The Dark Knight: Anatomy of a Flawed Action Scene
The Dark Knight: Anatomy of a Flawed Action Scene is a well-explained and well-illustrated series of examples, describing how good editing can make the difference in telling a story.
Film critic Jim Emerson demonstrates in a fascinating video essay that the truck chase scene from Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film "The Dark Knight" is a mess. This video is the first in a three-part series on the language of action sequences for the Indiewire blog Press Play. “We notice lapses in visual logic whether our brains register them consciously or not,” writes Emerson. “I found this scene utterly baffling the first time I saw it, and every subsequent time. At last, I now know exactly why.”
In Part II of his series, Emerson breaks down the highway chase scene from Phillip Noyce’s 2010 film, "Salt" and in Part III, he revisits classic chase scenes from three films: Don Siegel’s "The Lineup" (1958), Peter Yates’s "Bullitt" (1968) and William Friedkin’s "The French Connection" (1971).
Tools for Screencasting
A screencast is a movie of your computer screen that is often used to demonstrate how specific features of a software are used. Good screencast videos are short in length, they have audio - either as voice narration or in the form of background music - and they may also include some sort of notes or text transcripts to aid the viewers.
In the Screencast Tutorial page you can find a list of several freeware screen recorders, like Screencast-O-Matic, CamStudio, Wink, ScreenR and more.
Another list of very interesting tools for screencasting (be careful, not all are free) is available on the following webpage: http://www.labnol.org/software/screencasting-toolkit/18831/
Here are some of the best software tools and hardware devices, and several good suggestions too, that can help you create professional-quality screencasts.
CamStudio, Jing, Wink, HyperCam, UltraVNC Recorder, Microsoft Encoder 4, Screenr, Screencast-o-matic, ScreenJelly, ScreenToaster, Expression Encoder, BB Flashback, WeGame client, FRAPS, Procaster, Join.me, Audacity, TubeMogul,
Easy Claymation Animation Techniques Using iStopmotion
Clay animation or "claymation" is a form of stop motion animation in which characters, props and/or the decor is made from plasticine clay (or something similar) so that you can manipulate the characters to "move". If you take pictures of the different stages of the movement and then quickly show all the pictures after each other, you have an animation of your characters' movements.
This post provides an overview of the possibilities of the animation application iStopmotion, you can download and buy from http://boinx.com/download/#istopmotion.
2. Orientation and Noise Control
3. Recording Mode
4. Time Lapse
6. Timeline Editing
3 Epic Classroom Created Animations and Films
This blog post introduces and gives a good example for each of the three broad creation types you see in teaching film and animation technique in schools (live action realism film, stop motion animation and finally rotoscope animation). Each technique features story telling at the core but uses very different creative and planning skills.
All of the films mentioned in the blog post have been created by CCEA Moving Image Arts students who study the course at Wallace High School.
4 Things Good Teachers do to Get Students REALLY Involved in Projects
“Almost all of the students in classrooms K-12, and a large percentage of students in colleges are ‘digital natives,’ or students who grew up with ubiquitous access to digital media.”
Jeff VanDrimmelen uses his experience in the classroom to list 4 essentials to motivate and enthrall students. Furthermore, he showcases an example of a students’ project called MacBeth Wars, which was first discussed on Infinite Thinking Machine (http://www.infinitethinking.org/2007/04/itm-7-show-tell.html).
4 Things to Get ‘Digital Native’ Students REALLY Involved
1. Make the Final Product SHAREABLE!
2. PROJECT’S, not Assignments!
3. Encourage students to use POPULAR TECHNOLOGIES they are familiar with!
4. Give the Student’s OPTIONS!
Consolarium: games-based learning to boost performance
Consolarium on BBC News - Gaming in Education. Learning and Teaching Scotland's Derek Robertson explains new gaming in education projects with the Nintendo DS which are motivating, engaging and improving the attainment of Scottish students.
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