Monthly Archives: November 2010

Never FOURget: My own TED talk

Four Loko: two words, one regret…drinking it.  Rebecca Arnowich discusses the ethics behind the camouflage can that targets underage drinkers and college students alike.  These FOUR ingredients can be a deadly combination that can turn your LOKO night into a hospital visit…or worse.  With the scramble for the last Four Lokos in the country, we all must decide to drink or not to drink?


TED talks

The first TED talk I chose was David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes.  I find this TED talk to be extremely interesting.  David Blaine is a very motivated man and he believes in the magic that he creates.  Although he is not the greatest public speaker, his TED talk is still a really good one!  The stunts that he has accomplished are so fascinating and when he speaks about them he is not bragging or conceited.  At one point he talks about having the ability to do anything.  He believes that if one person can do something, well then so can other people.

The first thing that attracted me to Miwa Matreyek’s glorious visions was the short and sexy description.  The description says that we should take a quiet 10 minutes and dive in.  That sounded perfect to me and so I began to watch.  I was in utter amazement at this TED talk.  She is able to tell a story without words.  This woman is able to tell her audience a story using her own body and animation.  I am so used to the TED talks where the presenter is just speaking to the audience, but she does this in such a unique way.  I was really amazed by this beautiful work of art and the story of discovery and invention.

The last TED talk I chose to share on my blog is The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves… I think that what drew me towards this talk was the way that it began and ended.  The dancers are so talented and I believe dance is a really beautiful way of expression.  This director speaks about the affects that the internet has on the world of dance.  It was a pretty interesting talk, however the dancing throughout the talk is what caught my eye.

Taylor Swift

really enjoying her new album!! just thought I would share this

SJU Cheer

So this is the first attempt at my movie.  It is not even close to being finished, however, I spent a lot of time trying to pull this together.  There are plenty of things I would like to add including more footage in order to reach 2 to 3 minutes and a voice over.  I think voice overs are very effective and I would love to have that in the background of my movie.  This voice over will most likely just be speaking about the dedication and hard work that goes into cheerleading because many people underestimate what we do.  Anyways I hope ya enjoy =)

The Sounds of the Titans

Remember the Titans is an amazing movie.  I believe that the movie attracts many different audiences of all ages.  It has an entertaining way of making people laugh and the beautiful ability of making people cry.  I chose this movie for the particular soundtrack, but when watching the movie this time, I began to notice many other sounds.

The music in this movie is, in my eyes, perfect.  Not just the soundtrack, but the music that plays during inspirational parts in the movie.  When the team goes for an early morning run, Denzel Washington brings them to a cemetary of soldiers and the music playing in the background is extremely effective. 

Many noises really stood out to me as well.  The brick being thrown through the window is very realistic.  The car crash that Gary gets into sounds so real and it is amazing how special effect personal can accomplish these sounds.

The songs in this movie are truly what brought my attention to the brilliant film.  These songs include Peace Train, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Spirit In The Sky, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Express Yourself, Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are), You’ve Got to Earn It, and A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.  The soundtrack is truly flawless in getting across the message of this outstanding film.

Beginning my first movie:

When we received this communications assignment to make our very own movie, I freaked out!  I have never made a movie before and I had definitely never used iMovie.  I wanted my little sister to be the star because she would absolutely be perfect for something like this, however, I did not have time to go back to New York in order to film her.

I decided I would film a few of my practices and see where that would take me.  Cheerleading is something I have been doing for about 7 or 8 years now and I find it fascinating.  The tumbling and the stunting take power, trust, and courage.  A flyer needs to be fearless because although it may look easy, these stunts can be terrifying.  I also took a look at a few Maya Deren films that Dr. Knight requested and was greatly inspired by them.

Someone once said, “To write well, you have to write what you know.”  Although movie making is not writing, it is another form of art and the artist is trying to tell a story.  Well cheerleading has been a part of my life for quite some time now and I believe that I know it pretty well.  I am hoping that this movie turns out great and if it does not I will just have to try again!