Thats a wrap… part 10!

I can’t lie, when I looked at the weekly assignments for week 10 I felt a little overwhelmed but once I started working I was good to go. I felt like I learned a lot this week about how to “read movies” and see videos through a different lens.

I started by expanding on project ideas that my classmates shared. I can see potential in all of these project ideas. I am looking forward to getting started on my final project and seeing what everyone else in the class creates.

My video essay was based on a scene from the movie Little Women and I focused on the camera transitions, the speakers, and camera views. Watching a movie through a “editor lens” was a little weird honestly but once I knew what to look for I got it.

I chose to complete 10 stars worth of video assignments this week. I made 3 different videos and all of them were really fun to make. I became familiar with iMovie which was something new for me. I made a “Get Ready with Me”, “Of importance”, and “Vacation time” as a way do a little bit of different things for each video.

My daily creates this week were simple but I liked them. The quote really resonated with me even though it was simple. I completed my post of the week, commented on posts and liked tweets.

Daily Creates

I completed 2 daily creates this week! The inspirational quote that I picked I actually really liked and feel like it really fit for me. The idea that I (we) grow through the tough stuff or the dirt and make or become something beautiful like a flower. The color palette was really really simple, yet so satisfying for me. Being able to pick out the main colors from the whole picture is very cool to me.

Anddd…. Action!

This week I chose to do choice 2 which means 10 stars worth of video assignments.

Get Ready With Me was fun to create, but also a task I ad to think about. In the morning I just do my routine most of the time half awake so I had to put some thought into it. I completed this video by using Tiktok and added in each segment of my morning routine. After learning about angles, transitions, and other video pieces this video is not “high quality” and would need some work before it hit the big screen but it will do. I did not face any big challenges when filming because I am familiar with Tiktok.

Five things that are important to me!! For me, my five things were easy to choose. I picked my family, my two best friends, my computer, and my planner. IN my video I share why these people and things are important to me. I used iMovie to create this video by uploaded pictures and then adjusting as needed. Then I added my voice over explaining my reasonings. I am becoming comfortable with iMovie so I this didn’t take me very long and only a few edits. The file was too large to add as just a video so I had to post it to youtube then add it here. I enjoyed this assignment because I got to share a little bit about me besides being a student.

Its vacation time!! One fo my favorite vacations was this summer, when I went to Austin Texas! My best friend moved to Texas and I went with another one of my friends to visit her. It was my favorite for a few reasons; I missed my best friend, I’d never been to Texas, I got to see so many new places. We went to an ice cream place, walked around the city, went to to dinner at the Oasis, and made great memories. To create this video I used iMovie; adding pictures from my library and then added music. One challenge I had was the placement of the zooms on each picture. Some pictures zoomed in/out on really weird spots of the picture so I had to play around with editing a little bit. “Reliving” this vacation made me miss my best friend even more and want to go back!

Reading A Movie

When I think about reading movies I think about reading the subtitles, but after reading the article and watching the videos I am thinking differently. The article How to Read a Movie pointed to the fact that you do not have to be an editor in order to visualize these points or understand these movie terms. Anyone can look at a movie scene by scene, or shot by shot and notice details like angles, lighting, and editing.

I chose to look at a scene from Little Women and discuss what editor aspects I noticed. This scene was a good choice after watching and reading our listed assignments. A few things I noticed was camera angles when people are speaking, the eye contact, facial expressions, and camera turns. The editor turned the camera to the speaker and when they didn’t the move of the camera was strategic enough that we still knew you was talking. The facial expressions of the actors and actresses expressed more emotions behind their words. The actors made eye contact with each other when they were speaking as a way to help the viewers know who was speaking when the angle of the camera wasn’t directly on their face. When the camera went into wide views I think it shows the elegance or extravagance of the house.

To complete this assignment I used iMovie and then uploaded it to Youtube. This was my first time using iMovie so it took me a little bit to get used to the formatting and figuring out how to use it. I just started adding things and playing around with buttons until it worked. I enjoyed this assignment because it allowed me to watch a movie I have seen many times through a different lens. When I watch movies I never think about angles, expression, points of view, background, etc. but now I will have that i the back of my head when I watch movies… I don’t know if thats a good thing haha.

Project Expansion Ideas

The Final Countdown: I really liked Grace’s ideas for her final project so I have a few ideas for her! With regards to the first idea- college advice I think you could totally run with it. You could list out advice and create a flyer or even a little booklet. A how-to video for registration or buying textbooks would be useful and a way to incorporate different ways of technology. I don’t know how complicated this would be but you could also do an additional radio show with lessons you have learned from your years in college. All of these ideas allow you to use techniques we have learned and used throughout the semester.

Kendra’s Project Ideas: I thought Kendra had some great ideas for the final project. I had a few ideas after reading her thoughts. I think the podcast would be really beneficial and fun to do. The podcast will allow you to get creative and explain the benefits of DS106 for potential students. I could see you even making a video of all your favorite assignments throughout the semester as a way to showcase all the things you did.

I can totally see both of these project ideas come alive! Both ideas allow for creativity and space to make it your own which really feeds off our class theme of Bob Ross’s creativity. I know a couple people had mentioned this in their blogs, but I think group projects allow for so many more ideas to pop up so I can imagine the finished products of these project swill be great.

Planning Ahead

I really enjoyed making the radio show and I feel like it was super practical. I really enjoy working with other as a way to bounce ideas off of one another. For my final project I could see myself doing something along the lines of college readiness or even something about college memories or life lessons learned during college. I think we learn so much about ourselves and other things in life during these years and sharing them could be fun and beneficial to others in college. Being able to see or hear about people who have had similar experience or learned the same lessons is always a good feeling.

I also love to see new places so something to do with traveling would be fun too! Maybe picking place to travel to and making an itinerary. I feel like this could go in a couple different directions. Maybe “vlog” my trip and even share a travel playlist or a favorite new menu… I don’t know, maybe?

If I am being honest I haven’t given it much thought but, I am pretty open to ideas so I am optimistic I can find a group to work with and make something great!

Weekly Summary #9

This week started with listening to our class radio show. I think listening to the radio show and commenting on discord throughout the show brings a different feel to the experience. I really liked all of our comments on discord on Monday because people pointed out aspects I didn’t notice. I reflected on the Tea on Social Media and I really enjoyed their show.

For my reworks I went back to the beginning of the semester. First I reworked a playlist reflection. I added more songs to my sound cloud playlist and was a little more descriptive with my reasonings for song choices. I think doing this allowed me to think a little outside the box and listen to music as a way to take a break for a few minutes. My second rework was more improvement on the writing side. This assignment was a little tricky to find the right words for the first time so this time around I was more thoughtful. I really enjoyed doing the reworks because I am all about improvement!

While thinking about the final project I started to brainstorm a few ideas. I am excited to see what will come out of these ideas. This week for my daily creates I made it into a Bob Ross story. I found it pretty easy to get creative with Bob Ross because he is so creative. I started the week with a GIF, then I added a poem, and ended with a funny picture!

I commented on my classmates posts and liked tweets. I submitted my Post of the Week. I always enjoy getting to see and read what my classmates create throughout the week.

Still My Happy Place

When I think of a place that I am happiest and at complete ease I immediately think of water. The sight and sound of water is comforting and relaxing to me. When I sit by the water whether that be an ocean, lake, or river I feel the same sense of peace. The sound of waves crashing on the shore or water rushing by brings me peace. The ocean is for my favorite body of water to be near because the sound or the waves, the smell of the salt, and the feeling of sands on my feet is the perfect combination. This sense of peace that water brings has been apparent since I was a baby. My parents used a sound machine with the sound of waves when they put me to bed. Water is my happy place without a doubt in my mind.

I chose to do a redo on this blog post because I felt like I could be a little more descriptive and intentional. I didn’t have any additional pictures to add to the collage because I haven’t been to the water since the last picture was taken. Although my happy place didn’t change I still felt like this was a suitable blog to redo.

Some more sunshine

I chose to redo one of my assignments from the beginning of the semester. This assignment was to think of an emotion and pick 3 songs that expressed that emotion and explain why. When I first completed this assignment I made a playlist of 3 songs (Happy, Shake It Off, and Keep Your Head Up) but for my redo I added a few more songs! Now my playlist has 8 songs and a little more meaning.

I added to the playlist 5 new songs; “Buy Dirt”, “Almond Eyes”, “Famous For”, “I Like Me Better”, and “Intentions.” Each one of these songs dives a little more into the emotion of happy. Buy Dirt by Jordan Davis is explaining that you can’t buy happiness but you can marry the person you love, do a job you love, go to church, and buy dirt to build your family on; which will give you happiness. I love this song and think it is super sweet and thoughtful. The song Almond Eyes is a super heartfelt song by Brandon Lake. He wrote this song talking about his wife’s “almond eyes” and how he is so grateful he gets to look at them forever and how much he loves her. Taren Wells’ song Famous For is talking about he wants God to continue to show us his goodness and show us what he is “famous for” meaning his miracles, love, and good works. I Like Me Better by Lauv just puts me in a good mood. The singer is telling us that he thinks he is a better person when he is with his significant other, which makes me happy that they are happy. The last song, Intentions by Justin Bieber is another song that just makes me happy. He is “hyping” his wife Hailey up throughout this whole song which is great.

Even though these newly added songs aren’t all directly talking about happiness, I find happiness in them while I am listening. There is something about music that is just good for the soul. Sometimes I find that lyrics are the words I needed to say I just couldn’t find them.

So for my redo, I added new songs and went a little deeper with the meaning of the assignment. Being able to bring additional songs makes the playlist worthwhile. I also enjoyed doing this redo because I got to listen to music and truly listen to the words. I think being able to spend more time on this assignment and think about songs more than just surface level was beneficial for me.