•December 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Red Hot Final Project

•November 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

For my final project I plan to work alone on a photography project. More specifically I want to do a fun street photography project that might fall into photojournalism. My favorite color has always been red because I find it to be such a powerful and widely used color to express specific ideas and emotions. Using a digital camera with a color filter setting, I plan to go out around D.C. and take pictures of the way the color red is used. With this color filter, the whole picture comes out black and white, except for anything red in the frame. Some of the things I have thought about photographing are people and the way they are dressing, accessories like jewelry and shoes, adds, billboards, coffee shops, crowds, cars, traffic lights, flowers, fruits and vegetable in the market, fall trees (although most leaves are gone already), home décor, etc.

My inspiration for this project came from a lot of different things. First of all, my obsession for the color red. One of my friends has this camera that can filter colors in pictures, and I always loved how her pictures turned out. Red always stands out in a crowd, red always makes a statement, and red always draws my attention. Marylyn Monroe’s pictures and posters frequently use this effect to make her red lips stand out. It is amazing how his little detail brings so much into her pictures. I have also seen other filters used on some of her picture like the pink one used in the picture below. This image is more of an Any Warhol style. In my opinion, the picture with red lips is a lot stronger and iconic than the second one where pink is used more widely.

It was also interesting to me to notice how all of the Twilight book all use the little or no color other than red. Once again, the covers include very simple images that are enhanced by the color red. Through my photography for this project, which I already started, I hope to capture fun and strong pictures like the ones above.

Painting Adaptation

•November 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“My Name is Forrest, Forrest Gump”

•November 6, 2009 • 2 Comments

Forrest Gump is an iconic representative film of American history and value. When I first saw this movie, I couldn’t help but to love it! The movie’s plot is enriched by so many themes and historical events that make for a very interesting film. Forrest, as the main character, serves as the connection between all of the random events, people, and places included in the film. The Vietnam War, Alabama, segregation, The Kennedys, college football, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, family, ping-pong, Ronald Reagan, drugs, flower power, love, John Lennon, and many more come together to create “the ultimate American dream in a land of opportunity” represented by Forrest Gump (Walker). Sue Walker talks about how this movie transmits both positive messages and negative messages. I think what makes this a magical movie is the fact that most—if not all— Americans can relate to at least one of its messages about life, either positive or negative.

Forrest Gump is referred by some as a “common man,” or “a celebration of stupidity” (Stevens). I thinks his character is more than these two denomination combined. Forrest is a character filled with innocence, love, hope, and strength that helps him achieve so many amazing things, and bring happiness to many people. He goes around life ignoring evil in the world, and taking the good out of every one of his experiences. Everything in his life seems to be happening by a perfect coincidence, or by what some people refer to as fate. To create some of the historical scenes in the movie, historical footage was used and adapted to fit Forrest into some of these shots. A lot of movie technology was challenged during the creation of these very real looking scenes. A very symbolic scene in the movie is the opening scene where a feather is followed as it flies down to blue sky and lands on Forrest’s feet. The scene looks very real because every little detail, including the shadows in every angle, was very well created.

I like how Scott Steven refers to Forrest Gump as a “phenomenon.” The movie was very popular when it was released, and even today we recognize iconic phrases from the movie like “Life is like a box of chocolates,” or “Run, Forrest, run!” It is interesting to learn that the movie is even regarded as an industry due to the very successful marketing associated with it. I think that the idea of selling a box of chocolates with the Forrest Gump movie was a very clever move. More than decade after being releases, Forrest Gump still very well known and still brings a smile into many faces. “The feel-good movie of 1994” got its recognition by winning six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Steven D Scott. (2001). “Like a box of chocolates”: Forrest Gump and postmodernism. Literature/Film Quarterly, 29(1), 23-31. Retrieved November 4, 2009, from Arts Module. (Document ID: 70548918).

Walker, Sue. “Forrest Gump.” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 2. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. 140-141. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. American University Bender Library. 4 Nov. 2009 .

Video Scavenger Hunt!

•October 28, 2009 • 3 Comments

Alex Garcia in the House

•October 22, 2009 • 2 Comments


Alexandra Garcia

Alexandra Garcia

I loved the guest speaker at our Visual Literacy class, Alex Garcia. As a proud American University graduate with a full-time job at The Washington Post, she managed to make time to come and share with us some of her experiences. As she talked about herself and her work, I could see how passionate she was about film and her multimedia job. I could personally indentify with her in different ways as I discovered small details about her personality. She was full of positive energy, and enthusiasm, which I think are the key her success. More thank just a guest speaker about the film section of the class, she should be an inspiration to all of us who will be going into the job market in a few years.

From the work she shared with us, my personal favorite was her Scene-In style series. I thought these videos were very dynamic and filled with originality composed both from people participating in the video with their own personal styles, and Alex herself.  I thought the idea to use music from the actual area of the city being presented, gave each video even more personality. When I got home after class, the first thing I did was to call my sister, who is crazy about clothes and fashion and majored in Graphic Design, to tell her about Alex’s style series in the Washington Post. I’ve been trying to log in a watch the rest of the video series, but for some reason the videos don’t download. Does anybody know how to access the videos?

Camera Works

•October 17, 2009 • 1 Comment

“A Middle-Class Health Care Dilema” is the short documentary from The Washington Post I chose to watch. The documentary was shot and edited by Pierre Kattar from The Washington Post. It shows a middle class family, with three kids living the suburbs. Their problem is that the husband is currently unemployed, and their health care plan expires at the end of October. The wife works part-time, and cannot switch to working full-time because she home-schools her oldest child who is autistic. His health care is their main concern because he has been receiving therapy and special care from the same doctors periodically, and once their health care expires they will have to start from zero with new doctors.  The mother only wishes that in the short-run they could have options that would allow them to pay for the part of their health-care plan that covers her son’s needs. 

The video combines a variety of shots during the documentary. It starts out with an establishing shot of the family’s house in the suburbs. Then it moves to focus the parents with a very stable medium shot, as they are sitting on the sofa explaining their situation. As the mom tells their story, it repeatedly cuts from the medium shot of the parents, to scenes describing what the mom is talking about, and general around-the-house activities of the family. When she first mentions her oldest son Zachary, there is a close-up on the boy’s face to make emphasis on him and his autism situation. For scenes with more general action of the family we frequently see pans, and camera-on-hand shooting. Every once in a while, the mom’s face is shot in a close-up as she discusses really important decisions they’ve had to make. I think this helps bring emphasis to her speech rather than to the background action. 

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