Carson Gordon saying hello from Siesta Key!!!!!

The Assignment I did was a 3 1/4  star assignment Destination Post Card this is where you had to create a destination postcard using any design software of your choice. I started by choosing an image of a beach from google images you then had to put some words over the image just like a postcard. I personally used the program GIMP for my assignment to create the illusion that my character Carson Gordon was on the sandy beaches of Siesta Key, Florida.  At first I had an issue trying to super impose my character onto the background due to not saving my character from Hero Machine with a transparent background, but with some help from others I was directed to save my character with a transparent background to better use my character in any background setting I wanted.

I went ahead and removed all of Carson Gordon’s extra clothing in hero machine making him a little more cool when at the beach.  I’m starting to get the hang of both the GIMP program and Hero Machine at least I think I am.  Here is my created postcard below.

URGENT URGENT HELP US FIND THIS MISSING HAT!!!!!!!!!!

 

If you know the whereabouts of Professor Burtis’s hat please contact myself or the HCC department.  Time is of the essence.  If you took it or know who took it no charges will be filed.  All I ask is that you please reunite her with her hat ASAP.  Proudly brought to by Canva.

 

I used Canva this time instead of GIMP to create my Lost and Found Poster.  I skitched a picture from one of the youtube videos from week five.  I used a preset template for how to get a better six pack and imposed Professor Burtis picture onto the image.  I added some text boxes and whaaalaa you see my lost and found photo for Professor Burtis hat.

World War Z: Alternate Book Cover

Here is my Alternate Cover for the book World War Z.  So I choose to do my alternate book cover in a stair step fashion with my text, something different than I had seen with most of the book covers or movies I looked up for this book.  The title World War Z is either placed from top to bottom and centered in the middle of the book or the words “World War” would overlap the Z.  So I decided to change my book cover up a bit.  You can’t really see it but it looks the person in the lower right has a red marker of sorts and I placed the “Red Z” in a manner in which it looks like he drew it. With this view you can barely see the object or red marker in his hand as I seen it while working in the program GIMP.  I tried keeping with the apocalyptic feel,  post the zombie attacks, when the zombies were eradicated.  My book cover shows a huge crater in the center this is where the zombies were lured in and a huge firey projectile was dropped on their heads.

 

Below are the two different original book covers for the book World War Z.

I aquired the picture for my alternate book cover through google images.  I had imported the picture into the Application GIMP which I had downloaded from the design resource page from week 6 resources.  Once I was able to import the picture I had to learn my way around how to manipulate the multiple layers.  The layers in this picture were the picture itself and the 2 text boxes.  Once I learned how to manipulate them and change the text settings I was able to place the text where I wanted it.  I chose this program over Adobe due to it being free, but from what I’ve heard both are relatively the same in functionality.  I have just scratched the surface of this program but I look forward to using it in upcoming assignments.

Carson Gordon in the Flesh!!!!

I had fun creating the bad ass Carson Gordon on the website Hero Machine.  Carson Gordon Is a prior veteran from the United States Army who has a background in medical.  He is an expert in teaching and practicing life saving techniques and is an expert in shooting shit.  He looks forward to taking on the zombies head on and laughs in the face of danger.  He always has his companion “Mufasa” with him to help protect him.  He loves the great outdoors and looks forward to protect the others.

 

 

I went to the website Hero Machine and loaded the Male template.  From that point I went to every drop down box and added characteristics to my character.  After adding what I wanted to my character, I messed with his attributes (hair, beard, eye color and skin color).  After this was completed I played around with the colors of all the items, this took some time as there is three different settings or layers you can choose from to manipulate the colors.  I feel that this process was slow at first but as I played around with settings the process went a lot faster.

Week 5 I’m Still Alive!!!

Week Five Summary.

This week we used sound in our assignments, I had fun with this weeks assignments due to all the things you can do to manipulate sounds.  I got a late jump this week in my works due to having to learn some of the techniques needed to be successful in the things I produced.  I found the resource page to be pretty useful and I loved all the options we had to use free open source sounds.  The application I have gravitated to so far has been audacity, after I few hours and a couple clips later I feel I have a slight grasp of how to use it.  The website I enjoyed using as well was Freesound as it seemed to have every sound I wanted for my products.  This week was fun because it was something new that I hadn’t messed with before, with exception of cassette tapes and my old stereo system and recording live radio segments.

Assignment: Frequency 2156

So when I did my contribution to the Frequency 2156 site, I had to record my clip multiple times, on Audacity until I could finally get a clip I was happy with.  I then downloaded a couple of background noise clips fo blend in with my audio file.  I used the website Freesound to get all of my background sounds I felt like they had a good selection to choose from.  Overall I enjoyed being creative with my audio file being able to contribute to the overall story being told.  The sound clip I create is located below.

Assignment: Choose Your Own Audio

So this week I dove in on the audio assignment bank.  I decided to do two assignments to make up my five stars needed for the assignment portions.  I ended up with 7 stars instead.  I used the programs and some of the websites that were given to us in this weeks resources to come up with the audio files that I ended up using.  As this is the first time really dealing with these types of files I was behind the power curve a bit.  But after a few tutorials and a couple Youtube videos I was able to complete the assignment Auditory Hell (2 stars)

and Humming Away   (5 stars).  I played around with the Audacity app to make these files and then I uploaded them into Soundcloud.  It took awhile but here is what I created below.

 

Assignment: Character Choice and Introduction

So I chose a hard ass for my archetype character.  He is a prior veteran with a score to settle with the zombies.  He has many skills that hopefully will come in handy within the survival group.  I used the website Canva  to create my character Carson Gordon’s Resume.

     After reading  Elaina’s  blog  I laughed pretty hard.  She states that her character is considered to be the Ron Weasley of the group.  The person who brings jokes and releases tension when shit is going down, but overall is just a sidekick. She also stated that her character she decided to create Winston Henerly is an aspiring actress from NYC who is living in L.A. I love how she painted the picture of her being an Emma Stone wannabe.

I really liked the character Alex Whitmore by Taylor Ostrom her character,  is one that would be a natural leader that we will need in order to survive. The survivors will definitely need a plan to survive long-term and it seems like Alex is up for it with her Badass ways.  With characters like Alex we shouldn’t have an issue with survival.

                                DS 106 Radio

I listened to two ds106Radio segments War of the Worlds and The Peoria Plague at  ds106radio.  The War of the Worlds kept my attention the whole time and I loved how they switched to different people/segments throughout the broadcast, their use of sounds and voices painted a picture I couldn’t actually see but I felt like I was right there.  The Peoria Plague for me was a little bit harder for me to follow possibly due to my internet going in and out or that the copy as Professor Burtis stated wasn’t as good of quality as the War of the Worlds.  The main thing I learned from The Peoria Plague is do not, I mean do not drink the “CAT WATER”.

Question of the week

How are you feeling? Be specific.

How am I feeling mhmmm. About the class or in general.  Well if we are talking about how I feel about the class I am enjoying it so far.  We have had a different genre each week, making us expand our horizons on what we are able to do.  Even though some things are easier than others, this class is giving me more tools to put into my toolbox.  If we are talking about in general.  I think I am starting to get the crud I feel that Professor Burtis passed it to me through my computer.  So specifics, I feel the mucous building up in my nose and slowly dripping down to my throat, I feel it building up in my throat needing to be released by a good cough or by spitting out a  loogie.  My eyes and throat are starting to get irritated and I’m feeling a tad bit warmer than usual, so once again I think it was transmitted through my computer.  Other than that I feel just peachie, not trying to let the crud get me down so that way I can fight these zombies head on.

My Radio Transmission From Cape Town, Africa!!!! Frequency 2156

 

As a digital story I feel this website Frequency 2156  nailed the digital story aspect.  The multiple different audio files from numerous amounts of individuals help to paint a picture of what is going on within the individuals and what is going on around them.  Each audio file from different parts of the world show a different story going on, each file is not the same and I think this is what makes this type of storytelling different than others I have listened to or seen before.  I feel the crowd sourcing audio helps bring a different aspect to this genre.  People are able to be creative and have fun with this, because they are not following any structure in their audio works.  The only thing I would do different with this story is to make the uploads of audio not take so long, other than that I wouldn’t change a thing.  The visuals are amazing, the multi layers of the website keep the viewer’s attention, and the aspect of crowd-sourcing for the audio is an awesome idea to make it more realistic.

I tried to upload my voice recording to the Frequency 2156 website but was unsuccessful in doing so.  After bring it to Professor Burtis attention she stated to go ahead and record a voice transmission.  So I used audacity to merge my sounds together that I had gotten from the Free Sound Website .  I used two different sounds in the making of my clip, bunker sounds with a constant drip in the background and bombs hitting the bunker in the distance.  I think I am somewhat getting the hang of audacity and I quite enjoyed making my transmission from Cape Town Africa, in which my transmission was meant to reach others who were survivors like me.  As you can tell from my transmission my survival may depend on if I can find other survivors or not.

Taking forever to load!!!!

So when I did my contribution to the Frequency 2156 site, I had to record my clip multiple times.  The first few times I didn’t like the way I came across, but once I got my clip where I wanted it I played around with the settings to give it the apocalyptic feel.  Out of all things to use to record my voice for the clip, I ended up using my XBOX headphones to give my voice a little bit better quality of audio.  I did use a script of sorts that I created in Microsoft Word so that way I knew what I was going to say, so I didn’t fumble and bumble my audio clip.  Overall I enjoyed being creative with my audio file being able to contribute to the overall story being told.

My Xbox Headset worked wonders!!!!

All the Noises I deem Unnecessary!!!!

Auditory Hell

I chose this two star assignment from the audio assignment bank.  I instantly chose this assignment because off the top of my head I could think of a few really annoying sounds.

I first went https://freesound.org/ and searched for the most annoying sounds

1.  I could find the first sound I found was a woman yelling really loud, no one likes to hear yelling and I thought it would get the annoying point across.

  1. The second sound I used was nails on a chalk board, every time I listen to it, it makes the hairs on my neck raise.

  2. My grandparents had an old grandfather clock, that had a bird chirp at the top of every hour.  This is quite annoying if you are trying to take a nap or are trying to sleep through the night so I used the alarm clock bird chirping sound.

  3. Guess what the fourth sound is, a baby because the damn grandfather clock woke the baby up.

5.  I used a sound from an old computer game,  I feel like it is the sound that is made when you keep on losing your life, like you fell off the cliff because the cliff pixels were so crappy and you fell.  And now the computer game is making fun of you.

6.  Is another annoying computer background sound I figured tied in well with the others.

After finding all sounds I wanted to use I then went to Audacity Tutorials and used this to help me figure my way through the Audacity App.  Once I had all 6 sounds downloaded I was able to drag and drop the files into the App and was able to manipulate these files to intertwine with each other to make the product I have posted above.  I then uploaded the file into soundcloud and was able to take the file url and post it into my blog.

 

Carson Gordon: Character Resume

When trying to figure out my character I wanted someone who was tough  in the face of danger, and had a skill set that matched this toughness.  It took me awhile to try to figure out my characters skill set as I didn’t want my character to be unhelpful in the fight against the Zombies.  Prior to looking at the Spreadsheet of Archetypes I start creating my characters traits and then looked for the character from the spreadsheet that was closest to these traits. Carson Gordon’s character is close to that of the Veteran in that he his well versed in his experiences, successful, mild tempered when not dealing with zombies.

I decided to create Carson Gordon an all around bad-ass, not really but he has seen things you couldn’t even imagine.  Being a Veteran of the US Army he was deployed multiple times and has seen things that will keep a person up at night.  In regards to the zombies, he laughs (hahahahaha) in the face of these sole suckers.  He is not only proficient in weaponry but can save a life or two in the heat of the moment.   He is a danger seeker which may put himself or others in immediate danger unsuspectingly, this may be a trait that leads to his demise.  After his stint in the military he became a freelance contractor, building multiple structures with his small crew.

After reading Elaina Finklestein website about her character I decided to use Canva as well to create this resume, I couldn’t figure out how to save the picture without them trying to make me pay for it so I screenshot it with Skitch, shout out to Professor Burtis for turning me on to this application.

Here is Carson Gordon’s Resume below:

 

 

Radio is not Dead….It is very much still Alive!!!!!!

I would say that I listen to audio almost everyday whether it be the radio, Pandora while I work out, or talk shows on the radio.  But to that extend I have very limited knowledge of what takes places behind the scences behind the microphones.  I tend to listen to more of the early morning talk shows on my way to school one because thats really the only thing on or I get tired of hearing the same playlist played at the same times each day.

When watching the two videos by Jad Abumrad I think the thing he said about the hosts being shamans to their listeners is one of the reasons that radio transmissions have been able to last as long as they have.  The radio hosts build a circle of connections and the host is the shaman in the middle of the circle, inducing a dream state or alternate reality.  These people known as radio hosts paint a picture or connect to individuals in ways in which keeps people coming back for more.

Shaman of the Radio Waves                            painting many pictures!!

Jad Abumrad also states that radio should of died about 50 or more times already.  Radio hasn’t died it has just transformed into a different form than what it used to be.  With all  the technology, all the apps we still get a portion of the radio just in a different format.  Like I stated earlier I listen to talk radio shows in the mornings on my way to work not because I enjoy that specific station, but I like the stories that are told whether it be funny or serious.  I haven’t listened to it in years and I’m not sure if you can listen to it in this area but “Bob and Tom”  on the Bob and Tom Show are what comes to mind when Jad talks about Shamans who paint a picture for you to interpret.

When listening to the Audiolab “Detective Stories”, I gained a little better understanding of what the wavelengths meant and how it was used.  You can tell that they are going to break or taking pauses and can see when they are getting louder in their presentations.  I know we downloaded audiolab the first week but was really unsure what it was or how it worked.  The Detective Labs clip paints a good picture of substance of place and what is going on and taking breaks inbetween for station ID.  I know this is just a blurb but I look forward to diving into this website.

When looking over Audicity I was glad that they broke down the tips and techniques into a tutorial.  Being that I don’t produce radio stations on the reg, or record myself ever I was glad they put this on their for someone who has no experience in this genre. Hopefully with these handful of tips I will now be able to add more cowbell into my presentations.

I made sure to take a look at some of the free audio resources and played around with a couple of the sound clips.  I’m looking forward to using some of these clips into my assignments.  Which Ones??? There are so many to choose from I can see myself playing around with these for quite sometime.  When it comes to the radio station/radio shows I look forward to trying to point out the different tools they used at different sections.