Friday, October 5, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Coding Altino Cars

Coding is an important skill to learn, even if you don't plan on becoming a programmer, because the world of technology is getting wider and broader.  Since technology is getting wider and broader, the one thing that doesn't seem to be changing at all is the coding process. Challenge #1 was to code an Altino car to make a figure eight without any collisions. We used a logic statement to make sure that we knew what the goal was, the goal was to get the car to go into a figure eight using the least amount of time and do it successfully. During the process of the first challenge we had to use commands to command the car to create the figure eight. Some of the commands were, Go, Steering and Delay. Go was to code how fast we wanted our car to go. We did 50cc bracket, which was the car going the speed of 400. Steering and Delay are exactly what they sound like. Steering was used to code which way we wanted the car to go. For example 3 was to go right, 2 was straight, and 1 was left. Delay was for how long the car would wait until the next command. During the first challenge there was a lot of trial and error, and that was really hard to go through. We got really frustrated throughout the whole process but at the end it felt really good to complete it successfully.

When the second challenge started we had to first put in some new commands. They were to create sounds and blinking lights. The new code for the sound was sound and for the blinking lights was the "Display Line". While we were working on the second challenge, I came to realize that autonomous vehicles could be being made right now, and well, that's a frightening thing to think about. I don't think I would ever let a autonomous vehicle give me a ride. One reason being, there are so many variables out in the world. If that autonomous vehicle isn't prepared for that then what would happen to me? Personally, I don't think they are very safe. In the future they might be used for just carrying people around. I can't see them being used for tasks like an ambulance responding to accidents. I don't think that they could because the person could be in the middle of the road and the car may not see that. I just think that there are way to many variables.

ACO 5.0 - Create a deliverable using problem-solving techniques to address client needs or target audience.
ACO 5.1 - Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

ACO 3.0 - Art and Design

The Elements of Art that are used in my digital Still Life painting are, Line, Shape, and Texture. Line is a moving dot which then create line. I used line but outlining the image and the fine details. Shape is an organic or geometric object that is enclosed. I used shape by creating the specific shape each object is in.  Texture is how something looks, whether it looks like its rough, smooth etc. Texture was used to show how the objects feel, in this image it makes the image look smooth. During the digital painting process it was necessary that I used a size 10 brush for the outline, but for all of the little details like the texture places I was able to use a brush smaller then 10 but no larger. I decided that I'd go with size 5 pixel brush to use for the detail because, it wasn't too small and wasn't too big. Outlining the objects in the picture was by far my favorite part. It was my favorite part because it was really easy and it was fun. I found cross hatching a challenge because it was tedious task. You had to find the places where there was a shadow and cross hatch, sometimes they were hard to find.

This image was taken off of my balcony. My landscape image had a lot of green and is a picture of the land, with trees, flowers, and the sky. While my still image is a picture of two scrunches, a figure of a tiger and a pencil. My landscape image has a lot more value and texture because there is a lot of depth. The plants were all different shades of green. Whereas the still life image is a flat image where there isn't much depth. To make the landscape picture that you see, I used the advanced filter technique, which really affected the outcome. There were a lot of steps to the advanced technique but it was worth it. The technique affected the outcome by making it a black and white image that doesn't look flat. It still shows the amount of depth there was in the original picture.

This is a picture of me in my room. It was taken by me on my birthday. I used a picture of myself because I was interested in drawing my face. Just to see what type of details and texture would be involved. This image uses all of the Elements of Art. You can see the use of line in the way I outlined myself and how it's used to define where I end and the wall begins. The use of shape is visual when looking at the shape of  my face, eyes, and mouth. They are really organic and not at all geometric. In the picture, my nose has a form to it it looks three-dimensional. Texture and Value can been seen in my hair, you can see the depth of dark to light and how smooth my hair looks. White space was used in the sense that I am leaning against a white wall that really makes my skin tone pop along with my features. Color is shown in the color of my shirt, hair, and my skin tone. My critique results were not what I expected. My highest graded image was my Mixed image, it was probably my highest because I had everything there: Texture, Value, Color etc. My lowest graded image was the Land photo. It was the lowest graded image because it wasn't very high quality and overall didn't look the best it could've looked.

ACO 3.1 Analyze how elements and principles of design in various forms of media are applied to communicate to a specific audience. Elements of Art: Space, Line, Color, Shape, Texture, Form, Value.
ACO 3.2 Critique how the effective integration of elements and principles of design within a variety of medium impact target audiences. Gestalt Theory: Similarity, Continuation, Closure, Proximity, Figure and ground
ACO 3.3 Apply elements and principles of design to clarify, focus, or enhance a message or concept for a target audience. Principles of Design: Scale, Proportion, Unity, Balance, Harmony, Contrast, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ACO 5.0 - Audio Production

Intonation and inflection can be used to maintain the interest of an audience. Intonation and inflection is when your voice goes up and down and goes high or low. For example, when asking a question your voice might go up before the question mark. My specific role in this assignment was the vocal talent. The job required me to read or preform the script. However, we all were the vocal talent because we split up the script. The rehearsal process is very important because during that process you figure out how to preform the script. Before you record the entire script in one take you have to rehearse the script multiple times to get it just right.

The results from the critique were good. I think that my team met the project goal of communicating a specific message to your audience while keeping them engaged. I think that we met the goal because the audience seemed engaged throughout the critique. Our highest score was Clarity of Speaker's Voice, however one person voted that we had a low audience impact. They might have said that because in some spots we didn't sound super enthusiastic. Our lowest score was Relevance of Answers; I agree with that because on some of the definitions we were very vague and didn't describe them well. Overall I do agree with what everybody said. The obstacles that we faced were that sometimes while reading/rehearsing the script we didn't sound enthusiastic, and sounded like we were reading from a script. To overcome this obstacle we tried our hardest to really play the part we were voice acting. If I had to do this project again with the same people I would probably try to improve the definitions of Balance and Alignment and Proportion.

ACO 5.1 Apply problem-solving techniques to create deliverables that address the needs of a client or target audience.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

ACO 6.0 - Proprietary Information

The FCC is a government agency that maintains communications between states and internationally. They watch over what we do on the internet. Copyright Infringement is a law protecting an individuals work. This law means that you can't post someone else's work without getting permission or paying a fee. If you happen to break this law and you get caught, you get sued by the owner of that work and you have to pay for compensation. First time offenders have to pay 250,000 dollars and could get up to 5 years in prison. If caught a second time it's an additional 250,000 dollars and up to ten years in prison. One way you can get permission to use copyrighted materials is to contact the owner, negotiate payment that is needed and have the permission agreement in writing. Fair Use is where you can use parts of an individuals work without getting copyrighted. If you use a song lyric in a review you will not get copyrighted. If someone did a cover of a song on a platform that would be fair use, because they are not using the original track and are using their own voice.

Confidentiality is just another word for privacy. Some things that you should keep private are, your address, phone number, and social security number. The reason you should keep these thing private are because you don't want people you don't know showing up at your house or calling you. If someone happens to have your social security number then they have taken your identity and can apply for a credit card loan and other things that can be charged to you. Social media has a big impact on confidential information. When someone posts something they can tag their location and possibly give away their address. Censorship is the elimination of words, ideas, scenes in a movie where it may be offensive to some individuals. I think that censorship is needed. Censorship is needed because if we didn't have it, anyone can look up and watch anything. These days parents are giving their kids computers, phones, etc. earlier and earlier. If there wasn't any censorship then these young kids might see something that they are not old enough to see. The 1st Amendment is where you have the freedom to say whatever you want, however sometimes it is not appropriate for some ages. The 5th Amendment is people's right to privacy, I think as soon as a person reaches a certain age they should not be watched on what they do on the internet.

ACO 6.1: Analyze the use of copyright and proprietary information in arts and communication to facilitate responsible, legal and ethical behavior.
ACO 6.2: Examine ethical issues in arts and communications to make appropriate decisions related to clients, co-workers and society.

Monday, August 20, 2018

ACO 2.0 - Market Shifts

Markets are everywhere. It's where you buy and sell things that peak your interest. Everyone has new ideas and sometimes those ideas become products. Some products become popular and many people buy them for usually one of two reasons. One because everyone has one and they want to see what all the fuss is about, and two, because the product peaks their interest. As technology develops, markets shift. They shift because they cater to what they think we need. Marketing shift relate to the art video etc because the markets are catering to what we as a community look up, talk about, etc. Video, like movies, focus on what we find entertaining. Marketing also affects the art department because they will use the colors to draw you into a product.

The Arts & Communications industry is broad. I'd like to improve/develop skills in filmmaking, marketing, web design, and drawing. The reason I'd like to develop/improve the skills for those areas is because, in this day and age technology is taking off. It's only going to continue to advance. filmmaking has always been part of technology and will continue to improve along side web design. I think these skills will help me become successful in my life now because I'm preparing myself for a possible career. These skills will be useful in the future because as things advance these things will be a solid foundation to what ever comes next.

ACO 2.1 Analyze how shifts in market affect changes to media and design.
ACO 2.2 Evaluate how changing communication needs of a market are addressed by media and design.
ACO 2.3 Propose media and design solutions that address the changing needs in global markets.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ACO 4.0 - Communication Strategies

Communication is something that everyone uses and it changes from person to person. My communication definitely does. With each person we communicate with it's different. Friends and parents are two very different audiences and everyone talks to them differently. The things I say to my friends is very different to what I say to my parents and teachers. One of the reasons that is, is because I feel much more comfortable with my friends then I do with a parent or teacher. I joke around with friends and parents but I don't swear or talk back to my parents. I feel most understood with my friends because I can say what I'm thinking and there won't be any consequences because they know how I am and how I process everything. However it's very important to have quality communication with everyone you talk to. One way I would like to improve my communication skills with my teachers is to ask questions when I don't know what is going on or what to do. With my parents I'd like to talk to them more about how they are and communicate more overall.

After I graduate high school I'd like to go learn more about the psychology field. One career path that I am interested in professionally pursuing is being a psychologist. I would like to do this because I've been to therapy and for me at least it was really hard to talk to my therapist and really talk about what I was feeling. I'd like to be a therapist that can help people, make them comfortable, and really figure out a way to help them with their problems. The communication skills that I have are understanding and listening. I need to have patient and doctor confidentiality, which might be hard because I talk a lot and I'd have to improve upon my organization skills and my memory.

ACO 4.1: Devise communication strategies to promote individual accountability and team success.
ACO 4.2: Use effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to facilitate positive interactions.
ACO 4.3: Apply appropriate interpersonal skills to establish positive and sustained relationships with clients.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Music Video Finale

The end of the year. The last project to do before the school year is over. A music video. My team is Dana and Lilli. Only three people this time. I am really glad to have them one my team because we have worked together before. We worked together on the Metamorphosis Animation. The song that we chose is Secrets by One Republic. We had a bunch of songs that we liked, but this one was our winner. It was a group choice. Also, it is great to come up with story lines. We chose this song because it had good lyrics and a great message. Coming up with a story line is really fun to do and I think that we have three really good ideas.

Picking a story line. Everyone had really good ideas. Each idea had a similar plot, that people were going through a hard time. We finally agreed on Dana's idea. It is about a writer and a singer/song writer. It has the elements about how they are going through a hard time but then finally get to be happy in the end. We did kind of a literal interpretation of the song. Some of the lyrics are "I don't need another perfect line" and " I need another story", we took that as a writer struggling to write and a song writer that is also having a hard time.

A music video. The last time to show our best work while having fun. Our very best work to be specific. The music video must show our best work, and we are working very hard on it. The scenes are very thought out and if we need to make changes, we will. So far I think that we have put most of our best work effort into this music video. We have put a bunch of effort into making this M/V. Through the whole storyline and the lip synching to the props etc. The emotions that we put into the making is great.