Film Techniques

We have just started our new unit and the last, “Film Study” in English class. Our unit question is “How can we  read image like a text?”. In this unit we will learn the techniques of taking photos. During class, we first discussed the different techniques of taking pictures. Then, Emily and I partnered up and went outside to the roof and took pictures using techniques like:

  • High Angle Shot/Low Angle Shot
  • Close-up
  • Wide shot
  • Long shot/Medium shot
  • Establishing shot 

The first photo is a “High Angle Shot” of Emily. High angle shot helps us see the photo from a “Worms eye view”. A film director would use this shot to make the person tall and big, so they’ll look strong. The second photo is a “Low Angle Shot”of Me. Low Angle shot helps us see the photo from a “Birds eye view”. A film director would use this to show the person small.

What I learned from the rooftop filming task was that if you wanted to show the view you could use the technique Low angle shot (birds eye view). And if you wanted to show someones face clearly you should use “Close-up shot”. I also learned that film technic is important because it has to make the viewer understand more.

– High angle shot of Emily-

-Low angle shot of Me-


Ueno Zoo

What We Did:

At Ueno Zoo, Mr.Fedley assigned us in groups and we had to find our animal’s information for our brochure. The member of my group was Oliver, Sayaka, and Charlie. Oliver’s animal was Bat, Charlie and I had Tiger, and Sayaka had Dhole. We had a hard time at the zoo because we actually got lost. The Zoo was huge and it was hard finding the animals (even though we had a map).
When Charlie and I  visited the tigers, they had a big space and some trees and grass.
This is what it looked like, pretty isn’t it?

In my opinion, the tigers looked a little hungry. Maybe the zoo person forgot to feed it. The tiger also looked a little frustrated but calm. The tiger was walking the whole time. I think the tiger was frustrated because maybe it didn’t wanted people look at it.

Why I think there are Zoo’s: I think  that the purpose of Zoo’s are to let the people have the opportunity to see and learn about animals.

If I was an animal at the zoo, would I be happy living there?
I would be very sad because I need to be far away from my family. I would be very shy of the people looking at me and kept in a glass place. But once I get used to the Zoo, I wouldn’t be afraid.

What do you think the zoo could do to improve the lives of the animals at the zoo?
They should think about the animals environment. For example, like the polar bears. In summer in Japan, it is really hot. The temperature goes up to 28~34 degrees Celsius and people go to the zoo for summer vacation. Poor Polar bears, the ice around it doesn’t help, just a design. They only have cold water, although the temperature of the water would change because the sun heats the water. I think the Zoo people should really improve on that.

Should we have zoos, or should we visit zoos?
I think people should visit zoo’s because if we have zoos, it will take up a lot of space. But if we visit zoo’s, it wouldn’t take up a lot of space.

My composition for music

In music class, we’re learning rhythm and composition. During class, I made a composition on garageband. The genre of this music is Rock, Hard rock, and Edgy Rock. In the beginning of this music, theres only the guitar but it gets louder in the middle and fade in the end. I used Garageband to make this music. I think garagebands useful because theres different kinds of instruments and a lot of options. Its also wide so you could make longer music too. What I want to improve on is to make the music maybe longer and maybe have more instruments  combining in the middle.

I finished fast, so I made more music on garageband!

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Singing in the Rain Answers

In Drama class, we are learning about the Elements of Movement. During class, we had to watch a video of Gene Kelly’s Singing in the Rain video and make a blog post about it.
The Props he used in this video was the umbrella which he used as a partner when he danced, for swinging, and a normal umbrella. The rhythm of the music matched while he was skipping and walking. The expression on his face made me think that he was very happy after he kissed the girl because he was smiling and didn’t care if he was getting wet because of the rain. What I like about the video is that Gene Kelly used space by tap dancing, skipping, and walking with the rhythm of the music because I thought it was interesting.
The movement he used in the video was:

    • Walking
    • Stoping 
    • Jumping