Saturday, September 22, 2007

Michael Hanrahan's Response to Blue Horizons Promotional Video



At first, when Nicole and I wanted to do a promotional video, we didn't want to worry about lighting, so we cheated and decided to use Golden Hour around sunset. The drawback with Golden Hour is you have a narrow window of time to work with. We had the fortune of Maria joining us later because the audio of my interview ended up having a "beeping noise" in the backdrop. Right then and there on the spot, Nicole and I learned how to use the wired lavalier (though she did have a wireless lavalier with her for her research in the Solomon Islands). We were fumbling with our idiot question on how to figure out the anatomy and physiology of the wired lavalier of UCSB. By the time we started filming, we had one minute remaining of Golden Hour, and then? The sun set. Dxmmit. Those summer days were long, yet too short. *sigh* I had to implement "artificial" sunset warmth to all of Nicole's scenes, which ended up turning okay. We had one problem with Nicole's backdrop: THE FENCE. Ugh. I agree. For my part, in the beginning, there was too much editing, "over-editing" to a point of clutter of visuoacoustic information. At that point, I later explained to Michael that I was being experimental with certain final cut pro features. Before I start any new project, I MUST EXPERIMENT AND LEARN SOMETHING NEW WITH THE EQUIPMENT AND EDITING... I just can't go into the sam project knowing what I already know, remaining stagnant within the SAME BOX. Michael pointed out that we had no spatial connectedness between Nicole's interview spot and the ocean, though we did HEAR the ocean. There was also severe contrast between Maria's UCSB Faculty Club environment versus Nicole's ocean environment. Plus, I was in the beginning and later edited out due to audio.... Minor, annoying inconsistencies. Oh well. Whatever. I wanted to do an "acting reel" for "The Matrix: A Reality." But it never happened. Something tops on the to-do list. Overall, I had to let go of the assignment. It was the first and only time I was collaborating with others and turn in for a grade "two grades." I feel democracy is important, and combined with my "adaptive" personality around other people, Nicole, Maria, and I basically had fairly equal inputs into the project. No one played dictator, though I did play "starter" of the project. I like starting projects, because that's always the hardest part. I did that for the Green Screen Goleta Beach Project. Because, thanks to my knowledge of fractals and shifting baselines, the end result of the project is largely dependent upon the initial premises and starting point of the project. So, if I start it, I have significantly more impact on the overall project than if I joined the Bandwagon somewhere in the middle or the end. He he he. I really think maybe I should write a practical Ph.D. dissertation on "How to Manipulate Humans."

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