Tuesday, November 30, 2004

IDD 301 Lifetime: Television for Women

This week I visited the website Verb Media. The movie I chose to write about was Lifetime: Spring Fever. As an avid viewer of Lifetime , I felt this was a fitting piece. I had never known that this little segments were made with After Effects, but now I know :) The Spring Fever clip features small clips of different hit shows on Lifetime such as The Golden Girls, The Nanny, and Merge as well as recognizable stars on Lifetime. Flowers and floral adorn many of the borders to the clips. A voice over is used to describe the upcoming events. The fasted paced movie clip is very effective in conveying their advertising of upcoming shows and movies to Lifetime viewers like myself. If it hadn’t been for this site I wouldn’t know how those blurbs were created.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

301- Ray

For this week's assignment, I visited the site Imaginary Forces.I chose to view the main titles from the movie Ray. I have not seen this movie yet, but it is high on my must-see-soon list. The opening credits begin with what appears to be blue smoke. The names of companies and people begin to appear. The ‘camera’ then pans to hands playing the piano. A microphone moves close to the screen and then fades away. Different shots of hands playing, a foot tapping and drums are shown. As the music speeds up, the hands play faster, the drum beat is a little faster and the time in between the shots is faster. In one of the final shots, the piano is shown, but it is not very clear, it isn’t until the camera pans away to see that the piano is shown reflected in the famous dark classes worn by Ray Charles.I had viewed alot of the work on the Imaginary Forces site before I settled on Ray. They were all incredible. I had never noticed the differences and similarities the commercials, station identifications, and movie credits all had. They were all unique in their own way but made with Adobe After Effects.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

IDD 301- May the Force be with You

A friend of mine sent me the link to Star Wars Gangsta Rap Special Edition. Star Wars Gangsta Rap Special Edition I think this is one of, if not the funniest Flash animations I have ever seen. I think it incorporated almost every aspect of Flash. There were fade ins and outs, smooth, great transitions, as well as different camera angles. It was so well done it was almost like watching a cartoon and not Flash animation. The story is based on a musical parody of the Star Wars trilogy. Everything that is said is spoken in a catchy rap tune. I don’t really consider myself to be a true “Force” member, I have watched and enjoyed the first Star Warsmovie. I thought this was quite a creative little piece which incorporated sound and visual aspect of Flash. I think it is now my favorite Flash movie.

What is thy bidding my master
It's a disaster, Skywalker we're after
but if he could be turned to the dark side
then he'd be a powerful ally
another dark Jedi
he will join us or die
chorus we got death star

Uncle Owen, I know I'm on probation
I cleaned the droids
can I go to tashi station
I got a lay away on a power converter
but now you're treating me like a scruffy nerf herder
Obi Wan:
Luke use the force and run
run to dagabah run to dagabah

I'm Yoda, I'm a soldier
I'll mold ya and fold ya
I though I told ya
don't be unwise
judge me not by my size
you won't believe your eyes
watch the X wing rise

Yoda why you being a play hater
you know that I must still confront Lord Vader
but Luke not ready are you
but there's a city in the clouds we're they are keeping my crew
a Jedi's got to do what a Jedi's got to do
so now Vader, I'm coming for you

Impressive now release your anger
you must have realized your friends are in danger
ohhh why did you cut off my hand
it imperative you understand
Obi wan never bothered telling you about your father
he told me enough - he told me you killed him
then there is something I must reveal then

chorus: I'm your father


Knock him out the box luke

Sunday, November 07, 2004

IDD 205 Place N Space

On Friday, November 5th, I attended a funeral for one of my high school teachers, Sister Gerald. The funeral took place in the Saint Joseph’s Motherhouse chapel. I, along with other fellow alumni were wondering why they would try to fit a funeral in this small church which barely held my graduating class of 77. Sister Gerald taught for well over 30 years, quite a few people were going to arrive. As I sat there looking around, I realized then why it was held in there. This place was a large part of Sister’s life. She taught at McAuley HS since its inception, this was her home. The religious icons and stories that played out on the walls of the old chapel were two fold. Her life was there. She was a part of the rows of pews and the pictures adorning the walls. The architecture which held the walls up was the same with her teaching, strong and withstanding. The other day I was remembering the jingles she would teach us to help us learn math, they still work. Churches are certainly not built the same way they used to. They don’t have the same charm or feeling. It can be decorated the same way, but it just isn’t the same. If the Acropolis was built in the 21st century, sure it would be nice to look at and it would be a nice accomplishment, but it wouldn’t be the same. Just as the world lost an amazing woman, I think we are also losing the ancient magic of architecture.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

My Flash Animations

Daisy in the Rain

With Mary in the Rose Garden

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

IDD 301: Election Night

For this week’s flash animation, I felt the presidential parody; This Land on the Jib Jab site would be a good choice, seeing today is in Election Day. This Flash movie has been played on every nightly newscast, and all the late night talk shows so I figured I had to see the whole thing and watch it on my computer. The creative creators of this animation incorporated real pictures as well as cartoonish shapes and objects. To view this movie now, after I have seen quite a few from different levels and genres, I can say this ‘looks’ like one of the easier animations to create. In fact, now that I think about it, unlike some of the more complicated movies which will share the same set design throughout the animation, this was constantly changing. The ‘camera’ zoomed in and out, focused on different parts of the country, showed different backgrounds. I think all were effective in relaying the message. The most important theme of this whole clip is not about who is better, it is a non partisan parody of the 2004 presidential candidates.