"Attention, Filmmakers: Essential Short Film Tips". IndieWire. N.p., 2015. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
At first, this didn’t seem like a good source because it gave me other links to go to, but then I realized that this is an exceptional source, because it guides me to other good articles to read from. This article is also not very reliable, but also reliable because it’s written by the actual company and multiple writers. It gives you articles that pertain to pre-production and postproduction, and gives you small descriptions of each article that can help you, whatever level you are in the filmmaking world. It would be good to use this article to get some more tips.
Bartyzel, Monika. "Girls On Film: Of Course We Need More Female Directors!". Theweek.com. N.p., 2013. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This article is about women in film, and how the percentage of women in film is slowly decreasing over time. The article continues to say that we need more women in film, and exactly why we need more women in film and how it differs between men and women. I find the source reliable, as I can see the sources in the article. Although this is not exactly related to my music video theme, it’s still interesting as a woman in the film industry to read an article that are about people like me who are trying to make it in a male-dominated field.
Bini, Joe. "Sundance: Insight Into The Art Of Film Editing". IndieWire. N.p., 2015. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This article is a keynote from Joe Bini at the Sundance Film Festival about the art of film editing, and how film editing is where a film makes or breaks the cut. He also talks about how community influences film and that the way to do it is to be open and honest talking with each other about film and other things. I find this source reliable because it comes from a renowned filmmaker in the industry. I chose this article because it gives me a little bit of hope in my films and the future of filmmaking.
Braff, Danielle. "Special Effects: Movies Affect The Brain And Body". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. N.p., 2011. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This article talks about certain genres of film affect the brain and the body when people are watching them. They talk about genres such as comedies, 3D-films (which are up and coming), and horror movies, and then include what directors and editors put to make individuals feel the way they do when they watch the certain genre. I find this source reliable because it’s under the Chicago Tribune, which a known source throughout the United States like the New York Times. I chose this source because it’s interesting to see just how special effects affect your brain and influences your thoughts.
Buffam, Noelle. "Genre: Comedy - The Script Lab". Thescriptlab.com. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This source talks about comedy, and the subtypes of comedy and examples of comedic film. It goes in depth about anarchic comedy, action comedy, horror comedy, dramedy, and parodies. I find this source reliable because it’s from a known film website on the internet. I chose this source because it gives me an idea on exactly what comedy is about and how to go about it. I’ve never been able to create a short film/music video that is very comedic (most of my films are experimental), but knowing about how I could make something comedic would be great to add to certain videos.
Cox, David. "Film-Makers Have Lost The Art Of Making A Long Story Short". The Guardian. N.p., 2013. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This source talks about how although a lot of people are on a time-crunch and have HD cameras on hand, the art of making short films hasn’t become big in entertainment than it once was before. The reason for this is because people believe that the shorts aren’t usually worth the time and the view. I find this source reliable because it is on a reputable news source that a lot of people get their news and information from. I chose this source because as someone who makes a lot of shorts and short films, this is interesting and worrying to know.
Hardy, Robert. "This Simple Editing Technique Will Make Your Scenes More Dramatic & Powerful". No Film School. N.p., 2015. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This source talks about a simple editing technique taught in a film class called temporal compression in post production will make your scenes looks more powerful and professionally cinematic. It helps your B-roll look like it has more meaning than it really does. I find this source reliable because it takes the tutorial from a reputable filmmaking course led by a well-known editor. I chose this source because it could give my videos the extra push that it needs to look beautiful and have a deeper meaning than it had once before (like my Hallelujah Money video that I’m creating).
How To Add Letterbox Effect In Final Cut Pro X (Changing Aspect Ratio). 2017. Web. 3 Feb. 2017.
This source talks about how to add the letterbox effect in Final Cut Pro X to make your pieces look like cinematic movies. To add the letterbox effect is to change the aspect ratio, which is practically how big the black bars are on the video that you create. I find this source reliable because it actually has a video of the person putting their video in letterbox, so you can follow along and actually create it. I chose this because I’ve always wanted to create my videos in letterbox and knowing how to do this can make it look more professional.
Queen, David. "How My Obsessive Arrested Development Watching Helped Me Overcome My Anxiety - VICE". Vice. N.p., 2015. Web. 3 Feb. 2017.
This source talks about how watching the show Arrested Development help the author overcome his anxiety, using the show as his saving grace. The author wanted to know all the technical stuff that went on throughout the show, as he wanted to be a writer for films and TV shows. I find this source reliable because Vice is a well-known source that many people use to retrieve information everyday. I chose this source because although I’m making nothing like Arrested Development, I am sure that seeing how much a moving picture can affect someone’s mood can help me in my own films.
Raga, Suzanne. "12 Secrets Of Film Editors". Mental Floss. Web. 6 Feb. 2017.
This source talks about some secrets that novice film editors should know about when stepping into editing and post production. Some secrets include how editing can change/influence the film’s script, how introverts make the best editors, and how details are extremely important to them. I think that this source is reliable because it’s on a known film website. I chose this source because it related to me as an editor and I can get good information from the article that I never knew before, such as the detailing of a film or getting a job as an editor.
Many people around the world believe that in some countries, there are both low rates of employment and life expectancy, due to factors of unemployment leading to lower life expectancy. Studies have shown that “Poorly educated women that were unemployed were also more likely to die earlier” (Groth). It’s a thought process that seems to be correct, but it lead me to wonder: if unemployment affected life expectancy, did employment change how long people lived as well? I wanted to see if having a job/career affected how long a human would live. Although it seem that there should be a solid relationship between employment rate and life expectancy, my research has shown there is no correlation between these two categories, and this shows in countries especially like the Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Congo, where the two variables do not correlate at all.
Before I could begin, I had to create graphs on the website Gapminder. One graph would have a world view using my two variables, employment rate for individuals 15 and older and life expectancy, and the next graph would only have the three countries I’ve chosen (Trinidad and Tobago, The Philippines, and The Congo). In both graphs, the x axis is the percentage of individuals 15 and older who are employed, and the y axis is the life expectancy in years. The size of the bubbles represent the population size, and so judging by the second graph (Graph 1.2), you can tell the Trinidad and Tobago has the smallest population while the Philippines has the biggest population size of all 3 countries. The color of the bubbles represent the region each country is, and so based off this information, in the second graph the Philippines are in Asia (red), the Congo is in Africa (blue), and Trinidad and Tobago is in the Americas (green).
In the first graph, we can see that most countries are in the middle in terms of employment rate, and are pretty high in terms of life expectancy. There are a few African countries that are very high in terms of employment rate, even though they don’t have the highest life expectancy, and this is due to increased youth job employment in African countries and more “young people are trying to find more productive work” ("New Report Outlines Priorities To Address Africa’S Youth Employment Challenge"), although not a lot of people are living longer.
In graph two, we first analyze Trinidad and Tobago. As the percentage rate of employment in the country continuously increased (from 45% to 62.6%), the life expectancy has stayed a bit constant, raising ever so slightly at times. This means that the country has seen much more people working in recent years, but the life expectancy has barely moved from its place.
For the Philippines, the employment rate has decreased and increased multiple times during the years, making a zigzag like pattern on the graph, while the life expectancy barely moved an inch. A year where the employment rate went quite south was the year 2000, and this made me ponder why so many individuals were unemployed in 2000, and what caused the non-constant employment rate in the country. One reason for the fluctuating employment rate during the 90’s was due to the Philippines 2000 economic reform, implemented by then President Fidel Ramos, with the goal of the dismantling of cartels and monopolies, opening up of domestic industries to foreign competition, lowering of tariff barriers to stimulate competition and reduce incentives to smuggling, and de-regulation of certain graft-prone sectors. Although met with opposition from the business interests and government personalities, this could be a key reason on why the employment rate for the Philippines was everywhere.
In terms of the year 2000, which saw a steep decline in the employment rate, this was due to the trial of President Joseph Estrada, who was “charged with plundering more than $80m from state funds while in office (Philippines Profile- Timeline)”. This year is when most Filipinos struggled with poverty, rebellion from Muslim groups, “and lawlessness amid accusations of corruption, cronyism, and economic failure.” The unemployment rate at this time was also high, “and economic growth, at one of the lowest rates in the region, was insufficient to raise the rapidly increasing population from poverty (Bradsher)” and due to the ongrowing economic problems, a stock market scandal, and guerrilla challenges, foreign investment was discouraged, and it was needed to help the economy grow. However, the employment has slowly been rising over the past few years, which is a good sign, but this helps prove the point that life expectancy does not correlate with the employment rate.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there was a steep drop in 1996 in terms of life expectancy, and it continuously dropped and increased. Even with the drops, the employment rate wasn’t affected as I thought it would, which brings me to the question on what happened in 1996 that cause a sudden drop in life expectancy and why didn’t it affect the employment rate that much (it moved about .1 percent). The reason for this was due to the first and second Congo wars. It became with a genocide, where “Hutu-power groups (called the Interahamwe and the Impuzamugambi) led mass killings of Tutsis and pro-peace Hutus, murdering 800,000 people in approximately 100 days (Zapata)”. Due to the murdering of so many people, about 2 million refugees poured into the Congo from the western border of Rwanda, mostly Hutu, and “They terrorized and robbed the local population with impunity until October 1996, when eastern Congolese Banyamulenge (Tutsi) led an uprising to force the Rwandans out of the Congo, sparking the First Congo War.” Since there were 2 wars (1996-2003), this could be the strongest reason on why the life expectancy in the country fluctuated as much as it did.
Based on my research and what I know about the correlation between employment rate and life expectancy, individuals could survive in countries without a job (it doesn’t affect how long they can live), and although employment rate could be higher than expected, that doesn’t mean that everyone is prospering and living longer in that country. And it proven in countries that reside in Africa, and my personal three countries.
Bradsher, Henry. "Philippines In 2000". Encyclopedia Britannica. N.p., 2000. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.
Groth, Aimee. "Being Unemployed Could Shorten Your Lifespan". Business Insider. N.p., 2017. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.
"New Report Outlines Priorities To Address Africa’S Youth Employment Challenge". World Bank. N.p., 2014. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.
"Philippines Profile - Timeline - BBC News". BBC News. N.p., 2017. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.
Zapata, Mollie. "Congo: The First And Second Wars, 1996-2003 | Enough Project". Enoughproject.org. N.p., 2017. Web. 15 Jan. 2017.
In our video, we decided to create a parody of the television/web series “Billy On The Street”, where we question people on the spot and see exactly what they know about air pollution, the effects, and causes of air pollution while still having a comedic twist to it. I chose this topic because, as someone who often can’t breathe around smoke and other air pollutants, and someone who is socially aware about how it’s affecting our climate, I think people really need to know that although it doesn’t look like it, our city is very polluted and there needs to be information getting out there.
I felt a bit like the director and editor of the group. I made sure that we got all the footage we needed, that the video looked nice and presentable, and that all the information was contained in the video while still trying to keep it entertaining. I feel like we got what we wanted with our video: to be short, succinct, and funny while still giving out information about air pollution. What I wish I could of done differently is focus more on my group, as when I tried to I had to help other people and got sidetracked often.
The most meaningful part of this experience was seeing and getting genuine reactions from people to see what knowledge they have on air pollution. It was great to get their answers and to know that they know a ton on air pollution facts and how to help.