Thursday, August 19, 2010

Week 4 TuteSpark- Big Screen to Small Screen


Short Film #1: Lovefield By Mathieu Ratthe

Lovefield combines elements of HORROR, SUSPENSE and DRAMA to create a story that takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It is an excellent example of a short story with a twist. What makes this short film so successful is it's use of music, setting and lack of dialogue until the very end of the film. The biggest element used to make this film such a success is the incorporation of the crow, screeching and crying and then going silent as the climax of the film builds up. 

Short Film #2: The Black Button By DarkHeart Productions

"The Black Button" is an excellent example of a short film. It presents the story of a man faced with the decision: 10 million dollars at the cost of another's life, or to simply walk away. What makes this such a successful short film is the way in which it was filmed with such simplicity, yet conveyed it's story, discourses and theme so well in such a short amount of time. The use of a plain white set with only a desk, chair and the button present focuses the viewers attention on only what is going on between the man at the desk and the man who has to make the decision to press the button or not. The use of dark, ominous music also helps to set the scene. 

Short Film #3: Intended Consquences By Jonathan Torgovnik. 

Intended Consequences tells the story of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. An event in which 800,00 Tutsi people were brutally slaughtered over 100 days by the Militias, most of these vicitims being women who were repeatedly raped resulting in the birth of 20,000 children. As a result, many of the women and children were effected by HIV AIDS, a scar of the war which destroyed the nation and most of the lives of the Tutsi people. What makes this such an effect short film is the use of not only video documentary but also photographical documentation of the victims which has been incorporated into the video. The swap between video and photographical story-telling creates a more artistic story, and therefore creates a bigger impact on those viewing it. 
This short film, along many others is a part of the now incredibly popular website, was created to provide photojournalists with a space to post photo-documentaries that they have created. It's openly viewable by all internet-users and has proven to be a successful form of advertisement for the works of those who post their work. 

In Rwanda, in 1994, Hutu militia committed a bloody genocide, murdering one million Tutsis. Many of the Tutsi women were spared, only to be held captive and repeatedly raped. Many became pregnant. Intended Consequences tells their stories. See the project at

Tute Spark Week 3- Digital Devices

Examples of Digital Devices that are not electronic: 

The Telegraph:

The Type-writer:

The Pianola:


Digital: Describes electronic technology that generates, stores and processes data. Relating to, or resembling a digit.

Analog: The continuous transmission of information to our senses.

Communication: A process whereby information is enclosed in a package and is channeled and imported by a sender to a receiver via a medium.

Electronic: Of, based on, operated by, or otherwise involving the controlled conduction of electrons or other charge corners.

At first, I found it incredibly difficult to distinguish the difference between electronic and non-electronic digital devices as all of the science side of things especially in the digital world tends to fly straight over my head. But from the information that I collected and the definitions that were found, I'm hoping that I have finally submitted three correct examples of digital devices that are not electronic! These examples include, the original telegraph; the long distance transmission of written messages without physical transport of letters, the type-writer; the first mechanical device used to process written documents and lastly, the Pianola. At first, I was convinced that a normal Piano would have sufficed as a correct answer for something that is a non-electronic digital device, but after more thorough research it has become apparent to me that a regular piano is indeed not considered a non-electronic digital device as it is evidently NOT digital, but the Pianola indeed is. 




Thursday, August 12, 2010

WEEK 3: Who came up with these Questions anyway?

1. What is the weight of the world’s biggest machine? How much did it cost to build?
The world's biggest machine is a giant trencher built a couple years ago by German manufacturer Krupp. It took more than 5 years and $100 million to design and manufacture.
The trencher is almost 95 meters high and 215 meters long (almost 2.5 football fields in length) with 45,500 tons in weight. Maximum digging speed is 10 meters per minute and it can move more than 76,000 cubic meters of coal, rock, and earth per day.

2. What is the best way (quickest, most reliable) to contact Ozzy Osborne?
The quickest and most direct way to contact Ozzy Osbourne would be through his manager, his wife Sharon Osbourne on 310-859-7761 or through his agent Ari Emanuel on 310-248-2000.

3. When and what was the first example of global digital communication?
The first form of global digital communication was Morse Code which was first initiated in the 1840's but wasn't extensively used until the 1890's. 

4. What is the cheapest form of travel from the Gold Coast to Melbourne?
The cheapest form of travel from the Gold Coast to Melbourne would be to grab a cheap flight through Tiger Airways.
Flight Details: TT 5507 OOL 21:45 hrs MEL 23:59 hrs Lowest Fare $78.95 AUD

5. Who is Hatsune Miku? What company does she belong to? What is her birthday?
Hatsune Miku is the first installment in the Vocaloid2 Character Vocal Series created by Crypton Future Media and the most popular and well-known Vocaloid, released on August 31, 2007 (also considered her birthday). The name of the title and the character of the software was chosen by combining Hatsu (First), Ne (Sound), and Miku (Future). The data for the voice was created by actually sampling the voice of Saki Fujita, a Japanese voice actress.

6. Find a live webcam in Antarctica. Find a place to stay in Antarctica.
There is currently a live webcam at Mawson station which is updated every 10 minutes with still images, the current temperature, time and current activities..
if planning to embark on an Antartic expedition, the stations that are available for accommodation and research include: Casey Station, Davis Station, Mawson Station and Macquarie Island station.

7. What song was top of the Australian pop charts this week in 1980?
On the week ending August 10th 1980, the number 1 song on the Australian pop charts was "Stars on 45 Medley" by Stars on 45.

8. How would you define the term 'nano technology'? In your own words, what does it really mean?
Nanotechnology is the art and science of manipulating matter at the nanoscale (down to 1/100,000 the width of a human hair) to create new and unique materials and products. In my words, this makes no sense to me whatsoever. 

9. What type of camera is used to make ‘Google Street View’?
The Google Street View camera that is used today is called a Street View Trike which is a pedal tricycle with a 4th generation camera mounted to capture images where cars cannot reach.

10. Translate these questions into Klingon.  
1:  nuq 'oH [the] [weight] vo' [the] [world’s] [biggest] [machine] chay' 'ar ta'ta' 'oH [cost] Daq chen
2:  nuq 'oH [the] [best] [way] [quickest] HochHom [reliable] Daq [contact] [Ozzy] [Osborne]
3: ghorgh 'ej nuq ghaHta' [the] wa'DIch [example] vo' [global] [digital] [communication]
4: nuq 'oH [the] [cheapest] [form] vo' [travel] vo' [the] SuD baS [Coast] Daq [Melbourne]
5: 'Iv 'oH [Hatsune] [Miku] nuq [company] ta'taH ghaH [belong] Daq nuq 'oH Daj qoS
6: tu' [a] yIn [webcam] Daq [Antarctica] tu' [a] Daq Daq [stay] Daq [Antarctica]
7: nuq bom ghaHta' [top] vo' [the] [Australian] [pop] [charts] vam [week] Daq
8: chay' [would] SoH [define] [the] [term] ['nano] [technology'] Daq lIj ghaj mu'mey nuq ta'taH 'oH [really] [mean]
9:  nuq [type] vo' [camera] 'oH [used] Daq chenmoH [‘Google] [Street] [View’]
10: [Translate] Dochvammey [questions] Daq tlhIngan

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Waiting for Romance...

This photographical sequence tells the story of a young girl waiting for her prince to come and sweep her off her feet. Due to his tardiness, she is forced to wait and consequently is left heartbroken, as is the boy when he finally arrives only to find that she has already left.
When creating this project, we found the process relatively simple. The only thing we would have done differently is perhaps have transferred the photos into iMovie as opposed to iPhoto and sped up the sequence so that the photographs flowed a bit better. But all-in-all we were very pleased with the outcome and believe that our theme was successfully and effectively conveyed.