Slide Show Analysis

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The first slide in this presentation is on Chilean exports.  The first thing I noticed is that it does not follow the 10-20-30 rule.  The slide is written in 16-point font and it would most likely take more than 20 minutes to present just this slide with how much information is on them.  The slide also does not follow the K.I.S.S.S. rule (Keep It Short, Simple and Sharp).  Another problem with this slide is the final bullet point:

If you’ve read this far, your eyes probably hurt and you’ve been reading this tedious long-winded text instead of listening to me. I’m insulted- can’t you see I’m doing a presentation up here? Look at me! Congratulations, however, on having such good eyesight.

This bullet point has nothing to do with the rest of the slide and is more of an “easter egg” for anyone who bothers to read it.  However, there are some good portions to this slide that are good.  The background does not distract from the presentation and the contrast between the letters and background is easy on the eyes.  If I were to re-write the slide, it would look like this:

Corrected Chilean Exports Slide

Corrected Chilean Exports Slide

The second slide of this presentation is equally as bad as the previous slide, if not worse, just in different ways.  The first thing I notice is that the contrast between the lime green background and the yellow text hurts my eyes if I try to read the text.  If this were to be projected onto a giant screen, I would not be able to look at it.  It also does not follow the 10-20-30 rule with a 28-point font.  There is also a watermark in the bottom left-hand corner of the image:

Watermark

Watermark

The only good part about this slide is that the image is not pixelated.

The next two slides may be the worst in the entire presentation.  This slide on “Buying a New Suit” contains un-related images, unnecessary animations and highly-pixelated images.  Not to mention that it does not have any text on it  that would offer anyone help with buying a new suit.

The second last slide is extremely irritating.  Each bullet point has an intro animation, and an animation for once it is already on screen.  On top of that, it does not follow the 10-20-30 rule with a 28-point font.  While this is not a huge violation of the rule, it is something.

Finally, the last slide suggests that the presenter is not prepared.  He/She has not taken the time to rehearse their presentation to see if everything plays back correctly.  These errors would throw off a presentation and possibly leave the audience out of crucial pieces of information.

In all, this presentation is awful.  None of the slides relate to each other and there are huge errors in each slide.  It is hard for me to believe that there is a worse presentation anywhere.

Harper Speech – PM Addresses the G8 and G20 Business Summit

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In Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech addressing the G8 and G20 Business Summit from April 29, 2010 is aimed at those in attendance.  PM Harper explains in this speech, that the G8 and G20 are both to be held in Canada and are important events for the world.  He describes how the Summits will address the Global economy crisis, terrorism and nuclear devices and paying off international stimulus commitments.

PM Harper also states that over the next two years, while the economy in the rest of the world will fall, Canada’s will continue to become stronger and stronger.

Audiences – Reagan’s Challenger Speech

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President Reagan addresses many audiences during his speech regarding the Challenger space shuttle.  He addresses the Nation, the families of the fallen Astronauts, the school children who were watching and the crew that worked on the Challenger space craft at NASA.

To the Nation, he says it is a truly terrible loss and that there will be a national week of mourn.  To the families he says that while the rest of us cannot know how this will impact them, we do feel for them and are their for them in their loss.  To the school children, President Reagan explains that this is a natural part of exploration and that sometimes losses like this happen, but we push through and persevere.  Finally, to the crew, President Reagan says that there hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated and that he has never once doubted NASA and their efforts.

Story Patterns

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The Social Network

Setup:

We meet the characters of Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin and the Winlevoss twins.  This is also when we are introduced to the idea of Facebook.

Dramatic Action:

When Mark steals the idea of Facebook from the twins and they find out, a series of events take place.  The twins send Mark and Eduardo cease and desist letters, but Facebook gets stronger and more popular and Mark hires more people including Sean Parker, who turns Mark against Eduardo.  During this portion of the movie, we also jump back and forth through time to the two law suits Mark is facing. One against Eduardo and the other agains the Winklevoss twins.

Resolution:

The movie comes to a close at the end of the day where the law suit against Eduardo is taking place and through captions at the bottom of the screen, we learn the ultimate resolution of the all the law suits and what has happened to the characters since the period of time where the movie takes place.

The Dark Knight

Setup:

We are introduced to the Joker and his antics through a bank robbery.  We are also re-introduced to Bruce Wayne/Batman and learn where his life is in terms of his relationship with Rachel (who is dating the District Attorney, Harvey Dent) and that there are starting to be Batman copycats that only manage to get in his way.

Dramatic Action:

The Joker begins to terrorize the city, and targets all the mob banks.  Bruce works to stop the Batman with the help of Commissioner Gordon, but he is unsuccessful.  The Joker assassinates a Judge, the Chief of Police, Rachel, and attempts to murder Jim Gordon (who is promoted to Lieutenant) and Harvey Dent, who becomes the villain two-face.

Resolution:

Batman helps the police to capture The Joker, but cannot help Harvey.  In then end Harvey is killed and Batman is on the run.

Analysis of Benjamin Zander’s TED Talk

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The Beginning:

For me, the beginning of Benjamin Zander’s TED Talk is from 0:13 in the video to 0:38.  I think this because from 0:00-0:13 is just the intro given before every TED video and from 0:13-0:38, we don’t know what the talk is going to be about, but when we reach 0:38, that is when we switch over to classical music, the main subject of this talk.

The Middle:

The middle of this talk stretches from 0:38-19:00.  During this time Benjamin Zander talks about classical music and teaches the audience how we can all enjoy it and how he knows if we enjoy it by the look in our eyes, etc.  But one of the things he tells us is how we automatically know when the end is coming, and how with the Chaupain piece he is playing, we go from B to C to A to G to F and because we have heard these notes, our brains expect an E to end the piece.  At 19:00, we are given our E.

The End:

The end of this talk begins at 19:00.  At this point Benjamin Zander says “I have one last thought”.  This is our E.  He tells ‘After I say what I am about to say, this talk is over.’

Catch Me If You Can – Hotel Scene – Film Shot Analysis – 1:20-5:00

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(Inappropriate Language before 1:20)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNseShYxCVc

Shot 1

  • 1:20-1:26
  • Closeup – Zoom out – Extreme Long Shot
  • Eye Level
  • Intro Shot – Car drives to motel

Cut

Shot 2

  • 1:26-1:36
  • Extreme Long Shot – Pan across to follow actors
  • Low
  • Intro Shot – Interior of motel

Jump Cut

Shot 3

  • 1:36-1:39
  • Big Close Up – Camera moves back to show second actor
  • High
  • Introduces new character, motel concierge, hands FBI cheque

Cut

Shot 4

  • 1:39-1:46
  • Medium Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • 3 FBI Agents inspecting cheque and leaving

Cut

Shot 5

  • 1:46-1:49
  • Close-Up – Camera moves to Long Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • Concierge talks back to agents

Cut

Shot 6

  • 1:49-1:53
  • Long Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • FBI agent responds

Cut

Shot 7

  • 1:53-1:57
  • Extreme Long Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • Concierge answers question

Cut

Shot 8

  • 1:57-1:58
  • Medium Shot – Camera moves to Close Up
  • Eye-Level – Camera moves to Worm’s Eye
  • Zoom in on FBI

Jump Cut

Shot 8

  • 1:58-2:08
  • Medium Shot – Actors walk to Extreme Close Up – Actors walk to Big Close Up – camera follows all
  • Low
  • Introduction shot to different part of motel with stairwell

Cut

Shot 9

  • 2:08-2:20
  • Long Shot – Actor walks t0 Extreme Close Up (Camera turns with passing actor) – Actor walks to Long Shot
  • Bird’s-Eye to Eye-Level
  • Frank enters, talks to blind resident

Jump Cut

Shot 10

  • 2:20-2:30
  • Medium Long Shot – Actors walk, camera follows to Medium Shot – One actor walks to Extreme Close Up and past the camera
  • Eye-Level
  • Back to main area of motel – FBI Agents walking

Jump Cut

Shot 11

  • 2:30-2:44
  • Extreme Long Shot – Actor Walks to Extreme Close Up – Camera follows – Actor walks to Long Shot
  • Bird’s Eye View – Actor walks to Eye Level
  • Back to stairwell – FBI agent comes up with gun – Shocks maid

Cut

Shot 12

  • 2:44-2:47
  • Medium Long Shot – Actor walks to Medium Shot – Camera follows in front of actor
  • Low
  • Agent looks for motel room

Cut

Shot 13

  • 2:48-2:49
  • Long Shot
  • Low
  • Agent keeps walking

Semi-Jump Cut

Shot 14

  • 2:49-2:57
  • Extreme Close Up – Camera pans to Medium Shot
  • Low – Camera pans to Eye-Level
  • Agent finds room

Cut

Shot 15

  • 2:57-3:00
  • Long Shot – Actor Runs to Big Close Up – Camera swivels
  • Low
  • Agent breaks in running

Smooth Cut

Shot 16

  • 3:00-3:03
  • Extreme Close Up – Camera swivels
  • High
  • Shots of contents of room

Cut

Shot 17

  • 3:03-3:04
  • Big Close Up
  • Eye Level
  • Shot of agent’s shoes

Cut

Shot 18

  • 3:04-3:06
  • Close Up – Pan up actor
  • Eye Level
  • Show full actor starting at shoes

Cut

Shot 19

  • 3:06-3:09
  • Big Close Up
  • Eye Level
  • Actor pointing gun at noise

Cut

Shot 20

  • 3:09-3:12
  • Medium Close Up
  • Eye Level
  • Agent moves toward bathroom

Cut

Shot 21

  • 3:12-3:24
  • Medium Long Shot
  • Low
  • Frank exits bathroom, walks toward agent, agents backs up to corner

Cut

Shot 22

  • 3:24-3:29
  • Extreme Close Up – Camera moves to Medium Shot
  • Eye Level
  • Agent backs into cart – camera swivels up to show both of them in the room

Cut

Shot 23

  • 3:29-3:31
  • Extreme Close Up – Camera moves up
  • Eye Level
  • Frank picks up envelope

Cut

Shot 24

  • 3:31-3:33
  • Medium Shot
  • Low
  • Frank holding envelope

Cut

Shot 25

  • 3:33-3:34
  • Medium Shot
  • Low
  • Agent pointing gun at Frank

Shot 26

Cut

  • 3:34-3:41
  • Medium Shot
  • Eye Level
  • Frank talks to agent, pretends to be another agent

Cut

Shot 27

  • 3:41-3:44
  • Medium Shot
  • Low
  • Agent responds

Cut

Shot 28

  • 3:44-3:48
  • Medium Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • Frank talks

Cut

Shot 29

  • 3;48-3:53
  • Extreme Close Up – camera moves up to medium shot
  • Eye-Level – Camera moves up to Worm’s Eye
  • Franks shows Agent cheques

Cut

Shot 30

  • 3:53-3:58
  • Medium Shot – Camera follows actors back one step
  • Eye-Level
  • Frank asks Agent to lower gun

Cut

Shot 31

  • 3:58-4:00
  • Medium Long Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • Agent talks, requests I.D.

Cut

Shot 32

  • 4:00-4:12
  • Medium Shot – Camera moves down to Close Up – Camera moves back and up to Medium Long Shot
  • Eye-Level – Camera moves down and back up to Eye-Level
  • Frank hands Agent wallet and tells to look out window

Cut

Shot 33

  • 4:12-4:15
  • Medium Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • Agent comes to window, Frank pulls blind

Cut

Shot 34

  • 4:15-4:20
  • Extreme Long Shot
  • Bird’s Eye
  • Looking out window – Blind pulls aside – See blind man getting escorted to car

Cut

Shot 35

  • 4:20-4:22
  • Medium Long Shot
  • Bird’s Eye
  • Closer view of blind man

Cut

Shot 36

  • 4:22-4:25
  • Medium Shot
  • Low
  • Frank moves around Agent to other side of window

Cut

Shot 37

  • 4:25-4:27
  • Medium Shot
  • Worm’s Eye
  • Looking in motel room window from below at Frank and Agent

Cut

Shot 38

  • 4:27-4:28
  • Extreme Long Shot
  • Bird’s Eye
  • Frank’s voice shouting to Blind Man’s escort

Cut

Shot 39

  • 4:28-4:42
  • Medium Long Shot – Actor walks to Close Up – Camera moves to Big Close Up
  • Low
  • Frank walks to other side of room

Cut

Shot 40

  • 4:42-5:00
  • Medium Long Shot – Actor walks to Medium Shot – Camera swivels, actor walks to Medium Long Shot
  • Eye-Level
  • Frank walks back to Agent and to other corner

Film Shot Analysis

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This particular wide angle two shot is a MLS, or, Medium Long Shot at eye level.  The focus is in the foreground on the two characters.  The lighting is harsh giving the scene an assumed intensity.

This particular shot is a XLS, or, Extreme Long Shot from a Birds-Eye view.  The focus appears to be soft so as to allow for the entire setting to be taken in and although it is in black and white, the contrast is stark to give the scene a certain level of intensity.

This particular shot is a BCU, or Big Close Up Shot from a low angle.  The focus is on the man’s face and the low angle makes the man seem more intimidating.

This particular shot is a XLS, or, Extreme Long Shot from an Eye-Level view.  The focus is soft so to show the entire setting and the lighting seems to be at a normal level so that the scene appears to the viewer as being calm and laid back.

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