Thursday, August 2, 2012

Reflection of TCF 312 Course

Instructor: Dr. Raimist TCF 312 Mohammed Kamal 08/02/2012 TCF 312 Course Reflections TCF 312 is an advance in video production. It is a 3 hours class. It went really fast because it’s summer. This is an educational and interesting class for me, as a TCF major. This course is designed to teach technical practices of digital video cameras, lighting technique, visual storytelling, technique of video production and postproduction including script formatting, camera techniques, lighting, sound, and editing. I learned how to use different kind of lights and where to use them properly. Continue reading the books and work in group projects, and listening to the class lecture, which helped to complete scene assignment. Cinematography for director, and grammar of the shot, the filmmaker hand book, and filmmaker eye book guided me about making a film, documentary or a portrait of place or a person. Within one month period, I was able to edit the composition exercise, scene assignment and my DP/Director Reel by using the software Final Cut Pro. I learned using MAC and all other technical parts about the computer. In this class Dr. Raimist forced me to learned many technical aspects that I have never seen before. I’m glad that I had this class with Dr. Raimist. I have 20 years of business management experiences, but I only started to work with computer since 2009. I worked so hard to keep up with my class buddies. I’m very honest and hard worker.I never missed any class and never was late in class. If I know my task I then I can it take seriously.My expection from this class is to get an A. This TCF class taught me many lessons. I’ve learned lot more than I expected. My best choices are Directing, DP and production management. Communication is also one the most important part of the filmmaking process. My group members were very cooperative to me. I’m not sure about my visual aspect yet. Making a film, and visually telling the story to the audience is really a challenging job. Sharing the ideas and artistic visions between the director and, the DP, can bring the success to the projects. Even though this class went too fast still I loved it. Working with class buddies, watching the films, all together, I had so much fun. I’ll miss this class. Lessons from the TCF 312 class will take me to the next level. My last thought and my favorite part of this class was that challenged me to learn all the technical aspects. Thanks to Dr. Raimist being such a wonderful person

SHOT BY SHOT: FROM "TITANIC" BY KAMAL

"Shot by shot analysis" a scene from "Titanic" directed by James cameron.,explaning how Rose approches to jackand ends up sharing their flying experiene together.


1.This is a establishing shot from a moving ship"Titanic". Director establishes the location of the ship and the character.

2.Then cut to medium close up on Jack to focus his facial expression, and he is placed on the left. 
3. This shot cut into his sad face with shallow depth of field .It is a medium close up shot coverd three quarter of the frame. Now his entire face is more noticeable to the audience.
4. This medium shot on Rose's happy face  waiting to meet jack to have a conversation about her feelings towards Jack. Behind we can see the windows of Titanic. Also two person passing by. 
5. This long shot establishes Rose walking on the deck of the Titanic. In the  backgroud focuses to the colorful sky.
6. This medium close up shot placed Rose in the left third. Perfectly framed Rose to focus her emotions. WE can see little details such ear ring, neckles,forehead etc.
7. This two shot is a wide shot focuses both holding each others hands. Beatiful sky colors in the background.
8. This  shot was cut to medim close up on both jack and Rose to focuse their geeting close to each other . Rose approched to jack said she changed her mind. She really loves him.
9. This shot is a long shot.  It Establishes that jack is trying to convence Rose to stand on the  head of the ships rail to experience something new. 
10. Then the shot cut to medium on both Jack and Rose, focusing their happy moment and also they having the feelings that they are flying. They are sharing their joy being in love with each other.







Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Artist statement -TCF 312 blog # 9


Ever since I can remember images movies, music videos theatre, have always captivated me into getting to entertainment business. I always dreamed to become an actor director or a singer. I enjoy watching all types of media from the various generations. At the end this TCF 312 class, the hardest part is to write an artist statement.  Within in this short period of time, we had to cover lot of materials. The technology is changing rapidly, and bringing us together into a global village. I played a very small role in technological medium. Since I have decided to come to school to study film production, I ‘m taking this education as challenge. It’s too early to claim myself as a filmmaker, DP, or an editor but I love working as a director, DP, and also an editor. I know it’s a long journey and I have to go long way. I think I ‘m more interested in making documentary film. I love to share and reflect the real life stories.  They actually bring the past history to the audience. TCF 312 class helped me to experiment with the various camera aspects. I had the opportunity to experiment on a portrait of a place and also remake a scene from pulp fiction. Those experiments opened my eyes. So far I have directed and edited few short pieces. My direction and editing for the future is to continue to see the artistic vision.

Kamal"s DP/Director Reel


Blog post #5 Camera movement

 Quentin Tarantino used a single tracking shot amazingly to show his camera movement technique. It's a great camera movement. He used different kind of shots such as, Subjective camera, tracking backwards, Horizontal panning, birds eye angle, and Panoramic followup.

Blog #5 camera movement

This is a very claver cinemotography  slowly zoomed in the character from medium shot to a close up shot.  His eyes and facial expression are very clear.

Scene assignment -TCF312

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