Visual Communications

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theofficenbc:

You could win ALL EIGHT SEASONS of The Office! How? Thank you for asking!

You have two options:

1. Take a photo of something in Jell-O

2. Recreate another iconic moment from the show and take a photo of it 

Make sure you tag your photo #IconicOfficeShot by May 12 for a chance to win!

Click here for official rules.

TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY OF CLASS. I found this funny meme to illustrate my excitement for this semester to be ending. I really enjoyed this visual communications class though. I learned a lot more in this class than I did in almost all of my other classes combined! It was such an interesting class with fun projects (like this Tumblr). I may actually use Tumblr for leisure purposes. Thanks for a great class, Mr. Nolan!

TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY OF CLASS. I found this funny meme to illustrate my excitement for this semester to be ending. I really enjoyed this visual communications class though. I learned a lot more in this class than I did in almost all of my other classes combined! It was such an interesting class with fun projects (like this Tumblr). I may actually use Tumblr for leisure purposes. Thanks for a great class, Mr. Nolan!

Today in class we talked about pulling focus in a shot. I found this corny yet hilarious video explaining what pulling focus looks like. I’ve seen this technique done in so many movies but I never knew that it had a title. I’ve also noticed that our eyes can do this same thing which is pretty cool.

This past Monday in class we talked about what a Foley artist is and what their job entails. I thought it was the coolest thing ever to see how they create all the different kinds of sounds with fairly inexpensive props. This video is similar to the one we watched in class but it’s a bit shorter. I think it’s funny when the lady uses celery to make the sound of hitting a body.

Last Wednesday in class we talked about the beginnings of cinema and the different types of instruments used in early filmmaking times. One of the coolest things, in my opinion, is the zoopraxiscope. I found one of Thomas Edison’s zoopraxiscopes called Annabelle. It’s cool because the colors of the lady’s dress changes and it’s really pretty. It’s also pretty neat to see how films have changed since then and how this “picture” seems choppy and films nowadays are so smooth.

Two Wednesday’s ago in class we started learning about different types of visual editing. We talked in depth about temporal relations. Movies nowadays are only 1-2 hours in length and they have to convey a person’s entire lifetime in that short period of time. I thought The Notebook was a great example of how filmmakers make this possible. The Notebook is a story about two people who meet when they’re teenagers and end up falling in love and grow old together. The film uses a lot of editing and transitions to illustrate this couple’s life story.

Two Wednesday’s ago in class we started learning about different types of visual editing. We talked in depth about temporal relations. Movies nowadays are only 1-2 hours in length and they have to convey a person’s entire lifetime in that short period of time. I thought The Notebook was a great example of how filmmakers make this possible. The Notebook is a story about two people who meet when they’re teenagers and end up falling in love and grow old together. The film uses a lot of editing and transitions to illustrate this couple’s life story.

Last Monday we continued talking about editing and the Kuleshov Effect which is using editing techniques to convey an emotion.  We watched a hilarious video explaining how someone’s interpretation of an image can change if we cut to another image.I found this video of someone’s version of the Kuleshov effect. At first it’s sad because the old woman is looking at photo’s of her family and then it shows the woman looking at an iPhone which completely changes my entire reaction.

Three Monday’s ago in class we talked about rhythm and more specifically music. We discussed how once music is introduced in a movie it constantly represents a certain feeling throughout the entire film. The music can create a distinct emotion within the audience which can help emphasize the importance of a scene. I found this clip of Jaws in which there’s no talking just music. I watched the clip first without the music and it was a lot less scary and not captivating. The music really influences the scene and creates a strong sense of fear.

Three Wednesday’s ago in class we started talking about visual structure. In particular we talked about the basic visual components which are: space, line, shape, tone, , movement, and rhythm. We also talked about the differences between contrast and affinity. I found this picture of a roller coaster which is a visually intense photograph. When I was looking for pictures that illustrated affinity I found this picture to be, visually, more intense.

Three Wednesday’s ago in class we started talking about visual structure. In particular we talked about the basic visual components which are: space, line, shape, tone, , movement, and rhythm. We also talked about the differences between contrast and affinity. I found this picture of a roller coaster which is a visually intense photograph. When I was looking for pictures that illustrated affinity I found this picture to be, visually, more intense.

This past Monday we had a test. I did pretty well—got an 85. I thought I was going to do better because I studied really hard for the test but I am happy with my grade.

This past Monday we had a test. I did pretty well—got an 85. I thought I was going to do better because I studied really hard for the test but I am happy with my grade.