I had a blog once….

A friend mentioned to me today that they had recently started blogging. They went on about how much fun they were having, and what a great experience it is to have a voice online.

This sparked something in the back of my brain. I thought to myself, “Oh yeah…I had a blog once.” I realized I had originally stopped just because my required time with Digital Storytelling was over and I thought I would take a break from my online persona. When it crossed my mind months later, I wasn’t able to login and could find no trace of my page so I just shrugged it off and went on with my life.

And that’s when I realized! My life has been so boring! And DS106 was so much fun! Aside from school, the only thing I really do with my spare time is watch documentaries concerning the history of the British monarchy (no shame). After some intense research (I typed ‘word press’ into the search bar of my e-mail) I was able to find my info again and discovered that everything is how I left it.

So, during my free time this semester (of which there will be very little) I’m going to dip my toe back into the DS106 pond. Hopefully it comes back to me quickly.

 

Inspirations

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I really loved that Claire recognized the similar aesthetic features between the pig nurses and the Seuss Universe. They look as if they mesh so well together.

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This was my favorite assignment that Andrew completed this semester. I loved the contrast between the culture of gaming and the stuffy, snotty narrator. Maybe I’m getting too deep, but it could be a bit of a satire. Hmmmm….

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Loved Kris’ Talkie! I’m really into juxtaposition I guess, but blending something modern with early video entertainment just tickles me.

Weekly Summary 1/2

Look, Listen, Analyze

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/look-listen-analyze/

Exploring the Episodes Even More

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/244/

http://www.greencine.com/static/primers/

http://www.filmsite.org/genres.html

Genres of Youtube

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/discovering-genres/

Pre-Production

http://happyfuntimeblues.net/2013/06/13/planned-video-assignments/

Daily Creates

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I’ve learned quite a bit about the technique of film and video so far this week. At times, it was a bit complicated, and I felt like I was back in English Class, but I’m glad I stuck with t because I’ve already learned a lot. Finally figured out how to paste two clips together in MPEG streamline, as well as how to embed a Youtube video on my blog. Well, sort of. Having some technical difficulties with that. I feel as if I’m ready to delve into the video assignments head first. And I have to, otherwise I can’t see my Dad on Sunday. But I’m sure everyone’s in the same boat.

Planned Video Assignments

One assignment that really caught my eye was The Vintage Educational Video. I think these things always have a lot of potential and I love their corny voices. I’m going to use the current controversy of Genetically Modified Wheat as my topic. I have a few materials, many of them are just ideas that I hope to accomplish in Photoshop with the use of layers. But I’m definitely going to use this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vul6JBdgUjE

And a couple parts of this one, along with a couple other PSA’s from times long gone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys40_HxB7BM&list=PLF29E466E411EBA7B

I’m going to be using Mpeg for both of my video assignments, but like I said above, I may try to render some images and try to throw them into the video.

For my second assignment, I want to do Return to the Silent Era

The trailer I’m going to use is from Hercules (1997) it a little older at this point, but I think it would be an easy one to turn into black and white rag time drama. It’s a little silly, but I’ll probably change the sound effects completely and put a song over it.

This is the trailer I plan to use:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5J8jie6tgk

I feel better just making this post and writing out my plans! Feels like half of the work is done already.

Discovering Genres

I really enjoyed reading over the genres listed in the google doc, mostly because of how unique they are. Usually, when reading about film, one would see a slew of common and familiar genre titles. These, I feel, are aimed more at the audience of the internet, or Youtube, rather than that of a cinema. These are genres created by the people who watch and enjoy them every day, and many of them make them as well. Since the phenomenon of Youtube began, anyone can be a film maker and define their own drama. I really enjoyed that so many people were able to find a niche for the video they wanted to use. I like that there are so many options these day.

For my example, I chose a comedy video that I recently saw on reddit. I chose to put it under the comedy genre, but also created a new one “Family Humor”. I feel as if social media these days is filled with young parents sharing pictures and videos of their kids, in return, you get ridiculous videos like this one where the family structure/child is mocked. I labeled it Family Humor not only because of that, but also because I feel like it relates to a certain group of people in a way that I can’t understand, because I don’t have a kid; they are gross and stuff. Here is the first of three videos:

Look, Listen, Analyze

The camera work from the get go brings up many negative connotations. In the opening sequence, a wheel chair is positioned to the left of the screen in the lower half of the frame. Ms. Keene then appears and adjusts to her right, towards the telephone and openly confronts the mysterious caller. The shock of the storm brings her sight back to her left side before she finally rests in the middle of her bed and falls back asleep. This, according to Ebert;s guide, could suggest several negative connotations. Firstly, the wheelchair, placed on the left side, recognized to Ebert as the usually “more negative side of things” suggests a handicap. The fact that it is located on this side of the frame helps to create the idea that possibly this disability lends more to the story and could mean much more than a physical handicap. The clock is placed on the right, which based on the appearance of the main character of the story, suggests that some time has passed, or at least that it is moving forward. The lighting of the show is quite tapered down, as might be expected of any depiction of a horror story. The sudden flashes of dark and light and the contrast of cemetery vs daylight however suggests that there is both a light and dark side to this story. While Ms. Keene is usually featured in the top half of the frame, the telephone she seems so wary of (at least with out sound) is usually seen in a position below her, or in one instance, hanging off it’s hook in the lower half of the shot. Negative things seem, in accordance with Ebert’s guide, seem to sway more towards the negative. To take an earlier example, the storm in the beginning of the show seemed to be centered to the left of the screen, as did the cemetery later in the segment.

The episode starts very high paced. There is a storm heard and then the shrill sound of an old telephone. A click can be heard, very clearly, perhaps meant to denote the end of a scene. Instead, the storm is heard again and the telephone once again rings. After this, Rod Serling begins his narration. The very quick paced beginning sort of makes sense with the plot. You know as much as Ms. Keene does at all points in time, so when you hear her make a big deal over the mysterious telephone calls, it almost makes sense. The moans of the man on the other line give the listener a sense of despair and hardship. The constant calling put together with the panic of Ms. Keene suggests that something familiar about these calls are bothering her. The music, however, just five minutes into the show, is a startling, almost slow paced tune. The orchestra is featured prominently and sharply. This somehow lends the theme of a mystery-the music ends abruptly as a conversation ends, so it leads one to wonder if there is something there that we don’t quite see (or hear yet). As the episode goes on, the voice of Ms. Keene becomes more and more desperate- almost whiny at some points. This can be heard especially in the final moments of the program when she finally understands who is contacting her. Her lovers voice can atone to this as well- he becomes more and more agitated as he tries to contact her. She desperately screams to the voice on the other end, begging forgiveness. This in turn lends to the theme of the show-you must accept the choices you make, and the consequences that become of them.

 

Together, the visuals and audio lend to each other splendidly, and form a tight relationship. When viewed simultaneously, these two forms of media work together to exchange the story. The dramatic switch of views and angles lends well to the change in the tone of the dialogue and the over all increasing urgency throughout the course of the story. It starts out with the assumption of a paranoia, a fleeting feeling of fear, and then increasingly escalates to. Of course, as Ebert notes in his guide, the premise of left=negative, right=positive is not absolute, but merely one strategy of how to interpret film. In this case, I believe this theory to be completely pertinent. Things that seem to frighten or upset Ms. Keene seem to appear on the left of the screen, where as things such as the clock on the right hand side of the wall may suggest something such as time going forward, especially due to Ms. Keene’s advancing age. Although black and white television was common at the time, I feel like when it’s put together with such dramatic dialogue it really speaks to the message of the episode- life is either this or that- it’s what you make it, and you have very little time to make those choices.

Scottlo Reactions

Whenever I summarize the episodes one by one, I find it hard to materialize something to say. I think week by week however, it is much easier to talk about the pod casts, what they consist of, and what we have learned from them. I thought that they were longer than usual this week, but I didn’t mind that. I think it’s kinda fun to sit back and listen while I do work. I noted the advice about aiming for the lower star assignments. I feel like that way it’s much easier to learn more things. The bumpers Scott played were really cool, and I enjoyed listening to them. It was also interesting to hear advice about Audacity, and that was definitely helpful during my endeavors this week. I also like hearing about the guest speakers. It was a good, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Weekly Summary #2

Reflections

I enjoyed reading and researching Creative Commons and seeing just how it affected how I do my work. It makes me more deeply appreciate the public domain and that people want everyone to be able to share anything informative or educational.

The Scott LoDown podcasts are a neat way to reach out to students, both open participants and local students, and let them know what is going on in the class. It’s always helpful to have some tips and tricks and these are especially cool because they are available whenever we want to reference them. I enjoy listening to them every week.

I also really enjoyed delving in and learning in depth about design. It helps to read these things, especially since I myself am not very artistic. It really helped me to view my work with a different eye and try to incorporate these elements into my design assignments.

Daily Creates

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I have to admit that I was so overwhelmed this week I didn’t keep up so well with the Daily Creates. One isn’t listed just because it’s written, but otherwise I think I may have forgotten to post these to twitter….It’s been a rough week, I’m glad it’s over and starting tomorrow I’m doing these every day!

Design Assignments

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3 Stars

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4.5 Stars

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4.5 Stars

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Link to Original Assignment

 

4.5 Stars

16.5 Stars

12 Twilight Zone Stars

Audio Assignments

Link to Original Assignment

 

4.5 Stars

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4.5 Stars

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3.5 Stars

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4 stars

16.5 Stars

9 Twilight Zone Stars

Comments

 

http://placchetti.net/2013/05/30/yellow-plank/#comment-76

 

 

http://bowtiesandskulls.com/uncategorized/turn-a-gif-into-a-fig/#comment-48

 

 

http://clairepatrick.net/ds106/designassignments/the-seussify-of-the-ds106er/#comment-27

 

 

http://wesleyjroberts.com/2013/05/31/my-bumper-sticker/#comment-37

 

 

 

http://blog.raptnrent.me/2013/05/31/things-that-go-bump/#comment-1666

 

 

http://blog.mikebosland.com/2013/05/31/ds106zone-trading-cards-time-enough/#comment-42

 

 

http://networkeffects.ca/?p=1626#comment-6059

 

 

http://bowtiesandskulls.com/uncategorized/tell-a-tale-on-a-tapestry/#comment-51

 

 

http://bowtiesandskulls.com/uncategorized/sound-scapes/#comment-59

 

 

http://amcandre.com/uncategorized/animatedgif-assignments-turn-a-gif-into-a-fig-4-stars/#comment-54

 

 

http://amcandre.com/uncategorized/design-safari-design-elements/#comment-55

 

 

https://heystorytellers.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/another-gif-poster-for-time-enough-at-last/comment-page-1/#comment-372

 

 

http://amcandre.com/audio-assignments/audio-assignments-make-your-own-ringtone-2-stars/#comment-56

 

Weekly Reflection

This week was far more challenging for me than the last. I sputtered in the beginning with Audio Assignments and then spent the rest of the week obsessing on them a bit too much. I didn’t pay attention to the finer detail over all, I was just so overwhelmed with figuring out the program. Now that I’ve spent the last 7 days with Audacity, I feel like I’m much more competent than at the start. It’s gotten to the point where I’m starting to enjoy mixing things where are before I couldn’t even drag my selections into the program. I’m looking forward to next week and the challenge of online groups. I’m sure it will be prove to be much different than something I am normally used to. Really excited to make a Radio Show! It’s been a good week guys!

 

Scott LoDown Reactions

Scott LoDown 005: This podcast talked a bit about participation and the comments that have been flying around the blog. It was discussed that your site should not be generic, because that is your only way of being known in the class. I agree with this, but it’s also been difficult to do this when I know so little about the web. Talky Tina was also discussed.

Scott LoDown 006:Lots of interesting background music, lots of Talky Tina. Talks about communication/using your peers feedback. I think this episode was more of a discussion of random thoughts than anything else. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just wanna talk about stuff.

Scott LoDown 007: In this episode, the open online participants were discussed. I agree that I personally haven’t payed much attention to them yet, but I should! I think it says a lot when you want to be creative just because, and not only for a grade. So I agree they deserve some props.

Scott LoDown 008: In this episode the audio assignments were discussed thoroughly. This was helpful, especially since it came at a time of the week when I was really struggling with the audio assignments. This is one of the reasons why I think the pod casts are such a neat and interactive way to learn.

Scott LoDown 009: This began with a continuation of the audio assignments. Finally figured out what the deal with Doc Oblivion was. Talks about how these assignments and the skills we are learning in this class will be effective for a very long time, and I agree with that. I originally took this class so I could better understand how to manipulate media and I feel like I’ve already gotten better with it.

Scott LoDown 010: Listened to an old podcast to start out with. Mentions “The Devil and Mr. O”. Discussed the open online participants again. Apparently someone made  cool parody post? I should look it up. Sounds funny.

Scott LoDown 011: Began with talking about Jim’s talk in New Hampshire, and his discussion on ds106. Also discusses a recording app in length.

 

Elements of Design

The elements of design surround us no matter where we go; we are constantly being reminded of the design choices of others by observing the world around us. Where as a design is the overall function of a piece of work, visual design is more about how the design is perceived and liked by others.

There are several principles of Design:

  • Balance is a very important part of design because it allows for objects and shapes to be aesthetically placed around the picture.
  • Contrast is important because it gets the attention of others, it’s meant to grab the eyes away from everything else. It also helps to organize the content of your work..
  • Emphasis is very similar to contrast, but stands all on its own. Emphasis is the element of the work that is supposed to grab the attention, it was meant to be seen first and foremost. Emphasis doesn’t have to be obvious, but can also be implied.
  • Movement is used to express action in a picture. A variety of shapes and lines are used to make it have the appearance of movement. Individual frames and diagonal lines help to lend to the idea of movement in a work of art.
  • A Pattern is a repeated use of a visual element in order to create a rhythm in a work of art.
  • Rhythm allows your work to contain a certain consistency. A pattern is found within a rhythm.
  • Unity allows you to see the relationship among all the different elements in the design.
  • Dominance works with different lines and shapes to assert all the different elements. This is also how dominance works with balance to create unity.
  • Proportion involves the scale of the pictorial elements. Proportion usually must have standards and cannot be made at random.
  • The idea behind minimalism is that sometimes the message can be direct, and all that extra fluff isn’t really necessary to say what you are trying to say.

Here are the examples of design principles that I found in my own environment:

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This is an example that I found using color. You can see how all the bright, accompanying colors bring focus to the piece of art in question.

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I used this old political poster not just because of the language difference, but mostly because you can see that the letters were supposed to one of the main points of the poster. Large, bold, and black.

IMAG0328I took a picture of this wall hanging as an example of rhythm. There are smaller, repeating patterns that become a part of a larger and more meaningful rhythm.

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This is an example I used for metaphor/symbol. Uncle Sam represents a spirit that was uncontrollable during an ever expanding time for our nature. Here he can be seen standing coast to coast of the US, and the print below him read “The Stride Of A Century”. These are symbols for the manifest destiny.

Design is full of nuances and skills to learn in order to better help humans both create and appreciate works of art.