Week 10: Farewell but not Goodbye

 

This course has been a lot of work (much more than just 2 hours a week during class). David Green was right when he said we’ll never be able to fully learn Photoshop or After Effects in just one semester – it takes a LOT more time than that. I definitely want to explore what else can be done in Photoshop because I’ve done photographic manipulation but I also want to try creating animated posters.

Taking this course has made me appreciate what I see on a daily basis. They’re all works of art (some are much better than others). I realize now how much thought goes into creating something and how nothing good is done arbitrarily. This course has opened my eyes to the way I should be looking at my future work: plan ahead, work at it until you want to cry, and always get critiqued!

I won’t be continuing with Digital Media classes but I honestly had a great time here. Tuesday morning lectures were the highlight of my week and the lab was challenging yet rewarding. I’ve learned so much, and I can’t wait to apply my new knowledge into multi-cam and single camera classes next semester. For a mandatory course that I didn’t really want to take in the first place, it somehow managed to be my favourite class this semester.

Week 9: After Effects

I’ve decided to completely change my idea for my after effects project. Now, I’m basing it on a movie called Wristcutters: A Love Story. It’ll start off with a man in a bathtub full of blood (he just killed himself). Then it’ll zoom out to a cross cut of a house where the only thing seen other than the walls is a side profile of the bathtub with the man inside it. It’ll zoom out a bit further as the soul of the body starts rising toward the roof and the body itself goes underground. I received the rights to the song Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground which is the theme song for the movie.

I need to comb through a billion tutorials to figure out how to make my animation look more real. Hopefully, it looks good!

Week 8: Storytelling and Transmedia

Part 1: Halloween came and went – although most uni kids probably don’t remember much of it – and along with it came some really crazy costumes with really cool stories. One of my favourite costumes was a male in a nun costume, wearing a beer hat and a construction vest. I can only imagine what random generator gave him that idea for a costume. The story extended when I decided to snapchat a selfie of us to my friends to satisfy our constant need for stimulation. It wasn’t enough that I could see his costume with my own eyes, I had to share my Halloween stories on social media and see what other people were sharing too.┬áThe story that night was about Halloween and we told it through the clothes we wore, the social media we used, and the community we made.

Part 2: The only transmedia project I could think of during the lecture was Pottermore, and the Harry Potter world in general. Pottermore is a site where you can get sorted into a house (just like in the book), and discover additional details that didn’t make it into the book. The site itself was underwhelming, but if it had been executed properly, it would have been amazing. An even bigger extension of the Harry Potter world is the Harry Potter Alliance, a movement that brings together HP fans to fight for social/political causes. They’ve helped out with the Fair Trade movement, the earthquake relief in Haiti, gay-marriage rights etc… all (unofficially) under the Harry Potter brand! It’s inspiring to see what superfans will do.