I’m really using this Hulk smashing scene too much

I really am using this scene way too much. First it was with my trading card, then it was with my marvel video which I just finished editing and post later, and now this.  The biggest reason why I’m using this scene for my analysis is that I already add this scene on my computer so yeah.  Anyways to my analysis, for this we had to pick a movie scene and watch it three times.  First with no audio, second with no visual, and lastly with both audio and visual.  When I first watched it with no audio, it made me pay closer attention to the background setting.  By doing so it was much easier to clearly tell what was a computer generated object like the buildings in the background.  Also I noticed that this scene used many shots from below and above.  It started with it showing Loki from below giving him that godly feel, at least until he was smashed into the ground several times then it looked at him from above, giving me that weaker looking feel if the scene before that did not show that enough.  When I listened to only the audio, I did not hear anything new in the audio that I have not heard before.  I did notice the long pauses of silence, sound of rushing air, and I was able to feel the smash into the wall better through only the audio.  Lastly I watched it with both the audio and the visual, and I must say it is a lot funny when the two are together.  I kept looking for something that I may have missed but I was sadly not able to see/hear anything that I have not.

Roger Ebert, you make an interesting point.

Roger Ebert’s article, which can be found below, does make an interesting point.  I normally only watch movies for their entertainment values, but if I were to watch one so that I can analyze it then I think the method he describe would be quite useful.  He suggests that when you are analyzing a movie to not watch it alone, which is a good thing for me because I know I would zone out and just end up watching it and not analyze it, but to watch it with a group of people where anyone can stop the movie and then everyone has a discussion about that scene.  I think it is good for two reasons, one it stops people like me who would just end up watching it for entertainment purposes after too long.  The second is that because you have more eyes on the scene you are able to see much deeper into the scene.  You know how they say two heads are better than one, and I believe that holds very true when you are trying to analyze a movie.

Now onto the next topic of this post, the two videos about different video techniques.  The first one I chose was the video showing different shots that were taken below.  I personally like this technique because like Ebert said in his article briefly it does make the person you are seeing seem more than a person.  I also found that I could more easily place myself in the the characters shoes because in some of the scene were taken to appear as if you were seeing from a characters eyes.  The second technique I chose was zooms, mostly because zooms seemed to catch my eyes.  I found that this technique can be used to achieve two things, the first one is the zoom in which I felt gave me a very detailed view of someone or something.  The second was the zoom outs which I felt gave me a basic understanding about what the scene was going to be about and then gave me a much broader view of the scene.  Which now that I think about it is way to describe zooming in and zooming out in general.  Anyways if you want to read the article or watch the videos I added the links below.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/08/how_to_read_a_movie.html

Audio story?

This assignment was to pick an audio story and listen to it.  The one I pick which was the “Why This Compulsion To Run Long Distances?’ A Runner’s Beautiful Confession” and I picked this one because I thought it would be entertaining because I just signed up to do a half marathon in November.  However this story proved to be quite unique when compared to the others, there is no audio.  It actually turned out to be a visual story like a comic strip so that made things interesting, I will admit I may be blind and may have missed the audio file but I did not see any audio in this story.  So my next move was fairly obvious, use one of the links that had an actual story.  I decide to go with episode 504 of The American Life titled “How I got into College”.  This was about an admission officer telling us the dumb things that kept some people out of a certain college and the story about how a guy got into a college because of a stolen book.  Now to the actual point of this post, to point out some techniques this guy used.  One technique he used was the layering of music and talking where the talking is in the foreground and the music at a lesser volume in the background.  I personally do not like this technique very much because the background music distracted me sometimes and I would find myself listening to the music instead of the host.  Another technique or probably better described as a requirement for the trade of radio host is how he spoke clearly and was easy to understand.  Overall, it was a decent story with some interesting points, what dragged it down was not the show but me being easily distracted by the background music and other things, oops.

What Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad had to tell me.

For this I had to watch some videos about these to guys as they told me about storytelling.  Their lessons can be applied to audio or any type of storytelling in my opinion.  Anyways let me tell you about the things that these two men started telling me.  First off was Ira Glass and he decided to tell me about how I shouldn’t write stories like I would if I was in high school which I think should be fairly obvious seeing that the stories I wrote in high school were slightly bad.  Anyways he said that story should be based off of two different building blocks, anecdote and moment of reflection.  The anecdote is basically bringing the reader/listener/whatever into the story so they don’t lose interest at the beginning and then continuing to give them questions and answers so they fill satisfied but wanting more.  The moment of reflection is when the writer gives the reader their purpose for spending so much time with their story.  From there he went on to tell me that the hardest part of writing a story is not the physical creation of the story but the find of the story.  Because there are so many stories out in the world but a very few of them are interesting enough to actually create a story about them.

Jab Abumrad however decided go towards actual radio more than storytelling.  He describes how without pictures radio needs the listeners imagination to create the full picture, which is the part I like the most about radio and reading books.  However I think you should keep in mind that some people are lazy and don’t want to help create the world of the story and I feel slightly bad for them because they won’t know the joy of doing so.  From there he described how radio died many times but keeps coming about.  Honestly I don’t think radio will ever truly die, well at least not in my life time.

Reflection on reading material

I thought that some of the material was actually quite interesting, I particular enjoyed reading about the story behind the Migrant Mother photo.  I have seen the photo before but I never gave much thought into what actually lead up to the photo being taken so it was quite interesting and gave me a different look of the photograph.  So now when I see I actually see the the story of how the photo was taken and not just the photo.  The rest of the material was interesting as well and gave me so tips on how I could make my photos better so that was a bonus for taking my time to read/watch them.  But they did not have the same effect on me as the story about the Migrant Mother photograph did.  However, it is hard to stand up to a famous photo like that one.