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When I first read this assignment, I looked up and immediately saw what I wanted to use for the word “color.” Below is an Andy Warhol-style painting of Squidward that one of my roommates did last semester. One of his techniques that my roommate Anna incorporated here is his use of complimentary colors. None of them are primary, but the ones juxtaposed are opposite on the color wheel. These factors make the colors pop, or stand out from each other. It creates a bright, happy mood and focuses the eye in on the piece.


The next word I chose to use was “unity.” Unity is one of the themes for my team this year so I figured this would be a good opportunity to “unite” this class with this big part of my life.  Below is a picture of a sign that is hung in our locker room. It says, “No Excuses. No Regrets. All In. Whatever It Takes. Family.” The bringing together of these words and phrases into one concept creates a single idea for us to focus on in order to lead us to be closer, to work harder, and to unite. This sign bring the individual parts into the whole of its composition.


In another example of my roommates art, this time Jayne’s, I found the concept of rhythm. The description of rhythm given mentioned the repetition or alternation of elements and also says that it can create movement. I think that both of these aspects are present in Jayne’s work. There are 3 points within it from which movement emerge, and from 2 of those alternation/repetition branch. The top right corner pushes out left and downward in and alternating and repeating pattern that continually gets smaller. Then, from the bottom middle comes a repeating pattern that increases in size as it moves up towards the right. Jayne explained to me that both of these pathways are meant to represent lasers. Which means that for her as an artist, she accomplished some of Vignelli’s intangibles: semantics and pragmatics. Both she and I understand her art. Since  both of these elements represent lasers, and lasers are waves of light, and waves are alternating and moving, this is a perfect example of rhythm. Also for movement, the big sideways square, from both the top and bottom points, a pattern emerges, that seems to be trying to push out of a containment. This creates a feeling of attempted movement or almost a vibration of the pieces trying to push out. And that too creates a rhythm.


The last picture was a little serendipitous. I had been looking for something to represent my fourth concept and I either wanted to use balance or dominance, and I happened upon the stacking of these beautiful masterpiece which includes an empty wine bottle, a partially used syrup bottle, an empty starbucks cup and a bear chip clip. I decided this would represent balance. For the most part, it is symmetric balance because everything has a central balance, but then you get to the chip clip. This clip is sitting on the edge mouthpiece of the coffee cup, uncentralizing the structures core balance– its asymmetric balance.
This structure also tests our ideas of mass and gravity. The thick base of the syrup bottle is balanced on the thin neck of the wine bottle which gives the illusion of heavy on light, and that one will overcome the other when that is not the case. Another aspect testing these ideas is the chip clip on top of the coffee cup, the chip clip has a greater mass to surface area ratio, meaning that since its sitting on the edge of the coffee cup, it should tilt it and make it fall over, but instead it remains balanced on the structure.


Ms. Wolverine

For the “show is your super power” daily create, I chose to be Ms. Wolverine.

Ms. Wolverine

Right now with trying to get my wrist healed up, doing stretches, and working on range of motion and strength, it would be very nice to have Wolverine’s healing abilities. The titanium screw in my wrist just isn’t cutting it right now either, I could really use some of that adamantium.

In the picture above, I placed four of the kitchen knives, that I had in my apartment, in my hand to be my blades. I chose to use the colorful ones to make them a little more feminine for “Ms. Wolverine.” Similar to if I had “painted my nails.”

Listening to Mirrors

Audio plays a huge role in storytelling.  It is used in film and video to portray what is going on in scenes as well as the emotion that is occurring within them. In noir, audio depicts moments of hostility, intense moments between characters, gunshots, jazz music, screams, crying, footsteps, the vernacular of the period, and more. It sets the tone and creates a mood.

Sound can do many things of the story. For example It can drive it. In some shows movies etc., the only thing you might get to experience is audio. They might leave out the visual aspect. This could be because they want you to guess what happened, or because they want you to assume that one thing happened instead of what actually happened.

Audio can impact mood by creating feelings of sadness, joy, anger, passion, and more. It can be included to sway your opinion in a argument. The crying of a child can make you feel sad or as if you need to come for that child. Audio can also create an atmosphere. It can include music that sexualizes a character, music that mystifies a character, for music that makes you feel like the characters dangerous even to you in the audience.

Audio has the ability to greatly change the direction and the meaning of a movie, TV show, or radio show. It can change a character from bad to good or good to bad. It can change a scene from one of sadness to one of joy. Audio is just as important as the visual aspects of storytelling.

In “Phone Call from Stranger, audio plays an important role because without the audio track, you wouldn’t know he was using an alias to travel (2:30-2:40)

In the movie Chinatown, which is on Netflix, Gittes wouldn’t be able to tell the story that sets him up for an awkward meeting with Mrs. Mulwray if there was no audio. This story happens around 18:00. You also wouldn’t be able to hear the worried tone in his friend who is trying to convince him to shut up! Another Instance in this movie where audio is important is in the use of the side effects of the water that is being drained from the reservoir. If it weren’t for the sound effects it would be harder to tell what is going on in the dark and it would also not seem as dangerous for Gittes when he gets flooded by it. In this example the audio provokes a feeling of panic over him being swept away by the water.



In the opening shot of touch of evil, the street music almost seems happy go lucky. It makes you think that nothing bad will be happening anytime soon and this movie could actually maybe turn into a romantic comedy aside from the bomb in the man’s car. In the No-restored version of the opening, the theme music makes the scene a million times better. The music in this version has lower tones and more ominous sounds, as if some trouble is going on behind something, and that danger and mystery will ensue. And, in fact, this is exactly what is happening with the bomb hidden in the back of the car, and I can only assume some danger and mystery will follow with finding out who did it.

In this opening shot, they also use the audio of a bomb instead of showing the beginning of an actual explosion. They’re using the audio in this manner to cover-up their inability to actually have a scene of a car blowing up with people in it. (If you want to rewatch what I mean, skip to this part of the video and check it out! it happens at about 3:25-3:30)



 In The Ambience of film noir- soundscapes, design, and mood, Hanson reiterates the idea that noir is a tone and a mood, not a genre. She states that the soundtrack of something is dependent upon the time period It is developed in. Each time period has its own set of new sounds and new music that are relevant to it. This is because as technology developed, new opportunities for the improvement of both visual and audio effects developed. Because these developed at the same time, a lot of similarities developed between the two processes. Just like iconography is an important aspect of filmography, sonography is just as important. These two aspects even parallel each other.In a moment of intensity for example, you might see quick changes of scene and fast movements of light, and as this is going on you will hear loud quick high-pitched music or sounds that accompany these visuals.

Hanson also includes a reflection on silent movies and the use of music & sounds that accompany them. She focuses on how music can be used to accompany drama.

I though the most Interesting part of this article was the idea of soundscapes. It is very interesting the way they describe the idea of soundscape and the different parts. The soundscape has a keynote, signal sounds and sound marks. The biggest part of the soundscape is the keynote which lays out a kind of background or foreground for the other sounds to be added on to in order to construct the soundscapes.

The nuances of a TV show or movie are determined both by image and sound, neither one of them is alone.  The telephone is a simple image that requires a lot of sound in order to make the scene work. A character can be on a telephone but unless you can hear the other side, you don’t know what’s going on in the conversation. Here, having that sound is a very important aspect.

Progress in the use of audio can be seen in the works that include layers, specific timing, and other organizational qualities not relate the sounds to the music and image that are screening in the project.

A large and frequent aspect of noir is the setting and mood of nightclubs and the singers within them. As Hanson states, the noir night club is a scene where glamour and crime often fuse. These clubs also include the possibility of intense moments, where one wrong move by one person could lead to arguments, brawls, and even someone getting shot. For all of these moods and opportunities, the sound engineer has to be able to create an appropriate soundscape. He has to be able to choose the right range of sounds to depict the tone that is meant to be portrayed in these scenes.

Another aspect I find particularly interesting about this article is how sound creates the idea of spacial arrangement in a movie, TV show, or radio show. You can you sound effects, music, or the voices of people in order to arrange the characters and the scene that is occurring. Hanson takes this idea further by explaining the inclusion of surround-sound in the film noir. She mentions how you can use it to hear sounds coming from different places while they are all occurring at the same time. It creates a more realistic feeling for the listener, and this more realistic feeling can increase the intensity of the mood and tone that is being set.


 in The Lux Radio Theater- Double Indemnity, audio is obviously important as it is the entire story. Because of this the writer had to be creative with the voices and the sound effects. A big aspect I noticed right in the beginning was the use of stressed voices; low, slow, ominous sort of background music that turns into intense quick sounds; as well as a key choice of words (murder, accident, mistake). All of these things came together to create the mood/tone of noir within this piece of work.

This radio show it reminded me a lot of “the post man always rings twice” because they photos include affairs as well as insurance as main points in their plots. They also both have the idea of two, a double indemnity and the post man ringing two times.

Something that I noticed on a personal aspect with this radio show was that it was hard for me for me to focus. Because it was solely in audio aspect I found my eyes, and therefore my mind wandering frequently. In order to get myself to even listen to the whole thing I had to close my eyes and lay down. The next thing I had to do was take a couple breaks. This unit a lot harder to try to do the live tweeting, because I just couldn’t focus. So I stuck to listening post haste. I know this will come back to bite me in the butt since I didn’t end up tweeting but, it’s better than not having listened at all.

Bumps and Bruises

My DS 106 radio bumper! (2 1/2 stars)

For this Post I wanted to try make something that was a little bit creepy. At first I wanted to make something that was more “horror film” than the noir of the 1940s and 50s, but I decided I would try to do something that was more relevant to those times. One thing I do like about this bumper is that it can be interpreted a couple different ways. See if you can figure out why it is called “without a knock.”



In order to do this post, I used sounds both from GarageBand and a few from the free-sounds webpage that we were advised to use. Instead of downloading the sounds, I just re-recorded them onto my computer because it was easier to get them into GarageBand in this way. Also, it wouldn’t take up the space I had in my computer. I did enjoy overlapping some of the sounds for this project– It gives it a more realistic sound than when one effect would just stop and another would begin.


Sounds I used

heavy breathing

door opening


I also used a jazz clip I found on GarageBand.


The First movie I watched was The Hitch-Hiker. Below are the 3 still captures I chose to depict the noir in this film.

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This photo captures noir because it is an example of a distinct shadow. The silhouette in this photo depicts a hitch-hiker which ends up being the the actual hitch-hiker killer in the movie. However, before we know this, the shadow represents the mystery of a traveling  stranger. It creates feelings of curiosity as well tentativeness, because you want to know more but you’re not sure how much.

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This image depicts the accessories of noir. This gun as well as the dark leather coat the Hitch Hiker is wearing are classic noir accessories. In another aspect, still’s main effect is to train your focus to the imminent danger of the gun. It makes you look at the and think about what this situation really could mean. It also purposefully excludes the face of this man, making it a more uncomfortable sight through not allowing you to focus elsewhere.

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Because of the darkness in this shot, it is difficult to make out the man and the setting, but it also creates an unsettling sense. In this image, the man stands alone on a boat dock. These aspects imply solitude, as well as, a dark, open, never ending space in front of you and only one way to go. What you can’t see is the hitch hiker and the other man coming up behind the camera. The hitch hiker following this man means that he can’t turn around; he can’t go back. Although with that knowledge, he is not alone, the camera reverting back to this angle physically shows you that the he is alone in the situation. Furthermore, the fact that he turned around to look back means that he is unsure of the actions he is being coerced to do.

Another aspect of noir in this movie is the time frame. This movie was released in 1953, which was the prime time for the noir tone.


The second movie I chose for my reflection was Chinatown. I actually thought this movie was pretty good and I enjoyed it, unlike my movie buddy. Below are 3 pictures of this film that I chose to depict its noir.

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This picture has multiple aspects of noir. Firstly, the Mrs. Mulwray-impersonator is a definitive noir character. She is dressed in in the black noir fashion, with fur and a hat with a veil. She is smoking a cigarette, and in this photo blowing the smoke across the man in the back’s face. Another aspect in this still capture is the venetian blinds, a classic noir affect, as well as, the grittiness of the build environment which peaks in on the filing cabinet.

In the next photo, the noir is simply the silhouette of Gittes. The fence creates a repeating geometric shape, like the ones we observed in the video about photography this week. And the sky lets us know that its late in the day, creating a sense of mysterious.

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Finally, this last photo below, I chose to depict the characters captured in an intense fraught moment. The man on the left is perturbed because he doesn’t want Gittes walking around the building, but Gittes does so anyway while snooping for information. The man then finds him, as seen here, and suggests he leaves. Personally, I find this man a little creepy with the red chrysanthemum he is wearing.

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reflecting on my photography

My experience with photography is pretty limited. Most of the photos I take are on my phone. I used to have a digital camera when I was younger and I would take pictures of people or anything that looked cool. I especially enjoyed pictures of nature and would try to get mine to look like those in magazines. I still have a digital camera now, but I mostly use it for pictures on long vacations so I don’t fill up my phones memory and so I can go through them whenever I’m ready.

In the pictures I take now, mostly using my phone, I’m not always trying to capture specific feelings. I still love to take pictures of nature, and I think in those you can capture certain feelings without even trying to. I also love to take picture of animals, specifically mine or ones I spend a lot of time with.

A lot of the photographs I take are also a means of documentation. Some are injuries, other are my notes, and more are just proof of something happening.

One of my favorite things to do at random times is to mess with angles and see how the change an object. Some times I do it with regular pictures and portraits, too, just to make them seem a little more interesting.

Below are 3 photos I think represent some of these, first is one of my cats who looks like he has a lot more going on than he actually does since he had been sick, second is a pond in Vermont that is one of the nature pictures I believe evokes an emotion itself, and the third is a photo of shoes with a fun angle.





In the Becoming a Better Photographer section, the things that I would most like to try were getting pickier, changing my perspective, and creating contrasts. I think adding and improving upon these 3 elements would be a fun way to practice and improve my photograph skills.

In Jason Eskenazi’s video, one thing that really grabbed my attention was using math terms to describe his pictures. I thought the uses of geometry and parallelism were very cool and I definitely want to try working with those themes.

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography is unlike any I’ve seen before. His photos definitely evoke the feelings of noir as well as capture its tone. I hope some of my pictures can end up looking like his!

theres no shadow without light

“The Shadow” was my favorite reading that I did this week. I chose it randomly off the list, and I am happy about my decision.

This story had a lot more mystery in it, even though it was pretty short. It was actually a pretty quick read because it kept the reader interested in the story the entire time. The ending was a surprise for me. I thought that Corvet had actually been in the room, and I was surprised to find out what is actually Martan. The shadow is also a pretty cool figure in the story as he can be seen as almost godlike in his portrayed omniscience as well as his being everywhere in the room at once.

the noir

Noir in the story can be seen especially in the shadow. It is definitely in his name, it is in his characters attributes. Another instance of the noir in here is the setting, in a creepy house late at night, by themselves with mysterious gifts and them just waiting for a man to come and kill them. Even the name of the prison that they used to all be in has a dark tone to it; the entire story seems to be a sort of faded, dark experience.