10 Weeks Down

Weekly Agenda

  1. Two Daily Creates
  2. Learn How to Read a Movie
  3. Video Essay
  4. QOTW

Overview

The first week of video work was quite fun! I really enjoyed 10 Cloverfield Lane as the movie was absolutely everything that it lived up to be! I also was able to further my education on iMovie and how to make some sweet videos on my Macbook… (I should have done this sooner, its pretty neat). I am really excited to see what my video group is able to accomplish next week with the build on to this weeks activities! I chose Path Two as I was fortunate enough to work with Rachel and Haley again, as the plot is thickening from the Eagle Report’s Apocalypse is continuing next week!

Daily Creates

D. A. I. L. Y. C. R. E. A. T. E. S.

The first of which was to take a picture of something that is ordinary but that I think is exceptionally beautiful, I think that this is exceptionally beautiful because something so small and insignificant can RUIN MY WHOLE DAY!

The second daily create was to give an Ol’ Western Themed Hello to a fictional person!

Learn How to Read a Movie

 

Learn how to read a movie by Robert Ebert was so insightful and was able to convey some deep rooted techniques and mindsets that are used when making and breaking down a movie into its individual parts that come together to form the actual movie as a whole.

I also was able to tune in an watch a few of those short links on filmmaking and some of the simple techniques that are used by world famous directors in order to not just get the attention of the audience, but put the audience onto the set of the movie and into the scene to make the movie reality.

Video Essay

QOTW: What question would you like to ask the class?

Which theme has been the most enjoyable to cover so far for everyone? Design, Audio, or Video?

My personal favorite so far has been audio, but that is probably because it is completed and I was able to see the work that our group put together and admire everyone else creative ability in their radio shows!

Video Essay

For my video essay I decided to take a scene from the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane, which I watched this week. I chose this movie for two reasons. 1) This movie has an extremely high rating on Rotten Tomatoes and I am a big fan of Rotten Tomato reviews 2) John Goodman is one of my favorite actors-he can play any role.

 

In an attempt to become a movie director over the course of a single week I read the post on “How to Read a Movie,” and watched the Top 20 Cinematic Shots video, and Camera Angles and Techniques video, which were both insightful as to specific techniques that are normally passed over by the audience but they are able to grab and keep the attention of the audience like no other!

 

Below is the link to my video essay! Enjoy!

 

(I also thoroughly apologize if I am not a Hollywood director after only one week of video crítíqúé!)

Planning Post 2

Hello Everybody!

 

I am back with some more planning from Rachel and Haley, unfortunately we were unable to delve into too much detail, but we were able to decide to keep the theme and storyline from last week since we were working together last week on the Eagle Report Radio Show, we will be carrying on the apocalptic event from last week as we go into week 11 next week!

 

I am sure it will be some good stuff! Also, super excited to see some of the other video productions that will be out next week too!

 

HAPPY FRIDAY

Planning Post 1

So I have officially decided to go with Path Two since I really enjoyed working with a group, despite the added effort to get everyone on the same page and working together! I was able to link up with Haley and Rachel again from the Eagle Report Radio Show and we will be bringing on some good material next week! Further details as to what the plans are will be coming up later this week!

 

Have a great Wednesday and KEEP ON KEEPING ON, the apocalypse can be tough!

Week 9 In a Wrap

Weekly Agenda

  1. Three Daily Creates. I repeat 3 TDCs
  2. Radio Show Tune-In/Reflection
  3. Revision Assignment
  4. QOTW
  5. COMMENTS

Week 9 was easy going, felt like a catch up week almost! I had a good time enjoying the lighter workload and taking some real time to sit down and read/reflect/comment on others posts and projects for the past few weeks! I was thrilled to see that everyone has been having such a good time with the assignments and enjoying their own apocalypses as they merged together into radio shows.

Daily Creates

The Daily Creates that I completed this week were actually hilarious. I dont know where people come up with these things, but I like them!

Assignment Remix

This past week I chose to remix one of the audio assignments that I completed form the DS106 assignment bank. The assignment that I remixed was to make a computer generated song, so I had created a song that was made completely on my computer using Logic, instead of adding on to a sample that I pulled from youtube.

Radio Shows

Eagle Report was a smash hit! I was so impressed with the work that Dan, Haley, Rachel, and I were able to put together, everyone played a fun and important role in the assignment and it really made a solid radio show.

 

Aside from the Eagle Report I also tuned into The Talk Sh*t Show! I have to say it was well fleshed out! I loved the background sounds as a topper, it completed the audiofile! But, the content was informative, hilarious, and well done! Round of applause for the creativity and enthusiasm in the radio show! #Altf4

QOTW: What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalpyse? How would you go about obtaining it?

One thing I absolutely could not go without in the apocalypse has to be shoes…. I don’t think I could do an apocalypse barefoot. Its not happening. I would go to some pretty far depths to get my hands on some shoes. I would probably raid shoe stores or scavenge them from bodies. My sensitive feet just couldn’t handle an apocalypse!

Assignment Remix, No Seriously It’s A Remix

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So previously in this course, I created a song using Logic Pro X on my laptop, but I found that song to be too complex considering that I sampled and altered another song, it was not 100% all done with the keyboard provided by the software. So I decided to remix my old song assignment and create a new song this week made ENTIRELY on my laptop.

 

See the audio file below for the hook of the track!

 

 

Eagle Report 2.0

(Below) The Lab (ft. wings and Cannon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently sitting here with Dan, Haley, and Rachel as we record our finals takes for the radio show before it is published. We are all excited to fill you in on the Westward Expansion going on in their apocalypse.

Preview: Louraine Baxter shares with us a brief background on the recent occurrings. Joey Buckets gives his almost meaningless eye witness account. Buckets is followed by Faniel Kan who called in to share his account of what is going on and his recent experimentation.

Weekly Digest

Weekly Agenda

  1. Four Daily Creates
  2. The Stand
  3. Radio Show
  4. QOTW

Overview

Solid past two weeks, the first of which… was spring break which was a nice break from classes, but just the beginning of the Eagle Report Radio Show project. Dan, Rachel, Haley, and I were grinding on our Eagle Report in order to piece together a great show.

Daily Creates

Making a radio show was new to me, but daily creates are not new to me. This week I accomplished a few cool tasks see them below!

 

Radio Show

Why blog about it, when I can put it right here?!

 

We as a group created our Eagle Report edition of the apocalyptic going ons of the past two weeks, see how it turned out!

 

QOTW: If the apocalypse were to happen, and you had to become something… else. Which kind of something would you want to be and why?

 

I think this one is pretty easy, I would definitely chose to become some form of super human, because I would have such a specialized skill that people could not want me to be on there side. I would always be saved by the population, because my skill would be unique and necessary for everyones livelihood. However, I realize that it would be completely cheesy to be superman-like so I would have to downgrade to something more along the lines of a smalltime superhero!

 

Eagle Report

Checking in! We have discussed who will be attending the Eagle Report, when they cover the strange goings on around the world… people moving west, again! Strange things have been going on and we will be bringing an eye witness Joey Buckets, and allowing callers to check in and give their take on the apocalyptic plague. We also expect to get a call from Faniel Kan, a local technology specialist.

 

Weekly Post(Malone)

Weekly Agenda

  1. Design Overview
  2. Three Daily Creates. I repeat 3 TDCs
  3. TED Talks and Canva Reflection
  4. Design Blitz
  5. Alternate Book Cover
  6. Character Generator
  7. QOTW

This week was good, to say the least! I have never tried or even used computer generated software, design templates, photoshop, or any of the newly introduced techniques to create images and design things using a computer. All in all, it was a good experience and I think it proved itself useful.

I liked the flow of assignments that we had this week as we gradually eased our way into really designing things that are well thought out and comprehensive. Starting off the week with a good overview of what it means to design things and gradually learning about design, then recognizing design via the photoblitz, then lastly creating Apocalyptic and Class Related designs to end the week.

Daily Creates

The Daily Creates that I completed this week were fun and funny (all three are below).

 

TED Talks and Canva Relfection

These recourses were interesting to watch! First off, because I love TED talks, I think that they change the world by giving amazing people an opportunity to share their testimonies to the world. Furthermore, it was amazing to see how these two people have such deep roots in design and in doing so, they have become influential by creating models and graphics to explode “design” as an industry into the mainstream world with various marketing techniques and architecture.

The Paula Scher video was kind of dry and long considering that it was 20 minutes, but she was able to show how intricate design can be and how hard pressed the business can be with “serious play.” However, David Carson on the other hand was slightly less dry to watch, but he was able to show the audience more specific examples of his personal techniques from his own work-which was empowering.

However, the most effective form of design education was the best! I really enjoyed doing the Canva tutorials! It was much more hands-on learning than the TED talks and I found the tutorials attractive and easy to use which made it way more fun and enjoyable, while also being able to incorporate my own creativity into the tutorials.

I think that the Canva tutorials contradicted the TED talks. The two TED talks made it seem as if Design was a club to be a part of, not an activity or hobby that anyone can participate in. I personally think that design is a form of art and should be able to convey anyone’s message, it should not be used for business reasons only-it taints the art aspect of design.

 

Design Assignments

I wanted to include a few of my completed designs into this weeks weekly post. Featured below are my Alternate Book Cover and Joey Buckets.

QOTW: What’s been the most succcesful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

Hmmm this is a toughy! I have been a part of some great groups/teams that really impressed me, but it was not because of anything in particular, it was just because “the sum is greater than its parts.” I think that the best group I have every been a part of was my freshman year at UMW on the baseball team! I have been playing baseball for most of my life, but I have never been on a team that was so talented and full of charisma like the team my freshman year. Each and every player was able to play his role to the best of his ability and in doing so, we ended up going 27-7… which is pretty good.