Categories 21st Century Media Practice, Film Making, Uncategorized

Monks of Wat Bo

 

This is a short Cinema Verite film, that is made from archived footage, I recorded in April 2015. It is going back to the bedrock of cinema verity and documentary film-making, free handling, no fancy steady cam. The rules are so established in our minds, there are no steady shots, clean editing and focus have been abandoned. It is about experiencing it for what it is, and being emplaced within the environment, through a sensory experience

Photography

What does it mean to be a Monk in the 21st Century? Monks in todays world, somewhat differ from the usual stereotype of a bald man, sitting under a Bodhi tree meditating. He is now more connected than ever. And this is something that has only ever interested me in photographic sense. Visiting Buddhist temples and seeing such religious practices is a sensory experience in itself. This is not something that can be shared fully through just a photograph. And that is where sensory ethnography comes in.

Sound

Sound played a huge part in the creative process to stimulate the senses. The amplitude and gain increases slowly throughout the piece and the chant that the monks are producing, is hypnotic in its tone.

Categories 21st Century Media Practice, Film Making

Zero Project

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“The film drama is the opium of the people…down with bourgeois fairy-tale scenarios…long live life as it is!” Dziga Vertov

TASK-The verite piece must be a real story about real people. We are not looking for television formats or fabricated spectacles. The essence of any engaging documentary is a story, strong characters, strong imagery and a journey, conflict, resolution or crisis that we follow through the video. These should be your guiding principles when researching and producing your piece. We want you to really explore a more fluid approach to image making in conjunction with a multi-layered use of audio to build a simple soundscape. The film should be three minutes long and should be sensory in its approach.

Categories 21st Century Media Practice, Adventures, Film Making

Cinema Verite- Film truth

Format

Cinéma vérité- ‘film truth’, also known as ‘Direct Cinema’?

A style of film concerned with representing truth and reality, not overtly using filmic artifice or complete directoral control.

What is Cinéma Vérité? –

Cinéma Vérité? often gets misinterpreted. It should provoke its own kind of truth and is not meant in the literal form. It’s an exploration of what the truth “may be” and all the different avenues that the narrative may explore for the audience member personally.

This video describes how Rouch believed that people were just revealing a “truer” version of themselves, not because they were performing, but it was more a reflection of Rouch and his presences as a filmmaker.

Categories 21st Century Media Practice, Film Making

Sensory Experience

Sensory : Relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses:sensory input
Oxford Dictionary. 2015
Sensory is simple to explain. It is the emotion and feeling created through a medium, that uses our basic human senses. Such as sound, sight, touch, taste and smell. When I think about sensory in media, it is not solely on the narrative but all the layers that have been built up to the mise-en-scene. The sound and the visual submerges us, with our senses. The clever use of editing narrative and shot techniques is what gives us a concept of time and feeling. It gets most interesting when you break this down further, when looking at specific documentaries and ethnography films

Categories PGCE

Raspberry Pi Educator

 

A Raspberry Pi is a plucky little computer about the size of a credit card. Its fairly simple in its set up, all you need in a computer monitor and a Linux computer.

The capabilities in the device are down to your own imagination and all you need to kick-start this is a little bit of knowledge in program languages such as Python.

Due to its capabilities it has been used to track weather currents, music machines and for some kids- parent detectors.

Community learning and hack labs are ways in which programmers come together to develop new ideas and projects.
A great introduction into the wonderful world of Raspberry Pi, is the Raspberry Pi Educator course at Birmingham City library. Supported by google and the Raspberry Pi organisation, it brings together teachers and educators from a wider range of curriculum together.

Categories PGCE

Adobe Voice. Train the teacher

My final observation as part of the PGCE was like having my first ever observation again. The reason for this was my lecturer was observing some online learning materials, for flipped and blended learning that I had created as part of some CPD using Adobe voice.
I felt a little concerned about the whole observation and the way that I was delivering the content. I have never been observed with an online course, I had lots of questions, such as;
How long should this video be?
How can I create tempo and tone to the video, so that the learner doesn’t become bored?
Do I need to be in the observation while my lecturer is observing a video?
It was a totally new experience.

So the content..

Categories PGCE

Observation

I went and saw my colleagues Thomas Evans delivery a session surrounding neuropsychology applied to consumer behaviour. Obviously this is not in my field so firstly the for me to the content to the teaching and learning taking place in the room was I believe easier to do.

The room that was used was laid out in a scaled down lecture theatre, with desks lined up facing a white board and projector.
Tom started using a PowerPoint had clear learning objectives laid out to the classroom at the start. There was a clear tempo in the room and the session was broken up into manageable chunks with small group activities.

Categories PGCE

Teaching & Learning Conference

 

 

Ian has noticed a gap between staffs and students using these tools, either as a new skill or failing to engage and see beyond the “social” ideology use of it.

The project is looking in the research stages currently and is supported by the DMLL.

I wanted to blog about this because I understand this challenge that Ian is trying overcome, both on the ethical and participation gap of skills and knowledge.