Clowning Performance Reflection – Claude
June 11, 2013, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Drama
What changed in this performance compared to the run through last week?
The number of people in our group was different. Instead of a group of two, it changed into a group of three. We had to rearrange the performance more, and that made the performance quite different. Before it was all about how Charlie(Rohan) was a guardian to Jimmy (me), and that was significant because without Charlie, Jimmy can’t do anything. Then we added Stan (Giulio) who actually replaces a bit of Charlie’s personality and Stan is the good side of the original Charlie. Now Charlie is a mean person how is making fun of Jimmy for how silly he is. We had to change what we did from the original quite a lot.
How was the audience and how did you interact with them
The audience was always shouting something out that filled in a lot of gaps. It was also reassuring at times, because when they said something that related to what we were doing, it would let us know that we were doing the right thing. Interacting with them was difficult as we didn’t have much time to sort that out. But we did talk to them, almost like having a discussion with them. Because of that I think that they knew that they were part of the act, and what they did would matter.
Name one thing you did well and one thing you would never do again
I think that I did well to stay in character throughout the performance. Next time, I would want to have more time to prepare, as it was quite complicated with our situation this time. With that time, I would practice making my character more exaggerated, and I think that a loud, meaningless reactions to random things would make an audience laugh.
Gr8 Tech mashup evaluation
May 22, 2013, 3:42 pm
Filed under: Tech
1. Use your tests from Part A to assess your product/solution
2. What impact will your product/solution have? Who will be affected and how?
It changes the mood of the song. Both songs were very different, one was about a sad past, and the other was about a bright present. I think I made it a song of something in between, when I say that I mean rather that my mashup sounds like the artist is in a bad situation, but it is their goal to get out of that and seek something positive.
3. How could your product/solution be improved?
I think that in the future I could make it longer and maybe add another song. That might help me show the meaning of the mashup song, a little bit better than what it is now. Also, I think that it would be interesting to mashup the chorus of each song completely, to make it completely different. It would be interesting to see how far I could go with changing the meaning of the song.
4. Evaluate your use of the Design Cycle. Honestly think about your use of the Design Cycle through the Booklet. Take time for each section. Look at the sections and read them carefully to refresh your memory.
5, because I like I planned and designed my project well. Although I think that those two points were quite strong for this project, I feel like I could have done a little bit more investigation. I think that if I had looked up certain types of mashups, I could have made my mashup a little but more smooth, because there were a few areas that were rough. When it came to actually creating the project, it was difficult to think of where to start from, simply because the two songs were completely different. I used some other mashups that I had seen as a base for timing. Timing was probably one of the hardest things to blend, the intervals from one song to another made me have to go back and edit several times.
What is a Historian?
- Include information from the start the unit
A Historian is a person that looks for information, preferably something or someone in the past, using the information that is available to him/ her. How they would do this is they would try to trace the source of the information just to get to whatever they are trying to find.
Not only do historians look for something in the past, it is also their job to record and properly interpret their information or findings. They have to write why they think that this or that is the answer based on their findings. It is their responsibility to explain and lay out all of the facts so that there is clear reasoning behind the results.
- Include the work you did as a historian for the generations project? What did you have to do? What challenges did you find? What was your message?
For the project, I had to go back in time and think from my grandfather or father’s point of view to express hardships or just emotions in general. I had to pretend I was in their shoes just to be able to explain in detail what it was like for them. There were many things that my grandfather and father told me, but I had to find somethings through researching things based on what they said. For example they gave me the date or a few things that were big back then, and based on that I had to find other things that may have linked or related to that.
I found it challenging to relating a lot of things in detail, especially for my grandfather. It was such a long time ago and often I found it difficult to relate some things to the past. For example it was difficult to find what kind of things were popular in that time where he lived. So that was the main challenge.
- How might technology change the way history is recorded and remembered?
Technology definitely helps us research and record history. Before technology, everyone would have to heavily rely on primary sources. Now with internet, we can find information using secondary sources. Primary sources are of course better, because you can be more specific, but it is easier and you can be more efficient in what you do with the internet overall.
You can store and share information a lot more quickly and easily. If you want to send the information to someone who cares or relates to the topic, the internet is arguably the best way to do it.
- Include visuals (possibly your generations project) and other media to support your ideas.
It’s Very Probable That I Know – Gr8 Mathematics
What I know about probability: Probability is the likeliness or unlikeliness of something happening. In the case of mathematics, it is displayed through ratios or fractions.
For example, person 1′s results tend to be 3 times better than person 2′s. What is the ratio of person 1′s results to person 2′s if person 2′s result is 4 points. Answer: 12:4
I did ^this kind of activity before in previous years, although it was simple, I found it useful when understanding what probability was about. The rest of the unit or time we studied probability was based on these kind of equations.
What I want to know: I want to explore what other kinds of probability there are. Because what I did before seems overly simple.
Probability is important because…: When not being sure about something, it helps to estimate your answer. When you have general results to find your exact answer, you can use probability to find a close answer to the correct one.
What I don’t want to do: I don’t want to going into stats and taking notes to find an answer. I think that that is one of the main factors of probability is to get results to find a probable answer presumably something close to the actual answer.
Does copyright hinder or cultivate creativity? – Gr8 Tech
March 2, 2013, 1:06 pm
Filed under: Tech
In some ways, yes copyright does damage the use of creativity. It limits people to only what they create themselves instead of expanding upon an already great idea. Although creating something yourself is the base of creativity, I think that there is a lot more to it than what one can come up with.
Creativity can also be to come up with a new composition using things that have already been created. This can actually be more difficult for you to do if the original is already so good and it has already. Looking back at Faden’s use of clips from Disney movies, there are many occasions that it would not have been interesting if it had not originally been part of a Disney movie. Sometimes artists like Faden can tie certain things into the mashup from the original to make an interesting sort of contrast for the audience to think about.
As I mentioned earlier, copyright affects the use of work from other people for your own mashups, but it can also drastically affect the amount of ideas you can put into your own creations. Say you think of something but one small factor had to do with another movie or something that has copyright protection. As we have already seen many of those movies, we subconsciously think of those things, which honestly is not our fault.
Overall I think that copyright should simply be toned down to some factors. For example it is alright if it is not for commercial purposes, if you give them credit or if they give you permission directly. Although permission is something that does not come by very often, it is still definitely the most reassuring way to know that the owner is alright with the idea.
Finishing off The Outsiders…
February 20, 2013, 11:35 am
Filed under: English G8
1. Appearances and deception are a common theme in literature, how does Hinton demonstrate this?
Hinton shows this by many people classify others by their social and economic status. Hinton shows that many people are tricked into the idea that the rich are kind and pleasant while the poor are vicious and treat others badly.
2. Do narrators always tell the truth? Is Ponyboy a reliable narrator?
Ponyboy shows his perspective, his point of view. So I would say that it is not a lie, but it could be different for other characters because his opinion is completely subjective.
3. Is The Outsiders relevant to you? Can you relate to it? Why or why not?
It could in some ways, although there is not as much discrimination or violence as there is in the outsiders. In our grade there are separate groups but rather than defining us socially, it just defines what kind of people or just who are our friends.
4. Should The Outsiders be taught in school? If so, at what grade level?
Yes, because it helps show how diverse cultures can be, and I think that it appropriate for 8th or 9th grade.
5. Who is your favourite character and why? Who is your least favourite? Explain your choice.
My favourite would probably be Two-bit because he is a loyal kind of character but at the same time he has authority to make decisions to make sure that the gang stays alive. My least favourite would probably be Johnny because I don’t like his scared, defenceless sense of not being able to make smart choices. I found that there were a few times that what he did was due to this.
6. Which character impacts you the most? What emotions do you feel for that character? Does he/she remind you of someone else you know? Of yourself?
Probably Randy because he really feels bad for what he did unlike any other character. He wants to change and reform his life and start over. He found it in himself to apologize to Ponyboy and try to find some sense in what he did. I liked because he went from a mindless boy causing trouble to a caring, yet apologetic human being.
Goals, Grade 8 – Semester 2
Goals from last semester:
- Improve my trumpet playing skills.
- Achieve good overall grades
- Take part in more activities
- Become better at cross country/ running in general
Reflection on them:
- I improved overall, although there are still a few small factors that I feel that is very important to improve. Although this was what I wanted to achieve by this semester, it is something that I know is going to take a lot longer than I had anticipated. Although on the whole, I feel happy with my progress.
- When I saw my report, I was satisfied with my scores, although I think that I could have improved on one or two subjects that I wanted to do well on. This is definitely something that I should set as a goal for the next semester.
- I took part in 2 activities in the first semester, but I was still very happy with the improvement that I made through cross country which leads me onto my next goal. Overall this goal was well completed on my part.
- I was very happy with my improvement in running last semester. After taking part in the cross country activity, I had become a lot more able to run and I could endure running for a lot longer. I think that I can safely say that I completed this goal.
As I mentioned earlier, I was quite satisfied with my report card results. Although I was, I found that I could have improved upon a few classes. I found this unfortunate, I think that to improve in these classes is definitely something that I will set as a goal this semester.
- Achieve better grades than I did last semester.
- Continue running and make sure that I do not drag behind in cross country in HS.
- I also want to practice tennis more and improve so that I can make it into the team next year.
- Organize my locker a little bit more.
December 4, 2012, 11:50 am
Filed under: Drama
What is the skill that I used?
I had to show that I was a different kind of person from my partner. In this case you could see that my partner’s character and my character had a very different kind of life, which probably comes from the different types of lifestyles and background that our characters have. You can also see that I am in a rush and somewhat under stress. On the other hand my partner is more relaxed and seems to be in a calm state. I had to be aware of how he was acting in order to make my character’s personality believable.
How did I approach creating the character? Was it successful - if so how?
I had to make my character believable, meaning I couldn’t make him too elaborate. I couldn’t make him peculiar because then I would have to add some sort of background to the person, which would be difficult. I think that the character was a success, because he is a normal person getting groceries, perhaps as a chore for his family, or maybe he is a cook at a restaurant, either way he needs to get them and he is in a rush. At the same time, he is not completely closed into this because he does ask for a soda, making him a more believable person, maybe he just wants something to drink on his way back home or on his way back to the restaurant.
What needed improvement? Make a suggestion?
I think that what happened could have been made more elaborate, instead of going too in depth with the characters themselves. By making the storyline more interesting, the people don’t have to be altered; this is what I think that my partner and I didn’t quite interpret that as well as it would have helped. I think that that is something to be aware of next time.
How can I use these skills in performance
I think that these are very significant factors in actual stage performances as well because I think that you need to be able to differentiate characters and their background. Overall I think that it is definitely one of the most important factors for a character in an act, So I think that this will be used when creating characters in general.
Tech, How does Design change the perspectives of different people – Reflection
November 28, 2012, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Tech
In general, I think that my presentation was easy to understand. I tried to make my reading fairly simple and short, so that people would not lose interest over time. This was an aspect that I had to pay attention to when I was creating my video, and I think that I did well to maintain that element.
I think that I did well to explore my options and find different ways of presenting. I wanted to present my video in RSA format in the beginning, though after trying it out it was too difficult to control the lighting. This was part of my investigation and I thinked that the investigation was worth it because I did not make the mistake while I was creating my final project.
I think that I did well to make a unique and interesting kind of presentation. My design was different to everyone else’ s which I think helped make it more interesting to watch. The design of the presentation itself was difficult to decide because originally, I wanted to draw each page as I recorded the video but that was too difficult so I went with this design concept.
I think that my plan was somewhat off track because I had my presentation plan set for another type of presentation format. I had to alter my plans when I had to change the way I was going to present. For example I planned that I was going to draw on a large canvas with a black marker in a brightly lit room as I recorded but I decided to make it a dimly lit room with a spotlight when I was going to draw beforehand then record.
I think that my creation turned to be fairly well done, because I think that I did well to make people interested. I think that this was very largely dependant on the lighting or the way the presentation was formated.
Overall I am satisfied with the project and the research that I was able to complete. The video itself was built upon all this and I think that I had a good and accurate ‘base’ to build upon my research and eventually create my project.
Attitudes in Technology
I feel as if I did well to engage to my work and try my best to create the best that I could out of my available resources. Overall I enjoyed creating the video itself.