
B. Bring/Document/Post all brainsearching and freewriting.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Due 8/26

A. Create a blog. Email your blog url to Jill.

B. Briansearch and freewrite. Do not censor yourself. Write and write and write and write and write. Do not censor yourself.

C. Look over your brainsearching and freewriting crazy created in step B. Circle words, phrases, ideas etc. that attract you. It is important that step C does not come before step B. Do not censor or distill until step C.

D. Create a blog post of your distilled brainsearching and freewriting from step C. Also, describe your experience and findings.

E. Below is an outline of the entire assignment. Refer to it as needed. You do not have to read/refer to etc. to complete the above. I am posting it for those who can't wait for further details.

Project 1
1. Use the individual words/lines/phrases from your brainstorming and freewriting as searches to get your images make sure you must gather 2222 total.

2. Use only still images gathered by an online image search, don’t use any original material.

3. Use an image editing program (like PhotoShop) to get all images to the same ratio of 720 x 480 at 72 dpi.

4. Determine how you might want to arrange them in terms of creating any pattern you like (repetition on one or more).

Build your project using Photoshop and QuickTime Pro 7 -- you may use any program -- our technical in class focus will be on PS and QT.

You can work in a range from 1 frame a second to 60 with a frame rate to 60 frames a second being the maximum (and you should try for this at times) so each image could be a 60th of a second.

You can hold an image for more then a frame to create pause, impact or other ways of building the “narrative.” Do this by repeating the frame.

When putting your images into a stream they must remain static, no panning, zooming or other such movement is allowed.

You can only work with still images

Try to develop a simple structure: build-up: climax or crescendo: finish. Think of this as an arch. Develop a rhythmic structure similar to the rhythm of a spoken poem with iambic pentameter; (From wikipedia: Iambic pentameter is a type of meter that is used in poetry and drama. It describes a particular rhythm that the words establish in each line. That rhythm is measured in small groups of syllables; these small groups of syllables are called 'feet'. The word 'iambic' describes the type of foot that is used. The word 'pentameter' indicates that a line has five of these 'feet'). These are just potential ideas for a structure you may create your own. Be prepared to present/explain your structure.

You are to use the 2222 but you may repeat "visual phrase sequences" to build structure.

AUDIO:You can use sound but you do not have to. It is recommended that you make the sound using ambient or found sound clips. If you choose to use music then use only instrumental no lyrics. Avoid making something that feels like a music video. Remember you cannot use commercial music, any audio you use must be ambient sounds, your own made or found sounds. These can be structured along with the visual components of the work and share in common aspects of the rhythm of the piece. Again no matter what you cannot use music nor must the sound end up seeming to musical (like a music video). All sound must be copyright free (I know the images may not be but...).

1. The final work should be 2222 ranging images from 1 frame a second to 60 frames per second and no more then 5 minutes in length.
2. Save your work in two formats as DVNTSC (720 x 480) for archiving and H.264 (640 x 480) to upload to the web in a proper folder for the assignment. Remember to label your file properly. yourlastname_1
3. Leave 3 seconds of black at the front and end of your work.
4. Include in your credits any sources you use for copyrighted material (although not for the images them selves in this particular work).