Blood Blood Blood: A Review of this Week’s Best!

Today I really missed my mama. Daddy used to tell me some things about her in between his yells yells yells. She loved to take pictures. I wish I could have seen some of her pictures. After I was born Daddy took all of them away.

Instead I found a nice picture to look at and show you guys, my only friends. The Front Page blogger did a cool picture of one of my friends at the library. I’m surprised they were able to catch one of us in a picture since we are so small. Well done!

See how they did it here: http://digitalmediakiller.com/creative-work/paranormal-picture/

Another picture that I loved that made me think of what I saw after Daddy yelled yelled yelled and kicked kicked kicked was Mmiranda‘s picture. I like the colors and how when I close my eyes and push on them I see this picture behind my eyes.

See her picture here: http://assilemarim.net/assignments/shiny-like-silk/

Another great picture that reminded me of Daddy when he was angry was the daily create that Baylor’s Blog did. Daddy would tense his face just like this other angry man and if he bit his fist I new there would be Blood Blood Blood.

Here is the picture: http://baylorsblog.net/daily-creates/emophoto/

Gabby Christie’s blog is cool. Her photo blitz was even better. Look at the patterns and the pink lights!

http://ds106.gabbychristie.com/assignments/visual/photoblitz/

Finally, Nick Koch did a picture that made me sad and happy. It made me think about mama and daddy when they were happy before me. At least I know they are together now.

The pretty picture: https://nicholaslkoch.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/visual-assignment-1-92015/

These were all of my favorite pictures and work that I saw this week. I can’t wait to find more things to keep me from missing mama and daddy too much.

 

 

Week 4 Summary

This week was really fun! I really love photography and exploring new was of creating stories with my photos. I found the tips in the different readings we had to do this week really to the point and helpful and I think I learned a lot this week!

Reflecting on cinematography: I did things a little bit out of order and watch the movie first. The movie I chose to watch was “The Ring” which all my friends wanted to watch with me. It was really hard to get through, but I ended up being able to enjoy the beauty of the artistic work put into the movie instead of focussing so much on the scary parts of it. Here is my post about the movie:

“Last night, in a show of great friendship and support, my group of friends decided to join me in a movie night to watch “The Ring”. I was not excited at all to watch this movie and was very  vocal about it, but as soon as my friends brought the popcorn and the comfy blankets and we all cuddled up on my friend’s couch, I felt a lot better.

This movie was horrifying and actually very interesting! Looking at it from a critical viewpoint made my experience of the movie more enjoyable as well. This movie was shot beautifully. And used various cinematic techniques that hold up over ten years later.

The primary focus of this movie was to evoke fear. As you would expect, the cinematography in this movie is done in some very creepy ways to make the audience feel the suspense of each scene and the fear of the characters.

As I re-read Becoming Better Photographers and thought about each point in connection with the movie I found good examples of each one.

  • Selection: In this movie you can tell that the cinematographer and director thought very carefully about everything was in a shot. Each placement of an object and the characters seemed deliberate with a purpose. In the bathroom scene, before the climax of the movie, Rachel walks in to find her “son” in the bathtub with the water rising up around him and all the water raising to the ceiling. In this scene everything was placed just so, in order to let the audience take in the abnormal action of the water in a sequence.

water scene the ring

  • Contrast: There is a lot of contrast in this movie between the paranormal world of the ghost and the real world of the rest of the characters. The ghost’s primary way of reaching “the real world” is through the television. When the tape plays everything on the screen is black and white, while everything else outside the television is in color.
  • Perspective: This movie plays a lot with the camera perspective. In one of the opening scenes when we meet Rachel and her son as they are moving into their new house the camera follows the son in a very interesting way. We as the audience watch Aidan as he walks from where he stands at the stairs to the kitchen, but instead of cutting from room to room the camera seems to pass easily through the walls. The audience gets the sense that we are an unwanted observer in the house. We are watching this scene from the perspective of the ghost. Similarly, in the scene with Rachel investigating in the basement of the girl who died’s house, we switch perspectives from seeing what Rachel is looking at to looking at Rachel from a far and moving towards her while turning off lights. Rachel is completely unaware of the lights turning off and the “camera” coming towards her.
  • Depth: The idea of depth in “The Ring” is also really interesting. The ghost in this movie literally climbs through the television to posses/kill its victims. It plays with the idea we normally have of depth and creates a whole new awareness of space and movement.

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  • Balance: The makers of this movie play a lot with the audiences eye for balance in order to make us see things. In the scene where Aidan is in the men’s restroom by himself and suddenly he starts taking pictures of himself in the mirror it takes us a moment to realized that the girl is standing behind him. She slowly moves closer and closer and we notice more because she offsets the balance of the scene.
  • Moment: They take a lot of time in this movie to focus on the faces of the characters as they realize things or experience things. This gives time for the audience to do the same. They also think about this during the well scene. Rachel is climbing slowly out trying to escape and this “moment” lasts forever, because it is a really important concept of the film and leads to the triumphant end.
  • Lighting: Most of the movie plays with light and dark as we see through the opening scenes with the young teenagers. The boy tells the girl to watch the tape and then leaves the room. The room he leaves her in is brightly lit and feels calm and innocent, the room he walks into is very dimly lit and the audience immediately realizes that there is something terribly wrong that the girl has no idea about.
  • Foreground/Background: This is used a lot in the viewing of the photos with the ghost in the background and the clip that the ghost uses to connect with her victims. A lot of this movie is noticing what is going on in the background.

All together I did not enjoy this movie and I think it has now given me a fear of all old tvs, static, and vhs tapes. I do, on the other hand, think I was able to appreciate how well done the movie was.”

Content: Then before responding to the movie in a post I did the readings for this week and found them really educational and helpful because I love taking pictures as a hobby and I think the content helped me think about how to make my photos even better. Here is my post:

“As a high school student I took two different photography classes and I’ve always been interested in photography as a kind of hobby. My senior year of high school our building was very old and we still had a dark room in the art department. That set off my enjoyment for film and dark room photography. I’ve also always been surrounded by photography because most of my family members are either full time photographers or also love to play with film and photos as a hobby.

I take pictures all the time with my phone since it’s usually what I have handy. But I also keep a film camera in my room just in case I know I’m going out on a particular adventure that I want to capture. I like taking pictures of different landscapes and places that look untouched by human beings. I also enjoy taking portraits of my friends and family, and more embarrassingly I also take pictures of my food! I really like being able to take a picture without having to change it or edit it really after its taken.

When thinking about capturing meaning with my photos I’m never really consciously thinking about that while taking pictures. I only ever would try to do that if I had a specific assignment in one of my photo classes. I think I can be pretty successful at trying to capture meaning in my photos when I give them the proper amount of time and thought.

I think I can start to take better photos if I start to give myself a lot more time to think about what I am trying to do with each picture instead of  “oh! that’s pretty!”. I need to give myself the space to try and create stories with my images.”

Paranormal Image: Then I created this paranormal image using sanpchat. I decided to make a creepy story behind it just playing it by ear because I love that snapchat the app allows you to play with your own face and make something creepy and new. Here is my paranoramal post:

“Sometimes at night…when I’m really tired…and can’t sleep…my feelings change…and…my face changes. I can’t really explain it, but I just become abnormally happy. All the stress of the day seems to disappear. The only problem is…all I remember of the night…is that calm feeling…but sometimes…I wake up in the morning…and there’s blood in my bed…and blood trails on the floor…and blood on my hands.”
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Visual Assignments: I had fun with the visual assignments this week!

  • The first one I did was a collage of my favorite type of animal. This was just fun to pick out cute pictures and paste them together to show everyone! “For this assignment I decided to make a collage of my favorite animal: the Fennec Fox. I just took four pictures off of google images and used the app called pic stitch to put all the images together in a collage. Hope you enjoy these adorable little animals!!”
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  • The second assignment I did played with color hue. I took a picture of my girlfriend that I had taken today and I think it turned out pretty awesome! “I took this picture today with my girlfriend at the river by our school and I thought it would be really fun to mess with the colors. I used an app called afterlight and messed with the color hues until I liked how it looked.”
    Color hue change
  • My third assignment was another collage. This time it was of my favorite vacation spot. This place is very close to my heart and I love that I get to share it. “My all time favorite place to go is Half Moon Bay, California. It is one of the cutest towns and most beautiful chilly beaches you will ever go to. To create this collage I just grabbed a few images off of google and used the pic stitch app to put them together. It’s so beautiful!!”
    Favorite vacation spot
  • The final assignment I did was a picture of the items I keep in my purse. This was fun because I recently cleaned out my bag and I’m proud of how clean it is haha! “This photo of my purse shows all the most important items I carry around with me each day. The biggest item is my wallet which carries almost all the most important stuff like my license, my school ID, my debit card and any cash I’m carrying around. The next biggest thing is my little bag that I keep lip stuff and bobbi pins and any other little things I may need. Next are my car keys which are essential for my job and any other activities I plan on doing outside of school. Finally is a little tin of mints and my nail clippers so that I always have nice breath and can get rid of hang nails when I need to!!”
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Daily Creates: I also had a lot of fun with the daily creates this week.

    • The first one I did was posting a picture that evokes emotion and I posted one of my two little friends that just makes every person who sees it go “Aw”!

      • The second one I did was make a picture of my neighborhood cat look really ancient. I used my phone app called afterlight to add some tears and grain to the photo and make it black and white.

 

  • The final one I did was a farewell to one of the professors Jim! I hope you have an amazing life in Italy!!


This week was pretty fun. Other than the horror still being hard for me I really enjoyed myself and I think I learned a lot!

 

My Daily Essentials

This photo of my purse shows all the most important items I carry around with me each day. The biggest item is my wallet which carries almost all the most important stuff like my license, my school ID, my debit card and any cash I’m carrying around. The next biggest thing is my little bag that I keep lip stuff and bobbi pins and any other little things I may need. Next are my car keys which are essential for my job and any other activities I plan on doing outside of school. Finally is a little tin of mints and my nail clippers so that I always have nice breath and can get rid of hang nails when I need to!!
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Sometimes at Night…

Sometimes at night…when I’m really tired…and can’t sleep…my feelings change…and…my face changes. I can’t really explain it, but I just become abnormally happy. All the stress of the day seems to disappear. The only problem is…all I remember of the night…is that calm feeling…but sometimes…I wake up in the morning…and there’s blood in my bed…and blood trails on the floor…and blood on my hands.
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Visuals of Storytelling

As a high school student I took two different photography classes and I’ve always been interested in photography as a kind of hobby. My senior year of high school our building was very old and we still had a dark room in the art department. That set off my enjoyment for film and dark room photography. I’ve also always been surrounded by photography because most of my family members are either full time photographers or also love to play with film and photos as a hobby.

I take pictures all the time with my phone since it’s usually what I have handy. But I also keep a film camera in my room just in case I know I’m going out on a particular adventure that I want to capture. I like taking pictures of different landscapes and places that look untouched by human beings. I also enjoy taking portraits of my friends and family, and more embarrassingly I also take pictures of my food! I really like being able to take a picture without having to change it or edit it really after its taken.

When thinking about capturing meaning with my photos I’m never really consciously thinking about that while taking pictures. I only ever would try to do that if I had a specific assignment in one of my photo classes. I think I can be pretty successful at trying to capture meaning in my photos when I give them the proper amount of time and thought.

I think I can start to take better photos if I start to give myself a lot more time to think about what I am trying to do with each picture instead of  “oh! that’s pretty!”. I need to give myself the space to try and create stories with my images.

 

“The Ring”

Last night, in a show of great friendship and support, my group of friends decided to join me in a movie night to watch “The Ring”. I was not excited at all to watch this movie and was very  vocal about it, but as soon as my friends brought the popcorn and the comfy blankets and we all cuddled up on my friend’s couch, I felt a lot better.

This movie was horrifying and actually very interesting! Looking at it from a critical viewpoint made my experience of the movie more enjoyable as well. This movie was shot beautifully. And used various cinematic techniques that hold up over ten years later.

The primary focus of this movie was to evoke fear. As you would expect, the cinematography in this movie is done in some very creepy ways to make the audience feel the suspense of each scene and the fear of the characters.

As I re-read Becoming Better Photographers and thought about each point in connection with the movie I found good examples of each one.

  • Selection: In this movie you can tell that the cinematographer and director thought very carefully about everything was in a shot. Each placement of an object and the characters seemed deliberate with a purpose. In the bathroom scene, before the climax of the movie, Rachel walks in to find her “son” in the bathtub with the water rising up around him and all the water raising to the ceiling. In this scene everything was placed just so, in order to let the audience take in the abnormal action of the water in a sequence.

water scene the ring

  • Contrast: There is a lot of contrast in this movie between the paranormal world of the ghost and the real world of the rest of the characters. The ghost’s primary way of reaching “the real world” is through the television. When the tape plays everything on the screen is black and white, while everything else outside the television is in color.
  • Perspective: This movie plays a lot with the camera perspective. In one of the opening scenes when we meet Rachel and her son as they are moving into their new house the camera follows the son in a very interesting way. We as the audience watch Aidan as he walks from where he stands at the stairs to the kitchen, but instead of cutting from room to room the camera seems to pass easily through the walls. The audience gets the sense that we are an unwanted observer in the house. We are watching this scene from the perspective of the ghost. Similarly, in the scene with Rachel investigating in the basement of the girl who died’s house, we switch perspectives from seeing what Rachel is looking at to looking at Rachel from a far and moving towards her while turning off lights. Rachel is completely unaware of the lights turning off and the “camera” coming towards her.
  • Depth: The idea of depth in “The Ring” is also really interesting. The ghost in this movie literally climbs through the television to posses/kill its victims. It plays with the idea we normally have of depth and creates a whole new awareness of space and movement.

the_ring_66329

  • Balance: The makers of this movie play a lot with the audiences eye for balance in order to make us see things. In the scene where Aidan is in the men’s restroom by himself and suddenly he starts taking pictures of himself in the mirror it takes us a moment to realized that the girl is standing behind him. She slowly moves closer and closer and we notice more because she offsets the balance of the scene.
  • Moment: They take a lot of time in this movie to focus on the faces of the characters as they realize things or experience things. This gives time for the audience to do the same. They also think about this during the well scene. Rachel is climbing slowly out trying to escape and this “moment” lasts forever, because it is a really important concept of the film and leads to the triumphant end.
  • Lighting: Most of the movie plays with light and dark as we see through the opening scenes with the young teenagers. The boy tells the girl to watch the tape and then leaves the room. The room he leaves her in is brightly lit and feels calm and innocent, the room he walks into is very dimly lit and the audience immediately realizes that there is something terribly wrong that the girl has no idea about.
  • Foreground/Background: This is used a lot in the viewing of the photos with the ghost in the background and the clip that the ghost uses to connect with her victims. A lot of this movie is noticing what is going on in the background.

All together I did not enjoy this movie and I think it has now given me a fear of all old tvs, static, and vhs tapes. I do, on the other hand, think I was able to appreciate how well done the movie was.

Week 3 Summary

I felt a lot more relaxed about the course this week. I think I have almost found my bearings online and have a better handle on my time and the assignments.

I started out in this course as not a big fan of horror, and I can still say that that is true. Although the course readings and viewings have given me a different perspective on horror as a genre and the multiple ways it can be created, I still can’t get passed the fact that I don’t enjoy being scared.

Reading for the week: 

This week’s reading and viewing assignments were difficult for me to finish. I did alright with the different readings since I was able to hold my imagination in check, but the videos are another story. I wasn’t able to watch them and I’m disappointed, but it is too late and all I can do is make myself do better next week. This is what I had to say about the readings:

“This week’s content assignments were new and interesting to me. I started out by doing the readings (I read the Poe story myself along with viewing the video). I found these readings fascinating, not only for their content, but also because of how they sharply contrasted each other.

I had never read a comic before this class and I found it really interesting. I loved the idea of having a host character and the story was well developed even though it was short. Some of the parts of the story I found to be a little ridiculous. For example, the exclamation points pretty much after every sentence. I could tell the writer was trying to create an ominous feeling, but I just felt like I was screaming each sentence in my head. My favorite part was the twist at the end. I thought it would just be finding him dead cuddling his dead wife or something, but the fact that he was eating her to keep himself alive was not only disgusting but really surprising! I think the story I enjoyed the most was “The Lottery”. I don’t quite mean enjoy because that story was very far from giving me joy, but it sucked me in more than any of the others did. Because we were reading it for this class I knew it must have an element of horror, but the way it is written gives the reader a false sense of comfort and when you get to the end you come to the realization of whats happening and its almost like a car crash; you don’t want to see the rest but you just have to keep reading. Poe’s story “Berenice” which was technically a video was hard to understand at first and then just all together disturbing. “Berenice” definitely scared me the most out of all the stories, but it was mostly because of the description of the creature and less of the actual storytelling.

I’m going to be honest and say that I tried to get to the videos and I just couldn’t. I started them and then a combination of running out of time and being too much of a scardy cat made me unable to watch them.”

Vonnegut: 

I really enjoyed this short video and Vonnegut’s charisma! It immediately made me think of the stories I had read and connect them to the shapes of the different stories. I decided to connect the video to “The Lottery”, which was my favorite story. Here is what I had to say:

“I really enjoyed this video and thought Vonnegut was hilarious! I think it’s really interesting to connect his ideas about stories to “The Lottery” story that we had to read this week. That story seems to defy all of Vonnegut’s shapes of stories. It starts out a little above average and seems to just stay there for most of the story. As a reader we go along with what seems to be a ritual for this village. The story shape slowly starts to drop as tensions raise and you start to realize that something terrible is about to happen. As the first stone is thrown the story drops all the way down to the bottom and abruptly ends. I think it would have been really interest to get Vonnegut’s take on this story and I think he would have been hilarious discussing it!”

Host character: 

Now this assignment brought me wayyyyyyyy out of my comfort zone. I had no idea what to do for this and just decided what the hell! I’m gonna go for it. So I apologize if my evil sad baby is disturbing but I’m trying to explore more in this course and this was my first big venture. The way I decided to use a baby was just because I thought a killer baby was super creepy and I could write it easily for some reason. Welcome to my new character sad killer baby:

“Daddy never loved me. He told me I killed mama when I was born. Every day he told me he missed her, and he’d never loved me. “You were a mistake anyways,” he’d say. It made me sad. One day daddy kicked me so hard I bled too. I thought I was gonna die just like mama. Blood blood blood. Yell yell yell. I wanted my mama, but she was gone. All I had was a mean daddy. On the last day he yelled again, and made me cry. That was the last time he yelled. There was blood blood blood. “Goodbye daddy,” I said, “say hello to mama, see you soon.” Then there was blood blood blood.

Now I don’t have a mama or daddy. So I tell stories. The stories are my friends.”

Writing assignments:

I really enjoyed doing these assignments this week! I like that we have a lot of choices to get inspiration from and I could do very different kinds of assignments. The first one I did was about a loss suffered from technology. This reminded me of a story my mom loves to tell that I am able to remember about me destroying the only television we ever had in my house. I enjoyed going back to that time and remembering how my house looked and all the old shows I loved and my pet rock. Here’s the story:

“When I was a little kid, I didn’t have much technology around me. I mean it was the late 90’s/early 2000’s so there wasn’t much technology around yet, but the crowning jewel of my home at the age of five was our television. I would sit in front of that thing to no end. I watched Dragon Tales, Power Rangers, Arthur, you name it. Now as a five year old I would get very upset when my mother would take over my TV time to watch her shows (Rosy O’Donnell, Ellen, etc.), but she was the adult so she got her way.

One fine evening as my mother was preparing dinner and I was watching a particularly riveting episode of Power Rangers, my mother came in to warn me that I would soon need to turn the TV off to come and eat dinner. As any five year old would, I pretended not to hear her and continued enjoying my show. She warned me a second time and I still refused to acknowledge her.

By this time my mother was pretty frustrated. She walked into the living room and turned the TV off herself and told me I had lost my privileges for the next day since I didn’t listen. She walked back into the kitchen to bring our dinner to the table and all of a sudden heard a loud CRASHHHH!!

Now, as a five year old, I of course had a very sparkly and very large pet rock. And let me tell you, she was B E A U tiful! In that moment when my mother had come in and shut of the TV, cutting me off from the most pivotal moment of the episode, I lost it. I took my beautiful pet rock and threw it with all my might at the television screen. My mom ran into the room horrified and I stood there letting the immense stupidity of what I had just done sink in.

From then on I never had a TV in my house again. The one I destroyed was taken away and was never replaced by another. I have now always treated my various forms of technology with the utmost respect they deserve, but I will always mourn the loss of not only my TV but also my beautiful sparkly pet rock.”

The second assignment I chose to do was a haiku about something I loved or enjoyed. This past week has been so hot but finally the cool winds are blowing in and the first pumpkin spice lattes are out and FALL IS COMING. So I wrote my haiku about fall being on its way:

“Autumn is coming.

Burgundy sunsets galore.

I love this season.”

The third writing assignment was wonderful and hard to write. I was supposed to write about my own last words, but I recently lost my great aunt and her last words were too spectacular to not write about. I had a nice time revisiting things I love about my aunt and finding out about her last words. Here’s the story:

“I like this assignment, but instead of doing my last words I would like to tell the story of my great aunt Maggie’s last words.

My aunt Maggie passed away this past year from complications with cancer. My family was unable to be there with her at the end because we live on the other side of the country, but at her funeral I was able to hear the story of my hilarious aunt Maggie’s final words.

As she lay, surrounded by her siblings, husband, and daughter, she began to say: “I never liked…I never liked…I never liked…” and seemingly not wanting to end on a negative note, she continued, “I always liked…Shakespeare.”

After hearing this story my whole family laughed and cherished the beauty of those final moments.

I hope my final moments can be just as lovely, surrounded by my family and just commenting on the things that I’ve always liked.”

Daily creates: 

These were super fun this week. I was brought out of my comfort zone by participating in the group poem and connected to one of my literature classes by mentioning “The white man’s burden” with the theme of the poem.

The second one was fun to imagine myself as an animal and try to not let that show till the end of my very short story while being constrained by the twitter character limit, but I’m pretty happy with what came out of it!

The last one took me awhile to figure out what to do and I knew I wanted to do something funny and then it just came to me and I grabbed a piece of paper and drew it:

Organizing my blog:

I struggled a lot with figuring out how to make categories and set up a menu of them on my blog and I was so close to just asking a friend to figure it out for me, but I finally figured it out and the satisfaction of doing it myself was so awesome and I’m proud of myself that I’m finally learning!