Monday, November 5, 2012

Today's Topic: The Power of CSS

What i found to be unnecessary in web development has come to be a necessity in itself. file i didn't understand it myself, i can see how it can benefit a web site overall.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Today's Topic: Hidden beauty coming to the surface

If their were ever a saying that has become timeless, its the following:
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

And I can definitely see why it has become a classic go-to quote. It's amazing what you can do when you can take something that's seen as unattractive in the vast majority of people, and turn it into something that can get a second or third look of out a few of those same people. And at that point it wont even matter because the true essence of it's beauty was there all along... it just took someone with an open mind to see it and then build on it.

Of all these things in the world, from the scenery, to mother nature, and all the living things, inlcluding human beings, all have that hidden inner beauty ready to come out. The canvas is at your fingertips. You just have to use the brush a different way - as it is.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Evolution of the Title Sequence


The Evolution of the Title Sequence

By: Jessica Smith

Even in the most classic films that we know and love today, title-sequencing plays a very important role in them all. Sometimes it’s how others recognize the exact film that you are talking about, by way of just mentioning the involvement and design of the titles that were used.  This even comes down to the font design and even motion graphics which will be explained later on in this article.

How did Title Sequencing grow into the most important and essential part of filming? It all started with Silent Films! Most of the titles designs were in relation to the plot of the movies themselves. For example, if the movie plot was a romantic film, then the title designs would be made easy on the eyes by the use of curves and soft edged fonts. The majority of these titles in these types of films were created by Lettering Artists, who were responsible for collaborating with the scriptwriter and the director to create a continuity of narration throughtout for audiences to follow what they were seeing.

A very precise example of this process during the silent film era occurred in a film called “Intolerance” (1916) a Movie Director by the name of, D.W.Griffith. There is a copy of the main title that was used in the film that contained variations of his name before the film started. This was the standard process for the Silent Film Era mainly because there was an ease of production and artists favored mono-stroke letterforms or characters with small serifs.

As movies started to gain their popularity, title sequences took their form and began to evolve through gradually expanding budgets for the filming process. The reasoning for this was due the movie producers investing a hefty amount of money into giving their films an Inter-Title Makeover, and also by taking time to upgrade the film production.
During this time, there was a “Film Doctor” by the name of Ralph Spence, who was the highest-paid title writer in the industry, earning $10,000 a picture for his one-liners.

As the introduction of audio was introduced into movies, the titles in them didn’t begin to pick-up and become more creative until a German animator and painter by the name of Oskar Fischinger, began to take a look at visual effects and music in relation to one another. This concept took form beginning with his film “Studies” in other films as well, with the latest being from Susan Bradley in the Film, Monsters Inc. His practice of comprehending visual rhythm to audio drew inspiration following his work amongst title design and even motion graphics.

Around the 1950s, independent filmmakers gained popularity by doing things non-commercially with the title sequences in their movies. The began to try out different ideas when it came to title designs, and this was what influenced the steady process of film title design. Many films started taking on a creative role in the area of title design and it is noted throughout films like The Bond Series, and also The Pink Panther Series.

When imagery began to overshadow the titles themselves, typography seemed to somewhat lose its importance in the area of title design. I think the reasoning for this was that more attention was drawn to the images used along with the titles, than the titles themselves. But as the digital age came into play, computers and the software used for designing film titles greatly affected the way we view titles in film today. The filmmakers and the designers started to work in the opposite of one another when it comes to the design area in relation to the film and its plot.

Even more so, typography and digital graphics have opened up a whole new world of possibilities to the design of motion. The thought of having an animation to draw viewers into the story became a very intriguing and popular trend. Pixar & Disney set aside a great deal of time for their films to focus on title sequences alone. It’s a wonderful way to introduce the characters to your story and a very eye-catching way to capture the audiences’ attention for a moment before they get into what the film is all about. The anticipation it brings is what I would often view as a build up to make the viewer want to see the film even more. It kind of serves the same purpose as a trailer for a film does. It’s ran on different television networks for a few weeks even up until the day the movie is released in theaters, and if the film includes an animated title sequence with motion graphics, then that is the icing on the cake of film.

In the way that we’ve seen how technology has shaped and molded the design of titles and the production of a film, I definitely see it continuing to domininate the way we view and relate to films in general, but also innovatively. Where will technology take us when it comes to title sequences and film production? Time will only tell.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Modern Documentary - “Technologies Influences on Visual Moments in Time”

Documentaries have expanded themselves across a variety of lifestyles, and their persuasiveness have become more appealing with the evolution of technology. The making of documentaries were shot and filmed with Film Stocks around the early 1900s. The French influenced this arond this time and would often refer to them as “Travelogues” and “Instructional Films.”  These films mostly consisted of single shot moments such as a train entering a station. Another term that was involved with this practice was "Actuality Films.”

The evolution of documentary filmming took many forms by way of tradition. It was a documentary film movement!!

As the history of documentaries started to take off, Travelougue Films gained their popularity mainly due to the French and their take on short films. Distributors would refer to them as “Scenics” and a prime example of this was a film entitled “In The Land of The Head Hunters” which was released in 1914.  Primitism, and Exoticism were introduced upon the plot of this film which was a take on the factual re-enactments of the Native Americans. Their history and their culture was portrayed on film to give an insight into how things really were among them.

Following Scenic Films, Romanticism began to take flight in film-making after “Nanook Of The North” made its debut in 1922. And not long after , other forms of documentary film-making techniques were introduced. Robert Flaherty fueled these types of films thoe most by making each one heavy staged,
and also showing the wonders of the characters had they of lived at least a century earlier, instead of in the current lifestyle they lived as the film was being shot. These type of films gave off a “Back In Time Feel” to things.

Some other Documentary Traditions are: The City Symphony, Kino Pravda, and the Newsreel Tradition.

The films that were produced between the 1930s and 1940s were in majority shot in the most major economies which was Britain and the USA.

It’s especially interesting to look into and view these pieces from the development of documentaries because they were filmed with equiptment that was far more complex than the simplicity of technology that we have today. The Newsreel Tradition really began to shape and mold the material content of documentaries today, from the movies to the news.  The Film “48 Hours” demonstrates this by mirroring events that have happened in recent times in the news, etc. This was done by hiring actors/actresses and re-enacting the events all over again.

Propaganda films mainly focus on the re-enactment of events but unlike the Newsreel view it was to raise awareness to persuade people, and almost induce a response from the viewer. This was pretty evident during the 1960s and 1970s when these type of films were used as political weapon to fight politics. Many of the filmmakers during this time felt passionate about getting across their message about the state of politics and the events they influenced so they expressed them through making films and releasing them to the public to get their voices heard.

Kino Pravda Films better known as “Cinema Truth (Part One)” Newsreel films took off thanks to Dziga Vertov. The Term Kino Pravda is russian for the phrase “Cinema Truth.” A lot of the films’ shots dealt with motion in different ways which helped to expand filmmaking techniques. This in turn influenced documentaries as a philosophy, advancing the filmmaking techniques significantly.

When the 1930s  to the 1940s came around, the War-Time propaganda Films expressed a point in its content of pesuadign an audience. The film entitled  “Triumph of the Will” is a very precise and clear example of this.

The creation of “Cinema Truth (Part Two)” Films approached during the period of the 1950s up until the 1970s. Cinema Truth Part One and Cinema Truth Part Two are distiguished by two separate types filmmaking which took on different aspects to their advantages to bring something different visually. Cinema Truth Part One was a homage to Vertov. And Cinema Truth Part Two is is based on furthering those techniques by way of technogy-based advances such as handheld cameras, and synchornized sound upon their introductions to the filmmaking process. The tools that offered these advances often portrayed a more personal reaction, and their were no sit-down interviews either. The shooting ratios were at least 80:1 which allowed the editors to fine sculpt it into a film to showcase the work in its best light.

Compliation films are among another documentary tradition that was pioneered in 1927 with a film entitled “The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty” by Esfir Schub. These type of films are based and shot on achival material.  An example of this is for example,  a director who produces a compilation film about the Iraq War by utilizing only footage that was shot by news cameramen who were among active troops. This eliminates the need for going out and shooting scenes, and then coming back to the a studio or the directors home and then having to go through the long process of editing.

Documentary wothout words have also gained interest with the public. Many of these either have little to no narration with the plot focused on visuals, or a mixture of both to keep the interest and flow of the movie intriguing. The film “Bodysong (2003)” is a precise example of this, and it garnered a British Independent Film Award for “Best British Documentary.” “Genesis (2004)” displayed nature and its life forms in different states of emotions which were shown visually, and followed by some brief narration.

DocuFiction films meshed together fiction film and documentarties creating an  interesting fusion of the two.

Modern Documentaries are often low-budgeted but that just means that everyone involved including the screenplay writers and directors have to be more creative. And in using what you have, it inspires and then produces some of the best work we’ve ever made, and it is definitely something we can be proud of. As a result film companies have become even more enamored by these type of films regardless of its content and plot. You can easily turn something your passionate about into something big if you have the drive.

Today the reception and response from documentaries are well-received at the box office. The releases of the films “Super Size Me” , and also“Fahrenheit 9/11” have had a extraordinary wave of influence as a result. What started out in the early 100s shooting films with film stock, has dramatically changed into something bigger than itself when technology advanced itself and changed not only the way we film, but the message we want others to see, and more importantly how we want others to see it. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but one can only imagine how many entail a video, and more evidently a film.


Notes & references:


    Nichols, Bill. 'Foreword', in Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski (eds.) Documenting The Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1998
    Miriam Hansen, Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film, 2005.
    Grierson, John. 'First Principles of Documentary', in Kevin Macdonald & Mark Cousins (eds.) Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. London: Faber and Faber, 1996
    Slate, "Paranoia for Fun and Profit: How Disney and Michael Moore cleaned up on Fahrenheit 9/11". May 3, 2005.
    Wood, Daniel B.. "In 'docu-ganda' films, balance is not the objective", Christian Science Monitor, June 02, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-06-06.
    Indiewire, "FESTIVALS: Post-Sundance 2001; Docs Still Face Financing and Distribution Challenges". February 8, 2001.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Today's Topic: Eagles soar alone, Pigeons flock together.

Being a leader in whatever it is you're trying to accomplish is always better than following in the footsteps of what everyone else is doing. I've always did that in terms of my personality, style, and almost anything else that I do. When I was in high school, I set myself apart from other girls by dressing and looking completely different from them, and I was able to stand out almost without any effort. Of course, many were jealous, but that just made me like being different even more.

SO.. the next time you want to follow someone else, try making your own path instead.

*Brave Heart*

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today's Topic: That GUT Feeling you get before something happens....

Have you ever had that GUT feeling? You know the one that makes your stomach turn? I've been there before, but there's a specific thing that happens when i get them. I not only get my GUT feeling when I'm awake, it also shows up in my dreams too. And then.... in reality it happens. But it's not every dream that I have though, only a select few. I usually don't realize it's happened until I'm doing something in the middle of the day, and then it hits me like Deja Vu'.

The point of it all is, when you get a GUT feeling about something, whether it be good or bad, please pay attention to it. You always get it for a reason. Sometimes that's why you can sense things have happened a certain way because it may indeed be true.

GUT FEELING? Soothe it with attention and alertness!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today's Topic: Laughter is the best medicine!! (^_^)

Sometimes in life, you will encounter things that will make you want to give up all hope. But no fear, if you think about it and take the humor from it, then it will somewhat make you feel better. Many times myself, I've had to do this. And I can honestly admit that it has helped me to cope with whatever encounters I've had in my life.

So if you're going through something rough, Then find the humor in it to get through it. If you can't then, savor the happy moments that come often after the bad times.

*Brave Heart*

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today's Topic: Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

When you find that someone is imitating you, yet throwing dirt on your name, clearly they admire you in some way. They are just too full of pride to admit it. I have encountered this myself, on multiple occasions. It just means that they are an undercover fan of Yours.

They seem to want something you have, that either they don't have, or won't take the time and effort to push forward and do themselves to get the same results. Which brings me to a quote I saw while I was on twitter about two weeks or more ago...

" Jealousy is the art of counting somebody else's blessings instead of your own."

And thinking about it, it makes perfect sense. I can see it now... all they dwell their time on is talking about how much more you have than they do, or how you look a certain way, maybe better than them, and the icing on the cake.... "How can I emulate it without looking like I copied from them?"

It really makes me sorry for these copycats. While people like you and me, who don't worry about that kind of stuff, and they are worrying themselves over our next move, etc.

An original is worth more than a copy. Being yourself is the ultimate defense towards that

*Brave Heart*

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today's Topic: Where are your guts?? GO FOR IT!! Challenge yourself!!

The way I see it, shyness will only get you so far, but being bold and having guts will get you further. Challenging yourself, can do wonders for you in all aspects of your life. Something came to me the other day, and I sat back and looked at what I had just done. Years ago I was "Team Shy" , but now I'm more willing to press through my nervous mood, and give things a try. So now, I've been "drafted" into "Team Brave". If that's what you want call to it.

But I also understand that it takes time to progress out of shyness. In a way, shyness can also be a good thing, but it's also good to challenge yourself, and then analyze the result of it.

There was this time a couple of years ago, I used to listen to jazz non-stop. Every time I would get in the car, It would be stuck on that same jazz radio station. And so I thought to myself, I wonder if I could create something better, or equal to it. And so I set up my "Recording Studio" in my room that was connected to my computer, and got to work on it producing the beats with a instrumental software program, and then the melodies to all of the songs came from my keyboard. It took a few weeks, but when I put my focus into it, and I was done creating the album, the cover to it, etc. and I took a step back at what I had done, that was one of the things that had motivated me to challenge myself from then on. Mind you, this was about four years ago. Everytime I listen to the album that I put my hard work into, I always seem to find something new about it that makes me want to emulate it even further, and not just in the sense of music.

So the point is that if you challenge yourself, even if you are shy, it should motivate you to take those guts and start making moves. You never know what could result from it. It may just turn out to be the most influencial and beautiful thing that ever happened to you.

*Brave Heart*

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today's Topic: Ignorance is sometimes the main fault of a misunderstanding.

Unfortunately, sometime ago... I came across a very difficult individual a few months ago. And I have to say at the very least, that she was indeed ignorant. While I won't say exactly what made me come to this conclusion, the title of this topic is very influenced by this person.

I was a friend of someone whom she knew also, but in a different way. And thanks to a untrustworthy person, she got the impression that I was something, that I'm clearly not. The ultimate point I'm trying to make is, she is the type of person to believe a lie, and perceive it as the truth.

There is always three sides to a story. The first persons' side, the second persons' side, and in this case the third persons' side, AND then.. THE TRUTH. And looking at the situation, I know something she doesn't know, but i don't waste my time reaching out to her to get her to open her eyes.

The thing about it is, I feel sorry for her because she isn't open to giving people the benefit of the doubt. So unfortunately, the three of us will have to wait until the truth comes out. And that in itself, will be an unfortunate occasion.

Sometimes, if you aren't so quick to jump to conclusions, then you begin to see that some things aren't as bad as they seem. Nor will they turn out to be how you thought they were. If you put ignorance on the back burner, and open up your ability to understand, then there will be a lot less misunderstanding.

*Brave Heart*

Monday, January 9, 2012

Today's Topic: Beauty is skin deep, but Attitude is to the bone.

Over the last few months, my eyes have really been opened to the quoting above. There are so many ways to refer to this especially with metaphors, but I specifically want to address it to an individual's personality. Someone could be very attractive to the naked eye, but easily be a deceiving person. I've experienced this with someone that I know myself, so I can easily empathize and reflect on it. Now I'm not saying that the person has to be one that you consider unattractive, all I'm saying is to look for what they uphold in their character.

This has definitely rung true when I look at my circle of friends, and associates. I usually get along and can relate to the ones with great character, and judgement, and to me that is a really rewarding experience, and definitely not in monetary OR materialistic fashion.

To Be Continued...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Introduction to Brave Heart

Bravery comes in many forms. But when bravery is done with heart, is a well respected. Sometimes in being brave, you inspire others. And that in itself should motivate you to continue to inspire people, but not for the sole purpose as if you're expecting a reward of material value everytime. Do it because as human beings we all have our encounters with the dark side of life. And sometimes, it is of no fault of our own.

So why "Brave Heart" ? Well, yes it's for the reasons above, but the other reason is because there is an appealing ring to it. Speaking of bravery, I've started to take on something I thought i wouldn't have to the heart to do. Graphic Design. So far, things are starting off great, so we'll see where it takes me.

And in saying so, I close this welcome post here.

Signing Out,
Brave Heart (^_^)