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First minute and a half of "Underground" are like a vid #HowtoVid #WisCon40

Internal and external motion add visual interest to a vid
Narrow focus. Close ups emphasize something; create a sense of intimacy and emotional connection.
Melissa adds that a close up of the eyes creates empathy with the character.
We see the slave hunter from a distance, from below, we don't see his face b/c he's a monster.

Cut to titles on a big, different sound.

Establishing shot: Bright, peaceful, big. calm. soothing. close up on cotton, tells you the importance.
emphasis on the cotton (extreme close up)
black hands on the cotton tells you who is doing the labor
Group, community shot, hidden in grass. hidden, overlooked community. White person is above on a horse, slight angle
HERO SHOT
no white faces
Historical, cultural, context
Vids often have canonical context: are you aiming at ppl who only watch your show?
Disruption onto peaceful scene
One shot with exposition
Visual metaphor: she's running to a child birth (turning point) and he's also running to a turning point; these two characters are on a parallel
journey
you already understand the grammar of film
M. found it useful to storyboard. gives your anchors
Alexis says a vid idea is images, song, feeling

A. is now talking about Premiere. non-linear editor has multiple tracks
free software tends to be linear, but there are free non-linear editors
put some music and video in your timeline
can create clips in premiere. depends on how much hard drive space you have. external hds are recommended.
Clip - make sub clip - give it a name
Folders are called bins. Sub clips go in bins

aud:
Where do you get source material?
Alexis talks about legality
Problem is that it's easier to manipulate source that is acquired illegaly
Sometimes You Tube is the only source (ie J Monae's Many Moons)
panelists say, please email them with questions

The song shapes the images; it is the structure or the container for the argument
Editing the audio to shorten the song; can do in premiere
thuvia says you don't have to clip-- you can pull straight from source and put onto time line
m key creates a marker in premiere
a. taps the m key to the beat to help her vid to the beat; thuvia does this to big sounds
M: Wave form tells you info about the song's big sounds
You will run into speed bumps

3 recs:
Do a movie vid - limited source (or a single season show)
Do a simple vid with a clear idea, won't require a lot of tech - just str8 cuts
Have a v. passionate idea that carries you thru tech problems and frustrations

Audience:
Tutorials are not basic enough for technical stuff. any recs?
panelists could put something together.
Alexis says biggest obstacle is fear usually.
Thuvia says the tech is getting easier; but getting source is harder
some TV shows are not shot in good quality
sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
Hello friends! I thought I'd crowd source a request for films for a movie night with some friends. Our criteria are:

--Shorter movies; about 1.5 hours is ideal (this is a major sticking point and I'm not sure how to find shorter films)
--In English
--Live Action (not animated)
--No horror, major violence, or super-downer films
--Bonus points for women
--Drama, comedy, documentary, preferred
sasha_feather: the back of furiosa's head (furiosa: back of head)
Spoilers below for Captain America: Civil War. This isn't the squee you're looking for.

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sasha_feather: the back of furiosa's head (furiosa: back of head)
I'm angry about episode 4.3. I wish this show would stick to its strong suit, and write about women, children, and childbirth, and stay away from "Very Special Episodes". This episode gave me a real life stomachache.

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sasha_feather: the back of furiosa's head (furiosa: back of head)
My premise here is that female gaze barely exists in media, and where it does, in exists in opposition to (in a space empty of) male gaze.

I will start with some background reading. I refer back to these a lot and have learned tons from them.

Bonehandled Knife at Tumblr has a series of amazing posts, focusing on the film Mad Max: Fury Road, and its cinematography.

Mad Max: Center Frame

Eyes Up Here: Composition and Gaze

Mad Max and the Male Gaze (Mad Max eschews the male gaze while other popular fandom films do not).

it’s a choice each time to frame women in one way and men in another.

Composition Choices

Another Tumblr post from Superhuman Disasters:

Filmmaking Intent vs. Theory

This gets at the training and tradition of film making. Some "male gaze" techniques may be so ingrained as to be unintentional.

The 2 hour making-of video with cinematographer John Seale beyond confirms this. Seale is obviously a true artist, but he repeatedly mentioned his frustration with the “on the nose” rule, because it undercut his instinct for rule-of-third framing and more focus on the beautiful women in the back of the cab. Not because he was intentionally trying to be sexist, but because that’s how he’d been trained, both as a filmmaker and a man.

100% of art is manipulation (of the funnest kind) of what the audience receives. We choose where to draw your eye in visual art, where to draw your ear in musical art, where to draw your curiosity in written art, where to draw your emotional response in all of them. It is ALL part of a plan - every bit of it. The better the clarity of purpose, the better the impact of the art.

So... that is quite a bit of reading. BUT I HAVE MORE.

[personal profile] thingswithwings is brilliant and makes brilliant vids and has things to say about what she notices when makings vids.

Many thoughts On Manpain

Gunn and Sayid's manpains are explained to the audience via the camera saying "some white men are sad." Because I guess if there wasn't a white man there, we wouldn't have anyone to identify with.

Briefly, in this post:

The Making of the Yuletide Vid

1) We learned that people of colour are actually filmed differently, in terms of framing, than white people, or at least this was our anecdotal experience; it was often easy to get two white characters, especially two white male characters, in the same frame, but people of colour are by comparison much more isolated, cinematographically - often appearing in one-shots.

And in these tweets which I have storfied, in which [personal profile] thingswithwings and others talk about the challenge of trying to vid for women and minority characters:

sasha_feather: Black, white, and red image of woman with futuristic helmet (Sci Fi Woman)
Thanks to Gregg Beratan on Twitter for this idea.

Spoon Theory is useful to many people as a measure of energy and fatigue. It is difficult to wrap your head around what chronic pain, fatigue, and illness are actually like, and I say this as someone who has them. We all tend to normalize our experiences and we think that everyone around us must feel like we do-- and yet other people are somehow accomplishing more. So spoon theory is helpful in validating our fatigue and providing the phrase "out of spoons".

Yet a limitation of this theory is that it's a deficit model: It assumes that something is wrong with us, rather than something being wrong with society.

Instead of saying "I'm out of spoons," try saying "The world needs to give me more time to rest" or "Accommodations for my fatigue will help me accomplish this task."

The deficit model is the dominant narrative of illness. And it can be seductive: it feels like there is something wrong with me. But the social model of disability states that it is society that disables us-- that it is moral and normal to need more time and more support and more rest.

movies

Mar. 31st, 2016 09:35 pm
sasha_feather: by Such_heights (Dani Sense8)
I saw 2 in-theater movies recently.

I loved Zootopia. It's gorgeous, witty, and has a surprisingly complex plot. Judy is the first rabbit to join the police force in a world where all mammals live together as more-or-less equals. Her small size puts her at a disadvantage; she uses her wit and determination to succeed. Along the way she must confront her own anti-predator prejudices. Recommended and would see again. One thing I especially like is that there is very little romance of any kind in this film. It's about work, friendship, and doing the right thing.

My parents and I went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. This was pleasant enough, but did not have enough conflict or plot. It was nice to see all the actors and characters back together (even though I barely remember the first film), but the script could have used a re-write. The problems that arise are minor and easily solved, which makes this film bland and forgettable.
sasha_feather: Daredevil in a suit (Daredevil)
(I just couldn't resist that title)

rating Explicit
John McClane/Matt Farrell
Live Free or Die Hard
tags: age difference, daddy kink, dirty talk, phone sex, star trek references, Alien references, assholes in love, cross play, alternating POV, established relationship, cross dressing, pwp
warnings: none
Words: about 3700


At the AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6288958
sasha_feather: the back of furiosa's head (furiosa: back of head)
I sat down to read a comic called The Story of my Tits and I stopped because I started to feel anxious, and have a lot of fast thoughts. How strange.

thinking about gender and bodies and clothes )
sasha_feather: Daredevil in a suit (Daredevil)
I read the first two volumes of "Sex Criminals" by Fraction and Zdarksy. I was annoyed because it has a great concept but could have been so much better than it is.

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sasha_feather: Cindi Mayweather (janelle monae) (Cindi Mayweather)
I come by my interest in language honestly. My mom said the other day, when she hears the term "boots on the ground," she thinks they should change a few letters so that it's "Blood on the ground."

Boom.
sasha_feather: Amelie, white woman with dark hair, smiling cheerfully (Amelie)
I recently re-watched "Grumpy Old Men" with my roommate. Part of the reason I loved this movie when I was younger was because it portrayed our Minnesotan culture in winter, dealing with snow and ice fishing and a sort of friendly grumpiness. Unfortunately the Jewish elements were a bit too subtle for my young eyes and went right over my head at the time, but I caught them this time around.

Something that stood out for me is when Ariel asks John Gustafson (old older Swedish-Minnesotan man) if he is straight or gay. He sputters and is totally taken aback. He says something like, maybe you can ask those kinds of questions in California, but not here!

I'm trying to be more forthright (straight forward is not the word), but it's swimming against a lot of culture, going back generations all the way back to Sweden.
sasha_feather: white woman in space suit (Astronaut)
I'm tired. Really tired and not breathing great.

I'm watching the Fosters on Netflix, playing computer games, and chilling. The dog park is not great right now because it's super icy. And the last few days have been brutally cold. Today was warmer, so we went briefly, but it's tough walking over rough slush that's been frozen. This time of year, I wish for an indoor dog park. Abbie does too. I'm thinking of buying her an expensive coat. It's tough to spend money, but she could really use something to help cover her hairless thighs. The Greyhound people like this brand:
http://www.k9apparel.com/Greyhound-s/138.htm

I liked this Teen Wolf story which also has some great art!
Tide Pulls from the Moon by paintedrecs
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5438072
sasha_feather: sirius black from harry potter films (sirius black)
Perhaps you all can help! I am looking for:

A journal/ diary website to track headaches/ facial pain
that is not a phone or tablet app, as I don't have a smart phone or tablet
that is free or very cheap
that does not trigger a security alert on my computer (ie not shady)
sasha_feather: by Such_heights (Dani Sense8)
Hi!

I took a week and a half off of the internet, except for very occasionally checking twitter, so please direct me to anything you'd like me to see!

I went with my parents to see "Concussion" on Christmas Day at our neighborhood theater; we saw 5 people we knew including our neighbors who live up the road. That is the neat part about being where I grew up; I recognize people, landscapes and places are deeply familiar. Anyway, I liked the film because it was scientific, thoughtful, and a story about seeking and speaking truth. It did not pass the Bechdel test. One note is that it contains a pregnancy loss, so be advised.

I watched "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", which was quite cute. This was not a particularly deep or moving story, but it had a very nice cast and was pleasant.
sasha_feather: the back of furiosa's head (furiosa: back of head)
Trigger warning: rape, rape culture, sexism, racism

In “80 Books No Woman Should Read,” [http://lithub.com/80-books-no-woman-should-read/] Rebecca Solnit says, “I just think some books are instructions on why women are dirt or hardly exist at all except as accessories or are inherently evil and empty. Or they’re instructions in the version of masculinity that means being unkind and unaware, that set of values that expands out into violence at home, in war, and by economic means.”

Those who listen to popular music at all, know this is true of music also. In her sensitive essay, “Hear him Whip the Women,” [http://curamag.com/issues/2015/12/4/hear-him-whip-the-women], Stacy Parker Le Melle ponders the Rolling Stones’ song “Brown Sugar”:

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sasha_feather: sirius black from harry potter films (sirius black)
At Shingle Street on Ao3

Rating: Explicit
M/M original characters
about 33K
WWII, England

Once I started reading this fic I couldn't put it down. It has alternating view points between a disabled English WWI veteran and a young deserter from the German Army, during WWII in England. The characters are exceptionally well drawn. Hugh, the Englishman, has lung problems from gas attacks. This fic got at some of my favorite themes: living with disability (for Hugh), queer identity (for both charcters), and a slowly building relationship. I loved it.

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