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    My Final Animation
    iamseannoh’s project
    Branding the Species
    Background: Voyager’s Interstellar record is a disk with encoded information that was attached to two space probes currently making their...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Tue, Jun 10, 2008  Permanent link

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    Finally, I have finished shooting all of my scenes for my movie project!
    Now I am in process of editing the movie together. The main theme will be about

    -PEACEFUL meditation= meditation focusing on my breath
    _PAINFUL meditation= meditation with an ice block in my hands

    Also, I will include close ups of some of my body parts to show 'expressions'.

    These are some of the still images from my movie:

    Tue, Jun 3, 2008  Permanent link

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    *New lighting:

    The light source will still be projected from my left, it will have more contrast and it will create bigger shadow on the back wall.

    *Bigger shadow:

    As mentioned, I will introduce bigger shadow of me in the movie. From the presence of shadow, it communicates as a universal language. Viewers will notice slightest movements through the movement of a shadow.

    *Removal of props:

    I decided not to use props that I used in previous version of the movie experiment. Instead, I will place the props in front of me, behind the camera to hep me meditate. I will still be wearing a red cloth to show different effects of my body.

    *Candle light:

    I will be placing a candle light with the light source, to show slightest change in shadow movement.

    *Sound effects:
    I will be recording a sound of water drops from a block of melting ice, inhale, and exhale,etc... and will add some soft background music to help me meditate deeper.




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    After studying a book called, "Buddha Mind in Contemporary
    Art" by Jacquelynn Bass(which is the book recommended by our Prof.Mendez),
    I started to think in a more advanced way. I truly think 'Mediation' is about having an endurance and patience, and it can be only achieved when I truly meditate.
    Therefore, I am in process of creating a movie while I meditate. Rather than just focusing on each of my body parts, I decided to go with the whole body, and introduce different body parts within the movie. During the editing of the final movie, I will be introducing different experiments and sound effects as well. My actual meditation lasted ranging 10 minutes to an hour and 7 minutes long, and movie clips are just a part of them. Below are some of the picture examples from my mediation:

    Choice of clothing and props
    In my movie, I decided to wear a red Indian cloth over my shoulder. In this case, the color red symbolizes passion and heat. Human bodies have its own warmth(temperature) and I wanted to show show a felling of warmth to the audience. I wanted to show both my skin and parts of my body covered in clothes to see different effects, especially the way I breath. Also, after doing some research in Buddhism, I decided to use some props to help me get into the mood. I believe it helps visually to interpret what is going on, in terms of meditation.

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    I decided to try filming different body parts and lay them out in a grid. An original piece is a short exploration I did for my movie.
    Tue, May 27, 2008  Permanent link

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    My final outcome will be a MOVIE

    A series of short clips of myself (focusing on effects of different body parts created by experiments done with 5 senses) creating patterns with slight differences.

    Each experiments will focus on the body parts in the following order:



    3)LEFT EYE







    10)LEFT HAND

    (Each white squares represent an 'EXPERIMENT')

    style of format i am going to use

    EYES for SIGHT

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    Human connections through senses: MEDITATION

    After thinking about what really makes us HUMAN in first place, I thought it is extremely important to fully realize ourselves and learn who we are. As a human being, we do have unique ability to use 5 senses;taste, touch, see, hear, and smell. All five senses play important roles in connecting ourselves to oneself.
    Realizing ways to really connect all aspects of body, mind, and soul(spirit) together at once within yourself, is to MEDITATE. I personally practice yoga to find myself within myself. I am going to focus on its beneficial effects of meditation, its sensation, how our senses are being effected while in a meditative state, and the importance of breathing patterns.

    some basic knowledge and explanations of 'effects of meditation'


    "Effects of meditation come in many different forms from the psychological effects of meditation to the physiological effects of meditation. Although there have been many different studies into the effects of meditation it has only been recently that the professionals in the field of science medicine have started to take notice of the positive effects of meditation and to, in some cases, prescribe the use of meditation to patients.

    The various effects of meditation are quite extensive in range. Meditation has long been thought to have beneficial spiritual consequences, but recently, science has also backed up claims of physical benefits that are worth the consideration of anyone hoping to begin meditative study. Showing that more and more positive effects of meditation are being found and substantiated as meditation becomes more mainstream. Deliberation and meditative practice have been proven to allow people to change the way their minds work and to obtain different levels of consciousness.

    While the states that are achieved in contemplation have traditionally been understood from a religious or metaphysical perspective, this research tracks the actual changes in the brain. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin have been working in conjunction with Tibetan monks to show that these transcendent experiences, caused by reflection and rumination, cause intense activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

    This means that longtime practitioners of meditation show increased energy in that area, which is not present in beginners. This means that it is possible to train the brain through routine practice of meditation, to truly reach different emotional and mental states. Scientists used to believe that the brain did not change in structure at all after birth, but these studies show that this is not the case.
    The area of the brain that feels the greatest effects of meditation is one that's associated with happiness and positive feelings. This ties in well with other research and centuries of anecdotal evidence that say meditation helps relax us, release pent up stress, and makes us feel more at peace.

    Other physical evidence suggests that meditation can help people with heart problems or blood pressure, increasing their exercise tolerance and improving general heart health. Exercising the mind deliberately this way is also thought to help elderly people who are beginning to lose their mental facility. Other definite effects of meditation are a reduction in heart rate, respiration and other signs of stress through routine meditative practice.

    Some experts have noted that the chemical reduced by routine meditation, Cortisol, is related both to certain kinds of stress, and to over eating. A high level of this hormone will cause people to store extra fat on the abdomen, and causes them to crave fattening foods. Therefore, meditation may also be able to reduce your weight, if you suffer from stress-related over eating.

    All of this is good news, given the pace of the modern world. We are constantly being assaulted by stresses and worries as we are asked to move faster and produce more. Meditative study on a regular basis can help us to learn to face the world more calmly. The stress reducing effects of meditation aren't just seen while the practitioner is meditating – they last even once the session is done."
    By Phil Pemberton

    About meditation

    Learn About Meditation

    "Learn about meditation and get rid of stress. Learn about meditation and how you can find inner peace.To learn about meditation should be number one on the list of anybody who is constantly feeling down and stressed. If you have never stopped to 'smell the roses' so to speak, and you feel that stress and chaos has a place in your life, you should definitely learn about meditation and the various benefits that meditation can have on your life. While meditation isn't for everybody, there are a great many people out there who have been able to make good from the lessons and styles that you have to pick up if you decide to learn about meditation.

    While you may not think that to learn about meditation is one of those things that you can benefit from, consider the way that your life is going now. If you find yourself always feeling pressed for time and you just can't seem to fit in all of the things that you want to do in a day, you might want to learn about meditation and what it has to offer for you. Of course, meditation is not for everybody. Not everybody is able to draw up the calmness of mind that it takes for the true sense of contemplation and rumination that meditation requires in order to make a difference in one's life.
    It is important to keep in mind that just because you decide to learn about meditation it does not mean that you will immediately become skilled at meditation techniques. You can’t simply turn up to a couple of meditation lessons and expect to learn about meditation all in one go. In order to become trained in meditation to the fullest extent, there is a lot that you have to do and a lot of techniques and skills that you have to pick up. Meditation is not an easy thing to accomplish and in order to achieve a true state of peace and relaxation, you have to be able to let go of a great deal of the physical aspect of life, and that is not always possible. We all know that some days are better than others, and truthfully speaking not all days are going to be days where you can put into effect all of the things that you have learnt since you started to learn about meditation.

    Facts don't lie, and a great deal of research has been done about the various aspects of meditation and what it has to offer the average person who is willing to learn about meditation. It is the safest way to bring a sense of balance and control to all aspects of your life, including your physical and emotional self. Some people choose to seek medication to bring the sense of control that meditation can bring, but who wants to go about things like that if it can at all be avoided? Learn about meditation today, and reap the benefits of meditation for the rest of your life."
    By Bill Edwards

    Benefits from practicing meditation

    "Meditation has been around for as long as we all can remember. Most people recognize meditation as a spiritual practice and they often neglect to see the health benefits of the art of meditation. How does meditation help? Many doctors today are implementing meditation into the treatment plans of life threatening diseases as well as reversing mental illnesses. It is also used as an aid to speeding up learning programs and for solving problems in nuclear and atomic physics. There just seems to be no end to the great benefits of meditation.

    How does meditation help with you medically? Meditation can lower your oxygen consumption and it can even assist in decreasing your respiratory rate, which can help with many different types of lung conditions as well as relaxation. It can also be very helpful for heart patients as it helps to increase the patient’s exercise tolerance, making their muscles and heart stronger. Using mediation daily can help you to build your immune system as it increases the activity of the natural-killer cells that kills the bacteria and cancer cells and it can also reduce your chances of catching viruses as it lowers your emotional distress.

    Many women find it very beneficial as meditation can help out to reduce the symptoms of Premenstrual syndrome, reducing the tension and emotional stress that come with a woman’s period. Women who are with child can benefits greatly as well, as meditation can help the mother-to-be to get in tune with their unborn child. This can also aid the new mother after childbirth to refocus themselves and make sense of the thoughts that come with the events of childbirth and being new to motherhood.

    How does meditation help with stress? People are under many different types of stress throughout their lives and stress can play a big toll on ones health. Stress can make a persons blood pressure rise and raise the heart rate, which can lead to many different medial issues. With daily mediation you can lower your blood pressure and keep your body running at its best. This will help your body deal with illnesses and injuries as you’re less stressed, more refreshed and able to fight off the things that can bring you and your immune system down.

    You can see why making meditation part of your daily regimen can help you in many ways and keep you at your best, both physically and mentally. There are many different types of mediation that makes it easy for one to get into the habit of meditating daily. As with any knew type of treatment, you should consult your doctor and make sure you are doing what is right for you and your body. You will want to be doing the right type of meditation to get the most out of your treatment plan and to get the most out of your life."

    By Ken Fitzsimons

    Tue, May 13, 2008  Permanent link

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