Weekly Summary 10

This weekly focused on Video, which I actually enjoyed because I got to showcase myself a little more which is ALWAYS a fun thing to do. I learned a lot about film making and what goes into it, things like zooms and camera angles that I never even thought about were brought to my attention. I didn’t really have any trouble with things this week because I had the right tools to get things done.

This week it brought to my attention more of movie/film making is a much more serious and difficult deal than I ever imagined. I never knew it could be as big of a deal as it was, but I quickly was proved wrong and have to tip my hat to all directors and producers because they surely have their hands full!

I have gotten some good feedback on my posts from a couple class mates and they have given me different ideas of how to make my content better. Which I have to make sure I take into account so I can get this blog better and better than I hope it already is ! šŸ˜‰

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Reading Movies Reflections

Look. Listen. Analyze

What’s Your Skills?

Highlight Reels!

Reading Movies

Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie”:

Ebert’s view of reading a movie was unlike anything I have ever even thought about. His analysis goes does all the way into how to view a character. He says that theĀ characters on the right side of the image are positive, and characters on the left are negative. This at first I thought no way, then I started watching a few YouTube videos and this is exactly TRUE! It made me laugh because I had never even looked at something like this.

Basically to read a movie or video you have to study every little second of it. Listen to the audio, watch the video and think into things that no one else would. Camera angles and zooms give away a lot of what the story is trying to tell. Paying attention to the little things can really help you take much more away from something small and make it bigger.

All in all Ebert is a GENIUS! and brought to my attention that film making and producing/directing is much deeper than turning a camera on and recording something. It takes a lot of thought to get that perfect picture and point you want to get across.


This short video was really cool because it gave you a couple seconds of MANY different movies. All coming from one camera angle, it was sort of a first person view of a person laying of the floor looking up at all the actors. It felt like I was being talked down to by each and everyone of them. It never changed angles it just changed movie clips and mixed them all together to sort of tell a story.

The Shining:

This focuses mainly on the zooms of the movie, Zooming in when wanted to focus and build up anticipation but also zooming out when it wanted to capture the whole picture and surroundings. The music made it really creepy I was waiting for one of them camera to zoom in and scare me to death.


What’s Your Skills?

What’s Your Skills??? Was the name of this assignment. You were supposed to record something that you considered to be a skill. So I told my friends on the UMW Basketball team that I needed to record a skill of mine. They said lets show them how high you jump! I thought it was a great idea so we recorded one of my teammates throwing me an “alley-oop” and me dunking it. I consider this a skill because not a lot of people who are my height (6″1) can jump like I can, I surprise a lot of people! The process was simple really, I just recorded with my iPhone and edited it all on one of my favorite apps “Slo-pro” and made it look cooler than it actually was. Nice to be able to show off once in awhile!

Highlight Reels!

This assignment was called “Highlight Reels”, you were supposed to take an athlete and create a highlight tape for them! So the athlete I chose to you was the one and only James Baylor, MYSELF! I used the highlights from my last season and mashed them all up together using windows movie maker, I got to add a picture and description of myself for the intro and threw a little mix tape instrumental I got from YouTube. I just used converted the file into a mp3 format and inserted it into the background. I had to lower the volume a little bit because at first it was a bit over bearing. Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did making it!