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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Logic

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As I struggle to do my logic homework, I wonder what the implications of not being able to think logically are. And whether or not simply not being able to do a logic problem means that I can’t think logically. How important are logic problems to our ability to reason? Based on my less than affectionate attitude towards logic, not very. The problem is, my brain just cannot seem to make the connection between logical symbolism and the premises and conclusions it is suppose to represent. Furthermore, I don’t particularly like logic, and therefore can’t seem to force myself to put forth the effort required to fully understand it.

The reason I am not very fond of logic is because to me, it sucks the life out of words. It’s goal is to simplify everything and, in a sense, create a universal language that everyone can understand through symbolism. While it may simplify individual words to symbols, these symbols do not convey any emotion to me. The reason I love words so much is because they convey emotion and feeling and life! Words can be ambiguous on purpose to leave interpretation up to the reader, and this is what makes words interesting and intriguing. Symbolic logic does not leave anything up for interpretation because it simply, and without emotion, states what it means. And this is bothersome to me. Another reason I struggle with logic is that it is very closely related to mathematics, an area of study that has seldom been my friend.

Although, I suppose I understand why people pursue logic…it can be a fun game at times, and it can be very clear-cut.

Film

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Film is a passion of mine that inspires me to capture images in a way that gracefully represents the world and the lives in it. It allows us to manipulate time and the way in which things happen. This can be unsettling because it suggests that nothing is as it seems or appears, which is certainly true in some if not all instances. On the other hand, it allows for the possibility to create worlds that elude the restrictions of time and place. This is what makes film beautiful and renders it art in a way that no other expression of creativity can.

This past summer I took a film production class and made three short (very short) films. Although not the first time I attempted to create short films, it was the first time I had access to professional equipment and instruction. I had attempted to make a couple little films (music videos) some years back when I was younger and less experienced, and however amateur they were, they propelled my interest of film-making. Therefore I jumped on the opportunity to take a class in which I would learn more refined techniques and be able to use better equipment. The result were two literary and historically inspired silent pieces, which although not perfect by any means, I am quite proud of. As a group project I also made a dialogue scene, which I am less enthusiastic about. But overall, they were so fun to make and certainly would not have been the same without the people in them. I really hope to make some other films, as I enjoy the whole creative, filming, and editing process so much!

I also love watching films, which is perhaps why I became interested in making films. My favorite director is Jean-Luc Godard (set aside the cliche please!) because his dialogue and symbolism are unquestionably original and inspiring. The actors in his films are also the best, Jean-Paul Belmondo & Anna Karina in particular.

My short films can be seen at: Youtube/Eagermarionette (The Great Gatsby, Revisited & I’m Gonna Gitcha)