Friday, August 3, 2012

Walking Memory Chocked Lanes

This has certainly been a class to reminisce about. College, I have found, doesn't teach you, as much as it teaches you to teach yourself. In technical classes that give you tools and direction, this is prevalent. We are given an instructor with more knowledge than time, and she has found a way to transfer as much of it as the individual is willing to absorb. This class will be valuable to me throughout a career in any field. I certainly hope it is related, but hey, I'm walking away with more than I ever have from a collegiate experience.
To list what I have learned is as ridiculous as the numerous sleepless nights in Reece. Lovers of Seattle certainly rest more frequently. The technical takeaways are uncountable. However, the two most important things to carry onward have been the importance of relationships and planning. Relationships are easier for me, but learning to appreciate planning and what it gives a filmmaker easily fits into a MasterCard commercial.
I have loved the intensity and how we are forced to become colleagues & compadres, but more importantly to rely on one another. I hope to take my relationships from this class To Infinity and Beyond, or at least to the professional world.
I have to say thank you. Finally having a teacher that has made me excited about my major. I have eked through this department with nothing much but a bitterness for it being so behind the times. While partially my fault, I am again excited and will be a proud alumnus now, I truly believe.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

J Vann Rudolph Director/DP Reel

modestly called an Artist

Never in youth did I consider any artistic field. An artist draws or paints or designs "stuff". I finally realized that I can create stuff as well. I have never enjoyed a task in life like the grandiose ones that encompass collaboration and expression through visual story telling. No matter how minuscule the story, very little can be done without relying on another for some form of assistance. I expect others to be better than me, and am often pleased with their powers. 

Putting ideas in print to form a visual style is grueling, daunting and an all around bore of a project. But the final product is something that lends a gratification unexperienced by most and loved by everyone it touches. Even if they love to hate it. I hope to touch a spark, be it of anger or happiness, evoked emotion is a gift. I can only wish for a career full of incredible people with even more incredible ideals that I can spread throughout with the tools of photography and motion.

My form of art, at its most basic form is entertainment, but when a man is downtrodden he shall still find food and entertainment. If my entertainment is sought out, no greater gift shall be given to me.


  My choice for camera was quite simple. My Director of Photography was advanced in the technicalities of the Canon 7D, as he himself is an owner of this fine piece of equipment. Also, other members in my group were planning to utilize the Canon aps-c sized sensor and its qualities. The more heads with information can only make mine and my DP's job a little simpler. 

  The camera choice was easy, and after using a few different lenses, my choice of glass was made even simpler. I had the privilege of using the Zeiss primes with different focal lengths and it was clear where my vision lied. You hear constantly that the camera doesn't matter as much as what's in front of and behind it. That has never come into focus as well as it did with a Canon and Zeiss coupling. My photographer was extremely capable of racking focus with the fine quality leant by Zeiss' engineering and it rendered beautiful imagery. The amazing details cannot be described, only seen. 

  Our training in TCF begins with the JVC, and it has taken me awhile to garner any respect for the camera. I believe being forced to work with any tool urges a loathing of the such that can only be diminished when doors open to new experiences. Learning more about the JVC has also given me a heightened respect, but being allowed to experiment with other tools has broaden artistic horizons as well. I was very grateful to be able to use the Canon 7D, but more especially the Zeiss lenses. Watching their amazing capabilities in post production has made me a believer.

Leo & Scotch

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Midterm Reflections

  The most obvious learning experience is hands on camera involvement. I have watched hours of tutorials from YouTube and Vimeos finest arteurs, but nothing compares to playing with and experimenting with an actual camera. I’ve enjoyed the ability to discover what I like, as I really don’t have what I believe to be a style just yet. I hope to develop one quickly for my scene assignment, and I feel confident in my abilities. 

  The confidence comes from my next greatest learning experience yet, which is the importance of being prepared. The idea is generally known, but unfortunately dissipates without much thought. I was fortunate in that I am slated to direct photography for a well-prepared director with a clear vision to convey. The greatest learning experience thus far has certainly been the in depth conversion betwixt the director, our instructor and myself. The conversation was so informative that I immediately phoned group members and relayed the urgency of preparedness. I am finally grasping the need for each of the strenuous tasks that lay as obstacles in the way of your vision, and am finally treating them as tools of the trade that will make my jobs easier and enrich the final project.

  It is certainly easier to learn when the subject matter is something that you do not dread delving into. Having the want to create and use visual tools is very compelling, but a want will not suffice. The world of videography seems never ending and at times daunting, but without technical skill we are left to barely tread water. I have an understanding of camera terminology and practices, but this is a field that I will forever have to maintain an educational approach. Learning the ability to learn is often more important to educational sustainability. I feel like each class period there is something that will help me to teach myself how to better implement some aspect of this industry.

  Such small details that truly matter such as filter application, which was the first real eye opener for me, have provided a base knowledge that I will carry on for as long as I have any sort of career in this field. The basic fundamentals of lighting, which I had honestly looked into but certainly not as far in depth as we have as a class, are invaluable in practice. Something that we know we will encounter in this field but I didn’t believe I was good at is collaboration. We should have all had some practice by now, but not in the way of truly relying on people. I like to do things for myself, and being forced to lean on someone to accomplish something we will both be proud of is hard but satisfying. And that is something I hope to continue to improve upon.