Week 11 Summary

This week was once again difficult. Not because of the assignments, but because of the scheduling and organization problems I had balancing my workload. I just began EMT training so it’s been difficult, but fun driving up to Vienna and back to work on school and fire department training. This week my group completed our puppet show and I finished up some daily creates.

I’m not very proud of the group video assignment. I wish it had been of better quality and more thought had been put into it. At the same time, I had a lot of fun filming it and playing around with our characters and the story.

I’m getting ready to delve into week twelve.

Video Show Week 2 Progress

While originally my group was going to go for a puppet version of Parks and Rec, that idea fell apart and just turned into a puppet story of our characters. It was easy considering the story was a continuation of our radio show. Looking back at the film a lot can be changed. Sound can be added over the video while the camera angles need to work on being consistent (horizontal vs vertical viewing). It definitely feels very amateurish, but hey, none of us are professionals.

Week 10 Summary

Week 10 was not as difficult as I thought it would be. I was especially nervous for the Video Essay portion of the week. This assignment was a lot more fun than anticipated. I really enjoyed choosing a scene and applying my thoughts and ideas on the directorial choices and what I got from it.

I then chose to do the video assignment: My Favorite Thing to Do. Surprise, it’s petting my dog.

My radio show group reunited once more to create a video show! The thoughts and ideas behind it can be read in my video progress blog post and a constructed trailer can be found here! (go easy, they’re just ideas at this stage!)

Finally here is my blog post containing my two daily creates.

Video Essay

I really enjoy film and film analysis. While I enjoy watching films, I haven’t gotten the hang of making them. I found How to Structure a Video Essay extremely helpful for this assignment. Even though my video editing skills are waaaaaay behind his, it gave me some good ideas on how to properly edit my voice over within my chosen scene. While I had already watched Django Unchained, I chose a scene from this movie because, to me, Quentin Tarantino is a more visual/analytical director, making it easier to find different ideas he was attempting to portray.

I think I gained the most knowledge from Roger Eberts How to Read a Movie, specifically the line where he mentions stopping the film to understand what just happened. “Just pause the film and think about what you see.” It really is simple, and applying that to Django Unchained I believe is really important. There are many high tense situations in the film; by pausing those scenes the viewer can review what just occurred and gain a greater appreciation for the scene construction.


I chose to analyze power, and how that is visually portrayed. It’s especially true for this scene. The slave owner constantly insults Django and questions his claim as a free man. As soon as Dr. Schultz is viewed as an equal/higher ranking individual, the slave owners comments towards Django drastically change.

I yanked the movie from youtube and edited it down to my selected scene in Windows Live Movie Maker. I then recorded myself in audacity where I imported my sound bites into the movie project. Finally I uploaded it to youtube! I hope you guys enjoy. Please comment on your thoughts/ideas!

Video Assignment – My Favorite Thing To Do

I’ve got a lot of favorite things I enjoy, but this one seemed fitting after coming home from a long week.

My dog Boomie loves everyone. She is the most un-loyal dog there is! All I had to do was walk through my door and act excited. I filmed this using a horizontal view on my iPhone camera and simply uploaded it to youtube to link to here. I hope you guys enjoy my dog as much as I do!

Video Show Week 1

It all started with a simple text from Maria: “Wanna do the video assignment together?” That’s when it fell into place. And obviously we had to bring Kelly, our fellow radio show host, in on the group.

I suggested we do something with puppets, it allows us to create very unique and silly characters we wouldn’t otherwise be able to create without an amazing make up department. We just needed the concept. That’s when Kelly suggested that we recreate scenes/the show of Parks and Recreation with our western characters. I’m super excited and pumped. The only problem is Maria hasn’t watch the TV show. That’s all fine because that’s her homework for the weekend, to study up on our shows TV inspiration.

Either this could turn out really funny, or just really odd. It’ll be interesting to see what we produce by the end of week 2! To get a little taste of the idea, here is my video trailer for our ds106 show!

Video Show Trailer

Since we have a pretty loose idea of what we wanted to do, I chose to keep it fairly open to interpretation. I ripped the opening scene from youtube and uploaded it into Windows Live Movie Maker. I then downloaded some images of puppets and spliced them together (we don’t know how we’re going to make our puppets just yet). I then added captions and overlaid it with the existing footage. I hope you guys enjoy this silly trailer!

Week 9 Summary

I’m finding it more and more difficult to manage my time properly regarding some of these assignments. I really struggled to find a radioshow time that I would be available to listen to, and in the end, I couldn’t coordinate with my schedule. That’s my own fault, and something I’ve been trying to work with since week 1! Baby steps. Really tiny tiny baby steps.

For my 10 star assignment bank blog posts I did 2 writing assignments (7 stars total) and one design assignment (3 1/2 stars).

  1. Your Hopes, Dreams and Fears
  2. Your Characters Past – I really enjoyed this one because it allowed me to sit back and think about Rose’s past. It was a fun creative thought process
  3. Most Wanted Poster (3)

And here is a link to my daily create blog post! I’ve been peetering out in terms of my motivation. I need to find a way to get it back for week 10.