End of Semester: Final Projects Gallery

And so the semester comes to an end. Thanks for a great course everyone! I have to thank Ahmed for insisting on a class picture; it was a wonderful way of closing out the term.

Back row: Victoria, Peter, Ahmed, Kat, Nida, Natalie & Dhruv. Front row: Jocelyn (with her newborn!), Manuel, Julia & Elan.

Back row: Jay, Victoria, Peter, Ahmed, Kat, Nida, Natalie & Dhruv.
Front row: Jocelyn (with her newborn!), Manuel, Julia & Elan.

Below you’ll find links to all the final projects you produced:

A Look at Martin Scorcese
Dhruv recorded four podcasts focused on the late work of Martin Scorcese, looking at Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island and Hugo, focusing on the themes than run through them and paying close attention to their opening and closing scenes. Listen to the first one below:

Characters in Movies Reacting to Plot Twists
Jay produced a supercut of, as the title of his video states, characters reacting to plot twists. Beware! There are plenty of spoilers for films as diverse as Star Wars, The Sixth Sense and Black Swan.

Original Art by Kat herself!

An Inside Look at Miyazaki
Kat created a Tumblr dedicated to director Hayao Miyazaki and three of his most lauded films (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke). Check it out to see her artwork, as well as to learn more about these films.

Clocks vs Gatsby and Titanic
Victoria channels the spirit of Coldplay’s “Clocks” to create a mashup of two of Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest films, Titanic and The Great Gatsby. See the result below:

Delicious looking cupcake from Foodista on the Rise

– Foodista on the Rise Blog
Nida created a Julie & Julia inspired recipe blog using Tumblr where she posted several recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking pairing them with pictures and anecdotes from her own attempts at reproducing them.

Clint Eastwood: The Original Badass
Looking at someone he dubs “the original badass” and “an icon of masculinity,” Peter created a supercut of (in)famous Eastwood moments and performances, from Dirty Harry to Gran Torino.

Tarantino | A Cappella
Ahmed recruited some friends and produced an a cappella medley of songs famously featured in Quentin Tarantino films, including “Staying Alive” (Full Tilt Boogie), “Woo Hoo” (Kill Bill), “100 Black Coffins” (Django Unchained“Bang Bang” (Kill Bill). Listen below:

Being a Gangster
Alex created an extended video look into the template that goes into making a gangster film, from The Public Enemy to Scarface. Take a look:

Guy Pearce in Memento

Memento Memory
Jocelyn’s blog explores Christopher Nolan’s Memento in full detail, offering a wide variety of posts and discussions on the themes and images of this mind-bending film.

Jared Leto- What Does He Really Look Like?
Natalie took her love of Jared Leto and channeled it into a video exploration of Leto’s penchant for extreme changes in his appearance for his roles, from losing weight for Dallas Buyers Club to donning cornrows for Panic Room:

Disney’s Frozen: One-Man Dub – Frozen Heart
Elan flexed his singing and editing muscles and dubbed the opening number of Disney’s Frozen. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see the rest of the film dubbed like this.

How Frozen and Tangled Overlap
Elan wasn’t the only one who worked on Disney’s latest behemoth. Julia explores the film’s similarities with another recent Disney film, Tangled. Watch below:

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Thursday! Tyler Clementi Center Showcase


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Social Media, Engagement & Going “Viral”

Facts to Know About Social Media

1 in every 4 people use social media & it has been growing steadily:
2012: 1.47 billion social media users worldwide
2013: 1.73 billion social media users worldwide
by 2017: 2.55 billion social media users worldwide

5.2 hours worldwide average time spent on social media

Best Time to Tweet and Post on Facebook

The Science of Social Timing Part 1: Social Networks & Part 2: Blogging

Blogging and Creating Digital Content (from here)

Users often leave Web pages in 10-20 seconds, but pages with a clear value proposition can hold people’s attention for much longer because visit-durations follow a negative Weibull distribution:

If the Web page survives this first — extremely harsh — 10-second judgment, users will look around a bit. However, they’re still highly likely to leave during the subsequent 20 seconds of their visit. Only after people have stayed on a page for about 30 seconds does the curve become relatively flat. People continue to leave every second, but at a much slower rate than during the first 30 seconds.

3 Simple Ways To Engage Your Readers And Keep Them Reading (er…scanning)

Videos and Going Viral (from here)

Create short, high-quality videos.
Your video does not need to longer than two to three minutes at the max. Shorter videos shot with a high-quality camera result in the most views, links, and comments. And, remember to choose a high-resolution thumbnail image to characterize your video in the search results.

Place keywords in your video’s title and description.
Search engines don’t have the ability to read video content, so it is up to you to tell the engines (and the viewers) what is contained in your video. Write a short, precise description of your video using the keyword terms most likely used by your viewers.

Become you own salesperson.
Promote your video through your Facebook, Twitter, and other social network channels. Have your friends and followers comment on your videos. Linking your video to your Facebook and Twitter accounts will result in others linking to your video. All of these promotion efforts will increase your video’s search engine rankings.

Make it easy for others to do the work.
Your settings on YouTube should allow your viewers to vote, comment, rate, and embed your video on their sites. I am always amazed at the number of people who go to the trouble of creating a video and then work against themselves by limiting viewer access.

Ten Ways to Make Your Video Go Viral

Resources to Keep Track of your Work


Twitter Analytics

WordPress Analytics

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The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Writers House and our film production students cordially invite you to the 3rd annual NEW LENS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL in the beautiful Mason Gross Nicholas Music Center on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00pm

This is a juried film festival judged by a team of professional filmmakers. Our innovate film students will present impressive documentary, fiction and animation films and compete for a variety of filmmaking awards including Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Animation and Audience Award.

To learn more about our festival, please go here.

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Final Project – Grading Rubric

Grading Rubric - Final Project

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Natalie’s Final Project Proposal

Final Project Proposals

From our discussion last week and from much further thought, I have decided to change my project from Jared Leto’s career to Jared Leto’s transformations for his career. When I was looking at clips from his movies, I realized there’s close to no movies in which he actually looks like himself in real life. The majority of the movies he is in there is a huge transformation. For example, the biggest ones being Chapter 27 and Dallas Buyers Club. In most of his roles, he had to change his hairstyle to eccentric ways. Some examples include Alexander, Panic Room, and Lonely Hearts. I am still going to be making a video. I will be mashing up clips together that show how different he looks in all of his roles. Because this will be very short, I will also include a short interview or two about his transformations for roles. Read this article about Leto’s Dallas Buyers Club transformation:



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Kat’s Final Project Proposal

Final Project Proposals

An Inside look at Hayao Miyazaki movies- Tumblr.

For my final project (as I had stated before) I am interested in making a tumblr account that goes a little in depth about the hidden meanings behind 3 of Miyazaki’s most popular films: Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

The tumblr account will have posts that are tagged according to the movie they refer to and what kind of post they are so that users can easily find them through the navigation section on the left.

The types of posts that I will make include:

-a short biography about Hayao Miyazaki

-summaries of the 3 films

-an inside look behind the meaning of the 3 films

-imaginary blogs made by various characters in the films

-the occasional miscellaneous picture that is related to the films (some of which will be made by me, and others will be from other tumblrs that I find in order to make the site more like a typical tumblr account).

In order to make the tumblr account cohesive and posted in a logical format I will be holding all of my posts to post at the very end. So in other words I will be saving the separate posts as drafts as I create them and when I finish with all the posts I want to make I will release them in a certain order so that if a user does not want to use the navigation links on the side they can just continuously scroll down to see all the information I have.

To find all the information I need I will be searching around a lot of websites (probably through google) and I have already found some sites that talk about the symbolism in Miyazaki’s films. And then to find out more about Miyazaki and his history I will be finding various pages including his official website and maybe even publish books about him. In the history of Miyazaki I also plan on going a little bit into the history of the company he founded, Studio Ghibli and I will briefly go over the other works that Miyazaki has made. But I do not want to lose focus and get side tracked so I will just be listing all the movies the company has made.

Some things that I will require for this project is giving myself ample time to do research on all the things I want to cover. I also will need time to create the images I would like to post. And lastly I will be asking my cousin to send me pictures of her dressed up as certain characters. It is a lot of work and in order for me to get all the components together I will be giving myself personal deadlines to meet so that I can keep up with the project in a timely manner.

The intended audience I have in mind will be Miyazaki fans like myself who are interested in learning more about Miyazaki’s film and just overall enjoying themselves on my tumblr page. I want the page to be interesting and not read like a textbook. I will do my best to make it interesting by writing in my own style and having pictures to aid heavier paragraphs.

Besides tumblr, I will probably be using photoshop and painter in order to create the images I want. I do not think I have time to incorporate any videos or make any gifs without overwhelming myself so I will probably stay away from those forms of media unless I have extra time to teach myself. But if I find interesting videos I will be sure to reblog them. Also I will be adding a music player on the tumblr account to make visiting my page a more immersive experience.

The overall purpose of this tumblr account is for me to learn more about my favorite animator and the intricate worlds he created throughout the years as well as to share my love for his films with other people. I have never met someone who does not like a Miyazaki movie–only people who had never seen his films. So I hope to not disappoint my fellow fans and create a tumblr account with truly interesting things to say about the 3 films I want to focus on. I hope that people will learn something new as I’m sure I will be learning a lot from this project. I also hope to learn more about using new medias and technologies and incorporating them into one cohesive work.

For anyone interested, I already created the tumblr account but there is nothing on it yet. The url is http://beyondmiyazaki.tumblr.com/

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