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Summary of day one with David Fratto at NoMA

If any of this below is incorrect, please correct me and I’ll edit the post. If you have additional information, please share.

Hi everybody, I just shortly want to share the information we got during the lecture with David Fratto today. It’s essential for your production so just be sure to master:

  • WB = White Balance
  • exposure / iris
  • manual focus
  • audio levels

camera recording settings:

  • resolution: 1920x1080px
  • framerate:
  • format: AVCHD

output settings:

  • resolution: 1080x720px
  • export to: 5000kbps video, 256kbps

Vocabulary learned today:

  • S/N = Signal Noise ratio
  • (mini)jack (usual headphone stick)
  • XLR (big microphone cable)
  • tripod
  • lightstand
  • hard light
  • bounce light / diffusion
  • dolly shot = sliding camera
  • zebra patterns (80% IRE)
  • exposure
  • shutter speed
  • scanning rate
  • Iris/aperture
Lights:
  • Key light
  • Fill light
  • Back light
  • kicker

Recommendations for further reading:
dvinfo.net community for digital production
Doug Jensens vimeo channel

Oh! I forgot:
creative commons music you can find here for free for non-commercial projects: jamendo.com
for sound effects under the same conditions check freesound.org

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exam: done

Today we did it again. My team and I sold ourselves as high as we could and got rewarded for weeks of hard work. Our presentations were good enough to be forgiven for a couple of formal and minor mistakes in the content. We were the first three on the second days and the atmosphere at NoMA was quite tense. There was happiness, disappointment but mostly primarily relief.
I was not quite sure my presentation was meeting the desired standard, but luckily it did. It still would have been nothing without the great amount of work we did together and the synergy we developed in the process. Using SCRUM as a planning and controlling instrument I’d even like to do in my everyday. It was a blast with Trond and Kenneth, so if you want to have great team workers for a project and for any reason hate me, be sure to hire these guys! (or just all of us) icon wink exam: done
Preparing for the exam was quite nice. I had the feeling my girlfriend had opened a beauty farm in my one room apartment. I wore some kind of skin mask in the face O.o It wasn’t so bad and fun to try, I rehearsed my presentation once, though in English, not in Danish and then went to sleep for the exam day, where the following picture was shot:
post exam beer exam: done
PS: A 10 or 12 was the condition for putting on the hat that day

PPS: I owe my girlfriend a million DKK now, I bet I wouldn’t get 12 :>

PPPS: I just tried making my first little AJAX login form with this tutorial, very easy and a fun activity for your holidays, cheers!

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New NoMA website

I really appreciate, that my academy is remaking the website, anyways, there is room for improvement in following areas:

  1. design consistency
  2. semantics
  3. readability

Design Consistency:

In the menu on the left, there are rounded boxes and dropshadows, nowhere else, the background image varies for widget boxes on the right and the overall background. The style of the icons (compare top right to social media) and also the headlines to the right vary a lot. Some of them are type, some are images.

Semantics:

The whole left main navigation is one picture. It is not optimizeable for search engines and uses an image map. No HTML5 elements are used at all, which would also improve machine readability. Headlines are not in <h1> to <h6> tags.

Readabilty:

The font for the headlines is very thick and not easy to read, especially not when it gets below 30px. In the lower corner there is even some “webfont” logo, I recommend checking out fontsquirrel.com. The background image is very noisy and too intense for good readability.

Conclusion:

I’m not mad about that my portfolio is not featured, I just point out the things that really struck me. I hope my critique is perceived in the respectful way it is meant to be.

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Visiting Lego in Billund

The visit at Lego was really interesting and informative. We heard about the history, were given an insight how Lego is trying to expand and keep up with new media and heard about the web development team. Plus we got to play with the Lego bricks! Visiting the machinery that build toys of my childhood was also a huge moment, to see the degree of automisation and look at the small figures that were brought alive by my phantasies these years ago.

Okay, here you go, photos: (notice the Lego logo out of small Lego figures :))

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NoMA Real Life Feedback

The presentations were of very mixed quality. Most firms were well prepared, some minor glitches occured. Some set very strict guidelines and gave us a concept that made us all howl to the gods of good design and beg for burning sulfur and lightning.

There was not even time for evaluating the different objectives, because the application lists were up all the time and limited, so some projects were filled up almost immediatly. When we argued, that we couldn’t even listen to all companies and consider we got a plain: “Yes, you can.”, from one of teachers. We argued: “But what about $project_X?” and got: “Oh you can’t take that.”. We were very puzzled by that.
One of the customers changed the deadline of a sub-task to a week before deadling (which is a lot, considering we were given 14 days) and that is just not a very nice treatment of people who are trying to deliver some results that are worth being in their portfolios.
Should we get used to incoherent informations from customers right away? icon wink NoMA Real Life Feedback
Apart from the changing demands and information it’s been a good real life project so far though, but there’s always room for improvement icon wink NoMA Real Life Feedback

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