How Hanuman Was Born

There are many tales featuring the great Hanuman, but have you heard the story of his birth?

Hanuman would not have had all of his adventures if it was not for the actions of one women. This short animation aimed at children depicts the unique set of circumstances to how the great Hanuman came to be.

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This is my reflections on the project How Hanuman Was Born.

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The animation is of a higher quality than others on the same subject. The story is kept simple  even though the source material is very complicated. For a group of two within the time frame I believe we chose a production that was manageable.

The problem we had to solve was making  complicated story with many moving parts simple enough anyone to digest. We would have to make it so that when children watched it they would be both entertained by the images and at ease with the complexity. I think we achieved a project that does this well.

The overall quality could be better, however we were not able to make changes given the limited amount of time and man power.

We could have improve with the social media strategy by starting it a lot earlier. I was reluctant to put the story online until it had a sound mix done. This mean that once the sound design was complete it would be hard to make any serious changes to the animation. It was in a tutorial where we were instructed to put our projects up so that they could be scrutinised. The idea was that we could take feedback and make changes based on this feedback. Because I wanted to do more work before putting the project online I missed the opportunity to receive feedback from the audience.

The videos main platform for social media is twitter where it will be pushed by a scheduled frequency through hootsuite. Tweets have been scheduled to be posted throughout the week, in the morning, at lunch time and in the evening. Because Saturday is considered Hanuman’s day by his followers that is the main day it will be pushed with post frequency to double for this day. #hanuman will be used along with a list of other hash tags which connect to thousands of devotees. The twitter profile @HanumanWasBorn is following all the top pages with Hanuman in their interests. They are being directly targeted through twitter and while this has been slow at the start we have had some encouraging re-tweets and we hope that the message will continue to spread.

The voice over in the sound design could possible be better but it was trying to get it the best we could that held up the projects release. In the future I will push the project out at an earlier stage so that feedback can be implemented. It should be noted that I did receive feedback from my tutor and was only able to make adjustment on a couple of things because of the time. This reenforces my resolve that getting feedback earlier is best for the good of the project.

How Hanuman was born. from Hanuman Manson on Vimeo.


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Celestial City Peer feedback

 

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As a part of the Celestial City project we had to look at our peers work finding at least two weaknesses and two strengths. We also had to include how we thought these weaknesses could be improved.

For this exercise I have been looking at 7 days of Yoga and the following is my thoughts.

I would like to start by saying I have really been enjoying what has come from this project. It is very engaging and there have been plenty of posts on various mediums to keep me interested. The photography looks professional, with good compositions, lighting and form. With the video I enjoy the idea of having someone who is learning and there is some good, natural comedy there. The video is only weakened by the production quality. I enjoy the ideas but think that if the visual aesthetic was on par with that of the photography these videos could be much better. I also think there is a missed opportunity to use audio voice over to direct the audience in correct technique.

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These are only problems because they make the production quality look less than it is in other areas. To fix this I would suggest choosing a location that reflects beauty of yoga (like in the photography), composing, planning and lighting the shots to get the most out of the physical form. Also allowing time to do a proper sound mix that has a voice over which is clear and instructional.

Writing this feedback I had to really think to find areas of weakness. This is a really strong project, because there is just so much content and you can tell how much the creators care about yoga. With higher quality video as a part of the package it would be complete.   

Location, location, location!

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It was the first semester at university as a student of film production. I had not been to Melbourne, (my city of origin) for 8 years. I was working on the short film Reinstating Hope (2010), looking for a location for the opening scene. This opening scene had to show a man named Bruce had just been released from prison. We were being taught about the concept of “mise en scene”, or everything in the frame. We challenged ourselves with showing that Bruce had been released from prison by using just one shot, the actor and a location.

It turns out Melbourne is full of old architecture and just behind RMIT is the Old Melbourne Gaol that has been preserved as a tourist attraction. We thought about shooting inside however, the building runs tours and when negotiating with the person in charge we found out they wanted money to let us shoot there. If we could get the shot we wanted without it costing us any money then that is what we were going to do. The person in charge said if we wanted we could shoot stuff outside the gaol for free so the next day we went to shoot some tests around the location. It was during these tests that we realised all we had to do was use the barred windows on the old gaol wall as our background and have Bruce waiting in front of the wall with satchel bag of his belongings. With the large gaol wall towering behind him, it was clear in the opening shot that Bruce had just been released from gaol.

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Two things I took from this:

A film only needs what is necessary to communicate the information the audience needs to know.

You don’t need a huge budget to establish an idea.

There are many locations in Melbourne I have since used to communicate ideas in my short films and every day I am thankful that I am living in such a wonderful, colourful and diverse city. 

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