Thursday, May 28, 2015


And now, without further ado, the last project I will ever do for Gifted and Talented at Kapaa Middle School. Music Videos. I really love music. I listen to music on my phone or computer for more than 2 hours a day. Choosing a favorite song is extremely personal in my opinion, the lyrics define who you believe yourself to be. I can't choose just one song, but if I had to it would be "This Head I Hold" by Electric guest. This song's verses are kinda sad ("I wanna get out but there's no in-between...") but when the chorus comes around it's full of happiness and about being yourself ("I was fully consumed By all of the petty things that I couldn't do All of the plastic, products, shows, and woes But I didn't ever show, I let it go"). These lyrics make me not want to give into pressure and to continue being myself.

The music video project is actually quite a bit of fun. My team is me, Aedan, Rafael and Kiara. We picked the song Ramble On by Led Zepplin. We chose this because it was a song that we all could agree on. It's pretty easy to find a story in the lyrics, and it gets stuck in your head pretty easily. There was no official music video but it was still pretty easy to tell a story with our ideas about what the lyrics meant.

Every good music video has to have a story. Either the lyrics tell the story, or you adapt it and tell your own story. For us, the story is pretty obvious. There are four characters, two are evil and two are nice. Aedan played the main character who was trying to find a girl that was worth his time. Before this, the evil character (Rafael) stole away Aedan's girl (Kiara). After this happens Aedan goes running after me, the other good character.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Animation Outtakes

In GT, we are now doing and animation project. The requirement is to tell someone on our team's story. My teammates are Leila, Sydney and Brandi. Leila likes to play soccer and is really smart, Sydney plays soccer and volleyball and Brandi does taiko . For this project we are telling my story, which is about making new friends and overcoming shyness.

There are many different types of animation, but for this project we are using claymation, Photoshop, flip book, whiteboard, stykz, and stop motion. Stop motion is an animation technique to make an object or person appear to move on its own by moving it in small increases and taking a picture each time. A GIF (also known as Graphics Interchange Format) is a looping animation using pictures that are put together to create the illusion of movement. We did two as practice in class using Photoshop:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Our Animation Story

Animating was an exhausting, frustrating and lengthy process that I actually ended up enjoying. For this project, the subject was "tell your story" and our focus statement was "Ana overcomes shyness". This tells my story because going to Kapaa Middle School was a life-changing decision, and making new friends was a bit of a challenge. This animation tells part of the struggle of overcoming my fears and making new friends. I hope that people can relate to the story as I think it is a pretty common thing to be shy when you're starting a new school.

A lesson you could learn from our animation is to try new things, put yourself out there and to not worry about what other people think about you, even though you might be worried about possible outcomes. I think that this could be a real problem for anyone, which is why we did our animation on it. We show the plot by personifying my anxiety, worry, and my courage by and tells me things like "They could ruin your life" or "It's called friendship" and at one point they remind me of something that happened in the past where it didn't go well. During the climax, I am invited to sit with some of my new friends, not worrying about my negative thoughts. Then, I go over and sit with them, and make new friends.

Our team worked pretty well together in my opinion, and we all worked together on scenes and helped each other when we needed help. Our main problem was meeting the time requirement, that was extremely stressful. However, in the end, we finished it up nicely. At some points, it was stressful because we couldn't animate the same scenes on different computers and it was also stressful when teammates were absent.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Typography Images

In G.T. this week, we are making typography portraits. Typography is the technique of arranging text to appear in a different way or orientation yet still readable. Using typography with images can be a creative way to explain what the image is. For example, you can use typography on a portrait of a person to describe their personality or their interests. Also, the text can create a mood within the image(s).

During this project, I had many problems. I had the most trouble when it came to the self and teacher portraits and figuring out what to say (either about myself or Ms Sanderl). The biggest challenge that I had on the self portrait was that I didn't have enough highlights. To overcome this, I had to use the lightest gray color, so that the picture had an even amount of highlights and mid-tones. Through trial and error, I successfully accomplished my typography portraits.

Our first attempt at using typography was with a famous innovator from history. The person I chose was Thomas Edison, the famous inventor. The text I used to create this were paragraphs about how he developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. I really like how Ms Sanderl's portrait came out with the colors and how the words are placed. Some of the words that I used in it were happy, artsy, conscientious, nice, and educated. For my typography portrait, the text I used were about me and things that I like, for example, I used the words night, strange, young, grumpy, tired, sarcasm, lazy, etc... Overall, I really liked how the typography portrait of me turned out.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Double Exposed Portraits

What are Double Exposed Portraits? Before I can explain to you what double exposed portraits are, I'll have to tell you about Portrait Photography. Portrait photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person's face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included. Portraiture can relate to silhouetting, because silhouetting is like a darker object's shadow with a light background. Now we're doing something called double exposed portraits. What these are is taking a portrait picture, and two other images that may be symbolic or just cool looking. Then you blend these images together and you get double exposed portraits.
To create double exposed portrait images, you would need to follow these steps. The first step is taking your photos. Once you get two or three photos you need to open up all of your images in photoshop. Make sure the size is 8.5 x 11 and the resolutions is 300. Then, you use the dodge tool and outline our portrait picture with it. After outlining it, fill in the rest of the picture except for the portrait you outlined. After dodging the portrait picture, it's time to put in your first image. After you drop in the picture, double click your portrait layer and select a new blend mode to blend the picture with the portrait. Next, you need to tone the image. To do this, you click the Create New Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map. Then you go in the Properties Panel, click the gradient preview drop-down menu, then click the cog icon and choose Photographic Toning. Once you're in there, adjust the options to create a mode that suits your image. After you get everything done, your image should look nicely blended.

Monday, February 9, 2015

HDR Photography

HDR Photography
or High Dynamic Range, is taking multiple photos with different exposure settings and then combining them in photoshop to create one incredible picture. Say there is a beautiful waterfall or sunset, but you can't capture the picture correctly, and either the sky or the colors/water doesn't look that good. With HDR you can get all the good parts of the image, with vibrant colors and an amazing photo. I like HDR photos and I think making them is pretty fun. Although you have to be careful while taking the photos, because if you move the camera your final product might be blurry or look strange.

To make an HDR Image, first you must find somewhere to take the photo. You should choose somewhere that doesn't have a lot of moving leaves or people. Then you set up your camera, using a tripod for the shot will make it easier to get the same image every time. If you don't have the same image, your HDR photo will be blurry and have "ghosts". Then you take pictures. Start around -3, and then -2. Keep going with this pattern until you reach +3. Then, you import all these photos onto your computer. Launch photoshop, go to "File" then "Automate" and "Merge to HDR". Select your photos, and then you can start working on the final product. Photoshop will automatically create a pretty good HDR image, but you can personalize it and make it even better.

For our project, we had to take two HDR images. A landscape, and an experiment. The landscape is of course, pretty self explanatory, but the experiment was like an HDR portrait. I photographed my father, unfortunately, either the camera, or him moved quite a bit (which caused ghosts, but I fixed them using the stamp tool). I chose to have this shot because the background didn't draw your attention away from the subject, the lighting was okay, etc. The landscape was a view from my street to the next street over. I chose this shot because of the lighting, the easy setup, lack of movement, and the leading lines. While I was proud of my landscape, I believe I could've done the experiment a lot better, and had less camera movement.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Movie Trailer Critique

P1T6 Calypsos Journey from Kapaa Middle School MEDIA on Vimeo.

In GT, we finally finished our movie trailers. We turned in, watched, and critiqued all the movie trailers last quarter, so this is the blog post for the critique. The name of our trailer was Calypso's Journey, and my teammates were April, Kuumomi and Kiara. We had a trailer plan document that was very helpful and easy to make. It had all of the information that we needed to make the trailer, and it helped us to remember what to film in all the different places. The trailer plan had all of the scripts, the names of the characters and who played them. A summary of our trailer would be, a young girl learns that she is the daughter of a greek goddess, and has to rescue her mother and her uncle, who are stuck in their Roman forms.

Mr. Sanderl gave us a few requirements for the project, one for a movie poster, and one for the video. the list for the poster involved things like certain information, strokes, filters, bevel and emboss, and other photo shop effects. the requirements for the trailer were a time minimum and maximum ( 1:30-2:30), at least five scenes, voice acting, foley, a movie poster somewhere in the project, effects, and text layovers. My team completed all of these requirements, and I think we did well.

The class watched all of the videos and did a critique on them. The critique for our trailer was mostly satisfactory and I agree with these results. I am happy with these results and I believe we earned them. Through this project, I learned a lot about video making and movie trailers. I really enjoyed this project, and I hope we do more things like this in the future.