Week 15/ Final Project

I am ending this semester after a lot of late nights and lots of work on this project as well as others. I am excited to be nearing the end, while I learned so much, I was not prepared for the work load that came with this class. I thought this class was going to go smoothly and pretty easily. I was so wrong! While this class has gone smoothly, it took more work than any of my upper level courses I have yet to take at UMW.

I am very proud of my final project and how it turned out.

This video took lots of work and I used 3 components of the semester. I used remix, audio, and video. I enjoyed getting to film the raw footage of the video as well as editing the footage later. I also included an audio back layer and in parts the main audio from audacity that I connected with the movie and finally took the original version of something and changed it up with pieces of my version of the movie. I was able to edit the video footage as well as inserting pictures of my characters and movies from the original movie. I enjoyed getting to edit the video footage. The audio was a different story, it was a nightmare! I first had all the songs on my computer downloaded then went through the movie adding the music in audacity to match the times of the video. That sounds like it just takes time, no it took everything in me not to scream a few times because my music would be off a few seconds or part of a second from the video which was incredibly frustrating. After about 5 hours of just playing around with the audio I was able to export it and put it into my movie. Then came the hard part of watching the movie enough to make sure the music lined up. I did multiple changes each time I exported the audio and it never sounded just perfect enough. I finally came to a spot I liked and saved the movie and the audio fit better than ever before. I don’t know what changed but when it was finalized the video had the correct audio. I finally remixed the original video with my version of the video which was fun to do but again a lot of work. I was finally able to get the scenes I wanted and able to make them flow with free music. I overall enjoyed this project and it taught me a lot of making videos and the time and work that goes into them.

I am happy with this project and the work I put in with Windows Movie Maker (photos), audacity and remixing in photos. I look forward to more movies I direct and edit in the future.

Weekly Summary 9

This week has calmed down since last week which is good. I had time to complete the assignments and put a lot of effort into them. I enjoyed getting to rework some assignments from previous weeks and then focusing on the final project ideas. I am just worried what that will be like. Saying that I am happy we are already thinking about it so early so we can get a head start on it if we want. I was happy with the workload this week it was enough to keep me busy but did not leave me feeling overwhelmed by the work. I also feel like this week was about reflection of other weeks and realizing that we always have room for improvement. I struggled a little with my final project ideas but I started with a decent list I think just waiting to see what will come out of it.

I enjoyed getting to do the activities this week. I am starting by inserting my other blog posts then the twitter tweets I did this week.

Weekly Summary 8

This week has been the easiest and hardest week so far. I have really enjoyed the flexibility and time no star assignments have allowed me to work on my radio show project. I have really enjoyed not stressing about this class this week. This has been a different week and good and bad. I have enjoyed getting to edit the radio show to show the class what my group has come up with. I am working hard on these assignments and this week I felt like I actually had time to work on them for the first time this semester.

I did two daily creates this week.

Here is the first blog post I made this week about my progress

Here is a copy of our radio show from this week.

We finished our radio show this week and ready to get it online published. I have enjoyed getting to play with audacity even more than before and feel like I’m definitely getting better at sound editing. I have felt like I really was able to blossom this week and show everyone how creative I really can be. This has been the shortest week with fall break but a good one. I just did not like that it was assumed we were going to do work over fall break. None of my other professor assumed that of us except for this class, which I felt was not right. Fall break is supposed to be a break from school and the stress of classes but this project added stress to the break.

Weekly Summary 7

This week by far has been the most stressful. I got into a group for the radio show project, but ideas were not concrete until later in the week, so that gave me less time to work on my assignments but I was still able to do it before the deadline. My group is working hard on creating the audio and each person is contributing to the audio of the show.

I have learned how to communicate without ever meeting someone to make a project work as well as to communicate about ideas and start getting people moving to get working. I have struggled with the time and not being a patient person this week waiting for my group members to respond while still going to class and preparing for fall break. I have learned a lot already, but I know next week I will learn even more! I have been commenting on some classmates work when I can, giving my thoughts and feedback. I hope to continue to improve my commenting next week.

I have been trying to keep up with all my classes as well as this one, I am just so happy I am half way through the semester. This has been my hardest and busiest one so far! I am going to be working on more audio for my 5-7 minute contribution to the show. As a group we have not started talking about who is going to edit the final product to submit? But I guess we will see, I can do it, I just don’t know if I have time to do that while not falling behind in other classes?

On a different note, here are my 3 daily creates from this week:

Here are my stars for this week, I went over to find one I actually wanted to complete:

Finally all of my sound cloud audio is embedded in the posts as well as below:

Weekly Summary 6

This week has been stressful with my other classes and trying to stay on top of things for this class as well. I am very much looking forward to fall break and getting some time away from school to try and get ahead/ catch up. This week I was focusing on design elements and how to create them while still showing photos with meaning. I blogged every assignment and posted some of my pictures on my Instagram for this class. I also did 3 daily creates this week for my twitter.

Daily create 1 of 3 for this week

Daily create 2 of 3 for this week

Daily create 3 of 3 where I attempted to draw a Koala bear from memory

My first blog this week was called Intro to Design, where I reflected on what we had to read about design and the different elements design has in it.

My first starred post was about Dirty Dancing, because why not? I really like that movie and it was fun to try and make it a minimalist poster for 3.5 stars.

The next post I did was about a tattoo I wanted. I enjoyed this week because I felt like I really able to get creative and express myself on these assignments. I picked a rose for a tattoo because that is something I have wanted to get tattooed as long as I can remember for 3.5 stars.

The next post was about Princess Bride and add a quote to this movie for 2.5 stars.

The next post is 4 icons and a Movie where I condensed a movie down to just 4 icons for my classmates to guess for 3 stars.

My final post for stars was about cool letters and how they are expressed by mood for 3 stars.

My final post for this class was about designblitz, where I took my camera around this week to find different elements of design and post the pictures to my Instagram as well as blog about them.

I was able to comment on a few different blogs of classmates this week, here are a few examples:

Weekly Summary 5

The week has been the hardest yet for me. I had a learning curve to go over with editing the audio and mixing music up enough to sound different than the original. I did have fun once I started to edit and play around with the sound effects audacity had to offer. I have gotten used to editing audio by the end of this week and like 40 hours later (haha).

This week has gone by so slow and felt like I have spent so much time on this class and I need to find a new balance. This class is requiring a lot more time than I expected going into it. I have started to struggle getting all this work done and my other work done in the one week provided which includes the weekend. I am personally not a fan of starting my work over the weekend to be due Friday night but that is something I have to deal with for a few more weeks.

I have been commenting on my classmates work more and more. I have been disappointed that some of my classmates don’t allow comments so I am unable to add my thoughts to their great work. I commented on a few different blogs and ones that caught my attention and others where I felt like I could help the blogger figure out a problem they were having or I felt like I could relate or add something.

I did 3 daily creates and did blog about them and tweeted.

First we all had to do some of the same assignments for this week.

We had to listen to the DS 106 radio tweet along and blog about it. My tweets are embedded in the blog post.

We also all had to make a blog with radio show ideas

The next assignments I had to complete a total of 12 stars including the 90 sec sound clip that counted towards it.

Week 4 Summary

I have been getting into the swing of things for this class I feel like by now. This was a pretty fun week and getting to play around with effects never hurts. I am still kind of in shock how time consuming these assignments are, while they are not hard it just takes time to make them turn out the way I want. This class is making me figure out where my creativity is and how to get there. This class has already taught me a lot already and I am looking forward to see what else I can learn and accomplish.

To start the week I did my 3 daily creates they are going to be embedded as follows.

The first post I wrote was about the amount of photos I take, then another one about what the 80’s has to do with it, and showing what I learned from the articles. After those two were done it was time for the real fun to begin I had to complete 12 stars worth of visual assignments. This assignment above

My next assignment was to find photos from the 80’s that showed the different features that were outlined in the reading we had to do for this class the different articles and blog posts. Assignment here

After those two I was able to start getting my creative juices flowing and having fun with the assignments. I was able to pick the assignment and do something that made me happy. This assignment was a little stressful on the time constraint but I enjoyed having to take different pictures and even getting to know my phone camera even more.

My next post was about finding the people close to me and putting them on a billboard. This assignment was worth 3 stars.

The next assignment I completed was about footloose and making it in pixels. This assignment was worth 3.5 stars.

Then I decided to show off my college room for my next assignment. This one is worth 3 stars.

For my last post this week I decided to look into shadows and make a story about the shadows. This assignment is worth 2.5 stars.

This week had some ups and downs with learning how to use different medias to create what I had in my head. Overall I feel good and learned a lot about how to use more media and what I am capable of. Here’s to Week 5, we are 1/4 through the semester.

Weekly Summary 3

I have to say by now I am starting to get used to blogging and these assignments. While they are all very time consuming I am starting to enjoy them and getting to pick the ones I want to complete. This week has been better for me I was able to start the work this weekend and spent most of my time doing blog post and daily creates. I am still reminding myself to include the theme into my assignments each week. I enjoyed writing assignments that I picked and was able to use my creativity. I did not enjoy spending a few hours watching the movie Footloose and analyzing the story. While I do really enjoy the movie having to watch it and then critique it was not as creative as I was expecting it to be. I am finding the daily creates to become easier just remembering to check Twitter everyday which is something I am not used to.

While I understand the need for hyperlinks and like their place, I enjoy embedding my weekly work into this summary instead. I feel like its a better way for me to see all the work I have completed in one big post.

My first daily create this week is about my favorite nerds

The next daily create I did was to find an 80’s song that was poetic to me and share on twitter.

This final daily create seemed a little more confusing than others. I was not to sure if we were supposed to create art or find it. I found an album cover that is very 80’s and posted it. It may be wrong but I wasn’t sure but other people were saying how they ran things through multiple generators and made them, but some looked like they came up off googly like mine did.

The first blog I wrote this week was based off the readings and the movie Footloose. This is a good movie that I always enjoy seeing just not having to analyze it but I tried to be creative with it and follow the instructions for the blog post. I did not use to much of my own inspiration, it was more of the movie and connecting it to the readings and videos we watched this week.

The next blog I made is near and dear to my heart. I wrote a letter to my future husband telling him of all my hopes and dreams for the future, and what I expect of him while explaining what I am willing to do. I found this assignment in the writing bank it is worth 3.5 stars. This inspiration came from my personal life and dreams that I have had about what I want him to be like.

I decided I was going to write down a bucket list. Sometimes I will think of things I want to do then forget to write them down for 2 stars. This assignment made me sit back and think about the things I really want and while I see them as being more materialistic its because I have done some pretty great things already in my life and it’s hard to wish for things that I have done, and a better life than I have been giving. I am happy with my life at the moment and only see it getting better.

As the week progressed I was having trouble finding assignments that did not involve writing a haiku which I don’t do well. I found the next one odd but entertaining, it was to write about what I ate for lunch in detail for 3.5 stars. I enjoyed getting to be creative about my food and describe every detail I could think of about it. I was lucky enough to be able to just write about it and it was interesting enough to make a blog post about.

For my final post this week I had fun writing about a chipmunk. I was able to make up a story about how a chipmunk would view humans for a daily going through their daily routine. I could pick any non-human creature to write this story. This was an interesting assignment I found, but it tested my creativity to figure out how to decide people through the eyes of a chipmunk.

I also got better at commenting on my classmates work. I commented on Kollin’s work, as well as Tala’s as well as others. I am participants more than last week and look forward to continuing to participate more as the weeks go on.

Week 2 Summary

This week has been good for me overall. I’m realizing this class is not going to be what I expected but I think I will continue to learn a lot from taking this class. I passed the point of dropping it because it seemed like to much work, and decided that this class could give me some very useful skills and could be a lot of fun because I am not a super creative person naturally and I’m forced to be for the different assignments. I was felt like this week was harder partially because I decided to go home for the 3 day weekend and really didn’t do a lot of homework so when I came back I had some make up stuff to do and to complete the assignments for this class. I have been trying to complete one assignment a day so I don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of time and work each one takes if they are spread out more. I feel like I might be starting to get the hang of writing these assignments up but I am still working on it and trying to comment on my classmates work. I am still working on getting my website the exact way I want it, but I think it won’t ever be perfect and I will keep changing it as the weeks go on. I think because this is my first time with a website and blog I am learning still what works and what becomes more of an issue.

This week we had to complete 4 daily creates which started to get me used to being creative, and 3 assignments that were all different.

I did this work in order of how my week was going, so it’s only fair to discuss it the same way. My first daily create I was a little confused on if I should make it a blog post or not so I did for the first one. I made it a blog and a tweet. I was still working out some of the quirks of this class.

The next daily create really got me thinking, I daydream a lot but I haven’t really sat down to think about what I just end up in space thinking about. I end up picturing what I want my future to look like and it changes as my life changes.

The next assignment was really close to home in so many ways. As I said in my blog post, I run first response with the city and the number of 9-1-1 calls we get can be crazy. While some of them are sad and it truly is their worst day of their life, some calls make us laugh. I enjoyed getting to make a call just to laugh and enjoy the fun of the job.

The next daily create I did was about sayings I grew up with. This one scared me because I remembered doing it and posting it, but I had some trouble finding it on twitter, but with some digging it was there lol. Happy to find it.

My next assignment was about photo shopping myself into a concert I want to be at. I am still learning how to use photoshop so it was a interesting time making this this image, but I learned a lot of how to work with photos again. I was lucky enough in school to learn a little and now I have the ability to expand my knowledge.

This daily create was in the same spot as the day before, I am wondering if somehow I tagged it wrong, I will look into that for next week. I am a fan of country music and the 80’s were a different time for the music industry. While I understand Garth Brooks is still making music, this song came out in the 80’s and then kind of got lost through time, but I think it should be brought back into the spotlight.

My final assignment this week was the one that was closest to my life, and the most personal for me to write. The assignment was to write about how a song made me feel and post it to twitter with the feeling. While I was not planning on being personal for my blog it just flowed and seemed so right to do. I am not one to share my personal life on the internet but with the song I picked, it just seemed so right. So here it is, a glimpse into my personal life through music.

This week has presented some challenges but I feel like I am starting to become more comfortable with the different types of media we need to use. I commented on some of my classmates work and will work on commenting on more blogs next week. This week tested my time management skills that I hope to also keep improving this semester. I have decided I think I want my hyperlinks from now on to open in a new tab rather than change the page I am on currently. I have noticed how annoying it is to be reading something, click a hyperlink then poof! there goes the website I was looking at. I am going to now on, have my links open up a separate tab to view without losing the current page. I am enjoying being creative and exploring myself more through the assignments to come.

Weekly Summary

So this week has been very unexpected in terms of course work and life. This course is already different than what I was expecting it to be like. I thought of myself as a somewhat tech savvy person until I was asked to make all of this social media I have never even heard of. Already I have watched myself grow during this week. I already had a twitter created but I have not been active on it in years so I was struggling to get into my account. I started off by trying to make a new account and it wouldn’t let me because I already had one created then I was trying to get in and couldn’t remember the password so I ended up resetting it. I eventually was able to figure it out. I also had never heard of sound cloud until this class so that was a new experience creating an account there. The other social media I already had and either used or made a new one that could be public. I had a pretty easy time establishing the blog and doing my introduction posts. I find that I can write pretty easily what I think about my issue arises when it’s something I am not interested in or have trouble relating to. So far, I am really enjoying writing these blog posts and expressing my thoughts into my very own blog. I know that may sound corny but I will journal but rarely type unless its for a paper of some sort. I think I’m enjoying this because it’s more personal and there doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer as long as it follows the criteria provided.

I’m going to attach the other two blog posts I have written this week and then the media that I have created.

This is my 80’s blog post:


I’m not sure if I’m the only one having issues embedding my instagram account.
My introduction on youtube
My soundcloud introduction
My twitter account and above is my introduction to this course.

This week overall I learned for the first time how to embed media into a blog and create a blogging account along with some new things about each of the media outlets we will be using in this class. I have also reconnect with media I have almost forgotten about.