These Flowers consist of 2 different project events I did at home strategically picking certain flowers and bringing them home to freeze, and photograph them using a macro lens. I now have an inventory totaling over 1000 working images, and have created a video that is timed with a music composition (can be viewed below).
So… this is my final project for this class. This time around, I decided to go with something more creepy in tone, like my Audio project.
This project actually started nearly 5 years ago. Back when I was a Sophomore in High School, I picked up a hobby in screenwriting. The first script I ever wrote was the first draft of a horror film called The Man Among The Trees. It was inspired by the Slenderman character, but with my own original take. Since then, I have written 6 different drafts of the script and am currently working on a seventh.
The basic plot is that it’s about a young man who returns to his hometown for a funeral, but upon arriving to the town, he can’t shake the feeling that there’s something watching him from within the woods.
I decided to use the basic concept of this script as the basis for my final project, because I wanted to work on something more cinematic and eerie in tone. Plus, I wanted to work more closely towards something I have a strong passion for (film-making).
The original plan was to have friends of mine walk around the woods and say a few lines that would build up the suspense surrounding “The Man” (in the script, “he’s” referred to as The Figure). Also, before the main title card, I wanted to film a sequence where the main character would walk around the woods in the dark with a flashlight and he heard a twig snap near him. He would then turn toward the source of the sound and a dark man-like figure would lunge at him before cutting to black. Sadly, I didn’t get to film these scenes because the friends that I talked to that said they were available never got back to me when I checked in with them. Thus, I was stuck with about 30 minutes of footage of trees, branches, and a couple of squirrels.
I admit to being disappointed with the video, because I personally don’t feel like everyone is going to get what the story was supposed to be based on a montage of trees and branches. There isn’t really a narrative here.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too harsh on myself, but I know that I could’ve made something more unique with this concept if I had more talent in front of the camera and more time to get some more variety in my shots.
I kinda sorta like dogs. So, I decided to make the subject of my final one of my friends dogs. My friend is Chloe, and she takes care of the Star Winnipeg. We call her winni for short. Winni is seven years old, or 49 in dog years. I was thinking about “a day in the life of Winni”, but decided to make it a little bit more simple. My ultimate goal with this video is to make people feel good. Sleeping and playing is basically what winni does all day. I titled the video that, because those are winni’s favorite things to do. She is a very funny, happy dog to be around. She has arthritis, which makes it kind of tough for her to move, but it doesn’t dim her bright attitude she still acts like a puppy when she plays. To create the video I used iMovie, and this time around I was able to adjust the sound a bit more precisely than the other video. The video with my dogs was monotone, at that time I was unsure on how to adjust the sound like I do know. In this video I was able to quiet it down while she was napping or resting, and bring the volume back up while it was a photo of her playing or being active. Overall, I feel pretty good about this video.
This project was by far my my most complicated and best in my personal opinion. I original was going to do a continuation of my last work out video but unfortunately not all plans come to completion. My friends who original agreed to act again for the project backed out and told me they had absolutely no time to film something amongst all their finals and studying. My other idea I had brought up was possibly making a video about the day in the life of a skateboarder or a surfer. I ended up using my current situation to boost me into an optimal opportunity to kind of keep my foot in both of the worlds I wanted to do. I was traveling home last week for my grandparents 60th anniversary and figured I would film it while I was home. I ended up helping my buddy who I used to work with shoot an advertisement clip for his upcoming Summer Clothing look book for his company he had just began working with again. We ended up calling our friends and got them over and even got our buddies parents to let us use their Lamborghini. Most of the shots were pretty simple and even got to use Elijah camera which is a pretty nice camera. I used my GoPro to get the underwater shots. He helped me achieve some of the solar flares and told me what angles would look best which was good when filming something so Important, it was nice having someone I could ask when confused and direct me. The whole scene is a mini story in itself. It is a look into the lives of what me and my friends do when it is nice out in Southern California while also helping show off some of the clothes. I added the Lamborghini to give the video an idea of a story (Yes it is a bit over the tope but who would pass up an opportunity to work with a Lamborghini). It is like a small peak into a fun day in the sun, which I am sure we have all had but with my friends from back home! I added the quote in the beginning because it perfectly incapsulates all of our love for the water/ocean and what our summers are like. I think overall I am proud of the final product.
This assignment was kinda hard for me. I wanted to make a inspirational video to inform others about something, but I wasn’t sure on what to inform people about. I have changed my mind a few times over the past few weeks. Finally, one day as I was riding the bus home from Lane. I was listening to music and I caught myself tapping my phone along with the beat. Then the person that sat a few seats ahead of me was tapping there foot on the ground. So, I thought it would be a good idea to capture these moments for my video. I was looking up habits or as you’d call them, “stress habits” that the human body preforms on a daily basis weather you notice them or not, we all preform these weird habits. Some examples in my video I captured tapping of the foot, finger nail biting, hitting your pen on the table and playing with hair. The hardest part for me was working with my micro lens on my camera. It only works on manual so for some of the shots I had to pay close attention of my screen to make sure nothing with blurry. Figure out what kind of music to have in the background took me some time because I always go for the hip hop instrumentals and I felt like it wouldn’t fit with this type of video, but I also did not want a instrumental that would make my video dramatic. Originally, I wanted to add my voice in the background to explain what is going on, but I waited too long and ran out of time:/. Anyways.. I am pretty satisfied the way my video turned out and I hope you all enjoy.
I had many first ideas for this project and made a couple treatments before I ultimately decided that it would be best to stick with my first idea, what it’s like to be single in a group of friends who aren’t. From there I brainstormed things I have experienced and heard as a single amongst couples. I asked eight couples to help with the project and ended up getting six of them to do it. The filming took place in three different houses and one park over a weekend in Corvallis. The editing was the most time consuming part of the process. I had to do about four rounds of edits for each video before putting them together. First to take out the excess giggling and takes, then figure out which phrases/takes were the best, then edit them so they made a little more sense and cut down for time, and then started putting them together. As I put them together I organized them into the four categories that appear in the video and added the music, by Scott Holmes, found on http://freemusicarchive.org/.
It was a bit of a headache getting through the whole process, but it was good to go through the whole process start to finish. It was really fun to shoot with my friends and more than a couple times I heard, ‘what the heck I say this stuff to you all the time!’ I learned a lot about what it takes to commit to making a video start to finish and the unexpected miniature disasters you have to deal with throughout the process. I feel I could’ve done better while filming making sure the environment was in optimum conditions for recording, as well as directing the talent to speak up a little louder and more clearly and not glance down so much during takes. But for what I had to work with I think I had a pretty successful outcome and I enjoyed making it.
-The original idea for The Billy Billy Butthole Show was an all animated short with a song that explained that he lived on a boat in the middle of the forest but I realized I had no idea how to do animation. so the first few seconds of the video is just screenshots i took and moved the arm in photoshop.
-Preserved ducks egg (aka century eggs) is duck eggs that they preserve in clay, ash, quicklime and rice hulls for several months where the yolk becomes a green-grey creamy consistency while the egg white becomes a brown translucent jelly with a salty flavor. They are totally gross. If you want one, I still got a couple so let me know.
-As a little kid I had a teddy bear named Toby
-One scene I filmed but didn’t make the cut was about a man who marvels about the magic in “the blue waters” of a portapotty and how this “beauty must be filled with secrets.”
-Another idea was a PSA that let’s kids know its ok to eat HALF of a scab. It would then cut to my roommate Dave picking off a “scab” and eating it. When i asked Dave to do it he replied, “Why do I have to do it?” and instead of explaining to him how I couldn’t be on camera, I said forget it.
-My older brother was originally going to introduce the video, explaining that he was Billy Dyball and how this was his 7th attempt to pass Intro to Media Arts and how he just wants to pass and stop going to LCC, but because of time limitations, his role is now non-speaking and uncredited at the end. If you notice, you can see he is wearing my camo jacket and grey hoodie.
-If you can’t tell, this project involved into a three minute sketch show.
Where to even begin with the explanation of my final project? That is most certainly a hard place to start. I have gone through a full range of emotions in my attempt to bring something aesthetically stimulating to the viewer. I must start with the only known truth in regards to this final which is, I, Evan Michael Curby was overly ambitious in my ideas once again. As a result of my unwillingness to change my idea entirely, I have brought forth a project that is not anything I’d consider disappointing, but not wholesome to what I was trying to portray.
When it first came to concepts, the idea came to me rather quickly. I have been producing hip hop instrumentals for a while now under the alias of Alphur1, and have always wanted to make a music video for one of my songs. I knew immediately that the track I was going to make this video for was “What’s with it.”. It has always been one of my favorites and I had this idea for it for a long while now. The original concept was supposed to be an unknown, urban style, ninja humanoid would be fleeing battle with a life threatening wound. In his mind he would have visions of the beach when he was child, and his motivation to live was to return to the beach before his inevitable death from blood loss.
I wanted to shoot the scene in Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast. In this landscape you can find all sorts of visually stimulating locations which I thought would only improve the viewers visual experience. In my attempt to make this I wanted to steal some of the best ideas I had seen previously from other music videos. In the ones that truly captured my attention, there was heavy focus on the aesthetics. I wanted to replicate that feel in this video in a concept that I would like to consider as “Visual Meditation”. That is why you will not find a lot of movement in my video, because I wanted the viewer to really have time to take in the depth of each scene. Was I able to effectively communicate that? I guess you will be the judge.
On my attempt of filming, I had my concerns due to the forecast. It had rain, but I figured it was going to be a light rain and decided to move on with the shoot. Once arriving on location in turns out that it was quite a bit more than just a light rain. It was absolutely pouring and the wind was hell bent on ruining everything in regards to the shoot. My model for the video was very patient as I tried tirelessly to get the shots I needed, but at a certain point, I had to pull the plug on it. Not only was my Canon T5i getting rained on way too much, but the weather had took a turn for the worse to the point where we were actually jeopardizing our safety being out there. I was very frustrated and had to try and adapt my original idea.
After viewing the footage, I was not entirely upset with the footage I had gotten. Not wanting to ditch my first idea entirely I decided to try to make what I had shot work for me. I had to cut the the original story entirely and sort of adapt this “mysterious protector of the coastland woods sort of vibe. I would have liked to have had about 20 more different shots to work with, especially that of my model, but all things considered I’m not upset with what I was able to produce. In my end goal, I looked to create a visually pleasing video that complimented the audio of my track, and if you can find some enjoyment in this video, than ultimately I will feel successful. In conclusion it was a good test run, and I look forward to producing my next one.
Phil Jackson is arguably one of the best coaches to have ever lived. One aspect that he is renowned for is his approach to the mental aspect of the game.
He introduced mindfulness to basketball at a large scale. Not only would he use this psychological process on individuals to develop their perspective on the game, but he would use it on entire organizations to win championships.
He won 11 of them.
He had to be doing something right. Right?
I read one of his books, and I tried out some of the techniques he talks about on myself. I was shocked with the results, so I decided to test it on someone else.
I’m also studying psychology, and in one of my classes we had a pretty lose final that aloud a lot of creativity, so I came up with an idea for an experiment that would cover my final for both classes in one video.
I tested it on my teammate Jesse, and you heard about the results in the video.
Mindfulness is something we study in psychology as well, and it’s being modernized and is now used to treat mental illness, and improve memory, focus and mental strength.
After learning more about mindfulness in psychology, I think the benefits go past athletic performance and could help any non-athlete tremendously.
I still wonder how Phil Jackson applied it to entire teams, but I guess that’s why he’s known as one of the greatest.