Archive for October, 2010

sharing ginger
October 17, 2010

I heard this song on the radio and I thought it was really cool, because I’m just a creep over little Michael Jackson…but this video is so cool!! It’s really inspiring for the upcoming sound slide project!

Ginger pays close attention to…sound and editing
October 9, 2010

The other day I watched The Boondock Saints, I chose this movie because I wanted to examine a movie that I haven’t seen too many times.  I watched The Boondock Saints for the first time last year, I remember that there was a lot going on in the movie and noticed the picture and sound were different from most movies I’ve seen.   I love the editing! There was a lot of instances where it would cut to black which I liked a lot.  It did a good job of switching to mood.  My favorite part of the editing though was when it would show the brothers coming in and what happened-cut to-the detectives trying to figure out what happened-then cut back to- what happened next!  Sorry I am being annoying trying to explain it so here watch this clip and it will show you what I mean!!!

I loved the opening scene which is in a church in Boston for Saint Patrick’s Day Mass. The two brothers are shown kneeling while instrumental church music plays in the background, while a sermon is read which mentions Kitty Genovese, a real-life crime victim brutally murdered while her neighbors watched without intervening. As the priest begins his homily, the brothers approach the altar and kiss the feet of a crucifix- I noticed you can hear their boots hit the ground as they walk up the aisle. They kneel at the crucifix, say a pray and begin to walk out of the church.  They depart as the priest reminds the congregation that they should fear not just evil but also the “indifference of good men”.  As they step outside, you can hear the heavy wooden door open and the click of their lighters as they stand on the church steps smoking a cigarette. 

 

The scene I have decided to include is the Russian Mob in the Hotel Scene, here’s a little synopsis from imdb (aka the best website ever!!)!!

“The brothers resolve to rid Boston of “evil men” with the help of their friend and former mob package boy David “The Funnyman” Della Rocco.  The brothers trade in the weapons and valuables stolen from the mobsters’ bodies for their own, and use Connor’s knowledge of Russian to locate a meeting between Russian syndicate bosses at a local hotel. Crashing into the room through an overhead air duct, the brothers draw their guns and fire, killing the 8 underbosses. Forcing the leader, Yuri ‘Big Man’ Petrova to his knees, the brothers recite a short prayer:
“And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spirits Sancti.”
The two then execute him, placing pennies over his eye sockets, in which both of his eyes were shot out. While the brothers are preparing to leave the hotel, they are surprised to find Rocco dressed as a bellboy knocking at the door with a tray of food. They decided “to fuck with him” and pull him into the hotel, concealing their identity with masks, and threaten to execute him. Eventually they reveal their identity to Rocco, who decides to join the brothers in their mission. Once again, Agent Smecker is brought to the front of the murder case. The fact that all the killings involved the Russian Mob leads Smecker to the theory that the executions were the result of the feud between the Russian and Italian mobs.”

Okay so here’s the clip…ENJOY!!!!!!!!

So, right before where this clip starts the boys are crawling through a vent above the hotel room.  I noticed the only sound you heard while the brothers were crawling through the vents was the sound of the metal crumbling beneath them, however when the film cuts to the Russians, you can only hear the mob-boss talking.  When the brothers fall through the ceiling and start shooting you can hear action type music…which stops when they are reciting their prayer. After they shoot the Russian mod boss the screen goes black- then switches to black and white with no “sound” just church music playing as they place pennies over the eyes of the dead.  I think the music symbolizes the feeling that this is a “good” death, that the brothers are bring peace back into the world by killing these mobsters.

speaking of a re-design…
October 8, 2010

Wow how funny that just last week I blogged about redesigning…it turns out that the Gap re-designed their logo and have gotten nothing but heat from it!

The classic Gap logo was changed to this….cleaner looking logo which seems to scream CHEAP!  One blogger said that it makes Old Navy look like a luxury brand!

Check it out on Yahoo!’s top stories and let me know what you think!

AdWeek thinks that the redesign is a publicity scam because Gap is now launching a “show us your redesign” campaign on their facebook saying, “We’ve had the same logo for 20+ years, and this is just one of the things we’re changing. We know this logo created a lot of buzz and we’re thrilled to see passionate debates unfolding! So much so we’re asking you to share your designs. We love our version, but we’d like to see other ideas.”

speaking of my favorite ginger…Rick Astley
October 3, 2010

After reading Presentation Zen: Simplifying the Data, I starting looking at lots of graphs and thinking of how I could create a graph that was useful!  I started at of course, gapminder, which incorporates national data with topics we may be interested in learning about.  This interactive graphs show each country over a time period, grow/shrink in population and GDP, for example I like the chart that showed the average age of a womans first marriage.  In 1900 the average woman got married at 22 with a household income of $8000, whereas in India the average woman was married at 13 where there was only a household income of $640.  By 2000, in the US household income was $39,500 and the average woman’s age was 25 at marriage, and in India the household income was almost $2000 and the average woman married at age 20.

Then I started to look at more humorous graphs in “Graph Out Loud!” I noticed that a lot of the graphs were about songs…and I almost feel off my chair when I noticed this one….

I love Rick Astley…or at least this song anyway…I just think he is soo funny….that huge deep voice coming from a little ginger boy!! ❤ LOVE IT!!!! Anyway…if you don’t know the song…or Rick Astley…you need to watch this!

Anyway…that’s enough about Rick Astley!!! I started to make my own pie chart using graphjam.  I decided to make one up about how my friends and I spend time on facebook…and it looks a little something like this!