Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Act Of Killing

The genre portrayed in 'The Act Of Killing' is a hard one to estimate, as in my opinion it has more than one. I think that the main genre of this documentary is observational however it also contains a lot of performative elements. The reason i think it is observational is that there was not much sound or music included in this documentary. The film maker may have used this as a tool to make it more mature and serious as the subject that the documentary is on is quite a serious one, however as it was more about gaining information about how they killed the communists which is why it was more performative as there was re-enactment and interviews with the people who actually committed the killings.      

During the process of filming 'The Act Of Killing' the director: 'Joshua Oppenheimer' must have had an interesting relationship with the subjects as he was interviewing them on a subject that is brutal and for his subjects to share that information with him must have meant they had some kind of relationship if they were willing to share the information on how and why they killed all those communists and go into detail and even show methods and places where they committed the killings says that they trusted him and in scenes of the documentary you could tell that they had a close relationship as they are laughing and joking and they are comfortable with him there filming them, and it almost seems like they are not even bothered about the fact about how they killed all these people as they are joking a lot of the time and laughing and saying how they would do drugs and drink alcohol after they committed it and dance it off. This had an imapct on the documentary as it made it more honest and truthful as the subjects were giving truthful answers on how and why they killed the communists and they made it seem like it meant nothing, like it was an everdaything which made the documentary more interesting in the sense of it makes you wonder how rthey can kill al those people and still live the lifes they do which was shown in the dcoumentary, and how they show the re-enactments and joke about it is a strange way to talk about it.

The relationship between the documentary and reality is an interesting concept to think about

Friday, 26 September 2014

evaluation of stop motion animation formats

1. Whiteboard -
                         A whiteboard animation is quite simple, draw lots of different movements on a whiteboard, after being shot on istop motion it will look like the person is moving in the animation, this is an easy way of animation but just takes a lot of time. For example in our version we have done it so Harry draws the stickman then he fly's off in to the sky, this took us about ten minutes to film and draw.

-this animation was quite easy to accomplish, in the sense of it was easy to create
-the outcome of the animation was successful
-it looked like the stickman was actually alive

-in one of the shots there is a finger in the shot, would be better if that wasnt there
-if the drawings were a bit more professionally drawn
-the the drawgs were done more colsely so the shots came out smoother

2. People and Objects -
                                      People and objects is also a very easy animation, it en voles the use of people or parts of a person, like hands or legs. On istop motion you basically take a photo on each different movement that happens, for example we have used fingers, kicking a piece of paper that is meant to be a football, I would say out of all of the animations we have done this was the simplest is filming and setting up, and overall took us 5 - 10 minutes.

-in this animation it successfully looks like that the paper is being kicked by the fingers
-the animation had smooth transitions inbvetween each shot

-there is a someones hand in one of the shots, which was shot by accident
-if maybe the background of the clip was more proffesional
-if there was better matirials used for the ball

3. Claymation -
                          Out of all of the animations this is the one were you can be the most creative because you can do what ever you want with clay. It is also one of the easy methods of animation if you do it simply, is you do it more complex it can be very hard and a lot of effort. It is basically made by making what ever out of the clay then moving or changing the clay a tiny bit.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

THE EXPOSITORY MODE (voice of god) 

Expository documentaries are documentraies that expose a person or a topic, it is a classic form of documentory, one of the four main types.
Expository documentaries are well known for having a commentator, talking over the pictures and videos explaing the documentary as it goes on, for example 'Planet earth' a documentary presented by David Attenborough ijncludes this particular version of documentary in it.

THE POETIC MODE – subjective, artistic expression

the poetic mode stresses the lyrical and emotional aspect of the historical world it sacrifices filmic conventions for example, continuty editing and a situated time and space, to explore associations between images, objects and patterns.

THE OBSERVATIONAL MODE – window on the world 

the observational mode attempts to observe aspects of the historical world as they happen, usually they have no voice over commentary they also don't have sound or music, there is also no interviews and social actors act as if there are no film makers there.


the participatory mode documentary is the complete opposite the the observational, as the cast of the documentary are very much involved in the documentary, it also involves participation of the filmmaker as well as the social actors 

THE REFLEXIVE MODE – awareness of the process

THE PERFORMATIVE MODE – filmmaker as participant 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

conventions on news programmes

the codes and conventions of a news show

codes are systems of signs, these create meaning. codes are most commonly divided in to two catogories, technical and symbolic. the technical codes are all the ways the equipment can be used to tell the story in a media text, for example the paticular font and the size of the font in a news paper.
symbolic codes show what is beneath the surface of what we see. for example the size of the the text in a newspaper, to show its importance.

things you'll expect to see in a news show

-studio news readers
-actuality footage
-eye witnessess
-links to the studio
-mode of address to the veiwers
-report structure

a brief overveiw of a new readers job description

to present in depth research to a broad brief. to write material for promgramme scripts, bulletins and links maintaining professional journalistic standards. to interveiw and then report the situation in live situations. to prepare and present bulletins. to present live and pre recorded radio news and current affairs. to organise and develop programme ideas and finally to provide briefings for reporters.

overview of a newreporters job

news reporters also known as journalists gather information and keep the public up to date with current affairs and important events they gain informatin from sources such as, personal interviews, news briefings and question and answer periods in which they meet governer officials, they then relay it as news. Newspapers, magazines, television and radion depend on reporters to keep up to date with current events.

brief defenitions

links to the studio - this is where a reporter will invite another member to the show and the shot quickly moves to another location, mostlu abroad.

modes of address - the mode of address is the way in which the reporter will present the information to the viewers.

reports structure - an example of a report structure:
cover sheet: title/course title/module number and title/name of team members

title page:full title of project

contents page: should be comprehensive

intro: page long, the purpose behind the report

main report: include the ways in which you got the information, results and conclusion

reference: how and who you got your referances

actuality footage: this is the live footage used in the news

documentary formats

expository: this mode of documentary is more easy to watch, becuase it follows much less strict conventions

observational: this type of documentary is only shot through a singular camera, its aim is to enhance the the reality through its shots.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

ideas mind map *5

idea 1
my first idea would be on the charity 'make a wish foundation', when doing this idea my animation would have a child at his or hers window making a wish before bed, when she is making a wish on her knees a shooting star flies past in the sky, the shooting star will have the 'make a wish foundation' logo following the shooting star.

idea 2
my second idea would be on the charity 'cancer research', my idea would be to have the logo pop up on and then the 'R' is then crossed off and replaced with the letter 'L' once this is done the word will then say cancel the idea is that it implies to cancel cancer and then a happy face will then come up below it.

idea 3
my third idea would be on the charity 'children in need' my idea would be to have a young child in a dark corner crying and then 'Pudsy' the bear (children in need bear) would go to the boy or girl and they would hug the bear and it would light up, and the darkness would go away, saying that the charity brigs light and happiness to young children.

idea 4
my fourth idea would be on on the charity 'child-line' my animation on this charity  would have a young child in a corner crying as his parents argue and then the phone rings and each ring it spreads more light until the boy's parents stop arguing the it is no longer dark, as the phone from the logo which is child-line has made his life better.

idea 5
mi fifth and final idea would be on the charity 'Alzheimer’s Society' if was to do an animation on this charity i would first have a slogan come up saying 'Alzheimer's the charity you'll never forget' and then an elephant would blow water on the logo as elephants have a reputation to never forget.

My final choice 
as i have to pick one for my idea to do as an animation for charity, i would most likely do the make a wish animation, as i believe what they do as a charity is really heart warming and amazing, how they give sick children a chance to live there dream, and how they give them hope where they think there is none, as i said i would most likely do a child wishing upon a star which turns out to be the make a wish foundation logo.