Last week, I wrote a post with some ideas for our final mission. I am still planning on sticking with my ideas, but I have a few new plans. Instead of recruiting and training new DS106 agents, I think my final mission should be recruiting and training new DS106 students. Since the theme of the class in the fall will be different, I think it’s important to make content that can be carried over.
The content will not be secret agent themed, but it will still be my character providing the information as one of her own missions. I would still like to “design posters, make radio commercials, and create other outreach information.” I think it would still be great idea to give highlight of the class, descriptions of expected work, and lots of tips for assignments and time management.
I am excited to work on this project! I think it will be a great reflection on the semester, as well as a wonderful way to use the skills that I have learned.
For my second remix assignment, I decided to remix an assignment that I have actually done twice before! I first did the “Who Said What” assignment in February, but reworked the assignment for this post in March. The original assignment was to “Find a picture of any secret agent you would like, preferably a fairly well-known one. Next, pick a quote from a similar secret agent character. Finally, attribute said quote to a third similar character. You want the characters you chose to be well-known but also similar enough that people would confuse them with one another.” The remix that the generator gave me was “Molly taught us all that everything is prettier in pink, so make that assignment more pink somehow, either literally or metaphorically.”
I decided to update my reworked version of the assignment for this post. The remix told me to add lots of pink… so that’s what I did! I’ll leave it up to you to decide if the image was really “prettier in pink.” I edited the picture using Canva. I changed the text to pink and found a bunch of pink elements to add. I had a lot of fun making this image look nauseatingly pink! You can see the finished image below.
The added changes definitely give the image a different feel. It’s pretty bizarre to look at the picture and the quote in contrast with the decorative features. It just goes to show how important good design is!
As mentioned in a previous post, Mia loves watching all kinds of movies. However, secret agent movies are her favorite! She likes watching both the Mission Impossible and Bourne movies. Not because they are true to life, but because they differ so much from what her life as a secret agent is like! She thinks it’s interesting to see what everyone’s perception of the secret agent lifestyle is.
The “Movie Mashup” assignment was to “Take a movie that you really like. Now think of a movie that has been compared to it, and make a new movie poster that incorporates the two!”
For this assignment, I went with two movie series that Mia really likes watching. I looked up posters for the Bourne Identity, then found a picture of a poster without text. Then used Canva to add the lines found in the original picture along with text. For the text, I found the same (or a very similar) font as the one on the original Bourne poster. I inserted the words “Mission Impossible” and lined them up correctly. The final product ended up looking like a real movie poster! I also did a tutorial on my process for this assignment that you can find here.
This is a tutorial for how to do the “Movie Mashup” assignment. The assignment instructs you to “Take a movie that you really like. Now think of a movie that has been compared to it, and make a new movie poster that incorporates the two!” I will go through my process step by step and show you how I completed this assignment.
First things first, decide on two movies that are similar and you want to mashup. For my assignment, I chose two secret agent movies, which goes with the class theme. I looked up posters from both movies and decided how I was going to edit them. I found a poster from the Bourne Identity that I decided to use.
I studied how the poster was designed, and then found an image similar to the one on the poster.
I decided to use Canva to edit the image. Canva is an extremely useful tool that I would recommend for any kind of design project. I opened Canva and clicked on “Card” in the “Create a Design” section, since the card shape is what I wanted for my design.
I clicked on uploads, which is on the left side of the screen. Then I uploaded the picture to Canva and began my editing process.
As you can see in the poster picture, there is both text and white lines on the original. I searched for “white line” in elements, which gave me the thick white line below.
I shrunk two lines down to the size that I wanted and lined them up with the + in the photo.
Then I started working on the text. As you can see on the original poster that says “THE BOURNE IDENTITY,” some of the words are bolded and larger than others. For my mashup poster, I wrote “MISSION” in big bold letters.
I followed that by writing “IMPOSSIBLE” with unbolded letters. I also lined the O up with the +, similar to the original.
After I was done editing, I saved the photo to my computer.
And that’s all! I posted the assignment normally, making sure to use the right tags. You can find my assignment here.
For my first remix assignment, I chose “Pick A Bad Photo, Apply A Vintage Effect And Write Something In Helvetica” as the original post. I then remixed it with “Where’s Waldo? It.” The original assignment was to “Pick A Bad Photo, Apply A Vintage Effect And Write Something In Helvetica” and the added remix was “For this remix assignment, you want to place Waldo somewhere conspicuous in a Visual or Design Assignment or slip his name quickly into an audio assignment.”
I chose a photo that I took a few months ago. I used this photo for a daily create a few weeks ago when they asked for a boring photo. I tried to take a picture of the sunset, but it obviously didn’t turn out well. I edited the photo using the VSCO app so that it looked vintage. I used Canva to continue editing the photo. I added text to the photo from a Chinese fortune cookie that I had gotten earlier in the day. For the remix part, I found a picture of Waldo online and uploaded it to Canva. I shrunk it down and hid it in my image. Can you find it? The image ended up looking pretty bad, which was the goal of the assignment!
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!
I have gone back and forth quite a bit about what to do for the Digital Methodology Module. From the beginning, I have been planning to do the image visualization option. At first, I thought it would be really cool to look at a series of movies, such as Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. I wanted to make barcodes or plots of the individual movies and then compare them. For both of those series, the movies tend to get darker as they go, and I wanted to see how much you could tell about the individual movies by using software to compare them.
However, I soon realized that this plan wasn’t going to work. I didn’t have any of the movies downloaded to my computer, and none of them were on YouTube. I also realized the huge amount of space that it would take up on my computer. I began to look for another option on YouTube. I found a movie that was in the public domain, but was in black and white. I considered using this for awhile, and even downloaded it to my computer, but decided that I wanted to experiment with colors.
I began to think of other ideas for the project. One of the first things that came to mind was music. Music is such a big part of so many people’s lives, and tells us a lot about the opinions and current happenings of society. I decided to look at music throughout the years by comparing album covers of the top 10 songs every week. I currently am planning on looking at multiple years worth of music and comparing them to each other. I hope to find out how music has changed over the years, how long most songs stay in the top positions, and what this tells us about society.
I am excited about this project, and I think that it will be very interesting. I am a little nervous about how time consuming it will be, but I am already working to plan out how to get everything done and create a final project that teaches me something and that I am proud of.
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.