In-Depth Post #2

My in-depth project this year has been going extremely well. Over the past two weeks I have work hard to get a strong start on my project. I have finished my preliminary research about how to use the software in GarageBand and have begun creating my first project using the software instruments in GarageBand. At first, I simply played around with the program trying to replicate some of the strategies I saw while researching and watching YouTube videos (see notes below). I primarily focused on musical typing, which allowed me to use the keys on my Mac to play notes, chords, and melodies. I learned that the A, S, D, F, G, H, J, K, L,;, ‘ keys can be used as the white keys on a piano and the W, E, T, Y, U, O, P keys are the black keys. Furthermore, the use Z and X keys shift octaves for lower or higher pitched notes. I also learned that the 1 and 2 keys can be used to adjust the pitch of the notes I am playing and that the keys 3 through 8 will add a set amount of modulation to the notes played. Eventually, I began using what I had learned to create a simple piece of music with multiple layers that uses multiple software instruments and different types of musical typing.

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During this week, I also met with my mentor. At that time, I hadn’t spent much time actually working with GarageBand because I had just finished my research, so she helped me test out the program and showed me how to use some of the basic software. She also gave me some very helpful information about layering the software instruments and adding musical typing to create projects. For example, she taught me how to make my own loop by editing a recorded track and adding it to the loop library for future use. We also listened to a few of the songs that she has created using GarageBand, and she pointed out some different concepts that she considered while making them. I was very impressed by her projects because she used the limited sound and instrument options within GarageBand to create very interesting and complex sounding pieces. It sounded exactly like she had recorded a band with real instruments in a studio.

During my time with my mentor, I agreed with most of the things she said. For example, she said that it is highly recommended to use one of the virtual drummers instead of using percussion loops. After discussing this idea with her I found that I agreed with what she had said. First of all, there is a much wider variety of virtual drummer tracks with more specific genres than percussion loops. This will ensure that the percussion within your project doesn’t sound out of place. It also allows you to choose the most effective style of percussion for your project. Additionally, the virtual drumming tracks are much longer and less repetitive than percussion loops. This makes the music sound much more engaging and interesting. It also makes it sound more real and less like it was generated by a computer.

When my mentor said that she recommended using loops of software instruments over using loops of personally recorded audio, I initially disagreed. This is because a lot of the sources I found research from said that using musical typing to record loops can be beneficial as it gives you more creativity and the ability to create sounds and melodies that aren’t available on GarageBand. I initially brought up these concerns politely to my mentor, and after her explanation I understand why she would suggest that I try and use the software instruments and pre-recorded loops as much as possible. When you use audio that you recorded live, the timing will not be exactly perfect. This becomes an issue when you are playing several layers of self-recorded audio over each other, or trying to create repeating loops, because slight differences in timing are hard to edit and if left will make your project sound messy. She said that I may be able to expand into using more of my own recorded audio as I gain experience and skill.

When my mentor suggested using very few filters to search for different audio loops, my opinion differed slightly. I’m the type of person that tends to feel overwhelmed when given too many choices to choose from. Therefore, I feel as though using a genre, instrument, and key filter would be the most efficient way for me to choose the loop that will match what I’m looking for. I’m also somewhat of an impatient person, and I would rather only have to choose between two or three different audio loops than ten or fifteen. As a result, it was difficult for me to sit with my mentor and listen to many different audio loops before choosing one that deemed suitable for my project. That being said, I realized that my mentor was right. Because I have such little experience with the software, it is important for me to explore and listen to as many different loops as possible to get a sense of what’s available. Furthermore, it is important not to pigeon hole myself when looking for loops to use in a project, as I may miss out on finding the best loop for my project. When creating projects from now on, I will use my mentor’s strategy instead of mine, as they have much more knowledge and experience than me.

This is what my project looks like right now. It is still incomplete so I will be posting a full video of it later this week.

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ZIP Final Blog Post

  1. What is yourinquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change overtime? Why?

This year for ZIP, I researched the impact of visual aids on the connotations of text. I am choosing to research this concept because I am very passionate about videography and have enjoyed filming skits and music videos since I was a kid. I rarely have time to create videos, so I am extremely motivated to pursue this project as it gives me a reason to film and edit. Although my end goal remained the same throughout my project, I was introduced to many new aspects of my question through my research. As I began looking for information about my project, I found that there is very little accessible information about how visual aid impacts the connotations of text. As a result, I was forced to research many topics surrounding my question and then later synthesize it to infer the answer to my inquiry question. This made my question a little bit more focused on the psychology behind visual perception and later in my research I focused on the strategies that cinematographers use to manipulate their audience’s emotions.

 

  1. What skillshave you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?

After completing my research, I feel as though I have a solid grasp on the ways that cinematographers invoke emotions in their viewers by changing a variety of different variables. I have researched the ways that colours, lighting, scenery and architecture, human natural instincts, post-production editing, and the distance and angle of camera impact the way that viewers feel when they watch a video. Having a solid idea of how these concepts interact and work together was crucial in understanding how to use visual aids to manipulate the connotations of text. I have also practiced my filming and editing skills throughout this presentation and have learned how to overlay text onto videos. Learning the way that different colours and scenery impact viewers’ emotions is helpful in many different contexts. In marketing, for example, it is crucial to understand how to manipulate people’s emotions through portraying specific tones through advertisements and product/packaging design. These skills are also important in graphic novel design, where you need to use characters and scenery to portray certain emotions and influence how the reader perceives the text. These skills are also crucial for screenwriting and directing films. Additionally, learning how lighting and scenery impact human emotion and perception is important for photography or any form of art (drawing, painting, sculpting, etc.). Furthermore, learning about human natural instincts and natural mirroring can be important while studying certain areas of psychology. Last, learning how to properly film and edit short videos could be useful in various settings, such as presenting a project.

 

 

  1. What did you learn about /what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.

Here are some pictures of my notes:

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Throughout this project I researched how cinematographers, architects, and psychologists have learned to manipulate people’s emotions. After conducting my research I have found that is involves changing a variety of different variables: colours, lighting, setting, post-production editing, distance, and angles.

I learned that contrasting colours are associated with boldness and chaos whereas groups of similar colours are said to be harmonious and pleasant. Red can symbolize both aggression and love. Orange can represent warmth and transformation. Additionally, in Confucianism orange is seen as a colour that represents transformation. Bright yellow can indicate happiness and relaxation or jealousy and betrayal, whereas muted yellow can show danger or judgement. Green overtones could represent dreariness or lifelessness, but green objects and scenery means new beginnings and life. Blue tends to represent faithfulness, loyalty, and childlike wonder. Purple can indicate both ambiguity or extravagance and royalty. Pink portrays innocence or childlike romance, and lastly magenta shows romantic love and passion.

I learned that the hardness or softness of light also impacts mood. An example of hard lighting would be shadows cast on a sunny day with sharp, defined angles. An example of soft lighting is shadows on a cloudy day with blurred and undefined lines. Hard lighting sets a more intense mood, whereas soft lighting is more calming and tranquil. I learned that more light creates more intensity and that backlight instills drama. I found that the use of silhouettes creates a much darker and dramatic mood that tends to have sad or negative connotations. Last, I learned that blue light is more energetic whereas natural light creates a happier feeling.

I learned that natural settings such as forests decreases stress. Additionally, filming calm or slowly moving water can create a feeling of calmness, whereas wavy or stormy water instills tension and stress. I also learned that certain types of buildings can create certain emotions. For example, libraries tend to be a serious space that create an aura of dignity and respect. Studies have shown that complex and interesting buildings create positive feelings whereas simple and monotonous buildings tend to create more negative feelings. Additionally, buildings with high ceilings lead to creative thinking whereas buildings with low ceilings lead to focused and critical thinking.

I learned that post-production editing can significantly impact the way viewers feel when watching a film. For example, short and choppy clips create a suspenseful and uneasy atmosphere whereas long, smooth clips are calming and serene. Furthermore, close-up shots of the subject of the film convey heightened emotions. Wide shots establish the space and scenery that a subject is in and gives context to the scene. If a subject starts far away and moves closer to the camera or vice versa it can expose their inner emotions, wants, and fears.

I also learned that camerawork significantly impacts the mood portrayed in films. For example, low angle shots make the subject seem towering, sinister, or empowered. On the other hand, high angled shots make the subject seem weak or vulnerable. Shaky camerawork creates an unsettling realistic tone, such as in The Blaire With Project. If the camera zooms into the subject’s space, it makes the viewer feel as though they are entering into the subject’s mind frame. That being said, if the camera zooms in quickly, it can be quite jarring for the audience. If the camera zooms out from a subject, the viewer may sense the subject’s vulnerability, or they may see how big the subject’s obstacle is. Last, if the camera tilts mid-shot it creates an other-worldly or dizzy feelings.

I also learned about human genetics and how people’s natural instincts help them relate to subjects in films. One concept I learned about is called the mirror effect, which is when humans naturally mimic the people they see or interact with because our brain thinks its right to mime the visual input we see. This means that when an actor smiles, we smile, or when an actor shows sadness, we feel sad. It also extends into the idea that when an object flies towards the screen, we duck automatically.

 

  1. In what ways does your final learning artefact demonstrate your learning / answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.

In order to demonstrate my learning, I have created three short films made up of video clips that I chose to create a specific tone. I have played a poem or passage from a piece of literature over each video. Here is a copy of my video planning work:

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My goal was to use my findings to portray how the tone of the visuals impacts how the viewer perceives the meaning of the text. This relates to my three curricular competencies in many ways:

  1. Access information for diverse purposes and from a variety of sources to inform writing:
  • As mentioned above, I had to use a variety of different sources with a variety of different purposes to synthesis all the information I needed to complete my final learning artifact.
  1. Recognize and appreciate how different forms, formats, structures, and features of texts enhance and shape meaning and impact:
  • My final learning artifact is demonstrating how different colours, lightings, scenery, and styles of cinematography enhance and shape the meaning and impact of text
  1. Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful texts for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • I will present my research and the work from my planning process with my final learning artifact to show that I planned and designed each video with a specific purpose to portray a certain emotion.

 

 

  1. Whatresourcesdid you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four resources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 50-100 response as to was important to your learning).

Impact of colours on emotions:

https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/manipulate-emotions-with-color-in-film/

This website was incredibly helpful when researching how colours can be used to manipulate the tone of a film. It used multiple examples from a variety of films, and explained how colours can have very different meanings depending on the context of the film.

 

Impact of lighting on emotions:

https://nofilmschool.com/2017/06/guide-how-use-light-communicate-emotion-film

The video and article posted on this website where incredible helpful in learning how the colour, quality, contrast, and direction of light impact the emotions portrayed in film. It also provides specific examples of how to adjust the lighting in a video to make viewers feel certain emotions.

 

Impact of scenery on emotions:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170605-the-psychology-behind-your-citys-design

This article uses evidence from a variety of different studies to show how different styles of architecture impact people’s moods. It includes quotes from many different psychologists and architects who are studying the different aspects of architecture and how they affect mood.

 

Impact of camerawork on emotions:

http://www.freestyleacademy.rocks/~CullenB/explorations.html

This website was extremely useful when researching how different angles of filming impact the emotional connotations of text. It also explained how zooming in and out of subject will change the way a viewer relates to a character and judges their emotions.

 

Psychology behind visual perception:

https://www.simplypsychology.org/perception-theories.html

This website delves into several different theories about how people register visual information. The theories explained are very interesting, and are written about in a way that is very understandable for people with limited background in psychology.

 

  1. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?

Throughout this project, my research has been solely based on answering smaller inquiry questions to gather information that will consolidate to create a solid foundation that I can use to create inferences that will allow me to answer my final inquiry question. As a result, I have thought of many new questions. For example, I wonder the addition of different sensory experiences, such as audio, would impact the connotations of text further? Another reason why I have considered many new questions is because in creating my videos I must ensure that the only variable that is changing is the video playing behind the text. This has forced me to consider many different aspects of presentation that may also impact the meaning of words, such as the size, font, and colour of text. I have always been interested in both cinematography and psychology so all of the questions that arise through my research are very interesting to me. I may use these questions in future research assignments if the opportunity arises.

In-Depth Blog Post #1

For in-depth this year, I am learning how to use all of the technology within GarageBand to produce detailed and accurate covers of songs and pieces of music. I have a created a list of several goals that I would like to achieve throughout this project. I hope to learn how to use most of the features within how the GarageBand software effectively to record, edit, and layer music, and by the end of my inquiry I hope to become confident in my approach and ability to create detailed and intricate covers of songs by using the arrangement track, equalizing vocals and editing recorded sounds. I have started my research with learning the basic steps for how to create a new project on GarageBand by researching different strategies and watching videos about the process. I will continue to learn through using my newfound skills to create covers of songs. I plan to gradually increase the difficulty of each project as I gain more knowledge about the software that I am using.

I chose to learn this skill because I am passionate about creating music. Ever since I was young I’ve enjoyed playing and listening to all different types and genres of music. At my piano studio, my teacher would help me record all of my songs on GarageBand at the end of every year. I always enjoyed watching her perfect my playing with the editing technology and add layers and effects. Additionally, I play in the school band and enjoy playing and listening to orchestral music, full of many intricate layers of sounds. I hope to learn how to use GarageBand to replicate such deep and rich music with only a piano and a computer.

Throughout the next few months I will be working with my old piano teacher, Adrienne Sim. She has a lot of experience with recording her student’s performances. I plan to meet with her weekly to enhance my learning by reviewing what I find from my research with her. I hope to learn from my mentor’s adaptations and strategies that she has developed through years of recording and producing songs on GarageBand.

ZIP DOL #4

Provide a copy / image of your research notes. What concepts in your learning do you now feel you have a solid grasp on? Which ones might be useful to other students in their learning?

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Learning the way that different colours and scenery impact viewers’ emotions is helpful in many different contexts. In marketing, for example, it is crucial to understand how to manipulate people through portraying specific emotions through ads. These skills are also important in graphic novel design, where you need to portray character emotions and influence how the reader perceives the text. These skills are also crucial for screenwriting and directing films. Additionally, learning how lighting and scenery impact human emotion is important for photography or any form of art (drawing, painting, etc.). Last, learning about human natural instincts and natural mirroring can be important while studying certain areas of psychology.

ZIP DOL #3

What new questions have come up in your inquiry? Will you include these in your final presentation, or might they be saved for future research assignments? Do these questions help narrow your focus or do they distract you from your original proposal?

Throughout this project, my research has been solely based on answering smaller inquiry questions to gather information that will consolidate to create a solid foundation that I can use to create inferences that will allow me to answer my final inquiry question. As a result, I have thought of many new questions. For example, I wonder the addition of different sensory experiences, such as audio, would impact the connotations of text further? Another reason why I have considered many new questions is because in creating my videos I must ensure that the only variable that is changing is the video playing behind the text. This has forced me to consider many different aspects of presentation that may also impact the meaning of words, such as the size, font, and colour of text.

I may address these new questions in the conclusion of my presentation or while explaining the process of my research, but I will not be including these different questions in my research and will not be explaining them in-depth in my presentation. I may use these questions in future research assignments if the opportunity arises. I have always been interested in both cinematography and psychology so all of the questions that arise through my research are very interesting to me. The reason that I will not be including these questions thoroughly in my presentation is because they distract from my original proposal. My inquiry question focuses specifically on the impact that different visuals will have on the connotations of text, therefore researching the impact of different sensory experiences such as audio, wouldn’t help me answer my original inquiry question.

ZIP DOL #2

Reflect on your inquiry plan (calendar). Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why?

I have shortened the amount of time that I will be spending completing research and planning for my videos and increase the amount of time I plan to spend filming. This is partially due to Mr. Morris’ recommendation to finish research this week; however, I also believe that it will be more beneficial to spend more time filming. By leaving a week to film my video, I will be able to film in different locations and possibly with different people. This will give me a wider spectrum of possible things to film and will allow me to increase the impactfulslness of my videos.I also believe that the planning process will take shorter than I planned, as my plans for filming will simply consist of a list of the emotions that I would like to portray followed by a list of the particular scenery that will effectively demonstrate each emotion. I also need to choose the piece of literature that I will use in all of the videos, but that will take very little time as well.  I was also able to take away some of the days that I had planned to create my presentation in. The majority of my presentation will be made up of the videos I create. As a result, the only tasks I will need to complete within the time frame allotted to creating my presentation will be putting my notes onto slides and preparing the questions I will ask the viewer after they watch each video. The edited version of my schedule will look like this:

Updated ZIP Schedule

Updated ZIP Schedule

ZIP DOL #1

Reflect on your inquiry question and how your understanding is changing, becoming more focused, or is perhaps being reaffirmed by your research. What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this inquiry?

While researching my inquiry question I have found that there is very little accessible information about how visual aid impacts the connotations of text. As a result, I have started researching the psychology behind visual perception, and will use my findings from this research to make inferences that will allow me to create an impactful final presentation. Through this I have learned that different colours and colour combinations in images will create different emotions within the viewer. For example, a group of similar colours are considered harmonious and pleasant while contrasting colours are associated with chaos or boldness.

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I also read about a study conducted at Michigan State University that found that during a series of visual stimulation the visual cortex can make decisions just like the brains ‘higher-level’ areas. Furthermore, I learned that humans process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. This has allowed me to realize that the reason that visual aids are so impactful in their ability to change the connotations of text is because we process what the images are portraying far faster than we process what the text is saying, which allows us to create inferences and biases about the text before we have even consciously processed it. As I have continued my research I have been forced to change the way I look at my question. This has taught me many things about how images and text can work together to portray a specific message or tone.

ZIP Proposal

Inquiry Question: How do visual aids impact the connotations of text?

This year for ZIP, I would like to research and experiment with the impact of visual aids on the connotations of text. In order to do so, I plan to create short films made up of video clips that I film to create a specific tone. I will then play the same poem, word, or passage from a piece of literature over each video and observe how the tone of the visuals impacts how the viewer perceives the meaning of the text. I am choosing to research this concept because I am very passionate about videography and have enjoyed filming skits and music videos since I was a kid. I rarely have time to create videos, so I am extremely motivated to pursue this project as it gives me an excuse to film and edit.
I know very little about the impact that visual aids have on the connotations of texts; however, as mentioned above, I have lots of experience with filming and videography. I also have experience with synthesizing information from various sources and using my findings to create new ideas, which will be crucial in this project. This project will allow me to expand on my ability to create tones and emotions within videos and will allow me to learn how to use videos effectively with text to influence viewers. It will also allow me to expand on my editing skills. Additionally, by looking for impactful writing, this project will allow me to experience and research new pieces of meaningful literature. Lastly, I will improve on my ability to create new, impactful ideas and projects by expanding on information that I find through research.
I am very fortunate to have many people that I can approach throughout this project for support and advice. My grandmother is an extremely talented photographer who can teach me how to take impactful videos. I can also ask Noah to review my videos and offer suggestions on how to make them more impactful, as he has lots of experience with photography and videography. I have access to most of the resources that I will need to complete my inquiry. I will film using my phone and I will be able to edit the footage on my laptop using iMovie. Most of my research will be completed online as there are very few books written about this topic, although I may be able to find some books at the library about videography.
In order to demonstrate my learning at the end of my inquiry, I am going to film the entire process of completing my inquiry. I will then combine and present the footage from completing my preliminary research and filming and editing my project. I will conclude my presentation by playing each of the films I create with one poem or passage of literature on it before discussing how the different videos impacted the way the viewer perceived the piece of writing.

I’ve created a schedule that I plan to follow while completing my inquiry:

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Preliminary Research (December 20th – December 26th) During this time, I completed some preliminary research about general areas that I am interested in and created an inquiry question.

Write Proposal (December 27th – January 1st)            During this time, I finalized my inquiry question and drafted and wrote my proposal.

Further Research (January 2nd – January 8th)                        I will conduct more specific, in-depth research, and synthesize information from various sources to begin answering my inquiry question.

Plan Videos (January 9th – January 11th)                                I will use the information I have collected to plan the videos I will create by choosing different tones to portray as well as the piece of literature I will choose.

Film (January 12th – January 13th)                                           I will film all the footage I need for my videos

Edit Videos (January 14th – January 15th)                              I will edit together the footage I filmed for my projects.

Create Presentation (January 16th – January 18th)

I will gather all the footage I have from throughout the whole

planning process, and put it together for my presentation.

A Wizard of Earthsea

In A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin uses foreshadowing to create a sense of anticipation and develop an in-depth concept of what Duny will become throughout his journey. In the first paragraph of the book, Le Guin informs the reader that the story will be about “the man called Sparrowhawk, who in his day became both dragonlord and Archmage” (p.1). This information adds context to the story to make unbelievable or fantastic ideas more realistic. Furthermore, after Duny’s aunt “becomes a little afraid of his strength” after he laughs through her silence curse, “for this was as strong a spell as she knew how to weave” it foreshadows that Duny will needs to leave his villiage in order to reach his full potential. This creates excitement and incites the reader to continue reading. In conclusion, Ursula Le Guin uses forshadowing to keep her readers engaged and ensure that the readers will understand and believe the plot despite the magic and fantasy aspects.

A Wizard of Earthsea Anticipation Guide

I strongly disagree with the statement ‘A person or thing must have a name to truly exist’. As of the year 2000, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated that as much of 95% of the world’s oceans and 99% of the world’s ocean floors are unexplored. There must be millions of aquatic organisms that haven’t been discovered or named yet. Although we haven’t named they, they still exist. Furthermore, as we continue to explore further into space we are identifying new stars and planets that were never named previously, however may have existed for millions of years. I also believe that unnamed concepts exist. Humans feel extremely complex emotions, that cannot be described by words. Simply descriptions such as ‘sad’ or ‘happy’ cannot exactly label the way that people perceive or feel certain things. Although we may not be able to name an emotion that we feel, it is still completely valid and very real. In conclusion, there are many things in the world that exist without names, however they still exist.