A unique perspective on fandom

I love the view that a Fan is someone who is active within an area, rather than experiencing a text then moving on, a fan wants to learn more and explore more within this world. Sometimes this can be seen as strange, but I see it as a positive thing, why wouldn’t you want to find a TV show (just an example) that you participate in and become active. Whats the point in just sitting back and letting it happen, get involved.

This video talks about Fandom and shows specific examples of fan bases which challenge societies conventions. It’s refreshing to see insiders views on fan culture rather than the derogative opinions which are usually expressed by non-fans.

Trans-media

This term has been used a lot in Phonar and is the basis of our final project. I have already discussed that the community I want to engage with is Anime and Manga convention goers, including cosplayers. But before I start anything I want to come to terms with the phrase Trans-media.

Google definition:

Storytelling across multiple forms of media, with each element making distinctive contributions to a user’s understanding of the story universe, including where user actions affect the experience of content across multiple platforms.

 Participants at BAVC’s Producers Institute NYC 2011 discuss… What is Transmedia?

What is Transmedia? from aliengirl on Vimeo.

So Trans-media is basically utilising all of the available and appropriate platforms you can. Having video promo’s of your work, then having the prints, and the online copies. It’s also about the community and connecting with other people who influence your project, as well as using something that already exists by taking influence from it either directly or not.

Futurism Search

One of the first place i call at for research… Youtube. I know I want to use futurism as my influence, exploring the movement and discovering more about it. Whilst on my inspiration hunt I found this great video, ‘F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto’ is a video interpretation of Marinetti’s Futurists Manifesto, it’s much better then just reading it, so listen carefully.

you can also read the manifesto here.

These are the 11 points of the Futurism Manifesto

  • We intend to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness.
  • Courage, audacity, and revolt will be essential elements of our poetry.
  • Up to now literature has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggresive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer’s stride, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.
  • We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing car whose hood is adorned with great pipes, like serpents of explosive breath—a roaring car that seems to ride on grapeshot is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
  • We want to hymn the man at the wheel, who hurls the lance of his spirit across the Earth, along the circle of its orbit.
  • The poet must spend himself with ardor, splendor, and generosity, to swell the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
  • Except in struggle, there is no more beauty. No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece. Poetry must be conceived as a violent attack on unknown forces, to reduce and prostrate them before man.
  • We stand on the last promontory of the centuries!… Why should we look back, when what we want is to break down the mysterious doors of the Impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We already live in the absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent speed.
  • We will glorify war—the world’s only hygiene—militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman.
  • We will destroy the museums, libraries, academies of every kind, will fight moralism, feminism, every opportunistic or utilitarian cowardice.
  • We will sing of great crowds excited by work, by pleasure, and by riot; we will sing of the multicolored, polyphonic tides of revolution in the modern capitals; we will sing of the vibrant nightly fervor of arsenals and shipyards blazing with violent electric moons; greedy railway stations that devour smoke-plumed serpents; factories hung on clouds by the crooked lines of their smoke; bridges that stride the rivers like giant gymnasts, flashing in the sun with a glitter of knives; adventurous steamers that sniff the horizon; deep-chested locomotives whose wheels paw the tracks like the hooves of enormous steel horses bridled by tubing; and the sleek flight of planes whose propellers chatter in the wind like banners and seem to cheer like an enthusiastic crowd.

So Thats futurism as it started, i don’t want to dwell on it too much yet, I should probably research some other experimental videos, even if they have nothing to do with futurism.

ishootshows.com: 8 tips for a great photography portfolio

TAKEN FROM ISHOOTSHOWS.COM

“8 Tips for a Great Photography Portfolio

Creating a portfolio of one’s own work can be a daunting task, but it’s an essential part of presenting oneself as a photographer. A top notch book is one of the best ways communicate one’s ability and vision, especially when it can be viewed online and around the world.

Here are eight ways to make yourself look good.

Keep it short and sweet

Show quality

Show range

Start strong

End strong

Put the rest in the middle

Don’t put it to popular vote

Keep it fresh

These are my suggestions for building a portfolio with the maximum impact. Let’s drill down.

1) Keep It Short & Sweet

With a portfolio, quantity counts for nothing. If the viewer wants to see more, they’ll look for it. And if they can’t find it, they’ll ask. Both of these consequences are good. I usually aim to include 12-20 images in a photography portfolio.

2) Show Quality

Following up to the first tip, only the best images should go into the portfolio. Consistency and distinction in your images should be a key takeaway. Showing anything but the best is often a waste of time; when you have someone’s attention, make every image count.

3) Show Range

And aside from quality, each image should speak to some aspect of your vision and ability. In choosing images, ask, “What does this image say about me as a photographer?” If multiple images are competing for the same specific message, consider paring down for the sake of efficiency. Expressing range, however, should not be confused with a lack of focus. Every image should work toward a singular goal of expressing your eye and capabilities as a photographer.

4) Start Strong

Start out with a bang. You want to put your second to best shot up front to catch the viewer’s attention. Why the second best? Keep reading.

5) End Strong

With your last image, you want to reinforce everything that has come before and end with the impression of excellence. This position is where your standout image goes, since it’s the last image in the set that the viewer will see.With the last piece, your goal is to leave a mark. The viewer made it to the end, so go for the knock out punch.

6) Put The Rest In The Middle

There is no filler in a portfolio, but everything that isn’t your absolute best should go in the middle. After the lead off image, gradually decrease in image impact until you get to the middle of the series, and then ramp back up for the strong finish.In other words, the highest impact images should be book ends to the images that establish the tone of your work.

7) Don’t Put It To Popular Vote

Bless your friends and family, but portfolios should not be decided by committee; what is popular is not always what makes your eye or execution unique.If need be, I’d suggest paring down a selection of your best images as well as you can and then enlist the keen eye of someone whose taste you trust to make the final selection.

Keep It Fresh

Just like seafood, it’s better fresh. Once you’ve established your book, keep it as up to date as possible. Aside from assembling it in the first place, this task is one of the biggest challenges of a great portfolio.As you develop as a photographer and add different elements to your style (or polish it), don’t neglect to reflect that growth in the portfolio.

End Notes:

As a condensed representation of a photographer’s vision, the portfolio is a highly valuable tool for introducing oneself to an audience, especially with the ease of sending someone a link.

Whether it’s used as a sales piece to land clients, an informative statement about one’s work and capabilities, or simply a way to succinctly share with friends and family, a portfolio is a great tool for making an effective and lasting impression. If someone is taking the time to look at your work, make it count.

If you want to see if I followed the above eight tips, head over to my portfolio.”