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A-Z Photo Collage [Remixed]: DS 106-Ersizing:  Make an alphabetically themed collage. Compile images to represent each letter of the alphabet within a chosen subject area or theme. Create a collage. (4 stars).

ReMiX cArD: “DS106-ersizing” Use this assignment to create an advertisment or a recruiting tool for ds106.

For this remix, I used an old Visual Assignment example to create my own remix!!

I used scottclower.org’s original assignment where he made a picture collage of city skylines using the alphabet A-Z. This was very cool, props to Scott!! (It made me want to travel, real bad!)

Here was the collage:

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Now, for the remix part, I was to advertise our class, Digital Storytelling. I decided to use Powerpoint, so I could easily add cool text and manipulate it how I wanted to.

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I added text and changed the color of the text to make it more visible! Here is my remixed assignment of this cool City Skyline, trying to get you to join DS106!!

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I have never used the Remix tool so this was very cool! There were so many options and you could refresh the Remix page to try again if you didn’t like the current remixes. I tried it multiple times to see all the possible combinations.

I think this collage not only will urge you to travel, but it also is a great advertisement! I created the text to advertise DS106, and laid it on top of the original collage. Now that the semester is winding down, I have realized that the world “travel” is the only way to really describe what I have done. People ask me all the time, “What do you do in that class?” I have thought a lot about what to exactly say, and it has taken me some time. But now, I know I have traveled through the technology world, using aspects of storytelling that I discovered only as a young girl. Connection is so widely used in this class and it’s so interesting to me how it links you to different people and places around the world. This remix and the pic collage were both perfect for me to use for this assignment.

—SALTY SKINN 

She’s the Twelfth Night

Movie Mash-up:   Take a movie that you really like. Now think of a movie that has been compared to it, and make a new movie poster that incorporates the two! (4.5 stars).

For this assignment, I had to use two movies that are similar in themes, or really, just been compared before, and make a new poster that shows this!

I have watched She’s the Man, which is a great movie about Amanda Bynes’ character Viola, pretending to be her brother in order to play soccer because her team got cut. Here is the poster for this movie:

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The next movie that has been compared to She’s the Man, is Shakespeare’s play, The Twelfth Night. This play, which is much older than the first mentioned, weirdly enough, shares a lot of the same character names including Viola, Olivia, and Orsino. Another big give away is that the main character in the play, Viola, disguises herself as her brother who she thinks has died at sea.

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The similarities are crazy, and here is a YouTube video I found comparing and contrasting them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvgEzTZRdcM

Anyways, I made a cool poster combining the two above. I found both images on Google, and cropped the title from She’s the Man and pasted it on the Twelfth Night poster using Preview on Mac. It was very simple to just cut and paste.

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I covered up the original title to replace She’s the Man with. I wanted to have both movie/play highlighted in the new poster because I thought this would bring in the crazy similarities from both to show them together. Its also cool to note the difference in times of them. She’s the Man came out in 2006, while The Twelfth Night was first performed in 1602.

Here is my final poster of the mixed, oddly similar movies. I really think the similarities are crazy.

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—SALTY SKINN

Serena Changing

A Changing Character: For this assignment you need to pick any chacter and follow thier progression that they have had (TV characters from a long standing TV show will probably be best). Use video clips to show how the character has changed and grown up over time. Try to make their progression seem as dramatic as you possibly can. (4.5 stars).

"The Wrong Goodbye" -- Blake Lively as Serena Van Der Woodsen and Ethan Peck on Gossip Girl on The CW. Photo: Colleen E. Hayes/ THE CW 2011 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

For this assignment, we needed to create a mash-up video of a character. I chose the show, Gossip Girl, which is my absolute favorite show. I chose my favorite character as well, Serena Van der Woodsen, (played by Blake Lively) to show this character progression over the show’s period.

I used iMovie, which is so great! I found many show clips on YouTube and used Fltvo.com to easily convert my video and add it to iMovie. I inserted a title page which is on the left hand side under “Content Library”. I also used Transitions which is located here as well.

Here are my clips I found on YouTube:

Blair and Serena Taking Pictures, Blair and Serena Fighting, Dan and Serena WeddingPilot,  Blair and Serena Fight,  Dan and Serena, Last Chance.

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This was simple to create, and I really enjoyed going back and seeing different clips of her character, who really does change throughout the show. Her fashion sense, her personality, and her love life changes many times and it’s so cool to see. I loved her character and always thought it would be cool to make something like this mash-up to view how she changes.

This mash-up assignment showed me how this could be an awesome progression of anyone, not just a TV show or movie character. These mash-ups are great evidence of anyone’s progression that can be documented for special events like graduation, birthdays, and holidays. This really is a great memory capturing piece of work.

Here is my video of Gossip Girl’s Character: Serena

—SALTY SKINN

Weekly Summary #11 & #12

This week, we extended our knowledge on video to create many more captivating and interesting stories. I enjoyed adding on to this video knowledge, I learned more techniques to make audio enhance the video I am creating, more tools within my applications and edits, and just a new view on stories themselves. I have said previously that even though I liked to see how audio and pictures made great stories, but video is my favorite! It combines these two and makes something that we can hold on to, and we follow each piece differently until the very end. I hope I made great and interesting video content through my assignments this week!

Video Assignments:

Required Assignment, Gossip Miranda’s: Talking and gossiping to myself was interesting to see, but I believe I made a juicy gossip video! I found a new way to change my video appearance by making it black & white, which adds to the “OMG, no she didn’t,” feel to my video. (5 stars).

  1. Hotline Beethoven: I enjoyed creating this video as I needed to mix a modern music video with a more traditional and classic song. The result is a must see! (4.5 stars).
  2. Sorry Dancing Puppy: For this assignment, I found a video clip of an animal dancing. Then I added matched-up audio to enhance the video for the viewer. (4 stars).
  3. Mia’s Fast Makeover:  Using a small clip from one of my favorite movies, I utilized the many editing tools within iMovie and sped up the video and audio. The video reveals a fast-paced yet funny version of Mia from The Princess Diaries! (3.5 stars).
  4. What are THESE words?: This assignment required to think very randomly to create a make-believe story through video. (4 stars).
  5. Signing Words: This assignment, I signed a word in a video. This was such a cool story to portray, with no words or conversation at all in my video. (4.5 stars).

While these were all fun to create, I utilized more skills these past 2 weeks through all of the assignments. First, with the required “Talking to Yourself” assignment, I didn’t realize this aspect of reading and looking at the camera. I found myself re-doing this a couple of times because you really have to make this story real to act like you are talking to yourself. I then found a cool video appearances through iMovie, like black and white, which I think can really enhance the story’s meaning! Through the “What are These Words?” assignment, I realized how with recent technology and the help of our minds, we can imagine anything- from words to numbers. I randomly thought of words and found images of the actual word on Google, and created a really cool video with these images. Now, I can remember what each word represented in the video, and it has left an imprint on my mind. I didn’t think words could do this, but I think with the video compilation combining each word, it created this imprint for me. Now, every time I think of the word “Blue” I think of the neon sign in my video. I really thought this was cool. Also, when I created my Sign Language video, I was so surprised at how interesting this language is. In my video, I learned my word in sign language so fast! I was able to create my own story with no verbal words or conversation through this universal language. I thought this was powerful.

Daily Creates:

  1. 11/2/15– Sidewalk Crack Art
  2. 11/3/15– Filtered Selfie
  3. 11/5/15- Anny Cow the Researcher
  4. 11/6/15– You Created it, Now Sketch!
  5. 11/9/15– Remix Your World
  6. 11/10/15– Bridge over Troubled Water

 

—-SALTY SKINN

Signing Language: Spring and Rain

Signing Language: This assignment requires you to take a video of yourself or someone else and finger spell a word or a phrase in Sign Language alphabet and let others guess what you have spelled. Make sure you do a word that is bigger then 5 letters so you can learn some of the letters. (4.5 stars).

Once I saw this assignment, I thought it sounded so interesting and nothing like I have done before! I immediately chose one of my favorite things and decided to sign it.

For this assignment, I used the Sign Language Alphabet:

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I used Photo Booth, which is on my laptop already, and decided to record myself signing a word (That you have to guess!!). It did take me a couple tries, but I got it in no time! I inserted my video into iMovie, and added a title page and a credits page. I added a song for the background, which I think was perfect for this video story. I used Coldplay’s Paradise off YouTube. I used Fltvo.com to convert this song to make it easier to add to iMovie! It’s very easy to use.

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I also decided to reverse the screen or “Flip” as iMovie calls it. I wanted to make sure the viewers got the right hand sign because I know video and pictures can reverse the ways are seen, depending on the angle of the camera. I found this by clicking “Adjust” and then, the little Video reel on the right. Then, under “Video Effect”, I chose Flipped.

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I really liked doing this assignment. I am not much on recording myself, I always feel that I will mess up. But, I do have relatives that were deaf and this was a way of communicating. I think its such a cool thing that we can communicate by signs and its universal to everyone in the world. I wanted to sign something simple yet very meaningful, which is what I think is sign language. It is easy to learn, I learned my word pretty fast, but it’s so meaningful to people who are disabled from hearing. I believe this is a beautiful language and sometimes not verbally talking produces wonderful things, like love. I learned from this video that I think I may want to take up a new language soon!

Now, try and guess what word I am signing!!

Here is another clip of the Alphabet:

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Hint: Spring and Rain


 

ANSWER: Flower

Hope you got it!

—SALTY SKINN

What are THESE words??

A Word…A Picture…A Story: Chose up to 5-10 words..just randomly pick them don’t over think it just chose these words out of the blue. Then do a Google image search on these images and chose one of the first visible photos for the word..after you have chosen your words and your images put them together in video form and tell a story..include a sentence with each image to help guide your story or try and tell it without the sentences. (4 stars).

This was a really cool assignment!! I was to pick random words out and look up their picture on Google. Then, I created a video to form a story with these pictures of the words I chose. I randomly chose 7 words:

blue november love john allergy edit yawn

How random??

I was just sitting and decided with those words. All of the pictures I used in the video came from Google, and they are random too! I dragged each photo into iMovie, and added the Ken Burns effect on some words. This is a cool thing that you can add to any video assignment that moves an ordinary picture anyway to make it more interesting to see. I added Weezer’s Island in the Sun from Youtube to give the video a cool feel for the watcher/listener! I also added transitions between each photo in the video. You can find the transitions to the left of the timeline on the bottom. There are many to choose from! I also inserted a title page and a credits page.

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There is a story here. I know the words seem random, but each assignment has some sort of a story.

The color blue represented November for her. The month was dark and cold, and she never went outside. She began to realize she wanted to change something about herself. She always yawns over her routine everyday she goes through. Her allergies kept her inside most of the time, away from people and the sun. There was a man named John who did begin to stop by her house occasionally. Soon, this was one of the only things she loved. When John visited, she was happy.

—SALTY SKINN