Overview of Critics, Reviewers, and Journalists

In week 11 of CIU111, I was given a new perspective of how critics or reviewers behave and how they are important for your career.

At first, I thought criticism is a negative response to your work; however, in creative media, it is neither a negative or a positive response. Rather, it is a thoughtful analysis of your creative work.

Many figures in history has developed a proper meaning and purpose of criticism. For example, Strabo did not only criticize the temple of Artemis’s geographic area specifics, but also the quality of the construction. Procopius criticized Constantinople’s Hagia Sofia not with just the description of the construction, but also described the experience when observing the construction. When years passed by, criticism were feared upon people especially in art museums because many artists or the people responsible in museums were afraid that their reputation would be ruined by the critics’ negative response.

However, I learned that criticism is very important and should be valuable to the people when given an objective reaction. It does not only show the truth, but it also provides a meaningful response. This is what Caitlin Quain said in her article, “I have come to realize that accepting criticism and using it to make you work better is too valuable of a resource to not take advantage of” (Quain, 2016).

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(“Funny GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY”, n.d.)

I also learned that reviews are very different from criticism because reviews can only describe how the work is done well or how it is poorly done.

To be a critic or a journalist, I learned that you need to have enough knowledge to know of what you are criticizing and enough sense or sensibility to judge other people’s work.

In some time of our career, there will always be a time when we will someday encounter a journalist. To have a good interaction with journalists, I learned that it is important to research or know more about them. It is important to know what your journalist write about, the publications he/she post, and his/her target, so that you can be prepared to give off an impression according to how you want your journalist to view you. Of course, it is important to make your interaction with your journalist comfortable and not awkward.

 

Reference:

·         Funny GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. GIPHY. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://media.giphy.com/media/qyl3wEJXKgG4w/giphy.gif

·         Quain, C. (2016). The Importance of Criticism. Odyssey. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://www.theodysseyonline.com/importance-criticism

 

 

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Collaborating with Fans as a Content Creator

During my week 10 lecture of CIU111, I learned about who my potential fans are, and the ways of collaborating with your fans.

I learned that my fans are not only the ones who enjoy my work, but those who wish to learn about my skills or those who wish to support me, but not my creative work. My interaction and communication to the fans is also important because it shows how much I care about them. It also brings my fans to continue to support me. Allie Lewis said that, “When they see that you have taken the time to notice them and hear what they have to say, they will realize that they are important to you and you value them, making them more likely to remain happy with your company” (Lewis, 2014).

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(“Animated gifs – Daniel Boud | Sydney Photographer”, n.d.)

I soon learned that there are ways of having my fans to help support in my career. Through crowdfunding services (such as Patreon), fans can support me by funding or donating their money to support my work or project. However, this cannot work without having a community of fans who can help spread my popularity through networking. Through networking, my fans can spread about my work towards other people outside of my network; thus, promoting my work and allowing my work to become well-known to the world (Fan marketing). Of course, it is important to know that as a celebrity, one must reward his/her fans for their support and funding.

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(Knibbs, 2015)

Another way of having my fans to collaborate or be involved in one of my projects is through fan approval and fan response. Through them, fans can help give out their opinions on what they think is best for my work to become a success. This will help me process my fan’s opinions and what I think is best for my project; as a result, it will help me be decisive. In the article about accepting other people’s differences, Jeff Durham said that, “Listening to other’s opinions doesn’t mean you have to deviate from your own firmly held viewpoint, although a diverse opinion to your own can sometimes make you think about things in a different light” (“Accepting Other Peoples Differences”, 2017).

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Finally, if I want to involve my fans into collaborating with me, I can set up a co-production where fans can help me and contribute their effort into building the project. As one would say, “A collaborative workplace naturally cultivates a sense of community within an organization” (“The Importance of Collaboration in Today’s Workplace | elcom”, 2016). This will help me set up a special relationship with the fan community and allow the fans to know that their support was helpful and appreciated.

 

References:

 

·         Animated gifs – Daniel Boud | Sydney Photographer. Danielboud.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from http://danielboud.com/animated-gifs

 

·         Durham, J. (2017). Accepting Other Peoples Differences. Lifecoachexpert.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2017, from http://www.lifecoachexpert.co.uk/acceptingotherpeopledifferences.html

 

·         Knibbs, K. (2015). Gizmodo.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from http://gizmodo.com/we-want-to-hear-about-the-worst-crowdfunding-scams-and-1700473596

 

·         Lewis, A. (2014). The Importance of Fan Engagement. Tailwind Blog. Retrieved 10 April 2017, from https://blog.tailwindapp.com/the-importance-of-fan-engagement/

 

·         S-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com. Pinterest. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/3d/ea/f4/3deaf4e520a7e37d0edbf5ae932de6c0.gif

 

 

 

   

Importance and Techniques of Interview

During my week 4 class of CIU111, I learned from my lecturer about the interview techniques and the importance of being interviewed when pursuing a career or a job. I also learned that there can be unexpected situations that I must identify and be prepared when being interviewed by my potential employer. I have been given new ideas and perspective of what would a real interview be like.

First part when being interviewed is having an interview through a phone call. Sure, there will be those obvious questions regarding your experience or why your employer should hire you, but I also realized that it is good to make the interview as informal as possible so that the interview between the employer and the job seeker will be natural. I also learned that it is good to ask during the interview because it shows that you are interested in working for the company. In fact, Michael Roberts said in his article that, “Your questions tell the hiring manager that you have considered the position to the extent that you have exhausted the resources that you can find” (Roberts, 2017).

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It is also good to show your enthusiasm and knowledge for the job or role that you wish to partake in during your interview because it will attract your employer into thinking that you will love your job and get the work done. As it says, “Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization’s culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer” (“Preparing for Interviews | Career Services”, n.d.).

(“25 GIFs That Perfectly Express How Excited We Are for Spring Read more”, 2014)

I recently learned that when applying for a job, there will always be sneaky questions that will test your personality. For example: If you were a part of a sandwich, what would you be and why? This will help me in testing myself on how I can be able to handle unexpected situations or scenarios; thus, showing which position I can be in the creative media industry. One would say that, “Whatever your line of work, there will be times when you will need to be able to communicate difficult information effectively to others. This is an important employability skill, something that many employers will look for” (“Communication in Difficult Situations | SkillsYouNeed”, n.d.).

 

References:

·         25 GIFs That Perfectly Express How Excited We Are for Spring Read more. (2014). Scstylecaster.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://scstylecaster.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/ron-swanson-is-excited.gif?w=500&h=282

·         Cat GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. GIPHY. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://media.giphy.com/media/7BKGC1PAkhhdu/giphy.gif

·         Communication in Difficult Situations | SkillsYouNeed. Skillsyouneed.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/communication-difficult-situations.html

·         Preparing for Interviews | Career Services. Careerservices.princeton.edu. Retrieved 9 April 2017, from https://careerservices.princeton.edu/undergraduate-students/interviews-offers/preparing-interviews

·         Roberts, M. (2017). 4 Reasons to Ask Questions in a Job Interview. The Balance. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://www.thebalance.com/why-you-should-ask-questions-in-a-job-interview-1669548

 

Importance of Social Media

 

In my week 4 class of CIU111, I learned the importance of having a social media as your professional identity and how it is important for your future career. I always thought that social media was just only a way of reaching out to your friends. That was until my class gave me a whole new perspective of having social media as part of my career and a way of representing myself to the world.

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(“Animation GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY”, n.d.)

I learned in my class that having a social media can help me promote myself and my works online. Having to post my works will allow people to identify who I am and give valuable feedbacks that will help me become a better content creator. Of course, it is important to share other people’s work as a way of promoting and respecting others in social media. As a result, I am creating an engagement and a community to my viewers. As Amy Jo Martin, New York Times bestselling author, would say, “Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage” (“Amy Jo Martin Quotes”, n.d.).

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My class taught me that I should respond to social media the way I am and the position I am comfortable in; in fact, I should be outgoing. I shouldn’t act too professional online, but be honest of who I am at most situations. As one would say, “Honesty is a reflection of your own thoughts and feelings. If you want people to know who you really are, be honest in your self-expression” (“10 Benefits of Being Honest”, 2013).

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Having a social media presence will help me get in touch with workers from media industries. Connecting with a professional will help me be prepared for my future career; in fact, Dawn Rosenberg McKay said that, “you must gather information about the occupations you are considering. One of the best ways to learn about an occupation is to conduct an informational interview with someone who is currently working in it” (McKay, 2016). This way, by conversating with a professional, I can be able to receive tips and insights of working in the media industry.

 

References:

·         10 Benefits of Being Honest. (2013). Elemental Wellness. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://elementalwellnesscoaching.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/10-benefits-of-being-honest/

·         Amy Jo Martin Quotes. BrainyQuote. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/amyjomarti529774.html

·         Animation GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. GIPHY. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://media.giphy.com/media/grNDsG4bMJRsI/giphy.gif

·         Az616578.vo.msecnd.net. The Odyssey Online. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2016/10/21/636126885270404845-1661554698_honest.gif.gif

·         ClipartFest. Img.clipartfest.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://img.clipartfest.com/5649ea1e8e826a6b40ac04cb109266ad_-communication-oshas-18001-communication-clipart-animation_500-350.gif

·         McKay, D. (2016). Why Is Having a Professional Network So Important?. The Balance. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from https://www.thebalance.com/building-growing-and-maintaining-a-professional-network-525834

My Professional Identity in Creative Media

 

In my class that talks about the overview of the creative industry (CIU111), I learned what it was like to work in creative media and how much it will help me perfect my creative skills. I also gained a perspective of how working in the media industry has its ups and downs. This lesson helped me understand the position I am in and how I should be prepared for my future.

In the media industry, it is good to be someone who helps innovate and encourage ideas within the company (entrepreneurism). This will help benefit not only your professional profile, but also the industry you work in.  

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(“Innovation GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY”, n.d.)

I learned that having short, precarious work would result in taking on different variety of assignments. It may create a very exhausting work flow, but it will also help me adapt to different working styles.

Having to work only for low pay or income helps set an idea of sacrificial ethos when people work because they love their job and the things they do. Philip Ryan, director of E-Edge of Vivaldi Partners Group said that, “It’s becoming increasingly important to love your job or industry. As the lines between working life and personal life blur, a job is as much about personal fulfillment and growth, as it is about a paycheck. People don’t want to make widgets, they want to change lives, including their own” (Taylor, 2017).

(“Bustle”, n.d.)

Having long hours of work while enjoying what you’re doing can be pleasant and healthy. Even though there are long hours of work, it will help me develop my time management and a balanced work flow.  

(“Step Up Leader”, n.d.)

I learned that working in a media industry can be pressuring because there can sometimes be knowledge changes or technology developments. To embrace a new experience, I must go through DIY or Do It Yourself learning so I can be able to keep up with the new development. This will also help me make effort to learn or become interested to new ideas. Ani Alexander said that, “You grow and learn new things every time something changes. You discover new insights about different aspects of your life” (Alexander, 2017).

Work environment in media is informal and diverse. This allows me to know that I can reach out to different kinds of people and share the creativity with one another, thus helps build up team relationship. In fact, Josh Greenberg said that, “A diverse workforce that feels comfortable communicating varying points of view provides a larger pool of ideas and experiences. The organization can draw from that pool to meet business strategy needs and the needs of customers more effectively” (Greenberg, n.d.).

 

References:

·         Alexander, A. (2017). 10 Powerful Benefits of Change & Why We Should Embrace It. Tiny Buddha. Retrieved 10 April 2017, from http://tinybuddha.com/blog/10-powerful-benefits-of-change-why-embrace-it/

·         Bustle. Typeset-beta.imgix.net. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://typeset-beta.imgix.net/rehost/2017/1/26/70a76681-06e8-4878-87f3-34be407de37b.gif

 

·         Greenberg, J. Diversity in the Workplace: Benefits, Challenges and Solutions. Multiculturaladvantage.com. Retrieved 10 April 2017, from http://www.multiculturaladvantage.com/recruit/diversity/diversity-in-the-workplace-benefits-challenges-solutions.asp

 

·         Innovation GIF – Find & Share on GIPHY. GIPHY. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from https://media.giphy.com/media/VCXPB5xe10Q0w/giphy.gif

 

·         Step Up Leader. Stepupleader.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017, from http://www.stepupleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/time-management.jpg

 

·         Taylor, N. (2017). 12 Reasons to Do What You Love for a Living. Business News Daily. Retrieved 10 April 2017, from http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7995-reasons-to-do-what-you-love.html

 

Tank Project 4: Animation and Video Editing

Now that my model is finally complete, i can set up the animation for it. I won’t be animating the tank itself, but only the camera view. First off. I have to set up the lights for my model. I always put up three lights, the key light, fill light, and back light. The key light is the main source of light and it shines the brightest. The fill light helps lighten the shadows. The back light helps illuminate the model from behind.

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Once I got the lights set up, I added a camera and animated it to look around the tank. It’s a very simple procedure. First, I make sure the animation will be in pal and in 25 frames per second. Next, I click on auto key and click the big plus sign next to it. While in auto key, I move the frame bar at any number of frames. After setting the frame bar, I move the camera around the tank. One by one, I move the camera’s position as well as the frame bar. As a result, it let me  have a complete animation till the end. Once I’m done animating, I start rendering the animation and the tank at high quality. It saves in frames according to the number of frames that you set up. The files were already saved, and it was time for me to compile it in a video. I use Premiere Pro as a video editing software. When I open premier pro, I import the first frame of the animation but as numbered still. Numbered still helps bring the entire animation into one file as I import.

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I also add titles for introduction and for ending the video. I also added a background for my animation. In premiere pro it video and audio layers, so you can be able many clips or videos and place them behind or in front of each other. I put the background in video layer 1 so that it will stay behind the tank model animation. I added a background music called “Prepare for the end” by Epic Score. To make my video livelier, I added video transitions that will help my video flow well when switching another clip. For bonus, I added an example of my works such as the texturing and the unwraps. I can resize the clips however I want. Finally, I exported and saved the entire video in pal and in high quality. This then shows that I am finally done with my project.

 

Tank Project Part 3: Unwrapping and Texturing

After having my modelling done and checking to see if the size is proportionally right, it is time for me to let my model have its skin, or in other words, its own textures. In order to add textures to my model, I have to first unwrap, which is to make the 3D part of the model flat and 2 dimensional. First of, I choose which feature of the tank that I will try to unwrap. After choosing the feature, I make that feature reset its form because without it, it will only tell me that its a normal box for example. I go to utilities and click reset Xform on the selected part of the tank. After resetting it, I open the modifier plane and clicked on unwrap UVW. It will bring out a tab with options involving the unwrap. I click on open UV editor and it will open a window looking like this

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The editor shows the flattened planes of your model. As you can see here, it does not look organized and it does not look like it is easy to texture. How will I organize it? First, select on which plane of the model that I will take out from the box. When I choose the planes though, I had to make sure that the projections was set right. Depending on the plane’s position of the model, the planes can either be in an x, y, or z axis. Because if the planes are not projecting properly, the unwrap will look weird. After having the right plane projected, I move and drag the plane out of the box. I selected the plane, go to the tools tab and selected relax. It will give me an option having the planes relax to its proper shape. I then have the plane and the shape that I desire. After relaxing the object or plane, I repeat the same step to other features; however, after having the planes projected properly and relaxing, I had to select the same plane along with the other planes that already relaxed. I doing so, I click on relax again and it will give me the right shape and size along with each other. After having that done, I move the planes close together. My job now is to make the edges or the lines merge together to be as one object. When I merge or stitch the edges, I have to make sure the edges are close and can correspond with other edges. It will show me a blue color on the selected edge.

Screenshot (32).pngOnce I get the objects close, I click on stitch for them to combine and it will result as this

Screenshot (34).pngI click on relax and the object will form into its proper shape. I repeat the same step towards other planes. Once I’m done unwrapping according to how I want. I then organize the unwraps into looking like this.

Screenshot (31).pngLooking at the unwraps, you can tell that it’s ready to be textured. I did the same procedure to every other features of the model. I then merge the features into one big file and organized the unwraps accordingly. This is what I will get:

Screenshot (29).pngThis is how much I have in unwrapping. Once I have the unwraps ready, I go to photoshop, the graphic design software, to texturize the software. In order to texturize, I have to search online for textures that will suit well with my tank. I found the textures and started cropping the textures the shapes of the unwraps. I had to make sure the textures are properly assigned to the right unwraps. This is the result:

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After texturing, I save the file as targa and open back to 3DS max. I open material list by clicking “m” and clicked the diffuse box to open the targa file. Once I had that set up, I drag the material textures into my tank and this is the result:

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Now that I finish unwrapping and texturing, I move on to animating and video editing.