All posts by Lizellbee

Hello there friends! My name is Liz, how lovely it is to meet you on this fine blogging site :) I'm currently studying a double bachelor degree in Media and Communications/Creative Arts (Theatre) and so far I love it! i look forward to sharing some great blog posts with y'all :D

It was the best of tweets;it was the worst of tweets

Unlike President Trump, who callously posts whatever thought comes to mind, I find there is a great deal to be learned about my online presence through some healthy self-reflection.

Overall, I feel positive about how my live- tweeting has progressed and improved each week so far. I think that while I didn’t often post pre-generated tweets, I did post topical, related content through a frame I felt comfortable commenting on. I think this authenticity helped to generate audience engagement amongst my peers and it was tweets that demonstrated novel facts or insights that had the highest interaction. A few examples can be seen below.

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1250584421389889537
https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1248043052930760705
https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1237874250083524610

Week 1- Metropolis

As I should have expected, week one was (without a doubt) my worst week for live-tweeting. Not only was there very limited engagement with other people’s tweets, but my own provided no context to those not viewing Metropolis as to what I was even talking about! This could have been easily improved by tagging #metropolis. This was however, the first time I had needed to undertake live-tweeting for a DM subject.

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1235326638986055684
https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1235343442965909506

Week 2- 2001: A Space Odyssey

In week two, I got my comfortable with my twitter ‘wings’ and attempted a few pre-generated tweets like the ones below. Something I also discovered in this week was threads and posting one thought over a few tweets (and how to signal that to readers).

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1237870453084979201
https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1237884606365331462

I was also more courageous this week to engage with my peers! I do find this difficult to do online and it is something I want to continue to develop. I either retweeted or liked tweets, but had I been more comfortable I would’ve loved to engage more with these tweets as much as I did in the following weeks.

Week 3- Westworld

There is a tweet from week three that upon reflection, may have been too wordy and could have been communicated in a simpler manner considering the medium I am posting to. I will try to be aware of verbose language that may be confusing to digest.

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1240395690368524290

I am however, pleased that in week three I engaged with Bodhi’s proposition of Michael Crichton’s imagined future. I also included an article in the tweeting for this week. Interestingly, it received little attention. Perhaps because we are all live-tweeting at the time, any articles I share in future should be concise- not lengthly reads.

https://twitter.com/bodhi_todd/status/1240403137753686016
https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1240402879959228417

The other instance where I linked an article was in a comment thread. This received more interaction and so I think this type of tweet is more suited to enhancing comment threads in future.

https://twitter.com/mylifeisajokexx/status/1240405090663567360

Week 4- Blade Runner

I believe week four has been my strongest week for tweets and I wonder if this is because I had seen a different version of Blade Runner before. I was more aware of the themes explored and could more accurately link them to future studies. Regardless, my week four tweets exemplified strong connection to the subject materials and lectures and a strong engagement with my peers- something I was lacking in earlier weeks.

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1248018239071780866
https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1248038909042257921
https://twitter.com/nathansully32/status/1248025039129047042

Week Five- Minority Report

Week five started off strong with a loose link to prophecy and literature via a Shakespeare tweet. It’s common sense but I feel most at-ease communicating online when I am talking about what I know- and I know Shakespeare!

In hindsight, I think my discussion was the strongest tweets from this week. My tweets didn’t initially receive much engagement. I was so relieved to find that the lack of tweeting was because people were as engrossed in the film as I was!

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1250556987521159168
https://twitter.com/NickChildsUOW/status/1250564683091767297
https://twitter.com/ElenaTheNerd/status/1250573764544225282

I was also proud of my link to Tom Hank’s personal life and the themes of the movie. This is something I hope to continue in my future live-tweeting practices- drawing abstract links from loosely related sources to further augment my understanding of Future studies.

https://twitter.com/lizzy_bridges/status/1250580597895921666

In conclusion, my tweets for the first five weeks of this subject have been a mix of the good and not so good tweets. The positive thing is I have the rest of the semester to iterate and hone my craft of live-tweeting further!

I look forward to it,

-Lizzellbee 🙂

A self-Analysis of Analysis

As a sufferer of anxiety, this prospect provides the ultimate paradox. This should be something I can do well because I am self-critical of myself all the time, and yet the very reason this blog has been written as late as it has is because of the debilitating effects anxiety disorders produce…anyway…let’s get critical!

For this task I was assigned the DA pitches of Nick, Jasmyn and Josh. Looking at the comments overall- I feel I gave constructive feedback and provided them with relevant resources to enhance the ultimate direction of their DA’s. It was interesting to see how the elements of their different ideas helped put my own DA into a clearer perspective, despite the vast difference between all our ideas. I think this is the true beauty of feedback; you not only help others but your comments also help iteration for yourself!

A difficulty I encountered overall was the length of my comments and is certainly something I will aim to improve on for future tasks. I wondered if I had gone too in-depth with their feedback but hoped that they would find it to be of enough use that they didn’t mind the length.

This was also combined with the challenge of more than one pitch relating to the same lecture material. I wanted to share the same information with them, but thought that it may show I have a lack of understanding of the subject by only referring to limited source material.

Nick- The Future of Space Travel

Nick’s DA focuses on the future of space travel. He wants to gain an idea of people’s thoughts and feelings about the future of commercial space travel through posts to space related sub-reddits . Throughout my comments I opened with a thoughtful comment about their DA which I think gave it a more personalised approach before engaging with critical feedback. In regards to this particular comment, I am bitter-sweet in the time I took to write the feedback yet also glad I took the time to write it, and that I could link his proposal back to lecture content. I felt it was extremely relevant to broadening the development and iteration of his DA.


Jasmyn- How to Make Your University Club Last Past Your Graduation

Jasmyn’s pitch focuses on creating longevity for the future of the DMS club. As I mentioned in the comment, I found it very hard to give constructive feedback to Jasmyn as she had every element of her pitch so well-thought out! The small advice I could give her was in relation to creating and cultivating diverse teams. However, with Jasmyn’s pitch I gained a clearer understanding about how the planning phase should look for my own DA!

As you can probably tell from the screenshot above, in the next review task I will ensure that I take a screenshot before posting the comment as it is hard to tell who has comment moderation on their blogs.I am annoyed with myself about this as this was something mentioned in the tutorials and lectures..ooops!

Josh- Mystery on the Moon

My final review for this task was Josh, who is planning on creating a short piece of mystery fiction set on the moon!

I felt my feedback for Josh was more authentic than my previous comments in that, as someone who works in professionally in the Creative Industries, I could actually speak competently about something I am passionate (and hopefully knowledgable on).

It could be a hyper-sensitive thought but I do feel that when I am passionate about something I can be more blunt than I intend. For future tasks I would like to be aware of this to mitigate any possibility that any feedback I provide is negatively interpreted!

-Lizzellbee 🙂

DA Pitch:The Future of A.I in the Creative Industry of Film

As mentiond in the above video, I would like to focus my Digital Artefact on the Future of A.I in the creative industry of film over the next 5-10 years.

Artificial Intelligence has already infiltrated many aspects of the film industry. From AI operated camera equipment to sophisticated machine learning services such as “Cinelytic and ScriptBook that mine and analyse keywords attributable to a film’s themes, dialogue and actors… to provide valuable insight regarding which films are likely to be blockbusters – or flops (Farish 2020).

I hope my digital artefact can be used as a demonstration of ‘futuristic details used as poetic devices for exoticizing the present’ (Csicsery-Ronay 2008). My digital artefact will both serve to entertain and to inform audiences about the complex present, past and future of film. 

References

  • Csicsery-Ronay, I 2008, The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, Weslayan University Press, Connecticut USA.
  • Drunk Histories 2013, Television Series, Comedy Central , US, directed by Jeremy Konner.
  • Kelsey Farish, AI and the Auteur: Implications of using artificial intelligency in film studio decision-making, JURIST – Academic Commentary, January 25, 2020, https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2020/01/kelsey-farish-ai-and-the-auteur/
  • Sterling, B 2019, How to Be Futuristic, Podcast, the Long Now Foundation, viewed 8th March 2020, https://t.co/Vi5cxPPI4X
  • YouTube 2019, Love, Art and Stories:Decoded, online video, 19th December, YouTube Originals,viewed 16th March 2020, < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr1fmKVY3cA

Self-Trackers, Anxiety and Eating Disorders- Is there a link?

REFERENCES

“The more I tried to take control, the less I could”. (2019). [Blog] Beat Eating Disorders. Available at: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/your-stories/recovery/more-i-tried-control-less-i-could [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Beyond Blue (2018). Eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Beyond Blue.

Corso, S. (2019). my eating disorder story. (anorexia & bulimia). Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckb3M_p642g&t=1100s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Dvorska, M. (2018). My Fitness Journey | Weight Loss Transformation, Binge Eating, & Body Image Struggle. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqiktqDQ7sM&t=1074s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Foucault, M. (1988). The care of the self. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Gabrielle, H. (2017). MY EATING DISORDER STORY (WITH PICTURES) | MY HEALTH STORY #002 | HOLLY GABRIELLE. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nisk6Y0-vt8&t=803s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Garcia, J. (2015). BODY TRANSFORMATION: Eating Disorder – Binging – IIFYM. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK7P14TZloo&t=756s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Godart, N., Flament, M., Curt, F., Perdereau, F., Lang, F., Venisse, J., Halfon, O., Bizouard, P., Loas, G., Corcos, M., Jeammet, P. and Fermanian, J. (2003). Anxiety disorders in subjects seeking treatment for eating disorders: a DSM-IV controlled study. Psychiatry Research, [online] 117(3), pp.245-258. Available at: https://www-sciencedirect-com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/science/article/pii/S0165178103000386 [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Gross, S., Bardzell, J., Bardzell, S. and Stallings, M. (2017). Persuasive Anxiety: Designing and Deploying Material and Formal Explorations of Personal Tracking Devices. Human–Computer Interaction, [online] 32(5-6), pp.297-334. Available at: https://eds-a-ebscohost-com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/eds/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=1e5f42f6-0e44-4e43-a07b-2a5c66051b16%40sdc-v-sessmgr03&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#AN=edselc.2-52.0-85017518932&db=edselc [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

In a world of uncontrollable it was something she could control. (2019). [Blog] Beat Eating Disorders. Available at: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/your-stories/recovery/world-uncontrollable-something-could-control [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

It was never about ‘being thin’. (2017). [Blog] Beat-eating disorders. Available at: https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/your-stories/it-was-never-about-being-thin [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

ITV News (2019). How fitness apps, trackers and social media are affecting people with eating disorders | ITV News. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo6cW9VRjBQ&t=36s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Kaye, W., Bulik, C., Thornton, L., Barbarich, N. and Masters, K. (2004). Comorbidity of Anxiety Disorders With Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161(12), pp.2215-2221. Available at: https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.161.12.2215 [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Moore, P. and Robinson, A. (2016). The quantified self: What counts in the neoliberal workplace. New Media & Society, 18(11), pp.2774-2792.

Paege, J. (2019). i’m anorexic. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_6NIAQU4go&t=3s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Pallister, E. and Waller, G. (2008). Anxiety in the eating disorders: Understanding the overlap. Clinical Psychology Review, [online] 28(3), pp.366-386. Available at: https://www-sciencedirect-com.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/science/article/pii/S0272735807001225#bib48 [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Thebutterflyfoundation.org.au. (2019). Understanding Eating Disorders | The Butterfly Foundation. Available at: https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/understand-eating-disorders/ [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Verstegen, S. (2017). Using MyFitnessPal to Help Your Clients. [Blog] American Council on Exercise. Available at: https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/professional/expert-articles/6274/using-myfitnesspal-to-help-your-clients [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Wanders, I. (2019). Anorexia Nearly Killed Me. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45PWhrzE-qI&t=637s [Accessed 13 Jun. 2019].

Moving Image Project- Living Rebel

My last assignment ‘Living Rebel’ serves as a final and intimate exploration of my subject’s day to day life and (as was undertaken in previous projects) provides viewers with an unconventional exploration of the term ‘Rebel’. 

In this film I wanted to capture the overall essence of Andrea, in a documentary inspired format. Every decision in terms of lighting, shot composition, sound design, editing and blocking has been informed by this motivation. 

For this project I envisioned the discovery of the extraordinary in the mundane. This I think is evident in the settings of my scenes, which are not particularly exciting. For example, a coffee being made, a swing or walking and teaching in a studio. However, the voice clips of my subject’s reflections about her life, and the candid emotional responses captured on film, serve to provide the shots with deeper meaning.

For the coffee scene I have incorporated many quick cuts and opted for a fast-paced editing style, drawing on inspiration from Edgar Wright who uses succinct and extremely well timed cuts to convey the action or exposition of a scene. His films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz particularly inspired me, although quick edits are a trademark across his filmography.

In the swing scene I have drawn on the works of Lev Kulishov, who pioneered the famous Kulishov effect, which is an editing technique used to produce meaning and context in a scene. In my piece I have used this effect to demonstrate the affection my subject feels towards animals and nature.

I was also largely inspired by the works of Quentin Tarentino, particularly his film Kill Bill and the use throughout his filmography of extreme close-ups, specifically, feet. I used close ups and extreme close up shots to pay homage to Tarentino’s quirky characters, drawing parallels to my subject.

One specific scene that took a large amount of work to perfect was the long shot, comprised of three shots of the walk down to the studio. I found this scene challenging in the production process, as my subject wasn’t aware of how smoothly the edits needed to be, and would often complete a different action each take. In editing I found it difficult to cut together those three shots smoothly while keeping the Foley footsteps lined up.

Ultimately, while it’s not perfect this was a learning process and I am proud of the finished product and the skills I have developed through the production and post-production process.

Soundscapes Fit for A Rebel

I designed ‘Soundscapes fit for a Rebel’ to serve as a further immersion into the day-to-day life of an unconventional rebel. Rather than focus on the obscene and exciting, I have chosen to focus my sound project on the mundane such as atmospheric noise and the composition of different foley sounds (including wiring a cloth for coffee beans, rustling plastic for boiling water and squishing satay noodles for milk)to create the sounds of a morning coffee (influenced by ‘Big Coffee’ (Stocco 2013). However, that’s not to say that there isn’t beauty to be found in those sounds. As John Cage famously stated ‘There is always something to see, something to hear…try as we may to make a silence, we cannot,’ (Cage 1961).

Within my sound project I have tried to encapsulate the aspects of life that the Rebel considers most dear and have composed the piece in a linear time structure to make it seem as if the listener is joining us for a coffee and a chat.

Underscoring the majority of the composition is an original music piece, which was created by asking the Rebel to play what first came mind. Quite a few podcast sound designs informed this decision (especially the variance in volume in accordance with the interview such as Serial (Serial Productions 2014) and You Must Remember This (Longworth 2014). Additionally, the underscore helped to convey a chilled out- relaxed tone throughout the piece which further exemplifies the Rebel subject I have chosen to explore.

References 
Diego Stocco 2013, Big Coffee, Youtube Video, 3rd July, viewed 1st May 2019, < www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmJN1WL_uLo > 
Cage J 1961, Silence: Lectures and Writings, Middleton : Wesleyan University Press. 
Serial Productions, 2014, Serial, Podcast, This American Life, accessed 3rd April 2019. 
Longworth, K 2014, You Must Remember This, podcast, accessed April 2018.

The Enivronments of the Rebel- Essay Photo Series.

My essay photoseries ‘The Environments of the Rebel’, aims to encapsulate an active subverter of society’s perceived ‘rebel’. The image of the stereotypical rebel is synonymous with anti-establishment culture; violence, drugs, sex and rock & roll. However, I wanted to examine the nuances of rebellion through my subject (who by all appearances fits the typical stereotype).

The rebel in my photo series is a characterised view into the life of Andrea Harrison, a close friend and lady I live with. I wanted this photo series to candidly capture everything that makes her a unique individual.

This motivation has helped to inform everything from the colloquial captions with a strong emphasis on literary devices, to the composition of most photos in personal distance proximity according to Edward Halls 1963 Proxemic Theory to portray the rebel as a close friend.

Through the curation of these different environments, I have subsequently uncovered the ambiverted nature of my subject. This is conveyed by the equal ratio between solo subject shots and shots with others, highlighting the extroverted but equally introverted personality of my subject.

For the majority of photos I have opted to keep aperture low so to keep the Rebel as the main focus, highlighting how the lens through which society chooses to view her does not bother her. I have also chosen warm lighting and bright yet subdued colours to further symbolise her presence as fun yet calming.

In the composition of my work I was inspired by both the photographic style of Nan Goldin and the subject focus of Diane Arbus. Misty in Sheridan Square NYC 1991 (Goldin 1991) particularly resonated with me and I wanted to apply the same style of colorful environments with wide aperture and blurred backgrounds. For the first photo of my series, I drew inspiration from Lucus Samaras, 1966 (Arbus 1966), which focuses on light and shadow in the frame.

In ‘The Rebel sings to generations old and new at the Mercantile, “On the Rocks”, Sydney’, I wanted to explore perspective and the dynamic nature of live performance. I waited for the ‘decisive moment’ when the younger couple dancing in the middle ground matched with the older couple in the foreground, whilst focusing on Andrea in the background. My inspiration for this shot came from Cotton Mill Girl (Hine 1908).

I experienced distinct challenges while shooting, particularly when it came to lighting. At the Mercantile, the low, ever-changing lighting meant I had to keep adjusting the ISO and shutter speed to prevent subject blur. With outdoor shooting, glare prevented any ISO adjustments from working and meant that my photos were overexposed. This is something I aim to improve on for future photography projects.

Overall, I feel my essay photo series is an accurate portrayal of the ‘not-so-rebel’ Rebel.

Arbus, D. (1966), Lucas Samaras, Image, Artnet, viewed 20th March 2019,http://www.artnet.com/artists/diane-arbus/lucas-samaras-a-jFvwCvbXqAHZ0bH7Hj_ucQ2

Goldin, N. (1991), Misty in Sheridan Square NYC 1991, Image, Artnet, viewed 20th March 2019, http://www.artnet.com/artists/nan-goldin/misty-in-sheridan-square-nyc-a-oCSpSZ5m3aLCYaXavSAQnA2

Hine, L. (1908), Cotton Mill Girl, Image, Bored Panda, viewed 20th March 2019,  https://www.boredpanda.com/top-100-world-photos-influential-all-time

Morning dawns for the Rebel residing in Dillwynnia Grove.
The Rebel stops in for a chat with neighbours across the fence.
The ‘garden-variety’ Rebel gets back to nature.
Saturday night spent in with the Rebel, an old friend and Thai food.
The Rebel shares a moment of affection with her darling Pushkins.
The Rebel in her natural environment, fostering young musical minds for years to come.
The Rebel sings to generations old and new at the Mercantile, “On the Rocks”, Sydney.
The Rebel rejects reality.