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FLOW – Reflection

FLOWBrief

For this final assignment, we were required to create an edited sequence using videos, photos, and audio clips gathered from our previous tasks. Additional stock footage and images were allowed to be included. We were given the choice between two themes – Impact or Flow.

Interpretation of Theme

The theme that I have chosen is FLOW. Water, rivers, soothing, and graceful are examples of words and imagery that we tend to associated with the word flow. To create a sense of flow in the edit, most of the clips were spliced together with a “fade into black” transition. Cutting between actions while following the direction of the movement also helped to improve the smoothness of the edit.

Transitioning from video to photo can be awkward so key frames were placed on the photos’ scales to help create movement. Audio files were overlapped and dragged across multiple clips to create an illusion of seamless audio editing. This technique is commonly known as L or J-cuts because of the shapes formed by the audio files on the timeline.

What is the narrative?

Creating a narrative for this video proved to be challenging. I initially collected stock footages, such as clouds, rain, and cityscape shots but felt that they were too detached and didn’t fit the story. The clip that I ended up using was the extra single shot video that my team filmed during the extensive earlier this semester.

The video features two different plotlines. We are introduced to the same characters in both plotlines. These clips were edited to run parallel with each other. The photos and audio files played a role in setting the scene and location – urban city on a rainy day. By the end of the video, the female character is “victorious” in both scenes.

The message that I wanted to convey is that we are all connected. Both characters are unknowingly connected and have crossed paths at different times. Whether it’s through fate or a greater force, the male character always ends up getting the short end of the stick – embarrassing himself and losing the race.

Final thoughts

The final edit sequence would have been more coherent if all the material had tied in with one another. A photo of “children holding umbrellas” juxtaposed with a video of “a man struggling to open a door” is jarring and doesn’t make for a sensible story. The challenge was to take these different elements and create a story out of it.

Is a story necessary? For this exercise, probably not, but I do believe that it is skill we should all improve on as content creators.

Watch FLOW:

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FILM REVIEW PODCAST

Daniel Hennequin is a movie-buff and it is only fitting that he made a film review podcast for his digital story submission. In this podcast, Daniel reviewed three Marvel superhero movies, shared his TOP TEN, and gives us a run down of movies released in May. Joining him is fellow classmate and superhero fanatic, Alex Xu, who shared her TOP TEN SUPERHERO FILMS (between the past 10 years). Chronicle? Heck yea!

The presentation of the podcast is formal and the script, professionally written. The attempts at comedy were good and gives the audience a character to relate to. Audio snippets from movie trailers were used effectively to give listeners a context of the film being reviewed and helps to break up the pacing of the podcast. The inclusion of Alex’s segment offered listeners a different perspective. It’s unfortunate, that this segment was recorded separately as it would have been more engaging as a conversation.

I felt that the inclusion of the BAD NEIGHBOURS and A MILLION WAYS TO DIE reviews weren’t necessary. The angle of the podcast could have been sharper if he had focused solely on superhero movies. Technically, the quality of the recording is good but could have been improved by using a wind-screen. This would help cancel out the pops and smacking noises coming from the lips.

Creating a film review podcast isn’t easy, especially in a market where film reviews are highly-saturated and everyone’s a critic. Daniel did a commendation job despite catching a nasty infection and I look forward to seeing him refine this podcast.

Check out Daniel’s movie reviews at hqmoviereviews.com

15 MINUTE NEWS HOUR

Just gonna say it outright – THIS IS AMAZING! 

15 Minute News Hour is a comedic news podcast created by Chiara-Rose KempJoshua Ezackial, and Matt Nielson. The pacing of this news podcast is fast, dynamic, and jammed pack with a wide variety of content. The quality of the voice recording is top-notch and the edits were seamless, allowing the audience to fully immense themselves in the experience. Special mention goes to Joshua, for his amazing voice work as Martin Sprout? Michael Spunk? Micky Split? - great natural delivery and with a voice as smooth as butter ~mmhmm~

My favourite segments include the interview with Asylum Seeker advocate, Jerry O’Riley (4.09) and the live coverage of the “World Staring Championships” (6.15).

My only criticism would be that some segments dragged on longer that necessary ie. Big Luigi Pizza commercial – but Matt’s(?) Italian accent coupled with the catchy background jingle managed to keep us entertained. Overall, excellent writing and incredible voiceover talent. The attention to detail given to this project puts it head and shoulders above an average student project.

Great job guys and hope to see hear more from the 15 Minute News Hour!

Keep up with the 15MinuteNewsHour on SoundcloudFacebook, and Twitter.

Jim The Robot | Digital Story Reflection

Jim the Robot LogoWhen was the last time you had a face-to-face conversation? Like really stop, put down your phone, and engage the person sitting across the table from you? In this day and age, where technology is screaming for our attention at every minute, it’s hard to stay still and do nothing. The world is moving at such neck-breaking speed, that we are forced to digest information in bite size chunks and 140 characters. And thus, we fall into auto-pilot, routinely checking our emails, Facebook updates, and Whatsapp messages.

Yuri and I share a similar sentiment and decided to explore this issue with humour and irony.

Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 12.05.00 AMJim is on a mission to re-engage humans with the world. To remind us, “Hey, we’re humans not robots.

Digital videos are being consumed at an increasing rate, so videos and YouTube were an obvious choice when it came to choosing our medium and mode of distribution. Youtube is also home to our target audience – teenagers and young adults. The format of our videos are designed to be short (less than a minute) and revolves around the theme of “technology can wait”. Each video follows Jim as he actively seek spaces where technology has consumed daily life and attempts to re-engage humans with one another, the world, and even themselves.

Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 12.53.23 AMDon’t text and walk. It’s annoying.

Why choose Jim? Jim is more than just a cool idea – or so I would like to think. He has a fun-loving personality and a deep appreciation for technology. At times, he may come across as a pain-in-the-you-know-where, but he really do love humans and even enjoys taking pictures with us! Jim may be made of metal, left-over cardboard, and held together with lots of duct tape – but his robot heart is compassionate and twice the size of many of us.

Screen shot 2014-06-09 at 1.23.53 AMBehold, the Luigi Jim death stare!

Being an avid user of social media, I am not here to condemn or judge our behaviour but rather to encourage us to re-examine our lifestyle and ask whether we have become too dependant on technology. And hopefully through that, may we discover what it means to be human again.

Tired of being a robot? Have a story to share? Love to see more of Jim?

Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Watch the video series on YouTube… or don’t.

After all, technology can wait ;)

 

Jim The Robot is a project created by Julian Tay and Yuri Ardana as part of their Media course at RMIT. We are two-men strong and have a penchant for breaking into song and cracking bad puns. The creative idea, sketches, and design were a collaborative effort. In most cases, our roles would overlap but for the sake of formality:

Julian Tay // Producer, Writer, Social Media Manager
Yuri Ardana // Director, Cinematographer, Editor