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Dagon

April 20, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

Mike Minehan

Foreign Film Review

4/20/2011

http://necrofiles.blogspot.com/2008/02/dagon-2001-review.html

http://necrofiles.blogspot.com/2008/02/dagon-2001-review.html

Dagon, directed by Stuart Gordon, produced in 2001, is a film based on H.P. Lovecraft’s novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The film is set in a small town in Spain called Imboca. This is rather ironic considering that the term boca in Spanish translates to mouth, relating back to H.P. Lovecraft’s title Shadow Over Innsmouth. This film is referred to as a horror film in most reviews, but I would beg to disagree. To me this film was more of a Science Fiction/Thriller. There is a great deal of suspense and conflict, and the soundtrack plays well throughout the movie. Much of the language used in the film is Spanish but there is also a good deal of English as well.

http://thebonethrone.blogspot.com/2010/08/dagon-2001.html

http://thebonethrone.blogspot.com/2010/08/dagon-2001.html

One complaint I have is about the Old Sailor character because his dialect is very hard to follow. Overall I found this movie to be somewhat weird, yet interesting.

Bibliography

1. http://necrofiles.blogspot.com/2008/02/dagon-2001-review.html

2. http://thebonethrone.blogspot.com/2010/08/dagon-2001.html

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Script for Media Project

April 17, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

Mike Minehan

MDT-1000-TWAV

Script Pirating Music

1. MUSIC: MP3 Audio (My Own Music Composition)

2. NARRATOR: Everyone enjoys some type of music in their life. Today we have many awesome technologies at our disposal that we can take advantage of when obtaining, listening, and sharing our music.

3. NARRATOR: We have computers and MP3 players for collecting, storing, sharing and taking our music with us where ever we go. However, with all of this advancement in technology also comes responsibility.

 4: NARRATOR: Pirating is the taking and using of copyrighted material such as a song, and storing, sharing and using it without giving compensation to the artist and creators. Pirating music is unlawful and unethical.

5. NARRATOR: Pirating is most commonly done on the world wide web. Music and Data sharing applications are downloaded for free from various locations on the internet. These programs allow the user to share, store, and download media without compensation to the creator.

 6. NARRATOR: Statistics/Graphs/Data

7. NARRATOR: Other Statistics/Graphs/Data

 8. NARRATOR: Let’s face it, if we do not compensate our favorite artists for their work, how can we expect them to continue to be able to create more music?

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History and Consequences: Moving Images

April 4, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

Michael Minehan

History and Consequences:

Moving Images and Film

 

In today’s world the motion picture is so common place that it is almost taken foregranted. According to a study done at Berkley University, the average American spends around 2.83 hours watching TV every day. (1) The study also determined that on average, the total time spent watching TV is nine times the average time that Americans spend doing other lesure activities such as sports and other phsical pastimes. (1) But how did the moving picture become so popular?

https://hhsapush.wikispaces.com/The+Kinetograph+and+the+Kinetoscope

https://hhsapush.wikispaces.com/The+Kinetograph+and+the+Kinetoscope

The challenge with recording the moving image is being able to capture many still images with lightning speed. In other words, taking around fifteen tor more pictures every second. One of the first cameras ever produced for capturing moving images was called the Kinetograph. The Kinetograph was created by Thomas Edison in the 1890′s. (2)

http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/businesses/A-F/Eastman-George.html

http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/businesses/A-F/Eastman-George.html

One technique used to create moving images using earlier cameras was to set up a trigger system that would cause multiple cameras to capture a still images as an object moved in front of the cameras. What was unique about Edison’s camera was that it used a celluloid film. (2) Using this technology Edison was able to create some of the first motion pictures. (2) Edison’s invention over time would lead to more innovation and advancement in recording moving images, as he would go on to produce americas first commercial projector, called the Vitascope in 1896. This projector was used to watch the motion pictures that Edison produced. (3)

http://www.precinemahistory.net/1895.htm

http://www.precinemahistory.net/1895.htm

By the 1900′s film was becoming a popular attraction to paying customers. (4) Although most films during this time were very short compared to today’s motion pictures, they did attract a lot of attention. Also in the early 1900′s, the Lumiere Brothers projected film on to a giant screen at the French worlds fair in Paris. (4) The screen was aproximately 400 square meters and provided entertainment for 25,000 people. (4) This new form of entertainment would cause a new demand for the motion picture and allow for the groth of business in the motion picture industry. Many entrapeneurs would go on to open studios for the production of film. Also this would lead to the opening of job positions involving actors and stuntmen. According to filmsite.org the first movie stunt was performed in 1910 as a man jumped from a burning balloon into the Hudson River. (4)

http://www.doobybrain.com/2008/03/15/sony-hdr-sr12-high-definition-handycam-camcorder/

http://www.doobybrain.com/2008/03/15/sony-hdr-sr12-high-definition-handycam-camcorder/

Today the film industry is thriving multi billion, possibly even trillion dollar industry. The use of film has taken hold of advertising markets, movie production, and even the music industry. Today the technology surrounding film is still growing as we have developed ways to digitize media. Many forms of the motion picture camera exist today as small digital hand held devices affordable for the majority of people in America Also the use of computers has allowed even the average person to be able to easily edit , animate, and create their own motion pictures right at home. Not only have we created new ways of capturing moving media, we have also created more ways of presenting it. The most popular forms of motion picture today can be found on dvd, bluray, HDTV, and even 3-D TV.

 

Bibliography

 

  1. http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2004/03/10_amtv.shtml

  2. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/edison-patents-the-kinetograph

  3. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blmotionpictures.htm

  4. http://www.filmsite.org/1900-filmhistory.html

Pictures

  1. https://hhsapush.wikispaces.com/The+Kinetograph+and+the+Kinetoscope

  2. http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/businesses/A-F/Eastman-George.html

  3. http://www.precinemahistory.net/1895.htm

  4. http://www.doobybrain.com/2008/03/15/sony-hdr-sr12-high-definition-handycam-camcorder/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Proposal

April 1, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

File Sharing and Pirating of Music and Movies is bad for the Entertainment Industry. Possibly effects on Retail Industry as well?

Burning and Copying works (Who/How). Record and Movie Sales history in the 2000′s.(How/What/Where) Impact on Industries (What/How/Where) Impact on Musicians and Film Makers. (Who/How) What is being done about it? What can we expect in the future?

I plan to do internet reasearch. Major Labels, Studios, Artists, Actors, File Sharing Programs, Laws Surrounding These Issues, etc.

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History and Consequences of Sound Recording

March 25, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

Michael  Minehan

History and Consequences:

Sound Recording

           

          People have been creating sound since the beginning of time whether it be talking, singing, playing musical instruments, or making sound effects, but how did we get to the point of recording? In today’s world recorded sound is all around us. Sound is energy in the form of invisible waves or vibrations. The challenge with recording is being able to capture these waves and recreate them through some type of medium. The first recordings ever produced used tiny etchings mimicking sound waves on a medium. From there the use of tape was born and after that the Compact Disc was invented. Today sound recording can be computer generated and is easily transferrable. Although when we think of sound recording we think music, sound recording is everything from speeches, advertisements, dialect, and sound effects in film.

          The first practical device used to record sound is also likely the most well-known. It is called the phonograph. Its developer, Thomas Alva Edison created it around 1877. (1) Not only did the phonograph record, it also was able to playback the recordings.  

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bledison.htm

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bledison.htm

Edison’s phonograph had two needles one for recording and one for playback. (2) This first phonograph played and recorded on a cylinder not on a disc. Edison’s invention would soon be transformed to the record player device that we are more familiar with today. The invention led to much advancement in recorded sound and also made Edison a household name.

         The advancement made in the recording industry stemmed out from the phonograph into the 8-track, tape, and now cd and digital formats.

http://passionfire.com/networkmarketingnews/tag/mlm-recruiting/

http://passionfire.com/networkmarketingnews/tag/mlm-recruiting/

Also there was and still is advancement of other devices used in recording such as microphones and computers. As a result of these advancements in recording technology broadcasting became a thriving industry. In 1941 commercial FM radio broadcasting began in the United States. (1) Radio was becoming a popular form of entertainment as it still is today.

http://www.qwiki.com/q/#!/Ampex

http://www.qwiki.com/q/#!/Ampex

 The Ampex Company released the first tape recorder in 1947 and later developed a studio grade tape recorder in 1949. (1) Digital tape recording would begin to form a stronghold in the music industry in the mid 1970’s. Before tape, vinyl was the most popular medium for recording in music. Many people today still prefer this method over digital tape and cd as it gives off a very warm full sound. In 1982 Sony introduced the first CD player. (1)

         

http://www.tunecitymusic.com/catalog/item/6807376/6726642.htm

http://www.tunecitymusic.com/catalog/item/6807376/6726642.htm

Today the recording industry is moving in a very digital direction and the use of computers has allowed even the average person to be able to easily record his or her own media right at home. Music in retail has definitely gone digital as well.

http://www.cellphonehits.net/mp3-player-buying-tips/

http://www.cellphonehits.net/mp3-player-buying-tips/

MP3 players such as the iPod are very popular and the selling of recorded media in this format is likely going to take the market in a very short time. FM radio sadly is becoming more a thing of the past as the digital music and satellite radio markets are booming.

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

  1. http://www.aes.org/aeshc/docs/audio.history.timeline.html
  2. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bledison.htm

Pictures

  1. http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bledison.htm
  2. http://passionfire.com/networkmarketingnews/tag/mlm-recruiting/
  3. http://www.tunecitymusic.com/catalog/item/6807376/6726642.htm
  4. http://www.qwiki.com/q/#!/Ampex
  5. http://www.cellphonehits.net/mp3-player-buying-tips/

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History and Consequences of Print Media

March 8, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

Michael  Minehan

History and Consequences:

Printing and Graphic Design

           

            People have been writing since the beginning of time making marks on the walls of a cave or simply just drawing in the sand, but how did we ever get to where we are today? In today’s world print media is all around us, everywhere we look! Print media can be any written word or words such as a newspaper, book, or magazine. Written text can now be computer generated and is easily transferrable. Although when we think of print media as printing of text, print media also includes pictures and art that is transferred to paper and can be recreated through printing.

http://www.identifont.com/show?1NH

http://www.identifont.com/show?1NH

 

 

             Typography is creating text intended to be printed from. When people create text that has a certain design and style it is referred to as a typeface.  (1) These typefaces that we create today stem as far back as people in ancient times. Whether it is the Chinese or Egyptians each culture created its own typefaces in ancient times. Characteristics of different styles include similar shapes, curves, thickness, spacing, size and scale of the type. Many of these factors are determined by the tools used to create these words or symbol and the surfaces used to create them on.

http://www.bookapex.com/Johann-Gutenberg-and-the-Amazing-Printing-Press-0618263519.htm

http://www.bookapex.com/Johann-Gutenberg-and-the-Amazing-Printing-Press-0618263519.htm

            The firs record of moveable or printable type dates back to 1455 AD when Johann Gutenberg printed the first modern book, his bible. (2) The book was printed in Germany using the famous Gutenberg press. Johann’s invention would arguably become one of the world most famous inventions, and not only that, serve as a very crucial tool in the future of print media. (2) Gutenberg’s original prints to day may be the most valuable form of print media in existence. (2)  Before the Gutenberg press books were very rare as they had to be written or scribed. Most of this was done only by monks and wealthy scholars. Gutenberg’s press utilized the use of paper much like the paper we use today, made from wood and fiber. The invention of the printing press would ultimately lead to the use of more paper.

 

            Paper mills were soon established in all areas of Europe in the late 1400’s as it is necessary to have paper to be printed on. (3) Earlier scribes were written using a wide pen made of metal and dipped into ink to write. The strokes used to create what we now call “gothic” typeface, had to be precise, and this made writing a timeous process. Gutenberg, when developing his press, used his knowledge of metal work to create an almost exact replica of this early typeface. Many letters could be created and rearranged to form any words necessary to be printed. (3 p.2)

http://www.bastoky.com/TypeCharacter.htm

http://www.bastoky.com/TypeCharacter.htm

             

            This sort of typeface lasted for a while however beautiful, it could sometimes be difficult to read and others began the development of new typefaces in an attempt to make reading easier and modernize the art. (3 p.2)  One style that became very popular and almost a standard in the 1800”s is known as sans serif. This type was created by William Caslon. (3 p.3)He created this type intentionally to cause text to have better readability. There were many typefaces created by various founders in the years following and many are classified as a type of serif. (3 p.3) Actually, the art of typefaces had basically become a science.

http://www.nwwone.org/world-war/Movie-Poster-American-Madness-Huston-Obien-1930s_260720205202.html

http://www.nwwone.org/world-war/Movie-Poster-American-Madness-Huston-Obien-1930s_260720205202.html

          Print media however, does not stop at just text. Also included is the idea of printing pictures and art. People have been drawing, painting and sculpting for centuries. Although not prevalent until the Industrialization period Graphic print of art would burst into everyday life both in Europe and the US. (4) In the Early 1930’s a new wave of Industrialization and technology would burst into existence and the need for print media would go through the roof. Also, as a consequence of this period of booming growth the US would become a thriving nation consumer based nation. Print media would soon overtake the political movements in an effort to win at office and persuade the American citizens. From there advertising methods for new technologies to be bought and sold by the American consumer would change the face of American business forever. 

http://mix206.com/2010/06/arto-red-logo-of-the-week-coca-cola/

http://mix206.com/2010/06/arto-red-logo-of-the-week-coca-cola/

 

 
 

            Today this type of media is everywhere, in fact, it is almost inescapable.   American society is now built upon a foundation of consumer markets and capitalism. Cities like New York and Los Angles have become media meccas. Multi-billion dollar businesses have utilized this art of graphic design not only to build America into the nation it is today but also to grant themselves financial freedom. These Companies use graphic design to advertise and promote their products. Coca-cola for example spends roughly 4 billion dollars on global advertising annually. (5) Many of our major corporation’s owners and celebrity figures also help out in charity service and in helping other nations become better places to live. It was the American Industrial Era that opened the doors for America to grow to be such a powerful, prosperous nation. Without the invention of the printing press the country we live in today may not be as well developed and wealthy of a nation. Print media has definitely changed the face of the world over time.

Bibliography

 

  1. http://graphicdesign.about.com/od/typographyfonts/tp/basic_type_terms.htm
  2. http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/gutenberg.html
  3. http://www.bastoky.com/Typo.htm
  4. http://www.mkgraphic.com/basic.html
  5. http://www.rockislandonline.com/cocacola.html

                                                                     Pictures

  1. http://www.identifont.com/show?1NH
  2. http://www.bookapex.com/Johann-Gutenberg-and-the-Amazing-Printing-Press-0618263519.htm
  3. http://www.bastoky.com/TypeCharacter.htm
  4. http://www.nwwone.org/world-war/Movie-Poster-American-Madness-Huston-Obien-1930s_260720205202.html
  5. http://mix206.com/2010/06/arto-red-logo-of-the-week-coca-cola/

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History of Photography

February 18, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

http://www.itechnews.net/2007/02/27/sony-dsc-w90-dsc-w80-digital-cameras/

http://www.itechnews.net/2007/02/27/sony-dsc-w90-dsc-w80-digital-cameras/

Michael  Minehan

History and Consequences:

Photography

The camera as we know it today is an electronic device powered by batteries that can quickly and easily be used to capture a memory. They have built in color touch screens and the number of pictures we can take and store is virtually endless. Most people today could not imagine a time before the camera, and that is no surprise. If you think about it, everywhere we look photographs are lurking. Pictures in history books take us back to times when the photos were black and white, but yet, cameras did exist. So, how far back does the camera date, and where did it come from?

Research shows that the first idea of the camera stems from what is called the camera obscura, commonly known today by most people as “the box with the pinhole in it.” That’s right your 5th grade science project. The phenomenon that given a dark box with a small hole letting light in will produce an upside down image on the opposite surface has been known for centuries. http://www.howarddavidjohnson.com/essay7.htm

Actually, records of use can be found in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci as he used this form of media to create drawings of nature. (1) Nowadays this method would be very inefficient.

 

In an effort to make the images clearer and more detailed the use of mirrors and lenses was adopted. (2) However, despite these improvements the process was still long and difficult. In the early 1700’s professor J. Schulze developed a photosensitive compound by accident. Then, in early 1800’s Nicéphore Niépce used the camera obscura in conjunction with a photosensitive paper, and later produced an image that would stand the test of time. Henry Talbot later created negative images by soaking paper in a solution of silver chloride. http://www.greatreality.com/color/ColorMaxwell.htmHe would later patent this process and call it “calotype.” Others such as Louis Daguerre created his ow

n method as he employed the use of silver plated copper covered with silver iodide to create his negatives. He would then use mercury to develop the image. As a consequence of his efforts the French Government offered Daguerre a pension for public use of his method. Although these methods were well recognized, the process still took a long time and it was almost impossible to capture an image of anything living and that moved because it would distort the photo. (3) Despite these obstacles, scientists and other interested

   (2) In the early   1900’s a man by thename Alfred Stieglitz founded a group that was known as the Photo Secessionists and produced some of the most original photography in the world. (5)  These advances in published media go on to push the envelope even today in   photography,  advertising, and art.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 Today there are several major manufacturers of cameras, most all cameras used today, bought and sold, use a digital platform. This digital platform creates ease of use and instant gratification as the user can view the picture almost immediately after it is taken. Also, people are able to print and store images in their own home without having to deal with developing negatives and a dark room.     

http://www.lightchasers.us/2489/alfred-stieglitz-masters-of-the-craft/

http://www.lightchasers.us/2489/alfred-stieglitz-masters-of-the-craft/

Bibliography

 

  1. 1 http://www.rleggat.com/photohistory/history/cameraob.htm
  2. 2
  3. http://photo.net/history/timeline
  4. 3
  5. http://www.photographymuseum.com/primer.html
  6. 4
  7. http://everything2.com/title/James+Clerk+Maxwell
  8. 5
  9. http://photosecession.tripod.com/ 

 

  

               

 

 

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Header Image

February 5, 2011 by mjminehan · No Comments · Uncategorized

URL’s for Header Image:

Dr. Dre : http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://live.drjays.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/dre-studio.jpg&imgrefurl=http://live.drjays.com/index.php/2010/05/09/dr-dres-detox-is-a-lose-lose-situation/&usg=__TJRAJ5ZIFbDiykmWak2hCjb4QVk=&h=300&w=500&sz=88&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=Ke1IHAywiyXnZM:&tbnh=118&tbnw=148&ei=PJdMTcmLBIOC8gap86ylDg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddr%2Bdre%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1276%26bih%3D567%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=229&vpy=256&dur=297&hovh=174&hovw=290&tx=175&ty=92&oei=PJdMTcmLBIOC8gap86ylDg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=24&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0

John Lennon: http://www.studio-musicalarts.com/2010/12/08/requiescat-in-pace-30th-anniversary-of-john-lennons-murder/

Led Zeppelin: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.phantasm777.com/zep/zep69n.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.phantasm777.com/zeppelin.html&usg=__grhTsy_AClZfF5R5c02DGhkAnMU=&h=270&w=360&sz=85&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=LEOOkX4N6Ds15M:&tbnh=144&tbnw=192&ei=JphMTevhHIyr8Aba2IS2Dg&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dled%2Bzeppelin%2Bin%2Bstudio%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1276%26bih%3D567%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=133&vpy=294&dur=1203&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=153&ty=170&oei=JphMTevhHIyr8Aba2IS2Dg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:0

Just Wanted to give credit to the source of these Photos.

Mike Minehan 2-4-2011

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January 20, 2011 by mjminehan · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

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