Coffee Craze

Coffee has become a worldwide craze. This piece explores people and their relationship with coffee, from addicts to non-drinkers.


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BlackBerry: An Addiction

The BlackBerry is one of the most popular smartphones, with 14 million users worldwide.
This film explores two of those users’ feelings about the device and what they’d do if forced to be without it.

The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of Research in Motion Limited.
This film is in No Way Affiliated with Research in Motion Limited.

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3-2-1 POLO!

I’ve been involved with the Eugene, Or. bike polo scene since its inception in February of 2008. I am always trying to get more people interested in bike polo and more importantly, get them to come out to play on Thursday nights. I filmed this little documentary on two separate Thursdays, 7/02/09 and 7/09/09. While not a definitive representation (by any means) of Eugene bike polo, I feel that it shows our scene for what it is, a whole bunch of fun! Enjoy.

Eugene Hardcourt Bike Polo from Ian M. Summers on Vimeo.

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Good imagery and Tweet off

Good imagery: still or otherwise:

Framing is the most important aspect to imagery. What makes it into a frame (or what doesn’t) will make or break an image. The focus, colors, depth of field, iso, and any other components simply don’t matter if you haven’t framed an image correctly. Once the frame is there, all elements mentioned above will help contribute to making an image stronger.

Angles play a big roll too. An interesting angle or a variety of angles will help to diversify a project and keep it interesting. Even a single image or shot, with a unique angle, will make that shot worth looking it. It will also making it more impactful.

Sound is can help images, especially in a multimedia piece. Take for example this close up slide show my Martin Schoeller.

The music that goes along with helps keep the viewer interested and gives them a rhythm to move through the piece with. If there had been narration or a different kind of music, it may have distracted from the piece.


Tweet off:

What the hell is going on with twitter? This is getting out of hand – this is like an overwhelming stream of Facebook updates, which is already obscene.

Twitter attempts to serve the role of instant updates for information, but it ends up further over saturating the public with unconfirmed information. Twitter, like blogging, gives everybody a voice – but that voice isn’t necessarily  a good thing. News it fact checked, or so it should be, and twitter is not. But twitter begs for news agencies to jump on board with a story based on twitter.

It’s too much – it requires too much time and it’s scary how much influence Twitter has gained. But it won’t last – it can’t. It’s retention rate is less than 40% and that will continue to drop. It influences us to sit on our phones or computers more so than we already do – and that’s honestly a scary thing. Reporting the news should require seeking information, investigating stories, delving into things – not having info virtually texted to you.

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editing critique

Jumping Rock

This multimedia piece not only tells an interesting story, but it’s editing techniques, while subtle, are equally interesting.

The introduction does a great job combining still imagery with video. It’s actually heavily weighted towards still imagery at the beginning. The pictures include drinking and nudity while profane voice over’s frame the photos. This does a great job to set the tone for the film, which delves into drug and drinking problems.

Towards the middle of the end, the still imagery represents itself – this time with more nudity. But then it shifts into a military side – also using all still imagery. Now the imagery focuses on family and veterans.

The piece ends on a man back flipping into the water – it’s an interesting conclusion.

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In the end, all good news reporting, and storytelling, really, comes down to

Everything we’ve watched so far in this class has gone a step beyond the simple act of written, textual information and brought us (the viewers) into the story’s world – into a place where we, as active consumers, can interpret a story’s message based on visual cues. More often than not, these visual cues do a world of good at showing how a story plays out, rather than relying on words alone. And since “a picture is worth a thousand words,” imagine how many words must be packed into a multimedia clip…

Here are some of my favorite clips off of YouTube that I’ve found that show a distinct point of view, or intent. All were created to persuade audiences of a certain truth about the subjects in question – and each of these clips shows truth, but presented in such a way that some might disagree with the final conclusion. One is more serious and clearly persuasive, and the other is just a fun twist on an old favorite. BOTH videos make VERY GOOD POINTS about the subjects they focus on, and show views and perspectives that are absolutely true, but that (from our limited worldviews) we may never have considered.

(And yeah, the second one…Mary Poppins IS a pret-ty scary movie at times. Admit it.)

Either way, it’s all about the editing! Think about how the combination of images and sound in each equates to an overall meaning – you might be surprised.

Prop 8 & Civil Rights

Scary Mary

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Reaction to Intended Consequences


MediaStorm – Intended Consequences

I also watched the media package Intended Consequences, and really enjoyed all the little nuances of the production process, even if the topics themselves were horrifying. I thought it was most interesting how the music specifically punctuated the video throughout at specific times: the tolling of bells as faces went by, the punctuation of the eye movement at the sound, and the background sounds that made the voices all the more cavernous and hollow when the faces disappeared.

I also thought it was interesting that there were so few natural sounds.

Sometimes media packages like this (even if they’re talking about events from the past) come all the more alive when there are the sounds from the actual event setting the backdrop. Even though it was eerily silent throughout, the silence and the quiet music in the background gave the viewer all the more prerogative to imagine the sounds that must have occurred during the event. Perhaps the creator’s choice of relative silence throughout the peace was supposed to emphasize the calm after the storm – which is definitely what it did for me.

The most moving part out of the entire thing was the part where there was just text describing the woman’s request for a glass of water, and receiving blood instead. While it would have been powerful in spoken words, the shift to absolute silence (and contrast, as opposed to relative silence) made the words that were printed all the more terrifying.

It was just..nicely done. It’s tough to say anymore than that. But the mark of a good multimedia package is that the viewer gets lost in the storytelling and forgets to pay attention to the editing…and so even though I was supposed to be paying attention to the editing, I definitely forgot anyway.

What can you do.

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