Appreciating Past DS106 Stories

In order to fully understand what digital storytelling means, we are supposed to find a past storyteller and read his/her work. I came across an awesome story by Emily May. Her blog title for this specific story was called “3,000 Miles in 30 Seconds(ish)”.

Her short yet sweet blog post entails of her journey as she packs up and leaves her life in New Jersey, and heads to the west coast of California. Emily decided to capture the moments of her 3,000 mile long travel, and she uses them to create a motion video. I liked her blog post personally for her bravery. She moved across the country in hopes of altering the direction her life was headed before. Her 30 second video will not only be a movie to look back on, but it will be an inspiring piece that marks a major turning point in her life. Emily shared a piece of her life to the world, digitally, in a matter of 30 seconds, which makes this a true digital story. The “arc” in her story is the mark when she decided to leave her home in New Jersey in search of something fresh and new. I would hope to think that Emily is doing great things in Santa Monica, California, and she keeps adding to her digital storytelling. The story she told was only a miniscule part of her entire life story, which I bet is also brave and inspiring.


Say it Like Peanut Butter: Jingle Bell Rock



Story: As you may see, my first Digital Storytelling Assignment, is a Mean Girls GIF. This is a classic movie that I probably know every word to. Anyways, Lindsay Lohan plays the main character, who moves to a new high school all the way from Africa where she was home-schooled her whole life. She plays innocent Cady, who arrives having no idea about high school, weird boys, hard teachers, and of course mean girls.

Process: After reading our first Visual Assignment, I was excited. I always see GIF’s on the internet, they are brief pictures of any video clip or picture that has subtle movement. I was thinking about what movie I wanted to use; and I thought after a long week I could use some humor, so of course I ventured to Mean Girls. This clip is of the “Plastics” (i.e. this is what the mean group of girls call themselves in the movie.) dancing rather provocatively to the famous Christmas song, Jingle Bell Rock. May I add they are at a school talent show?

Work: I did some research and found a helpful site called Make a Gif, which led me to create my masterpiece. First, you can pick which method you want to use. I picked Youtube, but you can select others including pictures, webcam, and video. I uploaded my YouTube URL, and picked which part of the clip I wanted to utilize. From here, it shows you what the GIF will look like so you have some kind of idea, which is really great in my opinion. My GIF length is 5 seconds long, which is a perfect amount of time for these clips. After I was done editing the clip, I was done and my GIF was complete! It was simple and fast and I will probably create more after this.