Submitted by Andrew Johnson on December 8, 2006 - 15:06. Portfolio
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No change since mid-term, very pleased with it now
I've changed this a little bit from when i first posted it, i've drawn more connections from the lyrics and deleted a song to add a new one. I feel like now the songs have more of a connection together, as well as with Dean and his life. I took out "Sexi Plexi" by Jack Johnson and put in "Halfway Home" by Jason Mraz. I realized "Sexi Plexi" didn't exactly have the message i was going for, and "Halfway Home" did.
I was also very pleased with the way this project came out the first time, so I did not make any revisions
The voicemail project was a lot of fun. Sydney and I created a voicemail for Eustace Conway, the "Last American Man" according to many. We used my voice, with a few effects courtesy of Garageband, and sound effects such as crickets, dogs barking, water, and other forest sounds to give the effect that he was in the middle of the woods recording this. I think it turned out pretty well.
I would have liked to update this.. changing the part at the end, but Sydney and I just couldn't find the time.
This assignment was by far the most fun. Sydney and I decided to bring up the age old debate of which came first, the chicken or the egg. What at first seemed like it was going to be a silly idea turned out to be very very interesting, with many very valid viewpoints. Be it theology, biology, or philosophy, everyone has their own idea, and none can be proven wrong. We spent a lot of time interviewing, and even more time recording, which was my favorite part. As Dan said in his comment, at the end, Sydney and I said that it was a pointless argument, so we're going to change the ending to something a little more in depth, and try and draw a conclusion based on our findings.
My best project, maybe second to the Video Collage.. i'm pretty proud of that.
This was also one of my favorite projects. I've always found a connection between songs and pictures, comparing a painting to song. Take watercolors as an example. You first paint the dark parts, the "anchors" so to speak of where the objects are going to be. Then you start filling in the mid secion with sploches of color that give the anchors a more definite shape and a little more clarity. Then, the highlights come, that add even more detail and meaning to a painting. I find songs to be the same way, a heavy rythm, say the drums, then the guitar or bass, perhaps a keyboard or a piano to fill in with, possibly other instruments, then you've got the singer who really sets the song apart from others, as well as guitar solos, trumpet solos etc. that really highlight the important parts of the song.
This collage was the same way, taking the most important part of the song, say water, putting that in the back, then putting in trees and a colorful sky, with a girl walking and a boat to kind of pull in even more meaning. I love it.
I didn't change this any, though, I would have liked to.. I'm not exactly sure if I know what I could do to make it any better. It was a hard topic for me to put into pictures. Whenever I read a book, I visualize the characters, and where they are, but it's very very abstract, and actually one of the things I dislike most is putting actual pictures to what i've read.. I feel like my imagination loses something by doing that.
I didn't have as much fun doing this one, there was just so much going on in the playlist, so much going on in Dean's life, that I don't feel like i did a very good job putting it all together in picture form. You said in class that the second one usually turns out better, because you've had a little practice, but in all honesty, my first was where i put my best work.
I don't like this project at all. I didn't do a very good job on it, I couldn't really figure out a way to get my idea across; basically I hate it.
This was one of the funnest assignments I did, I did it on a clip that I originally heard on the radio with my dad and sister riding back in the rain to boarding school. Funny story, my dad's phone accidently called home in his pocket, and on our answering machine it recorded some thing like "fully prepared to die" or something having to do with death while the monologue was playing, and my mom came home and FREAKED OUT when she listend to the voicemail because she didn't know what it was. So yeah, I was really intruigued by this guy's story the first time I heard it, so I got on my computer and downloaded his story like 2 years ago not thinking anything else of it till a week and a half a go. His story was originally some 20 minutes long, so i had a hard time cutting it down to size, which took a LOT longer than expected. Overall though, i'm very very pleased with how it came out. I hope you enjoy it too