Please outline some points that you took away from the Lighting Lecture. Points that excite you, something that was completely new to you, perplexes you or even one you take issue with.

I found that the hard and soft light was interesting in that we see it all the time but we never learn how to replicate it.
i did no expect the amount of preparation needed for lighting in that we need to test the location and lighting in the actual place in order to compensate for lack or too much light.
Im just really excited to learn the equipment, i feel like technical skills are just as important as theorectical maybe even more and that getting hands on experiece will benefit me greatly.

I did not feel there was a lot of important info but rather general notes that wwe should think of. I found the tutorial about lightning much more useful in that it provided alot of technical skills and showed real example with students sitting in to be lit. being upclose wiht the shots and angles made the whole experience alot more coherent and allowed me to apply myself fully to the understandning of lighting.

List the things that you learnt from this experience – this could be things that went well or not so well.

I learnt that time management in key in having a nice shoot. Being rushed and delayed just makes the shoot more strenuous for the actors as well as the cast.
I feel acccounting for the weather was the biggest flaw with our group in that we didnt compensate by going indoors and adjusting. However our lenny turned out great accoridn to paul and that seems to be all good
THe first ad was suprisingly useful in keeping the shoot and shots clean and crisp. The oral cues really help in establishing a professional environment for operating and it made the cast feel comfortable working with us as well.
What i felt we did really well was editting. It seems our group had a shared vision in how the lenny should be seen and combined with the technical skills and creative skills of all the members we operated in a cohesive and efficient manner allowing us to edit this clip in no time. I feel that editting is my strong point and i happily enjoy this task.
what we could improve on is propably audio checkin and shot listing. we managed to scathe through this time but maybe next time being a bitn more organised and familiar with the equipment mainly me on sound will allow the shoot to be even more efficient.


Unrelated topic. I have been watching a lot of Mr Bean recently, i remembered him to be a funny and often stupid person, but my memory seemed to be clouded and forgot to remember how much of a jackass he is. Don’t get me wrong he still is funny, just some of his actions are quite questionable and frowned upon now that i understand it a bit better. He cheats during the exam, stole a cripples ticket and consistently screws over the blue car. Another thing i noticed was how from episode one he had not alot of dialogue but some. Fully worded and functional sentences, then next episode all of a sudden for the rest of the season he loses all ability to speak normally. I wonder what the idea behind that was. Oh he will be much funnier if he just mutters and makes random noises. In a way Mr bean is stuck in his own utopia, he joins a dog talent show with his teddy and wins yet noone brings up any complaints. This reminds me of those alternate theories such as Grease where the main chick actually drowned that day, thats why she ends up driving into the sky with the car in the end>_> I could see that explanation being applied to Mr Bean somewhere along the shows lifespan.

Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories

As soon as the film begins, a soundtrack consisting of a reciting of various recipes plays first in English then in Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. This recital was accompanied by a mellow soundtrack creating a relaxing mood for the audience. In a way, the exotic languages beckoned the audience onwards to explore the various dishes available. Even though it is relaxing, the voice itself seemed robotic. Perhaps, it is due to my inability to understand the other languages that my focus is on the English voice, but the voices themselves tell a different story altogether as the recipes listed are not in the images at all whether it is chicken, steak or even mapo tofu. The soundtrack does not match the events accompanying on screen which at times detracted from the experience. The utilisation of popcorn as the beginning is intriguing in that popcorn is often bland and repetitive. However, popcorn is also the food of entertainment and was a clever way of inducing nostalgia as it is tradition to have popcorn during films.

The interface is separated into a main window of focus of your chosen pathway on the left and on the right, 4 windows of different association with the main focus whether it is taste, sight or colour. The main window would play the scene which the viewer has chosen for its full duration and even will be repeated upon completion. The other scenes remained as stills unless clicked. Every video clip consisted of more than 1 shot of the same dish and always transitioned through the use of a fade away. By presenting each meal in such a way, the format was personified in the form of food. The one active window is the main meal as we as an audience garnish ourselves with condiments and options which are the 4 windows. The pathways or choices did not seem to have any discernable pattern, the pathways were merely enticing and the imagery beckons the audience into continuing on their food journey.

The red coloured foods often were basic in nature often being natural ingredients such as chilies, meats and other vegetables. Yellow represented more comfort foods which were ubiquitous and often formed the basis of a dish. Meals such as rice, chips and pastas were often the key thematic idea behind this colourisation. Orange being the mixture of both yellow and red consisted of completed dish’s, this is only logical as combining basic ingredients with a fundamental staple such as bread, rice or pasta will result in a refined dish. Together these colours provided an ironic idea that the colours itself created a recipe as well. The colour, sounds and film together provide an almost utopian outlook into the world of food which can be seen as an optimistic view on race and culture in the world. The way the scenes are filmed, it is presented in a dreamlike state with your memory “fading”. Both the sounds and the colours are warm in nature both complementing each other well. An interesting note was the ability to understand some recipes from keywords which are utilised even in the English language such as Mapo Tofu. Food in this sense transcends the racial barriers which normally occur when trying to communicate, in areas where aural information fails, visual sensors aid in filling in the gaps which we yearn to understand.

The film attempts to explore the nature of food. Food is addictive, it’s exotic, it’s comforting, food may change its appearance, but the meaning is the same to everyone. The use of the continual changing soundtrack along with the various footage and images of colour coordinated food accentuates the idea of food being a continuous cycle. The same scene or image could be clicked on more than once during the watch through, yet the results or future pathways were never the same. Food does not stop after a main and desert, the cycle begins all over with the ingredients, the cooking process and the enjoyment afterwards. I believe these key underlying factors is why the film is shot in such a positive thematic manner and achieves to explore the broader ideals of race, culture and acceptance through the metaphor of food.