The Infographics Assignment

I thought it was very interesting to hear other presentations of their infographics because they were all very creative with their design. I am surprised to see the effort that went into modifying templates to make something truly original. For me personally I didn’t really like any of the templates because they just weren’t what I was looking for, so I decided to start from scratch, and I think that to a degree its present. I found it a challenge to organize my elements in the vertical format in a way that could encapsulate the amount of information that I wanted to include. If I had a better sense of the app, I would have loved to go up to the slasher movie craze of the 1980’s, but for the sake of using cinema as a technology of communication I wanted to lean into the earlier stages of the medium. I actually found quite some difficulty locating scholarly articles for this project, but the ones that I did find were a blessing. Thanks to my research I learned a lot about early cinema and even watched some of these iconic films with my little sister who thought they were weird, But overall, this was a fun project and I can’t wait to see what else we can do in the second half of the semester.

Sources used:

Loiperdinger, Martin. “LUMIÈRE’S ‘ARRIVAL OF THE TRAIN’: Cinema’s Founding Myth.” The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists 4, no. 1 (2004): 89–118.

Musser, Charles, and Gaudreault, André. “When Did Cinema Become Cinema?: Technology, History, and the Moving Pictures.” In Technology and Film Scholarship: Experience, Study, Theory, edited by Santiago Hidalgo, 33–50. Amsterdam University Press, 2018.

Dixon Wheeler, Winston and Foster Audrey, Gwendolyn. A Short History of Film, Third edition, Rutgers University Press, March 30, 2018, 1-26.

Melletta, Linnaea. “Mutoscopes” Mutoscopes Free Stock Photo – Public Domain Pictures

Berieve Story del Cinema. “The Great Train Robbery” September 1, 2014. The Great Train Robbery | Fotogramma tratto dal film “The Gr… | Flickr

Wikipedia Commons. “The Cinematograph” File:Institut Lumière – Cinematograph.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

Cave Painting Pictionary

I thought that this class project was one of the most creative and enjoyable ways to learn about history. I was really surprised that the presentations got solved so quickly considering that the meaning behind many cave paintings are still shrouded in history. Our plan was pretty straightforward when it came to drafting our drawing. We had a challenge with how to explain that there was a drought in the river and I came up with the idea of including dead or skeleton fish to make it more clear and suggested if needed to add cracks to resemble split earth and tumbleweeds if needed. But the rest of the drawing was thought up by Brian and Katherine. I also found it interesting that nobody used figurative language as Professor pointed out because when I talked about the project with family later on today and brought up the cornhole prompt they said they would have broken down the phrase and drawn it figuratively. This discovery left me to question why my family went in a different direction from the rest of the class. I regret not suggesting more ambiguous phrases to use because looking back it would have been interesting to see how one would display classics like an eye for an eye or walk a mile in my shoes. This activity was by far one of the most entertaining ways to display my understanding of historical course content.