Sunday, February 21, 2010

Project update**

Now that I have figured out how to add text to my story I'm obsessed with it and want to add it everywhere.More then likely it would not be a good idea but I like the quality that it gives the documentary.

Science hall and Wriston media lab is where all of the editing magic is happening. I was a little nervous a few days ago on how under developed my story line was but I constantly have to remind myself that I do have a lot of footage to work with. Enough hopefully to capture the interest of an audience for five minutes.

Questions to ask myself for this week:

What do I need to cut from what has already been edited and rework into my story line?
What are some visusal of China's landscape that need to be added?

As of now I'm still working on the skeleton of my story line I feel this is crucial to complete before moving on to cinema-graphic editing that will be happening later this week.

Follow Your Gut

Jodi Sedlock a wild life ecologist is an assistant professor at Lawrence University her research interest have taken her across the atlantic and into the tropics to study bats and the conservation of this species.

Professor Sedlock is an example of someone who trusted their gut and allowed their passions and interest to flourish into a life time of work that remains challenging and interesting. A former graphic art student she has degrees in both science and fine art.

We should have more enthusiastic people in the world who are just as passionate about what they do all of the time. The world would be a much better place.
Jodi makes it a lot easier for people like me to feel okay about doing what I want to do and following my passions not based on what is consider "THE WAY" of living life. I follow that same philosophy in my approach to my art and what I study here at Lawrence.

Sedlock found a passion that was self-fulfilling, beneficial to the conservations of bats and local communities in the Philippines.

What an inspiration to all young college students :D

Do what you love the rest will follow end of story.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tedious Tedious Work... But Progress Has Been Made

So, I've got two more interviews that I would like to fit in to my project before I can until I can say I have all the footage that I want and need.

Editing is a long arduous process.
Science Hall computer lab will become my new home for the next few weeks until I'm done with this project.

As of now I have broken my editing process in to three section editing my beginning middle end journey. I'm saving the interviews to be mixed in between.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Project Update*

It's been a challenging couple of weeks trying to get my Lacie and Mac computers to cooperate with one another but I've got all the kinks worked out and now I'm in business with Final Cut. I've begun to edit the first few seconds of footage!

This will be quite a tedious and pain stacking task considering I have 3 hours of footage to cut down to about 8 to 10 minutes story.

I've slated the idea of placing myself with in the documentary. I was inspired by Abigail Disney approach to media and current events. In a lunch Q&A after the convocation a couple of weeks ago she discussed how she purposely did not allow herself in to the narration of documentary. She allowed the media images,footage and the women involved with the peace movement to speak for-themselves.

I commend Disney for taking this approach especially to this socially/politically charged story. Their are a lot of individuals and celebrities who make philanthropic efforts to get kudos and to gain attention from hollywood.(Not to say that their efforts are not positive )

I want to challenge myself just as Disney has done in allowing the footage to speak for itself. The story will very much so be about my experience but I want to go as far as I can creatively with my footage with out using my own narration to fill in spots for my documentary.

I want my story to be as raw as possible.

Klaus Nomi,Labels, and Culture

It's interesting to see how different cultural icons are respected and received to the world. In the late 1970's early 1980's Klaus Nomi was a German opera pop new wave sensation in the New York Art scene.

Klaus Nomi represented the postmodern condition, he was an individual that exuded and visually expressed the creative energy that surrounds the term. His performance and style was a mash up of old and new. He used his voice to push the boundaries of human sound creatively in music. To be in the presences of an individual performing to this quality was exciting and innovative. In the New York scene Nomi was a fine artist but outside of that social circle his work was difficult to define and understand.

In a performance just two miles away from the New York City border in a heavy metal club in New Jersey Nomi was booed off stage for his "bizzare" "poor quality music". I site these labels in quotation because this is the interpretation received from audiences outside the art realm.

It's difficult to define terms and to make visions universal when the world has never been able to communicate or share universally. His work and how it was received around the world put my project into perspective and it exemplifies what I am trying to express through my media project.

The world, western media, America- Our culture our government has had time to make accommodations and changes to it's development and to where it stands as a first tier state. China is a country that's has a different language, culture,geography and history therefore their development and expectations will be different.

(This message goes beyond politics or high culture) It's easy to judge and to flaunt when one is doing better than others.
It's easy to boo or to place sanctions on a country that is struggling to stand their own in the political world. I blame labels and the exclusivity that surrounds them.
Respect and compromise is needed in both political and art world.

The day that respect and compromise is made universal in world politics is the day that postmodernism will have a definition that is understood for all.