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Sound Effects Story

Sound Effects Story

  This blog is For the required audio assignment titled Sound Effects Story (four stars). We had to tell a story using nothing but sound effects. That meant There no verbal communication, only sound effects. For my sound effects story, I based it around something […]

Favorite Sounds

Favorite Sounds

 


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The assignment, A collection of your favorite sounds, is worth two stars. In order to complete this assignment, I had to choose from four to five of my favorite sounds and compile them into an audio file. My favorite sounds include rain, thunder, waves, and wind chimes. I feel at ease when I hear these sounds together. First, I found small clips of each sound on freesound.org and downloaded. Then to create the audio file I used the website Audio Joiner where I uploaded my mp3 files. Once they were uploaded I placed them in the order I wanted and merged the files together. After I was satisfied with my file I uploaded it to SoundCloud.

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The Pictureless Gap

The Pictureless Gap

    This week’s lesson revolves around audio and its resources. Watching two YouTube videos from Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad gave me insight on his view of Audio. The first video deals with the concept of co-imagining. Abumrad starts off by stating that the coolest thing about radio is what it lacks which […]

Weekly Check-in II

Weekly Check-in II

  There were a variety of assignments arranged for the second week of the course. Managing the weekly checklist was a little bit more manageable than the week prior. I started off working at the end of the list completing the book cover assignment and […]

Dean & Hepburn

Dean & Hepburn


 

For our Alternative History Image assignment, we were instructed to create a new image putting a historic figure in a new environment. This post is supposed to reflect our previous response to the question of the week. My response to the question of the week was broad and a bit difficult to recreate so I answered another question: What if James Dean had survived his car crash?

If James Dean had survived the car crash he was in I think his career would have continued to flourish. He would have worked with some iconic actors and actresses during the 1950’s. One of my favorite actresses is Audrey Hepburn and I noticed that her career started around 1953 when she starred in Roman Holiday. James Dean was known for starring in Drama and Romance films as was Audrey Hepburn. Wouldn’t it have been amazing if the two were able to star in a film together? Unfortunately, James Dean passes away in 1955 around the age of twenty-two.

If Dean’s passing had never occurred I think he would have eventually crossed paths with Hepburn and created a film. The film’s genre would have been centered around Drama and Romance with a bit of comedy. I created a movie poster titled, Behind the Record, a drama/romance that the two would have starred in.

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To create this movie poster I looked for inspiration on Unsplash first. I ended up searching for photos that mimicked the retro nature of the 1950’s and chose a photo Noom Peerapong.

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I used the photo app on my Chromebook and rotated the picture knowing there was a specific section that I had wanted to use.

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Then I uploaded the image onto Pixlr where I used it as a background. I was lucky enough to find a photo of James Dean on the internet with a transparent background.

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Unfortunately, I did not have the same luck for Hepburn. I had found a photo of her with a great background and space to add Dean in but I didn’t like the overall result(photo below on the left). Instead, I uploaded that photo onto photoscissors.com. On the photoscissors website, you outline what you want to keep in green and use red for what you would like to get rid of. In the end, I was able to make a transparent cut out of Audrey Hepburn.

Once I had a transparent image of both actors I was able to add them onto the background I chose in layers. To do this you have to add each photo in individually by clicking the layer tab and opening a new image as a layer. Once this was finished I arranged the two figures and applied the filter Noise (to each element individually).

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To complete this image I added in text from another online photo editor that had more variety. I gave a film name which was inspired by the photo I found on Unsplash and added in the lead actress and actor’s name above.

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Reflections: Week 1

Reflections: Week 1


 

This week has opened up my eyes to the world of Digital Storytelling. I couldn’t wait to get started!

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For the first half of the week, I focused on creating a domain (pixeltale.net) and organizing a blog page. Daily creates were the highlight of my week where I completed Monday Mood and the Adobe Color Wheel. Before this week I had only seen photos with color schemes but never actually knew how to complete one. It turns out that the process is quite is quite simple. My midweek assignment also consisted of becoming familiar with Domain of One’s Own, creating the necessary social media accounts, and uploading content to Pixel Tale. Making sure everything was solid and brushing up on photography and blogging/storytelling tips took quite some time. If I could do anything differently I would have started my assignments after creating my domain; Familiarizing and personalizing a web page is time-consuming.

This week made me realize that taking this course (Digital Storytelling) is a major commitment. I was a bit apprehensive once I saw our weekly to-do list. I gave myself a bit of a pep talk, “Keep an open mind and don’t give up!”. The thing I’m most proud of is a photo that I took during the photo blitz. It’s a photo that I took of the sky at an odd angle.

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Somehow, I captured the vibrant blue of the sky and the intense glare of the sun! Southern California is blazing so I suffered in the heat taking the photo but it was well worth it! I’m proud of this because I used to take photography classes and I was good at it but it was a hobby that faded. This photo just shows me that if I persist in this course that I can rekindle that love.

If I could do the week over I would finish my assignments that were photo related first. I would have also paid attention to the ds106 website that has a link for WordPress videos to help get started. I’m looking forward to improving my storytelling this semester and to continue learning about new techniques. My focus for the end of the week was reviewing tips and trick and putting blog posts together. We were required to visit Abandoned America and once I did the first picture that popped up was one of my favorites. It’s Matthew Christopher’s End of the Line, a journey of a train and passenger’s last trip into the unknown. I enjoyed seeing this photo again because the photographer put a lot of thought into the shot.

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End of the Line- Matthew Christopher

Mid-week assignment link

Assignments

The blog post Aesthetics is a summary of the tips I have learned and it also covers my thoughts on Abandoned America. The next blog post I completed was titled, Photography Safari, which is about my photo blitz journey; I loved this assignment!  I was able to use some of the techniques I learned about for the photo blitz and took the time to think about what photos I wanted. Searching for a six-star assignment felt like an eternity. I started off casually browsing and about five minutes later I looked up at the clock. Turns out five minutes was more like sixty. A vast number of tiny little tabs was aligned at the top of the screen. Oops!

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The question of the week was: What is your favorite type of story and why? I have various types of stories that I love; Biographies and action are a few of them (my full response can be found in the slideshow). For my six-star assignment, I chose two prompts. The first was a three-star prompt (Who said it?) and my love for action and adventure influenced the three characters that I chose.

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My second prompt (That’s not what I expected) was also three stars and I had to take an up-close picture of an object or a thing. I chose the grapefruit tree in the yard because it is realistic and that’s what I was near at the time. Yes, the grapefruit is green! The color green indicates that it isn’t ripe yet! The original photo and close up pictures are side by side below.

 


Photos from this week’s assignment

 

Photography Safari

Photography Safari

  Today, I went on a hunt in my very own safari! The photo blitz assignment required us to set fifteen minutes aside and go on a scavenger hunt for photos. I tried to take as many photos as I could from the prompts found […]

Instagram Post (26 June 2018)

Instagram Post (26 June 2018)

  Currently, I am in California and I have been making it a habit to walk two miles every morning before it becomes scorching hot. The first photo was taken a couple of minutes before I finished my walk. The last photos were taken as […]

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Social Media Links


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Setting Up Pixel Tale: First Midweek Assignment

Setting Up Pixel Tale: First Midweek Assignment

The beginning stages of my first blog for Digital Storytelling 106. This blog post sums up my week so far.

Reflection: Video Production

Reflection: Video Production

For our last required reflection this week I watched four videos to change or influence my perspective on video production. The first video I watched was created by Kubrick titled the One-Point Perspective. This video has multiple clips of movies combined into one that was […]

Reflection: How to Read a Movie

Reflection: How to Read a Movie


 

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Ebert’s piece on How to read a movie explains that the audience and film are our most helpful collaborators when it comes to video. He talks about his experiences as a film professor at the University of Chicago where he learned various approaches to studying film. Using a projector to examine different parts of films the students were able to teach their professor. I learned that there are certain rules to follow when it comes to film. Following or avoiding those set rules always results in creating a meaningful piece.

Audiences contain various amounts of people whose careers are different. One person may be able to point out concepts that another may not because it is familiar to him or her. I learned that you have to create with purpose and emotion. One thing that I found interesting was the “Golden Mean” or the “golden ratio” which deals with the location of a person/character. Being positioned on the left is negative whilst someone positioned on the right is portrayed as postive. Ebert explains that “a composition could lead us into a background that becomes dominant over a foreground. Tilt shots, of course, put everything on a diagonal, implying the world is out of balance”.

 


 

 

Weekly Check-in III

Weekly Check-in III

    The tasks for the remainder of the third week looked like a lot on paper but it wasn’t once I started. I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme of the tools needed for class not being compatible with my computer so once again I found […]

Dear Friends: Storytime Fun

Dear Friends: Storytime Fun

  The last required assignment for the third week was Story Time Fun a 3 1/2 star assignment, which was linked to our previous Alternative History assignment. Last week I had to actually change my assignment (giving me more work to do) because I noticed that […]

Midweek III

Midweek III

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This week was all about Audio. So far I have learned the basics and learned how we are able to manipulate sound and the human voice. The first assignment that I completed was a reflection of Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad speech or a quick lesson on the concept of the radio. I found it interesting how Abumrad was able to explain how the connection between creator and audience is established through the radio. An endless list of audio techniques and manipulation to voice/sound can make audio and the human voice powerful. My original blog post can be found here.

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The next blog post I completed was a reflection of the podcast titled Moon Graffiti . This story was written by Jonathan Mitchell and edited by Hillary Frank. It was based on Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldwin’s visit to the moon on July 20th, 1969 but revolves around the question of crashing. The podcast had made me feel as if I was in the sixties and listening from home about Aldwin and Armstrong. The sound effects and manipulation of sound keep you at the edge of your seat. Each time you listen to the podcast you are able to pick up on something new. 

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Once I was finished with my main assignments I moved onto Tuesday and Wednesday’s daily creates. The first daily create I completed was #tdc2374: Create a wishlist for a famous person. The person I chose to create a wish list was Elvis Presley. I think his wishlist would consist of guitars, guitar picks, and a copy of the Impersonal life. Peanut butter and bananas would also be on the list because of his famous sandwich.

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The second daily create I finished was #tdc2375: Map your personal sphere and share it with #clmooc. This mind map was created and personalized on Canva. I shared three important section which was Life, Education, and the Future. In my personal life, I cherish my family and friends, Travelling, Dreamers, Equality, and Diversity. Education is extremely important to me and I want to complete the progress I’ve made to obtain my B.A. in Science as a biology major. The summer of 2018 is also important because I want to do well in both of my classes and be able to improve by the end of the semester. For the future, I would like to be able to attend medical school in my home state (Massachusetts) and become a Pediatrician.

My midweek assignments have been completed. I am looking forward to keeping in mind what I have learned about audio/sound for my next digital media assignments for the end of the week. So far I would not change anything that I have completed.

Moon Graffiti

Moon Graffiti

    The Moon Graffiti assignment consisted of a story, “In Event of Moon Disaster“, told on a podcast. This story was written by Jonathan Mitchell and edited by Hillary Frank. It was based on Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldwin’s visit to the moon on July […]


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The Moon Graffiti assignment consisted of a story, “In Event of Moon Disaster“, told on a podcast. This story was written by Jonathan Mitchell and edited by Hillary Frank. It was based on Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldwin’s visit to the moon on July 20th ,1969 but revolves around the question of crashing.  What if they crashed? A cover story would have been made and President Nixon would have announced the passing of the two astronauts (performed by Matt Evans and Ed Herbstman). The type of sound that were played on the truth podcast sets tone of the story. It created an eerie atmosphere but initially hooks the listeners in with a trip to the past. 

John Ottavino delivers the lines from Nixon’s speech and embodies his personality and sound of voice. These audio clips made me feel as if I were in 1969 and the conversation or dialogue between the two astronauts make the podcast feel real. I believe that Foley sound was used in this podcast to mimic sounds of activities or actions that would take place on the moon. The overall lesson that I got from listening to this podcast was that Sound drives stories by allowing you to imagine a scene and allowing you to feel. Every person is going to picture what happened differently. 

I had listened to Moon Graffiti about three times. During the first, I was able to understand the concept of the conspiracy theory. During the second and third I was able to pick up sound effects that I hadn’t before like the crashing and struggle of the astronauts.

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