Production Work October 25

  • Finalized poster

    • designed and added one act logo

    • added QR code that leads to HSTheater blog

    • Edited the names of one act shows

    • tried to print A2 size poster but copy center asked me to go back next week

  • Helped Ava and Sabrina on the HSTheater blog

    • send email to one act directors and requested information for website

Today’s Challenges

One challenge that occurred today was that the QR code we added did not work for Wechat users, which is a huge problem because most people scan QR codes with this app. I fixed this problem by changing the QR code and adding a white background for it, which helps Wechat recognize the QR code. Another problem that occurred was that the copy center could not print out a mock up of our poster, which made it hard to scale the QR code since I had to make sure people can see it clearly and scan it successfully.

Today’s Successes & Highlights

Today, after I added a few elements to the poster, it is very near to being finalized. One task I’m particular proud of is fixing the spotlight so it shines on the entire chair instead of only half. This task was quite difficult since it was hard to make the spotlight look aesthetically pleasing, however, I achieved it by recreating the spotlight. Another task I’m proud of is the one act logo, since it is in monochrome and fits the theme of the poster.

Next class, I will go to the copy center and print out an A2 sized poster and ask for feedback. I will also continue to help with the HSTheater blog by replying to the directors and incorporating blurs and pictures from the directors onto the HSTheater blog.

Nightmare Stage Design


About your piece:

For my nightmare design, I chose to create a deserted island. I chose the idea of a deserted island because one of my fears is loneliness.



Describe what you were creating:

I created an island that is covered with blood and fenced off with bloody nails. Through the entrance of the island, marked off by two nails creating an X, there is a blood trail leading up to a floating ball full of spikes. The blood symbolizes the death and horror that has happened on the island before. I decided to create a ball covered with screws because the sharp edges represent weapons which is terrifying for most people. Furthermore, the ball is floating because it gives off a supernatural feeling.


Were you successful or unsuccessful

I think I was successful in terms of creating the island and the feelings it evokes.


What did you learn about?

Through this project, I learned how to create a design that is targeted towards the audience. For example, because it is a stage set, the parts where the audience can’t see (Behind the island and inside) does not really matter. This is why I only put the nail fence in the front.


How could you develop this piece further?

To develop this piece further, I feel like I could have added a few more elements to the island to create an even scarier feeling (Eg. Warning signs, spider webs, and possibly a backdrop). I would also replace the inside of the island because this time, I hot glued foam together. This did not work well because the foam absorbed the hot glue. Instead of foam, I could use newspaper next time.


About 1 other design

What do you see? What feelings, sensations, or emotions does it evoke?

In the design, I see a face full of blood with sharp objects such as glass pieces and blades stuck on the flesh. Beside it, there are scary words and phrases written with blood. It evokes the feeling of horror and terror.


What do you like or what sticks out to you about this design

I like how the designer inserted a rose in one of the eye hole because not only because it gives off a hipster aesthetic which is popular within the past few years, it kind of also reminds the audience of a graveyard because overtime, flowers grow from the ground.


Were they successful or unsuccessful

I think that the designer was successful designing a set which gives off a scary feeling. It definitely shows off the scariness of the scene to the audience.


How Could they develop this further?

I think the designer could improve this set by reducing the writings in blood because it covers the entire stage, which leaves little space for the actors to move around. I would also reduce the scale of the mask for the possibility of putting in extra props.



Portraits – 10 Techniques

Break the Rules of Composition

In this photo, i broke the rules of composition by placing the subject in the center of the frame. Normally it should follow Rule of Thirds however this does not. I did this by allowing some empty space by the sides.

Experiment with Lighting

For this photo, I played around with Gel lights. There was a blue light and a red light on either side of the subject creating a contrast on the subjects face

Introduce a Prop

For this photo, i added a balloon. The bright color of the balloon really contrasts with the plain background. It is also the focal point of the image

Focus Upon One Body Part

For this image, i got up close and took a picture of the subject rolling up his sleeves. A low Aperture was used to allow the background to be blurry so people can focus on the arms.

Take a Series of Shots

For this, i took a series of shots of a subject’s outfit. I thought it would be a great idea to make a triptych with it because all the photos added up together tells a more detailed story.

Alter Your Perspective

I altered my perspective with this photo and tried to take a birds eye view. This allowed me to get both the playing mat and the kid in the photo

Looking within the frame

In this photo, the kid is looking at the telephone. Because she is the focal point, the eye contact also leads the audience to see the phone, which is an important part of the picture

Shoot Candidly

The kid in this photo was playing with his friend. He did not pose for the image which made it more raw and candid

Obscure Part of your Subject

In this photo, the telephone the kid was playing with obscured her face. However, it allows us to focus on the phone along with her face.

Take Unfocused Shot

With this shot, the flower was not in focus. This allows the photo to have more emotion, mood, and interest. It allows us to imagine what the flower looks like and would be different for everyone

Humans of ISB

I’ve had a pretty privileged life, just like any other kid in ISB. There weren’t many hard times putting it in perspective of the world, but there was a period of time where I was just not happy about the way of myself and I was just going through a lot of things such as self discovery. I was trying to find exactly who I was and just growing up I guess.

My favorite thing about my life is sports because it allows me to escape from finals. When I play sports, it makes me feel really good because I dont have to worry about school

The meaning of life is to pass down your genes and obtain knowledge. The happiest time of my life was when I was born, because if I wasn’t born, I would have no perception of happiness.

The saddest moment of my life is every time I open up my grade book.

The happiest moment of my life was when I got second in the OICC, a chess competition. I was really happy because it was something I worked really hard for and I was really proud of myself because I have worked so hard for it. It felt great being rewarded like that.

Light Painting


Light painting is when you you long exposure in a dark room and shine a flashlight at the camera. Because the camera only takes in the bright objects, your light is the only thing that is going to be in the pictures. First, you change the shutter speed to bulb mode(for the shutter to be open for as long as you hold the button) or to a number with a ‘(stands for seconds). Then, adjust your aperture to around 7 or 8 because you want to make sure the light is going to be in focus. You also want to turn your iso to the lowest(to reduce all film grain). Before you turn the lights off, make sure the object is in focus. Then, turn the lights off. Lastly, take the picture making sure the light points at the camera. Also you can point the light at any objects to make it appear in the picture. A good idea would be to shine it a friend for a second, then tell him to move with the lights off, then repeat. This way, you will have clones of the person. An important tip would be to make sure the subject moves with the lights off so there is nothing you dont want in the picture. The most challenging thing is to imagine what you are drawing when drawing it. Sometimes it may not be what you expect it to be. I really enjoyed creating orbs in this unit because it was something I never thought would be possible to do without photoshop. I also liked working with groups because we can all help each other out. This project also got all of our creative sides going because we had to think of new ideas constantly. Sometimes we can combine a few good ideas and techniques with group members to create great ones. This create more new and interesting photos.

Manual 101

The Exposure Triangle is made out of 3 components, the aperture, the shutter speed, and the iso. With these 3 things, you can change how bright an image is. The aperture controls how big the iris of the lens is, the bigger the f stop is, the more is in focus and the smaller the iris is. Thats why it lets in less light. Conversely, the smaller the f stop, the bigger the iris and the image has a lower depth of field. The image is also brighter.  Shutter speed is how fast the camera takes the picture. the smaller it is, the faster the camera takes the picture. Because the time is shorter, it lets in less light, unlike if the number is bigger, it lets in more light. The negative effect for this is that if the number is too low, you will need a tripod or else everything will have motion blur, even from the smallest movements. ISO is like artificial light. The bigger it is, the more light it boosts into the image. However, a negative effect is that it adds digital noise (Film Grain). All of these 3 components control how bright the image is. They are connected because you want to have a perfectly lit picture but not the negative effects. For example, if it is bright outside (noon), and you want a blurry background for a picture, you would have a low aperture. However, since its already really bright, and you are letting in lots of light, the picture is going to be blown out and over exposed. Therefore, you want to make the shutter speed smaller so the image takes in less light. You also want to turn the ISO to the least because you dont want film grain nor added brightness. Exposure is the brightness of a picture. If it is more exposed, there is more white points. If an image is under exposed, that means it is not lit properly. The aperture or the shutter speed needs to be lower or the ISO needs to be higher. As a photographer, it is important to know how to operate your DLSR in Manual mode since it you can control it more. It allows you to control your own shutter speed and aperture which is very important. This is because if you want to take a landscape photo and want to have a high aperture, you can control that yourself. Also, if you want a low shutter speed to make a motion blur or panning photo, you can do that yourself.


For this freezing action photo, it uses the rule of thirds since the arms are on the horizontal lines. The scissors are also on the cross. I used a tripod for this photo and used the fastest shutter speed to get the freezing action. I needed the tripod to make sure i can capture the water at the right moment. had to use a low aperture and  a high ISO since a low shutter speed creates a dark photo. For this picture, I used manual focus because the camera is not fast enough to change focus in just a split second

For this photo, it shows motion blur. It also has a clear focal point because of the strong color. The center is also in focus which directs our attention there. When I took it, i used the shutter speed of around 1/50 to get a slow shot. Then, right after i pressed the take button, i quickly zoomed out. It gave me this effect. Sometimes, if i start out as zoomed in, i would also walk forward to compensate for the zoom out. This is similar to the film effect “vertigo effect” it is when you zoom out and walk forward to keep the subject in the same place. it makes the background zoom in but not the plant. I had to use automatic focus for this image because when my camera was zooming out so fast, the focus would change.  For this picture, I used the panning technique. It breaks the computational guideline but it still works. The subject is the focal point of the picture because the background is blurred. For the panning technique, I used a slow shutter speed so i would get the blur. I then panned my camera the same speed the subject was going so she would be in focus and the background would not be. For this photo, i used automatic focus so the subject would be in focus while the camera was moving.This photo above has a low depth of field, meaning the background was blurry. For this photo, I used a really low aperture, this made the picture really exposed (bright) so i had to turn down the shutter speed making the picture darker. I also had really low iso to make sure it was not over exposed. For this photo, i did not need a tripod since the shutter speed was so fast. I also used manual focus to focus on the thin branch in the foreground