A Dark Reign on The Marvel Universe Wednesday, Sep 23 2009 

A brief description of Marvel’s latest company-wide event


Reaction: Skin Sculptures Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

For my reaction I chose Pig Skin Portraits . The article deals with the sculpted portraits of Heide Hatry. The sculptures are unique in that they are covered in untreated pig skin for the flesh and use fresh meat for the lips as well as pig eyes. This is meant by Hatry to “appear as if it were looking at the viewer with a vital expression which the photographer had just captured at that moment.”
This article is a reflection of what I intend to do with my second module in that I will ask different creators of the 72-Hour film festival what they intended when they showed their film.

Report: Dylan Lee and Chad Schreiner Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

This week I spoke with Dylan Lee and Chad Schreiner about the films they entered in the 72 hour film project. My questions basically dealt with what they intended to do when they made their films and what they felt about the ones that one. Lee’s intent was to stand out by using his knowledge of stop-motion animation for “My Apartment.” The synopsis dealt with a man coming into conflict with an action figure who he shares his apartment with. The film went over well and won Best in Show. One film that Lee praised for being funny and though provoking was “My Best Friend,” which dealt with the emotional support that a young man gains from the memory of his deceased friend. Lee explained that he felt that the films that won did so because they were funny.
Schreiner directed the film “Saturday Afternoon,” which a number of people in the audience had trouble understanding. Schreiner explained that the film was meant to illustrate how conflicts can work out by showing three stories that all take place on a Saturday afternoon.

Reaction: Washinton Post Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

For my reaction post I looked at The Washington Post.com day in photos. I like the setup they have for this section because it is very well organized. Each photo collection is organized by a theme and viewers can go from the main page to differently themed albums that are organized like a book you can flip through by selecting either left or right. This is what an internet based story is supposed to be like: separated into bite sized little pieces so that they can be. It is also nice that you get sidebars on the pictures with little captions that help the viewer understand what they are looking at better. This sidebar also contains links to different stories that are related to the pictures. For example, the picture related to the German student who shot up his school and then died in the ensuing police shootout.. This picture lists a link to the article that further explains what happened. This reminds me of the articles found on IGN.com, and how they are similarly separated into segments.

Reaction: NPR Thursday, Mar 5 2009 

For this reaction I listened to NPR sound clips, sound clips that are submitted by listeners along with a story about what the sound clip is. This is a double edged sword: on one side, you have the ability to find really interesting stories such as the Primate sancuary story, which engages the listener with an interesting story and sounds that are out of the ordinary.
On the other, you have the English organ story which is very boring by comparison. The story isn’t all that intriguing, basically the man is giving a lecture on how an organ works and where this particular organ was made. The sound clip is of someone playing a simple song on the organ, something that can be easily found on the internet and does not engage the reader very much.
It is good for a website to take submissions from its users and putting them online because it builds a community, something that holds every newsgroup together. While the organ story might not be the best example of user submitted content, it is still an example of NPR reaching out to its listeners and allowing them a try at decision making.

Research: Boston University 48 Hour Film Festival Saturday, Feb 14 2009 

This article does a poor job of introducing the reader to the idea of the 48-Hour Film Festival. In fact, I have had a hard time finding any good coverage for the festival. This article basically gives the minutes of the meeting and doesn’t get that in depth into the situation.
To have a good article about the film festival, it should have a detailed bit of history into the festival and maybe speak to people who have competed. There needs to be a human element for the reader to feel any attachment to the story. I hope to remedy this in my project by maybe spending the day with one of the crews and talking to them about their work.
Another thing I hope to do is insert clips from the videos and maybe some videos from the production to give some more material to the viewer