definitelydope:

By Patrycja Podkościelny

Source: podkoscielny.com

definitelydope:

By Oleg Oprisco

Source: oprisco.com

ggwookie:

Kimbra - ‘Two Way Street’

theceratoide:

St. Vincent live at the Cambridge Junction - August 20th 2014 (por P. G. Morris)

theceratoide:

St. Vincent live at the Cambridge Junction - August 20th 2014 (por P. G. Morris)

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SMST518 Week Six: Rough Draft #1

This is my first attempt at putting together my shots into something semi-organised. All I wanted from my visuals was to be engaging (not much to ask for, right?), because most of the information will come from the narration. I am currently debating whether to include text over the images to reinforce the narration, not as subtitles, but as integrated as part of the visual (like a moving infographic).

I going to make my titles animated, but am working on that in AE, so have just put in some place holder text to give an idea for now.

These were my storyboards, or an attempt at a storyboard. I made this last week and realised I was in dire need of some more animals for my shots. I have included most of the animals which will reference what I’m talking about but I don’t know how long the shots need to be yet so even though the film is 1 minute long now, I can easily extend it once I have the narration in there.

I’m going to spend today making my narration as concise as possible and working on ensuring that I’m clearly explaining any science jargon I’m using. I know that science communication is going to be held as a higher priority than production values, so really the narration is going to be the make-it or break-it element of the film. I’ve been using this site to give me estimates on how long my narration will be, and I know it’s probably a bit long so I’ve been referring back to FINconceivable for an example of good pacing. It’s hard because there’s SO MUCH I want to include but 3 minutes is definitely not going to be enough time to convey all of it. 

SMST518 Week Six: Filming
I had aimed to do all my filming at once, so that way all the lighting, water level and water colour would all be the same throughout. However, my patience failed me, as I was forced to do only one segment at a time. It was extremely hard to direct where some of my fake animals needed to go when I couldn’t give a clear boundary line of what was in frame, my helpers couldn’t see the screen of my camera and the animals weren’t co-operative as well.
My tripod was too limiting so I had to hold every shot myself, and with a camera that weighs around 1.2kg, after 15 minutes of holding it as still as I possibly could (over a body of water no less), I just had to take a break (I should probably go to the gym more, huh). 
This has instead meant that I’ve had to do a lot of colour correcting in Premiere to get the water colours to match in each shot. Also, because I had to film at night some times (because I simply had no other time that day to do it), the lighting is much different to when I filmed it in the morning. However, I don’t think the lighting changes matter as much as the colours do and it’s going to be an interesting experiment to see which colour correction effects are going to match it best.

Other than that though, I’m fairly happy with how my shots are turning out. I won’t really know until I’ve recorded the narration (tonight’s mission) and put in the soundtrack but I feel like it’s going okay. There’s still eight days till deadline and I want to have it in a few days early if I can. 

SMST518 Week Six: Filming

I had aimed to do all my filming at once, so that way all the lighting, water level and water colour would all be the same throughout. However, my patience failed me, as I was forced to do only one segment at a time. It was extremely hard to direct where some of my fake animals needed to go when I couldn’t give a clear boundary line of what was in frame, my helpers couldn’t see the screen of my camera and the animals weren’t co-operative as well.

My tripod was too limiting so I had to hold every shot myself, and with a camera that weighs around 1.2kg, after 15 minutes of holding it as still as I possibly could (over a body of water no less), I just had to take a break (I should probably go to the gym more, huh). 

This has instead meant that I’ve had to do a lot of colour correcting in Premiere to get the water colours to match in each shot. Also, because I had to film at night some times (because I simply had no other time that day to do it), the lighting is much different to when I filmed it in the morning. However, I don’t think the lighting changes matter as much as the colours do and it’s going to be an interesting experiment to see which colour correction effects are going to match it best.

Other than that though, I’m fairly happy with how my shots are turning out. I won’t really know until I’ve recorded the narration (tonight’s mission) and put in the soundtrack but I feel like it’s going okay. There’s still eight days till deadline and I want to have it in a few days early if I can. 

Opening night of the @nziff in Hamilton. So goooooood. #vscocam

Opening night of the @nziff in Hamilton. So goooooood. #vscocam

sandandglass:

If you don’t know what’s happening in New Zealand right now, here’s a quick summary:

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager released a book called Dirty Politics. It’s based on a large number of emails and Facebook messages stolen by a hacker from a right-wing blogger called Whale Oil. The hacker passed on the hacked files to Hager anonymously. The book gives details about the links between the National Party (the main party in government) and right-wing bloggers who have run smear campaigns, attacks and spread slander online about opposition politicians and parties. In one case, classified security documents were declassified and given to bloggers to use in attacks against opposition politicians. In another, a Minister gave personal details about a government employee to the blog Whale Oil for an attack which resulted in that government employee getting death threats. The Prime Minister’s staff also stole information from an opposition party’s computer and gave the information to bloggers to use in attacks on the main opposition party. Basically all this shit has been revealed about how the government has been acting dirty to kill off its opposition and secure another election win. But now the book has been released, journalists are just following around the Prime Minister asking him questions about the book to the point where he is visibly angry, walking out of interviews and basically falling apart. What’s more, the actual stolen emails are being released slowly, day-by-day by an anonymous person on Twitter. So every day there is new stuff coming out and it’s a big shitstorm and it’s great.

Additional info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Some actual quotes from the book by Cameron Slater, who runs Whale Oil:

Slater tells a friend in the wake of the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake:

What i can’t believe … is how we have to bail out those useless pricks in the sth island, again. … Those [Christchurch] suburbs are hard core Labour … the owners will be Nat voters though and the voters tenants, so the houses are gone and the scum are gone too, and so they should get nothing. (p. 27)

Slater is talking with another blogger, “Barnsley Bill”, about the response to a post Slater wrote describing the death of a West Coast man in a car accident as that of a “feral” who had “done the world a favour”.

Why would I apologise to that slut [the dead man’s mother]? … J[ohn] K[ey] rang me … [and said she] was the same feral fucking bitch that screams at him when he goes to pike river meetings. (p. 133)

[29 men were killed in the Pike River disaster (and their bodies are still trapped in the mine). The government initially tried to convict the company running the mine as 25 breaches of health & safety were identified. They were ordered to pay $110 000 to the families of each miner, but only paid $5 000 because “they ran out of money” and eventually the charges were dropped.]

And then there’s this:

Besides Len Brown, other people Slater had asked for dirt on included John Boscowan, Labour MPs, the Herald’s editors and Duncan Garner.

[Image from here]

So this was my list of NZIFF recommendations:

I’ve bolded the ones which are coming to Hamilton. 

52 Tuesdays
Alive Inside, The Amazing Catfish
Boyhood
Dior & I, The Double
Frank
God Help The Girl, The Great Museum
Hot Air, Human Capital
Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Kumiko The Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth, Lilting
Maps to the Stars
Night Moves
The Punk Singer
The Skeleton Twins
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Under the Skin
Voices of the Land
White God, We Are The Best
YSL

It’s amazing that we have something like the film festival which brings so many great films to New Zealand, yet half of them don’t come to places like Hamilton, which is so disappointing. 

But anyway, if any Hamiltonians want to come with me, my wishlist of films is here

Greenery

My mum made this cardigan before I left for Napier, and it’s based on this cardigan I had already made (just with a few extra inches added to the hem). I have tonnes of this material, I think it belonged to my grandmother before she passed away. It’s quite a lot warmer than the other version of it, and even though I have almost nothing else in my wardrobe this colour, I’ve still worn it quite a lot. 

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