Can Anyone Hear Me?

This week seemed like it wasn’t that much of a work load, so I was actually able to get the majority of the work done early in the week. The first assignment I focused on was the Character Choice and Introduction. My character’s back story revolved around the void that grew inside him because of his mother’s absence. I watched the two videos of Had Abumrad after that, and enjoyed his passion the way he spoke about audio. Next on the list was the Frequency 2156. I probably had too much fun listening the different broadcast featured on the map.

Question of the Week:

I honestly feel amazing. This week has been a pivotal week in my life regarding my college experience. I played my last regular season game as a student athlete and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I had a great game individually and my team couldn’t have made me any prouder with the effort they put on the floor to make that day special for me.

I Can’t Feel My Legs…

I think that the creators chose audio as the medium because it gives the audience a greater sense of context to what is going on in the message. The way someone projects their voice through the audio messages tells you whats going on. The crowd-sourced audio does a great job telling the post-apocalyptic story because it also gives the audience a visual aspect to make it seem like you’re actually in a post-apocalyptic era. The background audio effects while waiting on the standby page seem like a vital part of the atmosphere. There isn’t much that I would’ve done differently other than add more sound effects to hopefully intensify it more somehow.

This is my recorded audio message from

Dhaka, Bangladesh.https://frequency2156.com/signal/501 

Considering Audio…

The concept behind co-imagining is amazing to me. Forming that intimate connection with someone that you’re not in physical contact with by using the human voice shows a unique relationship dynamic between people. He compared this relationship to him painting a picture but the audience is holding the paint brush. This was the statement that made the entire concept clear to me.

I believe that I have an above average knowledge base regarding audio because my prior experiences in different classes and personal projects. Dealing with videography requires me to manipulate audio files in order to enhance the visual story I’m trying to create. Last year I took Technology for Musicians and that required me to study the technical aspects of creating music on Logic Pro, an advanced audio software used for making music. I mostly use Final Cut Pro to manipulate the different audio clips because I’m usually editing videos, rather than just different audios. I am familiar with the majority of the information from the reading.

Story Behind Marcus Hodges…

My character’s name is Marcus Hodges, and has a history for not following directions and creating his own rules at almost any cost. He was always the smartest one in every school he attended, so he became bored with the standard way things took place. He had a knack for creating drama in some way, shape, or form. He believed heavily in the art of deception or persuasion. He would often act certain ways to get people to do things for him. He used his witty personality and charm to get what he wanted in life. He didn’t care who became hurt in the process of getting what he wanted because he felt that people didn’t care about his well-being.

Growing up he was what most would call a “mama’s boy”. His mother was his pride and joy, she also seemed to be the only person that showed him the love and attention that he craved deep down. At the age of 9, his mother disappeared without a trace. She left him with his step-father, who was just as confused as the son was regarding her absence. Every Sunday morning for 7 months they would go looking for his mother until his step-father eventually gave up. Marcus never wanted to give up until he had an answer, but the hope he once had began to turn into malice towards everyone. Marcus became the selfish, deceiptful individual that he is today. Marcus is now 23 years old and owns his own business in film and advertisement. He’s been recognized as the type of boss that sells dreams to his clients and goes back on his word depending on how it benefits himself.

This is who he is before “The End” comes.

Week 4! View from an Apocalyptic Lens

And that’s a wrap for Week 4!

The first thing I did for this week’s assignments was read the Tips for Better Photography and applied those concepts to my current knowledge base of photography. After that I used those concepts to view the Abandoned America galleries to see if I could pick out the different techniques that they used for the individual photos. When it came to the Photoblitz challenge, I basically just found a bunch of random targets around the HTCC so that I wouldn’t run out of time looking for things else where. Be sure to checkout the pictures either on my blog post or on my Instagram!

I chose to tackle the two films we had to watch next. La Jetee was an interesting film, but I definitely enjoyed The Road (2009) a lot more. I don’t think I would have chosen to watch it if it wasn’t required, however, I’m glad I did. It directed my attention to how humans may be consumed by “inhumane” acts in order to survive. The GIF I chose from this film featured the scene where the father caught up with the man that stole their belongings and stripped him of everything he had. I thought that scene was impactful because the father had been enduring an internal battle between doing what is right and whatever it takes to survive. I also answered the Question of the Week on my previous post.

I’m looking forward to seeing what next week’s adventure will be!

Are You Carrying the Fire?

Leave you how you left us…

This GIF features the scene of the father catching up to the man that robbed him and his son of their belongings, forcing him to strip naked simply because he stole their stuff. I thought that it was impactful the way the man held on to his shoes as the last thing he had before being left behind to die of starvation. (The Road, 2009)

 

La Jetee:

I felt that the pictures used in the short film, La Jetee, were useful because it just made it overall easier to read and feel an attachment to the film. The choice of music also set a catastrophic tone when the overview photos of the destruction was shown. There were a few occasions in the film where it seemed like some of the photo were being shown without a purpose because there was no narration added to it. The way that the story is being told, I believe that it is more effective because it features a series of photographs instead of video clips. I think the reason might be because the photographs don’t require the viewer’s visual attention as long as videos do. A video allows the viewer to be more distracted in a way because there is more to focus on.

The Road:

The director does an amazing job in the beginning of the film, The Road, in regard to showing the setting of the current state of the world. The shots of the environment portrayed a strong sense of abandonment and a series of post-apocalyptic scenes that show familiar areas that are usually populated. The scene of the boy and man watching the fire roar over the forest was a powerful scene because it closed in to their reaction of witnessing something so destructive. It almost seemed as if it was supernatural by how large the flames were. The color contrast of the scenes also depict a grey tone giving the viewer a dark sense of the environment.

Question of the Week:

Can a GIF be a story?

I believe a GIF can be a story because it can communicate something to the viewer using the traditional beginning, middle, and end format of storytelling.

Ready…Set…PhotoBlitz!

The main thing I learned from the tips page was just the technical terms for the techniques I’ve been somewhat familiar with. I have a passion for photography and photo manipulation because its considered visual art to me. The tips increased my familiarity and confidence regarding my choice in the shots I take.

Abandoned America:

The gallery that I chose to take a look at was the Abandoned America’s Greatest Hits. I figured that this would be the best option to start with, so that I could analyze the most impactful photos of this genre. The first photo I looked at was a picture taken at the Packard Motor Car Company by Matthew Christopher (2009). Matthew took the shot with an eye level perspective allowing the viewer to see straight through the abandoned building. The square spaces all throughout the exterior gives off a sense of emptiness. The lighting is perfect for this picture as well. It makes everything clear and crisp creating a detailed sense of depth.

PhotoBlitz:

The first picture I used to represent something that makes me sick was the Starbucks vending machine. I’m not a fan of coffee like most people. I’ve never really had a need to drink it and it makes my stomach hurt if I do. I chose one of my hats as something that I wear. The landscape picture feature the steps right outside of the HTCC that leads down to the first floor. The the irregular pattern, I took a picture of the colorful cubed chairs in the HTCC on campus. When it came to taking a picture of the toilet, I tried to use an aerial perspective and deep contrast to highlight the white of toilet. I just so happened to be in the media lab on the first floor of the HTCC, so I took a picture of the sound system and the computer monitor that showed Logic Pro X on the screen. I couldn’t find a large body of water, so I used the sink in the men’s restroom for the water source. I thought that the flash from my phone served as an excellent source of reflection. I edited the contrast of the original photo and decreased the exposure to try to give it a more crisp feel.

Week 3! Can’t We All Just Get Along?!

I began this week by deciding which novel I was going to read for this semester. I ended up choosing one of the first few that I looked up, “The Man Who Ended the World” by Jason Gurley. I thought that the summary seemed like something that I would be interested in watching on television. The next thing on the list was reading the two short stories. I started reading “the Defenders” and then moved on to “Tupac Shakur and the End of the World”. I was definitely more interested in the concepts and overall storyline of “the Defenders”. The overall messages I received from that story seemed like they were spot on with what occurs in our world currently.

“Human cultures pass through phases, each culture in its own time. As the culture ages and begins to lose its objectives, conflict arises within it between those who wish to cast it off and set up a new culture-pattern, and this who wish to retain the old with as little change as possible.“

“War, to a logical mind, is absurd. But in terms of human needs, it plays a vital role. And it will continue to until Man has grown up enough so that no hatred lies within him.”

are two my favorite quotes that I took from this story. Because I enjoyed this story more, I chose to write the alternate ending featuring Franks going haywire and getting blasted by some tin-man.

I also figured out how to add the pages to my menu that were just direct links to other social platforms. I spent way more time than I wanted trying to figure that out. I don’t know if I’m going to change the appearance of my blog, but I do want it to be more organized.

The item that I would choose to buy from Amazon would be a 2016 Jeep Wrangler. I figure that the most important thing to have would be transportation, even though it would suck getting gas. You only get 21 miles to the gallon but I still think that a car would be the best option to choose from Amazon.

Question of the Week:

If an apocalyptic event occurred I would have no problem sharing food with other if they needed it, as long as my family has already been fed. My main priority would be the survival of my family at any cost, but I would also be focused on helping whoever I can if have enough. I feel like its also important to bridge those relationship to make surviving easier. If something of that nature were to ever occur my main wish would be for everyone to set aside our differences and survive as one. However, it could just as easily go both ways.

Alternate Ending to the Defenders…

Original ending:

Taylor stopped listening and glanced back at the location of the Tube. Mary was undersurface there. He hated to leave her, even though he couldn’t see her again until the Tube was unsealed. But then he shrugged and followed the others.

If this tiny amalgam of former enemies was a good example, it wouldn’t be too long before he and Mary and the rest of humanity would be living on the surface like rational human beings instead of blindly hating moles.

“It has taken thousands of generations to achieve,” the A-class leady concluded. “Hundreds of centuries of bloodshed and destruction. But each war was a step toward uniting mankind. And now the end is in sight: a world without war. But even that is only the beginning of a new stage of history.”

“The conquest of space,” breathed Colonel Borodoy.

“The meaning of life,” Moss added.

“Eliminating hunger and poverty,” said Taylor.

The leady opened the door of the ship. “All that and more. How much more? We cannot foresee it any more than the first men who formed a tribe could foresee this day. But it will be unimaginably great.”

The door closed and the ship took off toward their new home.

 

Alternate ending:

Taylor stopped listening and glanced back at the location of the Tube. Mary was undersurface there. He hated to leave her, even though he couldn’t see her again until the Tube was unsealed. But then he shrugged and followed the others.

If this tiny amalgam of former enemies was a good example, it wouldn’t be too long before he and Mary and the rest of humanity would be living on the surface like rational human beings instead of blindly hating moles.

“It has taken thousands of generations to achieve,” the A-class leady concluded. “Hundreds of centuries of bloodshed and destruction. But each war was a step toward uniting mankind. And now the end is in sight: a world without war. But even that is only the beginning of a new stage of history.”

“The conquest of space,” breathed Colonel Borodoy.

“The meaning of life,” Moss added.

“Eliminating hunger and poverty,” said Taylor.

The leady opened the door of the ship. “All that and more. How much more? We cannot foresee it any more than the first men who formed a tribe could foresee this day. But it will be unimaginably great.”

The door closed and the ship took off.

However, Franks secretly did not approve of the way that the leadys were trying to force the humans to do what they felt was best for the human race.

“How could these pieces of scrap metal possibly know what is best for mankind?” Franks thought to himself.

Taylor noticed Franks troubling look on his face and began to pay close attention to him  as the ship took flight.

“Is everything alright?” Taylor whispered to Franks. “No, but it will be.” Franks whispered under his breath.

Suddenly Franks pushed Taylor out of the way and began to sprint towards the front of the ship. He stole Taylor’s gun and immediately opened fire at the leadys and the Soviet soldiers.

“I will not be told how to live my life! My will be the last of the human race, not the will of some stupid leadys!” exclaimed Franks as he attempted to take control over the ship.

As soon as Franks touched the control panel to the ship, he was shot immediately in the center of his torso. When everyone turned to see who pulled the trigger. It was a leady.

“Maybe mankind is not as close as we thought to reaching peace on Earth,” emotionlessly stated the leady.

Short Stories with Everlasting Meanings…

The Defenders” by Philip K. Dick
First off what I thought was extremely effective about the way this story was told is the fact that it sort of started in the middle of the storyline regarding the apocalyptic situation. The story begins in the time period featuring the current living situation, then gives slight background information regarding what happened to the world piece by piece. It elicits a natural cycle of curiosity. I love how the details that you would initially want to know immediately are told randomly throughout the story. I think that the style of how the information is given to the reader makes it more interesting to read. I imagined everything from a visual aspect similar to that of the movie “I-Robot”. Its interesting how the rules embedded within the leadys to do what they perceive as best for the humans is what causes the initial conflict. When Franks, Moss and Taylor was told by the leader that “in a sense, it has come to be our war,” it made me think that the leadys might have consciously evolved in some way to where they feel that they have a greater purpose than serving the humans.
The most interesting part of this story to me was when the humans found out that the war had ceased to exist since they first went underground. It brings to my attention that WE are the virus to our own state of living. “We found that it had no purpose, except, perhaps, in terms of human needs.” The leady also speaks on a higher perspective of culture and how humans have to develop to the point where no hatred lies within us. The dynamic between relationship of fear and control the humans have with the leadys. They fear what they are capable of, however, they were made to not be able to harm humans. I also love the idea of “ours” eventually meaning “mankind’s”.

 

Tupac Shakur and the End of the World” by Sandra McDonald

The main reason I chose to read this short story was because it had “Tupac Shaker” in the title. At first when I began reading this short story it gave me a “Walking Dead” vibe regarding the dialogue and background information of the characters (even thought I’ve only seen like 3 episodes from the tv series). This one is a little different from the previous story because the cause of the apocalypse involve some time of “plague”. I enjoyed the way the story was being told from Susan’s perspective as the narrator. This story seems to mainly be focused on the demise of each individual character as they try to reach their destination. Its interesting that they don’t really have any major conflict or action regarding how the first few characters die. It seems to just be a series of unfortunate events that lead to their deaths. I thought that the ending of Susan was probably the most significant to the story. I thought that she was about to be saved, but it seems that she was hallucinating the entire time. It was an interesting mashup of all that she last cared about before her life came to an end.

Here’s a pop art painting I did of Tupac. Ironically he was my first choice of selling my art on apparel on my website! RIP Pac

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