It’s a bit frosty this morning! Cameras should come with built-in mittens… #vscocam

It’s a bit frosty this morning! Cameras should come with built-in mittens… #vscocam

SMST518 Week Two: Brainstorming

Since we need to present a pitch and storyboards by next week, I spent today watching shorts on Vimeo and thinking of a way to make my idea into something watchable.

  • I found this video called The Places Where We Lived and really liked the use of mixed media, such as illustration over footage.
  • It reminded me of Amelie, and how it mixes elements of surrealism with an otherwise fairly normal story. E.g:

  • I also really liked this video, about a collection of memories from a Turkish refugee living in New Zealand; I think the abstract animations really add to the colour and texture of the stories.
  • I thought the shapes and colour palette used in this video were really nice, it’s also a really simple idea but illustrated really well.
  • The integration of type into this video is works well (although I think the video is pretty cheesy and takes too long to get going)
  • The lovely background imagery in this video combined with the typography over the top worked really well but I felt that the graphics were over-designed and too detailed. 


Members of Congress have no shame editing their Wikipedia pages. Luckily, a new tool lets Americans keep an eye on the encyclopedic shenanigans of our elected leaders.

A Twitter account, @congressedits, tweets whenever someone from a congressional IP address edits Wikipedia. So far, it’s gotten most attention for a few hilariously odd pages to edit — one staffer (or representative) made a slight change to the sentence structure of the plot summary of Step Up 3D, while another added Barack Obama’s recent run-in to the ‘horse head mask’ page.

Source: thinksquad


So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this

which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)

But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted


"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."

HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the rebels are hacking into the capitol’s twitter!!!!

(Thanks toastbabeis and mockingjaysource for noticing it and jenliamjosh for reblogging)

Source: tomorrowsofyesterday

Source: sarahseeandersen

Menstrual pads have been mentioned as early as the 10th century, in the Suda, where Hypatia, who lived in the 4th century AD, was said to have thrown one of her used menstrual rags at an admirer in an attempt to discourage him

- if you don’t think history is a truly inspiring subject you’re wrong (via fashiondisastercecil)

Source: orcasoup

Today was freezing. 

There was snow on the Kaimai Ranges and the high was 11°C and to make matters worse, my flat isn’t insulated and there’s a nasty draft which comes through my bedroom window. I had a completely different outfit planned for today but it was too cold to be adventurous, plus I finished making my hat the day before so it was an excellent excuse to wear it. I used this pattern from Cleckheaton and their app for designing beanies is particularly neat (they even give you a tailored pattern at the end of it!). 

Coat from the Salvation Army, merino top from The Warehouse, skirt from Glassons, shoes from Overland, brooch from Napier Antique & Jewellery Centre. 

SMST518 Week One: Shots that display your compositional skills plus ways of connecting these shots which do not involve hard cuts.

I wanted to experiment with non-traditional dissolves as well as using linking movements to create unity between the two shots. I chose series of shots which had something in common, either movement or shapes (or both) and then played around with the different dissolves until I had an interesting effect as well as a transition. 

For the first shot, I used a luminance map, the second a dither dissolve (with a border thickness of 1px and border colour black) and the third is a channel map (with source b blue to destination alpha) and a non-additive dissolve. I also faded the audio during each transition. Some of the changes into the dissolves are almost like hard cuts but there was no way to insert a standard fade to have a smoother transition between them. 

It would have been more interesting to have more variety in the shots (they’re all static camera) but I used stock video (which I shot myself) that I had sitting on my hard drive, because I wanted to challenge myself to find similarities between shots which might not actually have a lot in common. 


I’m writing some university posts at the moment which reminded me to that if you want to block them (because sometimes they’re super boring and just me discussing various elements of film), they’re tagged #Louise vs Masters and #SMST518

80-Odd Years of Happy

Sixty residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch combined all their considerable talents to come up with 80-odd years of happy.


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