So because we missed out on class last week, yesterday we had two videos to critiques – My Living Things and Round Things. We just did it in table groups, otherwise it takes far too long. I’m glad that I had some positive feedback on mine, but I’m even more interested in suggestions for improvement. Peter for example, noted that some of my shots were quite shaky compared to some smooth ones and maybe I can even that out. Adrian suggested adding several different shots of the one object (this was in relation to ‘Round Things’), because I’d only shoot on object from one perspective. That could be an interesting point, and I’m trying to think of how I could maybe incorporate that into ‘My Journey’, which is our travels to and from uni mostly. I take the train in every morning, sometimes taking the bus to the station, but usually getting a lift. Last night however, I drove home (I’m on my L plates still, my Dad was the supervising driver) and I messaged him to bring the little camera I’ve been filming with. I got him to film parts of the freeway and stuff on the way home from the city. It was night, and I think that it could look really good visually (sorry, lack of coffee, that wasn’t the best description). Anyway, I’m still going to film a bit of my journey in each morning this week, and see how it all plays out.
I got a bit sidetracked there talking about the next video when I was meant to be talking about the critiques on the second and third. Silly me (is this something Barthes would do? haha). Anyway another thing Adrian said to us was adding titles to our work, and not just calling them ‘Round Things’ or ‘Living Things’ (which is what I’ve been doing *headdesk*). It can create a context for our work (I think those were his words). Next one, I will do it, I swear!
Okay, now on to Korsakow. Now, last week I decided I’d have a little play around with it. I opened it, looked for a few seconds, then decided my time would be better spent doing my cinema reading log (which was due the next day anyway, so I kind did need to do that). That’s my problem though. New software, new technology, kind of wipes my mind the minutes I look at it sometimes. Not all the time, but with Korsakow it did. However, Adrian took us through it and showed us how it works, and having seen the basics, I breathed a massive sigh of relief (internally – would have gotten odd looks in class if I did). I overreacted again, it is much easier than I realised. I have downloaded the video library and hopefully maybe today or tomorrow (damm you work) I will make something really quickly with it, and have a proper look at the settings and such. I was the same way with Final Cut Pro when I started, and I can use it now…sort of….
Just a final note here: I haven’t been posting as much under the Integrated Media category as I have under the Film-TV category. It’s not that I don’t like blogging – I actually enjoy it muchly, and I have a blog that I use outside of my uni course (check it out, I like followers and comments). I’m having a bit of difficulty though getting back into a routine this year for uni, and then I have Film-TV to blog for, which is serving as our reflective journal. And I don’t like neglecting the other blog either. Right at this moment, I’m thinking I need to wrap up and go and do some posts about sound design!
P.S – Delicious. You can see my tags over to the right there. It’s not that I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I am barely using it. I need to go back to it more if it’s going to become an automatic thing, but most of the sites I really use are bookmarked on my browser anyway. At least you can see what I’m bookmarking as well I guess.