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Progression Vlog

Progression Vlog

Finals week for me begun bright and early on Monday morning! For my last assignment of the semester, I drew inspiration from the ds106 assignment bank although it did take a while. I originally wanted to vlog one day of my personal life but I […]

Weekly check-in IV

Weekly check-in IV

Towards the end of the week, we were required to complete video assignments worth twelve stars. I was shocked that we did not have any assigned daily creates for our end if the week assignment; I checked multiple times and on different days but nothing. […]

We all have a dream…

We all have a dream…

The final four-star assignment I have completed for week four is titled, Your Dream as A Movie Trailer( a thirty-second trailer). The dream that I hold near and dear to my heart is the reality of becoming a doctor. It is not an easy dream to accomplish but I haven’t given up and I keep pushing. As a child, I was sick often and spent most of my time in hospitals and seeing how an illness can impact a patient’s life and their family is what inspired me. My end goal is to become a pediatrician and give back the excellent care that I received.

For this assignment, I originally wanted to combine clips of free footage from the internet. I ended up using photos because the videos had watermarks on them. I uploaded photos that I found on Unsplash to the website Biteable. Biteable is a site that allows you to make videos using templates, photos, videos, and music.

I am pleased with the end result of my thirty-second trailer. It is simple yet effective. In order to share this video, I posted it to my twitter account.

 

 

Where Do You Want To Go?

Where Do You Want To Go?

Another four-star assignment I completed this week is the video assignment, Where Do You Want To Go? This prompt required us to create a video montage of images and/or video of the places that you would like to go and add music that is native to […]

Airport Life

Airport Life

For my first video assignment this week I chose the prompt 60 Second Day- A Video Narrative. This assignment is worth four stars. For this prompt, we had to try to tell a story about your day in just 60 seconds using one-second clips of […]

Midweek IV: Video

Midweek IV: Video

 


Assignment Reflections:

The fourth week of this course revolved around video. I have learned the basics of creating videos. Our overall goal was to learn how to read a movie which meant watching, reading, and reflecting. For our first reflection assignment, I  wrote a blog post on Robert Ebert’s 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. It also teaches us how to manipulate tone based off of location.

The second reflection blog I posted was titled Reflection: Video Production. I watched four videos that helped me learn more about production as an individual. I know that I can always refer back to these videos when it comes to our video assignments for the end of the week. The first video I watched revolved around the one perspective technique. It was one of my favorites because I learned how simple this perspective is but also how powerful the outcome can be.

 

I ended my midweek assignments by completing two daily creates. The first daily create I completed was #tdc2380: What does your wall look like? My wall at the moment is quite simple; it just has lights up that I use when I’m in the mood for some late night reading.

My second daily create prompt was #tdc2381: Create a wacky Olympic event. My event would be coconut curling during the Winter Olympic Games.

The Question of the Week:

What childhood nursery rhyme would you like to write a story about but change the meaning completely.  If it was sad make it happy, if it was scary make it funny, if it was funny make it into something serious.

The childhood nursery rhyme chose was I’ve been working on the Railroad. To better suit me I would title it, “I’ve been working on my Bachelors”. I would make it a little more realistic and sad. Working on a degree takes a lot of work and dedication. It’s exhausting at times! I don’t think I would change the meaning completely as the concept of the nursery rhyme deals with the concept of work. It definitely wouldn’t have a continuous happy tone.


 

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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Unusual Angle

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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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.

Final Weekly Check-in

Final Weekly Check-in

Where has the time gone? The class has flown by so quickly! During the first week, I was extremely overwhelmed as I was going to be balancing two classes that had a lot of content in a little less than five weeks. Thankfully, I managed […]

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 shot at the same perspective and focus. Though the one point perspective was used in all clips the movies all have a different meaning and tone. This technique opens up my eyes to how simple yet powerful the outcome can be.

The next video was The shinning created by Ian Kammer. This video dealt with the concept of zooming in or out. Being able to use the zoom technique allows detail to be exposed whether it is on a small scale or large scale.

The last two videos that  I watched revolved around the concept of editing techniques and camera angles. It showed examples of slow motion, montage, wipe transition, skills, and much more. I found these videos to be extremely helpful as a beginner. I know that I can always refer back to these videos when it comes to our video assignments for the end of the week.


 

Reflection: How to Read a Movie

Reflection: How to Read a Movie

  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 […]

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 […]


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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 a way around it. I wouldn’t change anything about this week’s assignments. Whilst I did some searching for compatible programs or online editors I finished my daily creates for the week.

My third prompt for a daily create was #tdc2376: Make a hearing map and share it with #clmooc. Take a walk around your workplace, or neighborhood today and record all the sounds you hear. On Thursday, the neighborhood I am in was extremely quiet most likely because we have had extreme heat for the last week. Everyone is trying to stay inside and avoid a heatstroke. I recorded the fan in the house that was making odd noises and I titled it the “Overworked Fan”. It sounds like its falling apart.

My final and fourth daily create of the week was #tdc2377: Show us (and #clmooc) your journey. This summer I have traveled a lot so I decided to make a map of the places I’ve been this Summer 2018. I used the website snazzy maps which and creating my journey was simple. You simply choose a theme for your map and then plot the coordinates or search for the location. Once that’s done you have the option to customize your marker.

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We were expected to complete at least twelve stars of audio assignments. Out of the twelve, only seven and a half met the requirements. The first required assignment I completed was the Sound Effects Story (link to blog post), a four-star assignment. 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 that most people do. Getting ready to drive and face traffic! This sound clip is seventy-nine seconds (just under the required limit).

 

 

The last required assignment was Story Time Fun (link to blog post), 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 I couldn’t do much creatively. I’ve since realized that my original answer to the question of the week was perfect. For my original alternative history, I wrote about eliminating racism and discrimination. What if these things had never existed? The process of creating an audio story was difficult at first and frustrating. I decided to give myself a break and when I did the inspiration struck. I found an audio clip on the free sound website that spoke about elements of the past and life that had fit into my idea for the assignment. I also used clips from international music found on Free Music Archive as well as audio of a person walking. I wanted this piece to feel like you were taking a journey into the past and realizing that you have to embrace who you are. Advice from a fellow peer helped me tremendously when it came to editing my audio file. This is the most difficult assignment I have encountered so far. Overall, I am satisfied with the result of my story. The track is two minutes and seven seconds long.

 

The assignment, A collection of your favorite sounds (link to blog post), is worth two stars. In order to complete this assignment, I had to choose from four to five of my favorite sounds (Rain, Thunder, Waves,& Wind Chimes) and compile them into an audio file. I used the site mergeaudio. online where I uploaded and organized the sound files I had downloaded from freesound.org.

 

For my next design assignment, I completed the assignment Disney lyric Mashup (four stars). The instructions were to create a story using various Disney songs. I used three songs from three Disney movies. I found the music on Youtube and uploaded them to an mp3 online conversion site. Once I was finished I combined the clips on audio joiner. I know that the story we told with clips from Disney did not have to make sense but in the end, I think the lyrics mesh together pretty well. The blog posted dedicated to this assignment is titled Poor Unfortunate Souls Mother Knows Best (link to blog post).

Disney Songs:

  1. Hunchback of Notre Dame: Hellfire 
  2. The Little Mermaid: Poor Unfortunate Souls 
  3. Tangled: Mother Knows Best 
  4. The Little Mermaid: Poor Unfortunate Souls

 


This last assignment brings me to thirteen and a half stars for this week’s audio assignments. My comments on websites of peers have been emailed.

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