Integrated Media 1
YES, and finally the BIG BAD K-Film is completed! We worked very hard on this project, so I hope our audience like it too!
In addition to that, this is the Julius, Celine & Loan’s K-Film Essay
This is blog post to reflect on the criteria that I’ve set earlier in the semester.
I would have to mark myself down for not being able to publish a blog post each week. However, I’ve had blogs post that touches on ideas that were discussed in the lecture, for example, Edits in film=Links in hypertext in which I wrote about my opinions regarding the juxtaposition of editing and links in two distinct form of media.
Apart from that, I find myself fulfilling the second criteria of “Make at least one contribution to discussion in tutorials each week in order to gain a better understanding into subject matter,” only when my tutor pin points on each of us in class to get our feedback on the works of others. However, other than that, I do not see much opportunities to engage in class discussion as most other work are group related.
Filming and video editing are definitely the activities that highlight my learning experience in this course. The Sketch Film project earlier this semester has pushed me to think more creatively in terms of what to film and how they should be edited as the weeks progressed. I’ve also found myself putting in more and more effort, not to mention enjoying myself when producing the short clips for the Sketch Film (I was pretty disappointed to find out that we need not longer produce anymore films after week 5 – just when I was getting so engrossed in making my film better). To give you a good indication of my progress, watch Week 3′s video on
The Sketch Film project has not only made me a better camera person/video editor but is also gave a great insight into producing the ongoing Kfilm project. The series of discussion between group mates and the tutor regarding the theme to focus on in our Kfilm has motivated me to think outside the box, go out of my comfort zone and produce a film genre that I’ve never created before – horror/supernatural.
Blogging is one thing that I definitely could have done better. I found myself very reluctant to publish up new blog posts as I see it as an obligation rather than leisure (my blog post count justifies this). I find myself jotting down notes in my notebook rather than publishing it online.
My group members Julius, Loan and myself met up with Seth last Wednesday and then again during tute the following day and had a short talk regarding what ideas we have for the upcoming big, bad kfilm (as quoted from the assignment sheet) project! We initially had the idea of having an extremely structured kfilm such as Boy Meets Girl whereby viewers get to decided where to take the story to by choosing one of the three video options that are prepared. Seth has however advised us that it is an incredibly difficult thing to do, plus we won’t be applying the idea of multi-linearity as it involves a fixed linking from the first video to the second, third and so forth. Thus, he suggests that we a better think of the theme and content of our kfilm and instead create the 60 videos based on the single outline that is able to govern the many videos that will be korsakowed (omgosh, new term!) together. Tomorrow, we will be doing a trial run on the idea that we have decided on; which is about human relationships – boy looking for love, by placing 15 videos into korsakow and determine if it will be able to illustrate the idea that we intend to disseminate through this ultimate kfilm project!
In the lecture, Adrian Miles mentioned that edits in film were equivalent to the links in hypertext. I find this phrase rather intriguing. Edits in film aims to piece disjointed footage together. And so does links in hypertext.
In K-films, the links are in-your-face, shown as the three thumbnails below the primary video. The selection of the three thumbnails below are the catalyst that encourages viewers to make sense of the connection the creator has made. This is just like what film editors aim to achieve when piecing film footage together, so that viewers can or are encouraged to understand the story.
When there is a bigger amount of videos in a K-film, the number of links reciprocates. Adrian says that even the the number of links build up, the network structure is not complex, but is repetitious or a process known as clouding. Clouding in a sense that the links are fuzzy interconnected; some are clear and some aren’t. But then again, he says that the links do not have a structure as everything links to everything else and that they are all equidistant from each other.
However, if we were to compare this with film, I can’t see how edits are are equidistantly linked from each other. As some edits are shorter and some longer. For example, a long shot of a woman siting down runs for 15 seconds and is then cut to Although, I can roughly make sense that every edit is connected to every edit as it is this linkage that successfully tells the story in a particular film.
It is only today that I finally understood the function of IN and OUT keywords in the SNUfying process of Korsakow. What Seth has been explaining to me all this while has finally start making sense in my brain. It is the IN keywords that are like central nodes that branch out to other nodes, which are the OUT keywords.
Before today, I had more than 5 IN keywords thinking that more is better. But I’ve not understood is the IN keyword of a video is actually an OUT of another video; and the cycle continues, and thus creating a network of interlinked videos. The aim of the Korsakow project is to make audience think of the linkage the author has made between the videos, and what is it that links them.
The SNUfying process actually makes me think of YouTube as a comparable example. When you type to search for a video, eg. Justin Bieber (good example indeed) in the search column, YouTube automatically provides you a list of suggestions of searches before you even hit the search button. Let’s say you choose to just search for ‘Justin Bieber’, then a whole list of videos appear, which includes his official music video, as well as as fan-made (not to mention haters) videos. And when you choose to watch a video, YouTube provides you another list of related videos; whether related to the video uploader or to Justin Bieber (again!). Also, when you have finished watching a video, YouTube once again, gives you a suggestion to watch other related videos.
So as you can see, the effort made to link videos in YouTube is just never ending. which is just like clicking the ‘infinity’ life option for each video (we have no choice considering that our video database is very small) to ensure that the linkage is continuous.
The footage in this video was gathered and recorded over 3 days using webcams, camera phones, compact cameras and a Skype video recorder. The music was obtained from Garageband and the footage was put together in iMovie.