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 […]
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.
— ds106_aaliyah (@Ds106A) July 22, 2018
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.
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.
— ds106_aaliyah (@Ds106A) July 16, 2018
My second daily create prompt was #tdc2381: Create a wacky Olympic event. My event would be coconut curling during the Winter Olympic Games.
— ds106_aaliyah (@Ds106A) July 17, 2018
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
I used the photo app on my Chromebook and rotated the picture knowing there was a specific section that I had wanted to use.
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.
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).
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.
This week has opened up my eyes to the world of Digital Storytelling. I couldn’t wait to get started!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 […]