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Japanese V.S. American Body Language (Stop Motion Video)

In order to investigate the differences between the languages from different cultures, I created a stop motion video based on the gestures most commonly used by the people of that country. The depiction of language varies greatly on the culture, and it’s interesting to see how these differences.

Big thanks to my mom who graciously accepted the daunting task of being in this video.

Ordinary Beauty

Ordinary Beauty

For a TOK project, we were given 30 minutes to roam around the campus and choose a theme that relates to the 5 senses that we tend to take granted or not notice. We chose to look at “ordinary” things through a different perspective and found that the most common, were the most beautiful. 

“I Believe” Video Project

For my TOK “I Believe” project, I made a stop motion film to a song that I wrote and recorded. This was the first time I had ever done a stop motion video, so I wasn’t aware of how long it would take to make one. It definitely took a lot longer than I thought it would. I also ran into quite a few problems as I was making the video, so it consumed at least 3-4 full days. One of the first problems I ran into was recording the song. I actually had a sore throat on the week that I had this project assigned, but I already had everything planned out, so I didn’t want to abandon the idea of making a “stop motion music video.” As soon as I was halfway cured of my croaky frog voice, I recorded the guitar and my voice as best as I could so I could proceed with the actual stop motion video part. For the video, it took me several hours just to draw out, color, and cut each one of the little pictures (which was very tedious). I taped a piece of white paper down on the table so I knew where to always place my little pictures. I had a tripod directly over the paper and a lamp nearby to control the lighting. I had several issues with my camera because there would be times when it would randomly die and I would have to wait at least half an hour until I could resume taking pictures. When I got to the editing part, I ended up having to rearrange the audio in the song so the lyrics would allow the pictures to flow coherently into each other much better.

Overall, the actual process I went through to making this video was a bit difficult, but I’m somewhat proud of the outcome. I just wasn’t prepared for the amount of time and effort a stop motion video was going to consume. In the future if I do decide to do another stop motion, I’ll definitely try to make it much simpler as opposed to this one.

Stop Motion Video

This was a stop motion project I made with my partner Adam for the quote “If you’re kind and work really hard, amazing things will happen.”

I felt that this was the best way to demonstrate the quote because It shows how doing a kind act for someone from the bottom of your heart can go a long way in the end. We used cutouts of drawings that I drew and moved them along several scenes on different pieces of paper. One of the problems we encountered was finding a suitable app for the stop motion process. Instead, we ended up abandoning the idea of using an app and used an iPad to take pictures.