Korsakow FilmKorsakow  is a type of intuitive and free software that enables a user  to create and interact with a non-linear cinema or database video narrative referred to as a Korsakow Film (K-film). A K-film is made up of “smallest narrative units” or SNUs. In this database cinema project my 18 different SNUs create slightly different narrative characterizations depending on the order in which the user chooses to click. The multiple ordering configurations of the SNUs creates different paths of change in my personal character.

For my K-film (“Loss”), I created a non-fiction narrative involving myself and my two cats: Peaches and Tybalt. My favorite cat, Peaches, died suddenly of cancer in May and there have been emotional extremes during the grieving and healing process which I juxtapose in my film. There is also an underlying theme of reflection as both metaphor for existential and emotional questions, and as a physical component to symbolize the loss and memory of a counterpart.

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Production-wise I used a variety of equipment including a Canon 35mm digital camera, a smaller Sony CyberShot 6 MP digital camera as well as a Panasonic handheld video camera with tripod. I edited my footage and photos using iMovie, FinalCutPro, LiveType, Photoshop, GarageBand and Windows Movie Maker. Additionally, the voiceovers were recorded on professional podcasting equipment and the media I used included a combination of regular video, a  traditional drawing, and still shots. My content is spliced with text as well as creative commons music and media for thematic enhancement.

While his theory is that “database and narrative are natural enemies”, this K-film project helped me fully define the dynamic relationships within Lev Manovich’s concepts of paradigm (database) and syntagm (narrative)

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Part of the first assignment for ProSeminar is watching the YouTube video Web 2.0…The Machine is Us/ing Us.

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 AFTER watching VIDEO:

Neat! I enjoyed this creative video highlighting how Web 2.0 connects people. It drives home that the WWW is not just a collection of static websites anymore; these days content can be edited by anyone on the fly. The web has really amped up the social networking aspect (helping to preserve and enhance human relationships and interaction) and content has become more dynamic. Extensible Markup Language (XML) has allowed dynamic content and mass “databasing” of information to exist. 

It is not just Wikipedia where people can add their 2 cents – comments on blogs, Facebook comments, etc. have revolutionized how people communicate and share information and ideas with each other. 

People are pack animals and have the need to socialize. The solution to this constant need has become easier, slicker, faster and…cooler. It is a weird visual, but it is comforting to think that when I am lying in a nursing home somewhere, chances are that I will have a “machine” (or latest Apple product) enabling me to talk to my friends and family through means of social networking, even if I have lost the power of speech. In this way, I foresee not feeling as alone as I otherwise might without the technological means and know-how.

The ongoing learning of new technology is a “sink or swim” situation even though the learning curve is becoming less curved – the more sophisticated the application or device, the simpler the instructions and navigations seem to become  (a fabulous dichotomy). Advancements in the web with the robust applications and social networking emphasis  are not going away. The dam has burst and everyone is in a canoe (personalized with a profile photo and clever status message).