Testing the Water

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

For my final project in digital media, I chose to create a music video in order to practice directing, lighting, editing and mechanical skills.  I had the opportunity to work with another Musical Theatre major Katie Chung who happens to be a talented dancer.  After two hours of filming I was pretty satisfied with the quality of lighting I had with the footage, being one of my first tries independently.  It was also opportune to be able to work within a dance studio and play around with angles and the mirrors.

To view this video, follow the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOqmPqXnw-4

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Does Money Matter?

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

In terms of producing blockbuster hits, the recent film “Avatar” has swept audiences away with director James Cameron’s creative vision that embarked on a journey of new technological advances.  “Avatar” has undoubtedly paved the way for a shift in the film industry with its groundbreaking effects, despite a relatively trite and basic story-line.

I personally want to research the relationship between movie budget and gross income by analyzing successful low and high-budget films and discovering what aspects made each so successful.  When looking at hits such as “Avatar” it appears that the astounding budget seemed to pay off.  Then again, when you look at low-budget films like “Dirty Dancing” it makes one wonder what a little bit of money can really do.  Is spending $500 million really the solution, or should a budget be created under stricter guidelines aimed towards perfection and ingenuity?

A Crafty Oxymoron

January 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today the documentary “The Best Worst Movie” was screened at Elon University.  Former actor Michael Stephenson directs this hilarious but moving piece in which he follows a newborn cultish fascination with a film in which he acted in his childhood – “Troll 2.”  Considered the worst movie of all time, Stephenson follows the current lives of cast members, providing a deeper insight to the raw and pure heartfelt energy that went into the making of the film that highlights the reason for its popularity among particular audiences.

The filmmakers were clearly passionate about their work and it made for a nice change of pace to view a film not focused on a painfully serious topic.  The lighthearted approach made it enjoyable and the engaging manner in which the cast was presented made them even more relatable and likable.  Having former actor and current dentist George Hardy as the centerpiece of the documentary certainly gave the film a certain charismatic and entertaining flare that without such would have resulted in a slightly less hilarious outcome.

Ginna Claire Mason

January 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ginna Claire was such a pleasure to work with and I am very pleased with the work I was able to come up with after shooting with her.

Faces of the Night

January 20, 2010 § 1 Comment

With a theme of “night” I tried to work with light and shadows, especially in regards to people’s faces.  Using a flashlight, I tried creating different shadow patterns and lighting effects on my subjects’ faces.  The portraits were set in black and white with the eyes remaining in color.  Sometimes the black and white effect didn’t really work so it ended up just being a lighter shade of the original picture, but I like the turnout regardless.  Leanna and I also had the reoccurring sultry theme pop up when she volunteered to pose for me outside with a car.  Shoots with her are always the most memorable.

A Child’s Perspective

January 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

When taking pictures for my street photography assignment, it just so happened that the majority of my pictures were of children.  The families were gracious enough to allow me to photograph, and all of the kids were really great to work with.  I loved the little girl in the red dress featured in a couple of the pictures.  She was wearing this little Santa dress with hot pink cowboy boots that just makes you remember what it was like to be a kid and not care about how ridiculous you may look.

A Picture for Ginna Claire

January 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Musical Theatre major Ginna Claire Mason was referred to me by fellow comm fellow Kacey Stark to photograph her headshot for an acting agency.  Already extremely photogenic, Ginna Claire was easy to photograph and her lighthearted, bubbly personality can be seen in every single one of the pictures I took of her.  She was so easy to photograph that I had the “good” problem of having difficulty picking just ten of my favorite portraits of her (there were over 1,000).  We mutually decided on her personal headshot, and after working with the lighting in the studio I think it turned out really nice.

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