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Intro To Video Summary

Video is something that I grew up using, and it is something that is used so much in our society today. I did not find many struggles this week because I have used many different forms of video editing applications in the past. For a few, I even used TikTok because it is what I know the best and it offers a lot of options in terms of editing, including voice changes, text, and filters. Something important that I learned this week was how vital the quality of the camerawork is in films. When sitting and watching a movie it is not typically anyones initial thought to say hmm how is this being filmed. We are usually too invested in the plot. After analyzing the iconic scene from The Shining, it was apparent that lots of time had gone into perfecting the camera work so that it portrayed the emotion that was intended. I did not find anything particularly hard this week, I think this class has helped me learn and grow in more ways than I can recognize given that this week went so smoothly. I enjoyed the freedom that the assignments for this week allowed. I felt very comfortable making and editing the videos and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Activity Time Lapse (2 stars)

I was super excited to see that this was an option to use for one of the assignments this week. This past July, my lease started on the house I am renting this year for my senior year at Mary Washington. I have been so excited to get all of my things in my room and build all of my furniture and most importantly… to decorate!

A few weeks ago, my parents took me to Ikea and helped me pick out a bed frame, a bedside table, and a mattress. What I didn’t think about was how LONG it would take us to put it together. Although there is directions included, it is essentially gibberish and always easier said than done. This video total is about 30 seconds, but trust me when I say that it took us close to an hour to put it all together. There was definitely a few times that we had to back track and rebuild some pieces. It was hard to focus with my mom barking directions from the blueprints, my dads Yacht rock radio on Sirius XM playing in the background, and my peanut sized attention span.

It is safe to say that if my parents were not there, I would not have been able to finish it efficiently or I would fall through in my sleep. After we finished building all of the furniture it was finally time to decorate. I got to put on my floral sheets and throw pillows to spice it up. Not featured in the time lapse is the prints that I picked for my wall that had to get hung, my curtains, and all of the nick nacks that I had saved up from my past 3 years at Mary Washington. Even though I am back home with my family, friends, and working, I am counting down the days until I can be up in my new room!

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A Day In The Life (2 stars)

This past May/June I took Anatomy at Mary Washington and was staying in one of my friends houses. I happened to make this TikTok to “vlog” what it was like to be up in Fredericksburg during the summer while also studying for Anatomy. My favorite thing to do was pack up my school supplies and head downtown for the morning to take some notes and study.

This day I woke up, made my bed, open the windows to let the sunshine in, and then got dressed to head downtown. After eating my breakfast I walked to Curitiba. Curitiba is my favorite spot in downtown Fredericksburg, it has the best environment to study in and they make the best matcha latte in town. I sat and learned all of the bones for about 2 hours and then walked back home after strolling around town for a little bit to window shop. When I got back home I decided to treat myself to a trip to Marshalls and Target, because retail therapy is a very important part of life.

After I got back from shopping, I laid out my blanket in the backyard and sat out there to study more for Anatomy while using my coloring book to ensure that I knew all of the bones. I put on some of my favorite old classic music and stayed out there for a while in the warmth. Once the sun started setting I headed upstairs to watch the sunset from my window and studied some more!

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Get Ready With Me (4 stars)

Sundays are my reset day this summer. I am working as an assistant at a preschool, shadowing at a dentist office, balancing school work and friends, and trying to keep up my fitness as a D3 athlete. So on Sunday mornings I start off by waking up and taking a long time to check my social media and scroll on TikTok to see what I missed from the night before. I force myself to make my bed, and I head downstairs to have a little breakfast before I finish my morning routine.

After I head upstairs after breakfast I floss, brush my teeth, all of the other essentials to keep myself healthy. Then I pick out something comfortable to workout in and plan what workout I am going to do that day. It was only recently that I decided to actually start using the machines at the gym. I always had a little bit of gym social anxiety so I decided that this summer I was really going to push myself out of my comfort zone.

So to complete the morning routine I pump myself up with my favorite playlist on the car ride to the gym. Todays workout consisted of the 12-3-30 treadmill routine, and then I used some of the machines to work on my arms and back. I tend to switch between core, arms, and legs depending on what I feel like. This routine I have set makes waking up on Monday morning super early all worth it because I feel healthy and rested.

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Tell Your Characters Story

Ivy the cat lives a very glamorous life living with her mom, grandma, and grandpa. They live in a house that has plenty of space for Ivy to roam around and plenty of nap spots with sunshine so that she can sunbathe all day. All of her family members are at work all day, so she has full rein of her home while they are gone. This day in the life was filmed on the weekend to show what happens when all of Ivy’s family members are home.

Ivy starts the day by waking up at about 6 a.m. and begging her mom to come downstairs and feed her…. Ivy knows better than to beg because her food is always on time when it drops from her automatic feeder at 8 a.m. After Ivy eats her breakfast, her stomach is way too full so she cozies up in a spot to take a mid-morning nap. As soon as Ivy is in a deep sleep her mom comes down to wake her up from the middle of her nap to give her all sorts of scratches and pets. Once Ivy has woken up from her nap in the morning, she heads to the screened porch to roll around and soak up the sun with her family.

This special day, Ivy got to eat dinner a little earlier and then hangout with her mom for a few extra minutes. Ivy got to be sous chef while her mom cooked up dinner. She got to sit in a kitchen counter stool and help her mom sniff the ingredients to test their quality while they listened to some summer music from her playlist! This was the perfect summer day for Ivy.

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Reading Movies Summary

Ebert brings up a lot of details that go into film that I do not really seem to notice when I watch something for the first time. What he emphasizes though, is that no matter how many times you watch something you are able to notice something new each time. This was helpful when watching the clip of The Shining for Part III of this assignment. One thing he brought up that I have never noticed is the fact that power and dominance is resembled usually on the right of the screen. Or if it isn’t always on the right, it is usually favored. Additionally, he says that “visual spaces have tendencies to stir emotional or aesthetic reactions”. This is very important for any film, because It is important for the audience to feel involved in the film emotionally. Lastly, the way that the characters are placed within the set is also important, the “lines” and position of actors on the screen. This includes the foreground, background, and the angles and placement of the camera in a specific scene. There is so much more planning that is involved in perfecting a movie than I realized. It is hard to notice everything at once especially if it is the first time watching a film.

I chose to read “15 Essential Camera Shots, Movements, and Angles”, because this is something that interests me the most about filmmaking. The camera crew is such an important part of the film as a whole and elevates the scene. A scene could be perfect on paper, but if not executed properly via camera angle or movement, it could be ruined. The close-up is the most common shot in film, this does not surprise me at all because it is such a valuable aspect to many iconic movie scenes. The example given for the close up is looking at a classic Western movie before a duel, and the camera does a close up of both cowboys to show their facial expression. Another common angle is the long shot which is used to show the characters from head to toe, this is very important because it shows the movement and environment of the character. One of the other angles that drew my attention was the POV. I think adding a POV into a movie is a great way for the audience to feel connected to the character in the movie, I have seen it used mostly during action or horror movies so that you can see where the character is running or maneuvering to get to safety. In conclusion, there are a lot more angles to choose from that you can choose to perfectly match the movie scene at hand and make it even better.

Lastly, I chose to watch Hitchcock Loves Bikinis. Although this was a short video there was much to learn. The cut of a scene can change emotion so easily, and especially when there is a clip in the middle. The close up in the beginning will dramatize the emotion that the character is feeling. In this example Hitchcock is looking at a woman and a kid, the camera flips back to him and he is now smiling, clearly happy to see them. Now, Hitchcock switches the video of the woman and kid to a video clip of a woman in a bikini. Now watching this clip, the innocence is taken away because he is now watching a woman in a bikini with a creepy smile on his face. This shows that although these clips can be versatile, changing something so simple can portray a different meaning than was intended.

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Look. Listen. Analyze.

Personally, I have never seen The Shining out of fear and somewhat dislike of horror movie. I do not do jump scares, none the less… the anticipation KILLS me! When I saw this scene, I knew it would be great for me to pick because I can analyze exactly what parts are factoring into the horror and thrill that this iconic scene produces.

The camera work is special in this specific scene because it bounces back and forth from the male and female perspective. This allows the viewer to anticipate what is about to happen but can also allow for fear that they are feeling on behalf of Wendy. One thing that also adds to the scene is the gloomy lighting. Additionally, the way that the camera crew moves slowly to build anticipation adds to the thrill of the scene as a whole. One thing that I did not notice the first time I watched it through was how the camera moves in a synchronized fashion with the axe as he pounds it against the door. This allows the viewer to feel just how violent each axe hit to the door is. Finally, the close up once that axe makes a hole big enough for his face and he says the iconic “Here’s Johnny” line is absolutely terrifying, and you get a close look at his crazed expressions as he says it.

 The music is what really adds the dramatics to the scene. It is fast paced and keeps your heart rate up even during his slow approach to the door. When I first heard it, it brought on a similar feeling to the music they play in the movie Jaws. The instruments chosen for the song are terrifying and spooky which is a perfect match for this film and it does a perfect job portraying the scene without even looking at it. Additionally, the lines given to Jack to say and when Wendy screams are perfectly timed.

The scene as a whole is put together almost flawlessly. The combination of the music mixed with the different camera angles and point of view allow the viewer to put themselves in Wendy’s shoes as he approaches with the axe. The slow speed at which he approaches the door build anticipation as the music speeds up the closer he gets. The iconic line “Here’s Johnny” was the icing on the cake and sends chills down my spine every time I watch it. The producers really put this scene together the best that they could from the set, lighting, camera work, acting, and the audio, it is no wonder that it is so famous.

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