The Making of my final project/ or lack there of!!!

At this point I am still trying to figure out the story I want to tell.  I plan on using  three of the elements that we learned about this semester. The three elements I plan to use are:  1) Writing, 2)Photography and 3)Video.  I would be a lot further on my planning for this project but I have had to compete with two other classes to finish a couple of papers that are due this week as well.  So as of today I don’t have much to share, but I wanted to touch base and give everyone insight of my planning process or the lack there of.  I hope in the next couple of days to give a better more methodical plan to share.  

Oh Thank Heaven We Made it through Week 11!!!!!!!!

Week 11 In a Nutshell

So this week I feel like I was more prepared and less rushed to complete all the video assignments.  I hope it shows in my work.  At first I was kind of dreading doing video work, because I knew it would take a lot of time to edit our assignments compared to all the previous genres we have done over the past 10 weeks. This being the second week of our video assignments I feel that I am finally able to have some ease with these assignments because I am finally adjusted to the programs we have to use to complete these assignments.  This week has still a little more time-consuming, but I feel that I was able to put more sweat and hard work into these assignments.  The week prior I drove to Indiana a 9 hr trip there and 9 hr trip back in one weekend, so my work was rushed and the quality wasn’t the greatest.  I will say no more 9 hr drives.  This week I enjoyed creating a couple Daily Creates, Watched the Movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”  and answered a few of Vanessa’s many questions.  Here is my work below:

3 Daily Creates:

I was continuing the GIF story here when I noticed that Wonder woman was acting outside her norm by spinning excessively.

These were just a few of the many songs I would listen to while escaping the apocalypse.  Mostly 2000’s music mostly rock, I feel like this music from this time would get my super hyped to take out some zombies.

For all those people that want to tell someone off.  Thanks Winston Churchill for the inspiration.  I felt the little kid got the point across in this tweet.

 

Watch a Movie Make a movie-

I chose the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” as my second movie that I watched.  As I have never seen this movie before I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.  This movie was created back in 1951 but some of the techniques they used to film this, were ahead of their time.

After watching this movie I see that nothing has changed.  Shoot first, ask questions later.  The townspeople had shot the alien from a distant planet before he could get out what he wanted to say, typical Americans.  Just like in the movie the world super powers are making atomic bombs threatening to use them against each other.  These same topics are still relevant today, nations at odds with each other.  It took someone such as this alien to make the world see that their hatred for one another would only lead to disaster.  Overall a good movie.

I did the “Supercut It” assignment to go with the movie,  I ended up using the word “ship or spaceship” because I felt it was the most used word within the whole movie.  I felt that we could not forget the real question.  Why was the spaceship here?  Here is my clip below:

I chose To do Path 1 

Assignment: 10 Apocalyptic Questions

I chose the 5 questions I felt I could best answer out of the ten that Vanessa provided.  I used the program OpenShot to splice and dice and input my videos in where they needed to be.  I think I was making this a little harder than it should have been at the beginning.  I was not only writing down a small script to keep my thoughts together but I was also writing down the stop and start times of each question and the times throughout the video that I wanted to eventually cut.  This process took a little longer than I had expected but once I got the ball rolling it was on downhill from there. Here is my Q & A session with Vanessa I hope you enjoy:

My Six Stars I chose to complete

I would Walk 500 Miles-  I did the 3 star assignment Where do your shoes take you in a day?  In this assignment you had to tell a story using a video of only your shoes!  Well I guess i misread the instructions because I definitely didn’t have socks on for part of the video, other parts of the clip I was wearing my socks.  But regardless I showed a video of where my feet took me that day.  Initially I was at home here in Fredericksburg.  I then traveled to Fort Lee hence the video of my feet driving.  I then arrived at a baby shower hence me actually wearing dressy clothes.  Lastly after a long day which felt like 500 miles of walking I relaxed at my sisters at Fort Lee.  Here is my video below:

Let Me Tell You About my Apocalyptic Airwave Friends- I did the 4 star assignment “This is My Story.”  I decided to tell my story using notecards.   I told the story of what Mufasa and I are doing these days, and that we sorely miss or friends from the Barn.  It has been two weeks since we presented our story Apocalyptic Airwave a story of survival to others.  After we told our story Mufasa and I moved on from the barn trying to find other survivors.  I made this video to let my friends from the barn know that they are dearly missed.  Here is my video below:

Creating 2 Daily Creates

My First Daily Create

My first daily create, that I shared with the class is I wanted the DS106 class to create or use a pre-existing GIF to describe their experience within the DS 106 class.  I chose this GIF to use as my example, because through out this DS 106 we have had to think outside the box and have had to be creative in our end products that we produce.

My Second Daily Create I Made

What is the animal saying if they could talk??  I’ve wondered what our pets or animals are actually saying to us when they bark or meow.  I decided to make this a daily create because I am curious to see what others think their pet/animal is actually saying.

 

 

Question of the Week

You hear on the radio that the End has started. What do you do first?

First off I hope that XM Radio warns me of this shit!!!  I mean I do pay my monthly subscription fee, at least they can do his help a brotha out.  Well the first thing I do is pack necessities, like Oreos lots and lots of Oreos.  But seriously I would pack up food whether it be can or perishable I would pack it all.  I would have wife and kids on a tight schedule and would pack clothing enough to change into from time to time. And of course blankets it may be cold where we are heading.  After we finally get car packed head to the first gas station try to beat the mad house there luckily I only live 2 miles away from multiple gas stations and get far away from the end as possible.  If I am not able to get out of my area or trying to get out would be to dangerous than we would bunker down in our house than and hopefully be able to survive through the initial chaos.

Did Someone Say Spaceship: Watch a movie make a movie

Assignment: Watch a Movie/Make a Movie

 

I chose the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” as my second movie that I watched.  As I have never seen this movie before I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened.  The copy that I was able to attain was through YouTube.  Due to copyright infringements I think the people that had posted this movie had distorted it a bit as to not infringe upon these copyright laws.  Other than the movie being a little off center and there being what looked like small boxes on the screen the movie was pretty good.  This movie was created back in 1951 but some of the techniques they used to film this, were ahead of their time.

After watching this movie I see that nothing has changed.  Shoot first, ask questions later.  The townspeople had shot the alien from a distant planet before he could get out what he wanted to say, typical Americans.  These aliens from far away had learned English from the radio broadcasts from the United Nations, I’m sure that you can’t do this anymore with strict laws that are out there.  I was ever so glad when the man/alien had escaped.  And that he offered the kid some fine ass diamonds for $2.00, where do I get a hook up like this?  Just like in the movie the world super powers are making atomic bombs threatening to use them against each other.  Like I said this movie was made in 1951, yet these same topics are still relevant today, nations at odds with each other.  It took someone such as this alien to make the world see that their hatred for one another would only lead to disaster.  Overall a good movie.

I did the “Supercut It” assignment to go with the movie,  I ended up using the word “ship or spaceship” because I felt it was the most used word within the whole movie.  I felt that we could not forget the real question.  Why was the spaceship here?   I ended up using the 4k Downloader to intially get the movie and edited through the program Open Shot, as this was my 3rd or 4th video edited, I was able to move through the process quite quickly.  Here is my clip below:

5 Q’s & 5 A’s with the Great Vanessa!!!

Assignment: 10 Apocalyptic Questions

I chose the 5 questions I felt I could best answer out of the ten that Vanessa provided.  I used the program OpenShot to splice and dice and input my videos in where they needed to be.  I think I was making this a little harder than it should have been at the beginning.  I was not only writing down a small script to keep my thoughts together but I was also writing down the stop and start times of each question and the times throughout the video that I wanted to eventually cut.  This process took a little longer than I had expected but once I got the ball rolling it was on downhill from there. Here is my Q & A session with Vanessa I hope you enjoy:

 

Here was a little of the editing I did to come up with my end product:

 

Count to Ten and do it All Over Again!!!!!!

This week was probably one of the hardest weeks yet for me.  I won’t say it’s hard due to the work load, but last Thursday a good family friend had passed away.  Due to this family friend being so close to our family it was only right for me to get in my car and drive the 9 hrs 30 minutes to Indiana for the viewing/funeral this past weekend.  Due to the driving and due to the chaos that took place because of said situation I was unable to get anything done nor find anytime to do this weeks workload in peace in quiet.  Plus it is kind of hard to edit videos and watch clips when your going 70 mph down the Interstate.  So here I am on Monday catching up on all the work after a very long weekend.  I would say that I didn’t get to dive in and be creative as I normally am due to my time constraints over this past weekends events.  I feel that my work is ok but I felt that it was a little rushed to ensure that it was all done.  I look forward to next weeks video assignments so that way I can hopefully dive in a little deeper and make slightly better products than I did this week.  Here are the things I had created below:

 

I decided to do th the daily create Fantasy Plants.   My fantasy plant is a flying Hibiscus flower that flies to the bees and then eats the bees after being pollinated.  It’s a roughly life for a bee I must say.

 https://twitter.com/jetjenk43/status/979067558673440768

What can I say I love to travel to the busy streets of New York.  I love how the buildings all have a story to tell, with the wind blowing off of them.

https://twitter.com/jetjenk43/status/979398622063316992

My Media Assignments

I decided to do the college collage assignment.  I decided to do this assignment as my college experiences haven’t been the same as your typical college student in the past few years.  In my slide show I incorporated my family in most of my pictures because they have been the driving force to get me to the end.  While I have been attending UMW over the past year and half almost two years, I have got out of the Army, had a son, and been able to expand my family here in Virginia.  The pictures in my end product seemed to flip when I uploaded it through YouTube, but I left them this way because it is different and shows character.

I chose to do this media assignment to show the background story of Mufasa and how he came to be the protective wolf that Carson Gordon had rescued.  This clip shows Mufasa’s transformation from a pup to an adult, I really loved the sound clip I found for Mufasa’s photo opp, I hope you do as well.

Reading Movies Blog Post

 

Here is the clip for my video essay for the movie “The night of the walking Dead”, I tried to point out some of the tips that I had read in Ebert’s article about how to read a movie.  I had never seen this movie up until this point and I quite enjoyed it.  I highly recommend it!!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What question would you like to ask the class?
One how was your week, and what programs other than the ones stated in the resources page did you guys use to construct your videos.

My College Photo Collage

So I decided to do this two star assignment to share my journey through college.  Over the past 2 years at UMW we have had our son, served in the Army, have gotten out of the Army and have become civilians.  And now that I am finally out of the Army I can finally devoted more time to my studies than what I was able to do while I was in.  I did this video in the Open Shot program, for some reason after I uploaded my video a few of the pictures had flipped.  Instead of going back and fixing it I went ahead and left them that way giving them a different transitional effect.  If you can’t tell over the past 2 years my family and kids have meant the most to me as you can see in my collage.

Learning to be better at Design!!!!

 

After listening to the talk  by Paula Scher I’ve come to conclusion that you do not need to be a design professional to be successful in design.  I felt like at the beginning she was talking directly to me.  She said that you do not need to know what you are doing to create something wonderful.  Well I sure hope I can create something wonderful with the beginners knowledge I currently have when approaching our design assignments.  When listening to her talk she seemed to focus on working outside the box, this is where your best work will occur.   I loved how she hated a certain font, and she did everything in her power to never use it ever again.   If we step outside our boundaries or our limitations when it comes to design we will end up with better end products.

During David Carson’s I was really amused with all the different pictures of design he had taken over his many years, and his interpretation of them.  He shows that each image has a story to tell and I love how he showed this in the writing of “No Parking” on two different garage doors.  That these doors paint a picture, and each viewer will have a different interpretation.

 

Contrasting the two talks I feel that Scher’s was more serious and detailed more of her accomplishments, Carson’s was more off the cuff and more entertaining showing design he found in the world.  But I think both talks show us that even though we might not be good at design with some work we can all be design artists only if you love and enjoy doing it.  That design is everywhere and it can have a big impact on those who view it.

I’ve enjoyed using Canva and by going through these tutorials I realize I haven’t even scratched the surface in what I can do within this website. I choose to take the (Art of Alignment, Using Canva Grids, Harnessing Hierarchy, Canva Shortcuts Part 1, Designing with Shapes, Starting with Scale and Brilliant Backgrounds tutorials.)   I chose these tutorials to try to help me enhance my future products.  We were instructed to choose at least 7 tutorials that we were unfamiliar with, I will probably try out most of the tutorials due to my inexperience with this website and inexperience with design concepts. Between Canva and GIMP I definitely have a few extra tools in the toolbox to use.