Archive | March 2014

Uni Life in a Sketch Task

I was just looking through some other student blogs and found part of Edwards week 4 Sketch task – Which I thought was really well done and a funny take on the constraint. Go check it out here:


1st look at Korsakow

The Korsakow System (Pronounced ‘KOR-SA-KOV’) is open source software for creating browser-based dynamic documentaries. Invented in 2000 by Berlin-based artist Florian Thalhofer, Korsakow allows users without any programming expertise to create and interact with non-linear or database-driven narratives, referred to as Korsakow-Films or K-Films. The software can be used to produce documentary, experimental and fictional narrative works and has been integrated into live performance and installation pieces. (

So we began looking at Korsakow this week, and learning about how it works and what it is used for. I feel like this was a really helpful tute and definitely provided me with some relevant information that I will need when creating my own Korsakow pieces.

Here are some notes about Korsakow I took down:

. Making relations between things – joining things together. Creating patterns using key words! Will our viewer know what they are?

. like creating a jigsaw puzzle!!! 

. Interfaces


Key Word – A Tag!

SNU – Smallest Narrative Unit

POC – Points of Contact: In Poc and Out Poc

POCs are created by key words

A Korsakow film is a collection of Connected SNU’s 

Reading week 4: Ryan!

Not gonna lie, this weeks reading for Integrated Media by Ryan kind of confused me a little. Maybe it’s that I’m reading it late in the day when my brain is already tired and not focusing properly, but reading this just gave me a sore head. In saying this though, here are some points that I took away from reading it, either because I understood and agree with it, I was confused by it, or just simply because it gave me some good information.

. ‘Events are the raw material out of which stories are made.’

. ‘Story is a mental image, a cognitive construct that concerns certain types of entities and relations between these entities.’

. ‘I am not saying that life “is” a narrative, but it can in certain circumstances suggest a quality that we may call “narrativity”.’

. ‘We can never be sure that sender and receiver have the same story in mind.’

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Analysis & Reflection #2: Question 4 – Rolling.

To be honest I don’t recall much detail from my tute’s screening of ‘Rolling’ in week 1, however I do remember the basic plot idea. I enjoyed the simple stoyline, as I feel it was easy to follow and I’m sure quite easy to relate to for most people. The classic rom-com story idea where an individual, in this case a man, tries to talk to, and win over the girl he likes, leading him into an awkward and slightly embarrasing situation. I thought the plot worked well, with he man having to buy 50 rolls of toilet paper after a failed attempt at casually talking to the woman he is crushing on. In saying this however, I do feel like the attempts at creating a comedy were only half hearted, and this genre could have been made more bold or prominant throughout the course of the short film. The story worked well in the space of time it was told, and I believe the use of the two locations helped set the scene of the film quite well. This being said, I do think that the location of the small supermarket could have been something else all together, like a chocolote shop, or a florist, just to embrace the romantic aspect of the story the creators were trying to get accross.

These thoughts are from my very first opinion of viewing the film a few weeks ago, so they may be a little rusty, but all in all i think Rolling was a good short film, that told a laughable and relatable story.

This entry was posted on March 25, 2014, in FILM-TV 1.

Analysis and Reflection2: Question 2

‘A sound must never come to the rescue of an image, nor an image to the rescue of a sound.’ I found this statement form week 3’s reading Sight and Hearing to be really interesting and helpful in my ability to further conprehend sounds role in a film. I agree with the statement, in that sound and image on screen need to fullfil their own seperate duties before working together to create something great. By this I mean that visually the footage/images on screen have to inevitably have their own role and be fitting for the film, they should be able to stand on their own two feet and tell the story, or portray a message, same for sound. In saying this however, the two play hugely important roles in each others level of success. Sound can help set a scenes emotion, feeling and atmosphere, and when put together with footage, the two can create magic on the screen.

Another point form this reading that really intrigued me was when it stated, ‘If the eye is entirely won, give nothing or almost nothing to the ear. One cannot be at the same time all eye and all ear.’ I guess I’ve never really thought about film in this way before, but it is true. This statement helped me understand the role of sound in film on another level, whereby I agree that if what is happening on the screen doesn’t require much sound or edited sound, it is better to just leave it and allow the audience to be won over by the footage, and not bombarded by both.


This entry was posted on March 25, 2014, in FILM-TV 1.