There once was a dog named Jessie. She was part of a lovely family of 5. She was treated as if she was the parent’s own child. They loved taking Jessie on walks, to the dog park, to friend’s houses, and so much more, but little did they no that Jessie lived a very lonely life while they were at work and school. She didn’t have any other pets at home to play with, so she was always alone when her family was gone; she was sad…very sad.
She spent most of her days either sleeping, roaming the house or back yard, and barking at the cars that drove by their house. After doing this same routine everyday she got bored of it and wished that she had a friend around to keep her company.
(video in her perspective)
It was starting to approach that time when her family was making their way back home form work and school. She always waited by the door for them, tail wagging and all. This day was different, though, she could hear how excited everyone was outside, but she didn’t know why. When her family walked through the door the first thing she noticed was one of her owner’s carrying a cage.
She knew this cage wasn’t for her because she was too large for it, and she could also tell that there was something inside…
Once she realized that there was a cat inside the crate she didn’t know what to think. She didn’t necessarily have anything against cats, but she was never friends with one before.
Once Jessie’s whole family got inside the house they came up to Jessie and gave her attention and then proceeded to introduce the cat to her. Jessie sniffed the cat for a while and spent the rest of the night keeping an eye out on the cat to see what it was like.
The next day rolled around and it was that time for Jessie’s family to go to work and school, which meant it was going to be the first day that Jessie had a friend to be with at the house. She was still hesitant and timid towards the cat, but she could tell the cat really wanted to play with her. As the day went on Jessie became more and more comfortable with the cat and they played all day, and never left each others side. That was the day that Jessie knew she would never be lonely again, and that she would have a best friend forever.
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For the final project, I combined multiple pieces of different media and this is how I did it.
First piece of media: Design: Dog Crying
This piece of media came from the assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/dog-it-out/
- Found a picture of my dog on my computer
- Found some pictures of tears on the internet
- Uploaded the picture of my dog to BeFunky
- Overlayed the image of the tears on top of the picture of my dog
- Saved the picture to my computer
Second piece of media: Video: A Day in the Life of Jessie
This piece of media came from the assignment:
- Decided I wanted to do a POV video from my dog
- Took video clips that were at a lower height to match the height of my dog
- Took clips of things that I notice my dog doing throughout the day
- Sent the clips to my computer
- Imported the picture from iPhoto to iMovie
- Created a new project in iMovie
- Added the clips in the order I wanted them
- Processed the movie to save it
- Upload it to Vimeo
Third piece of media: Visual: Do You See What I See?
This piece of media came from the assignment:
- Found a picture of a dog eye
- Found a picture of a person holding a cat crate
- Uploaded the dog eye picture to BeFunky
- Overlayed the image of the person holding the cat over the dog eye
- Made the overlayed image small enough to fit in the dark area of the eye
- Saved picture to my computer
Fourth piece of media: Audio: The Voice of Jessie
This piece of media didn’t necessarily come from a specific assignment, but it was similar to other assignments in the word bank.
- Came up with an idea of what I was going to say if I were my dog
- Recorded myself on my SoundCloud account
- Uploaded the recording
Fifth piece of media: Gif
This piece of media also didn’t necessarily come from a certain GIF assignment, but was similar to the assignment dealing with text in a GIF.
- Look for a picture that said “best”
- Look for a picture that said “friends”
- Upload the pictures to Make A GIF
- Pick the speed I wanted
- Finish making the GIF
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.
X Marks The Spot
The Tranquil Life
Things That Make Me Smile
My Freshman Year
A Day In My Life
Reading A Movie
Dexter: The Analyzation
Comments On Others:
Who knew the moon held treasure. Question is, who planted it there????
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.
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:
- Took video on my iPhone
- Uploaded the clips to my computer
- Uploaded the clips to iPhoto
- Import clips from iPhoto to iMovie
- Create a new project on iMovie
- Choose the segments of the clips you wanted
- Drag the segment to the area where you create your video
- Add effects
- Finish the video by “publishing”
- 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
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.
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!
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.
Freshman year is the year where everyone feels nervous, excited, sad, and just a bunch of different emotions. It is a new time for everyone. I came across tis Video Assignment, which was to talk about your freshman year and to be as honest as possible. I am not a freshman, and I haven’t been for a while, i am about to start my junior year in the fall, but this assignment basically had my name written all over it.
Assignment: 4 Stars
The reason I say this assignment had my name written all over it is because freshman year, more so the first semester, was one of the most difficult and worst semesters I have ever dealt with. I started off school at VCU, which is where I thought I wanted to be because they had a forensics major, which is what I wanted to do. I started noticing pretty early on that something just wasn’t right. I wasn’t happy at all with being at VCU; my schoolwork was not up to my standards and I was skipping class a lot because I would have rather been in my dorm sleeping or watching Netflix. I was the most unhappy I have ever been at VCU and that is when I knew I needed to leave. I told my parents and decided I would stick the rest of the semester out there, and then go from there.
December rolls around and that was the most exciting thing for me because it meant not much longer at VCU. I ended up enrolling at NOVA for the spring semester, and I am so happy that I did. My work started to finally be up to my standards and I actually enjoyed my classes and didn’t ever want to skip them. I met SO many new people around my area, one of which is now my boyfriend of a little over year, and I never would have met any of them if I had stayed at VCU. Although it was an extremely tough decision for me to make to leave VCU, I would never take it back because my life has changed so much since then and I am the happiest I have ever been. Freshman year isn’t going to be the same for everyone, some may love it and make so many new friends and some may have similar experiences to what I did, but one thing that it is for everyone is a new experience. While freshman year wasn’t the best for me, it made me who I am today and has brought a lot of awesome people and things into my life.
To do this assignment I:
- Went to my SoundCloud account
- Thought of a few things I would say before hand
- Push Upload
- Final Upload
I went with more of a raw, honest vibe with this assignment, so there is no editing. I wanted it to be like I was having a conversation with a friend or family member, and obviously you can’t edit what you say when doing that.