What. A. Week. 10.

I felt like I did really well on my assignments this week and I actually enjoyed them, until my computer decided to hate me… Overall I enjoyed the week though and the reading by Ebert showed me that the placement of a character on the screen helps the audience develop an idea of what the relationships are and what is happening between the people. The clip of Alfred Hitchcock demonstrating how film cuts could change how we view a character, even if the only thing affected is the middle scene was really interesting. He used a clip made of two close-ups, one of a man and the other of a woman. Originally, the woman is holding a child so when the screen flips to his facial expression and he smiles it creates one feeling in the audience. However when we exchange the woman for one in a bikini but keep the same final image of his face, the audience gets an entirely different feeling of the man.

But here are my assignments!

Video Essay

Unfortantely I had some technical difficulties, my computer spazzed out and my assignment got deleted and then my microphone would not work… So this is the best I could do sadly.

I chose to use the baptism scene from the movie the Godfather and I have the scene without sound and my audio typed out the best I could.

The scene opens in a church, far away, so you don’t see what’s happening, then the scene is cutting closer and closer to the baby, and we see catholic priests. From there, we see the hands of Michael and Kay, holding Connie’s baby and preparing for the baby for her baptism, and the scene cuts to the hands of a man, taking out a gun from a case and starting to assemble it. This shows the audience that the two things are happening at the same time and connect the two different settings. The scene cuts from the gun’s preparation to Clemenza carrying a box to his car, showing us we need to connect this other person to what’s happening with the gun. We now see a close up of Michael, looking very calm, and the priest using holy water for the baptism. The scene cuts again to a close up of a man at a barbershop smoking a cigarette, and he checks his watch, indicating he is waiting for something and demonstrating some anxiety. The next shot is from outside the shop, as though the man is being watched. The man is taking out what looks like a uniform, cutting back to the baptism of the baby. Now the man is dressed in a uniform and drops a gun and a police badge out of a paper bag, showing us he’s disguised, and he wipes his face. Now we see Clemenza with the box again, going up a flight of steps, cutting back to a wide shot of the church again, panning to the priest’s hands as he baptizes the baby. From then on we have another long shot of the congregation and then another brief close up of the baby, one on Michael, a mid-shot on Kay and the priest and then finally again with another close up on Michael. Now we see Barzini, walking down a corridor slowly and it starts with a very long shot. The fast pace of shots continue to span across the different people we’ve seen already, all of them looking like their preparing for something. The disguised policemen through is knocking on a window a chauffeur’s car gesturing for him to move. Peter Clemenza, at this point, with a closer shot, is still climbing up the set of stairs while two men are preparing for something in a motel room. The man in the barbers is leaving and lighting a cigarette, illustrating he may be stressed. There is another cut to the church as we see another close up of the baby and a long shot of the congregation, and it all looks calm, in contrast to the other cuts. We see Barzini going down the stairs outside of a building to find that his car is getting a parking ticket by the disguised policemen. The man who was last leaving the barbershop is still smoking his cigarette as he reaches a set of stairs. Peter Clemenza is seen arriving the top of the stairs, still carrying the package. Now we cut to Moe Green getting a massage. Another cut is used back to a closeup of the baby. At this shot, we see Clemenza trap one of the leaders in an elevator as he kicks him back and then whips off the packaging to be a shotgun, and he shoots him. Michael is seen again in the church, with his eyes piercing. We then see another man entering the massage parlor, Moe Green is then seen putting on his glasses and is then shot in the eye. This is again followed by another close up on Michael, showing that each time we see a killing, we immediately know who it points to because of the cuts to Michael. Another man is seen putting out his cigarette and then climbs up the stairs. The next shot we see is a glimpse of a man exiting the same building, but the previous man immediately catches him in the revolving doors and shoots through the glass with blood splattering against the glass. We see another cut to Michael, and immediately after, we cut back again to the two men who then burst in on a man as he is in bed with a woman and they shoot them both numerous times with their weapons. Michael again with a close up shot. The disguised policeman first shoots the chauffeur and bodyguard and then finally shoots Barzini in the back. The scene then ends with a close up of Michael and a series of bodies of the men who were killed during the baptism.

I’m sorry I know this sucks 🙁

What. A. Week. 9.

This week has been a long one, that is for sure! I am struggling getting used to all my classes being online and not seeing anyone, besides my parents, their dog, and Ruby, for days. Time management has been a huge issue for me this week and I’m hoping to work on the next week, especially for this class because I almost ran out of time this week! Hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy!

*P.S. I GOT INTO MY TOP CHOICE LAW SCHOOL!*

Acrostic Pictures- Rework!

I decided to rework this post because I wanted to show more of myself in the pictures and only use pictures I have. Also, I completely forgot to include my pup the first time, which is wild!

Law for L: A picture of me at the first Pre-Law interest meeting and the law school I am going to be attending in the fall! (just got accepted yesterday!)

Adventurous for A: The picture on the left is from the Lighthouse on Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, FL. My best friend and I decided on a whim to drive to Florida for spring break and my brother took us on a 3 mile walk to the lighthouse and all the way to the top! (I was super tired) The other picture is a picture my other brother and I on a hiking and kayaking vacation my family went on!

Unique for U: I chose these pictures of me because I think they illustrate my corky, unique side.

Ruby & RBG for R: The first picture is a picture of Ruby and I on my birthday and she sat with me to blow out my candles. RBG is still by idol and this is my new favorite picture of her!

Eagle for E: Obviously, I am a student at UMW. I chose to use the picture on the left because it is the picture my mom took of my dogs and I right before I left for my first day at UMW, after I transferred! The other picture is my best friend and I, which I included because she made my experience at UMW 10000x better and it is my last first day as an Eagle!

NO NUTS for N: I chose to use these two pictures because it shows how serious my allergies are and the last two times I went to the hospital because of my allergies!

What’s in a name? Rework

Recently, I stumbled onto a random facebook post that talked about the etymology and historical origin of names, so I looked for Lauren. It’s always interesting to see what different people say about names and how different it is. Anyways, I wish I would’ve found this when I was doing the original post because in my original post, I had a couple different opinions. The post I saw also included the idea of a “Lauren Personality” and the popularity of the name. Here is what I found this time…

Etymology & Historical Origin

The name Lauren is a short form of the French masculine name Laurence which was originally derived from Latin. The Latin Laurentius essentially means “someone from Laurentum.” Laurentum was an ancient Roman city in the Latium region southwest of Rome, and some Roman historians consider it the first capital of the Latins. As such, Laurentius was a common Roman given name during the classical era, and the name has persisted for millennia through the Middle Ages and into modern times in many forms (Laurence, Lawrence, Lorenz, etc). The name of the ancient city of Laurentum may have been derived from the Latin word “laurus” meaning “laurel” (a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment). The female “Lauren” however is a pretty recent mutation of the original name, and probably most popularized by a young Jewish girl from New York, Betty Joan Perske, who would later change her name to Lauren Bacall in the early 1940’s.

Personality

A girl named Lauren has number Eight personality, which has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

The name Lauren first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1945, the year following the release of actress Lauren Bacall’s first film (To Have or Have Not). The movie skyrocketed Bacall to fame, and at the same time, her first name saw the same meteoric rise on the female naming charts. The name Lauren essentially went from complete obscurity to #354 on the charts that year. It maintained its moderate usage from the 1940’s throughout the 1970’s, and then achieved its peak of success in the 1980’s (her best year was in 1989 when Lauren was the 9th most popular girl’s name in the country). Lauren maintained a position on the Top 50 list for almost two decades, averaging around #20. Only recently have we been seeing a small decline in usage. Although Lauren is still a Top 100 favorite in America, she may be heading off that list as we speak. Lauren is a beautiful name; it has a gentler, arguably more feminine, sound to it when compared to Laura. Even though Lauren has only been on the charts for a little more than half a century, it feels timeless.

Project Brainstorm!

I’m not sure if this is exactly what the assignment means but, my idea is to do 80s what-ifs. Basically, I think it would be cool to talk about the what-if of historical events.

For example, what if in 1980, John Lennon wasn’t killed? What would be different? Would the Beatles be reunited? If the Beatles would have reunited, what would be different now?

What if in 1983, Motorola didn’t make the first portable cell phone? What would cell phones be today?

What if in 1986, the Chernobyl meltdown never occurred? Would there have been more nuclear power plants? Would the USSR still exist?

Since our class theme is the 80’s, I think it would be interesting to look at how the events from the decade shaped the world now, and if they were to have happened differently, what that would mean for the present.

Tuning into the 80s

All the radio shows made by this class were so awesome. It was hard for me to decide which one to reflect on because I loved all of the shows. I decided to talk about the show “The Breakfast Club” which broadcasted on Monday. I think I liked this one because when I was listening, it felt like a real 80s radio show. The on-air caller idea made the show feel very authentic. I also enjoyed the discussion about all of their favorite things from the decade because it put a personal touch into the show, similar to the way radio talk shows are. The ideas they had were super well put together, and it seemed like everyone enjoyed what they were talking about, making it more fun to listen. Plus, the commercials and music transitions were perfect for the show and did an excellent job tying all of it together!