Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Maddy’s Reading Movies

Assignment Description: Create a reflection post on what you learned from this section

Reflection: The first video demonstrated various editing techniques for videos. I was aware of most of these techniques like jump cuts and wipe transitions, but some techniques were new like editing with tempo and rhythm of music. The second video showed how different cuts could convey different meanings and make characters seem vastly different. The third video shows how different zooming techniques work in films. Most of these videos were simply refreshers of what I already knew, but it was still interesting to watch different applications of these techniques.

One site that shows movie mistakes was particularly interesting. I enjoyed reading about famous films that had errors in them – all of them went over my head!

Other important elements:

  • Lighting
  • Film “tone”
  • Set design, wardrobe, and location
  • Sound- music and sound effects
  • Action, stunts, and special effects