The Fourth Wall — January 26, 2017

The Fourth Wall

This animated GIF assignment asked me to create an animated GIF from The Muppets.

I decided to focus on a point in the Muppets show where Kermit gets heckled by Statler and Waldorf. Kermit then looks straight down the lens at hos audience and gulps. I feel like this is exactly why The Muppets are so good, they aren’t afraid to break convention.

Xy9VYAj - Imgur.gifIn creating this gif I used the IMGUR video to gif maker. This is a really easy way to make a high-quality GIF in minutes. There is also an option available to add text as subtitles at the bottom of the gif as well.

Kermit looking to camera made me think of when this phenomenon of breaking the fourth wall started.

The “fourth wall” is the imagined wall between an audience and the performers, breaking the fourth wall is when the performers communicate straight to the audience, thus breaking the fourth imaginary wall.

This can either be for comic effect or for emphasis. Fourth wall breaks are not limited to film, TV and theatre, it has been known for comic book characters, characters in novels and video games.


Although breaking the fourth wall is usually reserved for comedic performances, it is used to a great effect in Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ this is a great way of knowing our main character, Frank Underwood’s actual intentions, this is a way of letting the audience in on the story, not letting them in on the joke, but letting them in on the scam.

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Doctor Who has a long history of breaking the fourth wall, right from the first Doctor, in “The Feast of Steven” The Doctor looks directly at the camera and wishes the audience “A Merry Christmas”.

Jump to modern day and one of the most ingenious ways to break the fourth wall in ‘Blink’. This entails the characters meeting a monster that turns to stone whenever its being looked at. Keen viewers may realise that in many instances, none of the onscreen characters are looking at the stone angels yet they are still in their stone form. The fourth wall is broken because the audience is watching the angels. 

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The World in Colour — January 25, 2017

The World in Colour

As I am a visual learner, and I often notice the colours of things first before anything else. So doing the ‘What colour is your world?‘ task seemed really fun as a task and as a thought experiment.

The task set is to pick a colour and take pictures of the things in that colour that you encounter in your life.

the colour I chose was the colour blue as I think that it appears a lot in my day to day life and I wanted to see how much it does actually appear or whether I am just being biased.

So as it turns out there are many things I encounter in my daily life that are associated with the colour blue and even though I don’t consider blue my favourite colour, I do seem to buy a lot of things that are blue and have them in my life.

A Nostalgia Trip – Web Archives — January 24, 2017

A Nostalgia Trip – Web Archives

I thought this task was a really interesting experiment. Moore’s law says that technology advances every eighteen months. You buy or use a piece of technology and after a year and a half something new has come along and it’s already outdated.

I wondered whether this was true for websites as well.

So using The Way Back Machine I went back to the old home pages of the Apple Website. to test both the technology and the web site theory.

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Starting with 2003 – you can see the adverts at the bottom of the page for their new iPod and iMac look incredibly outdated and almost retro, but this was only just over ten years ago is it retro already?

Carrying on to 2009 you can see the latest product is the newest iPod Shuffle which they advertised as saying ‘spoke to you’. It’s important to note that this was a product that they launched that didn’t do as well as the iPhone. Come to think of it, who even has an iPod anymore anyway? Has apple outdated, one of their own products only to replace it with a new one?

However, no one remembers a company’s mistakes it only remembers its successes.

And finally the last page I went to was 2010 and that showed the launch of the first iPad. A true game changer when it was first launched and started off the tablet craze that’s still going today.

Overall I think this is a cool thing to do especially if a person wants to see how a website hs changed over the years. It is nice to see a timeline of a company or website growing with its users. Alternatively, look at a website from when you first encountered it on the web see how it has changed, has it changed for the better? Has it changed for the worse?

Everything is fine — January 23, 2017

Everything is fine

So in the essence of telling a story through a web page, I decided to go to that place where you will find the most news stories and that was, of course, the BBC News homepage.

Here, there are excerpts from other news stories all collected in one place. I thought this was ideal for remixing.

I used the web browser extension “X-Ray Goggles” It’s free and I highly recommend it if you want to try this out yourself.

Reading the news stories I found them all to be very worrying and alarming. The world seems to be in a sorry state and the news isn’t helping. So I fixed it. Original news page looked like this

 

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Link to the webpage here

 

And I changed it to be a little bit jollier.

 

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Link to the web page here.

 

I could only seem to change the headlines and not the text paragraphs underneath them. So they still remain. As you can see I tried to keep as true to the pictures where possible. I showed this to a couple of my friends and they found it amusing.

I know doing this is very funny especially in light of the serious news that no one can get away from these days but it’s important to pay attention to the news and to go and find the good news stories that are happening because there are some, you just have to look.

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Another Quiz — January 22, 2017

Another Quiz

I really liked doing the guess the film on four icons quiz I decided to do another but with audio this time.

This is an idea I saw here. Feel free to try it yourself.

I downloaded the original songs and uploaded them into Adobe Audition and then using that programme I reversed the track. Then Exported it as an MP3 file, uploaded them all as a playlist to my SoundCloud account and embedded the playlist here.

So this time I will stick to famous songs from TV Shows and films. They will be reversed and all you have to do is guess the film is TV Show its from. The answers will be at the bottom of the page.

 

 



 

 

 

ANSWERS.

R1: Ghostbusters Theme

R2: Back to The Future Theme

R3: Doctor Who Theme from 1963

 



How did you do? Funny how some songs sound exactly the same when played backwards and some sound very different.

Make it 800% Slower — January 21, 2017

Make it 800% Slower

Making something slower or faster changes it into something very different to what it started. In this assignment, the task is to slow down a piece of music to the point where ‘it becomes an amazing piece of ambient music‘.

Using Adobe Audition I uploaded, “That’s Not my Name” by the Ting Tings and slowed the song down to 800%.

The outcome is slightly unsettling, to say the least. It’s strange how the tempo of a song being completely changed has such an effect on the mood of the piece making it seem very disturbing. I seem to be starting a theme with this blog of how to make things very distressing.

One Story Four Emojis — January 20, 2017

One Story Four Emojis

So I read this assignment brief and it seemed really easy to do but when it came down to it I found it really difficult, to sum up, the main elements of the story into four icons.

Until I had the brainwave of summing up a story using four emojis. So here goes. I will leave the answers at the bottom of the post.

Guess this Film:

 

I showed this to a couple of people and they didn’t get it straight away, so I’m going to try again but with a different film, and make it more obvious.

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This one more people understood than the last.

This last one is actually an American TV Show:

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Overall I really liked this take on the four icons assignment as it has an updated take on it. I was also interesting to see people reactions to me explaining to them I’m using emojis they either love it or hate it and it seems to be a very polarising topic for people.

I think it would be cool to see other peoples four emoji stories and as a game to play on a phone with someone else would be quite fun.

 

 

 

 

 


Answers:

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. Reservoir Dogs
  3. Breaking Bad
Playing it Backwards —

Playing it Backwards

This task asks you to make a film of something and then play it backward, and it seems on this blog that I really like playing things backward. I thought I’d try this one out.

So I chose a running tap because I thought that it would look really interesting.

This turned out really well. It’s not the highest quality but it still shows the rewound process really well. This video was made black and white because I wanted to add to the unsettling feel of the water going backward and this made it really effective. The contrast between the light of the water and the dark

The contrast between the light of the water and the dark sink colour makes it really clear to see the water running backward.

Its strange to think that just with a couple of simple techniques that a person can be scared or made to feel uncomfortable like that even though it editing trickery.

I showed this to a couple of friends and they noted that the black and white teamed with the distressing rewound footage that it is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  He mastered the art of usig camera and effects trickery to scare an audeince. So much so that his films still hold up and scare people today.

 

 

Common Everyday Cafetiere — January 18, 2017

Common Everyday Cafetiere

A cafetiere is an everyday object, right?

This assignment asks you to take a photograph of an everyday object and change or manipulate the colours. So I chose my flatmate’s and I’s prize possession a rose gold cafetiere.

So this was the original photo that I took.

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In photoshop I used the Hue/ Saturation option in the Adjustments drop-down menu.

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This is the final product.

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I changed it to a girly pink colour.

Minimalism and Movies — January 16, 2017

Minimalism and Movies

In this task, we were asked to create a minimalist poster for a TV show or movie. This I thought was a really interesting idea and something that I could really run with creatively. The essence of the story had to be captured but only using key icons, props, and characters.

The first idea that came into my head was a poster of a superhero movie and I landed on the idea of doing a minimalist poster of “Captain America: The First Avenger” movie.

I thought it was a good idea to do this because Captain America’s shield is something very iconic.

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So using Adobe Photoshop I used the shape tool I recreated Cap’s Sheild in the iconic colours. Then I added a slight amount of shading on it to make it look metallic and more like the shield that we see in the movies but also in keeping with the minimalist idea of the task.

I eventually ended up with this shield graphic. screen-shot-2017-01-15-at-13-59-51I would have liked to have added more detail to this graphic butI feel like if I added any more it wouldn’t be in keeping with the minimalist idea of the task.

All I had to do now was to add the title.

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 15.41.06.pngOverall I feel like the graphic worked best on its own but I wouldn’t have a poster without the title of the movie.