Friday, 28 September 2018

Writing: 5 - 7 - 10 Animation

For the last two weeks in writing, we have been granted a challenge by our teacher Miss Kirkpatrick. The challenge was straight forward, and everyone knew how they would execute the outcome. Our challenge was to use one of the stories that we had written for our 5 - 7 - 10 tasks, and animate it. If you have not seen one of our 5 - 7 - 10's, then allow me to explain how they work. Once everyone has completed the task for the week, we are shown an image with a heading based on our image. Next we would time 5 minutes to write as much as we could for this story. Once time ran out, we would then spend 7 minutes reading and explaining our stories to a partner. Now the 10 minutes would begin, and we would have to continue of from where we left the story off, and have it completed in time. That is basically it. It was the animation side of it that made this a big challenge. So we all got working. The 5 - 7 - 10 story that I had chosen to re-create with pictures was The Eye. The image was a snakes eye, and a short description including a story starter that we would later use. I chose this story, as I immediately came up with an idea to display through animation. I started with a dark swamp, along with an eerie vibe to it. Later, making my description more lively. I had a lot of fun doing this activity, and I hope that we can do it again at some point of time.

Film Study: Willow | Shot Types

On Wednesday this week, we had a film study day. If you do not know what a film study is, then allow me to explain. A film study is where you watch through a film, and take notes of what is happening, along with analysing everything involved. You focus on the different shot types, the different angles, and understand exactly what is happening in the film. The film that our teacher Miss Kirkpatrick selected was an old movie titled Willow. A movie from 1988 that sets up a whole story about saving a princess that is bound to become the new queen. Throughout the study, we ended up with 5 different tasks to complete based on the movie itself, and movies in general. In this activity, our task was to find out what different shot types can be involved with movies. Our challenge was to find an image that showed what the shot type may look like in a film, along with an example from our Willow movie. This was a fun and simple challenge, that taught us all a little something.

Opening Sequence -
Shot types
L. I. - To know some film terminology (shot types etc.)

This is a close viewing of the opening sequence

Look at this list of shot types:

At the bottom are the camera movements.  
Look at the following:
Zoom, Pan, Tilt, Tracking

Look for examples in the movie -

Example from Willow
Long shot
Close Up
Medium shot
High angle
Low angle
Eye level
Reverse angle
A zoom is technically not a camera move
as it does not require the camera
itself to move at all. Zooming means altering
the focal length of the lens to
give the illusion of moving closer to or further
away from the action.
The effect is not quite the same though.
Zooming is effectively magnifying a
part of the image, while moving the camera
creates a difference in perspective
— background objects appear to change in
relation to foreground objects. This
is sometimes used for creative effect in the
dolly zoom.
A pan is a horizontal camera movement in
which the camera moves left and
right about a central axis. This is a swiveling
movement, i.e. mounted in a
fixed location on a tripod or shoulder, rather
than a dolly-like movement in
which the entire mounting system moves.
In this shot, the dogs
are seen running while
the camera is following.
A tilt is a vertical camera movement in which
the camera points up or down from
a stationary location. For example, if you
mount a camera on your shoulder and
nod it up and down, you are tilting the camera.
Tilting is less common than panning because
that's the way humans work — we
look left and right more often than we look up
and down.
The tilt should not be confused with the Dutch
Tilt which means a deliberately
slanted camera angle.
A variation of the tilt is the pedestal shot, in
which the whole camera moves up
or down.
No images available. 
The term tracking shot is widely considered
to be synonymous with dolly shot;
that is, a shot in which the camera is
mounted on a cart which travels along
However there are a few variations of
both definitions. Tracking is often more
narrowly defined as movement parallel
to the action, or at least at a constant
distance (e.g. the camera which travels
alongside the race track in track & field
events). Dollying is often defined as
moving closer to or further away from the
Some definitions specify that tracking
shots use physical tracks, others
consider tracking to include hand-held
walking shots, Steadicam shots, etc.
No image available. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Maths: BEDMAS Problems

This week for maths, we continued to learn about BEDMAS maths. BEDMAS is an acronym. It stands for the order that you solve BEDMAS problems in. Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction. Our task today, we to in pairs, solve all 20 BEDMAS problems that we were given by our teacher Ms Kirkpatrick. For this task I worked with Sanujan, and we had a lot of fun working together, and managed to solve all questions with little to no issues. Next we created a DLO that showed how to solve three questions. I hope that next term, we can keep this focus, as it is very fun and entertaining to solve.

Reading: Current Events | National and International Articles

This week for reading, our task has been based around current events. We would have to look through different New Zealand news sites to find both one National article, and one international. Next we would read through them from top to bottom, and use a given template to fill out a heap of questions. This includes the 5 W's and the H (Who, what, when, where, why, and how), two different sides of the issue with your opinion, and a few author and I questions. The national article that I chose to read was about needles found in strawberries. The reason as to why I chose this story was because I already had a bit of knowledge about this topic, and wanted to learn more. My international article that I chose to read was about the near extinction of koala's, as it is said that they could be extinct by 2050. I chose to read this story, because it was really surprising once I had read the title, and I wanted to get more information about the topic. This wasn't to challenging of an activity, although there were a few things that would put me on a hold. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I hope that next time, we can use this information to write an article of our own.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Inquiry: Testing Our Spaghetti Bridges

Last week for inquiry, we finally got to testing our spaghetti bridges that we had spent the last few weeks constructing. This task was to be done in a group of four, so everyone got into pairs, and were assigned our remaining two teammates. Sanujan and I almost immediately got into pairs, and were given our teammates Jericho and Te Ponamu. We worked really well together, and managed to construct a 25.5 cm long bridge made of nothing but spaghetti, rubber bands, and tape. The specific type of bridge that we had chosen to do was a truss bridge. Not too hard, although not too simple. We knew that the strongest shape was a triangle, so a truss bridge was a perfect selection as it includes many triangles in the structure. So we went ahead starting construction, and had a lot of fun throughout the journey. Then came testing day. In this test, we would have a bag that we would fill with bricks. After each brick, we would record our data and move on. Your objective was to hold all eight bricks without the structure of your bridge collapsing. After many bricks, my group managed to come up to six bricks. We then placed our seventh brick, and unfortunately, our bridge broke. Our bridge manages to hold six whole bricks without the structure breaking, I was truly blown away by how well it managed to be. This was such a great challenge for all of us.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Duffy Assembly

Today, we had an unusual day. That's because we had our term 3 Duffy Assembly. Like normal, we had our special guests. Although today's guest was none other than comic book legend, Michel Mulipola. You may not of heard of this artist, although you should most defiantly see what he does. He came here to tell his life story, and what he does as a career. He explained about his personal life, and what he likes doing outside of illustrating. We even found that he is a professional wrestler that is a semi-professional gamer in the gaming franchise Tekken. Although that was not the main reason as to why he was here. He was here to tell his story of reading, and give us our Duffy Books. We all thank him for what he had done today, and we hope he'll return

Reading: Presenting Our DLO's

Today for reading, we in our READ groups presented the DLO's we had created about our book that we had chosen for our reviews. In my READ group (The E in READ) I presented to Tiava and Joseph. They had a lot to say about my work, although everything they had said was on a positive note. They enjoyed the comics I drew, and loved my game that I had coded. I had a lot of fun showing my work, and having them see what I had been working on for the last 3 weeks. If you would like to see my work in general, then you can look through my blog to check it out.