Look, its a bird! Listen, its a plane! Analyze, ohh my bad…

For the Look, Listen, Analyze assignment I chose Kids in the Hall’s The Monkeys. The video in the playlist was blocked due to copyright of the Nerdist, so I just looked up the video under Nerdist’s channel and found it.

Look

My first look through was an interesting one, not anything that I thought it was going to be!  The camera starts our looking at a door that gently pans out and eventually lands on the main character, Dave. The slow pan out sets the mood to somewhat of a sinister, grim feeling.  The camera is set eye-level with Dave while he smokes on a cigar and talks about the monkeys.  The camera stays there a while but than instantly transitions to a still shot of Dave and another character named, Mark. The two of them are split evenly on each side of the camera with an open curtain in the background.

The camera then suddenly cuts back to Dave who is next to the door which the monkeys are on the other side.  As he is about to open the door the camera shifts it attention to the door, and the strange bright light that beams out of it.  Dave then talks to himself for a while and the camera continues to pan in the whole time.

Another weird still frame with Dave and Mark…

A new part of the room is then revealed with Dave being on the phone (another still shot).

Finally, a change in scenery!!! This scene there are Dave, Mark, and some other character in a car.  There are two in the back and one driving, the shot is from outside the car and in front of the drivers side.  The car then stops and going to a side shot of the passengers window to only show the driver. Then a shot of only Dave that is start ahead of him.

The final shot is Dave sitting in a chair back in his room.  The camera is almost on the ground and makes Dave’s head slant downwards to still look into the camera.

Listen

In the beginning there are weird noises that sounds like something is rattling outside of the door.  Then it becomes more clear that the monkeys are trying to open the door. The whole time Dave is talking the loudest thing in the background is the fire.  The crackling of the embers on the wood create a sense of gloominess. Dave’s speech is done in a grumpy, scratchy voice that shows that the smoking is getting to him.  When it gets to the scene of him unlocking and locking the doors, the locks have such loud presence to make sure that they are the main concern in the scene. This states that these are the most important parts of the scene.

Not much noise when he is on the phone besides his normal cracky voice.  There is a loud metal sound when he throws the phone down on the receiver.

The car scene you can hear the humming of the engine and the bumps in the road.

Analyze

Mr. Lewis/Dave LOVES THE MONKEYS!!!!!  He always is talking about them!  He knows that they are either some sort of danger to people, something like that. He will never let them lose, but can always fall back onto that topic to either threaten people or to just conversate about.  The overall feeling of the skit is very gothicy, and creepy.  Whenever the camera is on Dave he always stares directly into it, and Mark just has the most awkward stare that makes him seem like a zombie.  Maybe the monkeys did this to him???

Back to Ebert’s points in which, “lower angles make people look more powerful.” This is exactly done in the last scene of this skit.  Dave talks about how the monkeys give him authority, and just in the last scene Dave threatened to release the monkeys on the driver, which was sarcasm.  But Dave threatening to do so scared the drive and shows that Dave really does have power over others.

Im I watching a movie, or reading am I reading it?

To an untrained eye movies are just another story being told to audience.  But there is so much more behind that.  There are thousands of hours of thinking of the idea, setting up the idea, producing the idea, and executing the idea.  All of the steps are insanely difficult in their own ways, but that is why they spend tons of money hiring the best in fields. But lets not get carried away, we are here to talk about Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie”.  He talks about ways that he teaches film.  When someone has a question he stops the film and joins in on the conversation.  This allows the audience to get an experts insight on the question.  This also takes away from the standard “this is how it is in the book, memorize it.” This leaves the class as an open ended lecture, allowing the audience to ask questions beyond their norms. The one lesson that I didn’t like was how he make it sound like filmmakers was only a formal job, and you had to have a vase amount of knowledge to get involved. He states this by saying he’s, “never heard of a director or cinematographer who ever consciously applied [the “laws” of visual space].” Video can be practiced by anyone and everyone, going to a university can help, but those who are passionate about it, and don’t have the money to go can defiantly become great.

Good morning people of my village!!

Star: 2 1/2 stars

For this assignment we had to greet the people of our “village” with a good morning expression.  I chose to keep it calm and simple.  I chose this, because I don’t see a person being too excited about saying good morning on a loud speaker every day.  This would become quite repetitive and boring. This does remind me of when you are in grade school, and every morning they would turn the TV’s on, and have students do a good morning segment along with announcements for the day.  They were always excited to be on TV (as any kid would be), but they knew that everyone in the school would be watching.  This I feel would be the opposite in a town where you don’t have to be energetic, because I doubt half the people would be listening anyways…

  • Firstly, started a blank file on Audacity, and instead of importing an audio file, all I had to do was click the red button to record myself.

  • I then had to edit the audio to delete any long pauses I caused

  • Final step was to export audio into an mp3 file

Not my sandwich!!!

Star: 2 1/2 stars

Back when Friends was the best show on TV (and still playing) I was pretty young, and loved to watch the show with my parents.  Of course my parents made me cover my eyes when the intimate scenes would happen.  Ross was my 2nd favorite character besides Joey.  This was one of my favorite scenes of the show all time, and my family and I still use the sandwich joke to this day.

Ross being a kid over his coworkers eating his thanksgiving day leftover sandwich 

 

  • Secondly, I imported the now mp3 audio to my Audacity

  • Finally, I highlighted the parts that weren’t necessary to the scene, and deleted them.

Redbone gets Redone

Star: 4 stars

One of my favorite songs out at this time is Redbone by Childish Gambino.  The song has many distinct characteristics about it, such as the fading in and out of his voice, and the strong instrumentals in the background.  As soon as I saw the description for this assignment I knew that I would have to give it a try.  I found myself having alot of fun with this assignment, but it also wasn’t the easiest to complete. To change up the unique song I added some additional echo effects to give the long pauses more filling. Additionally, I changed the bass and tempo to some parts of the chorus, and long versus.

Link!

  • Imported the song into Audaciity

  • Added effects to the song, such as echo, fade in, fade out, compressor, and bass and treble.

Sounds Effects Story: Bells are ringinn

Star: 3 1/2 stars

My typical Sunday’s are spent praying to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I could of done the typical sound effects of me getting up, and brushing my teeth, showering, but that is exactly what you said not to do.  I went with a different flip of my Sunday mornings.  The mornings begin with me waking up around 11am, doing my normal morning routines, then getting straight into the car without eating.  It is usually just me and my mom, because my dad is to lazy to go, and my brother goes to a different church.  The effects story shows off use getting into the car, hearing the church bells (meaning 12 o’clock mass),  Catholic singing, and then driving back home.  Normally, we go and get food after Mass, but I couldn’t find any quality eating effects…

Mission Control… We got a problem

In Moon Graffiti, the mood is set right away.  Your stomach begins to drop, you get goosebumps, my feet began to sweat. There is a lot of background noise and back and forth communication between mission control and an astronaut named, Aldrin. The creator adds a lot of sound effects added to make this scene more dramatic. It makes you feel as if you are on the moon following this crash. They make their conversation sound somewhat muffled as if it was an actual conversation done in to a radio. The moment where there isn’t any background noise, and only the effects going on is the astronaut attempting to plant the flag into the ground gives a very hopeful vibe to the edit.  I enjoyed this and audio storytelling very much, it gives the listener a sense of serenity to the situation that they would never get to live.

Ted Talk and Scottlo

I really enjoyed the Dissecting Joanne Rosser, Papermaker piece. The way the audio is edited really helps with the overall story.  When done right you almost can’t tell that it is even edited at all. This relates back to Vignelli, when something is thought-up correctly, the design disappears to the eyes of the reader.

In the TED Radio Hour, they talk about success in radio. For one of his examples, he cuts music to show how this brings a serious tone to the audio. It takes away from the moment, but forces you to put a greater amount of attention on what is being spoken. This is why talk radio is so powerful, people are forced to pay more attention to the speaker and the message they have. There are no other distractions to pull your attention, as a listener, away from the speaker.

In the first episode of the LoDown, he talks about what to expect in his shows and how he plans to help us as the listener. He talks about how to be succesful in the course and in using audio. He gives numerous tips and suggestions on improvement. He talks about examples of past projects and what could’ve been done differently. He talks of bumpers and how they can be succesful, just offering a lot of insight throughout all of his podcasts. Allowing students in the course who are listening to have greater insight in what they need to do to improve.

The story teller is actually a genius

In Ira Glass’s videos he proclaims the do’s and don’t about story telling.  He explains that the best thing that you can do for yourself is to tell with your personality.  Use the emotions that you felt at the moment to really draw the listener into the story.  As they show in the third video, he explains a story about his 8th year in radio, and clearly shows -whether you are listening or watching- that you can tell he was deeply embarrassed. The pauses, the chuckles he provides to the audience shows his emotions he felt.   Additionally, he goes on to talk a lot about finding a story and how difficult it can be.  A strong point that he makes is that a story often appears with a bit of luck.  Luck can lead a reporter to a new promotion, with a great story, or out to the streets due to nothing happening.  Timing is key along with persistence to always stay aware.  The most importance advice that Ira gave us was that the more practice he told the better his story telling ability improved.

~Practice doesn’t make perfection, but it defiantly makes you better~

My favorite sports play in a Gif!

This is a Gif of David Tyree, of the New York Giants, making a nearly impossible against catch against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in 2008.  Right before the catch was made, Eli Manning made an insane escape from pressure to avoid a sack.  This catch set up the game winning touchdown, which declared the New York Giants winners 17-14.

I remember this play vividly in real life.  My parents had thrown a super bowl party at our house, and had a bunch of their friends over.  There was food everywhere, and music before the game started.  But as soon as the game started you could hear a pin drop while the ball was ever in the air.  When the Giants were down 10-14 in the 4th quarter with the minutes twiddling down, my parents were about the lose their minds.  This all changed when Eli was about the lose the game by getting sacked, but then made a miraculous escape and got the first down with this catch. The house erupted.

The create this Gif I simply went to giphy.com.  At this site I then clicked on Create in the top left, and went to youtube to find the highlight of the game. Once i found the highlight I copied the URL and pasted it where it told me to in Giphy and it created the Gif which I then downloaded to my computer.