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Weekly Summary 11 & 12

This week I completed many different Video Storytelling assignments. I feel that after these past two weeks, I’ve gained a better understanding of video producing and editing in order to tell a compelling story. I won’t say that video storytelling is my favorite, but it’s definitely been one of the more enjoyable weeks of the class. I also learned a lot about video editing programs such as Windows Movie Maker, and I was able to take better advantage of video storytelling on many of my social media sites.

Daily Creates

  1. Filtered Selfie
  2. 6 Line Poem of My Life Purpose
  3. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  4. Your Theme Song
  5. Word Art
  6. (Extra)ordinary Video

Video Assignments (16 total stars)

  1. Signing Words (4.5 stars)
  2. A Christmas Pug Miracle! (3.5 stars)
  3. Another Pug Post?- Moving Object (3.5 stars)
  4. Name that Book! (3.5 stars)
  5. 5 Second Film: “Please sir, could you spare me a chip?” (4.5 stars)

Overall, I enjoyed these past two weeks in DS106. I’m also coming to the realization that the semester is almost over and I’ll no longer have all of these fun and interesting assignments to complete! However, I am looking forward to employing a lot of the techniques and programs I’ve learned about in my future on social media sites and blogs.

5 Second Film: “Please sir, could you spare me a chip?”

For one of my final video assignments of the week, I decided to complete 5 Second Film! This assignment is simple, asking you to make a short, 5-second film capturing a joke, special moment, etc. I do not believe it should be rated for 4.5 stars given that there isn’t much video editing involved, so I rated it lower. However, this assignment now rounds my total stars up to 19.5 stars for these past two weeks.

I decided to take a video, yet again, of my pug. She is such a character, and I knew that I could capture a quality moment in her life worthy of film. This particular movie showcases her expert begging-skills. Notice how her eyes expertly follow the chip, never breaking eye-contact. [Not pictured: We ended up giving her a chip. What kind of pug mom would I be if I didn’t share my food with my best friend?].

I just recorded this video on my LG G2 phone and uploaded it to Twitter. Also, thanks to the new statistics tracker implemented on Twitter, I can now see how many people have viewed my Tweet and directly interacted with the video. Thanks Twitter for making me more aware of my social media presence! 🙂

Name that Book!

For one of my last video assignments over these two weeks, I decided to complete Name that Book! I was very excited about this one, being an English major and lover of books. Now I finally had the chance to title my very own book, that maybe I could possibly write you sense my hesitation? Just the thought of sitting down and writing an entire book is daunting, however it’s something on my personal bucket list. Here is what the assignment specifically asks you to do, for 3.5 stars.

For this assignment, use the app Vine to visually create a book title. Find objects, landmarks, or think of some other creative way to verbally or physically represent a book title. Then record them in quick succession using the app. Then upload the video and have your classmates guess the book title!

Can you guess the title of my book?


Back story: The book I’ve always wanted to right is more of a personal reflection/memoir to my late mother. She passed away from cancer my freshman year of college, and it’s such a pivotal moment in my life and transition to adulthood. Her life and death literally made me the person I am today, and for that she is my hero. Someday, I would like to write a book, no matter how short or long, documenting our relationship and the power and strength she displayed until the very end. She’s my inspiration always. The title of my book comes from her Life Verse in the Bible, Philippians 4:13. There’s your hint for the title! Maybe someday this dream will become a reality, but for now I have the unending memories of her life on repeat in my head until I set them to paper.

Another Pug Post?- Moving Object

Yes, I know, another pug post. But all for a good cause: spreading the love and joy of puggies all over the internet for the whole world to see! For another of my video assignments this week I decided to do Moving Object for 3.5 stars. This assignment asks you to make a video of an object moving using Vine. I had used Vine a few years ago, but recently deleted it this summer because I hadn’t used it in a while. So for this assignment I had to redownload the app. You can also access vine through a web page Below I will embed the tweet I sent out sharing my Vine creation! (Also, super easy to sign-up because you can use a Twitter account, which we’ve already created for this class!).

I used one of my stuffed pugs, yes ONE of them, because I had many to choose from. Then I simply took a picture and moved the pug ever so slightly closer to the camera. I repeated this until the lil pug was touching the lens of the camera. When I watch this video, it reminds me of the other vines/videos with real dogs/cats/pets that slowly sneak up on their owners. It’s cute and tells such a great story of the relationship between humans and their pets! Here are some of my favorites below.



A Christmas Pug Miracle!

Another of the video assignments I completed this week was What Do You Love? for 3.5 stars. {Choose something that you love and make a video of it! You can take pictures or videos and combine them into one final video. Try to find music that has to do with the thing you love and add it to the video. Make sure to add a title and give credit to those outside sources! }

Many people, hopefully, can already tell from my other blog posts that i LOVE PUGS! Literally, they are my life, so obviously I had to make a video showcasing pugs and they’re little curly tails. However, in an attempt to tell you all something new about myself, I decided to include elements of something else that I love which is CHRISTMAS! It’s my favorite holiday/time/season out of the entire year. And yes, I am one of those individuals who sports the Christmas gear and decorations directly after Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving too, but Christmas is just something special all by itself. If I could make it Christmas every day, I honestly think life would be perfect. So given now that you know I love pugs and Christmas, here is a video I created showcasing my two favorite things. Enjoy these little puggies dressed in their Christmas best!

I found all of the images for my video through Pinterest, and credit is given at the end to each Pin. I used a Christmas song found on Youtube which I converted to an mp3 and then uploaded to Windows Live Movie Maker. The entire video was assembled and edited via the Movie Maker.

I think this video tells a great story of Christmas joy and pug smiles. I honestly got all giddy and happy inside when I watched the final product! It reminded me not only of my pug back home, but of the coming Christmas season and the great joy I feel being around family and friends during my favorite holiday. I hope that you all got similar feelings and are looking forward to celebrating your respective holidays with those you love most!

Signing Words

For one of my first video assignments for Weeks 10 & 11, I completed Signing Words for 4.5 stars.

{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.}

I didn’t have much experience with Sign Language before making my video, however, at my church the pastor’s wife signs the entire sermon and worship songs for those in our congregation who are deaf. Because I witness this every week, I’ve always been interested in trying my hands (literally) at Sign Language, though I’ve never had the opportunity. This was a fun assignment to complete!

For this assignment, I recorded myself signing the MYSTERY word (Do you know what it is?!) and then uploaded it to Windows Live Movie Maker. From there, I customized the transitions, title page, credits, etc. I hope you enjoyed it! Also, here’s a picture of the American Sign Language Alphabet in case you would like to decode the word I spelled above. And sorry in advance to anyone who is extremely proficient in sign language, I had no idea what I was doing!

Weekly Summary- Ten

Overall, I really enjoyed this week! I wasn’t sure what to think of Video Storytelling, but I found it to be so interesting given that it’s a combination of a lot of the techniques we’ve learned throughout this semester. I was able to employ some of my new-found knowledge about both audio and visual storytelling. For all of my video assignments, I used Windows Movie Maker which I had never used before, so I liked being able to educate myself and become more comfortable with video editing. This isn’t typically something you do everyday, and I tend to stick with visual editing with the pictures I post to social media. However, after this week I may start to post more videos onto Facebook and Instagram given that I know how to edit them and make them tell a compelling story!

  1. Reflection on the Ebert Article
  2. Cinema Techniques
  3. Look. Listen. Analyze. 
  4. Video Assignments (8 stars total)
    1. Punkin Adventures- October 30, 2015 (4 stars)
    2. Dramatic Chipmunk and Pugs- The Hitch Cut (4 stars)
  6. Daily Creates
    1. Missing!– This is a cute missing poster I created for my pug, Zoe. Although she isn’t missing, I definitely find myself missing her while at school! Thanksgiving break can’t come fast enough. And if anyone feels kind enough to find her and bring her back to school, we could be best friends.
    2. My happy place– Since turning 21 this past May, my happy place has quickly become the winery! I love the atmosphere, the beautiful views, and of course the delicious wines. A close second is my grandfather’s cabin in New Hampshire.
    3. Spider-Eyes– Watch out!! Spider-Eyes is comin’ for you!!
    4. Cartoon Yourself– Here is a cartoonized version of a picture of Douglas and I! I think our little strip in the paper would document one of our “adventures.” In this one, we sat in traffic for 2.5 hours to get to the Melting Pot, so clearly the smiles are deceiving.

Dramatic Chipmunk and Pugs- The Hitch Cut

For my second video assignment this week, I decided to complete Do The Hitch Cut for 4 stars.

[Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary master of suspense, shares a brief 90-second lesson on how a simple change in a three-shot edit can result in evoking a completely different response from the viewing audience.Can you do the Hitch Cut? Make two versions of a short three-shot video — in each instance maintaining the first and third shots, but changing out the second shot in each. Can you get a completely different result from your viewer?
Virtual Bonus Points for attempting this assignment with something different from just the changing face of a character as in Hitch’s example.] 

I used clips of a dramatic chipmunk and a couple different pug clips found on Youtube which I then converted to mp4 and downloaded to my computer. I then uploaded these to my Windows Movie Maker and added all of the clips together for this final product!

The first video clip is of a pug running aimlessly into the camera. Dramatic chipmunks response thus becomes one of alarm (maybe disgust) at the clumsiness of the pug. Switch clumsy pug with “I love you” pug now. Dramatic chipmunk is now cold and heartless for denying this pug’s love! Who wants their “I love you” to be responded to with a cold, shocked stare over the shoulder?!


Punkin Adventures- October 30, 2015

For my first video assignment of the week I decided to complete Selfie Story. [Narrate a story using selfies. It can be any story you’d like (crazy night out, movie night with friends, just the average day, etc). You can use a combination of selfie clips or pictures, it is all up to you. Create a 1-2 minute video montage of all the selfies to tell the story. Try adding music or effects to keep it interesting.] I already take plenty of selfies, and Douglas complains constantly about my need to capture the moment on my phone. However, since this was for an assignment he obliged to my recording our pumpkin carving adventure via Selfies. It was so much fun, and I think (as per the assignment) that the video itself tells the story. Here’s our Punkin Adventure!!

I made this video with Windows Movie Maker. The pictures were taken on my LG G2 smart phone, and then I downloaded them to my computer and uploaded them to the movie maker. At this point, it was a matter of adding transitions and background music. I used transitions that had sharp edges and triangle-shaped features because I thought it resembled the triangle-shaped eyes of the carved pumpkins. For the background music, I used an instrumental mp3 of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” I figured this song was appropriate given the spooky holiday feelings!


Look, Listen, Analyze: The Joker’s Pencil Scene in The Dark Knight

I viewed this classic scene of the Joker in The Dark Knight, looking closely at its visual cinema techniques as well as listening to the deliberate audio choices. Here are my findings and reflection on the effects of these cinematic choices.

Camera Work: The angles of the camera in this scene are fairly consistent throughout. For a majority of the scene, the camera alternates between shots of the Joker talking to the faces of those he is talking to. The characters are shot directly centered in the screen, showcasing their reactions to what the Joker seems to be saying. The lighting is dark and obscures some of the details surrounding the conversation. The camera seems to be making a deliberate choice, forcing the audience to pay attention only to what is being said by the Joker and the other men. At the end of the scene, the camera pans out and shows the Joker leaving at a greater distance than when he was talking. This is one of the few points in the scene where the camera is not focused solely on one character’s face.

Audio Track: Like the visual component, the audio elements of this scene are solely focused upon the conversation at hand. Much of the audio comes from the dialogue between the characters at first, and then it becomes much more focused on the lines given by the Joker. As the scene progresses and the Joker becomes more engrossed in his monologue, suspenseful music begins playing in the background. This background music begins to increase in volume as the scene moves forward, becomes more intense. Along with the music, the speed and volume of the dialogue between the characters grows and increases as the scene progresses to some sort of climax.

All Together: Having the audio and the visual components together gave this scene so much more depth and intensity than before. The building background music combined with the back and forth conversation gave myself as a viewer an emotional sense of suspense and unease. I felt this viewing the audio and visual separately, however it was with greater intensity that I felt the suspense building as the scene progressed.

Many of these elements were discussed as well in Roger Ebert’s article on how to read a movie scene/shot. Seeing that all of the people shot in this scene were villains in the movie, I did not notice much emphasis on left/right character placement. As I said before, many of the characters were shot head on, like a mug shot as put by Ebert. This shot of their fully faces accurately depicts them as the criminal characters they play in the movie. The build of the music in the background and the growing intensity of the dialogue between the characters also helps move the story element along. The scene seems to be rising, approaching a climax as the music builds in the background.