Friday, December 21, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Photo Challenge

Day 1: Walkway, Ground Level
Day 2: Flowers, Rule of Thirds

Day 3: Drawing, Point of View

Day 4: Happiness, Eye Level

Day 5: Portrait, High Angle

Day 6: Jumping, Low Angle

Day 7: Water, Rule of Thirds

Day 8: Energy, Unusual Angle
Day 9: Eyes, Macro
Day 10: Nourishment, Framing

ACO 4.1 Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2 Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3 Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Image Compositing

Image compositing is combining at least two separate photos and merging specific elements to make a surreal image. These types of photos are created to create the illusion that those elements are a part of the same scene. Compositing can be used to manipulate an image, make tonal corrections, or enhance it. The rule of thirds is a composition technique in photography in which the focal point of the image lies along one of four crosshairs of two horizontal and two vertical lines dividing the image. This composition technique can be used to balance an image, provide look room, and it allows the viewers eye to travel over the image instead of being at stuck dead center. Rule of thirds can be used incorrectly if there isn't enough look room or if the subject is leaning of the photo in a way that creates unbalance. Before taking a picture, professional photographers must consider all the elements of the photo, including the composition, angle, and position of the camera, but also the background, lighting, and the overall aesthetic. I don't believe all photos should be edited. Photo manipulation can be a great way to enhance the natural beauty of an image, but it should not be overdone.

My best composite image concept is my first composite. It is from the point of view of an artist drawing a vase filled with flowers. The goal of this composite is to communicate to viewers that we can bring our drawings to life with detail and depth. I anticipate the eye of the viewer will be attracted to the center of the flower first, then to the leaf, the second flower, the pencil, then the artist's hand. The flower almost falls within rule of thirds, but not quite. I could have done better with the composition technique, but regardless, it's my favorite composite.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences.
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience.

Friday, November 30, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Visual Statement

Our topic is self-esteem and insecurities. It is important because this issue is relevant to teens more than any other age group. At this age, we are constantly comparing ourselves to other people and looking down upon ourselves. The goal of our project was to show our audience that they are not alone through these struggles; just about everyone has insecurities, and also not to let them get the best of us. The project requirements were that it had to be a visual statement giving our personal view about an issue or topic relevant to us as well as our peers. It had to be at least 2 minutes long and have a soundtrack made by one of our team members to go into the background of the film. Makayla was the person working on the garage band soundtrack, and actor. Tayler was our filmmaker. I was the script writer. We all worked together to edit. Our visual statement features all three of us, and a few of our friends.

One editing tip that is good to know while working in Final Cut Pro is a short cut for blading a scene: "command" + "b". In addition, "command" + "z" is a great shortcut to undo actions. It is important to use FCPX libraries, Events, and Projects properly because you want to keep your work organized and separated from other people's work to avoid confusion and tampering. Audio levels on different clips can vary drastically as a result of distance from camera, volume of speech, and location. To correctly balance the audio, you can drag the audio bars below the film clips up or down. I believe the video quality is higher than the audio quality because of all of the jostling and background noise coming from outside the recording studio.

The biggest challenge we faced while working on this project was team member absences. I was gone for a few days, then I had to leave early while filming, and Makayla was gone on the last day of editing. This meant the other team members would be doing the parts for the absent team member, and that we would have more work to catch up on later. Although our team members were responsible for  different parts of this project, we all pitched in to help each other with each part. No one was a hinderance to the work effort. The most enjoyable part of this project, for me, was going down into Kapaa and deciding the best way to act out the scenes. I also like watching the finished product. I fully agree with our critique results. Our highest scores were the video length, voiceover, and soundtrack. Our lowest score was proprietary visuals. This is understandable because there were some scenes that did not match up with the audio. Overall, I think we did pretty well.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Monday, November 12, 2018

ACO 1.0 - Modern Art Movement

One cultural movement that may have given rise to impressionism was the industrial revolution in which machines began doing work formerly done by man. This includes the invention of photography, creating images that reproduce scenes from reality. As a result, some artists began the pursuit of forms of artistic expression other than realism. Impressionism caused the art and communications industry to become more accepting of various styles of artwork and it taught people, particularly the art community in France, to try to understand a piece of art before criticizing it. Artists have the ability to portray life, as it is in reality, or an escapist realm that is unlike reality. Artists contribute to culture by expressing or changing cultural norms. Impressionism is an art movement that went against the cultural standards for art at that time. It became the first modern art movement and helped pave the pathway for other less realistic forms of art as well. According to, after impressionism began fading, "differences in individual styles increased as artists moved in separate directions". In this regard, impressionism was revolutionary because it lead art movements of the modern era and showed the world that realism isn't the only option.

Sunrise (1872), Claude Monet

The painting above is an impression by Claude Monet. Sunrise was one of the first impression paintings to ever be created. By painting Sunrise, I believe Claude Monet was trying to create a tranquil atmosphere and instill a sense of nostalgia into the viewer. A single artist certainly can persuade someone's opinion, it only takes one person to go against the crowd, and then others will follow. Advances in technology aided the cultural impact of skilled art production by providing artists a wider variety of mediums to use, and thereby making the creative process easier. On the other hand, technology has hindered the cultural impact of skilled art production because it lowers the demand of traditional forms of art and thereby lowers the value.

ACO 1.1 Assess the evolution of art forms for their impact on the arts and communication industry.
ACO 1.2 Evaluate the interaction among media, design and society to assess how each influences the other.
ACO 1.3 Evaluate innovative applications of media and design in society that have impacted the arts and communication industry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

ACO 7.0 - Workplace Safety Video

The topic for our workplace safety video was proper handling of tools and equipment. Our goal was to tell our audience the dos and don'ts of using classroom apparatus in our ACCP Core class. My teammates are Trinity and Ahnahi. Trinity was the cameraman and editor, Ahnahi was the actor and audio creator, I was the script writer and digital portfolio creator. I feel that Trinity deserves special recognition because she did a great job as the team director, and her editing skills far surpass the editing abilities of Ahnahi and myself. She was also a great vocal talent for our voiceover.

Our biggest takeaway from this project is that effective communication is essential for teamwork. We learned that proper handling of tools and equipment is an important part of workplace safety. We use lots of appliances in Mr. Sanderl's classroom, some of which are expensive or fragile. As for our critique results, our highest score was relevance of visuals, our lowest score was clarity of audio. I agree with these results. The visuals perfectly matched the audio and everything our script discussed. However, the actual audio quality could have been improved; it was inconsistent between the three of our team members. As a result, some scenes had louder audio than others. To increase the production value of our finished video, we could have recorded sounds like the pen sliding into the holder, the typing of keys on the keyboard, or the chattering in the classroom.

ACO 7.1 Analyze the beneficial effects that safe and healthy work habits have on productivity that improve workplace efficiency.
ACO 7.2 Apply practices to maintain a safe and healthy work environment in relation to careers in the Arts and Communication Pathway.

Friday, September 28, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

Coding is an important skill to learn because the world is increasingly becoming more digital and automated. Technological advancements are being made every day. In challenge #1 we are tasked with programming the Altino car to drive through the track without collisions in a figure 8 motion. Our logic statement is to go(-1000, -1000) backwards for the first circle, and then (1000,1000) forwards for the second circle. The Go command causes the car to move. The steering command directs the movements of the car by turning the wheels. The delay command alters how long, in milliseconds, the car goes for. The process of trial and error was quite frustrating for my partner and I. It was a constant process of altering the code, plugging the Altino car in, testing it out, and repeating.

The While Loop allows for a section of code to be executed multiple times in a row. An Array allows you to group multiple variables under one name. A Display Line displays a single character on the dot matrix of the car based on the character input, this command controls the flashing lights on the Altino car. And Finally, Sound plays inputted notes. I would trust an autonomous vehicle to give me a ride. The way I see it, autonomous vehicles are safer than if a person was behind the wheel. People are easily distracted, and sometimes unaware of everything that's happening on the road. An autonomous vehicle diverts all of its attention to the road; it reads every sign, it has GPS systems installed into it, it never speeds, and it always follow road rules. I definitely think autonomous vehicles will be used to carry out complex tasks like an ambulance responding to accidents in the future. We're still a long way from that point, but I believe one day it will be achieved.

ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

The elements of art that were used in my digital still life painting are line, shape, value, contrast, texture, and space. The drawing is made up of lines; some thicker than others to create the illusion of contrast. The texture brush was set to 10 pixels the entire time, but I could still make lines thicker and thinner than others because of the pressure sensitivity on the Wacom pen tablet. My favorite part of the drawing process was adding the miniscule details that accentuate the image. For example, the little grooves in the side of the pen. My least favorite part was the beginning. Tracing the edge of the cup and pens was monotonous and somewhat challenging. The hardest part, however, was definitely drawing the bridge and tower. It was very time-consuming but it was fun.

My landscape image was taken at my friend Ahnahi's new house in Wailua homesteads. This image has light contrast, white space, a few lines, value, shape, form, and lots of texture of the trees and bushes.  The difference between the landscape image and the still life is that the still life was drawn by hand over the original image while the landscape was edited to create the illusion of it being a graphite pencil sketch. I tried refining the image with the more complex tutorial that came after the first one that used more advanced filter techniques. I feel that the outcome of the image did not change much if at all.

The portrait drawing is of my friend Tawni. It was taken in her art class. I decided to use an image of Tawni because it was last minute and I was unprepared that morning. Also, she's my OG high school friend, so why not? Anyways, this final image uses all the elements of art because it is made up of different shapes formed by lines drawn on the tablet, it has some low-opacity color, form, texture, value created by shading, and space. It encompasses all of the elements of art. As for my critique results, my best score was on the mixed photo, in which most people gave me a three, and 5 people gave me a 4. Meanwhile my lowest score is the landscape. I agree with the results. The still life was rather rushed and incomplete, and the landscape wasn't really a landscape. I put a lot of time and effort into the mix and added ample texture.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)