Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Video Aspect

I was trying to suss out how to achieve a quality video for my final project and decided to capture firsthand what the first cultural differences of the US was to me when first arriving to the States.  For example, when I first arrived to the states I was astounded of the amount of fast food restaurants there are around the place and all the different types of fast food restaurants. I will compare a street of America to a street of Australia, where we only have few of the fast food restaurants that are here in the States. 

 I will also focus a lot on the language barrier between the two countries and the different words that I did not understand once arriving in the states. I will also focus on the words that people did not understand in my vocabulary. I am thinking of incorporating a video of my interpretation of American tourism adverts, (ads showing in other countries, showing the States and trying to improve tourism). I may also point all the stereotypically wrong points that the Australian tourism adverts that where shown here in the United States. For example, the ad below of Paul Hogan trying to promote Australia has many stereotypical aspects of which Australians don’t do. 

My Plan of Attack

I have just returned from spring break, so I have only briefly thought about my plan of attack for my final project. Furthermore Over the past few months whilst being at Clemson I have collaborated hundreds of photos of Clemson and other Cities and spring break has helped add many more photos. 

I am currently dividing my photos of the United States thus far, and picking the ones of which will be included into my final project. I am including many cultural pictures and excluding many pictures of me drinking. 

My final project will depict the differences of Clemson to other Cities around the US, and then comparing the two to the Culture of Australia. I am looking forward to working and completing this final project, as I am confident I can depict the cultural differences of the two different country’s to anyone whom will watch my final project video.
Of the three different video’s I am making, I have already chosen the main topic, for example:
  • A personal reflecting on the host culture – I will be discussing Clemson in comparison to UniSA (My host University back home in Adelaide, South Australia)
  • A professional video to do with my major – I will be comparing traffic congestion and public transport of the two country’s
  • public issue video

I am planning to have these videos done within the next few weeks, so be patient and I hope my video will achieve the goal of comparing the cultures of Australia to the US.

Digital Photographs

Pat Wright video explained many different aspects that can be used to alter images in different ways. I was very interested in these techniques as I was astounded to realise how many different views and looks you can get of the same image with different angles and colours. The only techniques I used in the past were zoom and flash. I was very keen to try some of these techniques and to learn better ways to take a quality photograph.

Some of the techniques I tried include:

Low to high angle photo showing Carlisle, Andrew and myself (from right to left), three Australians currently studying at Clemson. This angle helps depict us a more bigger and powerful, which is why I like this photo.

This picture is a close picture, where the whole image is focused on one object. This image is of the Philips arena logo, the home basketball stadium of the Atlanta Hawks, of which we watched them play against the Miami Heat.

The image below is considered a far image where the focal point (the Hollywood sign) is small in comparison to the whole picture. This picture was taken in Los Angela’s, where we arrived first from Australia before heading to Clemson.

The image below is an example of vertical photography. The vertical photography helps emphasis the large size of this beer mug. We had these beers at a German bar in Atlanta.