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

 

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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.).

(“ClipartFest”, n.d.)

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.

Tank Project Part 2: Modeling

After my last blog about having the setup of the blueprints and the box model, it was time for me to match the blueprints. In doing so, I first make my box transparent and then play around with the box to match with the right size of the blueprint. For example, I changed my box model into editable poly, and after doing so, I move around the vertices. I look at the left view and see how the model will fit with blueprint.Screenshot (24).png

As you can see here, I changed the shape of the box and matched instead with the tank’s shape. I also had to make sure to check on every view and angle so that I can know the right size and position.

Screenshot (25).pngIt was a bit difficult for me to handle because my blueprint of the tanks vary in size so it wasn’t all accurate. I also will like to explain that if I want to make the box have the same side and symmetry, I can actually modify the model to be symmetrical. First, I have to half the model by selecting the horizontal edges in the middle and click connect to make a middle vertical edge. I then select either left or right plane side of the model and delete to make a half. Second, I open the modifier panel and select symmetry. I check on mirror and adjusted the axis to see which side the half model will make a mirror duplicate. After having a duplicate mirror on the opposite side, I connect or merge the vertical edge with the other half of the model, letting me have the perfect symmetrical model (if needed to be quick and knowing the that the tank have the same sides.) I continue to make other features of the tank by not adjusting the vertices, but also beveling, extruding, and reshaping the model to make it almost look like a tank. As a result, this is what it looks like.Screenshot (27).pngIn some features of the tank, I did not add any symmetry but at least adjusted the model to the right shape according to the blueprint. It’s not a complete work yet and a lot of work is needed to be done, so I adjusted the model to make it look almost realistic, and then I added additional features for the tank. As a result, it came out looking like this.

Screenshot (28).pngSo far, I’m quite proud that I made it this far, but now that I have my modeling done, I can now move to unwrapping and texturing.

Tank Project Part 1

Following the last weeks of our trimester, our lecturer wanted us to model a military tank. He wanted all of us to find and choose a blueprint of a tank online and show it to him for approval. I looked through the website called “the-blueprint.com,” and I found one tank that he approves called the “Type 28 (Chi Nu).type-3-chi-nu

Now that I have my blueprint of the tank, I can now start to model. I model first by adding a plane. I stretch them and arrange them before I proceed to modelling.In doing so, I click on the plane and modify it to UVW mapping. I then click on the keyboard “m” to open up the material list. I go to the diffuse check box, click on it and chose bitmap. After clicking bitmap, I chose the blueprint for the tank modelling. In doing so, it will show on my material list. I drag the blueprint into the plane and its shape is not sized properly. I go to the UVW mapping tab and clicked on bitmap fit. The blueprint picture formed into its proper size and image. Since it’s in the plane, it wont show everything. So if I want to adjust the picture on the plane, I open the sub tab, clicked on gizmo, and adjusted the picture while the plane remains still. After doing everything I repeat it again by duplicating and adjusting the picture from other planes. It will look like thisscreenshot-21screenshot-20Once the blueprints been set up, we make a box and position it according to the body of the tank. I had to check in every view on how the box will fit proportionally to each and every side. Of course, I can check the box’s position by making the box transparent. That way it will be easier for me to position the box properly.Screenshot (22).png