Video Interview

This project was interesting to do because of the amount of thought needed to put in. Starting off, I had to choose who I wanted to interview. I decided to choose my dad because he had an interesting life. He lived in lots of places and met many people, so its safe to assume that he has few interesting stories here and there. From there I had to figure out a time and this is where I ran into my first issue. Life is unpredictable and we had a sudden change in schedule which led me to have to travel to my dad’s job in order to proceed with the interview.

Setting up the interview and the camera angles was more difficult to achieve because what you see with your eyes and what the camera sees are two different things. So sometimes I had to bring the camera closer or further to achieve the shot I wanted and even then it wasn’t the exact result I was hoping to get. Getting over camera anxiety or awkwardness took a while but after speaking for a bit it faded away (mostly). From there editing wasn’t too bad but it was certainly time-consuming. I decided to incorporated music throughout the most of the video because the silence made the video seem longer, so adding the music made it feel more paced. Overall I’m happy with my edit and I hope the video is interesting to watch.

Questions for Interview

Basic Questions

  • What is your name?
  • What do you do? (School, Work, Family)
  • Words to describe yourself?

Life Questions

  • What is an experience or story that changed your life, or an aspect of your life? Or just an interesting story to tell?
    • How did this affect you initially? Any long term effects?
      • Comparison from before and after?
    • Negative or Positive?
    • Why did you choose this story to tell?
  • Any personal mantras or mottos you live by?
  • Advice for people who’ve experienced the same thing or something similar?

Random Questions

  • Favorite food?
  • Music?
  • Color?
  • One place you would like to visit? (can be anywhere even if impossible)

Visit to the Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cold. That was what was on my mind when trying to find the museum. Yet despite that, once finding the museum, the day got better. Coming inside, the museum had a different vibe then the bustling city its surrounded by (perhaps this is with all museums?). There were lots of objects, paintings and inventions that spanned across history in its origin, ranging from recent 21st century (such as the dot piano) to the 18th century (such as the wooden staircase model).

On the second floor, there was a collection of handcrafted wooden structures, one of which was a staircase model. Dating back from the 18th century, this staircase model originated in France, but the creator is unknown. It is made and carved out of carved pear and turned bone. While it is a model, the craftsmanship on it is amazing and well built enough to last to this day, structurally and aesthetically.

On the third floor, a more modern feel was in the atmosphere, along with modern creations were displayed, it gave a surreal yet refreshing feeling. For the first two floors, the feel and work displayed gives a historic vibe since most of the work displayed is at least over 70 years old. Some were even from the 17th century! So seeing Joris Laarman Lab’s tables, it was surprising. These tables were made using modern tools and reference modern ideas. Its a table that id designed to look like an 8-bit video game. It has decorations that resemble Mario and Duck Hunt games. Comparing these two pieces of ornament, the difference in age speaks out, in both medium and craftsmanship, yet these two are both equally fascinating to see.

Visual Quote Revised Final

Visual Quote Final Revision

The process of creating the visual quote started out with me figuring out what quote to choose. At first I wanted to do something a little more shocking which led me to chose a more scarier design for the phrase “Don’t Look”, but afterwards I decided against it. Thinking more I decided to go for a more recognizable and more positive quote. The quote “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is widely known and can be interpreted in multiple ways.

After deciding my quote I had to think of an image to pair with it. I thought to myself ‘what is something that people often fix despite coming in as broken?’ and the first thing to pop up in my head were cars. Fixing up cars back to working condition, especially older cars, is a hobby many people participate in. Many cars often find themselves at the junk yard but for someone who may look at this differently, its the start of a personal project. So the idea was to highlight a car from the rest that could possibly become someones new project.

After my first and second draft, it was pointed out that to make the message more clear, I should instead insert a shiny, fixed version of one of the cars in the pile and so I choose the one that caught my eye, and found a similar car and used photoshop to highlight the details that felt the most eye catching. Afterwards, using photoshop, I had to merge the two images to make it look as if the car had been there all along. This was a bit difficult due to backgrounds and having to look closely to make sure everything came together seamlessly. Yet it seemed to work out since I am content with the final outcome.

Research Paper Outline

Outline

Introduction

  • Small sentence on logos and brands
  • Introduce the National Geographic logo and describe its features
    • Simple yet due to it’s history relays the brand easily
    • Bright yellow and interesting implements of its use
    • San serif text
  • Describe the work National Geographic has done and continues to do
  • Closing sentence

Body Paragraphs

  • First Topic: History
    • The National Geographic Society and Magazine
      • Society founded in 1888
        • 33 men created it
        • made to share knowledge
      • First issue of magazine published in same year
        • Lack of photographs and the famous yellow border
      • Magazine of geography, science, biology, history, culture, technology
      • Incredible stories matched with breathtaking photography
      • Has stayed strong in the magazine world
    •  Reintroduce the logo but in more detail
      • What year was it made
      • Who designed it
      • Was it based on anything
        • Simple sentence on the magazine
    •   Background of Designers
      • Chermayeff & Geismar
        • History and previous works
        • Dedication to making NatGeo a success
  • Second Topic: Color
    • Connection of Color and Emotion
      • Yellow and what it symbolizes
        • Happiness, optimism, hope, energy
        • Creators chose yellow due to its capability of creating strong brand recognition
          • Examples
        • Red is first to catch the eye but yellow comes second
          • Red is more passion while yellow is more calm
  • Third Topic: Modern Implementation
    • Wide spread media
      • TV
        • NatGeo, NatGeo Wild, NatGeo Kids
          • Slight change in logo but overall retains the same characteristics that the main logo has
      •  Magazine
        • Still same magazine since 1888 but now covers more
        • Holds the famous yellow rectangle on its cover border just like before
      • Website and Mobile Devices
        • Logo still at very top
        • Photography still a major part
          • Picture of the day
        • The yellow rectangle is still involved when highlighting the current main story of the website

Conclusion

  • NatGeo and its impact on our society and journalism
  • Summery sentence for each topic
  • Concluding sentence