Maker Me Sleep After ‘Berta

Hey everyone, it’s me, back, back again. Yes, I’m quoting Eminem for this blog post.

Why you ask?

Because I’m in a goofy, quirky, fun mood, of course.

Anyways, back to the actual blog post, this is the first half of two connected posts, one for maker, and one for humanities. You can read the humanities blog post here, but sadly it isn’t finished yet, but don’t worry it should be out by the end of this weekend.

Maker was a pretty work intensive subject for this field study, we created 4 videos at about an average of 2 minutes in length, and a multi-touch book totalling 27 pages.

We started by learning about story writing, through use of basic tools like story spines, and storyboards, and using those tools, we made a silent video. You can watch mine here:

The next thing we started learning about was filming on location, through preparedness and finding stories in unlikely places, whether that’s the blue waters of Lake Louise, or the death defying ziplines at the Golden Skybridge. We have two examples here. A TikTok style video and a video about what inspires me. You can watch my examples here:

Next, we were learning about interviews, and how to make them both meaningful, and easy to ask for. This video is the longest and most important, for two main reasons. It’s the assignment I put the most work into, and it was the assignment that is sort of ment to wrap up this field study. So, if you can only watch one, watch this one.

Now that I’ve shown you all the videos, it’s time for the big one, the multi-touch book. This book has all the videos, 9 reflection pages on where we went on our week-long journey, as well as my comic life, which is in the humanities post, which will be linked at the top of the blog. (As of writing this, I am yet to post the humanities blog post, but fear not, it should be out by the end of the weekend!)

Now that we have most of the serious stuff out of the way, we can do some more fun stuff, like looking at 10 of my most favourite photos on a trip where I took over 1,000.


P.S. btw, for you camera nerds, I shot on a NIKON D3000, mainly with a manual focus 70-210mm f/4-f/22 lens with a UV filter.

“But Parker, that’s only 5 photos!” 

I know it is, little Timmy, and you can see the other 5 in my humanities blog post, which I’ll also insert here because I’m nice.

Don’t say I didn’t do anything for you.

Now it’s time for the super serious stuff, my answer to the Essential question,

“How Might I use the Moving Image to Tell a Story”

And to answer that question, we only really need to look back at the work that I did. You really have as much as you need, if not more, you could use over-exaggerated movements, a good filter, and some ‘60’s style music and you have your own Charlie Chaplain esque Silent film. You could use some presets, popular music, and a little creativity and you have a TikTok style video. If you write some questions down, go out on the town, and ask people some questions, record it, edit it, come up with one general idea, and you have an investigative video.

So, in summary, you could use the moving image to tell a near infinite amount of stories, a near infinite amount of ways. We learnt 4 different stories, and 4 different ways to tell them. Most importantly, we learnt how to be creative, and use that creativity productively.

I’ll leave with a quote.

(In reference to Banff)

“If mountains are keepers of time, then this valley has more time than we could ever imagine.”

– unnamed actor in sulphur mountain film

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