Special Persons Montage: For this assignment you are to decide on who is special to you. It could be a relative, sibling, parent, friend, mentor, celebrity, or anyone. Then you are to make a video of images or video clips of them showing all the different things that they do that makes them special to you. Add music, animation, transition, anything to make the video. In your write-up be sure to explain why the person is special to you. (5 stars).
For this assignment, I created a video on me! I will be the special person, since Edna is missing me in the final project.
I thought this would be funny and cute to show her side and what misses about me.
I started to use iMovie, my always go to choice for movies, but of course, it started malfunctioning and wouldn’t let me make one.
So, I decided to use My Stupeflix which is an online video creator.
For the song, I used “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. I thought this was a cute song because we are better together, and Edna is really missing me!!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Have a Conversation with Yourself: Have a conversation with yourself! Film yourself talking, then change clothes, hair styles, etc and then film the other half of the convo. Edit this in any movie editor program (I used Pinnacle movie maker) To overlap the two scenes so that you are talking to yourself! Play around, to figure out the most efficient way! Also, timing is everything in this! Make sure when talking to leave breaks for your other self to respond! (5 stars).
For this assignment, we needed to talk to ourselves using video. This was interesting because you have to record yourself talking, and then change it up by talking back to yourself.
I first used Photo Booth, which is an application on my computer, to record myself easily (twice). I wrote a script for each “person” and said my part while trying to create space with pauses. I changed my hair and my clothes so we would look a little different!!
I then dragged both videos into iMovie. I clipped each part how I wanted them, and then dragged totem into my timeline. I switched each character so I would literally be talking to myself! I added a title page and a credit page to the timeline. I also changed up the video by making it black and white. I thought this added to the “talking to myself” feel of the assignment so it would look like we were in the same room conversing on a couch. I did this by clicking “Adjust” on the top. Then I clicked the color palette, and I dragged the second bar to the left where it was darker.
Here is a clip of my work. The timeline I am discussing is at the bottom:
When I read this assignment, I thought of girls gossiping to each other. I thought it would be funny to have myself gossip with myself. So, my script contains a gossip story about a girl I know named Charlotte. I continue to talk about her bad day, but in the end, both characters want to help her out.
I liked doing this assignment. It was a little different to watch back because once I finished editing the video, it actually ended up seeming like I was talking to myself.
Chipmunk Style: Helium may be in short supply, but a little digital tweaking can still leave your favorite actors sounding like the Chipmunks. Take a clip from a film and either speed up the action or raise the pitch on the audio track for some high-pitched laughs. (3.5 stars).
For this assignment, I found a YouTube clip from the movie, Princess Diaries. I love this movie, it’s a classic! The clip is when Mia, the soon-to-be princess, gets a princess makeover. I thought this would be funny to speed up. I converted the clip using a converter site, Fltvo, and turned it into a mp4 file so I could easily insert it into my iMovie. Once it downloaded, I did just that.
I had a little bit of help from Apple Support, which helped me figure out how to slow and speed up video and audio using iMovie. I realized it was so simple to change anything regarding to the audio or video, you just have to double-click and the toolbar pops up above the video screen. There is a button that is in a shape of a turtle. I clicked that, and then it shows Speed. I clicked on the arrow, and then hit “Fast”, in order to speed up my video! You can also slow it down and customize the speed to your liking!
This assignment reminds me of any girl’s makeover or any girl’s process of getting ready. Most girls want to look perfect, or like princesses, and we take FOREVER to get ready in the morning. For me, this getting ready time has definitely decreased since middle school, but sometimes, I still wish the process took a little less time and I could speed it up, like the video I created! Mia’s makeover was a long process, but I did manage to make it seem faster with their movements and their funny and new chipmunk voices!
I enjoyed this assignment because I do like this movie and I like finding new things to try, like the Speed tool.
Animal Dance Off: Find any song and mash up a video of some animals dancing. Try to get the animals moving to the beat. (4 stars).
For this assignment, I was to find an animal dancing and add music to it. I used Justin Bieber’s Sorry song, and a video of a cute Chihuahau puppy dancing. I converted both of these into mp3 and mp4 using Fltvo, respectively, in order to put them into my iMovie. I inserted them both, and then turned down the volume in the puppy video so the song would be amplified. I tried to make it seem like the puppy was dancing to the music in my video. I inserted a title page and a credits page using iMovie. It really is a great editing software, and you can see I use it for all my assignments that involve video.
This was a fun assignment, but I had a hard time finding a video of an animal dancing. A lot of the videos on YouTube were compilations, meaning they had a lot of videos of animals dancing into one, but the individual ones were only a few seconds long! I thought the song had a techno and very dance-like beat, so it made perfect sense to add this song to this fast-paced pup. (The real music video is just people dancing all over!) While the music is cool, it also goes along with his dancing! Utilizing any music can really add to any video clip that is produced, and that is exactly what I learned from this assignment.
Classical-Modern Mashup: Ingredients: 1 piece of classical music, 1 modern music video. How to make: First, strip or mute the music out of the modern music video. Then layer the classic music on top. Voila! Some hopefully hilarious, weirdly sexual classical-modern mashup. (4.5 stars).
I immediately watched the example for this assignment and thought it was so creative and thought mine could be hilarious. This video assignment takes audio storytelling and merges it with a video to develop a new story! I chose to take a modern video, that is recently very new and talked about: Hotline Bling by Drake. This video is really just Drake dancing around multiple colorful stages with some women occasionally popping up. Then, for the modern song, I chose Fur Elise by Beethoven, which many people have heard before. I thought these two would make for a great mash-up.
I used iMovie again, which I love using for these assignments! It makes it so easy. I converted the YouTube video of Hotline Bling to a mp4 file so I could easily add it to iMovie. I then converted Fur Elise to an mp3 file and inserted it into my iMovie timeline. I used fltvo.com to do both of these things!
I inserted a title screen and a credits screen to give credit! I did also have to turn down the volume for the Drake video. Once I had the video in place on my timeline, there is a place which shows the audio for the video. I just dragged it down to 0%, so my Beethoven music could be the only audio heard.
I had a great time making this video. It is comical to see these two very different types of genres/styles interact. I think the classical music I added to this new and funky Drake video provided some interesting dancing and an imagination for the watcher. I enjoyed making this and showing the difference in times that these 2 songs present.
Here is my final video mash-up of Hotline Bling and Fur Elise:
Character Description: Create a short about a minute thirty to two minute video describing a character. Use about 3-5 short clips that describe the characters personality, that portrays what they will be like in the story. Basically you are just taking a closer look at a character before you begin the story so the audience can get to know the characters better. Make this fun, and interesting, create a story in your blog with this character. (4 stars).
For this video assignment, I had to embody a character from a movie and make a video all about their character. I used Gru from Despicable Me, one of my favorite cartoon movies. I thought this was a great film to use because there are 2 great movies where I could get clips from.
I first decided to go to Youtube to browse at the clips there! I found a few that I wanted to use. I then downloaded them using a website that changes Youtube videos into ready to use mp4. I inserted them all into my iMovie application, which is what I used to create the video. I inserted a title page, and then I started to clip the parts of video that featured Gru into the timeline (on the bottom). iMovie makes this really simple because if you added too much video or too little, you can just use your cursor to stretch in or out what you want.I also used transitions to make my film more fluid! I also found the theme song for the movie on YouTube and used it in my credits to add some sound to the video I made!
I had a lot of fun creating this video! I tried to depict Gru as being a mean villain in the beginning who then turns into a soft and loving father figure to the girls. I think my pieces of the movie clips are perfect for anyone wondering about Gru’s character in the film. His character really changes and that is part of why the movie is such a good film for all!
Life As An Animal: Create a day in the life as an animal. Pick from begining to end pictures or videos of a perfect day in the life of an animal and create a video out of them. Be creative! Include music to go with the feel of the pictures or videos used. (4 stars).
For this video assignment, the task was to create a video of the life of an animal! I chose my dog, Edna, to be the star of my video. She is so sweet and my family and I recently adopted her in May. Since then, she has been a big part of my life and I miss her so much while I’m not home! I take pictures of her left and right, so I knew I had enough to make a great video! (side note: she also just turned 8 months yesterday, so this was perfect!)
I decided to use my computer’s video editor, iMovie. This is a great application that is easy and ready to use! I had worked with it before, so I was excited to use it for this project.
On iMovie, there is a timeline where you create your movie. I added all the images and movie clips I wanted to use and clicked “Import Selected”. Then, I created a title page for the beginning by clicking on “Titles” on the left hand corner. Then, I added the pictures in the order I wanted. I told a story by putting her playful pictures first, then I went from there! I ended the movie with a funny picture with Edna wearing a birthday hat.
I also used “Transitions” in between my photos for special effects! I also inserted text into some of my images to tell a story. I clicked “Titles” and used different text boxes to insert the text I wanted. This is interesting because you can make it whatever length you want, and you are allowed to edit the text you type.
I then decided to use a song for my movie! I used Jack Johnson’s “Upside Down”. I got this from Youtube. There was an option on the left bottom sidebar to upload from my iTunes, so I added it and it immediately inserted it into my movie! I didn’t need to crop it or anything, it adjusts itself to the movie length.
Here is a clip of the work I did in iMovie. It looks a lot more complicated then it actually is! The time line is the line on the bottom. The right shows me what the video will look like. And the left hand corner shows where I clicked Transitions, Titles, and iTunes.