Film

Hi, everyone.  I wrote a post on my blog that, after I finished it, thought it might be appropriate here, since it’s (kind of) about the design process. I also thought some of you might be interested in, as it relates to some things we discussed in Marty’s class last semester.  Check it out if…

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I’d like to thank all members of the class for participating in this blog during our class. As I mentioned, I intend to keep it alive going into the new year, and you are welcome to continue contributing (and I hope people will!). I wanted to close with a few random notes and announcements. I…

Read more Parting Shots from 2007

As previously discussed (I & II), change or movement in time plays an important role in making interaction design ‘alive’. Over the holidays, my brother pointed out a chat website called paltalk (www.paltalk.com). It is an interesting concept because in addition to live streaming chat rooms, many users have a webcam showing their live faces…

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When we were thinking of examples of a pair of things that we normally don’t necessarily associate with each other that we could apply cultural logic to, as defined as -a broad pattern, set of practices, or set of rules that crosses many levels of a culture I thought of the comparison of the two…

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Mingxian posted an excellent question late last week about the problem of intention. If we look at camera angles in Bleu or La Strada, and we perceive that they relate fortuitously to narrative themes (etc.), and we attribute that coherence to the “director’s intention,” are we leaving structuralism/semiotics and heading back to phenomenology? My answer…

Read more Structuralist versus Phenomenological Notions of “Intention”

I know that today we were trying to find the code how to interpret those movies. We were talking about one detail give us clues about what would happen later, and the camera positions tell us blablabla. However, David mentioned that the director forced us to see the focuses and the next screen, we have…

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Today in class we agreed that there are less options in terms of directing/controlling focus on the stage than in the cinema.  I want to bring up the way lighting is used on stage.  Though it does convey emotional reaction with color and mood, etc., I primarily want to focus on how it’s used to…

Read more Focus-Screen and Stage