Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Story of Film: An Odyssey Review

In my algebra class we watched The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a documentary film about the history of film. In the film it gave history about some great film makers and actors. The documentary was very helpful to my knowledge about history of film (which I do not have much knowledge on). They talked about Charlie Chaplin, who was a great comedic actor and he even began to direct film. Some of the films he directed include Limelight (1952), Citylights (1931), The Kid (1921) and The Great Dictator (1940). Charlie Chaplin became a memorable figure in American film, and even other actors and directors tried to mimic his acting style. Like in one scene of Sunset Boulevard (1950), directed by Billy Wilder, an actor impersonates Chaplin using his facial expressions and comedic prowess. They also talk about many techniques directors l used to make the story come across in silent films. The film was very informative about history of American film.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cherry Bomb: Insanity

            In My New Works class we were assigned group to perform a media production about movement.  My group's name was Cherry Bomb because I (Celeste Robbins) was the director and I have red hair.  Also the assistant director and main actress was also a red head and her name was Dominique Grogan.  We had to do our project off of a quote. Our quote was "Every reform movement has a lunatic fring" by Theodore Roosevelt.  This gave us the idea to use a CRAZY theme, like LUNATIC in the quote.  Our project was about a girl who is with her therapist (Nicquala Shields) because she sees movement in in her brain.  We did clips of ourselves moving around and dancing all around our school at Booker T. Washington.  Also we put in some clips of the characters doing some of their characteristic attitude.  One of the actresses in our movies were Neida Razavi and she was in a clip counting randomly to make the effect of the insanity more apparent.  Also Jade Jacobs, and me, Celeste Robbins, danced in the scene where all of our group was running around like crazy people.  Also during the editing portion of the project our Lead Actress Dominique made a whole music track by her self from scratch. Yes this does mean WE HAD OUR OWN ORIGINAL MUSIC! It was a really great track too! 


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Film Review

Shhh, Its A Secret: The video was really nice, but I wish the dancer used its facial expressions more. I love the music and I love the background music. It was really original in the idea.

The flinstones: I love the idea it was so original! I wish It was longer! It was based on a pebble can change the ocean. I love the whole concept. It was very nice. It was boring though.

The Void: I love the concept of the shadow silouette of the dancing! I wish getting the block of wood off the table was short in a time period. I love the music in the backround, but I wished the musicians work harder on making better music. Also I love at the end when the block of wood went back on the table. It was really cool!

The Move Crew: I love the ending how they made the clip go backwards of him walking. It was really good, but I wish when the music that you could still hear the girl talk. I love the idea of the un-steadiness in the camera movement! I loved the idea.

Cherry Bomb: This was my group! I wish we could have done better at the speaking louder at the beginning.

Crazy Hair:  I wish I could have learn the story line!

Motion Hands: I love the music in the backround, but I wish IT had more of a story line!


Circles Of DOOM

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Paul Baker

Paul Baker, who founded the Dallas Theater Center in 1959 and was the first principal of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He believed is the use of space in the arts. For example, you use space in the art of dance a lot of the time. The works space for dance has to be big enough for all of the dancers to have enough space to dance full out. If the dancers do not have enough space they will collide into each other and they will not be able to dance fully. Also the art of dance uses space by how the dancers move through the space. Space can also be involved with visual arts as well. Visual art has to be drawn on a canvas of some sort and the canvas can be considered a space that the artist is drawing on. Paul Baker also believed that the music can fill up a space by the volume of the sounds. The theater also uses space by having the actresses and actors by how they project to the audience. They also fill up the space by the props that they may use. Paul Baker considered all of these ideas when he worked as the principal at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  Paul Baker was a very influential person on the way the arts used space.