The Edit and Reflection on your ‘Documentary in a Day’

#6

Approaching people for an interview
We went out and found some people who were willing to do an interview, and asked them some simple questions about home. Some of  the interviewees were very happy to do it, but some of them not so much and felt a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. It was also hard to approach people as not everyone was willing to be interviewed. However, I found it a lot easier this time around as we had previously done this exercise before.

Setting up the light for an interview
We used two types of lights, the kino and LED lights. One as a fill light and the other as a key light. The fill light is used to separate the subject from the background. We have practiced how to set up the lighting equipments before, so on the day it was not a challenge for us. I really liked how the lighting turned out. It was very suitable for an interview and separated the subject from the background nicely.

Besides that, we also used a lapel mic instead of a boom that day. I think it was a good choice for when we did the interviews as it allowed us to record the interviewee’s voice very easily and clearly. It was also very easy to hide the tiny mic, and that the mic line could also be hidden under the clothes.

The interview is the hardest for me. Even though we wrote the questions a few days before the interview, having to ask others the questions were a big challenge for me because I found it hard to guide them to talk more about something that is personal, and in some cases, that could be something that they are not willing to share with people whom they do not know very well.

Edit

I always feel very happy and excited when it comes to editing the footage that we have shot.

For this project, I want to focus on interviewee’s answer about home. I made titles “what makes a place home for you” and “feelings about home” to bring focus on the interviewees’ answers.

There were also some challenges face when editing my project. The first is that we could hear other people’s voice in the interviews. There were also some ambient sound. When editing the project, I had to figure out what to do with those sound problems. I used the marker tool to tune down the other person’s voice and added some background music to make it less obvious. These are two ways that can be used to hide the ambient sound and other person’s voice. I also used the marker tool to tune up and tune down the background music, because I wanted the interviewees’ voice to remain the primary sound throughout. In order to do that, I needed to tune up the interviewees’ voice and tune down the background music in some cases.

I also purposefully added some gaps between the footage for a better transition. The gap creates silence and gives the audience some time to ponder on what was being said.

For video transitions, I used many effects on this project. By doing so, it creates a smoother transition between the different footages.

HOME from GUO on Vimeo.

Peer Feedback

I am very happy to watch projects of digital story which from other groups and give the peer feedback.  Overall, I think everyone did a great job, cause I know some of them (just like me) have no any background information about media or social media. I’m impressed about their projects.

1. Difference is beautiful

Trailer was made by Francez, Dominic and Olivia, Difference is beautiful is well, beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqrC2Bo0NTI&feature=share

Strength

  • A really good idea to show the gestures of indian. it very match to the digital story, the ideas was differ from other groups
  • I like the way that they present to us , Using different ways to edit the pictures.The colorful images are full of the indian style, Music is lovely.

Weakness

  • Actually, I can’t understand the gestures in this video, Although it is a trailer, But I think it need to make the meaning of gestures more clear, because most of people could not understand well of indian’s gestures.  Perhaps they can use narrative way to explain the gestures.
  • It may be another way which could appeal audiences attention.

2 Namaste Bharat

This video made by Cici Seven Evey and Caroline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGT3gRqkk0U

This group done a lot of pre-production work, and I think they did a good job on social media strategy, and I really like the blog which they wrote. https://namastebharat2015.wordpress.com/

Strengths:

  • I like the opening of this video, very clear to show the video about what this video are made for. They have some interviewees give some feedback about what they though about India. There is a nice opening of the video which catch audiences eyes.
  • They are good at using Photoshop to edit they images. Nice idea added the pictures when Indian girl do an introduction of indian’s culture

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Weakness

  • The improvement is that they can be more good to be conscious of timing in their edit. I think the footage can be cut more perfectly, I cannot no hear some of the interviewees voices clearly, some of the footages were cut too quickly. May be need more gaps , more silence or more time to ponder. or may be can add subtitles

7 Days of Yoga Video

This blog supplemented with videos is made by Cassie, Shane, Peter and Tessa

https://7daysofyoga.wordpress.com/

Strengths

  • It is interesting to watch these videos, Yoga is a big culture thing of India. It is cool to see them practice yoga in the video.
  • Great colour tone in this video, It makes me feel peaceful when I watch those video, and I think they chose music that complemented very well.
  • The footage which they edit were wonderful, Aesthetically though simple, used different angles to present Yoga, Cassie did amazing poses, all of the poses were perfect and  a good effort from Peter. Looking at those photographs may encourage someone to start learning Yoga.
  • I also like the blog posts that they wrote. I liked the yoga content and also their personal story of yoga.

Weakness

  • They used 7 videos to present their project, it’s thoughtful, But if I were them, I would have put all of the footage together and divided them with words like day one, day two and so on. I like watch the whole video instead of having to scroll the page to find the next video.
  • They could also add some subtitles in the video, to show their feelings when practicing yoga or they could also add some poems to recreate the mood of practicing yoga.

Forbidden Lies

Car voice: I think that this is easy one to record the sound, It may hold  the boom to record the car voice

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The actress  throws her scarf  into the air and when it falls to the ground, an abstract sound is used to make the action appear more dramatic. I think this one was really hard to record. So in my opinion, the sound may be edited in this part. Using marker tool, because in this clip, It had a beautiful and sort background music. So I think, the editor tune down the background music and tune up the abstract sound

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In the next clip, a woman who is walking in desert and we can clearly hear the sound of footsteps, I think the editor used the same technique to edit this footage. As the woman continues walking in the desert, she starts to disappear like sand being blown away by the wind. It probably used sound effect to edit this footage , cause we cannot record the sound which the woman disappear, the only way to do that is editing this layer of sound.屏幕快照 2015-06-09 下午6.01.13 屏幕快照 2015-06-09 下午6.21.35

It then cuts to a mid shot of a woman who is being interviewed in this footage the editor use the non-sync sound until she starts type the keyboard. In here we can clearly hear the sound of typing keyboard and in this scene it also use mid shot to film this lady, so I think the people may use the boom to  close to the keyboard and the editor may also tune up the keyboard sound when s/he edit this part of sound.

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Whilst interviewing this old lady, we can hear the sound of birds in the background, so it is possible  when the scene was shot, the birds had just landed on the trees, or may be the editor found some bird sound and made a layer of bird sound over the lady’s voice, the reason why the editor may have added the bird’s sound in here, could be to add a nature and laid back feel to the interview

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The clicking sound of a camera in this scene, I am not this is good match to this footage, but in here, I think it is easy to edit this part of footage.

The audio of the two women reading the same book from these two different scenes are layered together nicely. And in this footage, the editor also added background music that hints the audience that something bad is about to happen.

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It cuts to the close shot, and it typically focus on this lady’s hand, so the boom holder may get very closer to record the paper sound and the sound of lady hitting on the table.屏幕快照 2015-06-09 下午7.19.40

We can hear the tiny bit of shaver sound when the guy who trim the hair of someone else. I think that it may record the shaver sound clearly first, and then the editor added the background music in the footage, s/he may tune down the shaver’s sound and tune up the background music.

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his scene was shot by using lapel mic (maybe) we can clear hear this lady sound in this part. Or it probably record this woman’s sound twice time and then manipulate the audio together seamlessly.

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The coin sound in this footage, I think it is easy one to edit these coin sound in the footages, it hard to record those sound when shooting this scene, but it is easy to added those sound in the footage.

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We can hear a lot of detail sounds in next footage, the sound of drawer when people found something, and women light the cigarette sound. All of the sound could be record first and then added those sound in the editing room.

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Celestial City 2: produce a digital story

This blog entry will reflect our digital project, I really happy to work with my group members. We discuss all the time and trying to get everyone’s idea. Every group members like to contribute in our project.Finally, we did a great job. We all are new media people in this field,  Not any background information in media or in communication( social media) , So we did a lot of job on searching and figure out the technique skill’s problems. From a small idea, and then keep to  expand the ideas. To be honest, at the beginning I don’t know doing a stop motion which is a huge project for us (4 people), but we both like the lego movies, so we try our best to do a simplify version of lego stop motion.

In the group we had four members( Bronte Danny Stacy and I) At the start of the project, each of us were assigned specific tasks and take own responsibility for the project. I think we collaborated effectively although we alway faced the technique skill problems. However, some of the this was unavoidable because we are new in this field, and those circumstances cannot be figure out in a short-term. For instance, we need to get familiar with the Adobe produce, such as Photoshop, I went to a Photoshop work shop course in our school, But one class was totally not enough to make me feel confident to operate it.

However, we try forcing on everyone’s skills which we already had,and make a list about each members’ jobs

I am good at drawing, so I take responsibility on beautify our project and draw the cover sheet of our project.

Bronte is good at searching and writing a story, so she write the digital storytelling

Danny is good at editing, and it is also the biggest job in this project.

Stacy is focusing on spread out our project, Using social media to display our project, and always provides the good ideas.

Our social media campaign dose not end with the submission of our Course (CMWP) project, But we will keep going on promote this social  media campaign. We built a workplace account of  Facebook and Vimeo, there is a Facebook forum to discuss our project, and very welcome everyone to give some suggestions about our project.  We also used our private social media tools to tweets our project.

Active on Twitter

Active on Instagram.

Check out the links https://vimeo.com/130073432

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theepicjourneylego

#7 Reflection on the course

I think Sound and Image is most interesting course rather than another courses in this semester.

In the beginning of this course, we learn how to figure out of the equipments, we learn how to work in a group to shot a short video. It was really fun, we learned how to use mixer and how to set up the camera, I get  more confident to deal with camera, but not in mixer, but I think I will borrow mixer from school , and trying to get familiar with it.

After this semester, I think I feel more confident and passion in the basic edit of footage, and I really have passion on editing. Because I really interested on edit footage. I like to change the original footage, and using my creative thinking to edit the film.

In this semester, I learn how to be a different crew role in a team work, and we alway swap our roles. Most of time, I be a camera man or to be a  people who need to setting up the light. The one thing I learn from this course is that I will analysis the footages when I watch the movie. I mean, as before, I just enjoy the movies, enjoying the 3D effect or something, but now I will think about how this footage to be shot, and how editor edit the sequence. I try to put myself in a  professional situation to analysis the film.  That’s awesome!

This course encourage me to film a movies in the future, I know it still take long time to finish this goal. But I feel happy, passion and feeling confident to do that. Making videos which can satisfy myself and others

I also want to get a working experience in our school, and I know one is call ‘RMITV’  my classmate she is working on that group, and it looks wonderful . I mean, you work with people who are loving and full of passion on doing this job. They are sharing the ideas, helping each other, and shooting a beautiful video.It’s wonderful. In the next semester, I will reply to get work on that place and earning working experiences from that.

I know I am not very good at to be a camera operator, I mean, at now, we need to copy or imitate other people’s shooting style, But actually, everyone has they own shooting style, For instance, everyone has they own style when they draw a picture. Even ten people draw a same sense, but they will have ten different painting works. I think that Shooting style is same as well.

For now, I will try the best to edit my documentary project. Using the technique I learn from this course to beautify my work.

Enchanted Ground 3: locative media

The first time move into this house, I saw a 2 cute cats, 

They just like a human baby, they all need care and love. They like people to hug them and hold them like a little baby. So the pussy cats become like this

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sometimes, they need a shoulder to relax. (T.T)

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Or it just laying on you leg.

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It also can be like this. I have not idea about this. To much relaxing (unconsciousness) .

I have created a tag and displayed it at the location,it is “my neighbourhood’ where something interesting happened ”,and I download the QR code.屏幕快照 2015-06-07 下午3.37.48 qrcode.29956327

Trying use Mobile devices to find out this address.

Enchanted Ground 1: Social stories

I using Popcorn Maker do a short video, Popcorn Maker mozilla, learning how to remix web video, audio and images into mashup that you can embed on other websites. because This is first time I use this website, so at the beginning , I am not get used to it. I upload the video from the Vimeo and this video which belong to me. In this website, you can use tool menu to add image, text and popup. SO it is a creative thing which you can make a video on your ways.

It also has some drawbacks, the function is not powerful enough. There are a few options which can pick to beatify your video. And the other thing is that It take long time to upload the image and video(at least in my laptop).

The good thing is you can add various of media in your project such as vimeo youtube soundCloud and Clay, I am trying to unload the video which belong to my laptop, but I didn’t find the right way to do that

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In this project I am doing something relevance to mystery, I trying to use Popcorn Maker to connect with my digital story, using all the images to present this new project. But It’s not that easy to do that .

The theme of this video is about losing and mystery, I used some pictures when we shot in the first class (the black and white one).

I am happy to combination of those pictures and use them to create a new story. My incorporation of a Twitter feed adds more interest to the work.屏幕快照 2015-06-07 下午1.30.37

https://albertguo.makes.org/popcorn/34kt

Enchanted Ground 2: Search Engine Optimisation

How to optimise my SEO

Search engine is essential for improving the website traffic and make you website to be a smart , I did a quick research about the SEO and also found some information about how to add SEO in your website. Check out this link http://nathalielussier.com/blog/seo/wordpress-seo-how-add-seo-any-wordpress-site This is a quick and easy video that takes you through how to add some SEO juice to any WordPress site .

what is Search Engine Optimisation ?

I think that Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results – often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results. It means that it can help to improve you website traffic, In addition, If you’re not optimizing your wordpress site for search engines, your competitors will be the ones that show up first and thus get the business. (if you running a business)

I want to Add the SEO in my website and I follow the video to search how to add the SEO in my web. The first challenge is I can’t find the ‘Plugins’ . The some tips say that look on left hand side of your WordPress dashboard, there will be a little arrow that you can click on the word’Plugins’ to show the Add Plugin’ button.

There are steps of add SEO in your wordpress.

As I mention before the link which can show you the clear step to add the so in you website.

Upload the worfpress the SEO folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory

go to add new – add plugins- go search and type ‘all the one seo’ and then go to All the one SEO Pack, install it . Just fellow the step of the video, you can add the SEO in your website.屏幕快照 2015-06-06 下午11.58.36屏幕快照 2015-06-06 下午11.58.43

Bridge-less river 2: website data

The first , I am trying to use Google Analytic(New thing for me ) to do some research about website data, unfortunately, It dose not work, and I try serval time, but the results were same, my be my Gmail account have some problems, But I not decided to create new account for it. In this blog entry , I think the main thing to write this blog entry is that learning how to increase the website traffic on your own web.屏幕快照 2015-06-06 下午2.42.40

So I did a quick search in Google about how to improve the WordPress traffic  and they have some really good suggestions

The link by  Tom Ewer(http://www.wpexplorer.com/increase-traffic-wordpress-website/)  he gives some tips of improving the website traffic. I search about the demographics that are viewing website. The truth thing is that the people are just out there, but how to find them and subsequently getting them to you website is another thing altogether.

Improving Traffic To The Website

1.You should know who are your audience.

This is extremely useful information to increase you blog traffic. If I have to divide into two groups, I will do female and male. For example, when you write a blog entry, you can think about who is you audiences,  one ideas to attract female attention is that writing blog and get the topic which trend to interest women, such as travel, magazine shopping and food. Those content is important way to appeal women’s attention.

2. Beatifying your website,

I have to say, if you website is beautiful and delicate enough, it can catch the audience eyes in the first time.

Check out this link http://www.inkthemes.com/wp-themes/ you can customize you own website and choose one of the themes you interested.

3.Organizing your Schedule Posts in WordPress

(http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/schedule-your-posts-in-WordPress/)  There is a certain time in a day when each site gets the peak of their users. Now if you live in a different time zone than your readers, then it can be a problem.’

I’m happy to do this post in the internet, because I didn’t realize this aspect of improving the website traffic.

This is my website data:

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Doubting castle 2: flipped lecture

This post will look at some knowledge on digital Drawing Techniques, I am confident with Drawing But not in Digital Drawing techniques, I hope I can learn some useful skill in Jenny’s lecture(http://geniwate.com/?p=1395) and use those knowledge  to improve our digital storytelling project.

The lecture gives me lot of information about digital drawing. For instance, the lecture gives a great summary about bitmap, Lenny gives an image to show what is different about Vector and Raster.

Vector drawing is clean, precise, and it can look somewhat inhuman’   I have to say , those thing is totally new for me. A great thing is that if drawings are part of an animation, we probably choice vector drawing, because in Lenny’s blog, she mentions that ‘ images are more manipulable because they don’t lose quality at different resolution.’ but vector drawing is a little less ‘Natural’ But it is still a good way to simple adjust the resolution.屏幕快照 2015-06-05 下午4.43.23

Lenny gives some links about to help with digital drawing, However, I am very beginner about those skills, so I think those links are great, but I think some very basic links such as how to start a digital drawing  and show me how to use those tools.

So I did a quick research on Google, ‘How to draw a simple shape in Gimp or Photoshop, there are some links are very useful for people who are beginner on digital drawing (like me)  I found some link which are teach people you use gimp http://emptyeasel.com/2008/08/22/how-to-draw-simple-shapes-in-gimp-using-the-pen-tool/  in this lecture by Margot Dinardi. Margot gives very clear step how to use the tools of GIMP to draw a ‘heat’. It is different when I’m using Photoshop to draw a digital drawing.

In addition, I also found some video to teach me how to draw a basic shapes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MbCjYgrCEc Although this video is teaching very basic like Circle , square , Rectangle and Oval, but it has useful information which I can learn on it.

Check out theses link about Photoshop, https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/drawing-shapes.html because as a beginner of Photoshop, I’m alway forget to create a new layers and hope this link can remind me how important to create layers when I use Photoshop to edit images.

Because our digital story is simplifying way of stop motion, and I also draw a cover picture about our project, but I not used digital way to draw on it. I think I can use photoshop to beautify my picture. The challenge is that we cannot use digital drawing to draw every thing, I mean, if I am good at using those technology, I probably use those skills to present our project but unfortunately the technique problem is a big challenge.  Another challenge is that you have an image in your mind that is both hard to verbalize or draw by hand.