Week 11: Sound effects

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I found cafe ambient sounds which is just a fancy name for background noise, also summer forest and hot sipping liquid effects that was added to my lil. I set out to capture the coffee machine noise myself when it lets off all the steam and also capture the sound of girls laughing using the recorder on my phone but am unsure of how to post this on word press. However I am happy with my final edit also using music from the youtube audio library.


Week 10: Final Movie Clip

For the final edit of the short film I employed many skills in which I had learnt in class including sorting my medias into files to keep the windows ‘tidy’, I also used the free download youtube music library to get music, I chose a happy feeling song. I also added titles.

I tried very hard to make sure all the film cuts and titles appeared to the beat of the song, and the change in music meets the change of environments from inside the cafe to out side. However, I couldn’t figure out how to fade out the music at the end.

I also added a opening and closing title as well as a water mark logo to the bottom right hand corner of the screen for the duration of the short clip. I enjoyed this process a lot.

Please watch in 1080.




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Week 9: Short film edit

After sorting a lot of footage (almost 15 minutes worth) I was able to narrow the edited video to just under 30 seconds. This process of what to cut out of the footage actually wasn’t a hard decision because a large percentage of the footage was shaky, this is because the girl filming majority of the footage didn’t listen or didn’t have much skill in filming as she free held it most of the time instead of using a tripod or stabiliser of some sort. That was a challenge I faced while editing was to choose good shots that we stabilised correctly.

I found premier pro difficult to work with at first, but after watching some online tutorials I found it easy to use and will definitely continue to work with it.

Below is my first edit of the filming recorded the week earlier. I like the bright, happy feel to it. All audio has been deleted for the first edit. Please watch in 1080.



Some screen shots of my process:

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Week 7: Magazine cover and spread

I absolutely loved this exercise!! This has to have been the most fun in class assignment I have had this year to date. I found indesign so practical and easy to use in contrast to photoshop, however I may have found indesign a lot easier because of my wrestle with Photoshop now proving to be useful in my other areas of adobe experience.

I created a magazine cover the first week with Alexis Ren and Jay Alvarez featuring on the cover; I then continued to target the same audience with the rest of the magazine, the surf, sand and skate young adult community.

I Found Indesign very easy to use and I edited photos and images on it rather than photoshop but had to edit some images on PS of which I transferred over.

If I were to do it again, I would change the cover as I didn’t have much experience in Indesign and I feel I could now do a lot better at it. I also now notice the black box containing my article on the second 2 page spread is not centred to the image.

I have loved this experience, I will continue to use Indesign and would love to see in the future what magazine work I may be able to do.

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Week 6: Magazine Cover

I really enjoyed this exercise. I found Indesign so much easier to work with rather than photoshop and I will definitely use it more in the future. I started with the cover of Alexis Ren and Jay Alverez because I happen to be looking at their instagram at the same time. I found it hard to find a large high definition photo of them together, eventually this one seemed to be the only one that would work despite it only being in black and white, I would have preferred something more colourful and vibrant.

This lesson cam in conjunction with a talk about the importance of typography in Creativity and Design class which I found helpful in the application of this. The advice was to not use more that 3 types in one piece and helvetica is the more easy and recognisable text world wide. I applied those theories and also the tips we had learnt in the tools tutorial.

I will definitely use indesign in the future as I found it so much easier to work with than photo shop but I understand the two different functions of the programs.


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Week 4: Gif Octopus



My Process:

Then merged 2 visible layers together the background and the octopus.

Duplicated layers then used puppet tool to warp the octopus arms and head.

Duplicated 2nd layer and put it first in sequence

Created animation timeline, added layers as frames, each frame was set to 0.2 sec.

Saved and exposed as web GIF.

I found this exercise wasn’t necessarily too hard when following step by step just time consuming. But I am very glad I have learnt this skill and will definitely use it in the future again.

Week 3: 14th March

Attempt 2 at photoshop, now counting 5 hours of work and still unable to figure it out. Next week’s plan: Tutorials.

Here is my cat assignment attempt.

I saw the cat on the book and imagined him innocently terrorising a library.

First of all I removed the background of the cat image and found a vintage library background.

I edited the perspective of the cat to be a proper angle including scale. I then attempted to filter the cat to fit into the same texture of the background using the sharpening tool and other filters.

I added a second cat, a smaller one hiding in the books, added some more books, adjusted the brightness to look like late afternoon. encompassing my vision of the two cats getting trapped in a library and having no choice but to make a mess.

I planned to add blowing curtains in the left hand side but my skills currently won’t allow it. I need to put more time into exploring photoshop and its tools.


Week 2: 14th March

Photoshop just may be the biggest challenge of my year.

I am so excited to learn more about Photoshop, I know it is such a useful tool. My problem comes when I have big visions for an image but just don’t have the skills to develop it. I really struggled with this first image of the Maraetai wharf, I imagined turning the sky to night, casting moon shadows on the water, a multitude of stars in the sky and darkening the light of the wharf. However, my image process including a lot of frustration, pop us telling me that I can’t do the action and somehow deleting my work.

My process:

My process started with an image of the Maraetai Beach wharf which is positioned at the end of my driveway. I chose this image to describe myself because this happened to be the image I took my first morning of traveling to Unitec.


I then removed the sky and cropped out the road, darkened the bridge removed some trees.

Added new layer and sunset background

Used smudge tool to soften landscape and horizion to not appear so sharp.

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