Friday, 20 November 2015

RTA 103: Farewell, but not Goodbye- to this course, not my blog, fear not my readers!

This is the end... hold your breath and count to ten.... 

Sorry, but I just felt like it was right to quote some Adele since her album just released today. But seriously, its the end, but its not goodbye. Honestly, when I first went to the lecture and the lab, I was expecting that I would be screwed. I was never the best when it came to creating things on photoshop or on the computer in general, but this class was pretty awesome. Laurie was very enthusiastic about what she was talking about, and I actually found myself interesting in what we were learning. And David was cool, and dealt with my crap, so like that's when you know you're amazing.

I became confident in my skills in the software, but I know I have a long way to go. Originally, the plan for me was to go into Television here, but because of this course, I'm contemplating on taking some Digital Media courses next year. I learned a lot, and I think one thing the most important thing that I learned was not to play safe. You'll never know your real potential if you don't play around with After Effects.

I'll miss this class, most definitely, but I learned a lot that I'll never forget.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Reviews to come soon! But checkout my Wattpad!

If you've been following me on Twitter, you probably know that I did try doing NaNoWriMo this year, but like all the other years, that plan fell apart.

It's not because I gave up (actually, maybe I did), but it's mostly due to the fact that university, work, and trying to have a social life is just preventing me to write proper stories like I use to. So, I decided to dig up my old Wattpad, and share with you guys some short stories that I wrote.

Unlike before, I didn't delete my account and start from scratch- I just updated a few things on my Wattpad, so it looks more presentable. I strongly encourage you all to check out my stories, and give me feedback!

Also, I have been reading again, so reviews will be up VERY soon! I'm just in between deadlines where everything is due soon, but it's not close enough that I have to start panicking (or maybe I am, and I'm just not paying attention to my schedule properly).

Once again,  PLEASE check out my Wattpad, and also, what do you think about my new social media icons? Pretty right? I found this website that gives out nice media icons, and she also has premade templates for both Blogger and Wordpress, and also does web designs- I'll link everything below!

I hope you all had an amazing Wednesday!

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Friday, 13 November 2015

RTA 103: Artist Statement

For my motion graphic's assignment, I decided to create a small little trailer for The Night Circus by Erin Morgernstern. I absolutely loved the book and was really excited to create a small 10 second trailer for it, but then I remembered: it's not the easiest novel to grasp, and most people give up on the novel in the beginning because of its complexity and metaphors.

I decided to use themes and motifs from the original story in the motion graphics: I made the colour scheme of the motion graphics the same on as the book- black and white. I focused the trailer on the main character, Celia's eyes. She opens them to signify her seeing what she's done, and the black bars that appear represent the circus and her being part of it/feeling imprisoned by it.

RTA 103: After Effects

For this final assignment, I changed my idea twice.

Originally, I decided to create a book trailer for a story I'm writing entitled The Kensington Project. However, due to time constraints, I realized that I wouldn't be able to do it. It also happened with my other concept, Anna and the French Kiss, which I was really excited to do. I ended up with my idea now, a book trailer for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Here are some stills from my motion graphics:

Alright, so my blog is not formatting my photos properly, but anyways, these are stills from my motion graphics. The beginning starts off with the main character, Celia, opening her eyes and the circus (the black lines) appear, and she slowly fades into it, and becomes one with the circus. The reason why is because in the story, she has a doing with creating the circus, and does get become with circus. 

The concept of this motion graphics was based on the colours of the book; in the novel, the colours white, black and red are really important. I based the eyes off the cover of the Great Gatsby, because the eyes in the billboard in the novel was to represent god always watching, and in the novel, while Celia has a big role in watching over the circus, there's a higher power always watching her and another person who helps her keep the circus alive. Also, lines are going to be a big part of this assignment, as I was very influenced by our Saul Bass lectures.

Hopefully I'll be done before the end of week 11!

Monday, 9 November 2015

ARC Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 272
Publisher: Razorbill
Expected Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Received from: Publisher:
Status: Standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore. 

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever..

Soundless by Richelle Mead was a wonderful and refreshing story that makes you really disappointed that this book is only a standalone and not one of her many enjoyable series. However, Soundless really was unique, and stood out on its own, which made me pretty content with the fact that it is just a standalone.

I've been re-reading all of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, ever since I finished this novel; it made me long and ache for more of her stories, and made me remember why I started reading YA novels after my post-Twilight disorder (yes, I was one of those readers).

Fei is a wonderful character: strong, driven, and loyal, yet disciplined and very compassionate. She has all the qualities that make Mead's other characters stand out, but what makes her unique is that she can't hear, and often with Mead's characters, their weaknesses are intangible, like a spirit bond or a bad self image. Of course, Fei had her own inner turmoil, but having that inability on top of that when you have to go out and save lives... well, it gets difficult.

While I did enjoy the story for the most part, and the characters were great, I felt like there was something missing. I really don't want to compare these characters to her characters in VA or BL, since those characters grow in a span of 6 novels each, but there was a lacking quality- an extra punch that I felt like could've drove this story home. 

Regardless, this story was great. I throughly enjoyed it, and like how Mead stepped into some Chinese folklore for this novel; it was well written, and really easy to read!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Author: Morgan Rhodes
Pages: 412
Publisher: Razorbill Canada
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Status: Falling Kingdoms #1

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....

I actually finished this book back in the summer of 2014, but hadn't written a review on it till recently, when I decided to go clean my bookshelf.

Falling Kingdoms from the get-go has a lot going on (as hinted in the synopsis): four main characters, intrigue, romance, love, betrayal and rebellion.

I was initially not going to re-read this book (because I didn't really have that strong of an opinion of it the first time I read it; probably because I read it that summer I went to Quebec, and it just got jumbled with the rest of my memories), but then I remembered how much I enjoyed A Book of Spirit and Thieves. 

Most books that deal with this many characters and interweaving story plots tend to get a little confusing at times, or at least, the book focuses more on specific characters', and tends to forget the others- that was not the case with Falling Kingdoms. At times, yes, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to other books and television shows I've read/seen at the moment, but for a 1st book in a huge series, it does set the tone for the other books that follow it. There's a lot in this book, and the plot may seem easy to follow at first, but the actions created by the characters hint at a larger and much more horrific battle than they all ever imagined.

While I did find some parts slow, it was a great story overall. I totally recommend this novel to anyone that's a fan of high fantasy.

RTA 103: Storytelling and Transmedia

One story I've encountered this week is the release of Soundless by Richelle Mead; I saw people talking about it on my Twitter timeline, and I would consider this as an example of transmedia.

As a book blogger, I am aware that many bloggers/people/authors/publishers promote on various social media websites, such as Twitter or Facebook, where the author of the book can interact with the audience, and where the audience can discuss and spread the topic at hand to a larger audience, by spreading it to their friends and who's friends will spread it to there's etc, in a large ripple affect.

I have experience with transmedia, both in school and in real life. I experience transmedia when I'm blogging, or when I'm watching a television show, and then go online to participate in a discussion or conversation, or watch a video to promote something I watch or heard. The best example of transmedia in my life at the moment is working with my creative processes group to promote our PSA to our demographic using videos, social media, and games/apps.
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