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Korsakow. But I guess it’s actually pronounced “core-sah-kov.”

If you’re a follower of this blog of mine, you would have seen the videos I’ve been embedding and explaining in my last like, twenty or so blog posts. All of these videos and posts lead up to our major assessment that is sort of a compilation of the videos we have made.

Here’s the link to the video:
http://www.themediastudents.net/im1/2013/christine.luong/index.html

And here is my reflection:
A major part of these tasks was making an effort to notice something that would fit the constraints we were given. This was brought up in one of our readings, ‘Researching Your Own Practice: The Discipline of Noticing’ by John Mason. Mason gave pointers about how to “increase the likelihood of noticing in the future” where he gave us tasks to notice specific things. I think this really reflected the constrained sketch tasks.

The project that I have completed using Korsakow has a ‘thread’ that I would consider to be personal. I found that the videos that I made all reflected me, especially the ones that had the theme of me. They were all things I do or see or notice and so the text that I added to the videos were also a reflection of me. These sentences are either what I was doing, thinking, feeling or wanting at the time, but in present tense. The idea behind this was to really exemplify my personality to create a more casual tone for the piece. The effect I was hoping to have was that the audience feels like they are following me through random parts of the day, watching what I do, see and think. I think the similarity with each of the bits of text that are used makes the videos flow better by providing some relativity.

This work was conceived through the use of key words that linked videos together based on what key words they used. Using Korsakow meant SNUifying the clips and in doing so, one has to add out words and in words which link and determine which videos will show in the previews. The key words I used reflected what was in each of the films and the ones that would show up as previews would have opposite features. Essentially, the structure for my work is varied according to the key words for whichever video you are presently watching but regardless of the lack of linearity and chronology, it’s like me in a sense. It jumps to different parts of my life and daily life while representing the fact that I’m a complete scatterbrain. This is especially obvious when the audience reads my text because it’s not necessarily relevant to what I’m doing.

I think the nature of this program is that it shows videos to people and allows them to navigate each video until all have been viewed. My understanding of this lead me to put each of the videos on a loop. The fact that the other option is for the SNU (/biggest) box turns black afterwards doesn’t seem as appealing to me and I think it would make more sense for each video to keep playing until the viewer decides to click another to watch. The looping also helps because after uploading it onto the server, the previews take a while to load. So the viewer can just keep rewatching until each of the three options finishes loading.

I believe that some aspects of my work was successful. I managed to complete all the required tasks associated with the project, or at least all the ones I was aware of. I think that there are ways that I could have improved. I noticed that the quality of the videos becomes quite pixelated in Korsakow and I would have liked to be able to get better quality videos, or even just less pixelated videos. I do enjoy the concepts of most of my videos because they are really representative of me. (As an aside, I would like to add that I just realised how conceited and self-absorbed it is to make myself my thread). As I was saying, there are some videos that are perhaps too rushed and don’t really express my theme or my thread as much as I would like. I do think that it is able to portray me and my insufferable quirkiness sufficiently.

The most important thing I have learnt through doing this task is to be patient. Despite the fact that in the first lecture, Adrian advised us to be dirty, messy and noisy, I think it is important to incorporate patient in media making. I think I initially took the notion of dirty, messy, noisy to mean that we could be reckless and careless in what we made, but I have found that it is very crucial to be self aware and persistent. From filming and doing several takes, to editing, cutting out the important parts, to learning Korsakow and making sure each of the SNUs are adequate.

C

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