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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

Forget About Audio Editing, Just Capture It Right!

Waveform.Audio is the bane of every low-budget filmmaker.

The issue has never been audio editing but the process of capturing audio. Audio editing would only be able to help so much if your audio file is noisy and peaking. If an audio file is clipping, it would be incredibly hard or near impossible to restore. As for audio files that has been recorded too low, noise would be introduced if we try to increase its volume.

So how the heck do we get good quality audio?

Good question! Lucky for us, the awesome guys at Story & Heart wrote a useful blogpost on the importance of audio and how to capture it properly. Very insightful read which includes practical tips that can be practiced immediately without the need of fancy audio equipment. I won’t steal their thunder by regurgitating what they wrote, so go ahead and click the link below:

Sound affects. 5 Ways to Capture Better Audio Right Now.

Audio editing should never be a clutch for sloppy audio recording. Therefore, it is important to consider your audio production during a filming process. That way you won’t have to worry about crummy audio ruining your awesome award-winning short film. Don’t be lazy, capture it right!

For more audio tips, check out this article by NoFilmSchool – Getting Better Production Audio is Easier Than You Think.

Digitizing Maps with Illustrator

Tay - Final MapDigital drawing or digital painting is a method of creating digital art on a computer. Many presume that digital drawing is limited to character designing and other artistic endeavours. Truth is, digital drawing is a useful tool that is multidisciplinary. Before pursuing a career in media, I was studying a Bachelors of Applied Science (Geomatics) degree. To sum up the course in one sentence – Geomatics is the analyzation and visualization of geographical data. We were taught how to create maps using digital drawing.

The Foodie’s Guide to Melbourne CBD poster is an example of a digital drawing made using Illustrator. This is an example of the type work that would be produced at a cartographic level. The roads, parks, and water features were digitally traced – using a pen tool – on a layer above a Google Map image of Melbourne CBD. Transportation maps were used to digitize the tram and railway tracks. The symbols for the different types of restaurant were drawn using the pen and shape tools available in Illustrator. For example, the “Fine-dining” symbol was made by sketching out a fork and knife and placing them inside a rectangular shaped box.

Besides creating maps, what other uses can you think of for digital drawing?