Week 5, journal reflection

Posted On April 13, 2010

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Tosca, Susana Pajares, ‘A Pragmatics of Links’, in Proceedings of the Eleventh ACM on Hypertext and Hypermedia (San Antonio (TX): ACM, 2000), pp. 77-84. http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=294911

Reflection:

  • Hypertext might be a lyric rather that a narrative forms.
  • Hypertext is about exploring the unknown. For a reader, it is less important to know where she is than to understand why she got there.
  • Links are semantic devices which convey a meaning themselves but also suggest another meaning, a development of the text that we have to imagine before seeing it whole.
  • Links force us to think associatively and to anticipate meaning, when we click them we are connecting ideas, making meaning.
  • Links also imply different kinds of movements of meaning that could be classified like we do with metaphor, metonymy.

,,Hypertext structure does not reside exclusively in the topology of links nor in the language of individual nodes, and so we must work toward a pattern language through both topological and rhetorical observation“ (1) He describes patterns such as cycle, counterpoint, mirrorworld, tangle, etc. that are very useful for the understanding of large hypertexts and the technology that makes them possible. Bernstein pays attention to the movement of the text in big architectonic schemes.

groups/roles/tv

Posted On April 13, 2010

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our production groups haven’t decide on the script to select on. however, me and Adam will be going to Lucy Forge’s house for the script discussion at 12pm. we’ll be watching some movies to catch some favourite scene. anyway, hope everything’ll be running on smoothly tomorrow.

Synopsises that caught my eye

Posted On April 11, 2010

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Eric Calatayud_Machete

MADDIE and CLIO are roommates who have been through a lot
together. Maddie is very jealous and infuriated at Clio
for stealing Sam, her crush, from her. Maddie hires an
assassin to get rid of Clio. PIZZA MAN, the assassin, is
waiting in the living room while Maddie and Clio try to
figure out what to do. Clio is oblivious to the fact that
Maddie has hired this assassin and Maddie plays along
with the chaos. Pizza man manages to tie Clio up and is
now looking for newspaper to contain the mess when he
gives Maddie his machete, making it clear to Clio what is
going on. When Pizza man returns with newspaper, he finds
that Clio has convinced Maddie to spare her. Now with the
machete and a can of pepper spray, Maddie and Clio
threaten to call the police if he doesn’t leave. Pizza
man, angered at not being able to carry out his job,
tries to take the machete back from Maddie when Clio
sprays him in the eye. However, Pizza man still struggles
with Maddie for control over the machete when she impales
it into his foot causing him to faint because of the
pain. Maddie rushes to aid Clio, who had fallen amidst
the chaos when Pizza man wakes up and removes the machete
from his foot. As Maddie takes the phone and calls for
help, Pizza Man limps towards the girls and covers them
with his overpowering shadow. The flip mobile phone drops
to the ground and loses connection. The long tone drowns
out the rest of the sound and eventually dies out.

Arthur Kar Wai Lam_Someone

Jas seems like any other girl next door. Little that we all know she lives from a very sad past. She lost her dad when she was only 12, and now single mother of hers tries to live on by dating other men. Though only ending up with heartbreaks and fights between both women of the house. One of the ways of dealing depression for her is by having marijuana. Nick, same aged neat looking boy who randomly appears in school, starts following Jasmine around wherever she goes. In the shadows he observes her daily life until she notices that he is stalking her. He tries to confront her but somehow fails. Nick tries and tries and tries, until one day she replies. Oddly they became friends and started to hangout. Somehow whenever she thinks of him, he appears miraculously somewhere near. Somehow a frightening comfort for Jas. Just as life starts to get all better, Nick disappears without a trace. He missed his lunch appointment with her and never came back. Being all depressed after waiting for days looking out her room window she finds a piece of paper slipped under her diary. It was a letter he wrote on the day he bailed. One problem, the letter was in her own handwriting. She starts pondering, is this all real or all a big joke? Who is Nick?

Goi_My Little Boy

Tanya Warhol (39) is a single dentist. She hasn’t partner
either. But she has one desire: Julius (14), a young
patient who becomes Tanya’s depression.
An smoked eye shadow emphasizes her blue eyes. Her shaped
muffin body can be seen trough her tight white coat. She
enjoys listening to jazz music during working sessions.
She is meticulous with her dental instruments. Balls,
dolls and soft toys are placed on her desk. Her young
patients call her Tanya.
Julius is an extroverted boy. His well-muscular body
makes him look older. He wears singlets, shorts and
running shoes. He is like a baby in a men’s body. Julius
doesn’t care about girlfriends yet, his passion is footy.
Julius is in pain. He has a severe cavity problem and is
waiting for consultation in Tanya’s office. His
impatience and fear makes him anxious and nervous. He
heats going to the dentist. He thinks that every dental
instrument is like a weapon pointing him. The sound of
the drill terrifies him.
Tanya, however, is in a transition period. Since the
first meeting, Julius has become Tanya’s obsession. She
begins to admire the boy as a piece of art.
The second session of the treatment becomes more
seductive. Her manner in touching or looking at Julius is
more evident. She pretends to joke about him, but his
evasive response makes her disappointed.
There is not last session. Julius told her mum about
Tanya’s behavior. Now, the pain of frustration and loss
invades Tanya’s life. She needs help. She grabs her
phone; looks at the directory and call her psychology
friend.

Week 5

Posted On April 9, 2010

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Okay we have all submitted the script writing to Paul and now we have to read everyone’s script to decide which one to shoot into short film. By Tuesday, Paul wants to know our selected script. Gee … there’re like a lot of scripts to read on … READ READ READ! 

However, towards my group mates … we keep contact with each other via RMIT student email as well as we are going to discuss about the script on 14th April, if the day no more changes.

Anyway very sorry that I missed out classes in this week tutorial and know that Paul wasn’t happy with it, as I received email from my group mates – Adam.

Week 5

Posted On April 9, 2010

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Anyway I have missed out classes in Week 4 before the break started. However I felt lost when it came back from the break to attend the Week 5 class. Its like everything been left behind, and I have to catch up with my group mates during the class.

The k-films going to due on 23rd April, everyone is busy on their assignments now. I have just uploaded Water video to Blip.TV, yet I haven’t done Air. I really have to catch up everything now.

Stop-motion video

Posted On April 4, 2010

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Stop-motion animation is one of the simplest, most fun animation techniques. Tim Burton used stop-motion and puppets to create The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Comedy Central’s Robot Chicken uses stop-motion with action figures and toy props. There are many ways to go about shooting, editing and finalizing a stop-motion short.

Here I would like to learn how to create a stop-motion video, and here I show one of the examples for stop-motion video:
“Between You and Me” – an award-winning short shot entirely in stop-motion.

week 4 – script folio

Posted On March 28, 2010

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this week I have to submit a scrip folio, it is due on 29 March 2010 (Monday). I started my script 2 days before submission, I know I am on the rushing. But after I referred to the CLOWN TRAIN script and Cook.pdf, which sent by Paul. I have a better idea to write my script, besides I have make changes on my synopsis to make it related with my script as well.

by writing my script, I have problems about how to fit in all dialogues and scenes into the lengths of 5 pages and 5 minutes short film. also I have to think about the title of my script which can be related with my script.

anyway, it is a good experience that I have learn through this. I mean how to write a script. I got a conclusion for myself, to be a script writer is difficult, you have to think about how to storyline goes, the characters happen, and many more.

week 4 – journal reflection ‘Cinematic paradigms for hypertext’

Posted On March 25, 2010

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Miles, Adrian, ‘Cinematic paradigms for hypertext’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 13 (1999), 217-226. (http://vogmae.net.au/research/thinking/Cinematic-Paradigms-For-Hypertext/)

Reflection:

It’s quite complex to understand the essay here, it took me a few times to read the sentences. Basically, the web based hypertext is processing in a same way by giving instructions, for examples: hyperlinks and buttons (icons) to click on, images / graphics to look on, etc. Therefore it doesn’t bore the readers, likewise there are companies advertise via flash images / logos for investment to allow readers to click on it, for example: “Nuffnang”.

Within most hypertext systems the distance between nodes is not a quality recognised (any node is as temporally available as any other), and in our dream of instant bandwidth every link ought to be as available as any other. This is of course much like continuity editing, but if hypertext writing and reading happens ‘in’ the link then it is not in the nodes that hypertext resides but in the connections and pathways made between nodes. It is in this shift that cinema not only helps us by providing theoretical tools, but it is because hypertext is about the connecting of separations that we all find ourselves making our hypertext’s cinematic. (Miles, Adrian, (1999), 217 – 226.)

week 4 – ”sound”

Posted On March 25, 2010

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This week we are learning about the topic of “sound” and it’s important for me to know about it, because I am on responsible of SOUND.  Besides, in the tutorial today, we are learning how to work on the production mixer – how to connect the microphone into the mixer and differentiate the sound from the headphone, etc. It quite interesting and as well it is my first time to work around with the production mixer. However, in the tutorial today we also discussed in our production group about how we structure on the script, whereby me as Sound and Adam as the cinematographer, and Lucy as Director (she is absent today). 

Week 3 Journal Reflection: “Web 2.0 …”

Posted On March 22, 2010

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Readings
“Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us, (2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gmP4nk0EOE&feature=youtube_gdata (accessed March 14, 2010,).
Reflection
Web 2.0 websites allow users to do more than just retrieve information. However, Web 2.0 is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Web Web. For examples, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, blogs, and hosted services. Likewise, Web 2.0 draws together the capabilities of client- and server-side software, content syndication and the use of network protocols. The web browser technologies typically used in Web 2.0 development are Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax), Adobe Flash and the Adobe Flex framework, and JavaScript/Ajax frameworks such as Yahoo! UI Library, Dojo Toolkit, MooTools, and jQuery. For example, a tag cloud (a typical Web 2.0 phenomenon in itself) presenting Web 2.0 themes.

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