Ally, Alene and I got together to talk about the project and make a Gantt Chart using an Excel spreadsheet. We were able knock it up pretty quickly , but it will be really helpful for us as we go through making our final K-Film. Check it out
The pictures aren’t great but I’m sure you can get an idea of it. We basically allocated the time when every job will be done. More extensive Gantt charts include group members’ names to show who is doing what, but seeing as we’re all filming and all doing the essay, we had no need to do this.
After we all had a chance to watch the auditions a few times, 3 of us wanted Trevor to play Vince and the Voice, and Michael and I thought that Trevor would be a little corny as Vince.
Personally, I feel like he overacted the part and made it a little bit overly theatrical, and I felt that this could alienate the character, and therefore the entire film. In the end, I decided that I would be able to direct Trevor well to play the role WE want him to play it, as it ends up reflecting on us anyway.
I also thought that Trevor didn’t have the right look for Vince. But obviously we can make him look a little grungier using make-up.
Anyway, we called Trevor and gave him the good news. He actually is a very good actor, I decided. And hopefully he is also good at listening to directions.
Trevor (right) and Michael sharing a laugh at the audition
My journey from home to a friend’s house. The shots of the side mirror were inspired by “Taxi Driver” (1976). Round things coming soon. Enjoy
Saw the post about YouTube Cloud, a tag cloud for YouTube searches, on the vlog 4.0 blog. Almost all of the recent searches were regarding the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan last week. I checked out one of them for which the tag was ‘japan earthquake: helicopter aerial view video of giant tsunami waves’. Here’s the link.
Watching this video of huge walls of water crashing down buildings, with probably lots of bodies swirling around in the mass of rubble, I had the thought “do I really want to see this?”
Last week in a tute for my subject Communications Debates and Approaches, someone said that in this day and age you HAVE TO know what’s going on in the world and can no longer be ignorant of foreign issues. YouTube and the Internet in general has made it so much easier to see all this horrific stuff that is going to affect me somewhere down the line and I’m not sure this is a good thing. Things like a photo of Kurt Cobain after he shot himself, or the 9/11 attacks. Of course I have the option of choosing whether or not to view this stuff, but I guess that sometimes we all get curious about this scary stuff. Maybe we were better off when we weren’t able to see all this stuff: we lived lives where our only issues were in our immediate surroundings. Maybe we’re a little too worldly, all of us. We’re all sponsoring children in Africa, donating money to the Kiwis etc. I’m not saying this is a bad thing (obviously) but sometimes I just wish we weren’t all so interconnected. Perhaps a part of me would rather keep things out of sight and therefore out of mind, but I know this is not possible (especially as an integrated media student).
2004 album “Outta Sight/ Outta Mind”by NZ’s The Datsuns. Completely unrelated
Well that certainly took a long time. I still am struggling to understand what I think are basic principles learnt in Networked Media last year. At first I linked a .zip file of my movie onto the blog. Whenever I clicked on that link it would download the video to my computer. Then I tried embedding the .mov file, and this sort of worked, however the screen size was way too small, and it auto-played without the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward. Now finally I’ve somehow managed to embed some video, with the site freevideocoding.com.
But still- so many questions, and so much work to do……….
This actually took me a while to work out. While I was able to take the video on time, I forgot how to put it up on my blog. Anyway here it is…
God there is so much..
1) Get a good understanding of everything we have used and will use in Int. Media (widgets, Delicious, Korsakow and K-Films)
2) Write regularly on the blog – maybe 2 or 3 posts a week- reflecting on readings and lectures, and noting all ideas and wider learning
3) Actually read the readings
4) Check the course blog daily and read all posts
5) Generally stay on top of things
6) Do some wider learning (look into K-Films, Delicious etc.)
7) Review everything from Networked Media 2010 (HTML, Cyberduck etc.)
Regularly take simple videos of everyday, informal stuff
Question: How is (making a list of things we might need to do to successfully learn stuff in Integrated Media) participation?
I guess that this list will help us all to cement what we need to know in a simple and cohesive way.
Question: Why does participation actually matter?
This “contract”, that only we can monitor, will continuously remind us to stay on top of things when it is much easier to forget them (especially if you find it stressful and confusing), and also to do some wider learning. Discovering related stuff will help us to look at the course in a different way, perhaps contributing to our greater understanding of Integrated Media.
Well, what a bittersweet time of the year this always is. We get to start summer holidays, it’s heating up, going to be working more and having more money. But I think I’m going to miss my first year of uni: easily the best year of my life. It was a year in which I changed everything about my life, but while doing so, I feel as though this is the most lazy I’ve ever been. So many opportunities missed, questions left unanswered, and tasks never completed. Something that I really feel I did not capitalise on this semester was – the blog!
It got off to a terrible start- it took me a long time to do that first post on Web 2.0- and then it improved hugely and then finally it has dropped off again. This is not to say that I haven’t learnt things in Networked Media. In fact, this was the class in which I learnt the most and enjoyed the most. I loved learning about blogging, HTML, hypertext and coding all from scratch. It was a topic I had not thought about previously much and therefore there was a big learning curve. I wish I had looked into web design further and look forward to studying this in my years to come at RMIT. Also I believe that I will start keeping a blog over the summer and uploading photos of friends and places I’ve been.
Anyway, here are the 12 best posts that I did throughout the semester. Enjoy!
3. Other Coding Thingys
4. 2 Fave blogs
5. Check deze guys out
7. Joss Whedon
8. Internet related things I did over the holidays
9. Adrian Miles’ lecture
10. Melbourne’s own