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Animation: Storyboard

November 26, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab

Diego and I are working together on our last CommLab project of the semester! We’re going to prepare a 1-minute animation piece using After Effects. We are panicking a little bit, because neither of us knows how to use the program; plus we have finals to work on; plus I have my Applications presentation next week; and plus the floor is going to be closed for Thanksgiving… Oh my, will I still be alive by the end of the semester?!

To understand what sort of things we can do with After Effects, we watched some tutorial videos online and looked at some past projects created by ITP students. The animations Spencer showed us in class and some youtube videos were also helpful in shaping our idea for the piece.

Both for aesthetics and the sake of simplicity, we decided that we would make a black and white animation, using images as silhouettes. The story has quite a dark tone: we see a cityscape at first and then zoom into the street to see a guy walking. He also is a silhouette, so you can’t see his facial expressions. As he walks towards and past a naked tree, a shadow starts to emerge from the background. As the shadow grows bigger, the guy notices it on the ground. He turns around to see what it is and comes face to face with a huge tidal wave about to swallow the whole city! And that’s where the animation will end. We are thinking of using one of Diego’s songs for the piece, but we’ll see if any of them works when we are done with the animation itself.

Here is the storyboard:

Storyboard for animation


November 16, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab, Telecommunicating

Right now, I’m acting in the short film “Hear No Evil”, by Jason, Diego, India and Dimitris. I am the female lead and now Diego is going to say hey to me, while I’m working on my laptop. (hence, this blog post is possible.) I’m going to say hey back to him and smile. This is kind of fun actually, but I much prefer acting on stage.

Oh I miss acting for theater!.. Last year back home, I was part of an amateur theater group and we put ‘Antigone’ on stage at the end of our year-long training. The whole preparation for the play and the actual performance were few of the most memorable experiences in my life.

I am Tiresias, the oracle. I have two dogs. My dogs guide me and follow me. They give me strength when I need it. I feel what is to come. I see the future. I am to give the omen to the people of Thebes. King Creon, blinded by his own ego, humiliates me. In return, I cast a curse on the King and the city of Thebes. And in the end, he loses everything he has and loves: his power, his respect, his wife and most importantly, his own son.

Greek tragedies… Maybe I should read some Sophocles this week for inspiration.

(Starting to hate that I am always on the look for inspiration and seeing everything as a source of inspiration for future projects!)

Love Story

October 28, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab

This is the short stop motion animation we made with Ozge in class, using istopmotion and two clay figurines who fall in love at first sight after bumping each other.


October 20, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab

The Most Random Story Ever

September 29, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab

This is our group video that we created for the 30-minute film festival. It’s about the traumatic experience we had while filming at the Tisch building.

LAB 4: Servo / Pirate Attack!

September 29, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab, Physical Computing

Pirate Attack! from Asli Sevinc on Vimeo.

“Avast, be ye ready to surrender?! Cap’n Sam Bellamy is comin’ to life and he gunna scare ye all! ARRRR!!!”

I shot and edited this clip with the Xacti camera and then added the audio to it using iMovie. I thought editing on Xacti was very easy and it was lots of fun! The quality of the video is much better when I watch it on my computer, but it gets pixely when I upload it on vimeo.

So, for the Servo-motor Lab, I wanted use this pirate set that I had bought for my nephew and then send him the video in which the pirate Cap’n Sam Bellamy comes to life!

What I did is that I connected one end of a thick, sturdy wire horizontally to the hat of the pirate and the other end to the servo motor. Initially, I wanted to make it so that the motor would be under the pirate and the wire would be vertically connected, but the motor was too weak to move the hat. The analog sensor I used for this project was a potentiometer. But what I really wanted to use was a pressure sensor. They didn’t have them in the computer store when I did my project. But, they brought some more this week and I got a bunch of different sensors; and I’m very excited about using them for my midterm project!

Here are two pictures of the circuit:

Circuit with analog input and servo motor

Circuit with analog input and servo motor

Top view of circuit

Top view of circuit

Thoughts on Orality and Literacy

September 29, 2008 By: Asli Category: Communications Lab

Although Orality and Literacy by Walter J. Ong is heavily academic, I thoroughly enjoyed the first 4 chapters. Ong was able keep my interest alive from the first sentence to the end with his rich references and meticulously laid-out arguments. I would not be exaggerating if I said that the book is -at least the first 4 chapters are- one of the most thought-provoking, as well as enlightening works I have read on the subject of orality and literacy, which made me think about and look at technology in a whole new way.

Surely, I have never regarded writing as the most quintessential form of technology that humans have created. The points that Ong highlights, such as .. makes me turn to myself along the way, at each step of his arguments and question my own perceptions. As he reaches the conclusion that “technologies are not mere exterior aids but also interior transformations of consciousness”, I ask myself, what do I think of technology today?

I’m doing a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications and it is expected that technology fascinates me, but I do recall -many times- that I have had my own share of doubts and criticism towards new technological tools. Email destroyed the letter! Facebook overtook in-person conversations! Cell phone hindered isolation! Internet media is taking over the newspaper! But Ong’s arguments made me realize something else; technologies can co-exist and give way to other technologies, which are borne out of human needs, from our own consciousness! The process of becoming literate for oral peoples took thousands of years, but did literacy replace the importance of the “rhetoric”? Definitely not. The orally gifted among us still hold great power (politicians), they are still respected (professors) and they are still followed (prophets) to this day. So does this mean that the new technologies and media will not deteriorate the importance of the script, but perhaps enhance it? Doesn’t it follow that if writing reconstructed consciousness, then computers will re-reconstruct consciousness?

Ong argues that we have a tendency to reduce sensations to visuals. (”Typographic and electronic cultures has a tendency to reduce all sensation and indeed all human experience to visual analogues.”) But since writing, printing and computers are all ways of technologizing the word, according to Ong, then the challenge for us ITP Students is precisely; technologizing the word. That’s something to ponder upon.

I’m looking forward to reading the next chapters on Orality and Literacy ; I think I will have more answers and more questions in the end.

One last thing that makes sense to me more now after reading these chapters: Words have meanings; scripts and oral works tell stories. We are here to learn to technologize the word in other ways. Then, what we create should have a meaning, a story behind it, no? I will keep this in mind.

PS: To be honest, thanks to this reading I learned that Homer was “a assembly-line worker” not a “creator”! To this day, I thought he wrote Iliad and Odyssey.