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Final Revision Process

For my final revision I had a process. I took notes at every critique so for my final critique I sat down at my laptop, opened up my notebook and went to work. I took all of my collective notes and made sure to keep or add all of the good notes and did my best to remove any bad things in my films. I was incredibly excited to start my final revision and be finished with everything. The class was all fun, but it was relieving to be working on my final steps. For my final revision I knew what i needed to do and I did it. I went on and, after hearing that it was difficult to keep track of my ending, I added effects and changed durations to make it more understandable. All in all I was happy with my finished product and was very proud of the work that I did in such a short time. 

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The Beloved Physician v.2.

First revision of “The Beloved Physician” by Edgar Allan Poe. Directed by Frank Lukaitis.

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by | July 22, 2013 · 9:49 pm

Stop Motion is Hard

Going into my second film I was pumped. I was so excited to film a stop motion to accompany a fantastic poem. Immediately after preparing for my film i realized it would be a struggle. I could not find a single store in a close vicinity that carried clay. This caused me to rethink my idea. As i was leaving Barnes and Nobles I saw artist models and bought two. I had a new idea. When i started filming it required me to throw everything in my lounge all over the place and rearrange everything. Once I began I took two pictures and my guy fell over. Time to start over. This happened about 1382483945315 times and I almost quit. After about an hour of rage i calmed down and started again. My film was coming along well until the point when I needed stairs. Stairs suck. I had no material so I was required to use books and cover them in thick white paper. This took me three hours of cutting and guessing and hoping and raging. Finally I got them and it was time to move on to filming the stair climb. The amount of times that i flicked my artist models and tried to capture them mid fall was outrageous. I finally got it. In the end i felt that my film turned out well and after a few editing revisions it will be my favorite work yet.

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The Beloved Physician v.1.

This is a stop motion short directed by Frank Lukaitis for the JHU Summer Class Auteur 101. This film is based on the poem “The Beloved Physician” by Edgar Allan Poe.

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by | July 17, 2013 · 4:49 pm

Under the Greenwood Tree v.1.

First version of short film based on the poem “Under the Greenwood Tree” by William Shakespeare for a dynamic movement editing assignment. Directed by Alena Flick and Frank Lukaitis for the 2013 “Auteur 101” class in Film & Media Studies at Johns Hopkins Summer Programs.

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by | July 9, 2013 · 5:04 pm

What Annoys Me

Dane Cook movies annoy me. I don’t know much about art itself, but I know movies so here it goes. Dane cook movies annoy me because they are predictable. Films are art. Not only should films entertain, but they should also leave the viewer wondering, questioning. A film is that much better if the viewer is constantly thinking and caught off guard by new moments. Every Dane Cook movie, “tool meets girl. Tool loves girl. Tool hurts girl. Tool tries to win girl back. Girl falls back in love with tool.” Where is the surprise in that? In my opinion a movie is a medium for a creators artistic abilities. Art is an unpredictable, creative expression of a person’s ideas. Films are art. Art is spontaneous. When an artist creates something simple and mediocre enough for the mass to comprehend it is not nearly as
attractive to me. I do not want to see something that I could make in my backyard. I want to see something so creative that I am awestruck by it and something that even after watching it multiple times I still do not fully grasp it.
What annoys me in film is when a work is so predictable and mediocre that it has no value to me after the first viewing. If I can rewatch a movie, that is when I know that it has pulled me in. I will never rewatch a Dane Cook movie, with the exception of Employee of the Month, because they are contast. They are predictable. There is no curiousity spiked. There is no attention grabbed. There is no desire to watch again to fill in the gaps that went over my head. There is no creativity, no spontaneity.

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Beloved Physician

The pulse beats ten and intermits;
God nerve the soul that ne’er forgets
In calm or storm, by night or day,
Its steady toil, its loyalty.
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[. . . ]
The pulse beats ten and intermits;
God shield the soul that ne’er forgets.
[. . . ]

[. . . ]
The pulse beats ten and intermits;
God guide the soul that ne’er forgets.
[. . . ]

[. . . ] so tired, so weary,
The soft head bows, the sweet eyes close,
The faithful heart yields to repose.

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