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BCM302 BETA FEEDBACK

BODHI TODD

It’s very good seeing clear iteration and evolution in your Reels. Instagram Reels are inherently very limiting in nature due to their short form and competition with Tik Tok.

You’ve shown clear progression and experimentation with your Reels and its good to see that you’re taking in feedback. I like that even though you admit you’re not completely comfortable on camera, you’ve found a good in between by not directly appearing on camera, but showing yourself through lifestyle.

I think that more gear related videos would be really cool, maybe even showing some of your favorite photos and having the camera settings in the video as well as some short text talking about how and where the photo was taken. I think that a combination of the ocean footage Reels, stuff from you camping and trips away and photo stories + technical stuff would be a great combination for you.

You could maybe even venture into making a Tik Tok? I know other photographers do that and it can be very successful and popular.

Working with James Day is an amazing opportunity and frankly I’m jealous haha. Milk him for every tip and trick of the trade he’s got and I hope to see you as a viral photographer as well some day.

NICOLE PAP

It’s really good to see that you’re actively taking in feedback and engaging with your audience through instagram stories and polls + responding to comments on your posts, whether it be questions, feedback, etc.

I also like that you’ve saturated your reach in terms of social media platforms by having as many platforms as possible so you can reach every audience. I think you’ve probably reached every platform that’s essential to your business and anything else would be extra

Using a scheduling app for your Instagram and re-shuffling everything prior so everything looks nice in terms of layout is a very good move as well.

With your website and Etsy, you should be able to set up an onlin store via your website if you wish to do so depending on your website builder. I know that you’ll be able to do it with Squarespace. It may be more attractive for people being able to purchase things on your website rather than having to click on a link to go externally to buy an artwork. This all depends on whether you’re setting up your website as a portfolio suite with contact details though.

Keep up the great work!

Watch This With Me

Watch This With Me has been a fun project to undertake.

Watch This With Me is a movie commentary series where we record ourselves reacting to movies. The main videos are uploaded to YouTube so that audiences can watch them in their full and highlights are posted to Tik Tok so it can reach wider audiences

The main challenges of Watch This With Me was how to share and reach an audience outside my immediate circle of friends. I tried to venture into Tik Tok, which meant reformatting the content from content that was designed for YouTube (horizontal 16:9) to content meant for vertical viewing.

I took inspiration from College Humor’s Sam Reich’s Tik Tok, wherein he reformats clips of his game show “Game Changer” for Tik Tok, stacking contestants cameras in 2’s or 3’s on top of each other to take up the vertical frame in a pleasing way

Using this method, I stacked my footage in 3’s (one of myself, one of my friend, and the movie we were reacting to in the middle) in order to achieve a similar affect.

Looking at engagement on Tik Tok as well, it seemed that formatting my videos in this way received better engagement, as the one video that I didn’t format in this way only received 7 views, as opposed to the others.

I also had the challenge of not having a great quality camera for the reaction cam. I could use my other mirrorless Sony cameras, but they were limited by the fact that their movie record limit is 30 minutes and I didn’t want to have to pause and start the roll again.

Initially I used a GoPro to record ourselves continuously, but I recently bought a new camera so the image quality is much better

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Hi Score Girl, a subculture that went right over my head

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Hi Score Girl is an anime that started airing in 2018 based on Rensuke Oshikiri’s manga of the same name (2010-2018).

Hi Score Girl is set in Japan during 1991 at the peak of the arcade gaming craze. Sixth greader, Haruo Yagushi wants to pursue a career as a professional aracde gamer. His pride and status are however shattered by classmate Akira Oono arrives and outclasses him in almost every game.

The anime is filled with references to old arcade games that went straight over my head as I’m unfamiliar with that subculture, I tweeted out wondering how many “rip-off” games they had to come up with for the show to avoid copyright before being quickly and swiftly reprimanded by people telling me that every game represented in the anime is real and was played by people during that time.

Many of the locations of Hi-Score Girl are based on real places, which adds another layer, grounding the anime/manga in its place and setting

Arcade culture is largely lost on me because I never participated in it, nor do I think it was/is that big in Australia, but I understood some things about it that I had seen or read elsewhere. That being said, the anime made me nostalgic for an experience that I never really had, everything from being young and hyper focused on something like video games, waiting all day for school to be over just so I could go and play, and having enough toxic masculinity to get unreasonably mad when a girl comes and outclasses me at my own thing.

I had one gripe with the animation style of the series. They opted for that clearly CG/drawn style that is sometimes used with modern animes. I found it really distracting at times as the character movement, especially when the camera was moving around them, or when they turned their head, seemed unnatural, the lines felt out of place and I felt as if I was seeing something move when it shoudln’t. That being said, it was only distracting on ocassion, and it didn’t subtract too heavily from the whole experience of watching the series and seeing the story unfold.

The characters are very charming, even Akira, who says almost nothing. The simple goals of each character and clear personalities make it very easy to enjoy watching them. I was hoping that Akira and Haruo wasn’t going to develop into a romantic story, but upon further reasearch and looking at how their relationship was developing over episodes, it seems like they are.

Overall, I really enjoyed the few episodes I watched of the series, the characters were charming, the jokes were funny and the setting was nostalgic and oddly relatable.

Cake, a story that didn’t have that much Cake in it

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Cake is a 2018 Pakistani comedy drama film directed by Assim Abbasi. The film revolves around two sisters, one of which has to return home from London due to their dad falling ill. The story revolves around the conflict of the two sisters around the choices they have made in life and how they deal with the family tragedy.

The film deals a lot with the importance of family relationships and their significance especially in Pakistani culture. Zareen (the eldest sister) seems bitter at Zara (the younger sister) for leaving to go to London to live and study abroad (this is also to do with another tragedy that was caused by Zara before she left, which I will talk about later).

The film seems to also look at the theme of “leaving the nest”, as did Zara to go to London, and the two parents with their home village to build a life. This is all tied back to a theme of “returning to where you belong with Zara coming home, Zareen refusing to go abroad to baking school (she is a talented baker, thus the film title) and their parents returning to their home village when the mother suddenly falls comatosed and is near death. The father talks about how the mother always wanted to retire back at their village, but he refused as the kids would never visit them, but then he finally gives in and returns to the village.

The focus on family and family relationships is a theme that you don’t see too much of in Western cinema, as culturally,  in the West there’s more of a focus on independence, and leaving to go make your own life. In the film, the dad says that he acknowledges that the kids have their own lives now and they should probably start letting go. Both the parents obviously struggle with this idea, as they probably could not even fathom just leaving their own parents back in their age.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film, above all, I found the shot composition really interesting and pleasing, especially this 10 minute long take duringt the climax of the film, where everything was done in a single camera move without cuts, something that had never been done before in Pakistani cinema. Director Assim Abbasi talks about it in this interview here. A lot of people calling him insane due to the technical complexity of the shot and the difficulty of chereographing, not only the actors, but the crew as well. This scene apparently took 2 days and 36 takes.

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BCM302 PEER REVIEW

SWEATER STORIES SEASON 2

I love that you’re expanding on a previous project, giving it new life, refreshing its image and expanding your audience.

Having your series expand beyond just videos on youtube and snippets on instagram and expanding to the ever growing Tik Tok (as long as its not taken down/blocked from doing US business) and also branching out to podcasts will be great for your media saturation and audience reach.

I also love how you’ve integrated audience feedback very early on to give you a running start and a clear direction for your project, eliminating some trial and error.

I would be careful about the amount of content you would have to produce, you need to be intentional about how you schedule your shoots for the main videos + recording an interview for your podcasts, as we both know it is quite hard to lock in schedules. It will also create a lot of work for you having to edit content for essentially 4 different form factors (Insta, Tik Tok, Podcasts, YouTube), so be careful of burnout and set yourself reasonable expectations for a content schedule, even full time YouTubers struggle with pumping out that much content and it’s their full tiime job.

 

Instagram Reels DA Pitch

I think that it’s a great idea that you’re jumping onto Reels so early. This way you can gain a good following with early and your videos will hopefully become popular early.

It’s good that you’ve figured out that you can do these videos quickly and easily with archived footage that you already have, that cuts out a lot of thinking and planning time for you and allows you to pump out content as often as possible.

I think the challenge now for you is seeing if you can pave a new style of content creation for Reels, a style that is both aesthetically pleasing in its content and its form factor. New ways of presenting content is already present due to Tik Tok, but now with Reels you are only limited to your 15 seconds, whereas on Tik Tok you had up to 60.

If you can come up with a way to have your content stand out in the crowd, someway to hook the audience before they scroll, that would do wonders for your popularity and will increase your following to a wild degree.

Even using some of your BTS footage (I saw you worked with James Day a while ago) could be super interesting if you can make a cinematic vertical edit of those.

 

FURIE, JOHN WICK, LESS GUNS

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Furie is a 2019 Vietnamese martial arts film directed by Le Van Kiet.

Furie follows Hai Phuong, an ex gangster who now works as a debt collector, as she beats up bad guys to rescue her daughter, Mai from a trafficking ring.

Furie was a very enjoyable movie, although a little bit slow just after the start, it pick up the pace quickly and has Hai Phuong throwing durians at bad guys really quickly. The heavy use of red and blue lighting reminded me a lot of John Wick, as did the general way the film was presented. I imagine this film is what would happen if John Wick had little to no guns, was in Vietnam, and wasn’t John Wick at all.

I thought the fight scenes were very well choreographed, everything was shot mid wide and there wasn’t a lot of cutting, which made things very easy to follow and showed that the cast knew how to fight properly and have it look good instead of something like this being the end result (1:35-2:58).

The film used the symbolism of a mother tiger protecting her cub, as told in a monologue by one of the characters Truc

He tells the story of these hunters in the jungle learning to not disturb a mother tiger and her cubs, and they’d only hunt the male tigers. This was because even though they could easily take the cubs and knock out the mother tiger, the mother tiger would never forget and go to the ends of the earth in order to exact revenge on those who harmed her cubs.

This is tied together nicely, not only by Hai Phuong’s relentless feriocity in finding those who kidnapped her daughter, but with a small nod to the symbol of a tiger in the last fight scene of the film where Hai Phuong kills the gang boss responsible for kidnapping her daughter with a karambit, an indonesian curved knife that is inspired by a tigers claw.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film, there wasn’t really many cultural things that stood out to me in the film, other than the setting and some specific references to fish farming.

LOVE FOR SALE, SO WHOLESOME

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Love For Sale is a 2018 Indonesian Romantic Comedy directed by Andibachtiar Yusuf.

The film follows Richard (lovingly referred to as “Uncle Richard”) as he struggles to find a date for his friends wedding, eventually signing up to a dating service that brings him together with Arini. Due to an error, she is with him for 45 days.

The film was really enjoyable and pleasing to watch. The shots and editing were super efficient, they seemed to favor using handheld camera for many shots instead of having several still set ups. The film was very steadily paced, maybe even feeling a bit slow at times, but overall, was enjoyable and engaging, especially near the end.\

There were also a lot of references to WhatsApp (a messaging and social media app very prevelant in Asian countries), which may have confused a lot of western audiences watching the film, but my parents use WhatsApp so it was quite familiar to me.

I did find it a bit strange the obvious age gap between Arini and Richard.

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Arini seemed like she was in her mid to late 20s and Richard in his late 30s or early 40s, upon reading this article, I found nothing culturally that indicated Indonesian women’s preference for older men above what we may see in Western culture. 

I found it was an unconventional love story. There are many films out there that surround someone falling in love with a person they only started dating because of some kind of obligation and them eventually falling in love, but what was different about this film was how they concluded Richard’s story.

The night before Arini had to leave due to her contract ending, Richard wanted to propose to her in the morning, instead waking up to find Arini had left. Now, conventionally, Richard would have gone on this long journey to find Arini again after her contract period ended, or else would’ve become a bitter husk and returned to his old ways. Instead, the film took the unexpected route of Richard becoming a better man because of his short relationship with Arini, understanding better human connection and being a lot happier.

The movie ends with Richard giving away many of his belongings to his employees (he runs a print store) and riding away on a motorbike to go “find himself”.

Some people may not have liked the fact that they just left Arini out of the ending of the film and we never see her again. However, I really enjoy the fact that the ending reinforces that this is a story about Richard, not Richard and Arini.

According to a review on IMDB, it is very rare for Indonesians to talk about being single (they use the term “jomblo”) and it is seen as being socially impaired, so to conclude the film with Richard single again, but still happy and complete is very unconventional, especially within its context.

BCM302 -What???? Another DA???

Watch This With Me is a comedy movie commentary track series simlar to Pretty Much It and Cosmonaut Picture Show.

The format is simple, me and another friend watch a randomly chosen movie and record ourselves reacting and commenting on it, posting the highlights on YouTube.

The first episode is already up here. I am currently working on getting a logo done, as well as establishing a presence on Tik Tok and Instagram where I can post little highlight snippets and link to the main channel.

 

BCM 214 – StudyAR

 

I have chosen to create a quick and simple explainer video for StudyAR’s headset.

The video/animation gives a brief overview of how the product organizes study notes, the aspect of being able to collaborate and share with others, its form factor and how augmented reality allows the user to visualize all ones notes in one place.

The video was created using Powtoon, a wesbite that features drag and drop templates for a variety of animated explainer videos

This video serves as an abridged explanation of how the headset works, its function and why one should buy it.

As a 45-60 second explainer video, there is simply not enough time to explain the product to its full extent, rather, it serves as an overview to whet the pallette of the viewer, similar to videos seen on the website Kickstarter or Indiegogo, encouraging the viewer to explore the product for themselves via the website, and ultimately, encouraging the viewer to buy the product by convincing them that the product will make their life easier in some way.

The video features no narration, rather is very text based, this decision was made based on the fact that many people, specifically younger people, the product’s target audience, scroll social media in situations where they may not be able to play things out loud, as such, closed captions is very important. There is also an importance of short, snappy ads, as many young people prefer instagram and will skip past long ads.

The style of the video also comes from the success of an online promo I directed for Friendship Lamps. The video, whioch can be found here, has over 100k views on Facebook as an ad and has shown success in marketing the product. The ad is simple, very visual based, includes closed captions and is short and sweet. On top of all this, the ad can be viewed with or without audio and the viewer will still have all the information they need and the product is effectively pitched and sold to them by the end.

References

Kemper, G., 2019. What Marketers Need To Know About Gen Z Social Media Habits. [online] Business2Community. Available at: <https://www.business2community.com/social-media/what-marketers-need-to-know-about-gen-z-social-media-habits-02222668#:~:text=Gen%20Z%20rarely%20frequents%20Facebook,experience%20over%20most%20other%20websites.&gt;.

Rathsam, N., 2020. Friendship Lamps (30 SECOND SPOT). [online] Available at: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkgvi2FIrJk&feature=youtu.be&gt;.

Badlands, a game that may (hypothetical) happen – BCM300

Earlier this semester I talked about the game Badlands,

An original scenario/story telling based card party game that involved a lot of game dynamics from Bucket of Doom and Cards Against Humanity .

The game’s concept/storyline is simple; you’re traversing through a post-apocalyptic wasteland where you’ll encounter many dangers, using your own creativity and wit, you will use a slew of objects to navigate the perils that you’ll come to face.

The game is mainly aimed to be a comedic, party game experience, with simple rules thatt anyone can pick up quickly, marketed towards the same audience as those who would enjoy games such as Cards Against Humanity and who won’t mind some profanity or crass scenarios.

The game rules are simple:

  • The players (3-8) draw 5 white “object” cards, each with a seemingly useless object written on it
  • The player with the largest thumb will be the first to draw a black “scenario” card and be the chieftain, they will then read out the scenario written on it
  • Each player then chooses one of their object cards from their hand and places it face down in front of them
  • After everyone has chosen their cards, they will then take turns, starting from the LEFT of the Chieftain to explain how they will use their object to escape the scenario
  • The chieftain will choose their favorite answer, and that player gets to discard their object, while everyone else replaces their objects
  • The game continues with the person to the RIGHT of the Chieftain reading the next scenario card
  • The game ends once someone has gotten rid of all of their cards

The base rules of the game dictate that each player has 30 seconds to explain how they will use their object, but the game will include a timer that can be adjusted in 15 second increments up to 1:30 and down to 15 seconds, after which it can be adjusted in 1 second increments down to 1 second.

There is also flexibility in how many objects a player can use to get out of their scenario as well as how many cards each player starts with.

This room for variation creates more excitement in the game experience, allowing players to decide whether they’d like to play with base rules or extremes such as having 5 seconds to explain how they will use 3 object cards to escape.

I have descibed this game to many of my friends and all have said that it’s an interesting, fun and simple concept, all citing that they would play it if it were made available to them, unfortunately some of these conversations were made in person and some did not want to be identified in this post.

The game hasn’t gone through many iterations since the first blog post pitching it, as the concept is so simple, yet has so much room for variation that there wasn’t many problems with playability other than how many scenario/object cards there should be in a standard deck (as it stands right now, 200 objects, 75 scenarios)