Posted by: lindsayhumbert | December 31, 2009

True Life: I’m going to try blogging

Hello again blogosphere. Its been a while.

But after a semester off, I’ve decided to try and change that. As of about 10 minutes ago, my new year’s resolution is to blog more (that and to stop slouching as much). I’m not sure where this will lead me or who else besides my mother (Hi, Mom) will even read this, but thats not really the point. I’m doing this for myself. And as a birthday gift for Tiger Woods of course.

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Posted by: lindsayhumbert | June 5, 2009

Final Video Project

The final video project I made my freshman year!

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | April 25, 2009

About time

The About Lindsay page is now officially updated and linked!

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | April 24, 2009

Elsewhere on the Web…

For my college writing class we had to create a page for Wikipedia so we could then do a rhetorical analysis.

So I wrote mine on HGH treatment for athletic enhancement.

Enjoy!

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | March 19, 2009

“Why I am a Fan”

My idea is to investigate unique and a-typical stories behind why some people are fans of teams that are, geographically, unexpected. I also want to explore how someone can come to despise a team that is not a natural rivalry.
Once these individual stories are established, I plan to delve into what being a fan means to them, and what they’ve gained from their alliances.

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | March 17, 2009

Lost in Translation

Even the movie poster is somewhat humorous.

Even the movie poster is somewhat humorous.

For a movie whose main characters were so somber and downcast for a majority of the film, there were a surprising amount of small humorous scenes peppered throughout, such as:
+ Bill Murray’s character Bob Harris towering over everyone else in the Tokyo elevator
+ Harris trying to shower with a shower head that was too short
+ how at the photo shoot, the long winded Japanese was translated into a short, concise English explanation and a question in English became expanded to a lengthy Japanese translation
+ when a Japanese hooker came to visit Harris in his hotel room
+ a shot of Harris dining by himself at one end of a table for two
+ huge digital dinosaurs and elephants marching across a sky scraper as if it were a jumbotron
+ Harris having clips on the back of his suit jacket during and after this photo shoot
+ Harris losing control of the Japanese elliptical machine, screaming for help, followed by a shot of him limping the subsequent morning
+ a person dancing while playing a video game at an arcade
+ Harris receiving a package of carpet samples from his wife
+ the orange camouflage shirt Harris wants to wear out
+ the scene where Harris is in the waiting room at the hospital, sitting next to an older man with a cane wearing a punk hat and shoes, with Harris ultimately ending up with some sort of pillow
+ the scene where Harris attempts to shave with a dinky razor and is then interrupted by a phone call
+ the matching striped suit worn by the talk show host
These amusing moments contrast from the overall serious tone created by the film’s characters. However, their presence lightens the mood and prevents the movie from becoming too heavy and depressing by allowing the viewer to release small amounts of tension.

Furthermore, the film utilized repetition to crate familiarity. By my count, three times the opening shot of the bar was a singing red head. When, later in the film, the bar is introduced by showing a different band providing the musical entertainment, the viewer notices the difference in the way the scene was set. The rule of three appears again with showing Scarlett Johansson’s character, Charlotte, sitting by the window looking out at the city. This effectively paints her as someone who feels trapped and wants part of the ‘more’ that is out there.

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | March 12, 2009

WSOE Blog

Elon’s student run radio station, WSOE 89.3 FM has recently begun blogging.

From the sports blog, you can link to the other WSOE blogs through the blogroll.

Keep checking in as these new blogs are only going to get better!

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | March 12, 2009

Staged Photography

Here are my best 10 from my staged photos. I tried both food photography and product placement in addition to trying to create a theme by staging a flower in shots with things that are not as beautiful.

Diagonal line of cupcakes

Diagonal line of cupcakes

The background is clone stamped. The food is real.

The background is clone stamped. The food is real.

Blows the competition out of the water.

Blows the competition out of the water.

A healthy flower

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Posted by: lindsayhumbert | March 9, 2009

Gimme Shelter

Gimme ShelterThe documentary Gimme Shelter allowed the viewer to almost feel as though they were at the Rolling Stone’s free concert at Altamont.  Through the pure observation techniques of direct cinema, directing brothers Albert and David Maysles were able to capture moments that were both vivid and real. During the scenes from the Altamont concert, there was more footage of the audience than of the Rolling Stones themselves performing.

Such moments, particularly of actions by audience members, include people:
+walking great distances from their cars to stage
+kissing
+climbing on the scaffolding
+hallucinating or otherwise being under the influence of LSD or various drugs
+urinating publicly
+yelling about a woman giving birth
+collecting money for an organization
+opting to be nude
+requiring medical attention
+trying or succeeding to get onstage and pester the Stones
+being restrained by the Hells Angles
+crowd surfing
+dancing
+fighting
+with painted faces
+blowing bubbles
+smoking and drinking
+taking pictures with cameras
Most of these are actions that still occur at modern concerts, and their inclusion in the documentary truly helps recreate the concert for viewers.

The ending of the documentary also sticks out in my mind. It seems to end on a bad note, with the death of an audience member, and the somber faces on the Stones as they watch the footage of the stabbing. However, following that and closing out the documentary before the credits roll, are shots of audience members walking towards the concert. With the camera shooting into the setting sun, the walkers are bathed in a golden light. These visuals provide an almost redemptive or consoling feel to a film that, otherwise, was somewhat of a downer as it proved that no good deed (such as a free concert) goes unpunished (and is more hassle that its worth). In any case, the footage allows the documentary to conclude on a slightly higher note than closing with just Mick Jagger’s solemn face.

Posted by: lindsayhumbert | March 2, 2009

Raging Bull

Raging BullWhile the movie Raging Bull clearly centered around the volatile male character of Jake La Motta (played by Robert De Niro), it would be difficult to overlook the way women were portrayed in the film.

Even focusing on just Vickie, La Motta’s woman of interest throughout the film, there were numerous instances of physical and verbal abuse along with jealous accusations and demands to know every detail of how her day was spent. While La Motta was seen as this big and powerful man (less so as the film approached the end), Vickie was shown to be much weaker. She was easily won over as a 15-year-old by the pool by La Motta and his fancy car, despite that he was already married. Once she became his wife, and the primary victim of La Motta’s swift temper, she was subjected to order to ‘shut up’ or ‘go over there’, even when she was just trying to make a suggestion to a situation being discussed right in her presence. However, as a women in the 1940s and 50s, it would not be her place to object these demands. La Motta’s abuse persists and becomes increasingly physical, prompting Vickie to begin packing a suitcase after one particularly bad evening. However, when La Motta hugs her and demonstrates his wish that she stay, she gives in without much struggle. Although long overdue, I was glad to see her finally leave him at the end of the movie.

To me, even more interesting than Vickie’s relationship with La Motta was how she was introduced into the film. She is first shown to us as just a pretty blonde girl, pool side, through an eventual close up via slow zoom-in.  Following shots show her talking with the people around her, but we do not hear her voice, symbolic of the notion that women (as is sometimes said about children) are better off seen and not heard. The idea of Vickie being silent returns somewhat later on each time La Motta orders Vickie to ‘shut up’. It is not until I believe her third appearance that we finally hear Vickie talk. However during her first speaking scene, she is clothed in a white dress, symbolizing purity and innocence because, of course, she is only 15. It is through these variety of methods that all women in the film are presented as subordinate to the men.

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