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In the last week of the summer holidays, we decided to work on an animation film. The group consists of 4 people. The time limit was a week. We didn’t fininsh our full animation. But I had a really usefull experience anyway. Now I know if we would do something like this again, we would have to make a far simpler story. Included is a still of an unfinished scene.

This was one of the best courses in creative technology so far. That is what a motivated teacher can make happen. The assignments were: making sounds in a analog synthesizer, analyzing 3 songs, making a remix of a song, and make foley for media. My end grade is a 9,1. 

Video editing has always been one of my interests, and something I would to do more often. Last week, I went longboarding together with two friends. We decided to make a video about it. We shot it 2 iphones (older and newer model) and my friends dslr. The editing took quite some time, and especially picking the right song was difficult. It had to be not too slow and not too fast, not monotonous and not used in different longboardvideos. I think the song we picked fits these requirements. Offcourse a lot of effort went into the video editing aswell. I probably spent three afternoons on it. My style of editing consists of a lot of short cuts, because I only show a shot, as long as needed to convey its message. Furthermore, I seldomly see the use of video transitions. Just going from one cut to another usually works fine. Another thing is that I usually cut when for exemple there is a certain movement in the video, and cut the next scene on a point where there is a similar movement. Then the scenes will fit togheter better and the transition will be pleasent. For the time spent on shooting and editing, the result is quite pleasing for me.

see the results here:

It has been a while since my last post here, so I thought it was time for a little update on all the exciting stuff going on.

First of all we have sketching now. We started by drawing straight lines, and a lot of them. We moved on to squares, then cubes and so on. We have now arrived at a point where we have to be able to draw all basic forms and we have to be able to grade them to enhance the 3d effect. We work on big blocks of paper (a3) and with copic markers. I have to admit that in the beginning it was a bit frustrating from time to time, for exemple after drawing cubes over and over again and still not havin a perfect one. But it is getting more fun now.

Secondly another nice course we have now is “programming and physical computing” witch mainly focusses on working with micro controllers. Last thursday we had to build a game and a wireless game controller for it. We had to use an arduino board and a little joystick on it. Included in this post is a picture of our game controller. We had to build the game and game controller from begin to end. This means from fiddling around with components and wires to setting up the wireless, to programming. Me and my teammate had a great time and were very proud when it worked. We both ordered an arduino kit of our own.

The arduino will also be used in another course called “smart environments”. Here we had to come up with a project with certain demands. Our project is called “Ambion”. In this project we will try to make a system that can automatically select the right music and light for a room, according to who is in the room.

I will keep you updated on all of this.

The first block of the study is almost over. This means that a lot of projects have to be finished soon. Today is the deadline for the portfolio website we have to make, and for an essay. Thursday we have an exam on computer science, for that subject we also have to work on the final assignment.

Looking back on the block so far, I can say I’m very glad I chose this study. And i’ve also learned a lot. More on this will be in my essay. It is also about how the interactive movie project went. I’ll make sure it is posted here as well.

So finally the ugly site is finished, i’m pretty satisfied with how bad it is. I am happy that I learned so much during this assignment, before starting I had never done anything with HTML, now I have the idea I already know most of the basics. The site was very useful during the learning about HTML.

This assignment was to make a very ugly site. So this is what I tried to do, and I’m quite happy with the result. I don’t have a place to host it so it will have to be uploaded as a .zip file to be reviewd. All I can show you now is a screenshot:


Trust me, it is ugly! I have even included flashy .gif-image ads.