Well I’m excited to be back in the DS106 world. I’m hoping to come at this with a fresh set of ideas. I took the DS106 Zone this past summer and had so much fun I’m doing it all over again! Well less the grade, but I’m not going to miss that stress. Well I’m off to brief more cases! Here’s to another wild ride folks! Hope you enjoy it.
Final thoughts- Well I procrastinated again. This class has actually started to help me break the habit. It’s not broken yet but I’m getting there. I really enjoyed this course, even though it was a very hectic 5 weeks. I think I’ll stick around the DS106 Community for a while. I’m debating coming back as an open online participant, if Jim Groom will have me. I’ve gotten great many inspiration from other DS106’rs including ScottLo and Talky Tina. I think I’d rather have it spread out more, but I don’t have time to take this during the year. There is definitely no way I’ll have time next spring to enroll as a UMW Student, and have a chance at passing. I don’t want to say too much here as my reflection says a lot about how I feel on this course. Without further adieu, here’s my work for week 5.
Snippits for my 16 Year-old self, change up: 7 Stars Video (3 remix)
Audacity Tutorial: 3 Stars Video
FlickrSound Game: 2 Stars Mashup
Relaxing Royskopp: 2 Stars Mashup
Here is my very basic tutorial on how to use Ulead Gif Animator. It makes producing a Gif so easy you’ll wonder why you watched the tutorial.
I’m not going to explain here! That’s what the audio is for silly.
My Letter to my 16-year old self video. I figured redding a letter would be pretty boring, so I did basic highlights. I decided making this a remix would make it worth watching. All but two scenes are different. I did more than just change clothes too. See if you can find everything. I gave you a fe seconds to take a look before I stood in the way. I got the sound effect from ZeldaSounds. The sound is from the gameboy game, The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages/Seasons. It’s one of my favorites and i think it fits perfectly. Have fun finding them all.
Star Value: 4+3
Ok here is my Software Angel Assignment. I decided to create a basic tutorial on Audacity. As you can see I had a few hiccups but everything went alright for the most part. I used FastStone Capture to complete this assignment. Where to get it and how to use it will be my second tutorial. I hope it helps people. I do warn you it is longer than I hoped. It’s 17 minutes and I barely scratched the surface.
Here’s a two Star mashup assignment which turned out to be an old favorite of mine. It’s a nice track paring to sit back and relax to. Since I used YouTube Doubler for this one all I can do is give you the link. If you like the rain sound, I highly suggest going to the Rainy Mood website. I like playing it in the background while listening to soft music. Also great if you need some simple background noise.
Well I found this hiding in my drafts. To be honest I never double check if it was published because I was in such a hurry. I went to post one of my assignments tonight and found that this was a draft that was never published. I dunno what happened, probably something to do with my scattered brain. Since I didn’t do it when I originally posted, the files are also now on youtube. I don’t know how much credit I’ll get for last week but here’s the original post. As before the original is in black and new in blue.
Wow did I get my butt handed to me. Editing video took me much longer than I expected. That and uploading seemed to be a bit of a pain in rear. WordPress is really giving me trouble. The “auto imbed” feature of Jet pack doesn’t like me. (6/19 this was fixed) Of course with me being up in Ohio, it was rather difficult to get most of this done in a decent manner. Well here it is folks hope you enjoy.
Mortar to the sound of Sabre’s
This assignment was the “Inanimate Motion” Assignment. I decided to have fun with my new mortar and pestle. This reminded me of making a gif, but having the ability to give it audio.
What Makes you laugh?
This one is self explanatory. I love this movie. It has some of the best one-liners.
Simple DSLR tutorial…I mean really simple.
Ok most parents have a learning curve with technology, especially things with lots of buttons and functions. My DSLR is one of them. Yes, they aren’t that complex….but if you’re used to a kodak disposable…well that’s a different story. Though in my mother’s defence she is not the only one who has mashed the mode knob and was confused why it wouldn’t take the picture.
What skills you got?
Ok i decided taking a video of me taking pictures would be boring. So I decided to show off some of my gear and my finished works. I know similar pictures may be on the web, but I assure you, every picture in this video I personally pushed the shutter button.
Well I learned the hard way already that you have to check your work before you publish. I uploaded a mashup that didn’t have what I wanted in it. I’ve got the hang of video editing, it’s just a few more details to pay attention to. Though I will say that editing seems to come easy to me for some reason. I guess I’m lucky there. As far as future assignments go I’ll have to stick to many simple ones as I’m headed up to Ohio this weekend. It’ll be rather difficult for me to shoot copious amounts of video. I’ll get my 15 Stars, just gonna be tight is all.
About Night Call:
Well this one is going to be short because there isn’t much out there on “Night Call.” plays Gladys Cooper, plays Elva Keene and Nora Marlowe plays Margaret Phillips. It is based on an old urban legend about a woman who dies apparently because her dead husband calls from his crypt and tells her it’s her time, according to Snopes.com.
I decided to go with this movie for the same genre of Horror. Phone booth is one of those that isn’t that scary, to me anyway, same as the Night Call. If ghost and terror snipers frighten you, then well, this may be a decent match. I also chose it because it makes a good mash up.
I love this video. I’d be under the genre of Animals doing human things. This one is entirely a playful video. Mishka, the husky, is actually decently well known. Her and her owners have been featured on the today show. This is more of the example of YouTube as the video medium as we know it. It’s a home video uploaded for the entire world to see. There isn’t too much meta to this one. Though I will admit YouTube is becoming more than just a watch home video’s kind a gig. There are tutorials on just about everything and also it where some artists who have been gunned down by producers. Two examples of these are Marquese Scott
and Lindsey Sterling.
They were both very unknown before they posted their stuff on YouTube. I want to say YouTube is nearly like traveling the word you see all kinds of different views and perspectives. You can even get a glimpse of different countries and languages. I’d prefer actually travelling myself, but if you happen to be like most. You at least see videos of it all.
How to read Night Call
All right the best way I see how to do this one is go tough each bullet in my notes and discuss them. I’ll do video first.
- Camera follows subject to show motion.
This one is just how it sounds. Any time the main subject of a scene moved along a path off camera. The best example is the opening when the nurse is walking towards the house. She is “stationary” and the background is” moving”.
- Quarter profile during phone use
Now this is not always a steadfast rule here, but it occurs for the gist of the show. When Elva is on the phone talking to Brian her face is neither full portrait nor is it full profile. It is always somewhere in between, or a quarter profile.
- Her face is never exactly center, especially when on the phone.
- Any time there is a scene change the camera pans do give the viewers a general idea of the setting.
This is only seen a handful of times at the opening, where they introduce Elva and her room, the graveyard, and again at the end in Elva’s room.
Oh this is what I have for the audio take.
- The sound effects are supportive.
Ok what I mean by this is that the characters react to sound effects that are already there. Also the music in the episode really helps bring out the mood. During the video only take it was occasionally hard for me to grasp the emotion set for the scene especially then her face was angled so I could not lip read.
- I also noticed the way the voice acting and sound was done that this could very easily be put on the radio as a radio drama.
I didn’t get much more when I played them both together. The main thing that did bug me, probably due to being a physics major, is that the lightning and thunder occurred simultaneously. Now this is not an impossible situation, but highly improbable. Lighting should always proceed thunder. Unless the was only a few hundred meters from the strike. If it was that low and close it would have to have been a ground strike. Meaning that not far from her home there would be a fire, or in the least a falling tree given the number of strikes simulated. I’m going to let the lack of electromagnetic interference from a nearby strike slide, given the nature of the episode. I have a clip so you know what I’m talking about.