The conceptual unit revolves around taking abstract ideas and expressing them through the different media provided at Freestyle. Using these different media platforms Freestyle students have created poetry, music, art, animations, films, and web productions. Resources such as DSLR Cameras, Audio Recorders, Adobe Softwares, WordPress, and Google Apps help throughout the unit. Using my abstract thinking and communication skills I created an experimental film and some poetry. I really valued the opportunity to create my first ever experimental film and enjoyed planning and shooting it.
For our Photo Haiku assignment we were required to write a short Haiku and embellish it with a photo and short video production.
This project was my first real Freestyle project. I used Adobe Premiere and an Audio recorder for first time. I worked on the same concept statement through both classes, Digital Media and English, showing me how much the two overlap.
Exquisite Corpse Poem
During English our class split up into groups and created an Exquisite Corpse Poem. We each contributed one line to an overall poem with only having knowledge of the line before ours. Once all the lines were contributed we read allowed the final poem. The video below displays this poem in a visual way.
During English we were required to write poems. We wrote many poems including Haikus, Free-Writes, Exquisite Corpse, and Ekphrastic.
After taking a class trip to the Museum of Modern Arts in San Francisco we were required to choose a photo and write about it. We also displayed that writing in a creative way. Click below to see what I created.
The English Poetry Unit taught me how to be inspired by photos to create poetry. The field trip to the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art is what inspired my intention statement poem. I enjoyed writing that poem and basing it off one of the photographs I saw at the museum.
In photoshop I created different images using blending modes to change the lighting and visually improve each photo.
This project taught me how to use photoshop and better my skills with a DSLR camera. I value the new techniques I learned in photoshop that I will use for the rest of my Freestyle experience to enhance my photos and make them unique.
In film we were required to make an experimental film. An experimental film is an abstract way of getting a main idea across without showing it directly through a story line or characters. We based this project off of the concept statements we discovered in English. For my film the concept statement is, “I am exploring the impatience through the experience of watching children play.”
Working on this project taught me many things about film. I learned how to manage my time when shooting and editing, how to efficiently use Adobe Premiere, and how to use a DSLR camera successfully. I also became familiar with effective camera angles that help move the film along and show the action in an understandable way.