Weekly Summary 4

One more week to go! I feel like this semester has flown by, but I guess that’s what happens during summer classes. I’m actually kind of sad we’re reaching the end; I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit these past couple weeks and done a lot of new things that I have never tried before. I would say this week was probably one of the less challenging for me, which is very weird because I went into it thinking it was going to be the hardest. The reason for that is because The word “video” scared me. If there is one thing that I am awkward at, it is filming myself talk.
I actually finished all of my main assignments early on in the week because I knew this week was going to be hectic with my new job and my other summer class, so that was something nice to have things out of the way earlier. I honestly probably should have done that in the first week of this class, but we live and we learn. One thing I think that I kind of slacked on this week was the Daily Creates. I did all 4 of them, but I wish I would’ve done ones from earlier on in the week so that I didn’t feel so rushed doing those.
I think my favorite assignment I did this week was the one I was most scared about, which is the A Day In My Life video I made. I took in to consideration all the new filming techniques that I learned from the article by Roger Eberts. I tried to incorporate some panning in the scenes when I was driving and I also used different angles. I attempted to add some more effects such as music and a fast forward effect, which I honestly think I did fairly good at for my first “vlog”. The only thing I kind of struggled with was making the music not so loud, but I could not figure it out for the life of me. I also really enjoyed recording myself talking about my freshman year of college because it was an assignment that really spoke to me. That was the hardest semester of my life, but led to some of the best.
Overall, I really enjoyed this weeks topic of video because, as I said, it is something that I have never really done on my own time. I learned a lot of new things and will definitely be keeping an eye out when I watch my next movie.

Daily Creates:

X Marks The Spot

Reading Doubles

The Tranquil Life

Things That Make Me Smile

Assignments:

My Freshman Year

A Day In My Life

Reflections:

Reading A Movie

Dexter: The Analyzation

Comments On Others:

http://jtavarez.com/assignments/a-video-letter-to-my-sixteen-year-old-self/#comment-71

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http://ds106-aleonard.com/assignments/dancing-queen-lyric-video-snippet/#comment-55

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http://hhscpscprojects.com/assignments/leonardo-dicaprio-acting-his-heart-out/#comment-51

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Reading A Movie

Movies are one of my favorite things out there, whether it be a comedy, romance, horror, etc… The effort that goes into a movie and the special effects and acting are what really can make or break it. Everyone has seen their fair share of really good movies that can be watched over and over, and there’s alway those really bad movies that just aren’t watchable. For me, one of the most crucial video techniques that a movie or TV show needs to portray is good special effects; I can’t stand watching a movie that is actually decent and then when it comes to the effects, it is awful.
After reading Roger Ebert’s “How To Read A Movie” (http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/how-to-read-a-movie) I realized that the special effects in a movie are not the only things that matter. A few things he mentioned that added effect was placement of a person, whether it be on the right, center, or left. He said the most dominant effect was placed on the right, which is interesting to me. It made me want to pay closer attention to movies and shows to see if I really got that effect; personally, I would think the center would be the most dominant. One other thing he mentioned was the angle at which something is filmed. He said if filed at a high angle it gave a more vulnerable feeling and at a low angle looking up it gave a more powerful effect. I definitely agree with this because if a shot is being filmed from a certain characters point of view looking up at someone, the character above would seem more powerful.
Not only did Roger Ebert’s video open my eyes up, but the video on Hitchcock loves bikinis and Star Wars making mistakes also did (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFkI9FzzkII and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owH54AiCheg).
In the Hitchcock video it showed how important the next scene following a characters expression can really change the meaning of it. In one scene he looked like a nice old man who like seeing a mother with a chile, and the next scene it made him seem like a creepy old man looking at a girl in a bikini. If movies aren’t careful about this then it could give off a different effect than what they want to portray. In the Stars Wars video it shows all the little things that directors miss when filming scenes. I have noticed this in other movies, too, and thought it was interesting; it makes you wonder how many times a certain scene was shot over and over.
I am really glad that I watched these videos and read the article because it honestly did help me when doing my video assignment. I placed my camera at a different angle then usual, added effects that I normally wouldn’t do. Now I’m going to put them to use and see if I notice these techniques in movies and shows.

A Day In My Life

So, does anyone else get extremely awkward when recording themselves or am I the only one?? Looking through the video assignments this week was tough because a lot of the things were recording yourself and  I freaked out a little. I finally just came to the realization I needed to suck it up and just pick something. All the assignments actually seemed really fun to do, but I came across this one and I immediately knew I wanted to do it.

I don’t know if anyone else is an avid YouTube watcher like I am, but one of the things I love watching is these things called “Daily Vlogs”. Basically, it’s just a youtuber who carries their camera around all day and films what they do. I think the reason I enjoy them so much is because it is kind of like I am experiencing everything that they are doing and I get to see so many cool things, such as places around the world or places in California that are things I want to visit in real life. One of my best friends Amy (her YouTube is @amydrauch) has a channel on YouTube, and over the past year or so she has been really dedicated to doing vlogs. I am one of her only friends that is willing to be in her videos because once the camera is around me for a while I kind of get used to it, and plus the craziest things happen when we’re together. I kind of looked to her for inspiration for this assignment, and she also helped me to figure out how to edit things. I did get pretty frustrated when uploading the clips to my computer on to iMovie because the files were so large, so it took forever to them to upload. Then I had to go through the process of importing them into iMovie from iPhoto, which took forever, too. I also figured out how to add little titles into certain clips, make things speed up, and add music. I had a really fun time with tis assignment, and I recommend other people try it, too.

To do this assignment I:

  1. Took video on my iPhone
  2. Uploaded the clips to my computer
  3. Uploaded the clips to iPhoto
  4. Import clips from iPhoto to iMovie
  5. Create a new project on iMovie
  6. Choose the segments of the clips you wanted
  7. Drag the segment to the area where you create your video
  8. Add effects
  9. Finish the video by “publishing”
  10. Upload final product to Vimeo

As I say int he video multiple times, this was a new thing for me, so obviously I am not going to be the best at it, but I think I did pretty good for a first time video of my life. Also, my day wasn’t very exciting, but that was the only day that stuff was actually going on for me. Hope you enjoy!

Assignment: 4.5 Stars
http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/a-day-in-your-life/

Reading Doubles

We were asked to read a poem out loud, but not in  normal way, in a way where the words are repeated. I found a short poem online that was deep, but short. I didn’t want it to be too long since I had to repeat each word.

Assignment: http://daily.ds106.us/tdc1616/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Tranquil Life

I decided to create a zen garden in the most peaceful place I could think of, my mom’s house. She lives in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of trees. Theres basically a little forest that backs up behind our house. If only this zen garden actually existed there!

Assignment: http://daily.ds106.us/tdc1615/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Things That Make Me Smile

If I had to chose 3 things that have made me happy recently it has been my family, my friends, and my most recent trip to Disney World. Obviously my friends and family make me happy everyday. I have no idea what I would do without them!! There are so many more things then just 3 that have made me happy recently, the list would be huge if I made one.

Assignment: http://daily.ds106.us/tdc1612/