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Preliminary Task #1

The first project we ever made was a 2 minute film called Duelo. It was about a couple who had been together for 14 years, yet were not married. Mirtha, the girlfriend, had been patiently waiting for Yonaikel, her boyfriend, to propose, but the time just never came. One sunny day, the couple went for a walk. as they were crossing a park, Yonaikel by accident throws a flower pot to the flor. When he picks it up, he ends up in one knee. this is when Mirtha wrongly believes he is finally proposing. sadly for her, he was just picking up what he had thrown. As he explains the misunderstanding, she goes crazy and even threatens to kill him. this is when they decide the only way to fix this is by doing a Duelo. the film finishes with the couple about to get married, but we left it with the suspense of doubt of Yonaikels answer.

This movie was a challenge for me, since it was the first time doing something like this. However, it was a very helpful experience in order for me to learn and self-correct my mistakes while I collaborated with the other students in my group. Among other things, I learned to decide what kind of shots were needed for each different scene. for example, during the duel, it was very important to show the characters’ facial expressions. Therefore, we decided to take a close up shot and an extra close up shot. We used the close-up shot to show greater detail of the duel to the viewer. Additionally, we used the extreme-close up shot in order to show only a detail of the subject, such as their eyes.

However, we also made a lot of mistakes. For example, we did not really take into considaration the importance of sound. we learned and understood that poor sound can ruin an otherwise spectacular production.  Moreover, we also missed the significance of mise en scene, which we later learned how it is not only about the clothing or the colors, but is used to achieve a number of effects such as to make a character seem more mysterious by shading sections of the face or body, to reflect the mental state or hidden emotions of a character. As I said before, doing this film was extremely helpful to improve out skills, and we certainly will! We will use all that we learned and will self-correct our mistakes to make out next movie the best one!

here is our first film!

lola’s first post!

Welcome to my blog!! I am Lola, a junior at MAST academy. I am currently taking AS Media studies. I am 17 years old, and I decided this was my year to join this class in order to not only have fun but to improve my media skills. One of the first things we did in this class was a 2 minute movie as a preliminary task. This movie was very helpful because in order to make the movie correctly, we had to apply every task we had learned until that moment. At first, it was a challenge, but we were able to push through it. It was a great experience. Among other things, I learned the importance of light and sound. It was also very helpful because we were able to see the mistakes we made and I was able to understand them and correct them.

I am looking forward to working this year on the Film Opening Task:

Main task- the titles and opening of a new fiction film. titles should follow the institutional conventions of commercial cinema. the task may be undertaken individually or as a group. there should be a maximum of four members to a group.

All images and text used in the main task must be original, and produced by the candidate(s). sound should be predominantly original, though music taken from an acknowledged source may be used as part of the soundtrack.

This task should be preceded by preliminary exercises to build up learners’ skills with equipment and their understanding of conventions.

I understand that when we finish doing the 2 min movie i am gonna have to create a critical reflection answering the following questions:

creative critical reflection: how does your product use or challenge conventions and how does it represent social groups or issues?

How does your product engage with audiences and how would it be distributed as a real media text?

How did your production skills develop throughout this project?

How did you integrate technologies- software, hardware and online- in this project?

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
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The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

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