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Hi, I'm back! So, just as you thought, we are currently working on the last G.T project... EVER :( So this unfortunately means this will most likely be my last blog post. We are making a music video! This is by far the most fun project of the year. Music videos are always the last project done every year. For this project we do pick teams, and my team is Sophia, Jhoanna, Alina, and I. The song that my team and I chose was, you make my dreams come, by hall and oats. We chose this song because we wanted our story to be about food and this was kind of like a love song, so we showed our love through the song to food.
Our storyline, like I said before, is about our love for food. However, it goes deeper than just that. Each of us start separated and stressed out for our own reasons. For example, I am stressed about school, jhoanna is stressed about her fear of the dark, Alina is stressed about bad dreams, and Sophia is stressed because of her strange impulses to eat food anytime and all of the time. So as we are stressed we find food and it helps us. At the end of the video, we all find a paper that says FOOD EVENT. So naturally we all have to go. When we get there we all meet each other and become best friends who all loves food.
I think that when we did this project we really wanted to show our hardest work and all of the things we learned. I am in 8th grade and this will be my last year at this school. I have been in this G.T class for 3 years straight and have improved and learned a lot. So I really wanted to show my teacher what he has taught me. I am proud of my teams final product and I think it met all of the requirements and my personal goals.
You Make my Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates
What I want you've got
And it might be hard to handle
Like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame, yeah, yeah
What I've got's full stock
Of thoughts and dreams that scatter
Then you pull them all together
And how I can't explain
Well, well you
You make my dreams come true
Well, well, well you
You make my dreams come true
On a night when bad dreams become a screamer
When they're messin' with the dreamer
I can laugh it in the face
Twist and shout my way out
And wrap yourself around me
'Cos I ain't the way you found me
And I'll never be the same
Well, 'cos you
You make my dreams come true
Well, well, well you
You make my dreams come true
Listen to this
I'm down on my daydream
Hi again! I'm back with another G.T project. It is a movie trailer, and I am really excited. Coming up with an idea is probably the hardest part. I am not really the most creative person so doing this is actually hard. Despite being not creative, we got an idea. Our idea was to have me be the main character, and my friend Denae's older brother be my older brother. So, he died of cancer and then not to long after he died, I got diagnosed with cancer. So he comes back and I can see him, and then he supposedly helps me survive cancer because he knows what I am going through. I contributed a lot, in my opinion, to this project because even though I was absent for the first few days of the project, I ended up completing most of the storyboard.
Like I have said before, ever project has it's ups and downs. For this project our difficulties were meeting up to film outside of school. Two of the four people on our team were always busy and could never make, so just the other two to film the whole project is kind of hard. However, we did have successes. I think that we did really well communicating and getting all of our work done and on time. On our first due date of the movie poster, we were the only team to get ours turned in for extra credit. So I am proud of that.
Surprisingly a lot of people ended up liking our movie trailer. Most of the class gave us a four out of four. Also, five or six people voted us as the best movie trailer in the class. I think that we deserved all of the results that we got. Looking back, we put in a lot of effort and time and I am proud of this project. Great job team!
Hi again, I am back and ready to tell you about our new, you guessed it, G.T Project!!!!!! Anyways, it is a metamorphosis animation. So, it is like, using animation to transform something into another. For example a sign showing a peace sign can turn into a bunny (to the left). So I haven't really mentioned this at all but I we have it for every project. It's a, project goal. Pretty self explanatory. I will explain the project goal for this one. It basically states that, we will think of two strong ideas then pitch them to the class, using the classes input and our opinions we use one of the ideas and create a storyboard about what the animation is going to be like. Finally, we are going to start and finish producing our animation. So that's the goal, now our animation types that we are going to use are photo-shop, Stykz, white-board, and stop motion.
Now I'm going to explain our idea that we came up with. Our focus statement is supposed to be, noun-verb-noun, and ours is, Ashley Coordinates Clumsiness. Our idea is that I am a waitress that gets fired because I am not coordinated so I go home and then magically turn into a cat to learn coordination. Once I am done learning coordination I turn back into a human and get my job back. That is basically it, we have six scenes and three shots in each scene. Each shot is either a wide, medium, close, or extreme close. This is done because it makes the animation more engaging.
Alright so we finished our final cut critique. We did pretty good we got an overall 4 from the whole class and won second place out of all the projects. I am happy with the results we got from the class, but we definitely earned it. We worked really hard on it and I am proud of what we accomplished. I am not really a fan of animating but it turned out good in the end. I'm very excited to tell you about my next project. My favorite part of the project would be filming, it was really fun because I had my good friends right there with me. That's all for our animation project in G.T!
Hi again, it's me and as you may already know I have another G.T project that I want to share with you. So, it's called Geometric Portraits. I wont really get into what it is right now but I will in just a minute. So, when dealing with portraits we are talking about the different facial expressions we have and if they are universal or not. So in my opinion I think that facial expressions are a little bit of both, universal and taught. First off I think that they are universal because when searching up facial expressions from around the world I noticed that most of the different emotions come out pretty similar on their faces from all over the world. However, say you were smiling for a picture, in the U.S you are taught to smile big and look happy, however when you see pictures from different parts of the world you may notice that some of them are not smiling and are just looking at the camera and that is how some people are taught. So, that's just what I think but you may have a different opinion.
Okay now, here comes the part where I explain, step-by-step, how to complete this project. You know just in case you want to make one. It is pretty simple however it does take up a lot of your time. So first off you take an image, note that if you want an easy one you should take a symmetrical photo so that you really only need to half of the picture then just flip it. You have to turn on the grid on your photo before you start the next step. So you get that into photoshop and then you take the line tool which is the third to last tool in your photoshop tool bar. You then take that tool and trace the outline of your head making sure that you end each line at a horizontal or vertical line in the grid. You take the lasso tool and select each one of those triangles and then fill them in using the filter>blur>average. That is how you make a poly portrait.
There are definitely other ways to do that though. You have to get an app to complete the easier way. However there are some cons to doing it the easy way. It ends up not being as realistic and you cannot see your face as well. Also, there are really no ways to customize your project. There are also cons to doing it the harder way which is that it takes a lot more time. That is some info, on our latest project, Geometric Portraits.
Hi again, I'm back! I just wanted to talk to you about our brand new project. This project is a video project and we are making a poem that is about nature and we will be reading that over our video portion of our project. Anyways, in this nature poem I honestly did not know where to start with this whole poem making thing. So, then I started thinking... how do I interact with nature... how does nature impact my life? I started to answer those questions, nature impacts my life because I love to go to the beach and garden and I do a lot of outdoors activities, like running outside in nature rather than on a treadmill in a gym. So once I got those questions answered I wrote them down and started to build something great off of them, and got a whole poem.
With the audio part of our project, we are also making a video combining timelapses, and slow motion videos. You might not know, or understand what timelapses and slow motion videos are, so I will explain to you what they are. So for timelapses, all you do is go out (in this case, in nature) and take a long video in one spot and not moving the camera AT ALL! Anyways once you have like a 10 minute video at least, you go into an editing app or something and you speed up the video a lot. Once you speed up the video, you see the clouds moving really fast and you see change a lot. When things go really slow it is hard to see how much they change but once you speed it up and see a before shot and after shot you start to see a great change. Its kind of just the opposite for the slow motion videos.
So in this project, of course we have some ups and downs. One of my hardest parts in this project was to actually get good video. There were so many things to think about when taking these timelapses and slow motion videos and that really held me up. Along with those hardships we have my favorite parts in this project. So, my favorite part in this project was making the poem, actually. It was really hard but once I got a couple of good useful lines I just was on a roll and kept on going, then it kind of started to get really fun. So that was a little bit of my retime nature poem project. And thats a rap, until next time.
I think that poetry is a form of literature. Poetry is a way of expressing what you feel through metaphors, using patterns in a rhythmic way. Most of the time people use poetry as a way to express what they feel or to teach a lesson to their viewers. In order to be poetic, you have to get all of your emotions out and express your feelings in an imaginative and creative way. To me poems can be really personal at some points. Sometimes poems can be personal because they share one of their personal experiences. People also can relate to that experience if they share that experience and then they start to take the poem personally. And that's what I think poetry is. In my opinion, poetry is very special and there should be more of it in the world. The way to start that trend is by teaching and reading poetry to kids so that they grow up and use poetry.
Now, in the very first project in this G.T class we are making a poetic personal statement. I will give you a little taste of my poem:
My fears are no match for what I can attain,
I know what I have to gain,
Courage, and determination,
To believe, to be brave,
The road is now being paved,
Find what is left in me,
And now I see,
So, that was my poem:) Anyways when I was creating my poem I knew that I wanted it to rhyme. I wanted it to rhyme because, when poems rhyme it flows better and when you just spout out a bunch of thoughts, it doesn't really flow as well. Also, I used rhythm in my poem because it makes it flow, and transition more smoothly. When you use rhythm and rhyme it makes the poem not just sound like a bunch of jumbled words even though that might be what it is. So that's all about my first G.T project of the year 2016-17! be sure to stay tuned because I have lots more to come!
Hi again its me we just finished are previous project and I really want to talk to you about it. So, this was probably the worst project of the year considering I worked with people I didn't know and didn't work with before, also I am not HUGE fans of some of them. Aside from that this whole project was being made in Photoshop with a tool that we have NEVER worked with before. Okay now getting on with how the actual project was. In my previous post I talked about our personal traits and how we try to incorporate those into our story. When we do our animation I develop the character that I am playing. I will just make sure that the message of this character being clumsy comes across very easily to the audience. I will make sure that the viewer knows that I am very clumsy by taking this character and animating me tripping in multiple places on multiple things. And that is how I we will try to exaggerate my characters' imperfections (being clumsy).
So our overall animation didn't end up to be that funny however I am still pretty proud of what we did accomplish. What we did accomplish was our life lesson. First we made sure that our dialogue could clearly be understood that there was one weird guy and he just wanted to make friends with the other two girls but at first they thought that he was weird. In the end they finally came around. What we did in our animation was build up to the part where he did fly to the other planet. We made the first 3 scenes on the his lonely planet to get a feeling of what life was like for him so that when he got to the other planet the audience related to him and really wanted him to become friends with the other two girls. Also this type of judgement happens a lot to a lot of different people who don't deserve it so in this animation that is what we tried to get at - to raise awareness about not to judge a book by its cover, because it might be different than what you thought it was going to be in the first place.
Like I said in the beginning of this post I told you that I worked with people on this project that I have NEVER worked with before. I didn't even talk to them until this project. Now I know that this is what my teacher was going for, but the way I look at it is that, I work with the people that I work with for a reason. So working with people I didn't know was challenging for me. I didn't know how they were with the amount of work that they were supposed to do. However, in the end I am proud of my finished product and although I didn't really get along with some of the people on my team we worked through it and got our work done because we realized that the faster we finish this project the faster we can get on with our lives. So that's just a little bit about what my last G.T project was. Challenging but doable.
Hi again, I just wanted to talk to you about another FABULOUS G.T project that we are working on starting right now. So to start off we are making an animation with a team of 3 or 4 people. For this animation we will be using a lot of stop motion and animation programs on the computer, the animation programs that we use sometimes are six, and what we are working on right now is puppet warp in Photoshop. I will be telling you about puppet warp in just a little bit. Our main focus for this week is character development. It is pretty self explanatory its just the process in which you develop a character or object in your story. To explain it to you I will start with myself. I am a little bit weird and I am like really clumsy. Pretty much everywhere I walk I trip on something. So with the animation that I will be in I will try and exaggerate those little imperfections.
So, like I said before I plan to exaggerate the imperfections that I have such as tripping everywhere I walk. Now, sometimes this can be really hard because you have to be as creative as you can be. For me, that's pretty hard. So, this part takes me a long time however it came to me pretty easily this time round. So, when we do our animation and I am developing my character that I am playing I will just make sure that the message of this character being clumsy comes across very easily to the audience. I will make sure that the viewer knows that I am very clumsy by taking this character and animating me tripping in multiple places on multiple things. And that is how I plan on exaggerating my characters' imperfections.
Down at the bottom of this post there is a little animation called a GIF, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format. I will be telling you about how to make one. First, you take a picture of someone or something and open it up into Photoshop. Then, you change the window and make sure that it is in animation. Once you have done that you take your main focus in the animation and move it towards the starting point, where you want your character to start out in the frame. After you have completed that step you then click a little button down at the left hand corner that says new frame when you hover over it. A new frame then pops up you move the object a little in the direction you want it to go then click new frame. You then repeat this process as many times as you want to get your animation just right. Once you have got it the way you want, press save then go to file>save for web and devices. That step is to justify that your animation is a GIF photo. Once you have completed that final step you are done with your GIF. Enjoy!!!
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Hi again it's me. I'm sure you know by now but I will tell you again, I have a new G.T project that I want to talk to you about. I am really excited about this one because we are filming a whole soap opera. I think that I am going to have a lot of fun doing this project. Aside from all of the fun, we are talking about keywords that describe our film and how they are going to connect with the audience. Some of our keywords that we used are personality, because we are talking about the different personalities that Jhoanna has (the main character). Also friends is one of the keywords, because it is about making friends as well. Adventuring is also a keyword that we used because Jhoanna is adventuring out to try and make new friends. We had a few other keywords to add like, yourself, and together, however, those aren't as important. I think that a lot of people will connect to these words because this is a really common problem that a lot of people will end up to face in your lifetime.
Now in this project we had to make a lesson to go along with it, a purpose. So our message is to always be yourself even though you may not think that you will fit in or your peers will not like you. In our story we talk about a girl who is new to a neighborhood. She sees that there are kids in the neighborhood and they are good friends. She wants to make friends with them but doesn't think that she is going to fit in with them so she locks up her real personalities in her head. When she tries to make friends, the other kids think that she is boring so they don't let her be apart of their group. When she releases her personalities she realizes that people like her for who she is. The main purpose is to just be yourself, that will be the best way to make good, reliable friends.
This project was really challenging in many ways for us. Some of the bigger challenges we faced were the deadlines for each part of the project and coordinating when all of the people could come and be actors and actresses in our soap opera. We scheduled everyone to come and be in our video one day on the weekend at the park. Everybody was able to make it, however not everybody was able to be there that long therefore we were not able to get every shot we needed. It was a huge challenge to get everybody in the same place wearing the same thing so that we could finish. Thankfully everybody cooperated and we ended up getting all of the shots that we needed. So that was probably our biggest problem that we faced during the production of our soap opera.
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I am currently an honors student at Kapa'a Middle School in 8th grade, who loves to do gymnastics and piano. I enjoy being with my family and going to the beach.
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