Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Metamorphosis Animation





Here I am with another blog post! The next project that my GT class is doing is Metamorphosis Animations. We were assigned to come up with a team of 3 or 4. My teammates are Ashley AlfilerMeleana Keawe and last but not least Micah Miller. The project goal is to first begin with presenting our slide pitch which include our 2 best metamorphosis ideas and other information about each focus statement. Next, we have to complete filling out and presenting our production plan and story board. Lastly, we are to begin filming and editing our 1-2 minute animation movie with our highest quality possible. The animation types we plan to use is stop motion, photo shop, and drawings.

Our focus statement is called "Rock Sprouts Flower".  It's about a rock that gets kicked and thrown around and eventually found by a little girl. Then, it grows into a flower. It represents confidence and to not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. The first scene will show the rock getting kicked and thrown around which is how it ends up in the ocean. The second scene will be of me walking along the beach as the rock washes up on shore right next to me. I then notice it and have the urge to take it home because of how it looks. The third scene is where I take it home. The fourth scene will show me doing everything with that rock. Day by day, the rock starts to look like a normal rock. Finally, the last scene will be of the rock starting to grow a little bud.  After awhile, the rock blooms into a big beautiful flower. The resolution to the conflict is that the rock gets found and cared for by a little girl.

As far as our critique results go, I think we did a pretty good job. Our storyboard was very organized and had a clear sequence. One thing we could have improved on is having just a little bit more flow to our video. According to our results, it looked like some people had a hard time understanding. However, our animation was done with quality work and had clear audio and visuals. I feel like with the amount of time we had, we produced a great video. Overall, this project was definitely a fun one and I can't wait
to move on to our next project!





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Geometric Portraits

The new project that were doing to start of the 2nd quarter is called low poly portraits. In my images I show different facial expressions. There are many of them. Facial expressions can represent your feelings and who you are as a person. In my opinion, facial expressions are universal because they can affect other people's expressions. For example, have you ever been out in public just walking around in a store and you pass someone you don't know who looks at you? That has happened to me multiple times and what I do is just smile and they smile back which makes me feel better and more comfortable.

To start, the first thing I did was take my portrait picture on Photo Booth. Next, I went to File>Open and opened my portrait picture to Photo Shop making sure it was an 8.5 by 11 inch canvas size. I made sure it included the top of my head and the bottom of my chin. I then selected the crop tool to crop my image so it was symmetrical and equally spaced. I also inserted a graph to help me find my line of symmetry. I made sure to lock my "portrait" layer so it wouldn't move. Next, I went to Image>Adjustments>Levels and made it to auto. I made a new layer called "outline" and selected the line tool. We decided to make the lines the color red so it was easier to see. The next step was to outline different parts of my face on only the left side. In all those outlines, we were to create triangles. One thing I had to keep in mind was to make bigger triangles on bigger areas of my face and smaller triangles on more detailed parts like my eyes. Once I was done making triangles on each part of my face I clicked on the first shape layer and went all the way down to the last layer while holding down shift. Each part had it's own layer like your eyes, nose, hair, lips, ears, and skin. Next, I made a new layer named "Low Poly". I selected the polygonal lasso tool and outlined each triangle. I went to Filter>Blur>Average to create the affect in each triangle. I continued to outline each triangle on my face and used command F to apply what I just selected on to all of the triangles to make the process faster. Next, I used the Polygonal lasso tool and outlined just the left side of my face. I pressed command J twice to  make two copies of the cut outs. One layer was called "left side" and the other one "right side". I clicked on the move tool and dragged the left side of my face to fit the other half of my face. I double clicked the "outline" layer and made the lines white instead of red. Finally, I made my background white and saved the finish product.

In my opinion, my Poly-1 and Poly-2 images are very different. My Poly-1 image is a profile of myself on the left and my second one is of my sister named Myranda which is on the right. My Poly-1 image is a bit more basic because it is the first one we did. For my Poly-1, I would improve on the sizing of triangles because I think I could've made bigger triangles on my face and hair. I also would have worked on my nose to make it look more realistic by putting less triangles. On the other hand my Poly-2 image is more vibrant and eye-catching. Personally, I like my second image better because like I said it is more clear and has a lot of contrast. I also like how my sister's face looks more realistic. For my Poly-2 image I would improve on making smaller triangles on her chin instead of one big one. Lastly, I would make her hand more obvious. To conclude, this project was not the easiest but I'm glad I got to try something new and get through it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Verbal Landscapes

ChangT_Retime from Kapaa Middle School MEDIA on Vimeo.

The second project that my GT class is starting this year is "Retiming Nature". We decided to stick with the "poem" theme for this project. We are to create a 60 second maximum video including 3 time-lapses and 2 slow-mo videos. Nature is such a great thing that not a lot of people notice what it could do for you. I interact with nature everyday just by going outside. I love going to the beach, playing soccer, hiking, adventuring, and many more. Nature impacts my life by making me feel better whenever I'm a bit stressed out or just not feeling as happy as usual. It makes me feel very calm and relaxed. Just by breathing in some fresh air when I go outside will make me feel like a new person.

Like I said in the previous paragraph, we are required to take time-lapses and slow-mo videos. Time-lapses are created by taking a regular video on a camera, phone, or other devices. Then, it is sped up to create a pleasing looking video showing movement in clouds, time, waves, etc. Slow-Mo's are also similar. They are created by taking a regular video but instead of speeding it up it gets slowed down to show every little engaging detail that is happening. In Final Cut Pro it allowed me to custom how slow or how fast I wanted my video to be.

Since this is my last year in GT and in middle school, I've learned that each project you do there is going to be a few challenges and inconveniences. However, there are your most funnest parts. My hardest part of this project was getting good quality shots. For example, I had a hard time getting a straight horizon line and steady shots. However, I did take several time lapses and  slow-mo's so I had different choices to pick from. My favorite part of this project was just finishing it. There's nothing better than the feeling of accomplishment. I love watching my final product and what my hard work was put into. To conclude, I had a lot of fun putting together this project and I'm glad I got through some of my challenges.

Critique Reflection:
After everyone turned in their video, we had a critique to know how we did and where we stood. 10 people said I was a 4 which means "exemplary" and 17 people I was a 3 which means "accomplished". I agree with my results because I put a lot of hard work and effort into this project. I wanted this video to be high quality and go above and beyond in Mr. Sanderl's expectations. I took several shots over and over again to make sure my horizon line was straight. I also tried to stay away from any shaky shots and I found some music that was calm and matched my poem. So I really think I deserve the grades that I got and I'm glad to know that I did well.





Friday, September 2, 2016

Poetic Personal Statement

I can't believe this will be my last first blog post of the year! Our first project of the year is Poetic Design. For this project, Mr. Sanderl gave us more freedom so that we  can be more creative. So we never got a lot of directions but I think it was still a good idea. I think poetry is a form of literature. Poems can sometimes rhyme or have rhythm. Poems are used to show emotion, feelings, experiences, lessons, or a specific messages. They tell a special story someone wants to share in words.

For this project, we needed to include a poetic statement describing my personal goals. My poetic statement is:
Going to chase my dreams
Nothing to be afraid of it seems
Can't wait to go to college
Going to need my knowledge
Looking forward to the new memories that will be made
I know they won't fade
Don't want to leave my family and friends
Have to enjoy it before it ends

I also made another poetic statement I'd thought I should include:
Running with adrenaline
Sweat coming down my face
As I'm keeping my pace
Ball goes in the goal
Crowd goes wild
As I walk off the field with a smile

As I said in the beginning, poems can sometimes rhyme or have a rhythm to it. In my poem I used rhyme. I first thought of words that relate to my personal goals. Then I found words that rhyme with some of those words. A great source I used to find rhyming words is called rhyme zone. Lastly, I put together sentences and laid everything out to create a poetic statement! I chose to used rhyme in my poem because it gets the readers attention and I think it's fun to use. Overall, I think this poetic design project is a great way to start the year and I'm excited to be creative and have freedom completing it.








Monday, May 23, 2016

Music Video Finale

P2T4 Price Tag from Kapaa Middle School MEDIA on Vimeo.

Wow! Time sure went by fast. This is my last blog post of the year! To began, the last and final project that my GT class is doing is Music Videos. My partners for this project is Kalista Brigante, Blossom Novoa, and Mike Perry. The song me and my team chose to do is called Price Tag by Jessie J. To be able to film we created our own plan that consisted of the lyrics and the storyline. The storyline is basically the b-roll parts of the song, it helps the audience understand the story behind the song. The storyline relates to our lyrics because it shows that everybody is unhappy and is being obsessed with shopping and spending money but they don't realize that "money can’t buy us happiness". The lyrics are about how it's not all about the money and we have a good time spending time with each other instead of spending all of your time shopping and spending money on things that you couldn't possibly need. Then in the middle it shows that we all figure out that we can just have a good time with our friends and not have to spend tons of money. Also, in the ending of the storyline it shows us forgetting about shopping and we just leave are shopping bags behind and walk out of the store.


To engage our audience into our music video it is best to do fast-edit montage sequences. My favorite fast-edit montage sequences are the wide, medium, and close shots. Those sequences are my favorite because they really get the attention from our audience. It also puts everything together and makes it look neat yet interesting. In our Music Video we used a lot of the wide, medium, and close shot sequences. Whenever we make videos we usually use these fast-edit montages, so I have a lot of practice and experience with working with it.


One of our goals for this Music Video project is to showcase our best work and make it show what we learned all this year. This music video shows are best work because the quality of it, we made sure the editing was to the beat and the lip-syncs matched with the song. We added effects to certain scenes to add emotion. We also used different filming techniques and added cut shots. Overall, me and my team really put are best work to this. We wanted to end off the year great and produce a quality produced music video. To conclude my final blog post of the year, this was my favorite project and I had a blast creating this music video. Me and my team worked very hard and worked together to complete this project. I can't wait for another fun-filled 8th grade year!


Seems like everybody's got a price
I wonder how they sleep at night
When the sale comes first
And the truth comes second
Just stop for a minute and smile
Why is everybody so serious
Acting so dang mysterious
Got shades on your eyes
And your heels so high that you can't even have a good time
Everybody look to their left
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that, yeah
We're paying with love tonight
It's not about the money money money
We don't need your money money money
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag
Ain't about the uh cha-ching cha-ching
Ain't about the yeah b-bling b-bling
Wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag
We need to take it back in time
When music made us all unite
And it wasn't low blows and video no’s
Am I the only the one getting tired
Why is everybody so obsessed
Money can't buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now
Guarantee we'll be feeling alright
Everybody look to their left
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel, yeah
We're paying with love tonight
It's not about the money money money
We don't need your money money money
We just wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag
Ain't about the uh cha-ching cha-ching
Ain't about the yeah b-bling b-bling
Wanna make the world dance
Forget about the price tag
Well keep the price tag
And take the cash back
Just give me six strings
And a half stack
And you can, can keep the cars
Leave me the garage
And all I, yes all I need are keys and guitars

Friday, May 6, 2016

Animated Life Lessons

P2T8 Friends Overcome Issues from Kapaa Middle School MEDIA on Vimeo.

My GT class is now starting to create our animation videos. My teammates are Ella BeckCoral Haeger, and Cephas Woodward. One of the goals for this project was to include what kind of characteristics we are. My character traits is that I am always a clean, neat, and organized person. Even the littlest things catch my eye. I clean everything, it's like a habit. Our exaggerates who I am because it shows me cleaning every little thing and it shows me putting cleaning first before anything else. Ella's characteristics is that she is a very clumsy and a awkward person. She's not the type to be that good at things. In our animation it shows her to talk to er thinking about a whole different thing when were trying to tell her something. Also, it shows that she tries to cook something but it turns out to look very gross and not good. On the other hand, Coral is the shy and not so "social butterfly" type of girl. In our story it shows her asking the ones she's close to if she's outgoing and they admit she's not. Last but not least, Cephas is the humorous kind of guy, but a little too much humor. He always laughs at the wrongs things at the wrong time. Our story embraces his traits because it shows him laughing at something not that funny.

In our animation, the goal was to create humor and how our life lesson or message relates to us. Our story has humor because of how we made our characteristics do things funny. For example, Cephas likes to tell jokes but they aren't that funny which kind of throws everyone off and doesn't make any sense. Also, one of the things we added to our animation was an option tool in photoshop called puppet warp. Puppet warp made our characters look silly. Overall, the little details we included, added a bit humor to our story to entertain our audience yet still be relatable. Our life life lesson or message was to accept the kind of person you are and embrace those unique characteristics we all have. It's okay to be different. That message relates to us I'm sure a lot of us wanted to change something about ourselves or didn't like something about them. We want this to help all of us to remind us that it's okay to be different and no one is perfect.


In my opinion, this animation project was the hardest assignment we've had this year. Although, it is good to face challenges because you can grow and get better from that. The level of productivity was about a high level, I wouldn't say on the very top but on the high range. We were good at working together. The biggest challenge in making the animation was probably creating the animations. We had to make lots of frames and detail to it. It took a lot of work. We had to make sure the visuals were things that our audience would understand and take interest in. To add, the best moment during production was actually finishing and turning in our animation. There's nothing better than that feeling when all the hard work we did payed off. We had a plan and a time frame of what to be finished each day and we met those goals to stay on task. Overall, creating this animation was definitely more complex but with the team work between my teammates we were able to conquer yet enjoy this animation project.
















Thursday, April 7, 2016

Character Development

It's finally the last quarter of the school year! The first project that my GT class has been starting on after spring break is making animated characters for a animation video using a tool in photoshop called puppet warp. Since we are creating characters that have different characteristics, I decided to share what kind of person I am and what my characteristics are. I am the kind of person who is always happy and positive. I try to make the best out of everything no matter if it's good or bad. I am an independent person who likes to be the leader. I have respect for everybody and I treat others how I wish to be treated.  Lastly, I try to do well in school and think about what I want to do in my future.

The character traits that I plan to exaggerate while animating myself are my facial expressions and my position. I am always a happy person inside and out. By that I mean that I am always happy emotionally and I always have a smile on my face. I want to look like I'm happy, excited, and joyful. I could do this by possibly moving my arms up to look like I'm more excited and joyful. I could even make my hands wave and my feet move in a certain position. The smile on my face will also create more expression.

To complete creating my .GIF animated character, I had to go through several steps. First, I had to cut out myself using the quick selection tool in photo shop from the green screen pictures that Mr. Sanderl took of me. Then, I had to crop my image down to right size which was 640 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall with a resolution of 300. To start animating I went to Window---Animation and started making copies of each frame while moving my character slowly into the frame. Some of my classes made their characters come up from the bottom or down from the top. I decided to make my character come in the from the side. Next I went to Edit---Puppet Warp which is a tool in photo shop that can manipulate my character. Then I copied and reversed my animation frames. To make my .GIF not look as boring, I made a copy of the layer and drew my own background. Finally, the last step was to save my work my going to File---Save for Mobile and Devices and saved my work as a .GIF file. Overall, I am happy and satisfied with how my .GIF turned out because it's colorful, fun, neat, and overall complete.