Week 4 summary

I read Roger Eberts “how to read a movie” first, it was pretty informative. I grew up watching his show on weekend mornings (with Jean Siskel), so I was happy to read more and get a feel for how he started to read or give opinions on films he watched. When he was a Professor at Chicago University he incorporated a “STOP” policy when one of his students waned to voice an opinion on what he or she thinks about that scene. I thought that was a pretty democratic way of teaching and film professors everywhere incorporate that method into their classes.

Then I moved onto watching the 3 of the several clips we were given as an option to view. I chose 2 Kubrick’s and the Tarantino one. I chose then because I like the only 3 Kubrick moviesĀ  have seen and knew he was a pretty unorthodox director. I guess the same feeling can be put towards my feelings towards Tarantino, but in my opinion he does make quite a few over the top and pointless films.

The video assignments I did were a learning experience for me. I went to see an expert in the digital tutorial center in the ITCC. the gentlemen who sat down with me was knowledgeable and helpful. He explained to me for a good 15 minutes, on the ins and outs on basic film making. Without that tutorial I think I would have spent 5-10 more hours on learning all the tabs and programs.

Then I created my first video assignment. I went into the process thinking that I was doomed. Once I finished it I felt pretty decent about what I was able to do with the basic knowledge I had on film making. The process took roughly 4-5 hours (should have taken 2-3 but I was going at beginner speed). I utilized the digital studio in the ITCC center, they have great programs already installed on the MACS, so I saved a little time their. The only down side was that I could not get any question answered because no one works in the center per say.

Blog on 3 clips:


Look, analyze, listen:


Video assignments:

5 Stars:

Highlight reels – Medium


3 stars:

vine assignment – Medium


Here is my assignment bank publication. This is the first one I have done so far. The instuctions are below as well.

LJ Galvan – Small

Step 1. Find something you care about and gather pictures and videos about it). It could be your parents or panda bears, anything you think about often.

Step 2. Create a short film, using i movie or any program you feel comfortable with. No restrictions no limitations on how to piece together your short film.

Step 3. Place music that encompasses your thoughts on the subject matter.

Step 4. Place credits at the end letting the audience know who or what you paid homage to.

I wanted to keep this open and with as little parameters as possible. I found that overtly restricting instructions on how to do these assignments kill creativity and force most people to reject the challenge.








TV on the Radio?

After listening to Ira and Jad, I was able to connect the dots as to why I thought a movie was bad and why I thought a movie was good (all things being even). All things being even, meaning the thesis of the film was decent, Ira pointed out regarding radio (which I think relates directly to TV) a story has to have building blocks. It can’t just throw information out of context at you and expect you to care about what is going to happen next, or hold your attention. For example the story in the film Pulp Fiction, the story teller (director) took entire scenes from the film and cut them up ad placed them in different orders in the film. Pulp Fiction was a great hit with the counter culture crowd but failed miserably to hold the attention of critics and the general public. The Hangover 2 & 3, neither film had a moment of reflection, that is to say it never raised questions thus the film was awful. The story never made the viewer wonder, and at the end none of the building blocks Ira laid out were met.

Jad focused more on how to capture the imagination of the listener. Growing up I remember listening to Brent Musberger voice on the radio. Many times I was sitting in a dear blind with my dad wishing I was at the game he was broadcasting instead. Many of the things Jad spoke about, such as dialogue balance, creating a visual picture of the atmosphere of the game, allowing the listener to visually see what he was describing etc. Brent did that for me. More times than not I would be listening to Brent and visually seeing myself at the game and be surrounded by the images he placed in my imagination. Because of Brent, deer hunting on Saturday mornings wasn’t so bad.