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Month: March 2019 (Page 1 of 3)

So Long Week 10

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.

of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…

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.

A Few Interview Questions for a Certain Secret Agent

The goal of this assignment was to take the recordings of questions that I was given and answer them with my own video responses, interview style. I had to respond to seven of the questions in the interview. I was given quite a few options for the questions a could choose, but narrowed it down to seven and downloaded the video questions to my computer.

I then recorded my seven responses on my phone. I was surprised by how quickly I was able to respond to most of them! While something like this would have been really intimidating a few months ago, I think this class has really brought out my creative side. It wasn’t hard for me at all to put myself into the shoes of my character and to answer the questions.

Once I recorded all the responses, I uploaded both the question and response videos to the video editor on my computer. I spliced them all together and made sure that everything flowed smoothly. I then saved the video to my computer and uploaded it to YouTube. You can watch the final product below.

Best of UMW

For my final assignment this week, I created my own assignment! This is the first time I have done this. It was super easy to do and fun! I hope that other people will use and enjoy the assignment that I created.

The assignment, which I titled “Favorite Moments in College,” prompts the reader to “Create a video using some of your favorite pictures/videos that you have taken while in school this year! Add a wide variety of pictures from throughout the year. Make sure to add some music to the video before you post it!”

I created this assignment because I thought it would be something that people would enjoy completing, while still allowing them to learn new video editing skills. To complete the assignment, I went through all of my pictures that I had taken starting in august and picked out some of my favorites. I downloaded them and made them into a video using the video editing software on my computer. I added some background music from this site and then I was done! I uploaded the video to YouTube. You can watch the final product below! It makes me happy to watch because it brings back some great memories.

These Converse Were Made for Walking

The “Where Do Your Shoes Take You?” assignment asked “Where do your shoes take you in a day? Tell a story using a video of only your shoes! Take videos of you walking from place to place and make it into a video.”

I definitely got some weird looks while completing this assignment. Apparently it’s not normal to be walking around and taking videos of your feet. My friends informed me that it was super weird and I’m sure that the many random people who saw me thought the same.

I took 3 seconds videos of my feet while I was walking throughout the whole day. It was easy to forget sometimes since I walk around all the time. It’s not exactly an exciting activity. By the end of the day, I had a pretty large collection of videos.

I uploaded all of the videos to the video editing app on my laptop, then spliced them all together. I added a background song that I got from this site. Then I downloaded the video to my computer and uploaded it to YouTube.

I’ve noticed a theme this week that the assignments aren’t necessarily very hard, but they are time consuming. This is the third assignment I’ve completed that required me to take videos over a long period of time. This is also the third assignment that I’ve enjoyed completing! Video editing is very time consuming but also pretty fun. You can watch the finished product below!

30 Minutes of Book Repair in 90 Seconds

The instructions for the “Speed Up Your Work Day” assignment were to “Take video of yourself doing what you typically do on an average work day, and then speed it up! Start with at least 30 minutes of footage at a minimum, so as to get a good amount of video to share. Challenge yourself to complete the assignment in one single shot, then speed it up to ridiculous speeds, and toss in some music that fits the mood.”

I am a technical services student aide and the book repair supervisor at Simpson Library. My days consist of many different things, but on this particular day (Monday) I was replacing the spines of books that needed repaired. For this assignment, I took a video of the entire process of a spine replacement. The video was about 30 minutes long. I ran in to a small problem about 1/3 of the way through the video when I realized I needed to go downstairs to use the paper cutter. I turned the camera off for that one part and spliced it back together, but the rest of the video was all one take.

I used the video editor on my computer to upload and combine the videos, then I downloaded the video to my computer. While the editing software that comes with my laptop is good for very basic video editing, this assignment required a bit more. I used VSDC Free Video Editor to speed up the video from 30 minutes to 90 seconds. I really didn’t like the video editor at all. It was very clunky and hard to use, but it got the job done. I added background music that I got from this site. After I finished editing, I uploaded the video to my computer and then to YouTube.

Along with some of the other assignments this week, I really enjoyed this one. I think the final product turned out to be so satisfying to watch! It’s definitely one of the coolest assignments that I’ve done. You can watch the finished product below!

A Day in the Life of Kendall

The goal of the “A Day In The Life…” assignment was to “Take 3-5 seconds of video at the beginning of each hour or every half hour throughout the day. The time can be adjusted as long as distance between videos is consistent. The point is to experience “A Day in the Life” of YOU and everyone and everything you encounter!”

I made sure to do this assignment over the weekend so that it wouldn’t just consist of me doing homework, walking around campus, and working. The hardest part of this assignment was remembering to take videos throughout the day. I’m not usually a person who has my phone out a lot so it was strange to constantly be taking videos.

This video was taking on Saturday. It was definitely a fun day, one that I am happy to have a video to remember! I am grateful to my friends for putting up with me constantly taking videos of them.

After the day was over, I uploaded all of the videos to my computer and started to edit them using the video editor app that comes with my computer (a Dell that runs Windows 10). Each of the videos was about 5 seconds long, so the video ended up being 1 minute 14 seconds long. I spliced them all together and then added background music that I found on this site.

I downloaded the finished video to my computer and then uploaded it to YouTube. I am really happy with the finished product and will save it to look back on in the future. This assignment was so enjoyable that I will probably to it again sometime just for the fun of it. You can watch the video below!

Summary… Week 5

I read in some of my fellow classmates’ posts that this week seemed easier to them, but it was a challenging one for me! This is mostly because I had crazy weeks in a lot of my other classes, but I still thought that some that the assignments this week took me a bit longer than usual.

One of the first things I did this week was tune in to DS106 radio on Tuesday night. This was a lot of fun, and you can read about my experience here.

An assignment that I was worried about but ended up being pretty cool was the web storytelling assignment, which you can read about here.

This week, we mixed things up with the daily creates and I made a story with the three that I did, which you can find here.

I also did 8 stars worth the web assignments this week. The first one had me planning my dream vacation. The second one had me tell a story using GIFS. The third one had me go on a photo adventure.

I also redid an assignment this week, which was nice, since I wasn’t completely satisfied with the original assignment. I ended up liking my second try a lot more. You can find it here.

I’m looking forward to next week and getting into video storytelling, which I haven’t experimented much with before now. It’s hard to believe we’re already on week 10!

Say What??! 2.0

For my rework assignment, I decided to go back to my “Say What??!” post and improve it. When I did this assignment, I wasn’t very happy with the way it turned out. I think that the text looks pretty clunky and low quality in the original assignment. I used the BeFunky site to edit the picture, but later discovered the design site Canva, which I like way more. In my redo, I am using Canva.

I also decided to switch it up with the secret agents. I am using a picture of Agent 99 from Get Smart, a quote from Jane Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and attributing the quote to Lorraine Broughton from Atomic Blonde. It’s not surprising that I am way happier with my image this time, since I’ve had a lot more experience with design! You can see the final product below.

Finally… The Radio Shows!

I was excited for this week, since we had just finished all of our radio shows! I was looking forward to listening to everyone else’s show and hearing all the ideas and work that had been put into the project. Unfortunately, I was only able to tune in on Tuesday night, since I had prior commitments on Monday and Wednesday. This was still a lot of fun! I was able to hear the show I had worked on being broadcast , and it was great to see everyone’s reactions to it! People seemed to enjoy the show, and I was proud of the ideas and work that Brandon and Ryan and I had put into it.

The night had a bit of a theme, since the other radio show that was played also had to do with music. While our radio show focused on secret agent music throughout the years, “Secret Agent Hip/Hop Hour” looked at hip-hop and some of the similarities between hip-hop artists and secret agents. The show was really relaxed and sounded like listening to a podcast. The only critique I have is that the audio quality was pretty low. It sounded like the show was recorded all at once on the same device, and there was no background music behind the discussion. Other than that, a lot of great elements were used! I especially liked the commercials. They were creative and funny, definitely not what I was expecting!

After both shows were played, my group mates and I were able to go on air through Google hangouts. This was a really cool experience, and it was fun to be able to answer questions about our show!

Here are some of my tweets from when I was listening to “Secret Agent Hip/Hop Hour.”

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