Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Liz Lisa Fukubukuro/LuckyBags

2014 is just a couple days away and this post is a year late. I came back from Japan after the first week of year 2013. I remember spring semester was going to start the following week and was trying to recover from jet lag. I don't know why I didn't post this or any of my Tokyo winter trip pictures throughout the year. I probably was either too busy or forgot about this post.

I HAVE to post this before I get the 2014 lucky packs 

I know everyone already posted their 2013 but here is my post lol better now than two years late? 
This is just a Liz Lisa lucky bag post. I will post my other shopping adventures in other posts!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Gal Xmas Party

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sayuri Hangout

So back in November, I hung out with Sayuri at her house. We took pics and had lots of fun like we normally do :)

Cute holiday decora

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Final Day 2 & 3

Final Day 2

Digital Video Motion Graphics 10:30a-12:30p 
This final was by far the most easiest. We just had to create a demo reel showing all our work we did or most proud of within 30 minutes. The demo reel had to be 30-60seconds long. Sounds easy, right? Well, the rendering process screwed me. The first render had multiples sounds playing because I forgot to turn it off haha. The second one played too slow. The third was glitchy. Finally, the 4th one turned out good. I turned it in a little passed 11:15am but the teacher was having trouble with students playbacks so I was safe :)

Digital Animation 1 6:30p-8:30p
I came to open lab around 1:30pm to finish working on my animation. Took about an hour to finish last minute modeling on my checker game animation. I asked Andres to show me how to work the camera views on Autodesk Maya. It was a bit confusing but I eventually got the hang of it and finished around 4:30pm.. After camera perspective, it was time to render…. it was 4000 frames!! It was done at around 5:45pm. OMG. I quickly imported 4000 frames as a sequence into Adobe After Effects, added some text animations as well as import music. It was cutting close to 6:15pm. It took 2 minutes to render into a .mov file. The problem was it was too big to export to the class folder. ARGH. Had to open Adobe Encoder to compress the file. Once that finished rendering, I was finally able to add into the class folder. My teacher was really impressed with my work. She said the ending was unexpected haha. After class critique, I felt calm and relaxed for a few minutes until I realized I needed to work on my senior capstone. 

Final Day 3

Senior Capstone 10:30a-12:30p
Honestly my web store from a design aspect was blank. I spent a couple hours just typing out the shipping/return page. Trying to make it sound professional. I think I need to hire a business person to help me write all the business stuff out. Another problem I was facing was the pricing my products. I know I need to make a profit and all but I want to make it somewhat affordable to people. Japanese products and shipping from Japan itself is expensive. I need a good balance. Time went by and the project was due in 6hrs. I needed to put some pics and text on there fast. I designed a simple banner with text. I also uploaded 5 products with pics and a simple description. Got it done. I arrived to class 10mins late and no one was there. Just 5 students from web and animation. The rest of the students (photography and graphic design) were in the post production room displaying their work. Our critique was simple. Just show our work and our peers critique us. We had to write down our feedback and submit our work via dropbox. We didn't end class until 1:30p but it was better than last semester. We had a 8hr final. OMG. That was a brutal semester. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Finals Day 1

Sunday night, I slept over my bf's parents place. He was expecting a package from Japan. While his mother is still in Tokyo and his dad leaves early to go to work monday morning, no one would be there to sign for the package so he wanted me there. All morning & afternoon, I just worked on my never ending 3D animation. The animation is now over 3000 frames. The final was supposed to be 1000 frames. Ugh. I overachieved again >0<

Todays Video Editing final was from 6:30p-8:30p
We just sat at critiqued each other interviews. A classmate mentioned at the end saying we were missing a black & white shot. WOW. A couple other groups were missing one too but "he" didn't say anything. I thought it was fine without the black & white shot. Teacher said that we were the only group to drive outside of campus so we got some brownie points. Take that bitch lol

After class, I talked to Andres if he can help me render my 3D animation tuesday afternoon before class.
3D Animation 6:30-8:30… pray for me that I get it done…

Liz Lisa A/W/ 2013
Just as I was about head to bed, I got an email from Liz Lisa. New contents were uploaded. AHH! I saw this Liz Lisa 5000yen bag. This isn't a lucky bag but I thought it was cute so I bought it.  Hey. I think I deserve it after finals.

Liz Lisa stock image

You get 3 items
* 1 top, 1 top & 1 onepiece
* 1 top, 1 bottom & 1 onepiece
I wonder what I'll get :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013


Finals Week.
The breakdown.
Nervous breakdown...

Video Editing
11/17 For this project, we were in groups of 3-4 people. We had to interview someone. I chose my friend, Elly, owner of Shibuyala. I had to explain to my group members about gyaru/japanese fashion. 12/4 Project due. OMG. We spent the all day rendering 9am to 10:40pm. I rendered about 12 times. The videos were either missing sound or had too much sound. Another frustration was that the file was too much to transfer to the class folder or the teachers external harddrive. So I decided to render the video on the teachers computer. At least it'll work for the class viewing. The final paper would be a 4pg research paper about our favorite filmmaker.
12/9 class critique and turn in final paper

I wish we had more time. It sucks having a group project for media classes. There's just not enough time. We have to find time to meet which is really hard for media art students schedule and there's not much open lab hours. Using AvidMedia Composer was a pain. The program is really expensive. They don't offer monthly payments like Adobe.
Project status: DONE
Paper status: DONE

Digital Video Motion Graphics
Another group project. This time we had to film each other using the green screen. In my group was Morgan, Chloe, and Victoria. The project was supposed to be a short 30 seconds in & out shot using green screen but we made our story a little more complex than the rest. We were going to be using live animals (Victoria's dogs). The story plot begins with Chloe and I watching a scary movie with her dog but when Chloe is out of the scene the dog goes possessed on me hahaha. Our short clip would be sort of a scary/comedy type. Two days before our filming session, this guy name Michael decided to join our group. OMG WTF. We told the teacher we already have 4 people in our group with the script and storyboard all planned out and he said it was okay. WTF! So we had to write Michael's role into our project as Chloe's brother. Another classmate Johnnie decided to join our group because he didn't like his groups storyline. WTF. Now we have 6 people. For johhnie's role in the movie, we put him in charge of the tv scene. On the day of filming, it was a long process. We each had to film each other in 3 different scenes. With 6 people and two dogs... there was no way we would finish in a 3hour time limit. Umm long story short. We stayed 4hrs. It took an extra longer because the dogs didn't want to look mean on camera.

The video editing process wasn't too bad.
Victoria: Editor
Me: Actress and editor
Chloe: Actress, assistant director & editor
Morgan: Director and assistant editor
Micheal: Actor.. Honestly that guy didn't do shit
Johnnie: He didn't do shit as well but he had a decent excuse cause his father died that week...
Project status: DONE

3D Animation
For this final we just had to create a 3d animation of our liking using Maya. I chose to model and animate a checker game. I found a checker game on youtube that I wanted to model it after. I only put about 500 frames in it and totally neglected it for about two weeks. I was trying to finish other papers and projects that were due sooner than this one. So this week I check the youtube video and it's gone. I sure have bad luck. I'll figure something out. Our final paper is a 3-5 research paper about our favorite 3d animation.
Project status: IN PROCESS
Paper status: DONE

History of Multimedia
Two weeks prior, I had a 45min group presentation and now for the final we had to write a 6pg paper about feminism in video games. Easy.
Paper status: DONE

Senior Capstone
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, my tweets are always bitching about senior capstone. This class is a nightmare. For my senior thesis, I created a webstore. I thought I can design a bunch of websites for my capstone to show my art ability to make them but advisor said focus on one so I said webstore. I always wanted to design a webstore. She took it to the next level.. told me to get a business license, sellers permit and whatnot. WTF. Web designers aren't supposed to do this.. O_O The teacher gave me like what...4 months to start a business. WTF.. I don't think real business Getting all the permits took up most of the semester but I got it done. I'm so drained from the whole process and now it's time to start designing my web store. I'm like soo OVER IT. My graphics and designs are so half-assed at the moment. I'm pretty upset. I'll do whatever I can to turn it for a grade but I feel like I can't show my friends the site until I feel satisfied with it. Once school is over. I'll fix it up and make a huge announcement.