So it is the last day in my Web Design class with Marc Smolowitz. The objectives of this class were to:
Design blogs, both in the form an interactive personal website and in the form of a collective website, including the development of a site map, a content strategy, a functionality plan, and goals for user experience.
Showcase original content on both blogs and aggregated content from third party platforms on both blogs, including text, photo, video, and audio.
Develop a social media ecosystem and strategy that bridges personal, professional and creative interests.
Apply preliminary back-end techniques for dynamic web blogs.
Survey software applications for web page construction.
Research and monitor current trends in the web design and new media industry, especially as it relates to filmmaking and storytelling.
I feel as if I have learned, understood, and demonstrated each of those objectives. Although I could have and should demonstrate more of them better, I am glad that I had the opportunity to understand them now, o I can put them in better practice.
What I learned about myself and social networking, is that I am not really a “blogger” kind of person. I love talking about my projects, but that’s about it. I just don’t have the same interests as others. Therefore it’s difficult for me to comment, or reblog people’s posts and content.
However, if I do find something interesting, I found out that I can become OBSESSED with those things! For example, my friend Dominic Mercurio, really loves this band “IamamIwhoamI”. Through his posts about them on his wordpress and Tumblr, I began getting into them too. I became so infatuated with their work that they inspired me to change my senior thesis to something more artistically creative and heavily symbolic. I am now an “IamamIwhoamI” troll!!
Come check out the 1st screening of Life in Plastic! It’ll be screening next Friday, the 15th at the Delancey Screening hall at 7pm. There will also be other great films there too! It’s free and there will be food and drinks… also free!
Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of participating in a 2 hour motion picture color finishing workshop with the graciously talented Colorflow Post Senior Colorist Gary Coates. He shared with us many useful tips and tools to help us enhance our films using in Final Cut Pro’s color effects. Even though he gave us a great presentation, there were a few sections that were just way too advanced for me to comprehend, but here are some notes I was able to jot down.
Make sure to balance your RGBs first. The important rule with this is to remember that you only need to adjust your colors by a few increments. 5 points can go a long way.
Next do your gamma correction. .85 is the default.
My favorite tip of the night, was when he showed us 5D & 7D users that if we Desaturation our color by 20% it’ll look closer to film. He also highly recommends Black Magic’s Davinci Resolve. He compared it to eating at 5 star restaurant =)
We have obtained full permission to use Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen’s song “Don’t Believe in Ghosts” in our film! We have a grand number of musical collabarators on this one. Hold on to your underware folks, this one’s going to be a dozzy!
Congratz to us, our film has teamed up with the hip London based clothing company Kokontozai. Their designers will be putting together a collection of coutfits for this film. We are very excited and very honored to have them on board… but just wait, you still haven’t seen anything yet!