How did you use new media
technologies in the construction and
research, planning and evaluation
By Anastasia Molot
* Scribd - to upload Word documents on my blog and be able to embed them.
* Slideshare - to upload the PowerPoint Presentations on my blog and be able to embed them.
* Blogger - I have been posted all my work using the website blogger.com
* Survey monkey - i have been using the website surveymonkey to get some audience research for
* YouTube - i used YouTube to post my music videos (the final one and not finished version to
show the progress on my blog. Also, I have used it to watch the music videos I have been
analysing and how-to videos for different programs
* Wikipedia - I have used Wikipedia for the majority of my
research, such as the information about singles, albums of
partucular artists and some information about the music
videos. Also, about the record studios to find out which one
has produced which song.
* Facebook - ive used to advertise my audience research
survey on survey monkey and to get more feedback about my
*Prezi - I have used Prezi a lot to create interactive
Adobe Photoshop CS6
*Photoshop - I have learnt a lot about the
program when editing the digipaks material.
Before I had a knowledge of it, however, it was
based on retouching and editing portraits. i
have never really done anything related to the
digipaks and posters before. So it was all
quite new for me. We had a graphic designer
coming into school to show us many things we
can do with Photoshop. He has taught me,for
example, how to use other programs, such as
Alchemy together with Photoshop, how to use
tools such as transformation and recording the
actions to repeat them several times (actions).
And generally I have improved my knowledge and
interest in the program. I also have watched
few how-to videos on YouTube. I have created a
presentation about how I have created some of
the images for the digipaks and booklet.
I have learnt how to
download and install
new fonts which was
very useful, since we
used different gothic
fonts from the Internet
for the digipak.
The mechanical butterfly
The booklet pages for the song "mechanical animals was the most difficult thing I
have ever done in Photoshop. It was transformed from a picture of a rock using
the transformation and distortion tools. I recorded it in "actions"and then
repeated it to make easier, since it was transformed far too many times. Then the
final mushroom-looking detail was copied and created a shape of a butterfly wing.
I have created one side of it, and then copied it and flip horizontally so that
the two sides are symmetrical.
Then I created 4 wings and took a head from my drawing. In the final version I
have desaturated it, reversed the colours and out on the black background so it
fits with the gothic theme and colour scheme.
Final Cut Pro X
* FCPX - as always, I have
learnt a lot about this
program. We have used it as the
main and only video editing
software for this project. It
was used to cut the shots,
apply the filters, change the
colours, and edit everything at
all. I have learnt how to
change the opacity of the shot
so it is possible to create the
effect similar to overlay
blending mode in Photoshop.
Use of FCPX
We have used many effects for
creating different looks in
FCPX, for example the effect
similar to overlay in
Photoshop. To do that we used
an effect "Luma Keyer", which
apparently by itself brings
the opacity down so the lower
video becomes visible. We
also brought the opacity down
to achieve this look
Use of FCPX - stabilisation
Some of the shots were originally
very shaky, especially the outside
shots, which we have filmed hand
We have used stabilization tools in
FCPX to make it less obvious. The
shots became blurry in some parts,
which actually created a very
interesting effect which we kept,
since it fits with the atmosphere of
On the Inetrnet I have found a Final Cut Pro X
Froum, where I have registered and asked
people questions when I did not know how to
achieve a certain look for my video. For
example, I did not know how to use the motion
blur and they helped me. Also, I found many
useful links to great free effects on it, so
it was very useful. I've received good
detailed answers on my questions.
* Motion - Motion was the most complicated program
to use since I was not familiar with it at all, even
the interface. I have watched a several how-to
videos on YouTube to at least get myself familiar
with an interface and what the program does. Since I
wanted to get the motion blur effect I have asked on
the Final Cut Pro forum about how I achieve it and
they explained that I have to use Motion. So that
was the main reason I have got this program and used
it, it was very effective and if I had a better
knowledge of it I would definitely use it more.
* Cameras - I have been using
Canon 600D to film our
coursework. During the summer I
have practiced to make a music
video to make sure I do not
repeat the same mistakes as I
have done last year in the A2
coursework.For the behind the
scenes pictures we have used
the disposable camera, which
was a good experience.
use of camera
We have used the camera to create some of the effects during the production. For
example, we have used manual focus to make sure the shots were focused, because of
the lack of the light deficiency in some shots. But also, we have used it to film
out of focus shots, or the changing focus effect. They worked very effectively and
created very dynamic shots.
For the digipak we have used the low shutter speed (around 10-30 seconds) to
create the images with the motion blur effect. We used 2 of them - for the inside
cover of the digipak and the front cover. They work very effective and contribute
to the mysterious atmosphere of our project.
We have used Alchemy to create vector
images for the backgrounds of some of
our images. We found it very effective
and easy to use. We were very satisfied
with an outcome, which looks like a
professional vector image.