Responding to Sita Sings The Blues

I thought this animation was really well done, visually and notionally. I found myself wondering how a lot of the scenes were created. A technical aspect of the film that I really liked was the collages used in a lot of different scenes. There were parts when some of the elements were cartoon, some were photographs, etc. The usage of different mediums in one shot or scene tied into the larger concept of creating one piece of work or telling a visual story with different images representing the same thing. Each character in the film had multiple versions, that the shadowbox narrators pulled together through the telling of the story.

Another broader element of the whole film that I really liked was when the two stories (Nina’s personal story and the legend of Sita) met at a corresponding place: when Dave told Nina not to come back to India, consequently breaking her heart, and when Sita was banished from the kingdom. Furthering the parallel in the two stories, we see Nina and Sita’s situations are even more similar when Nina begs Dave to come back to her and becomes consumed in her heartbreak as Sita continues to worship the husband who banished her to the forest. Ultimately, I thought it was so fascinating the way the two stories, considering their irrelevance to one another in the beginning, came together so seamlessly in the end.

Chloe, Dave, June / storyboard



Our video is focusing on the day in the life of a food delivery man. It starts out with a student ordering food online and falling asleep. We then transition to the delivery man waiting for an order to be placed. We then go to the delivery man waiting for the food to be made. And then we get him waiting for the customer (who is still asleep) to come down for the food. After a while of waiting, the delivery man leaves. He then gets hit by a car (maybe)… and the customer gets angry when she wakes up and realizes that the delivery man didn’t wait…

Street Food Audio/ Chloe and Isabella

Isabella and I originally didn’t know what kind of audio we wanted to create, but we knew we wanted to use sounds associated with Shanghai life. We then decided to use sounds of local street food vendors. Originally, we were just going to record people ordering street food and compile it into one audio sound. However, once we actually went out and used the TASCAM to record the sounds, we realized we had much more than voices.

When we heard all the sounds we got with the TASCAM, we had the idea to turn them into a song. Along with the voices, the TASCAM also picked up sizzling, hitting of pan, etc. We uploaded the file and in garage band cut the file to separate individual sounds. We repeated the sounds to create different beats with the sizzling and pan hitting, then layered in voices.

From there, Isabella and I were a little stuck because our sound was boring, so we asked a DJ friend of ours to help make it sound more like a song. With his help, we used logic pro to mix up the beats a bit and add echo effects.

For our revision of the audio, we added a loop sound from garage band to make the sound a bit lower. We also upped the volume and added other voices to make the context more clear.

Here is the original sound


and the revised sound

Comic Revision

To revise the comic I first redid the borders around each image, making them thinner to not draw attention away from the stick figure. I also redid the wall lines to make them match the border. I also added a few frames to make it more clear what is happening when the hand is pushing the stick figure off of the cliff. Finally, I added more sequencing to the stick figure falling and repositioned him.

Here is the original comic and below is the new one I revised.



Revised comic:




Responding to The Ecstasy of Influence/Embrace the Remix

Lethem’s essay reminded me of a concept discussed The Unbearable Lightness of Being, a book I just started reading by Milan Kundera. Kundera opens his novel with a brief description of Nietzsche’s concept of eternal return. This idea basically states that anything that exists once and never returns is meaningless. I think that art, no matter which form, builds on itself and no artist is successful without the influence of others in his or her field. However, artists are scared of unoriginal aspects of their own work due to the influence of others. This fear is unwarranted because influence is not only inevitable, but necessary. On the surface, the idea of having another work influence your own is different than plagiarism. However, when I looked at plagiarism with the idea of eternal return in mind, plagiarism took on a whole new meaning.

With Lethem’s essay, we again see the message through the mode of conveying it. At the end, we realize that everything in the essay was taken from other texts and pieced together. I think that the essay being a collage text was not only clever of Lethem to do, but added a complexity to his message and essay itself.

“We are not self made, we are dependent on one another”— Kirby Ferguson, Embrace the Remix
Nothing is completely and utterly original. Just taking the fact that we contain our parents DNA proves that there is no way to escape influence. Everything builds off something else, just like humans grow and develop with the help of parents, family members, teachers, peers, etc.
Based on the concept of eternal return, something that comes and goes with no hope of being reproduced, remixed, adapted, is merely useless because it has existed only in its own lifespan.
A great musician could write and perform the greatest and most brilliant song ever composed, but if that song exists solely in its one performance, can that song really be great? It is the recording, remixing, reproducing of music, literature, artwork that continues to build the platform in which artists of all forms are able to create their work.

Responding to Scott McCloud

McCloud not only conveys his message of what comics is through what he is saying, but he also breaks down the stereotypes of comics by presenting his material in comic form. He explains comics first by exploring the explicit definition of comics and secondly, by exhibiting what comics is through the medium of his book.

I found McCloud’s explanation of time in comics really interesting because there is a lot more between the panels of comics than one thinks. Artists actually put so much effort into constructing a sequence of panels each containing a specific amount of time and depicting something that is happening in this specific amount of time. There is the time in which the reader is reading or looking at the panel and the time in which is actually being depicted. This makes me think about time depiction in comics versus time depiction in movies. I’ve always wondered how much of the story is missing from the movie simply because the movie cannot possibly  be long enough to capture every moment the characters experience. Even though I think time can be more controlled in comics, time is always missing.

Rainbow Skies in Shanghai

I worked with Maggie and Yu on a photo of the Shanghai Skyline and it turned out as quite a scene. My first edit was the warped color of the sky. I played with the idea of the famous pollution in Shanghai. At first I switched the color of the sky from blue to grey but then I decided to make it a little less realistic considering there was also an Eiffel Tower plopped in the middle of the skyline. I played with the color of the sky with the curves tool in image adjustments. For my next edit, I carried over the theme of unhealthy environmental conditions (ha ha) and put a swimmer in the Huangpu river. I pasted the swimmer into the river and adjusted the color of the water directly surrounding him. So along with King Kong and the Eiffel Tower, we now have rainbow skies and swimmers in Shanghai.

Responding to Walter Benjamin


After the lab on Friday with Professor Belanger, I had learned the basics of making an html webpage. To start on my own webpage, I copied the basic components from the example page I did in class into a new document. I then went onto the site that Professor Belanger referred us to to learn how to add different text fonts. I chose a typewriter font and chose a title for the page. I then wrote out my response in a pages document and planned out what else I wanted the page to include, like a photo and links. I then referred back to w3schools to learn how to add borders to blocks of text. I then went back and added in the photo and links and added the different fonts and borders!