How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments?
I feel that I have fulfilled each assignment to the best of my abilities. The sign language one was a little difficult because I wasn’t sure how to go about it but I eventually figured a way that worked for me. Windows Movie Maker is really useful when it comes to making videos like the ones I did this week so I quite glad I have that tool at my side.
What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?
Trying to learn some sign language was particular difficult. It was something I’ve never tried before but it ended up being a lot of fun and actually my favorite part of this week’s assignments! I would also say that sign language is one the things I learned this week.
I also learned how to analyze movies from Roger Ebert. I had analyzed books but never movies, in fact, I had never thought about analyzing them. However, it’s really interesting to think about all the dynamics of a movie and I am so glad Ebert shared his ways of analysis.
What would you do differently? What questions to you have?
The only thing I would do differently is figure out a way to make the quality of the videos better once they are converted to a mp4 format. Which brings me to my question, is there a way to do that? I was quite disappointed when they were uploaded to YouTube and lacked the quality that they did in Movie Maker.
What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work? Cultural/Societal implications?
We all learn how to analyze novels and poems in high school and college, but how many of us even think about analyzing movies? Not just the story, but the themes, the motifs, the camera angles, the music, and background noise. Perhaps if more people analyzed movies like that, the quality of all movies would improve because people would be more critical and therefore the movie industry must work to improve them in order to reduce criticism.
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