Archive for October, 2008

Artefact 1 (Final Version)
October 23, 2008

My understanding of SPECTACLE:

Spectacle is a special scene in any media products such as videos, news articles and photography, and it is a kind of communication of creation.

    In videos, it is presented by every moving frame. Viewers can get this feeling directly by their eyes.  

    In news or magazine articles, words are the only way to present it, just the reader needs through imagination of it with his or her mind.

    In photography, spectacle is a special theme because audiences cannot get it directly from the stop scene, they should add their minds and figure out what is this picture’s communication.

 

My artefact initial idea:

For me, I am going to choose photography to present my artefact in 3 reasons. Firstly, I am totally a freshman in the subject of media production and my major in China is broadcasting. So I don’t really know how to make a video but actually I am learning it now. Secondly, I am very interested in photography and how to create a powerful picture. Therefore, I use photos to make my first artefact. Finally, I took a lot of photos in the most beautiful and interesting places this summer in China. And I will select some of them to make them into video.

 

My artefact promotional idea:

From my feeling of spectacle I think “nature” is the best idea to present it because god created the world and human, just like the people created the films. So I will create some pictures in three places of China – Tibet, Jiuzhaigou and Chongqing City. I believe the nature sight can present the original spectacle.

 

My artefact working process:

Definition of my photos‘ source:

    Tibet was the most popular “key word” in the West media in 2008.

    Jiuzhaogou Valley in Sichuan Province where was hit by an 8 magnitude earthquake on May 12th.

    Chongqing City is a beautiful modern city which called small Hongkong included the night view and very famous food, also my hometown.

Research method:

All the pictures are original photos and I would like to make it into a video and add the sound of music.

Research process – some problems and difficulties:

At first, I want to make all the pictures together and insert the information in front of each place photos get started. But I have some troubles with using editing software that means I don’t know how to insert words and information into the middle of the video. However, I want to make sure everyone can understand and clear that where were them taken. Fortunately, I have used this simple software before – Windows Movie Maker, so I divided my video into 3 clips and each clip is going to show only one place.

 

After done that, I use Adobe Audition 3.0 to cut 3 Chinese musics and match each clip.

  First sound: Zhang Liangying – Impression of West Lake Rain

  Second sound: Yulan – Every Dog Has His Day

  Third sound: 3rd Coast – Bye Bye Love

 

Finished all of them, the last step is using my WordPress username to sign up a YouTube account and upload my clips: http://www.youtube.com/user/chy55223

 

Analysis my photography
Tibet

It is a magic and mystical destination. They said that the sky, the land and the water here are all given by god. It is a pure and sacred place. And it will give a presentation of original spectacle; I took them in Potala Palace, Qinghai Lake and Lake Yamdrok.

 

 

Jiuzhaigou Valley

In my mind, it is the most beautiful place in China and many travelers are attracted by the water here. The water here called crystal water and a “paradise on Earth”. So I took a lot of water pictures and show to show the spectacle here. That is the point inspired me.

 

 

Chongqing City

The main point inspired me to take pictures here not just because this is my hometown but also this city has a great night view and famous food such as hotpot and Szechuan. It is the biggest municipality like Shanghai, I am very honor to show it to everyone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chongqing

 

 

P.S. Original Pictures

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Artefact 1 (draft)
October 22, 2008

Group 2 – Spectacle

 

Spectacle is a special scene, and it is in any media products such as video, news article and photography and it is even a feeling of creation. In my opinion, nature itself is filled with strong spectacle, city and his culture as well. Their spectacle is powerful. In my media artifact, I would like to choose some photos about nature and city which have been taken by me. I believe this kind of photography can present the original spectacle in my artifact and I want to research this theme from the natural products although it is simple.

 

It is very honor for a Chinese student to present our own country to British students. Therefore, I selected some photos to complete my artifact into video clips. My photography is presented three places in China which are that you perhaps want to know in 2008 because two of them have happened something this year. The first destination is Tibet which was the most popular “key word” in the west media. The second is Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan province which was also hit by an 8 magnitude earthquake on May 12th. At last, I will show my hometown including the night view and very famous food here. All the photos are original pictures. Hope u would enjoy and understand my feeling of that nature is the original powerful spectacle.

 

Part Ⅰ Tibet

 

Part Ⅱ Jiuzhaigou 

 

Part Ⅲ Chongqing City

 

Jan Švankmajer
October 12, 2008

Jan Švankmajer is a famous Czech animation director and also a surrealist artist. He is good at using stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. I saw some parts of his films on YouTube such as Dimensions of Dialogue and Food. And we saw Little Otik (Otesánek) in class which is a deep depression in my mind. It tells about a childless couple really wants to have a baby but they cannot. The husband digs up a tree stump that looks like a baby. He cleans it up and then presents it to his wife. She starts to treat it like a real baby and the baby grows up every day. In my opining, surrealist film is a kind of satires. It is a best way to tell and educate people what is the real. And his films like a children’s story and every frame has different purposes. The surrealist film is aim to contrast the real life, and through this way, people will have a different experience, however, this experience is just the people real thinking and really want to do in their deep hearts.

Power,Spectacle and Memory
October 5, 2008

Power, spectacle and memory are three themes in media. Firstly, I want to definite them in my own view.

 

Power is in everywhere, it can be political or social authority, the ability or capacity and influence behavior even electricity power, and even though money could be a sort of power. In China, the media belongs to the government, which means the government has power to control the Chinese Televisions. Not any news and information could be gotten from TV, and some bad news will be covered up by the government. That’s power. However, power is the basic factor in media because it should be filled with the powerful control to attract and influence audiences.

Spectacle and memory are support power in media to make it to be powerful. The three things should be linked together. Memory is a personal idea because different people have different memories. That’s the reason why people like Internet very much because People want to get some memory back which they cannot remember, we can call it history. Internet can help us to get any history we want. Nowadays, people cannot live without Internet.

 

Then, I would like to take a very powerful advertising for example. It comes from YouTube. It is a very simple advertising and easy to remember. That’s the point of advertising — make an easy way to remember the product. The spectacle of this advertising is simple and focusing on the boy and his father but very deep depression for the viewers. And the idea of this advertising can be remind many people to remember their own childhoods. It is a good memory for them because every child has this kind of situation before. Therefore, the power, spectacle and memory are close and link to each other and made this advertising perfect. The three themes work together to be a best way to attract audiences in media.

 

 

 

The Five Obstructions
October 5, 2008

                                      

         This is a documentary film by two famous Danish filmmakers in 2003. They are Lars Von Trier and Jorgen Leth. At beginning of the film, it made me a little confusing and surprise, and I can’t figure it out what is the purpose of this film wants to tell us. In class, we just watched the first obstruction and it told about the perfect human and the spectacle is in Cuba. After that, I studied the film many times on YouTube. I found that the two directors made this film based on an old film which was The Perfect Human in 1967and it made by Lars Von Trier. In the new film, the first obstruction is no shot longer than 12 frames, and it must answer the questions posed in the original film, moreover, the film must remade in Cuba. However, Leth successfully completes this task. In my view, The Perfect Human is about four things: shaving every day, known how to take clothes, dance well and affect perfect women. In the first obstruction, I remembered two sentences are “how she will lie down?” and “this is how she lies down.” The five obstructions are five different challenges and it makes us understand that film is not only complicated but also simple.

                          

 

 

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October 2, 2008

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