Raj Rawal – Blog 1 – Eight Chapters of Excellence

•February 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Chapter 8

This was an excellent chapter to capture the direct technology of what film truly is. From digital to 35mm, different formats does not mean that the same picture will not get across. The process of this chapter was excellent because it let me reflect on my photo class from high school and how it is truly harder to light film than it is a digital camera.

I shot a short in 35mm at a one month camp my Sophomore year of high school and even though it is the oldest medium to record and document, I wanted to go back to digital in a heartbeat. The amount of light meters and readings needed before a film camera begins shooting is quite hefty and it makes me acknowledge the job of cinematographers to a higher respect. To make filters or alter lights, it had to be done all manually with a film camera. Technology is what is making this industry skyrocket to a way of simplicity. Everything is digital now, we can put a filter on what we are filming directly through the camera and have everything on auto lock. When I finished this chapter, I realized that I need to go out there and use the old tricks of lighting they recommended to get authenticity out of my product.

Chapter 9

Just as in my Mass Comm in a global age class spoke about how the internet is the reason for the declining news hole, reading this chapter makes me realize the true importance of DV cameras. Film will always have a classic quality to it, in a way that baseball will always remain America’s past time, but the new path of filmmaking that is being created might be lowering employment rates for features. This chapter has made me think that grand scale productions take many people, especially when it comes to operating a camera. This is a full proof process that requires the element of teamwork and my primary concern is that with a digital move that is going on right now, will the job market continue to decline during the production of these films.

Chapter 3

The primary purpose of this chapter was to explore the true meaning of how a frame is known as a canvas. I know many other blog entries have talked about this, but this was my favorite chapter. Many people think that filmmakers just need to think from a business perspective on how a film can sell, but the true meaning of this chapter was to show that a camera to a director is like a brush as is to a painter. The picture can only be complete if the brush moves in the right directions. It is the directors job to make sure that the whole team can deliver his painting.

Chapter 10

A camera is not possible to run without a lens.  The lens is the main part of a camera that captures the desired image. The shutter speed on a lens determines how fast or slow an image can be. it can determine the superior or inferior quality of a shot. I learned a bit more about the rule of thirds to make sure that focal length i very precise. Depth of field is a great thing that one can experiment with, especially when making a character piece with big scenery to have it either invade the character or become apart of the character.

Chapter 12

Lighting is key. It will make or break your scene and can damage a screen or a TV depending on the amount of light that is projected. People who measure light for a camera are just as important as the people who shoot a scene. Many of the descriptions in the chapter reminded me of Sam Mendes’ film “American Beauty” where the amount of light determines the mood of a scene. I thought of mood of a scene while I was reading this. An example from the film can be when cinematographer Conrad L. Hall makes the lush vegetation of exterior of the Burnham resident look at it is a euphoric land of rapture. While in the scenes with the Burnham’s next door neighbor’s, he proposes a bland and very drowned out lighting tone to the audience.

Chapter 15

I took “development and social issues in cinema” this past semester with Dr. Frontani and I learned the true importance of sound in a picture. This chapter made me recollect my thoughts from this class and understand that dialogue in films cannot be heard if there was no audio on film. Thousands of people are committed to crafting and mastering the sound of a film, whether it be from foley art to special effects. When filming a scene of dialogue, it depends the type of room or environment it is being filmed in. When working on set, it is always important to have an engineer that monitors and mixesx the sound. not monitoring sound in a project can be the end all to a whole entire shoot.

Chapter 16

Being a manager at the radio station, I always acknowledge a great variety of microphones and what their true talents are. Such as uni and omni directional. Different mics and determine different sounds. Such as a news anchor during a telecast or the main character in a blockbuster film shouting. It is just like how 5.1 dolby sound is mastered, through the amount of mics it is recorded with. Sergio Leone, when he filmed “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” came into my mind when I read this chapter because of the process of the scene where blows up the bridge towards the conclusion. in that scene, everything mentioned in this chapter is brought to life, the different variety of mics from different camera angles really brought an authentic feel to the moving images being seen by the audience.

Chapter 17

I feel that Hurbis-Cherrier is all about making the reader consume a formula of repetition of techniques involving audio. He cannot emphasize enough how important audio is. The job of a boom operator is very important to a production, they must have physical strength to make sure that the audio is at its highest quality. As repeated again, monitoring sound is always key and the more this is processed in the head of a filmmaker, the more it will stay with them until the end.

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Kings Of Leon Concert In Cary, NC – 4/29/09

•April 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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First off, let me say that this concert was great. I was so happy to see a band that I have been listneing to for a while see such a big and passionate fan base develop. Although this band changes their appearance every time I see them, they rock out more as the night goes on. I loved how they balanced out all of the songs from all four of their albums. It was great to see them open with “Crawl” off of their most recent album “Only By The Night”. I was thrilled when they played “My Party” off of their 2007 album “Because Of The Times”. The thing about this concert was that it was fun, entertaining and you could really tell apart the fans from the people who were just kind of there. The venue was a great outdoor ampitheatre and fellow Digital Media Convergence student Jay Light and I were very close to the front, so with a stellar set list, great performance, beautiful weather, great venue, what went wrong?

THE CROWD! Literally, this can make or break a concert, and it almost broke this one if the music wasn’t so awesome. There was this one guy, definietely 42 years old, he was big and intimidating looking, wearing sunglasses at night, and was in the front and literally, All he did was STAND THERE. for two whole hours, did not make one move or let anybody through. It was actually kind of disrespectful to the band when I think about because these four young musicians are having such a great time playing their FIRST SHOW EVER in the State of North Carolina and I feel this one guy made it feel unwelcoming for them. This guy was seriously yelling at anyone dancing around him, so by the encore set, all of us kids were dancing around him and he had to deal with it. We paid the exact same money as him to come to this concert and stand here and I understand he has every right to stand there, but seriously, the crowd and atmosphere that you’re in, its not an “ENYA” concert, its a “Kings Of Leon” ROCK SHOW! Which leads me to…

RULE #1 of a rock concert is that if you are not going to dance, jump up and down, sing lyrics to songs, shake you head or dance with the crowd and try to get to the front, its simple, DO NOT GO AND RUIN EVERYONE ELSE EXPEREINCE!

Now that my rant is done, hopefully this review was helpful. If you are reading this today and live in North Carolina and want to see Kings Of Leon, They are playing at the Bojangles Colliseum tomorrow in  Charlotte, NC, so definetely consider going, because they are great live!

Cheers.

Here Is The Set List:

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I LIVE HERE – 5/7, 5/8, 5/9

•April 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Check out this awesome and stellar to the max trailer that the marketing/PR team made for the “I LIVE HERE” dance show. These dancers have been working so hard and it is bound to be a show that blows your mind away. I like this teaser because it is short, to the point and leaves you wanting more. Great Job Dig-Media PR Team!

Top 10 Portrait Photos

•April 8, 2009 • Leave a Comment

So I went to Florida over my spring break which was quite stellar and I got some very natural and great portraits in here from that trip, I feel photoshop keeps on helping me more and more by the day to make these pictures look cooler. This was our portrait assignment for my digitial media convergence class! Enjoy!

Squares

Squares

Snow Melting!

Snow Melting!


Seductive Sensuality

Seductive Sensuality

A Child's Expression After Visiting Disney World

A Child's Expression After Visiting Disney World

A Peacock Chillin In High Definition Weather

A Peacock Chillin In High Definition Weather

Grandpa Joe's Sunburner Face from 20 Years Ago!

Grandpa Joe's Sunburner Face from 20 Years Ago!

Ganesh Is Depht Of Field

Ganesh Is Depht Of Field

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Bro'In It Out

A Man Enjoys Apple Sauce

A Man Enjoys Apple Sauce

Creepy Happiness

Creepy Happiness

“Where The Wild Things Are” Trailer Finally Released

•April 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

After a good 3 years and 4 months of delays, the film fans have been waiting for finally has a trailer. Director Spike Jonez’s (Being John Malkovich), “Where the Wild Things Are” is finally coming to a close and set for an October 2009 release date. This film was original announced in October of 2009 and production photos were up in the Summer of 2007, but creative differences, actors leaving and budget issues halted the production. I cannot say how happy I am that a beloved children’s book of many is getting an adaption that involves little to no CGI. Embrace this trailer, it is quite excellent and they play “Wake Up” by The Arcade Fire, which is so fitting. I can’t wait to be finally put into a new imaginary land.

Trailer (Watch In High Quality)

“Mr. Lova Lova” Music Video

•March 19, 2009 • 12 Comments

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A Music Video made around the indian song “Mr. Lova Lova” from the 1997 film “Ishq”. It will be achoreographed dance with colors and an over the top vision of this hysterical song; it will also star moslty people from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Here Is the Actual Video:

Cheers.

Get lost with “Lost In Translation”

•March 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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It has been five years since this won best original screenplay at the oscars. I remember watching it in the year 2004 with my 13 year old mind and asking myself why this film was even nominated any awards at all because it was one of the most boring and dull films I had watched ever. Then I turned 14 years old and realized that I was an ignorant young boy who didn’t accept the film for what it was. The third time I watched it, I fell in love and got lost. I feel that the only way to get the purity, beuaty and atmosphere of this film is if you, the viewer, gets lost with everything that goes on. A film about boredom, time passing and escape, Sofia Coppola’s “Lost In Translation” won’t cater to the general movie going audience, but people that can appreciate it will come out with a smile on their face.

What I loved about the movie is its ability to make the audience laugh with a very candid and casual aura (if this makes sense) My problem is that I felt the film was a little too simple for my tastes and when verteran comedy actor Bill Murray is set into place, he needs to be quirky, and he is in this film, just in a more calm manner than we are used to seeing him. The city of Tokyo comes alive but not in a “Michael Mann style” where it becomes a character, it rather plays as a spin the bottle-like tool of fun for a man in a midlife crisis and a beautiful young girl confused with her life.  A film about new friendships through paralleling stories without even speaking sometimes, looks can say everything.

The beauty of this film that strikes me as just simple and pure is the ending. I feel that the ending of this film can be interpreted in so many different angles and each one can be right. Are we seeing a love story? The Beginning of a friendship? The Goodbye to a one-time short serving friendship? The changing of life for two innocent strangers? or a collaboration of all of these things? Sofia Coppola get’s a lot of heat for being too “pretentious” because of being too simple and using an ultra indie soundtrack, but I think this film is spot on. See this movie, but watch it in a mindset of just “chilling”, because that’s what this movie is, but you are still able to get a lot of out of it if you think outside the box.

All I can Say is, SUNTORY TIME!

Cheers.