There is nothing that Mia likes to eat more than cereal. She believes that cereal is the best breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert that there is. She also puts ketchup on everything (but not cereal). She has always thought that it’s interesting how similar the Kellogg’s and Heinz logos look.
The “Logo Switch Up” assignment was to “Use one brand’s advertisement for another brand by replacing the logo of one brand with the logo of another. Be creative and try to pick similar logos that could look correct in the advertisement if we did not already have the brand awareness!”
Since Mia has noticed the resemblance between the Kellogg’s and Heinz logos, I chose to use them for this assignment. I edited the original Kellogg’s logo off of the cereal box picture using Canva, then added the Heinz logo instead. I think it looks like it could be the correct advertisement!
Mia enjoys a wide variety of different movies. She’s just as happy to watch a thriller as a rom-com (although she has a soft spot for spy movies!) If she had to choose her five favorite movies, “Mary Poppins” and “E.T.” would both be on the list. This is interesting, since both of those movies have characters that come from the sky.
The “This Doesn’t Belong Here” assignment was to “Mash up two different iconic movie scenes. However, you should aim to be as subtle as possible. Perhaps a famous prop that simply doesn’t belong or a character that looks a little out of place.”
In honor of Mia’s favorites, I decided to mashup a famous scene from E.T. and a famous prop from Mary Poppins. I chose the scene where Elliott and E.T. are riding the bicycle through the sky and pass in front of the moon, along with the umbrella that Mary Poppins carries. I found both pictures online and uploaded them to Canva, where I designed the image.
I tried to do it in a way that looked believable, and I think I succeeded! If you didn’t know what the original picture looked like, nothing about the image would look unusual. This assignment would have been challenging to me in the past, but with all the skills I have learned in this class, it was pretty fun!
This week was a second week of video, and I’m glad that we had two. My video skills definitely improved as I moved forward, and I had fun creating the content that I did this week. This has been a great way of combining design, audio, and video, and using the resources and information that I have gained throughout the semester.
I did four video assignments this week, which came to a total of 12 stars. The assignments were challenging, and I definitely learned a lot. For the first assignment, I spelled a secret message using sign language. I made a video tutorial for the second assignment. For the third assignment, I reversed a video and added some other fun stuff to it. The fourth assignment had me tell a story using flashcards. I also completed a post where I gave an idea for our final mission.
There were also three daily creates that I did this week.
Overall, I had a good week. It’s hard to believe this class is coming to an end! I am looking forward to the final mission, and I am proud of the work that I have accomplished so far.
We’ve completed so many missions throughout the semester that it’s surprising how long it took me to come up with a new idea! After thinking it over for awhile, I ended up with some plans that I am actually really excited about. Hopefully I will be able to complete them!
For the mission, I would like to focus on recruiting and training new DS106 agents. We could design posters, make radio commercials, and create other outreach information. We could make videos encouraging people to join the mission, and give highlights of DS106 and the kinds of projects and assignments that it includes.
We could also make videos or design posters and blogs with tips on completing assignments, doing write-ups, and managing time for future DS106 agents. This could actually be used for future DS106 students. I think something similar would have been extremely helpful for me as I was starting the class.
We could make the videos and design the other projects from the perspectives of our characters. If multiple people chose to work on the project together, the different characters could interact. I think this would be a great reflection for all of us, and also a great way for us to practice using the skills that we have learned throughout the semester.
The “This Is My Story” assignment was to “Tell a short story using flashcard and record yourself. It can be something funny, sad, or just even express how your day was. “
This assignment put me at 12 stars, which was two over the required amount for the week. I decided to tell a story from the perspective of my character, Mia. You can read some background on her here. I chose to use an average morning from her life and give the viewer a taste of what it’s like to be both a librarian and a secret agent.
The first thing I did for this assignment was come up with a story and write it on flashcards. I just wrote as I came up with it, and it turned out to be easier than I was expecting to put together a story. Throughout the semester, I’ve definitely gotten better at using my character and working with the course theme.
Next I recorded myself flipping through the cards. This was hard to do, since my laptop screen showed me the cards backwards, which made it hard to judge how long I was supposed hold each card up. However, I managed to time it pretty well.
Then I edited the video using VideoPad Video Editor. I muted the volume of my recording and added a background song that I got from this website. I also added closing credits to the end of the video. You can see part of the editing process below.
After I finished editing, I downloaded the video to my computer and then uploaded it to YouTube. The finished product is below.
The “Play It Backward, Jack” assignment was to “Take a video of something in your life–someone running, the toilet flushing, the sink dripping, someone spitting, whatever–and reverse it!”
This assignment seemed pretty simple to me, so I decided to make it a little more interesting. Instead of taking a video and reversing it one time, I took a short clip and played it backwards four times right in a row. I recorded the video when I was volunteering on Wednesday with Big Brothers Big Sisters. The video is of my Little, Nadia, skipping down the hallway.
I used VSDC Free Video Editor to line up the video with a fun, almost circus sounding song from this website. It’s pretty fun to watch, since the video replaying lines up with the music. I also added closing credits to the end of the video. You can see part of the editing process below.
After I was done editing the video, I downloaded it to my computer and then uploaded it to YouTube. You can watch the finished product below!
The “Everyday Modern Marvels” assignment was to”Create a quick video based on the same theme as TV shows such as Modern Marvels or How Its Made. Film yourself assembling something basic (such as a sandwich) and then overlay an audio track describing each step. Make sure to hit each step, of assembly, when voicing over the film.”
For this assignment, I decided to assemble one of my favorite snacks. Living in a dorm with no kitchen makes things pretty limited as far as food goes, but I am able to make rice cakes. You’d be surprised at all the different ways there are to make a rice cake, such as peanut butter and banana, avocado, and pizza toppings. For the video, I decided to make a peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon rice cake.
This video was definitely one of the more complicated ones that I have made. I started out by assembling all of the ingredients and videoing myself with my phone set on my desk hutch. Things didn’t go perfectly in the video… I had trouble using three of the ingredients! Once the video was done, I muted the audio (my roommate and one of our friends talking in the background). I then recorded a voice over while I watched the muted video.
I uploaded the video and audio to VideoPad Video Editor. I had to cut and move the audio around a bit to get it to match the video. Then I added some music from this website to play quietly in the background. I also added both an opening title sequence and closing credits. You can see part of my editing process below.
After I was finished editing, I downloaded the video to my computer and then uploaded it to YouTube. I have seen countless tutorial videos on YouTube before, but I never realized how complicated it was to make even a simple one! I definitely have a new appreciation for YouTubers. You can watch the finished video below.
The “Signing Words” assignment required that you “take a video of yourself or someone else and finger spell a word or a phrase in Sign Language alphabet and let others guess what you have spelled.”
I used to know quite a bit of sign language, but I realized that I was a bit rusty as I was making this video. I began by looking up a chart of the ASL alphabet. Then I decided on a message to give… I chose to tie this assignment in with my character and the course theme. I’m going to let people guess what I signed, but I’ll give the answer at the end of this post!
To make the video, I recorded myself using the camera on my laptop. Then I uploaded the video to VideoPad Video Editor. I cut out the audio from the original clip and added my own background music from this website. I also added closing credits to the end of the video. You can see part of my editing process below.
After I was done editing, I downloaded the video to my computer and then uploaded it to YouTube. Here is the finished video below!
Did you guess the message? I signed “Secret Agent Mia Holmes.”
This week was a culmination of many of the things we have been learning in DS106 this semester, from sound to design. The assignments were video based, and we spent time looking at cinematic camera work and the ways that films are made. After reading/watching various articles and videos, I created this video essay that analyzed a scene from a movie.
I also completed a character interview, where I answered various recorded questions with my own video answers. This was an intimidating assignment when I first saw it, but I realized that my previous work in DS106 prepared me well for this week of assignments.
This week, I also completed 10 stars of video assignments. For the first assignment, I took videos frequently throughout a day and made them in to a final glimpse of a day in my life. The second assignment had me take 30 minutes of footage of myself working and speed it up into a 90 second time lapse. For the third assignment, I took videos of the different places that my feet walk throughout the day. I made my own assignment to complete the rest of my 10 stars. I created a video with some of my favorite memories from college this year. This was fun, and I’ll try to create some other assignments in the future.
I also completed some daily creates this week. For the first time, I actually went over the required amount. I was going to be two and then be done, but it was Tolkien Reading Day and I couldn’t resist responding to that prompt as well (I absolutely love Tolkien).
This week wasn’t particularly hard, but it was extremely time consuming. It’s a good thing I got started early on my assignments, because this definitely wasn’t the kind of work that you can do at the last minute. I am looking forward to creating more videos next week as my skills improve. I love seeing how the work I’ve been doing all semester is really coming together to form stories that I am proud to tell.
In my humble opinion, the movie Casablanca is a cinematic masterpiece. Watching this movie feels so deliberate. Every conversation, every shadow, every sound. It all comes together to tell a breathtaking story with very few fancy cinematic elements that are often seen in popular movies. Less is more in this movie, and there are so many things to be learned from the cinematography throughout.
For my video essay, I chose to analyse the scene where Rick and Sam are sitting the empty nightclub and talking. I recorded myself talking while I watched the muted video in the background. Then I trimmed the sound a bit and edited both the movie clip and my audio response with the video editor on my computer. I left the sound of the movie playing very softly in the background of the essay. I think it added to what I was saying, especially at the end of the clip when the music starts.
I am not used to “reading” movies this way, but after reading and watching the various videos and articles that were assigned this week, I understood better what I was supposed to do. Usually when thinking about if a movie is good or not, I think about the acting and the plot. This assignment had us try something different, and to look at some other elements that make effective scenes. In my essay, I talk about things such as lighting/shadows and camera angles. You can watch the full video below.