MEDA301: Making Pathways W4

The creative industry is a tough as far as opportunities go. It is an industry founded on who you knew with the few talented people getting through. As far as editing goes you really need to establish yourself & create your own name for yourself. Establishing yourself isn’t going to happen unless you make it happen, this is why Myself, Joel Dawson & Shaun Carpenter made a freelance video editing company “Three Head Studios” All three of us share a strong mutual passion for video editing and with this company we hope to gain consistant clients & establish a name for ourselves. Creating this company is helping create an opportunity for us to take this passion of film editing & apply it in the form of paid work.

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In class Jo asked us to think of a mentor someone who you know/ look up to. My mentor would definitely have to be my family friend Blake Mcintyre. Blake himself is an established freelance video editor with his own company “Bring Into Being” with an office in Newtown NSW. I have aways asked Blake for advice regarding video editing since a young age. I remember asking talking to Blake in year 7 when i was 12 years old asking what software do i use in order to make a gun shot & lightsaber. Last night i hit Blake up for some advice in regards to starting “Three Head Studios” he was quick to reply and gave perfect business advice & advice on dealing with clients, he also offered to give some clients to Three Head Studios this is a big opportunity considering Blake does work for big clients including: Uber & Amazon.

The overall goal with freelance would be to sustain a livable income of just freelance editing.

Meda301: What Moves You? W3

My motivation in regards to why I am here & why I’m doing what I’m doing is Quentin Tarantino. The way Quentin made his films blew me away & made me fall in love with cinema & screenwriting. Quentin’s true genius is shown through his incredible dialog; he can take the most simple thing & make me completely intrigued by it for example the opening scene in reservoir dogs shows just a few characters sitting around a table in a cafe having a conversation about whether or not you should tip the waitress, the scene goes on for 25 minutes but it’s so well crafted that you don’t notice the time flow. It’s also just normal everyday conversation yet your’e so interested in what they’re going to say next. It’s that feeling I get watching a Quentin Tarantino movie that motivates me to create something up to that level & give that feeling to a viewer of my own work.

Still from “Reservoir Dogs”

Quentin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Always been interested in film Quentin’s first job was ushering a porn theatre in which he lied about his age in order to get the job. Always been a movie nerd it wasn’t until Quentin met Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party he wrote his first script after Lawrence encouraged him too. As i mentioned earlier “Reservoir Dogs” this movie is important as far as Quentin’s career is concerned. It was the first movie he wrote & directed. The movie was shown at Sundance festival and was an immediate success. Quentin proved his talent when he came out with his second movie “Pulp Fiction” in which topped the success of “Reservoir Dogs” and to this day is arguably one of the greatest movies ever made. Quentin’s career has been nothing but perfection since with 8 movies written & directed by himself all highly rated & successful. My strongest idol and always will be. I was lucky enough to briefly meet Quentin at the start of 2016 after he hosted an Australian movie night at the Star Casino.

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Photo of Quentin Tarantino at the Star Casino- photo by me

Meda301: Research Your Field W2

Video/ Film Editing: 

Much like many different filmmaking practices; Video editing is advancing due to an advancement in our current technology. Video editing wasn’t necessarily needed in the earlier days of filmmaking, filmmakers found that the concept of cutting various different shots of the same scene together would confuse the audience. Not long after filmmakers started to realise that cutting the shots together in face made audiences more intrigued in the film. This style started to be used in early films including “Rescued by Rover” In 1904. The movie gained a lot of attention with it’s unique style to typical filmmaking in the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 21st century & technology has advanced so much in video editing the film industry is now able to explore fictional stories & concepts with the use of animation & special effects. Technology is moving so fast that some people knew they could wait for the technology they needed could come for example James Cameron.

Still from “Avatar” 2009

James Cameron wrote the script for “Avatar” in the early 90’s knowing the technology wasn’t available at the time in order for him to visually execute his idea exactly how he saw it. He put the script away and waited until the technology came available & sure enough it did & Avatar was released in 2009 & to this day is still the highest grossing film ever made making over $2 billion.

Today the way filmmakers edit their films is crucially effective as different filmmakers tend to use different styles of approaching the story visually. This helps differentiate different filmmakers from each other.

 

MEDA 301: What is Practice? W1

What Is My Field / Practice?

Such a big question to answer however one i need to; considering I am now in my last year of university. The film industry is definitely the field in which i am most interested with and personally aspire to have a job in. The practice of film I’m most interested in is editing & scriptwriting.

Editing 

Salary: Between 85-100k / year

Jobs:

  • Special FX
  • Animation
  • Filming
  • Sound

Editing is one of the most important fields in the film industry. The quality of the visual is based off how well it has been edited. There are various different types of fields in editing including:

Sound: Making sure all the sound is matched up & syncs in time with the visual.

Special FX: Completed in post production creating realities in which can’t be created with stunts on set or are too dangerous to be created.

Animation: Animation can fall under the same title as special FX in certain live-action films however animation is used in order to create a show based entirely off a fictional world with fictional characters. Animation is used often to create Kids movies & TV Shows.

When you watch a movie most people are mainly interested in the actor but as someone who works in editing it is what the editors are doing behind the computer that makes a film what it is.

Editors are brought into the movie in post production.

The first editor i fell in love with was the youtube sensation: FreddieW. Every video intrigued me more & more. I was around 13 at the time & as a result of Freddie i became obsessed with learning how to create Special FX including Gun shots (Muzzle flares) explosions etc.

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My favourite video by Freddie:

Writing

Salary varies depending on the job.

Jobs:

  • Screenplay writer
  • Author
  • Skits

The term “Writing” is such a broad word for the extent of importance the writing is in the film industry. With no screenplay there is no film. Screenplay is something I’ve always been interested in. the idea of creating my own story filled with characters in which i invented the whole concept is cool to me.

The screenplay is the first step of the film process with no script there is no film.

One of my favourite screenplay writers is Aaron Sorkin. Well known for the television series “West-wing”. Aaron has a unique style of writing in which has always intrigued me. The first time i was really influenced by Aaron’s writing was after i saw the movie “The Social Network” . The dialogue in which he created for Mark Zuckerberg blew me away. One of my favourite quotes “If you guys were the inventors of facebook, you would’ve invented facebook”.

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Clip from “The Social Network”

Personal Experience

As far as my current personal experience is in relation to the film industry. I have done some freelance editing work as well as some on-set experience.

  • Luxx Nightclub

Luxx is a new nightclub in which opened in Cairns mid-2016. For the club i designed the logo & put together a couple of video promo videos as well as some promotional posters.

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

I was lucky enough to get a job on Mel Gibson’s latest movie “Hacksaw Ridge as they were filming in Camden NSW. The property in which they were filming on was my mates grandfather’s it was my friend who got me on as a water boy for the actors. Shortly in however i was promoted to direct extras. The experience was like a dream to me.

 

MEDA202: Critical Analysis

Curiosity is what drives us to looking into & pursuing different things. There are infinite possibilities with technology so as humans we are always curious as to what we are able to come up with technologically. With projects like this one it is important to have something that is somewhat appealing to people something that will surprise them due to the capability of technology even as a student; so when I was trying to come up with an idea for this project i knew I had to make something that will make people want to stop what they’re doing in order to figure out what exactly my project is & what it does.

This is what led to my decision to make my work interactive with the audience. The inspiration for my project came following an art exhibition I attended last year in Sydney the artwork was a seat with  goggles attached when you put the goggles on you were in a 360 video in which reacted in which direction your moved your head creating a virtual presence for you. This made me feel like I was walking and actually in this virtual world it was this feeling in which i have tried to elucidate with my project. I chose to incorporate a skateboard into this project to make it more enjoyable to do as I love skateboarding.

My plan for this project is to use a skateboard & using a Makey Makey connecting the skateboard to a small monitor in which will  be displayed next to the skateboard and when you tilt the skateboard forward on the monitor an animation of someone skating will move forward and the same if you look back.

I took this feedback to turn my project into something more achievable but with the same idea. How I did this was instead of using a real skateboard for safety and setting up reasons I’m going to use a top deck board which is a toy skateboard. The top deck boss is small I’m going to use the top deck board the same way I was going to use a real skateboard and connect it to a monitor however instead of leaning forward or back on a real board the audience will only have to use their fingers to tilt the board forward or back and the monitor will respond. Using the Makey Makey I’m going to set up sensors under the board in order for it to react through the monitor.

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I believe using a toy will make my audience more intrigued and curious which will lead to them actually interacting with my project, in our nature we still find toys appealing even at our mature age due to our early years of playing with them when we see a toy now it brings up those happy memories from your childhood well It does for me so I hope the audience has the same feeling and my work glows for them as they pass by. It also gives people who have never been able to ride a skateboard to feel like they can the same feeling a normal teenager gets playing video games achieving things in the virtual world you can’t in real life.

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This is some code i found online to set up the Makey Makey for censoring.

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Further Work To Be Done! 

I am still in concept stages of my project & have yet to start testing however, I have purchased a top deck finger board & plan on borrowing a Makey Makey from uni this week during class. w1w1

Feedback

I presented this idea to the class and my tutor & the feedback was a mix of negative & positive as this concept is a bit far fetched, some found it funny which I found disrespectful as I was not taking this as a joke. My tutor raised the point of who would want to stand on a skateboard is it safe? I’ve taken in this thought & made it so i’m still using a skateboard but a finger board. Some of my peers were disappointed with my idea but some were also very on board with it & have given me ideas on how to improve my project which included changing the board from a real skateboard to a toy finger board; credit to shaun.

 

My original project prototype.

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