Canterbury college Interactive media cover art

For this task, I had make a cover for the Facebook page “Canterbury College interactive media”, we did this so we could test our skill in making banners so we could improve for the future tasks that need banners.

I first linked objects and other themes with interactive media, I thought first that the colour blue, so I set the background colour to blue. I then added the title using the textbox and used the font Showcard Gothic; I then placed the title partially in the middle so the title would be the centre of focus; I then started to decide what icons I should put around the title.

Picture of unfinshed banner (just title)

I chose these icons to represent each part of interactive media, what we learn in it and what we will have a better understanding of. I chose the TV icon because we would be learning about film and video and be taught how to use video editing software to edit videos, we will be using this in future projects; I chose the speaker because we would be taught about sound and how to edit it, as well as using it in future projects. I chose the Facebook icon to represent social media as it has a very strong connection to interactive media because it is designed for full interaction with the user and the media they are presented with on the site and the last icon is the game controller. I chose a controller because it is another big part of interactive media, it also links again to what we are learning in the course, such as 3D modeling.

I made the icons and the title white so they would stand out more against the blue; I used the bucket tool to turn each icon white and merely used the text box colour to change the text. After placing the title and icons, I added a border colour on the corners to add more than just a plane blue background.

interactive media cover photo

 

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Unit 4: Debate on whether digital media and user generated content has changed the production and consumption of media.

On 06/11/2015 the class had a debate on whether digital media and user generated content has changed the production and consumption of media, which means has the viewing of media and how we create media changed through the developing of new technology. I was the counter argument along with Luke for the group that is arguing for the statement.

Before we began the debate everyone was given a chance to do some research and collect facts to fight for or against the statement. Me and my partner Luke, first used our experiences with media and what we have learnt about media; Luke first showed me how he visited the BBC news headquarters and was told that they have two sections of research, one was traditional research, the other was using social media to collect data and news.

After that we did secondary research on websites and got results on how Internet has risen in popularity over the years and show how news papers have dropped in sales. We did more secondary research on the sales of technology, we found tables showing that more mobile devices are being sold than any other product like TVs or PCs, this is because we like our media to be easily accessable and able to fit with are daily lives. Once we collect all our research we placed into a power point to present.

The debate began with the people who were arguing for talking about how the newspaper industry has been slowly declining in sells, where as twitter has been steadily rising with more users and views. They also went to say that using new media would reduce costs and limit waste from news papers.

After they finished, the group arguing against started with explaining how we still use old media techniques just on digital version, the techniques have stay and the technology has just revolved around it, such as we still use the burning tool, dodge tool; they also flowed with how news and radio still tell news the same and still find their news the same. They continued with how adverts also have stayed the same, they have only just spread across different platforms, along with how BBC still have high ratings and they are an old media.

After the against spoke, next was the counter argument for “for”. We began with how BBC have different areas for research one was old fashion research, other was form social media which is a new media, which means the way we produce new media has changed as we use new media as a source, there for changing the production.

After that it was my turn to speak for the counter argument, I began by showing that the sale ratings of devices new and old; mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets have dramaticly rises in sale above all of electronic devices such as the TV and radio. Which means that we are now consuming media on a different platform and in a different way because access to that media has become a lot more easier and have more access to new media such as YouTube and other internet based apps.

The mobile device has also changed the way we produce as now we can record videos and post them and do the same thing with pictures which means that we have changed the way we produce media as it has become a lot easier and a lot more people now have the ability to do so.

I also talked about how the newer generation has become a lot more visual and audio based, this is because they have been raised surrounded by more new media but also old such as TV, this has caused the newer generation to become more used to visual and audio which has also caused the drop in news papers.

After that Counter against was up next, they first showed how Twitter would not be able to replace the old news media, the news paper because there is a 200 character limit in twitter, they also stated that the new media wouldn’t be able to replace the local paper as new media is about international news instead of local news which is done by the local news paper.

After that they also stated the old generation haven’t got use to new media, along with TV and radio are still popular to all audiences including the old and the new generations. They also showed that twitter are slowly declining in users but do not have any evidence to back this up, they finished with that a lot more content is being made these days but the quality in the content has dropped.

Once both sides finished we both stated our key points in both our talks and began to answer questions from the floor, one of the questions was “print is on the downfall but do you think it will last?”. This question was aimed at both teams, The against answered first, saying that it will last as its still there and still have the same gate keepers, its just moving to a newer platform. The for team then answered with eventually print will be pushed off the scene, this is because we have become more audio and visual now which print can not offer.

Another great question asked by the floor, which was directed at the “for team” was “if media production and consumption has changed then why do we still filter the media through the same gate keepers to reach the large audience and independent content creators pushing different views still struggle to gain a following. The for answered with we still use the same gate keepers but just on a different media and as it is a many to many platform it is easily elaborated on and shared by the upcoming content creators and by this meaning that large media barons have to be more careful and are more trusted.

In the end the majority of the vote went to For group, which agrees with the statement. The debate went well but we did focus on social media a bite too much and didn’t talk about other types of media like video games, or YouTube or music. I did learn that we still use a fare bite of old media such as old media techniques on new technology like the burn or dodge tool on Photoshop was used when we produced photos in the dark room. From the debate I also became a little more confident from talking to the class and fighting for the statement of the debate.

 

Unit 1: Sound Dubbing

The task I was given was to Dub a limbo video scene only using the sounds we created with two pieces of paper, this is so we could learn how to make sounds, edit them and then dub them with video, these skills will help me in the future of this course as I would be able to use them in projects or basic course work.

I first noted down all the sounds in the original limbo video when watching it, this way I knew exactly what I needed, I needed a sound for a lodge sliding, debry, ambience, the rock rolling, the rock colliding with the boy and the bank, lodge colliding with the bank and footsteps.

Once noted down all the sounds me and my partner Sam went to the library to record the sounds, we chose the library because it was quite and it had many corners with no one around to interrupt, we used a microphone given by the media department. To create the sound for lodge sliding we used both the papers to slide their edges together, the Derby was finger dragging across the paper, the ambience was shaking the two pieces of paper and blowing between the two pieces of paper, the rock rolling was taping one peice of paper. The rock colliding with the boy was holding two pieces of paper together and whacking both with one finger softly, samething for colliding with the bank but with a lot more power in the hit, the lodge colliding again used two pieces of paper but with two finger hits softly. The last sound we scrunched up one piece of paper and tapped it with one finger.

After collecting the sounds I edited them in audacity, I changed each ones speed so it was more deeper and sounded slower, bass so it would sound a lot more heavy, the equalization which would change the frequency of the sound and cropped out any unnecessary sound so I could edit it quicker. Once finished I started to dub the video in Adobe premiere, first placed the video into the video track without its sound and then added all the sounds I needed. Then placed each sound into the audio tracks and synced each one up, the only sounds I was not able to add was the ambient sounds.

Evaluation 

The dub went very well as it is able to replicate the sounds of the original video, the only difference is the the dub does not have ambient music unlike the original. it could be improved by adjusting the sound levels to be the same level, so they don’t over power each other.

audacity rock

adobe premiere limbo

Here is a video of limbo before and after being dubbed:

 

Unit 2: Virtual gallery on 3DS

For this task, I have to show the Pros and Cons of using the Louvre Guide of Nintendo 3DS from the comfort of your own home VS actually going to the Gallery itself. This task was given to us so we could the difference of experiencing things in real life and experiencing things in virtual reality, this so we can use this knowledge when creating a virtual gallery ourselves.

Using the 3DS 

Pros:

There are many advantages of using the 3Ds, first and most obvious is that it is a lot more cheaper than actually going to the museum for some people because of where they live. This is because if they were traveling from a far away place they would have to traveling costs like plane tickets, they also have to pay for a place to stay such as a hotel room and last of all they would have to pay for the actual ticket to get in. If they were to travel from america it would roughly cost £478, which is a lot more than a 3Ds which is £150 with the game.

Another advantage is that it easier for the disabled to view the art than visiting the museum, this is because the metro is hard to use for them as there aren’t many ways in for the disabled and its also hard for them to actually board the train. That’s why using the 3Ds is the best way for them to view the gallery.

The Louvre guide also provides a very wide range of translation, from English to Japanese, this allows other countries to experience the tour without any translation problems when in the museum and getting to the museum, making it more of a pleasant experience.

You can get a closer look at famous pieces of art and see them in detail, without having to push through or look over any crowds and having to stand at a distance from the painting.

Cons:

The are some disadvantages of using the 3Ds than actually visiting museum, one of them is the viewer would not get the full experience of seeing the art work in the flesh, as pixels will never be as good as the real thing.

Another disadvantage is that the viewer would not be able to view all the art in the gallery, as they say there is more than 600 where as the museum contains 70,000 pieces of art.

Also there is the lighting as you won’t be able to see the how light works with this piece of art as the 3Ds won’t be able to present that kind of light, however if you go to the Louvre you will be able to see how the light really works with the painting.

If you use the 3Ds, instead of going to the museum, you won’t be able to get any souvenirs from the museum to remember the experience nor get any for friends and family.

Evaluation

If you want to see the art works, it is best to actually go there yourself, as you would be able to see and experience the art the way the artist wanted the viewer to see it. However, if you are visiting from far away, and have pay a lot of expenses, then it would be cheaper to buy the game and 3Ds, but you won’t experience the museum fully, which matters a lot if you like art.

Unit 3: Acumen animation studios: Job application for Concept Artist and cover letter

For this task I had to create a Job application for a concept artist, I did this for Acumen animation studios group, I also had to create cover letter for another studio in the class for their job application they posted. We were given this task so we could use what we learned when ether sending out a job application or creating a cover letter to get a job.

Here is the Job application: acumen studios concept artist

I chose the concept artist as we had to pick a job that fitted our skills and do a job application for the job we picked, I picked the concept artist because I would work with my imagination and creative skills and I am able to draw quick designs and improve them further.

When creating a cover letter I first had to pick another studios job application that fit with the skills and education I have. I picked the job application from the studio called H.I.M (Hyper Interactive Media) and the job application I picked was the Graphic designer.

Here is the cover letter: Jack Hilder cover letter

 

Unit 2-3: What Social media platform is the best to use for a business?

For this task we had to work in our groups to do different types research into social media platforms being used for business and which is the best for business. After we had done all the different types of research such as primary research, secondary research, qualitative and quantitative, we put it all into a power point to showcase. We did the research so we could use it when we make a page for our studio and so we could use our knowledge of the media platforms to help our industries in the future.

Here is the PowerPoint: social media platform

The PowerPoint contains reviews of each of the different media platforms we researched which is secondary research on different reviews on social media platforms and rating each social media from that review but also comparing the data of the social media to each other.

The next slide contained what the main social medias are used for different businesses which is primary research, what Josie did was she sent emails to different businesses asking what social media do they use to advertise and promote their business and why. This would help to show what social medias work the best as professional businesses use them to advertise their businesses.

After that slide was the Pie charts of surveys which show the results of the survey that Ben did, the pie charts were “how much social media do you use per day?”, “what do you use social media most for?” and What is your most used social media platform?”. The next slide did a summary of the pie charts, showing the percentage of each answer followed up by the next. This would help to show a visual of the results we got from the survey.

When we presented, each of us presented the slide with our own work on, this would allow non of us to be confused when explaining a slide. We presented well, we all talked clearly and towards the class and each of us was able summerise each slid so we didn’t bore the class. We found out that Facebook is the best social media platform for a business but can be improved by using Instagram to promote the page.

 

Unit 3: Creative CVs

When making the creative CV, I aimed on making it show my creativity and my organisation skills, this was to teach us that business like more creative CVs and to help us practice on creating CVs in the future, we will also use the creative CVs for applying for job applications from the other studios in the class.

CV design1

This first design was good in color and size, it was able to show everything they need to know, this could be improved by organizing the text boxes a little better and adding some contact information to the CV. I also noticed in some feedback that some of the titles were not needed because they are self explanatory.

CV design 2

I improved by enlarging the shapes on the borders to fit in the text a little better without me having to shrink the text a little too small; I also added the contact info and the area I live in next to the main title, I could improve the CV by making the icons more centred.