Posts Tagged ‘show off’

New semester

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

So, the portfolio is still somewhere in development hell… All the text is done and i have made some wordpress experiments. However I don’t feel like its moving forward and that is not so good.

Christmas and New Year and all that was a blast but now the cold, harsh, Karlskronian reality have me in a tight grip.

I and Filip Redelius spent an evening working on a short motion sequence; the idea was that the project should take no longer then three hours from start to finish. It became a DVD-menu for the movie White Zombie (since it was public domain and we wanted to include footage from the film itself). The result can be found at this link

There is just so much to do, it never seem to end. Me and Carl are the copy’s for our class-site and have spent sever hours trying to develop a nice but firm tone of voice for all the stuff we need to write.

In other news, AdLibris billed me for a book they haven’t sent me, and that is a bit bothersome.

Light Our Path

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I thought about an old guidebook that I studied on some or other scoutmaster course several years ago, I think the Swedish title was “Lys vår led” (which roughly translates to light our path), and how one sided it was. Being the project manager for this module I’ve had to look back and reinvent my leadership style. Old stuff like lys vår led drifts ashore from the large ocean of passive knowledge. back then I thought it was quite a crappy book, it presented theories on how to make the kids listen to you, how to make the program well balanced and of course the basic “do this in case of emergency” instructions. Everything hard about being a scout master I had to learn myself, courses and seminars served as a good way to hear how other people did it and maybe give them something to try as well, but it was mainly easy stuff like where there was a good cabin to rent for a weekend in the forest with the kids or how they planned their trip to Iceland or some other whateverness. How to make an imprint and hopefully add something to the kids was something I had to learn by trying, trying and then trying some different stuff. In the end the control and comfort I and the kids felt with each other was in proportion to their age. I work best with the oldest age group that are somewhere between ninth grade and second/third year into the Swedish gymansiet (16-19 year olds). My leadership is sort of sneaky and from the backline at this point. I try to find out what they want to do quite early in the year, let them rediscover it a few months later, sometimes i decide but make them think its their own choice and so on, I provide the solid wall they can lean upon and the one to ask about stuff they don’t know, but mainly I try to make them reach their own goals and to make them feel as strong and independent as possible while reaching it.
However during my time on Hyperisland I found this entire method unfitting. Mainly because hyper island is not a place you show up to once a week to do something you and your friends have decided to do. It’s a simplified work simulator.
I needed time and practice from IS and exp-tech before daring to try the Project Manager role. Time to dethatch from what I used to do and how I used to do it. These two first weeks in the rearview mirror, I’m not really sure I’ve succeeded. Yet. It’s really hard to say, the strangest thing about our group is that whatever we decides I have to repeat once before it actually counts. I’ve been saying “So, it’s the meaning of the group to..” and “Yes, We all want to [insert diction here] right? then let’s do it.” more times than I thought was possible.

Let’s see how it plays out..


Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Hello bloggreaders!
This is the first entry in my new blog, Jocke goes Hyper. Itt will escribe my experience of being a yper Island studen, my thoughts about the assignments we are given, problems, solutions and so on. I will try to keep this blog proffesional, but since my life in Karlskrona only circles around Hyper Island the border is quite thin and sometimes hard so see.

A few days ago I finished my first personal asignment, a 15 sec long animation. My intentions wasa to make it feel like the animations in Montey Pythons Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam eaven makes a cammeo. I worked mainly with photoshop during the assignment, building and creating art took way longer then the actual animation, i also keept to basic transforms, pre comps and masking and didn’t start to mess around with different animation f/x or filters. Partly because i didn’t want to run out of time with a compleatre mess to how and party because i culnd’t make them feel werry Gilliamish. If I have sucessfully learnt to use YouTube the film will be watchble below.