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Weekly Summary

This week in ds106 was spent wrapping up everything with my project. I had 3/4 of it done already so I just had to do my last portion and write my post. It was fun doing the project because it encompassed everything that we learned in ds106. I was doing a story of why I wanted to major in physics and what interests me about it. I wanted to use the different forms of media to show the different portions of my story past, present and future. Starting from when I was young to now and into the future. I think I found the right assignments to do this. I made up my own assignment with the video portion. For the other three I picked Wordcloud, Audio Reflection and Hopes, Fears and Dreams. These fit very well with my project and I thought they worked well. I ended up using a lot of different things that we used in class like Audacity, Soundcloud, Youtube and Flickr. To do editing with my project I used the traditional programs like movie maker and MS word. I think that if I had done this project at the beginning of class it wouldn’t have been nearly as good, so I can safely say that I learned a lot in this class. It’s crazy to think that this class is about to be over as I’ve enjoyed it a lot. Blogging is a great way to put your thoughts into words and express yourself via the internet. I’ve learned a lot about the internet and different types of media. I hope everyone enjoyed this class as much as I did and enjoy your breaks!

Final Project!

 

Story Progress #2

This week I finished about half of my project. I made my video which is the bigger part of the project, it ended up being over ten minutes which is longer than expected. I used Audacity and windows movie maker to do all the editing, which I forgot to put in my credits, but they will be in the final product. I tried to do a documentary style video so I gave a tour of the physics department and did some interviews with some of my classmates. To make it seem legitimate I put in an intro, a title and credits. Here is the video below if anyone wants to check it out:

I also did a word cloud which is a design assignment. In the word cloud I used words that are important in various physics topics. I did a different topic for each object in the picture. The topics were Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Optics, Thermodynamics and various notable physicists. I still have two forms of media to use in my story, one of which I know will be an audio assignment. I am still undecided on what my last form of digital storytelling will be. I am torn between writing and visual so, if anyone has a good idea please let me know. I think everything is coming together very well and if anyone has any feedback let me know!

wordcloud

 

Week 13 Update

I am just doing an update on what I’ve been working on for my final project. Unfortunately, my idea fell through for the movie spoof I wanted to d. I decided to follow through with my other idea, the life of a physics major. I wanted to do this as a documentary style, at least for the video. Earlier this week, I took some interviews of other physics majors to see why they decided to take on the major. I want to do another video of myself in the physics department to show a lot of what we do. I have been doing a research project since may so I wanted to give everyone an overview of what I have been doing. Also, I wanted to do a detailed audio essay of my story with physics.

These are the unedited clips of the interviews I did with Nick, Macy and Alex. I have to do some editing and will have everything put together for my final project. You might be able to get an idea of what I am trying to do from these clips.

Preliminary Brainstorming (Weekly Summary)

This is just a post to go over some of the ideas I have been going over for my final project. I have a good idea of what I want to do and I think I know what types of media I will use also.

The story: I wanted to do a spoof of some of the low budget cheesy horror films you see with a lot of satirical elements. Think Parks and recreation meets The Blair Witch Project. My idea was to have a group of friends (play by my friends and I) go out looking for a ghost in Fredericksburg that is a legend in the area. We will be joined by an expert ghost hunter and go on a hunt for the ghost.

The Breakdown: I wanted to do a video first and foremost. I will film it with my phone which will help give it a low budget feel. I want to do half of the story in video and have the plot transition to where we only use audio. This will help me do a video and audio aspect of the story. I also wanted to make a movie poster for the story which I guess would fall under the design category. I am having trouble thinking of what to do for the fourth media type. I was thinking maybe a “hangover” credit roll where they had pictures of the characters with music in the background. This may work as a visual assignment. Of course, the last part is still up in the air (any ideas!?!).

This is just a post to brainstorm I will get some videos tonight and hopefully make a movie poster to share with everyone for this week as well. Let me know if you have any ideas to help with this assignment!

UPDATE: I’ve been trying to start recording my video and so far I have two clips that I’d like to use. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I will be able to get all of my friends together at once to finish since I have a lot left. If this is the case my back up plan will be to do the life of a physics major. A lot of people are turned off by the idea of studying physics so I think it would be cool to do my project on why it’s actually a great major. I would probably do a video, audio and design assignment. I could interview other majors to get their perspective also. I am not sure what I could do for the last part of the assignment. Hopefully, I will be able to follow through with my first idea since it was a lot of fun! I made a draft of a movie poster for my project. It’s not complete, but it’s a general idea of what I want to do.

 

movieposter

Weekly Summary 11

This week was a lot of fun in ds106. I was excited to do mashups because I’ve always enjoyed mashup music. Doing the assignments was kind of like doing a hybrid of all the other assignment types. We also did a tutorial, which is something I’ve always wondered about. So, without further ado:

Highlight Reels tutorial

For my tutorial, I made one of the highlight reels assignment I made last week. I did this via a blog post where I broke down my process of making the video one by one. I snipped a picture of windows movie make with one of my projects open so I could go over all of the functions that you need to know to make a compilation. The two big aspects that are important are editing and picking the right song. The song is critical to making a good mashup.

This does not belong here (4 stars)

One of the assignments I did was to mashup two movies that don’t make sense together. I chose to make a picture of the batman symbol shining on the moon that E.T. is flying across. It kind of makes sense, but doesn’t make sense at all so I went with it.

Ron Swanson Compilation

I also did the character compilation assignment. My favorite character is Ron Swanson so I made a compilation of him. I love watching these on YouTube so I can get a crash course on all of the different funny moments in a short period of time. It was easy to make I just found about fifteen minutes of clips and cut it down to about five minutes with movie maker.

Arnie in Space (4 star)

The first assignment i did was the I’m ready for my close up assignment. We had to close in on somebodies face and put in a random place then write a story about it. I put a picture of yelling Arnold Schwarzenegger in outer space and wrote a story of him escaping from peoples bad Arnie impressions.

I’m ready for my close up Dr. Seuss remix

We had to remix two assignments this week so I remixed the I’m ready for my close up assignment. I had to “Dr. Seuss” the assignment. Instead of using Arnold Schwarzenegger I used the Cat in the Hat.

Not so minimalist poster remix

For my other remix I went back to an assignment I did a while ago where I had to make a minimalist movie poster. For the remix I had to “change the mood”. I took that as make this not minimalist which is what I did. I added a lot of detail and some pictures of the stars to take away from the minimalist feel.

I did the daily creates for today and yesterday. For the TDC yesterday they had a picture of some random things like seashells and some other things that I didn’t know what they were. The daily create on 11/11 we had to use words to show beauty. A lot of people wrote about what beauty is and some tried to make shapes with the word beauty. I chose the latter and tried to make a shape with the word beauty. It may not be beautiful to some, but it was worth a shot.

Weekly Summary 10

This week was very interesting. It was fun making different videos and doing some editing. It’s something that I’ve never done before so I am a bit of a novice which probably shows in my videos. I used Windows Movie Maker and a program called Movavi to make all of my videos.

How To Video (4.5 stars)

The first video assignment I did was to make a how to video. I wanted to pic something that went along with our class theme since that was one of the requirements for our week 10 assignments. I made a how to video on how install and use Mozilla X-Ray goggles. This is something that we had to do for our week 8 assignments. I thought this was good because it teaches people how to use the internet to tell a story. To make a desktop recording of my video I downloaded the Movavi program, which was free. I edited with Windows Movie Maker.

Aaron Rodgers Highlight Reels (5 Stars)

For my second Video Assignment I made a highlight reel of different Aaron Rodgers clips. I’m a big sports fan so I was excited to do this. I did the sports mash up assignment last week so I already had some idea of what I was doing. I found the videos on YouTube and put them together with Windows Movie Maker. I added Sabotage by The Beastie Boys because it’s an epic song and Aaron Rodgers is an epic player.

Where do your Shoes take you? (4 stars)

For my last assignment I did where do you shoes take you. I thought this went well with our class since it uses technology to tell a story. I videoed myself walking various places throughout the day. It told the story about what I did with my day. It’s a cool concept because it shows what I did from a different perspective. If everyone did we could see that a lot of people spend their time doing the same things.

Aside from my video assignments we had to do three Daily Creates this week. The first one I did was to make a GIF of somebody walking. I bent the rules a little bit and made a video of somebody dancing, I used a clip from Pars and Recreation where Ron Swanson was dancing that I found on YouTube. The second Daily Create I made was to make a pumpkin spice flavored something. I decided to go with pop tarts because I love pop tarts and they don’t make pumpkin flavored ones (yet).¬† I colored in the top of the pop tarts orange to make them look they’re in the season. The last daily create I did was to make a story of traveling between two cities. A website generated a list of cities and we went from there. It was cool because there were no rules to this assignment besides to include those two cities. All in all, it was a fun week and I learned a lot about making videos.

Week 9 Summary

This was a fun week in ds106. It was very interesting to see the ins and outs of making a film. The video essay was where I learned the most so i’ll start there.

Video Essay

Roger Ebert and Tony Zhou discussed all of the different elements that go into creating a film. It was very interesting to see that you can find some if not all of these elements in most films. A lot of these are very important, but you don’t really notice when you are not looking for them. They are a big part of the quality of the film.

Spoiler Alert (3.5 Stars)

Sports Mashup (4.5 stars)

Audio Assignment: Where do want to go?

For this week I opted to do video assignments. I did three assignments to reach my twelve stars. The first assignment I did was to make a video or slideshow of somewhere I wanted to travel. I have always wanted to go to Australia so I found some pictures of Australia and put them into a slideshow with Jack Johnson in the background. The second assignment I did was to make a sports compilation with music in the background. I chose to do a compilation of NBA playoffs clips using Timber by Pitbull and Kesha in the background. I’ve always wanted to make one of these and thought the song would work well so I enjoyed doing this. The last assignment I did was to do a thirty second spoiler for a movie. I chose to do the latest star wars movie because there was a big spoiler at the end and it was spoiled for me before I saw it.

We had to do two daily creates this week. On the 26th the create was to use a website to generate a random story. We then had to use five images to create and tell the story. I did this with micro soft paint. On the 27th we had to create an image of what thought (or didn’t think) active learning is. I found some pictures on google and made an image of a guy surfing with some books.

Weekly Summary 8

Overall this week was a lot of fun. It was cool that we got to reflect on everything we’ve done so far since its about half way through the semester. I really enjoyed doing the Best of ds106 showcase assignment. It gave me a chance to go through all of the old assignments and see what everyone did. I ended picking Ben Sorensen’s minimalist movie poster, Emily Dzubaks Polaroid party and History 2.0. These are the assignments that really stood out to me.

Best of ds106 showcase

Web Storytelling was a lot of fun also. `I’ve always wondered how people make fake websites like that. It was actually very easy to do and I had a lot of fun making my craigslist ad for the lochness monster.

Lochness monster for sale (web storytelling)

I also did two web assignments to get to my 8 star goal. The first one was also something that I’ve always wanted to do which was making a buzzfeed quiz. I made one to see what Parks and Rec character you are. I also did a web assignment where I had to write a story about a product in the comment section. This is a popular thing that a lot of people do on amazon. I found a picture of a sloth t shirt I though would be good.

Three Moon Wolf Stories (3.5 star)

Which Parks and Rec character are you? (4.5 star)

We had to do something interesting with our daily creates this week. I made a story with my daily creates. Luckily, my first two creates had to do with writing so it was easy to make a connection. My last one was to make a poster for my dream team. I picked snoop dogg and a bunch of random internet memes. I made a story about me becoming a rapper.

TDC story

We also had to listen to the radio show broadcasts and tweet what we thought in real time. Unfortunately, I had to work both of those nights so I missed it. I went back and listened to the shows on sound cloud and sent out some tweets.

Radio Listen

All in all, it was a fun week and I really enjoyed the radio shows.

 

Weekly Summary 7

This week the main focus was getting our radio show done. We started by getting the general structure for our show together in a google doc. We made a talk show where the subject was the internet gene. It was set in the future where a new type of nanotechnology where the internet can be embedded in our bodies. For our talk show we discussed the ethics of the gene. Melissa was the moderator, Robert provided talking points, Katie argued that the gene was a good thing and I argued against it. We decided to go with a speech format so it would be easier to make when we were not all together. Basically, Melissa asked questions and each of us would do a roughly five minute speech in reply. We all sent in our audio and Katie did a great job of doing the editing. For our commercials and bumpers, a lot of us made some for audio assignments last week so we had some ready. After hearing the final product I was very happy with it. I thought it sounded like a real professional radio show. We used audacity to record all of our audio. Everyone sent in the re audio as mp3 files so Katie could edit. Using a google doc was a good call as it helped us communicate our ideas and put everything in one place where we could edit. All in all, it was a really fun project and I learned a lot. At first I was nervous about being on a public show, but now I can’t ¬†wait to hear it on ds106 radio.

Aside from our radio show I did two daily creates today.

TDC 10/13

TDC 10/14

On the 13th, I had to take a picture that captured the fall season. When I was driving by campus I snapped a quick picture of the UMW entrance. I really like the photo and was glad it was such a nice day. Today, I had to describe a picture using only words. The catch was, we had to do it on twitter so we were limited to 140 characters. I described a picture of an old German brewery advertisement I have in my living room. This was a really fun week and i’m glad that we finally finished our radio show.

Weekly Summary 6

The main focus of this week was brainstorming ideas for our radio show and getting the basic structure of it together. I really liked a lot of the ideas we had and am excited to start recording and getting our final product together. This week we cam up with our idea assigned roles and thought of some good talking points for our show. I summarized everything in a post:

radio show progress

Everything is going well and we used some of our assignments from the assignment bank to make bumpers and commercials. Below is one I made for our show:

Internet gene commercial 4 star

Since our show will be a talk show I made a commercial that incorporates one of the elements that will be part of our show. It’s a spoof of a stereo typical law firm commercial one might hear on the radio. We might end up having more commercials than we need for the project which is good thing so we have all the bases covered. Aside from that I did two other audio assignments that I thought were a lot of fun.

Rhythms with things 3 star

Whistle song 2 stars

The first one was to make a rhythm with things I had laying around the house. I used a pot, my counter top and a spoon. This is something I did when I was a little kid so this assignments gave me a sense of nostalgia. The second one, I had to whistle the beat to a song that gets stuck in my head. Nobody has commented and figured out what song it is so, I might be a bad whistler. I thought it was a fun assignment that anyone could do.

TDC 10/4

TDC 10/6

TDC 10/6

I also did three daily creates this week. My favorite one was making a gif about coffee. I am a big coffee drinker so I liked this one the most and had fun using giphy.com to make a gif, which I’ve never done before. I used a video of Nick Young celebrating too early when shooting a basket to show what life is like without coffee. On the 7th I had to take a panoramic photo with me in the picture multiple times which is something I have done before so this was easy. With the help of one of my friends I appeared in the picture twice. Yesterday I had to make a concrete poem about silence. Poetry has never been my strong suit, but I gave it a try and it turned out okay. Although my diamond shape is debatable.

I also made a poster for our radio show. Since we are doing the internet gene I used a picture of a DNA strand with our title, ads106 reference and a question that is the focal point of our show without giving away what the show is about.

radio show poster

All in all, I think we are making good progress with the show and am excited to see where it goes.