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.

Final Part 1

This final project I want to re-enact a movie scene or multiple scenes from the 80’s Movie Footloose from Willard’s point of view. I will use my family and friends to act out the different features as well as some of myself along with taking the videos and editing the movie. I have started to write a script and what I want him to say for the parts of the movie. I am thinking of using flashbacks to the original movie scene after we act out the scene.

  • My goal is to have my movie be different important scenes form the movie as Willard would have seen it, and have the movie be about 15-30 mins long retelling the overall story of Footloose through they eyes of Willard. Video scenes follow:
  • I want the scenes to be when Ren and Willard first meet and show what maybe Willard felt about it. Willard will be angry and immediately defensive about Ren but still asking questions about him
  • Another scene I want to include is the warehouse scene when Ren gets bad and needs to blow off some steam, while doing what he loves. I am going to make that scene be about Willard getting upset and angry that Ren didn’t want to be friends at the time and Willard is going to blow off some steam shooting a little, and riding around in the truck.
  • A scene about still about Willard learning to dance with modern music, and having Ariel teach him, as well as how Willard feels about the dancing to show off to Rusty
  • I am also going to include pictures of the cast with who they are pretending to be.
  • I plan on portraying is the fight scene at the end of the movie between Willard and Ren I’m making it, Ren did something to upset Willard and now they are going at it for the girl, and how it makes Willard feel being around this violence and his new found friend.
  • The final scene I plan on shooting is the final dance to the theme song Footloose and having the entire cast dance around to the song one last time.

I will also include pictures of the cast with a picture of who they are trying to be in the video, as well a pictures throughout different scenes serving as a flashback to the original movie.

I plan on using video for the scenes I create, as well as pictures of the new scenes and the original scenes, and some audio overlay at times, and others will be using the actors voices in the original scene, as well as using design concepts to bring the entire production together for a video with music, audio, and pictures and doing the editing of the project. I will make a opening design element as well as where to put people in the camera view angle.

I am excited to start filming and forcing family and friends to be a part of this production so I have enough video footage to make sense. Some of the original media is going to be embedded so I can later edit it into the new production as well as a more clear understanding of what I am going to change in the scenes.

Weekly Summary 12

This week has been different than the rest. This week has been different because we have done mashup assignments and remixes of old assignments. I found the mash up assignments to be easy and allowed me to be super creative which I enjoyed and the remixes were fun because I took assignments I either did in the past or would have liked to do in the past and used them for the remix. I think I was able to be really creative this week and enjoyed the freedom we had to be this creative. I did 3 daily creates, a tutorial, and 11.5 stars of mashup assignments because the first two I did only added up to 9.5 stars and I wanted to get the 10 we needed.

First I am going to embed my daily creates:

My other assignments for this week and embedded media for videos and sound:

I did have a few issues with my next assignment with copyright, so I had to tweek it and change it up to get it to post on soundcloud.

Week 10 Summary

This week has gone pretty good, just time consuming. I have done the 10 stars of video assignments in the hopes I don’t have to appear in front of the camera yet. I enjoyed getting to make these videos and playing around with the sounds and what we have learned so far this semester. This class doesn’t get more complicated as the weeks go on because we have to incorporate everything we have learned so far. On the other hand, this class has taught me so much with skills I plan to use the rest of my life. It is crazy to think we are getting close to the finish line for this class but I am excited to have a calmer semester this spring.

I am going to start this summary off by embedding my daily creates, I just did 2 this week because the video editing took a lot of time!

Then I have my 4 videos I uploaded to youtube for the stars and the essay this week along with the blog posts I wrote about each one of them.

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.