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Reflection – Propaganda poster

For most of the posters that we had, I found out that they commonly analyzed the color. I think red was prevalent as it symbolizes communism.

 

The Chinese people seemed happy, and the overall poster was trying to convey a positive message about the revolution.

Moreover, most of the poster used appeals to ethos, which relies on the credibility of the poster.

As the poster includes lots of figure, I could spot that symbolism was one of the main techniques too.

 

Lastly, most of our classmates analyzed the words, including font size and word choice.

My Film – An Invisible Ghost/ Synopsis

Synopsis

The protagonist has his film-making project overdue, so he/she remains at school to edit his/her video. Therefore, The film takes place in the film-making center of ISB at late night. While he is working on his project, the incident begins.

He hears a sound in the hallway, so he goes out to check. However, he out nothing. Feeling a sense of awkwardness, he goes back to the classroom to continue editing. When he sits on the chair, he hears a sharp sound at the entrance of the film-making center. He leaves the classroom to check, and he finds a cup lying on the ground. He looks around, but no-one is left in the school.

This time, he hears a footstep on his back. He turns around and spots a red footprint on the floor of the classroom. Feeling scared, he stands up and runs out of the classroom, to the hallway. At the entrance of the filmmaking center, he hears a giggle on his back. He stops and slowly turns around. Then, the light turns off, and the protagonist screams.

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Script

ECU: I am fond of the sense of rough drumstick covering my hand. This attractive sense makes me stay close to drumming

CU: Whenever I play drums, I can find myself filled with joy. That is why drumming became my favorite hobby.

 

WS:  I sit on the fluffy chair, feeling the pedals living my feet up.

 

OTS: I put my right hand on the high hat, left on the snare, and take a deep breath.

 

Interesting shots:  Finally, I start drumming.

 

RESEARCH TASKS – Connecting with horror

  • Describe key elements of the short film (use film language as much as possible)

 

Character is one of the key elements of short film, as short film unfolds its story based on characters. Therefore, action, dialog, soliloquy, and facial expressions are considered significant in short films as they are the ones which expresses character’s idea. Film techniques such as extreme close up and close up are used to express character’s features.

 

Theme is also a significant feature of short film, as it is what short film’s plot should be about. Some common examples of themes are love, good vs evil, betrayal, and so on. To illustrate the theme effectively, the film must have a structure which starts with introduction, then rising action, then climax, and ends with resolution.

 

Jump Scare

 

Jump Scare is a technique often used in horror films and it scares the audience by showing the abrupt change of image. This technique is supposed induce a “cheap scare” both physically and mentally from the audience.

 

Tight Framing

 

Tight Framing is a technique that puts a frame very tight on the subject of the film. When doing so the subject almost touches the edges of the film. This technique I used to draw an attention about a specific subject. Moreover, it can also draw audiences’ attention to variety of concepts around the character.

 

Back lightening

 

Back lightening is a technique to use the main source of light behind the character to highlight the figure of the character. Since the light source is from the figure’s back, it is hard to recognize the facial expression of the character. Therefore, it arouses curiosity from the audience about the specific features of the character.

 

Uplighting

 

Uplighting is to use the main source of light from the bottom. By doing so, the light highlights the character’s face. Therefore, it exaggerates the character’s facial expression, and it may be also used to maximize the scary feature of antagonist’s face.

 

Horror films must create an scary and tensive atmosphere so that the audiences can immerse into the film easily. Therefore, the usage of sound is significant, as it is effective in building up a tension. Infrasound is one of the sound technique used in horror movies.

 

Infrasound is a low frequency sound: a sound that has a frequency below 20Hz. Since this sound is hard to be heard, using this sound builds up the tension of the film. It also expresses negative emotions such as uneasiness, anxiety, and fear

 

People expect to feel scared when they watch horror movies. This reason is related to human compensation psychology. When humans feel negative emotions such as fear or anxiety while watching horror movies, happiness comes afterwards as a reward. Therefore, when making horror film, the director must make the film scary.

 

Cultural and historical backgrounds have a great influence on horror movies. For example, most Eastern ghosts are often seen well by others because they have the setting that they died with resentment. Therefore,  eastern ghosts openly slaughter people rather than hiding themselves.

On the other hand, Western ghosts are difficult to detect unless they are experts. Therefore, they evoke a mysterious fear. Since I am accustomed to those “eastern” fear, I can feel that I am more scared by those “western” fear these days.

 

In my horror film, I will include a mysterious fear. It will be about an unexpected spiritual visitor. Since I have no access to computer technology, I won’t be able to include the figure of the ghost. Due to this constraint and my preference of a mysterious fear, the ghost will be invisible for this film. However, the audience are aware of its existence since the ghost is leaving traces by turning off lights, making noises, or knocking on doors. To maximize the sense of fear, I will use some sound techniques like infrasound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story Board

Extreme Close up

I will film my hands holding a drum stick. I will make sure my drum stick is highlighted and I will try to keep the background out of focus. This scene will take about 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 2.8.

I will use a 42.5 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

Close up

For the second shot, I will film my face. I will make sure that my eyes and mouth are in focus to clearly show the expression. I should have a concentrating expression on my face. This scene will take about 4 seconds.

I will use an aperture of 4.

I will use a 25 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

Medium shot

For the medium shot, I will take the picture of myself sitting on the drum set. In this scene, the only action I am going take is spin the drum stick. This scene will take about 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 5.6.

I will use a 25/15 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

Over the Shoulder Shot

For the over the shoulder shot, I will film the drum set on the point of view of my shoulder. At this scene, I will show myself being ready for drumming; I play my left hand on the snare drum, and place my right on the high hat. This scene will last for 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 4.

I will use a 42.5 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

Interesting Shots

For 5th shot, I will show myself playing the drum set. The camera angle at the top, filming down will on me drumming.  I will actually play the drum to make this scene interesting.

 

I will use an aperture of 5.6.

I will use a 25/15 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

My story

For this project, the subject of my film is going to be drumming. The film is going to present me picking up the drum stick, sitting on the drum set thrones, and drumming. It will be in chronological order, starting with me picking up the drum stick, and end with me starting to play drums. Since this film is quite short, I thought it will be quite challenging to involve complicated emotion in it. Therefore, I decided to deliver my passion for drumming in the film. To make it interesting, I will try to make my film include actual drumming sound in the “interesting shot” stage.

My first 4 Shots

ECU of Hands

 

I will film my hands holding a drum stick. I will make sure my drum stick is highlighted and I will try to keep the background out of focus. This scene will take about 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 2.8.

I will use a 42.5 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

CU

 

For the second shot, I will film my face. I will make sure that my eyes and mouth are in focus to clearly show the expression. I should have a concentrating expression on my face. This scene will take about 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 4.

I will use a 25 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

MS

 

For the medium shot, I will take the picture of myself sitting on the drum set. In this scene, the only action I am going take is spin the drum stick. This scene will take about 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 5.6.

I will use a 25/15 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

OTS

 

For the over the shoulder shot, I will film the drum set on the point of view of my shoulder. At this scene, I will show myself being ready for drumming; I play my left hand on the snare drum, and place my right on the high hat. This scene will last for 4 seconds.

 

I will use an aperture of 4.

I will use a 42.5 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

 

For 5th shot, I will show myself playing the drum set. The camera angle at the top, filming down will on me drumming.  I will actually play the drum to make this scene interesting.

 

I will use an aperture of 5.6.

I will use a 25/15 lens.

I will use a white balance of 5000K.

 

A story in 5 shots

Extreme Close-up (ECU):

Extreme close-up refers to the first filming technique among the 5 shot sequences. The specialty of this technique comes from its shot size. Just like its name, the shot size of this technique is extremely close; the camera extremely closes up to the hands of the character. As this technique is arranged in the first order of the 5 sequences, its feature of only showing the hands of the character makes evokes the audiences’ interests.

Close-up (CU)

Close-up refers to the second technique among the 5 shot sequences. The shot size of this technique is quite close, as this technique focuses on the face of an object. Since this technique focuses on the face, it can effectively present the emotion of the character, helping the reader to understand the character’s emotion. In most cases, the eyes are the most emphasized in the face.

Medium Shot (MS)

Joe Blogs: The Medium-Shot

Medium shot refers to the third technique among the 5 shot sequences. The shot size of this technique is moderately close, focusing on the upper body of the figure and a background. Since it generally shows the whole picture of the scene, it builds up a general understanding of the character and the surrounding for the audiences. Therefore, medium shot is one of the fundamental techniques of filmmaking.

Over the Shoulder (OTS)

Camera Angles: Over The Shoulder or Single Shot?

Over the Shoulder shot refers to the fourth technique among the 5 shot sequences. The shot size of this technique is quite close, and the point of view of this technique starts from the shoulder of the character. This technique focuses of what the character is doing, so it reveals the relationship between the character and the subject. Since the point of view of this technique is similar to that of the character, it engages the audience into the film.

Interesting Shots

Interesting shot refers to the last technique among the 5 shot sequences. Just like its name, there is not specific shot size to follow. It just has to be “interesting”, and this shot must put an end to the whole film. An unusual focuses such as “crawl on your belly” can be an example of Interseing shots.

 

 

Create & Improve: Final Submission

In the last blog post, I finished my project up to the final sketch and in this blogpost, I concentrated on polishing the sketch, coloring, and applying it to the real world.

First of all, I drew my sketch again on Ipad to simplify the rough sketch on the paper. By doing so, I could make the lines neater, which makes my mascot visually attractive. I also drew the trace of the toothpaste with the bluish brush, so that looks as if it is flowing

Then, I colored my mascot. I generally tried to use bluish colors so that my mascot looks cool. I also drew in the minor details such as the line in the mask and toothbrush.

However, it turned out that coloring my mascot’s body with light blue made my mascot not look like a real tooth, which is the identity of my design. Therefore, I changed the color in grey, and it kept my design on the right track. Also, grey had a good combination with the bluish color choices.

And this is my final product. I thought the eyes in the prototype were too scary, so I embedded a white dot on it in order to make it more vital and cute. By doing so, my design will look visually attractive for my target audience: children. As a result, this mascot will make children not scared of the dental clinic. I also made the handle part of the toothbrush in 3D, so that it looks more vivid. The color of it was also blue in order to maintain the bluish concept of the mascot.  It wears the cloak on its back, adding to the heroic image.  The mask that he is wearing emphasizes the concept of sanity, inducing the children to brush their teeth thoroughly. His head looks like a tooth, so it successfully represents dental clinic.

 

Then, I applied my design to some dental clinic mockups.

Reflection of the final product:

 

Is your design successful, or does it still need further refinement?

I think it was quite successful to a certain point. It successfully represents a dental clinic, and its cute appearance attracts children, helping them not to be scared of the dental clinic. However, in terms of its design, I think I could have done it better. I am personally satisfied with it, but it is not so good compared to professional works.

What went well in your process, and what did you enjoy?

I think coming up with an idea and developing it was the best part of my project. I personally think that my idea of the design was quite fresh, and coming up with a heroic sketch of my mascot was quite good. That part was the part that I most enjoyed too.

What didn’t go so well?

I personally think that the coloring and polishing part did not go so well.  In the polishing part, I should have added some attractive features to the mascot, but I did not. As a result, my mascot lacked in visuals compared to the professional works.

What would you do differently next time?

Next time, I should ask for more help from the expertise in the designing field as my work lack in specific details. By doing so, I can make my design better in terms of visuals. Or else,  I could have searched up some videos about making mascots. There are bunch of youtube videos about it, and I should have looked at it in order to improve.

Develop & Plan: Blog Reflection

I started by sorting out some possible designs idea for my products. I came up with 6 design ideas that could be appropriate for the dental clinic mascot for kids.

1. Dentist.

To indicate that my mascot is a design for a dental clinic, this design focuses on the image of the dentist, who is kind of the leader of the clinic. I tried to dress my mascot in the green surgeon clothes glasses to show that my product actually looks like the dentist. Since the target audience of my mascot is children, I had to make my mascot look cute and kind. Therefore, I made my mascot in small size, with a smiling face.

2. Hero

Since the target audience of my mascot is children, I had to make my mascot heroic and cool so that it can attract the audience. Therefore I made a hero mascot, whose body is muscular wears hero clothes which has a drawing of a tooth on them.

3. Tooth.

To indicate that my mascot is a design for a dental clinic, this design focuses on the image of tooth, which is a topic of the clinic. The target audience of my mascot is children, so I had to make my mascot look cute and kind. Therefore, I made my mascot in small size, with a smiling face.

4,5. Toothbrush, Toothpaste

To indicate that my mascot is a design for a dental clinic, this design focuses on the toothbrush, which are the key items of brushing teeth. This mascot will be able to encourage children to brush their teeth thoroughly. Since the target audience of my mascot is children, I had to make my mascot look cute and kind. Therefore, I made my mascot in small size, with a smiling face.

6. Face

To indicate that my mascot is a design for a dental clinic, this design focuses on the face with a shining teeth, which encourages the children to brush their teeth. Also, I made the face smile so that it gives a positive image for the audience.

Among these choices, I chose tooth design for my final product. I did so because it was the most attractive design for the children (because it looks so cute) and it clearly represents a dental clinic.

Based on the tooth design ideas, I tried to come up with 6 possible designs. Amongst these designs, I chose the last one for my final product. I did so because it was visually attractive. This mascot is meant to be the hero that protects the teeth, so it is dressed in the hero cloak. Therefore, it looks cool and attractive, so it is suitable for my target audience: children. Adding on, I combined the image of tooth, toothbrush, and toothpaste, so it clearly represents the image of the dental clinic.

The design that I chose was motivated by this character, which is the protagonist of the game Hollow Knight. To satisfy my target audeicne (children), I need to make a design which looks both cool and cute. Therefore, I decided to refer to this design, which also looks cool and cute.

To add to the heroic image of my character, I decided to make my character use the toothbrush as if it is a weapon. I thought using both toothbrush and toothpaste is too complicated, so I deleted toothpaste.

 

Lastly, I drew my character in a cool posing. I wanted to highlight the fact that my mascot uses the toothbrush as a weapon to clean children’s mouth, so I searced up some image on google.

 

This picture was the motif of my mascot’s pose. I really liked how the character swings his weapon widely and the blue trace of it. Also, the fact that the character stands in one leg makes the character even more dynamicTherefore, I drew my character to swing the toothbrush widely and to stand on one foot. I also drew the sketch of the trace.

I added the mask on my mascot to highlight the sanity of my character, and this is my final sketch.

I can assure that my design was successful because it was visually attractive for my target audiences. The target audience of my mascot is children, so I had to make my mascot look cool. This mascot is meant to be the hero that protects the teeth, so it is dressed in the hero cloak with the toothbrush lance. Therefore, it looks cool and attractive, being  suitable for my target audience. Also, this mascot has a image of tooth and toothbrush, which clearly represents dental clinic.

 

The goal of my design is to make the mascot that looks cool so that it attracts children and to represent a dental clinic. I did so through the image hero with the cloak, swinging the toothbrush. I am thinking of coloring the cloack in red, a tooth in grey, and the trace in blue. The final product will be made with the ipad, and I will trace my scatch using the and color it. To do that, I will need some drawing skills with ipad, so I will ask for the help of my friends and Mr. Griffin.

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