As part of our Visual Story course at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center we were given a solo editing assignment which required us create a video given professionally shot editing software. The following is my video. The music used is Denial Revisited by The Offspring.
Our task entailed selecting footage from a number of videos, namely:
- TN Parkour: First experience with editing & storytelling.
- Stranger at the Door: Easy but more storytelling elements.
- Anesthesia: More story(scary) with effects.
- Unleashed: More challenging with Green Screen, VFX.
I chose to edit TN Parkour. With this video I attempted to create a music video of with cuts at beats, and attempted to tell a story of friends meeting up to do Parkour and ultimately feeling some sense of accomplishment at the end.
During our first session of Improvisational Acting at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center one of our tasks was to work together with a partner. The task was to create improvised portraits, and name them.
The rules to create these portraits was simple. Each person was given a different colored pen, and was allowed to make single strokes one after another. Any hesitation resulted in having to stop drawing, and choose a name. The name was created by taking turns writing a single letter.
The following is what Charlie and I created.
We very much enjoyed making these memorable characters! Try out this exercise yourself sometime, its loads of fun!
Building Virtual Worlds at Carnegie Mellon University starts with each student being assigned a role in Round 0. Since I have a Computer Science background, my role was that of programmer; this entailed I build a world that employed a number of basic features in Unity, such as:
- Loads models and textures.
- Play animations.
- Use intervals, lighting, collisions, and multiple scenes.
The world can be downloaded here.
When considering the world, what I noticed was the amazing talent of the artists and musicians around me. It occurred to me what a shame it would be for their work not to be seen. I decided then that my virtual world would be a gallery of other peoples work. My first task was then to coordinate of assets with artists, and sound designers.
Artists were initially required to create animated lunchboxes, then dragons, and sound designers were required to create music for a clip of game play from a previously made world. I decided to meld the two by attaching audio sources to several of the artists assets that would constantly play music made by our sound designers.
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After completing our first assignment our next involved exploring a different aspect of Visual Story. Space.
Space in visual story can be broken down into four categories:
Ambiguous space creates a feeling of confusion in the viewer. It can be created with the following elements:
- Lack of movement.
- Unfamiliar shapes.
- Confusing tonal and textural patterns (camouflage)
- Mirrors and reflections.
- Objects of unknown size
- Disorienting camera angles.
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