Category Archives: Fall 2014

P6 Final Project

By: EJ Olson

For my final, I wanted to work more with video and really try and hone my video production skills. I’m already familiar with Adobe After Effects, but my Premiere skills are lacking. I also focused on really using what I’ve learned in my Concepts of Visual Literacy class and merge them with the technical skills acquired during our Media Arts course.

I attempted to build suspense, using a few quicker cuts, extreme close ups and a heavier, anxious soundtrack. The POV shots are used to help the viewer feel attached to the scene, and hopefully feel some tension and anticipation. As I reach for this new, mysterious weapon, the audience is hopefully asking, “what’s he going to do with that??” Of course, we find out I only wanted a closer shave!

Production for this was difficult (shooting oneself is always a challenge—sorry Teresa!) and editing took several days, as the saber effects are a frame by frame process. It was tedious, but rewarding. I learned just how difficult it is to keep continuity when cutting these scenes together, but I think I did a quality job (for the most part, I had some issues in the first 15 seconds or so).

I’m looking forward to video production next term!

Music:

“Heavy Brigade” courtesy of PurplePlanet.com

“Live (A Little)” – My Mantle

Save a tree!

This project and I did not get along at first. We had a lot of ups and downs but in the end it all came together. This is probably my favorite project of them all because we had a lot of free reign to do what we wanted. I choose to do clear cutting because it is something that I feel is becoming a problem. Oregon is one of the smallest states with the largest logging production. There are places all around I used to hike/bike that were surrounded by trees and now there is nothing but stumps. The sad fact about this is the timber being cut down it’s not even for locals, it is being hauled to China because apparently it’s cheaper that way.

This project was truly a lot of fun in the beginning I thought I was never going to get it done. Problem after problem kept coming up and I was certain I was doomed. For starters if you’re going to hike up a mountain to take pictures don’t leave your keys in your car and proceed to lock it….with the camera inside. If you are going to interview someone, always make sure you have a back-up, just in case the first one cancels…last minute. Even with all the problems and I just want to quit moments it really was a lot of fun, nearly froze to death on a mountain, but fun:)

http://oregonforests.org/content/ask-forester

P6 Final

Had lots of fun with this one as well…it took about 2 and a half days, but that was mainly because i kept getting interrupted and had a lot of math homework to do. I messed up and redid the recording tons of times…if i kept all the originals in there would be a lot of expletives in there for every time a screwed up a sentence. Anyways I covered a topic that is kinda close to home for me because of how much I love music. I curbed some of my harsher opinion because I didn’t have time for everything, and i felt they didn’t add much to the project.

Overall i covered what i wanted to cover, but 3 minutes barely lets me scratch the surface of my thoughts on music and the industry that is poisoning it. I’m also not going to get into that here as it would take a very long time to type it all out as well, and would probably put me over the 500 word limit.

Maybe I’ll talk about that in a future blog if i decide to do anything with it other than use it for school.

tattoo6786

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3TyX7_fb81ZNG8yU1FKRldoZFk/view?usp=sharing

P6 Final

Had lots of fun with this one as well…it took about 2 and a half days, but that was mainly because i kept getting interrupted and had a lot of math homework to do. I messed up and redid the recording tons of times…if i kept all the originals in there would be a lot of expletives in there for every time a screwed up a sentence. Anyways I covered a topic that is kinda close to home for me because of how much I love music. I curbed some of my harsher opinion because I didn’t have time for everything, and i felt they didn’t add much to the project.

Overall i covered what i wanted to cover, but 3 minutes barely lets me scratch the surface of my thoughts on music and the industry that is poisoning it. I’m also not going to get into that here as it would take a very long time to type it all out as well, and would probably put me over the 500 word limit.

Maybe I’ll talk about that in a future blog if i decide to do anything with it other than use it for school.

tattoo6786

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3TyX7_fb81ZNG8yU1FKRldoZFk/view?usp=sharing

X4 Professional Practices

This project started out as a simple idea of doing an interview with someone in my community, a store owner, Jack, of the Sweeties Yogurt Shop on 5th and Main, bu tit evolved into an interesting piece on my girlfriend, Melody Marshall, who served in the military for twenty years, who apparently didn’t have enough of the service, because after leaving the Navy, she decided to become a nurse technician for the Veterans Hospital for the next ten years.

This was taken with a Canon (the new model) EOS 70D, Settings: Tungston lighting, 1600 ISO 11/21/2014, 1/30 shutter at 5.6 fstop

This turned out to be fun project with my girl and we had a great time filming it.

X4 Professional Practices

This project started out as a simple idea of doing an interview with someone in my community, a store owner, Jack, of the Sweeties Yogurt Shop on 5th and Main, bu tit evolved into an interesting piece on my girlfriend, Melody Marshall, who served in the military for twenty years, who apparently didn’t have enough of the service, because after leaving the Navy, she decided to become a nurse technician for the Veterans Hospital for the next ten years.

This was taken with a Canon (the new model) EOS 70D, Settings: Tungston lighting, 1600 ISO 11/21/2014, 1/30 shutter at 5.6 fstop

This turned out to be fun project with my girl and we had a great time filming it.

P5_Image_Editing_Hyperlapse

My Audio Track:

Hyperlapse (also Walklapse, Spacelapse, Stop-Motion Time-lapse, Motion Timelapse, Moving Timelapse) is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In opposite to a simple motion timelapse – dolly shots, which are realized with short camera sliders; in hyperlapse photography, the camera is being moved through very long distances.

The term “hyperlapse” was first created by the American filmmaker, Dan Eckert. The term itself was essentially popularized and stamped by the video artist, Shahab Gabriel Behzumi and his video, “Berlin Hyper-Lapse”(2012)[1][2] [3] An inspiration from the director Godfrey Reggio and the famous Qatsi-Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi at the Internet Movie Database,Powaqqatsi at the Internet Movie Database,Naqoyqatsi at the Internet Movie Database) is properly, as there is tried to reach a similar strongly pathetic impression. Godfrey Reggios exposures fall in the category Motion Timelapse.

I struggled with the cold to get this done. I have so many ideas for how to use this at some interesting locations. These can be so interesting to view since even thought they look like a regular timelapse. However a few significant differences are the thing images can be slow shutter speed creating movement within the frame as well a the lapse of time in a determined interval. Giving the effect of things appearing and disappearing or the sky seeming to change rapidly. Also the individual images are higher quality and still so unless blur is on purpose the hyperlapse is clear and vibrant in its imagery. I will be continuing to explore this photography technique hoping to produce some dynamic and visually exciting Hyperlapses.

Here are some professional examples:

P5 – Image Editing

Here is my video I made for Project 5. The given subject was 5, so I thought of having the actual number 5 appear throughout the video without meaning anything too specific. I thought of how the number 5 is present in my everyday life. Time and speed soon came to my mind as things often segmented into increments of 5s. Sports and music are also present in my life and can include 5s as well.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. I don’t have too much experience with shooting video, but things went pretty smooth while filming. I ended up shooting a lot of the scenes at night which made some things hard to see while filming without the proper lighting. I think the dim lighting ended up working well for the car and street scenes to highlight just the 5s. It also fit in with the 5 a.m. setting. I thought about having a few more transition scenes like from the house to the car, but I didn’t see any way to put a new 5 in there, so I kept it straight forward going one five to the next.