Reading Responses

Reading Response #5 – Kelsey Mullins

Nichols chapter “Why are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking?” discusses the power of films (and people’s interpretation of films) to convey a likeness of the world, represent others, and argue a particular viewpoint. Nichols explains the difference between treating people as “actors” and “social actors.” Social actors are people in non-fiction documentary films, and […]

Reading Response 4

In this weeks lectures we discussed the political aspect of documentary which is often propaganda. Professor Young mentioned he didn’t think a true documentary that presents just the facts actually exists due to the fact nearly every film is funded and backed by external companies with their own agenda of what they want the film […]

Leah Ashley- Sobchack and “Understanding” Media

Responding to things or media physically doesn’t create a factually objective statement about that media. Even when a thing such as a video with animated images and audio, which is supposedly the most physically tangible media to a human being, if you have the highest tendency to react physically you only react based on your […]

Blog Post #4

I am currently working on two projects for this week- Photo-a-day and our final portfolio. The theme for the photo-a-day this week is panorama, I came across some trouble when I was trying to figure out how to take a panorama on a DSLR. I tried to look up YouTube tutorials and, thankfully, there are […]

Reading Response – The Real and the Ideal AND Unfinished Business

This piece is broken up into four different sections: unfinished business, unfinished spaces, unfinished stories and unfinished time. To start, unfinished business is described by Lunenfield as one would naturally think about it: what would have happened had someone or something not changed? He adds that “cybernetics is the alchemy of our age: the computer […]

Reading Response #4 – Kelsey Mullins

According to the Michael Nitsche reading, the term Machinima is a combination of “machine” and “cinema.” Machinima is “animated filmmaking within a real-time virtual 3D environment.” Machinima originated in the context of 1980’s hacker culture, but has since grown into a much larger movement as video games and computers have advanced. Machinima often involves remediating the game, […]

Reading Response 5

In Anne Friedberg’s Journal of Visual Culture, she talks about how every piece of framed visuality is a part of component pieces of architecture, that they are visual windows into a vast viewing machine with endless opportunities in and out of the screen. But not only are looking at computer, phone, and movie screens, were […]

Reading Response #5 – Syd Lashmet

Journal of Visual Culture by Anne Friedberg Friedberg relates a car in the city to viewing and interpreting movies/screens into media, but the real goal she is trying to emphasize is the space between the “screen: and the viewer. She writes, “a theory of film spectatorship that describes the shining views of the spectator that […]

Leah Ashley Reading Response #5: Nichols

I think there’s definitely room for semantic debate within media arts. If everything is a documentary why wouldn’t it be used that way by the general public? Language is usually reflected- directly influenced by society and the way people manipulate a language over time; it was never about who establishes that word as something specific […]