Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Metamorphosis Animation

After we finished our poly portraits we decided to do animation next. We got to pick our own teams and who we wanted to work with. My team consists of Micah Miller, Taylor Chang and Ashley Alfiler.  We had to come up with two focus statements that go in the order noun verb noun for example Rock sprouts flower. After we came up with two focus statements that got approved by mr Sanderl , our teacher, we had to come up with a presentation to get feed back from the class about which idea they think would best work. After the presentation we had to fill out a production plan and storyboard to have an idea of how it would look before we actually shoot it and draw it out. We have to make sure that it fits the time requirement of 1-2 minutes with a custom soundtrack.

Our focus statement is rock sprouts flower. So pretty much a sad drab old looking rock gets thrown and stuff and a small seed is planted but cant grow. A girl finds him and decides she wants to keep him. The love and affection that this seed is getting from the girl makes the seed turn into a sprout then later a flower. So the plot is a rock gets found by  a girl and the affection the girl shows for him eventually turns into a beautiful flower. the first scene is of the rock getting thrown and kicked around while it gets kicked around.In the second scene Taylor walks up to the rock and picks it up. She also takes it to the waters edge to get washed off. Then in the third scene Taylor walks home with the rock.After in the fourth scene Taylor brings her rock everywhere she goes including surfing and school. Finally in the fifth scene you can start to see the little sprout everyday the little sprout gets bigger and by the end of the animation the sprout is a big beautiful flower. 

I thought the critique results were pretty accurate. We did a lot of things good but we could have made  those things better. I thought the audio was pretty good and so were most scenes. The drawing and animating on scene 3 could have been better (animated by me). The scenes that Taylor and Ashley did were really awesome and Micah made some really good soundtracks. I thought that the scene I made could have been more high quality. I agreed with the critique because the understanding could have been more clearer and we could have portrayed it so it was easier to understand but it was pretty good overall I thought. I thought that we did really good with originality and executing our idea.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Geometric Portraits

In this next project we were asigned to make a low poly image in photoshop. Smiling is something people do around the world. But in different countries it means different thing like in the united states smiling is more of showing respect for someone while in Switzerland they say they are one of the most happiest people yet don't really smile. Smiling doesn't have to deal with the happines of life it is what you are taught. But overall where ever you are everyone will have a facial expression on their faces even though it may not be a smile. 

First you need to take a picture and load it into photoshop. When in photoshop you make a new project and add any filters or adjustments to make your photo even better.Then basically the thing in common with all 3 is you take the lasso tool and make triangles and fill them in. Either with the eye dropper tool and Alt+delete or filter blur average then for all the other triangles command f. The very first one we did we made outlines and then filled them in. When we did the first one this was part of the outline steps. We had all the outlines say for our eyes we would select all the layers and merge them together and rename it eyes to help us keep organized; we did that for all of our features. After we finished the triangle in all of our features and liked it we would merge all the lines together. For the second one we went straight into the lasso tool and coloring it in. The very last one we used a combo of both and a new one for the breaking glass effect.

When we did it the easy way it was just sliding some buttons and creating it, EASY but it didn't come out exactly how I wanted it. When we did the first one we had a little more control on how big and small the triangle were and kinda how we wanted it to look. But with the second and third one we had way more control then the easy. We could hand pick the colors ourselves then the computer choosing it for us. We got to go in with the eye dropper and pick what colors we wanted and we got to make the background look super nice. I think one thing that the easy had that the others didn't was how fast it made it. Because it was made by a computer it was created in seconds while the other three took a while because you had to outline or pick the color you wanted. But I liked that we had a lot more freedom in the others than we had in the easy. I like the difference between the first two because in the poly-1 its kinda dark and not that bright. But in the poly-2 its really bright and looks a lot like her. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Verbal Landscapes

We are on to our second project called retime nature. We go out and take time lapses and slow motion videos. We are sticking with our theme of poetry and making a 60 second video of nature. There are many ways that nature impacts my life. One way is that I love to hunt and hike, if there was no nature there would be no interesting places to hike and no place for animals to live so i wouldn't be able to hunt anywhere. I go to the beach at least one a week and that is like my safe place. I like to go there when I feel angry or sad because the water cools me down and makes me feel very calm. Certain places in nature has a certain impact on me like Anahola beach is where my Great-Grandma was scattered is where I like to be almost all the time I get to go to the beach.

Time lapses are videos that have are set to take a certain amount of frames every second. Slow-mos are videos that have been slowed down to make everything seem slower. There are different ways to actually create time lapses and slow mos. One way that you can create a time lapse is with your phone. If you have an Iphone there is a time lapse and slow mo feature is you scroll all the options to the left. The other way to create them is taking a normal video with either a camera or phone and uploading it onto your computer. You can use final cut pro's re time editing tool to speed up your clip or slow it down. If you try to create a slow mo with final cut pro it doesn't look as normal as it would on a phone but time lapses come out just fine.

The hardest part of this project was probably catching a really nice sunset because every night for the past few days has like a really pink sky but gray clouds were covering them up. Something else that was hard was creating my poem because I wanted it to be meaningful and make sense. My favorite part about this project was probably filming the sunrises because it make me think of how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place and get to wake up everyday. Waking up early to shoot the sunrises didn't bother me because I get up at six and the sun actually comes up at around 6:20. I also liked that I got to use Final cut pro because I never got to use it before since we were always using Imovie. I also liked that we could work by our selves first because we get to practice using Final cut pro before working in a team.

Critique Reflection:
I agree with the critiques but the thing I could have done better in is the text layovers. I feel that I could have added colors and different fonts to make it pop and look different. I could have also re filmed some of the shots cause they were a little shaky. Other than that I thought that I did pretty good.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Poetic Design

HEY Guys, We started are new school year a few weeks ago and we had the option of creating a new blog or keeping our old one. I decided to keep this one because it has all of my 6 and 7 grade work, since I chose to do this I will now have all of my middle school work on here: Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth!!! Our first project as 8th grade G.T students is creating a poetic design. I think that poetry is a way for people to expresses how they think about the things revolving around them. I also think poetry is a literature that uses sounds and symbols that help create meaning of the poem. Poetry is a form of art that uses words instead of paint and crayons. I feel that Poetry is used as a way for people to express their feelings and their way of thinking.

Anahola beach where my Puna rests
I strive to do good on my tests
My life is like a painting
Always colorful never tainting
You only have one lifetime 
So do your best in the  meantime 

The rhythm of rhyme I used in my poetic statement is aa,bb,cc. It rhymes for two sentences then changes to another rhyme then repeats the pattern. I used rhyme because in poems it tends to rhyme a lot and because in order to write this paragraph I had to use it. Rhyme is the easiest one for me because I know a lot of rhyming words and there are a lot of websites that help you find rhyming words. When it comes to rhythm it is a bit harder because you actually have to come up with the rhythm your self.But it can also be easy if you use the rhyming words .When something has rhythm it flows into the next sentence and so forth.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Music Video Finale

HEY!!!! Summer is super close and ususally our last project is my favorite of all time.......... MUSIC VIDEOS. This year my teammates are Ashley Alfiler, and Julie Castro. We all have songs that we like to listen too but I guess when it come time to pick a song all the songs you listen to vanish from your mind so we went with the first idea that was given. The song that Ashley picked was sit still look pretty by Daya. Our storyline matches perfectly with our lyrics because we have a girl crying because a boy dabbed on her in the beginning and then walk away. Then in the end she walk up to him then dabbed on him. 
Fast editing montage sequencing is an editing technique that cuts the video to make it more interesting. In our music video we used this technique a bunch of times to make our video more interesting. My favorite fast montage sequence is where Julie, Ashley, and Me and standing in the middle of the field and at first i am in normal clothes and then when it comes back down I have nice clothes. Another one of my favorite shots is where there is a wide of Ashley crying and me and Julie come to cheer her up. Then we have a close of us patting her back and talking to her. Then we have another wide of all of us walking away while having fun! I think that when you use this it makes things more interesting and funner to watch. When editing you have to make it precise especially in music videos because you want the lip-sync to match the words or else it will look off and weird. In our music video we had to make sure that the lip-sync and the fast editing montage sequence matched and looked really nice.  
 This music video showcases my best work because we had to plan, use iMovie, Photoshop, and even filming techniques. Since we couldn't use our " music play back device" or a.k.a or phones we needed to film out of school so we had to plan where we were gonna go and film and how we were gonna get there and what we were gonna do. We learned how to use iMovie last year but this year we actually get the chance to figure it out and find out how to use it fully. In photoshop we have a hate/love relationship because sometimes it makes the most beautiful things and then sometimes it totally shuts down and we can't work on it. In iMovie it was hard because last year almost every time I tried to help edit they would say go do something else so i didn't really get that full knowledge I got just enough to know how to break things and add transitions

by: DAYA 
Could dress up
To get love
But guess what?
I'm never gonna be that girl
Who's living in a Barbie world
Could wake up
In make up,
And play dumb
Pretending that I need a boy
Who's gonna treat me like a toy
I know the other girlies wanna wear expensive things
Like diamond rings
But I don't wanna be the puppet that you're playing on a string
This queen don't need a king
Oh, I don't know what you've been told
But this gal right here's gonna rule the world
Yeah, that is where I'm gonna be because I wanna be
No, I don't wanna sit still, look pretty
You get off on your 9 to 5
Dream of picket fences and trophy wives
But no, I'm never gonna be 'cause I don't wanna be
No, I don't wanna sit still look pretty
Mr. Right could be nice for one night
But then he wanna take control
And I would rather fly solo
That Snow White
She did right
In her life
Had 7 men to do the chores
'Cause that's not what a lady's for
The only thing a boy's gonna give a girl for free's captivity
And I might love me some vanilla but I'm not that sugar sweet
Call me HBIC
Oh, I don't know what you've been told
But this gal right here's gonna rule the world
Yeah, that is where I'm gonna be, because I wanna be
No, I don't wanna sit still, look pretty
You get off on your 9 to 5
Dream of picket fences and trophy wives
But no, I'm never gonna be, 'cause I don't wanna be
No, I don't wanna sit still look pretty
Sure I'm a pretty girl up in a pretty world
But they say pretty hurts
And I don't wanna sit still

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Animated Life Lessons

My Team mates were William and Andrew. They were really chill and like to laugh and crack jokes. Andrew is one of those people who like to crack really funny jokes. William is one of those sparkle plentys who like to get his work done on time and neat. Then there's me, i'm like both of them combined. If the projects important I do it like many days before, If it doesn't seem important to me than I do it the night before. I also like to help people fix their problems and find fun things to do. In our story it exaggertaes these features by having me go help them find things they like to do. Then they practice a lot.
In our story we use humor in andrew's part when he is trying to practice telling jokes. In the script I laugh but my laugh is a sarcastic laugh. Our life lesson is that you should do something with your life and not just sit on the couch doing nothing. I think that this relates to the audience because they all have something that they are passionate for and could not be doing it but after watching maybe they would want to do what they like to do. Take andrew in the movie at first he was doing a silly chicken dance then when i met him they got motivated to do that.
Considering that we never worked together ever before our productivity levels were pretty high. Unlike if I worked with some friends I stayed pretty in the lines and didn't talk as much as I would of with my friends. The best moment during production was probably when we were all working really hard to get the scenes done. I think one of the biggest challenges were probably trying to get all the animation b- roll to fit the audio. Other than that we worked really good and were really great as a team, I think so anyway.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Character Development

Hi guys is Meleana! In this first paragraph my teacher Mr. Sanderl asked us to share what kind of people we are and some imperfections. Im the kind of person that cares about her family and friends, and always worries about her grades. Im also the kind of person that likes to get her work done but also is a really big procrastinator.  Some funny imperfections that I have is that when people eat with their mouth open I get irrated by that. I also get irrated with the noise your mouth makes when you chew food like a cow. Another imperfection that I have is when someone says something or does something weird I slap them.

SOme character traits that I plan to exaggerate while animating myself is my humourous side. I will add in some dance moves like the dab. I will also add in the character trait of me being quiet and me being really talkitive . I also plan to exaggerate my stupidity. I feel like I know a lot of stuff because i'm in honors and G.T but then when I dont know an answer I usually have my friend ashley in those classes so I will be like, Ashley what do we do or Ashley I need help. I could add in my character trait of dancing and dabbing by using puppet warp. I could use the puppet warp to make my mouth move and have like the words from a text box. For me to ask really dumb questions I could add in a text box while using the puppet warp to move my mouth.

When I created my .GIF we first had to take pictures. Mr. Sanderl  my teacher took pictures of us in front of a green screen so that it would be easier to cut out. When we cut ourselves out we used the quick selection tool which " quickly selects" what your trying cut out really easyily. Next step to making our .gif animation is creating a new document with the name of KeaweM_Character. We then drag our picture that we cut out into that file. When you go into that file you have to make sure that it is in the window called animation. After that you pretty much add new frames and and new layer so that you can puppet warp. When you finish the animation make all the frames 0.1 seconds so it's fast enough to see it all and look interesting. When you finish it at the end make sure that you save it for web & devices. The lower the percentage the faster it will load.