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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So I first want to say I survived another week of the Apocalypse and I hope all my other survivors did as well. I will say this week has been the toughest yet for me. Not because the material or visual assignments were hard, but I had to think and plan a bit more on how to get the perfect shot for certain aspects of the assignments. I also had to manage my time a lot more this week than previous three weeks to try to get these shots. When doing the Photoblitz I didn’t want to do it on UMW campus because I felt I wouldn’t have all the tools at my disposal to complete it in the allotted 20 minute time frame. I was able to complete this with flying colors once I arrived home. This week took a little extra time at least for me due to the creativity factor which I tried to nail this week more than the last few weeks.
My Four Daily Creates for this week
In this daily create we had to let others know how thankful we are for them, the people I am most thankful for are my two little ones.
During this hot pocket daily create I seen that everyone had quite creative hot pocket flavors. After viewing all the different flavors on google I decided to choose what flavor I thought would be the nastiest to taste and hence I chose toenail mhmmmm good!!!
This daily create was about bones, so I thought why not break someones bones rather than their heart. With only having one heart and 206 bones it seems like you would have more fun in the long run with breaking so many bones of others just sayin.
In this daily create we had to find a piece of graffiti that had DS106 on it, I just so happened to walk by a fresh piece of artwork someone had just tagged on a wall, while walking in downtown Fredericksburg.
So this week we had to watch a couple clips/movies La Jetee and I chose The Road. I think the toughest part about this process was finding time to watch these films in between my kids commandeering the T.V. and them watching Power Rangers and Lab Rats on Netflix. I had to wait until they went to bed to get a full grasp on these movies/clips. La Jetee was different for me in that it was a movie of just pictures telling a story something I’m not used to. I figured the main character was going to survive but nope he didn’t which made me mad because I actually thought he would. The Road surprisingly was a good movie about a father and a son, who have to fight off cannibals and others who were trying to stay alive as they were.
I ended up doing three Visual assignments to get my required 6 stars. I choose Places Of Peace, my favorite photo and Before and After The End. I quite the visual assignment2109 Places of Peace I decided to use zombie themed pictures to set up the background of what my new found friends and I like to do to be peaceful when we weren’t doing zombie things.
In the visual assignment “favorite photo” I chose a photo of myself and my family. It was my favorite photo due to it being the first actual family photos we had gotten since my son was born. These pictures were long over due and I just like the story it tells about my two kids. One being the camera hog and the other being mad about her brother taking the last piece of candy.
The last Visual Assignment I chose was the Before and after the Apocalypse I originally made the juxtapose picture in word which took me longer than I wanted it to. After talking to our teacher she pointed me to use the website she provided which actually made this juxtapose assignment go quite quickly. The top picture here is the picture I created in Microsoft word, while bottom is one created through the knightlab.
I made sure to comment on Cypherpunk106’s blog as I was quite impressed with their use of juxtapose on the Monticello building located on UMW campus. They did a really good job of making the picture look eerie and apocalyptic. I also commented on Samara’s post as I was intrigued on how they interpreted the clip La Jetee and the movie The Road. Their interpretation of The Road drove me to watch the movie one that I had never watched before. I’m glad I read their post because this movie was definitely a good watch.
Tips I learned this week to become a better picture taker, are using contrast, using better perspective and use depth in taking photos. I have done these kinda in my pictures but maybe not to the level I would like for my picture to pop. I tried to use some of these tips and tricks in my pictures this week for this week’s photoblitz, but my techniques are still a big work in progress. My photoblitz pictures can be seen at https://www.instagram.com/p/Be86DJqjwXp/?taken-by=joshuajenkins4100
Question of the week
Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts.
I think a single GIF can be considered a story if presented right and in the right context. But I think to better tell a story we should use multiple GIF’s to paint a picture to tell that story. GIF’s are very short fractions of photos or films. So if you know the context of the photo or movie the GIF will make sense to the individual viewing the GIF. Below I told a story of how the end is near and that you should save yourself and the bottom is me taking off trying to save myself.
This concludes my week four, I just hope I can survive week 5!!!!!