Week 9 – GTD – Getting Things Done – Part 1


“Day 092/366 – To Do List” by Great Beyond is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Your toughest work is defining what your work is! –  Peter Drucker


This week I finished up some old work, did work for my paid job, and completed the tasks on my enormous to-do list such as my EE Criterion A, Spanish blog post, Italy history assignment, UW application, and more. There were a handful of things I didn’t get around to unfortunately, but I should be able to wrap those up this upcoming week.


Image of David Allen at TED Talk
Screenshot from David Allen TED Talk

In this ‘room’ you are going to try Getting Things Done (GTD).


Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
  • EE Criterion A
  • Apply for AES scholarship
  • Submit application to Colorado Boulder
  • Work on UW application
  • Sneakonthelot two lessons
  • Figure out Celtx
  • Interview people at Solomon’s Reef
  • Italy history assignment
  • Chem LTS 4-7
  • Chem assessment
  • Work on Chem IA Procedure
  • Spanish blog post
  • Finish discussion posts in English
  • Review/study calc
  • Take calc test
  • Meeting materials for community transit job
  • Recruitment summary and updated applicant list
  • Schedule interviews for Lewis County job
  • TOK think of history topic


Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
Screenshot of David Allen TED Talk
  • Italy history assignment
  • Spanish blog post
  • Submit application to Colorado Boulder
  • Work on UW application
  • EE Criterion A
  • Meeting materials for community transit job
  • Recruitment summary and updated applicant list
  • Schedule interviews for Lewis County job
  • Sneakonthelot two lessons
  • Figure out Celtx
  • Interview people at Solomon’s Reef
  • Chem LTS 4-7
  • Chem assessment
  • Finish discussion posts in English
  • Review/study calc
  • Take calc test
  • Apply for AES scholarship
  • Work on Chem IA Procedure
  • TOK think of history topic


  1. Set a timer for your first task
    1. Decide how long you think it will take before you start
  2. Start working
  3. Repeat this process for 45 minutes for as many tasks as you can complete, then take a 15-minute break
    • Get up and get a drink of water
    • Get up and go for a walk
    • Every 20 minute blink your eyes 20 times while looking at least 20 feet away
      • This is good for your eyes

Start steps 1 through 3 again, repeat for your school day


David Allen image
Oct. 2020 Lucidchart interview with David Allen
Image from FastCompany Magazine, https://www.fastcompany.com/3026827/the-brain-hacks-top-founders-use-to-get-the-job-done
Image from FastCompany Magazine, https://www.fastcompany.com/3026827/the-brain-hacks-top-founders-use-to-get-the-job-done
  • Reflect on GTD and getting to the top of the colorful list above for a minute
    • How can the GTD process help you tame the crazy-busy dragon of modern life?

  • Then, go for a 15-minute walk, if it is safe to do so
  • Write a few sentence reflection

OPTIONAL EXERCISE – Literally, read the article and go for another walk 🙂

 Katia Verresen homepage
Katia Verresen, kvaleadership.com

“I coach C-suite executives and rising stars from the earliest startups to Fortune 100 companies. My passion is to help ambitious leaders achieve their full human potential.”  – Read more about Katia…


I learned that sometimes I need to let myself breathe in between assignments and classes or else I won’t be able to function. I also learned I work best when there is white noise around me so I’ve started using coffee shop background noise. One problem I had to solve was for my Language and Literature class I have been planning to interview people who work at local restaurants, but none of them have been answering my calls or calling me back and I can’t go interview them in person, so now I am behind on the deadline. My solution was to change my article topic slightly so I don’t need these interviews.

Recipe for Success: Kathryn Bigelow

Image of Kathryn Bigelow from Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathryn_Bigelow

Born: November 27, 1951 in San Carlos, California

Personal Success Definition

I define success as someone who breaks down barriers and does what people didn’t think could be done.

Kathryn Bigelow is successful because she has shown that not only can a woman be a good director, but can be an amazing one. She was the first and only woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, and has opened many doors for other women who want to direct films.

Skills for Success

Kathryn Bigelow is 1) a painter, 2) well studied in film theory and criticism, and 3) a writer. Kathryn was “A very talented painter, [she] spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.” – IMDb By learning to paint, Kathryn gained the art skills that she would later apply to her filmmaking. She then attended Columbia and moved to the art of film, where she studied film theory and criticism. This, combined with her talents with painting, all contributed to her success. Finally, she also learned how to write, giving her all the skills to be the amazing director she is today. 

How They Used These Skills

The Hurt Locker movie poster, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0887912/

Kathryn used these skills to achieve success by making some of the most amazing films ever. One of those films, The Hurt Locker, has become one of the most legendary war films ever. It is very unique and was created in a more realistic style not seen often with war films. Kathryn once said to Interview magazine, “‘My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one. Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people,'” – Biography. She met this goal of reaching tremendous numbers of people through The Hurt Locker; the film opened peoples’ eyes and showed people the truths of war.

Challenges Overcome

Kathryn Bigelow had to overcome the challenge of being a woman in an industry where women are vastly underrepresented. To be successful in the film industry as a woman, Kathryn had extra hoops to jump through, hoops that men don’t experience, simply because she had to prove that a woman can be a successful director.

Significant Work

Point Break movie poster, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102685/

Point Break is another successful film that Kathryn Bigelow directed.





Story of Film – Episode 11 – The Arrivals of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream

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The following material is from Wikipedia.

1970s and Onwards: Innovation in Popular Culture – Around the World.

  • The Kingdom and the Beauty (1959) dir. Li Han-hsiang
    • feminine, studio set, colorful, musical
  • A Touch of Zen (1971) dir. King Hu
    • Hu changed Hong Kong cinema from feminine to fast, action packed, sword fighting themed cinema with this film
    • “graceful, exquisitely engineered cinema”
    • Kung Fu took over
    • starts as an action movie, turns into a ghost movie
    • action cinema at its most innovative
  • Enter the Dragon (1973) dir. Robert Clouse
    • Bruce Lee’s much more angry Kung Fu fighting style which stemmed from plot and his personal life
    • introduced a bigger shift to masculinity
    • camerawork patiently recorded the action, stayed out of the fight
    • not much editing, steady and wide imagery
  • A Better Tomorrow (1986) dir. John Woo
    • male bonding, loyalty, betrayal
    • new style of film: shootouts filmed with several cameras, “the aesthetic of the glance”
  • Iron Monkey (1993) dir. Yuen Woo-ping
    • fast cutting, numerous camera angles
    • characters were in the air rather than the ground like Bruce Lee
    • innovation impressed Hollywood once again
  • The Matrix (1999) dir. Lilly Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
    • influenced by Iron Monkey and Yuen
    • Yuen took 4 months to train actors how to use their fists, none knew how to fight
  • Once Upon a Time in China (1991) dir. Tsui Hark
    • filmed extravagantly, very uniquely with extensive details
    • made Hong Kong cinema spin
  • New Dragon Gate Inn (1992) dir. Raymond Lee
    • influenced by Tsui Hark
  • Mughal-e-Azam (1960) dir. K. Asif
    • Bollywood
    • took more at the box office than the Sound of Music
  • Devi (1960) (introduced in Episode 6) dir. Satyajit Ray
  • Mausam (1975) dir. Gulzar
    • musical
    • modern look influenced generation of women
    • “joy of love and its pain”
    • more glamour and accent on beauty and youth
  • Zanjeer (1973) dir. Prakash Mehra
    • uses zooms, freezes and close-ups to show and dramatize feelings of fear, rage, and realization
    • main character was king of cinema at the time
  • Sholay (1975) dir. Ramesh Sippy
    • in country at time, youth was unhappy with the system
    • innovative colossus of 70s cinema
    • similar to an epic, landscape like a western, music like an action film
    • captured the spirit of the times
    • huge box office success
    • similar to movies like magnificent 7
  • The Message: The Story of Islam (1976) (a.k.a. Mohammad, Messenger of God) dir. Moustapha Akkad
    • looked like a conventional biblical epic
    • scene where man talks to camera, we expect reverse angle but it doesn’t come because he is talking to prophet Mohammad and Islam doesn’t allow the depiction of the prophet
    • Akkad made two different version, one with Arabic actors and one with Western actors
  • The Making of an Epic: Mohammad, Messenger of God (1976) dir. Geoffrey Helman & Christopher Penfold
  • The Sparrow (1972) dir. Youssef Chahine
    • account of when Egypt lost territory to Israel
    • captures emotions and shock of citizen
    • end scene with people marching the streets was one of most iconic scenes in Arab film history
  • The Exorcist (1973) dir. William Friedkin
    • marked the start of the era of the blockbuster
    • “slapped horror cinema in the face with realism”
    • voice of devil smoked cigarettes, swallowed raw eggs and drank to make her voice sound the way it did, extremely innovative vocal performance was the outcome
  • A Guy Named Joe (1943) dir. Victor Fleming
    • Spielberg was influenced by this film
  • Jaws (1975) dir. Steven Spielberg
    • both an establishment and an innovative film
    • shot on water to get the affect of realism
  • The Making of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1995) dir. Laurent Bouzereau
    • spielberg talks about how he used people in bathing suits as transitions to make scenes feel seamless
  • Vertigo (1958) (introduced in Episode 4) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) dir. Steven Spielberg
    • technique where he films people looking at something, draws out those shots, then cuts to camera rising over what they are looking at
  • Jurassic Park (1993) dir. Steven Spielberg
    • uses same technique
  • Star Wars (1977) (introduced in Episode 1) dir. George Lucas
    • felt like a storybook film
    • uses wide angle lenses to film spaceships to make them appear much bigger
    • Luke dresses like a samurai, follows tropes of a knight
    • most absurd plot so far in history
  • The Hidden Fortress (1958) dir. Akira Kurosawa
    • helped inspire Star wars: robots and fighting style
  • Triumph of the Will (1935) (a.k.a. Triumph des Willens) (introduced in Episode 4) dir. Leni Riefenstahl
    • helped inspire Star Wars: shots of stormtroopers

Story of Film – Episode 10 – Movies to Change the World

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The following material is from Wikipedia.

1969-1979: Radical Directors in the 70s – Make State of the Nation Movies.

Story of Film – Episode 8 – New Directors, New Form

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The following material is from Wikipedia.

1965-1969: New Waves – Sweep Around the World.

Story of Film – Episode 7 – European New Wave

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The following material is from Wikipedia.

1957-1964: The Shock of the New – Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe.

Story of Film – Episode 5 – Post-War Cinema

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The following material is from Wikipedia.

1939-1952: The Devastation of War…And a New Movie Language

Story of Film – Episode 3 – The Golden Age of World Cinema

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The following material is from Wikipedia. 24:25

1918-1932: The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World

Story of Film – Episode 1 – Birth of the Cinema

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The following material is from Wikipedia.


1895-1918: The World Discovers a New Art Form or Birth of the Cinema

1903-1918: The Thrill Becomes Story or The Hollywood Dream

Fundamentals of Sound in Post-Production


  • Equalizer: A tool that boosts or cuts the amplitude of specific frequencies
    • High Shelf: When higher frequency has higher amplitude
      • Known as First Order Filter, common type of equalizer
    • Low Shelf: Lower frequency has lower amplitude
    • Pass filter: eliminates all sounds at a certain frequency
      • High pass: all high frequencies pass
      • Low pass: all low frequencies pass
    • Second Order Filter (Peaking Filter, Parametric EQ)
      • 3 settings:
        • Frequency
        • Gain
        • Q or Quality Factor
      • Notch Cut/Band Stop filter: cuts all sound out from a very small range of frequency
  • 3 Uses of equalizers:
    • Fix inadequacies in the recording
    • EQ for mixing audio
    • Make it sound better/different
      • 160 Hz – add power
      • 5,000 Hz – prescence
      • 4,000 – 10,000 Hz – sibilance
  • Dynamic Range: difference between very soft and very loud
    • Compressor: compresses space of range between very soft and very loud
      • Once dynamic range is compresses, the volume can be boosted or cut
      • Compressors help smooth out spikes in the volume
      • Makes the audio sound more powerful and louder than normal
    • Expander: opposite of compressor
  • Fast Fourier Transform (FFT): A complex algorithm that can be used to precisely manipulate frequencies
    • Too much FFT results in “chirping”
    • Can be used to take away any sound
  • Delay Filter: repeats audio by 15 ms or less you get an effect called audio combing
    • Generally avoided in the recording studio, but can be used as an effect
    • Used to create bizarre characters
    • Reverb: Sum of lots of varied echoes
      • Gives audio sense of space