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My View On Art (Ars Poetica)

Art is such a vast topic, yet somehow, it is so specific. To me it signifies perspective. It takes several unbiased perspectives to create art. A piece of art should not be simple to identify the meaning; however, it should not be vague to the point of confusion. One should not be confused why a piece of art should be created; instead they should have their own opinions of why a piece of art was created. And this goes back to what I said before, “Art signifies perspective.”

 Can one truly say what piece of art is bad and which is good? NO, absolutely not. “Why is this,” you may ask, and I am saying that in order to have the ability of determining what is good and what is bad, the people judging have to have the same mindset. And we all know that this is impossible because no two people think the exact same thing in the exact same way. Two people may lik an apple, but one could like it because of its sweet taste and the other could simply like it because it is Red.  The point I am trying to make is that without the difference in opinions, we would not have separate perspectives. An d without the perspectives we don’t have Art.

I know some of you may look at this blog post and not completely agree with it, but I hope you understand that one cannot determine good art from bad. However, you can determine which ones you like or dislike. And the more you are with opinions the better art will become. In my Auteur 101 class I started out judging each other’s work from best to worst instead of appreciating the work for its entirety. As I started filming, however, I realized the difficulty and creativity Involved with making films and I knew then that you can’t make a perfect film.

A perfect film would please everyone and that is simply unheard of. And the reason that is, is simply because of opinions. I don’t mean to sound repetitious, but I am simply  trying to make  a point. In my class when we did workshops, we stated gave our opinions on the things we liked and disliked. We stated what we wanted to stay, what we wanted to go, and what we wanted to be added, and In the end, when we saw the revisions everyone was more pleased. However, not everyone is satisfied and that can’t be fixed, but everyone was a lot happier. To conclude this post, I want everyone to know that every person is essential for a piece of art to be successful. Every opinion matters in making art… art. It is all about perspectives.

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How Dare They Despise Revision Process

“How Dare They Despise” is a video based off the poem “I Am” by John Clare. The poem is rather depressing because of the fact that the character is constantly being rejected by society. The character wants to be able to deal with it and understand that it doesn’t matter what other people’s opinions are, but it seems as if something is holding him back. I make the analogy of trying to get a small piece of Thanksgiving turkey with your fingers and Grandma pops your hand, but that’s just me. However, this poem carries a huge story on its back, and the video Juan and I created supports it to the fullest.

We wanted to provide an eerie, sad feeling to the poem because that is how we portrayed it to make us feel. So instead of going out and shooting anything we saw, we decided to narrow down what kind of shots we were looking for, and those shots specifically came out at night. I took night shots around campus and Juan took them at his home. We did this so that the images would not be too recognizable. We also provided a rugged line to present a crooked pathway to portray this character’s pain. It seems he knows what he wants, but he stumbles constantly trying to get there. We finally got all the footage together and made the first video.

We got a lot of possible feedback from our classmates; however, the ending didn’t give the feeling it was supposed to. Instead it was basically an inadequate surprise and didn’t make sense compared to the rest of the poem. So we revised and came up with a tighter, understandable conclusion. We also added some things such as the overlaying shots of letters which spell out DANGER, which adds on to the eerie feeling we were going for. We ended the video with the line still going because we wanted to let the audience know that he never found what he was looking for.

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How Dare They Despise

A film based on the poem “I Am” by John Clare. – Juan Negrette and Daniel Rose, from the “Auteur 101” short film class in JHU’s Program in Film and Media Studies.

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by | July 26, 2012 · 6:30 pm

My First Stop-Motion

                Whenever I need an idea for a video to compliment a poem, I usually get one at the most random moment. I was literally sitting down at my computer looking at Facebook and I saw a picture of an origami figure; instantly, I wanted to experiment with origami just for fun. As I got into about the 5th fold I realized that I could use it for my stop-motion film. To be honest, I was really stifled at the fact of making the video because I didn’t think it would be fluid, considering paper constantly moves, but as I read over the poem I realized that a kind of non-fluid motion is what the video actually needed. Not saying that the movement should be jagged, but it needed sort of a rough texture to bring out the desire located within the poem.

                Soon, I got started on the assignment by repetitiously folding and taking a snapshot. However, when I finished the crane I realized there must be more in order to create a story rather than a crane just forming itself out of nothing because that kind of represents more of finding one’s self rather than wanting to find someone or something. So I decided to choose something else to fold and I decided a flower. There was no purpose behind this decision other than my last name. So I repeated the same process I did with the origami crane with the origami rose.

                Finally, I started work shopping with the video and I chose to emphasize the sad, desperate tone of the music  by creating a folding, then unfolding motion, and it worked out perfect. But the video felt it was missing something, so I fooled around with certain filters and I found one that brought in a new character I never even noticed until then, and that character was the wood. I finally realized that the wood represented the unfortunate background from which the crane came from.

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The Crane Who Desired

I created this video in relation to the poem in the background called “To One Unknown” because it simply creates a feeling of curiosity. And the colors bring together a sense of loneliness and desire that the music perfectly supports.

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by | July 17, 2012 · 4:39 am

My First Film

                When I first started this project, I had no idea what to expect. To tell the truth I wasn’t expecting what this class had to offer actually. I was meant to believe this class taught the art in filmmaking in movies such as Avatar and The Blind Side; however, I was shocked but not disappointed. This class allows me to show the artsy side of me through my videos and also allows people to understand that art comes in all true forms. But back to my first project, I was given the task to choose a poem and out a video with it, and since I kind of came with the wrong Idea about the class in the first place, this really was a big deal.

 

                My partner and I Sam were so lost at first that we constantly asked the question, “Well, what do you want to do.” After we both decided that we didn’t know what we wanted to shoot we decided to at least choose a poem. We chose I Am, a quite lonely, sad poem. We thought it would be really simple to shoot depressing thing because it had just finished raining…. We were wrong.  For some odd reason Baltimore still looks lovely after wind and drenching rain. So after we looked back at our clips we realized that we needed to change our poems. After that day Sam took the camera home to film things back at her house, and she brought it back and we started editing.

 

                The editing process was simple, yet long. It was very time consuming, but the experience was very fun. Just learning how to use the software and experimenting with the filters was very entertaining.  So to sum up the experience, I had a great time filming and I loved and appreciated the outcome.

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My First Film

                When I first started this project, I had no idea what to expect. To tell the truth I wasn’t expecting what this class had to offer actually. I was meant to believe this class taught the art in filmmaking in movies such as Avatar and The Blind Side; however, I was shocked but not disappointed. This class allows me to show the artsy side of me through my videos and also allows people to understand that art comes in all true forms. But back to my first project, I was given the task to choose a poem and out a video with it, and since I kind of came with the wrong Idea about the class in the first place, this really was a big deal.

 

                My partner and I Sam were so lost at first that we constantly asked the question, “Well, what do you want to do.” After we both decided that we didn’t know what we wanted to shoot we decided to at least choose a poem. We chose I Am, a quite lonely, sad poem. We thought it would be really simple to shoot depressing thing because it had just finished raining…. We were wrong.  For some odd reason Baltimore still looks lovely after wind and drenching rain. So after we looked back at our clips we realized that we needed to change our poems. After that day Sam took the camera home to film things back at her house, and she brought it back and we started editing.

 

                The editing process was simple, yet long. It was very time consuming, but the experience was very fun. Just learning how to use the software and experimenting with the filters was very entertaining.  So to sum up the experience, I had a great time filming and I loved and appreciated the outcome.

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