Demon Chick is Back and Badder than Ever.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my grandparents got 12 baby chicks this year. I decided to photoshop a picture of one of them into a little demon chick. Little did I know this was just a preview of what was left to come. I would go out every day and see the chickens. Feed them, play with them, help clean out their pins. Then I started to realize something was off. One of the chickens started to act different from the rest. She would always be away from the other chickens, would sit on the bottom perch by herself in the chicken coop (that usually means they are lower on the totem pole than the other chickens). As I noticing all of this I decided to start recording what the chickens would in a day to better understand them and more specially the demon chick. In the video it shows the regular day of demon chick and the other chickens. Demon chick mostly hangs out by herself and is only ever interested in being with the other chickens when there is food involved and sometimes even fights with the others for food.

This behavior continued to happen. The chickens formed little clicks and demon chick continued to be excluded until one day, one of the chickens died. I had went outside to look at it and it was perfectly fine but then a few hours later it just wasn’t. My family assumed it was just a freak accident. Little did we know, more was to come.

Weeks passed when one day we went out to the pasture to find all of the chickens had mysteriously been killed. But instead of it being all 11 chickens, it was just 10. Demon Chick had escaped. We called the police since we thought it might be our neighbors since they have trespassed and tried to steal from us before.

The police showed up and put up the crime scene tape and started to investigate. They talked with my family, our neighbors, and When they were done they found that it was not our neighbors, and overall they didn’t think it was a human at all. They thought it was another chicken had done the acts so it left only one option: it had to be demon chick.

Crime Scene

Months passed and other farms and flocks had the same things happened to them. The epidemic spread across the county, then the state, and soon it was happening all over the United States. Some strange virus had been started in the Demon Chick. It was regarded as worse than the avian flu and was called “mad chick” disease. It was discovered to be a strange form of rabies that made chickens isolate themselves and partake in strange behaviors which would gradually become worse over months until they would start to kill their fellow chickens. Many news outlets covered this strange illness, including a cover story done by Newsweek. It was crazy to think such a strange thing could start in my very own back yard.

Demon Chick

May the Fourth Week Be With You.

This week was a little rougher than the rest. This past weekend I discovered some lumps on my neck and thought they would go away and they didn’t. I ended up having to go to the doctors and was told they weren’t exactly sure what I had but thought it might be a bacterial infection so I was given antibiotics. I’ve been taking the antibiotics for days but I have been feeling progressively worse. I had to take multiple days off of work this past week because my head, ears, neck, and whole body hurt so bad. I ended up sleeping most of the days since I felt so bad so I have been left to do all of my work in a shorter amount of time while I have 5 lumps on my neck. Fun!

Regarding my actual work I had the most fun creating Daily Create #1617 about the dark side of the moon because I thought it just ended up being pretty funny. I also really enjoyed doing the 30 second movie challenge which I had my boyfriend help me pick the most important parts. The only problems I really had were obviously the time constraint but it also ended up taking me much longer to do the assignment than I thought it would but overall I think it turned out really well. For the reflections I did I thought they were okay. I wasn’t exactly sure what I should be saying about the videos I watched for “Reading Movies” but I hope they turned out alright.

Here is some of the feedback I left on others pages this week:
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And here is my completed work from week 4:

-Daily Create #1 (#tdc1612)
-Daily Create #2 (#tdc1614)
-Daily Create #3 (#tdc1615)
-Daily Create #4 (#tdc1617)
-Reading Movies Reflection
-Look, listen, analyze Reflection
-Video Assignment #1 (Instant Replay!, #1853)
-Video Assignment #2 (Spoil a Movie in 30 Seconds or Less, #1917)

For everyone that talks during a movie..

Background

For my second video assignment I decided on ‘Spoil a Movie in 30 Seconds or Less’ which is worth 4 stars. I got the inspiration for this assignment after completing the “Reading Movies” reflection first and viewing the Star Wars errors video. I decided to do Star Wars: A New Hope since it was the first one and probably wouldn’t require as much background information since it introduced the characters as it went. My boyfriend and his family are huge Star Wars fans so I have been sucked into also liking the franchise and have seen all the movies. I also had to wait in the rain in a line that was a few hundred people long to see the movie at the 7 pm showing the night it came out and since then have had to see it multiple other times in theater. Since I’m very familiar with the franchise I thought it would make sense and I could capture the iconic moment the Death Star blows up. The only problem is it’s a 2 hour movie and I only had 30 seconds so it took longer than expected..

Process

To start off the process I had to pick the movie and editor. As previously stated I decided on Star Wars: A New Hope and edited the movie with iMovie which I had available on my MacBook Air. I opened iMovie and clicked “Create New” then click “movie”.
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Next step is click “file” -> “import media”. After this it gives you the option the to pick where the media you’ll be editing is coming from. For mine I just clicked on the usb I was using on the left side of the page then clicked the video I wanted
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After this, drag the video from the top to bottom bar and it allows you to edit your video.
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For the remainder of my editing process I will just be clicking the image then pressing “split clip” and then clicking the image again and pressing delete until I am down to 30 seconds.
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To export select “file” -> “share” -> and wherever you want it to go. I uploaded mine straight to YouTube.

My Creation

Here is my finished product. I found the main challenges of this assignment to be condensing a 2 hour movie into 30 seconds while still including the main characters and all of the important parts. I feel some parts aren’t shown very well such as the droids but overall I think it turned out pretty good. I especially like the part where Luke shoots and then the Death Star blows up, I thought that part transition very well.

Let’s slow it down..then fall

Background

For this video assignment I decided on Instant Replay! which is worth 4 stars. When I started doing this I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted my main video to be but I knew I didn’t want it to have a lot of words since they would get distorted in the instant replay. I’m a big fan of puppies doing funny things so I searched on YouTube “puppies falling down stairs” since they usually look cute and bounce back pretty quick. I decided on this video since it was of a husky puppy falling and I think huskies are very friendly and look interesting. I also liked how the girl says “Noooo!” as the puppy falls since I thought that would add a funny part to the slow part of the video.

Process

For this video I’m following the same first few steps as my other tutorial when starting a new project and uploading your video. Just open iMovie then click “Create New” -> “movie” -> “import” -> choose the media you want to edit -> “upload” then drag the video down to the bottom bar.
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For this video I decided to upload the same content twice and the cut the video to the specific part I wanted to be replayed in slow motion.

To cut the clips I right click the video press “split clip” then right click the video again and press “delete” I keep doing this until I’m happy with the product. I also decided to move the instant reply right behind the first one after creating a split in the first video and then after the replay the rest of the video will play in regular speed. You can move each segment by clicking and dragging it to the desired location.
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To change the speed of the clip I selected the clip then clicked the speedometer icon at the top right and from the drop down menu select “slow” and then selected 25% speed.
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To export the video just select “file” -> “share” and wherever you want to share it to.

My Creation

Here is my final video. I think it turned out pretty well overall and shows a cute, funny video of a husky puppy that I think would be fun for everybody.

I spy..

Introduction

For my scene I decided to watch a scene from Batman which features the Joker.

First Time Watching (No Sound)

The scene starts off with the Joker walking in to what appears to be some type of underground cellar and talking to a group of men. The lighting is very dark and the men are dressed in nice clothing. The camera has many shots and uses a shot reverse shot multiple times. I noticed in my first viewing that the Joker got the most screen time out of the entire scene (probably because he is one of the main characters and the others aren’t) and even when the shot changed to show a different character it would still show him somewhat. Around the 2:30 mark I think the scene features a lot of noise and yelling as the Joker pulls back his coat to reveal grenades but it was dulled due to the lack of sound in my viewing. At the end the Joker stealthily walks backward so the scene starts and ends with the Joker coming and going.

Second Time (No Video)

The beginning of this viewing was a little confusing because it is odd noises at the beginning. It is also harder to keep track of all the different characters by just their voices when the video better shows who they’re talking to.
Now turn the volume up, but play it without looking at the screen (or turn off the screen); just listen to the audio. The Joker talks in a very strange sound and talks at a faster than normal pace. I think this scene also has a good use of background noise such as the nickel reference and then coins jingling. Also the chairs being pushed back so that someone is upset and the situation is getting tense. This scene starts with the Joker laughing but just ends with the door being slammed.

Third Time (Regular)

I think somethings that are missed when not watching with both noise and video is subtle things such as the smirks and facial expressions the mobsters have in response to what the Joker is saying so you can understand more. Also his response to the ‘television’s plan’ is missed during both the video and audio viewings. Watching normally also shows the true craziness, but genius of the Joker. It also shows how the Joker knows how to keep control of his emotions and play his audience. I also think the music had little effect in the audio viewing but works well here to build suspense since we better understand what is going on.

Overall

Some ways I can analyze this using Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie” such as his description the “golden rule” and “the rule of thirds” when he shows the characters. The Joker is mostly shown with him in the middle of the shot such as in an “objectified, like a mug shot” manner and this works since he is the main protagonist of the film so he would be the criminal to be arrested. The mobsters in the scene vary between the left and right side. The main gangster who gets upset after the Joker makes his nickel joke goes from being on the right side of the screen at the beginning which shows that he is a more positive character to the left side of the screen after the joke which shows he has become more of a negative character as he becomes more aggressive. The man on the tv screen is also shown dead center which leads me to believe he is the ring leader of the mobsters and is also a main antagonist. I think this scene does a good job of showing subtle things that really add into the movie and build up later. Also the Joker does a good job of balancing crazy with sane/brilliant due to his appearance and voiced mixed with what he is actually saying to the mobsters. The Joker knows how to manipulate them to help him later and that seems to be the main purpose of this scene.

Disclaimer: I haven’t actually seen this movie so comment if my predictions were totally wrong.

Am I reading a book or watching a movie?

Prior to this class I also took a cinema studies class at the University of Mary Washington where I was shown many different methods of analyzing film. Reading Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie” also discusses some of the same methods we touched upon in class. On top of this reading I also watched Kubrick’s One-Point Perspective , “The Shining” Zooms, and Star Wars Continuity Mistakes .

From the Ebert reading it discussed the “rule of thirds” and “the golden rule” which explained how the positioning of characters on the screen affects how they are perceived. Characters on the left are negative while those on the right are positive and those dead center are seen as “objectified”. I think this is somewhat true of a technique and I feel it may originate from people reading from left to right and since most people are right handed they prefer those on the right.

I’m a big fan of Kubrick movies such as ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘The Shining’ so When watching the Kubrick video I was shocked I had never noticed the perspective so many scenes were shot in. I think this type of shot allows the best view of what is happening in the scene and also draws attention to whatever is in the middle and that is usually what is most important. I also thought it did a good job of showing people walking from behind as if you yourself are following them. The straight on view seems to be the simplest angle but at the same time I feel like it is not used very often but it works well in these films.

The next obvious choice was the video on ‘The Shining’ zooms. The opening zooms I believe are very well known and they create a sense of dread before you even know what is going to happen. I think using a very slow zoom like Kubrick seems to do creates a sense of paranoia and suspense which works well in a scary movie such as ‘The Shining’. I think zooms can also work for other types of atmospheres as well other than horror but they work very well for this movie.

Finally, I watched the Star Wars videos which showed just some of many errors in the franchise. I don’t think errors such as items that were there and then are not there are specific to just Star Wars but it seems to be especially sloppy in this movie where there is suppose to be meaning that the viewer picks up on. I think having a lot of errors such as these it makes it look sloppy and I wonder how someone such as George Lucas who cares so much about his work could let this many issues slip through the cracks. Regardless, I still think it is a good movie and not many will notice the problems without them being pointed out.