Advice for Future DS106ers

First things first, if you thought taking this course would be an easy online A…have I got news for you. This class is a lot of work. That being said, it is a lot of fun work. If you throw yourself into the class you will get through it and could actually learn to enjoy it and miss it once you are done. The one thing I wish someone would have told me about this class is how much fun it is. I had heard all of the stories about how hard it is and how much work it is but I found it to be quite enjoyable.  I wish I could take this class again but now it is your turn to make the most out of this class. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have, if not more.

Final Project

It’s done!!!! The final project for this crazy class. This project was crazy and hectic but I think it turned out better than I imagined it would. I ended up working on this project with my friends Ashley and Gabby. We wanted to combine our host characters and make a crazy story that took place in an insane asylum. To keep up with the theme of the class we added in murders. It turned into a murder that is creepy and thrilling. So without further ado, here is our final project:

I really enjoyed working with the four different genres of storytelling we used to create this project: audio, video, visual, and writing. I also loved working with Ashley and Gabby on this project because we each had a specific part in brainstorming and creating this project. I hope you enjoyed watching our Asylum Murder Mystery as much as we did making it.

Weekly Showcase #2

Hey guys! This is your host, Eve Winters, and this week I wanted to focus on all of the hard work we have all put into this class. As we all focus our efforts on finishing our final projects, which all sound amazing and exciting, I wanted to look back on the top five works of the semester.

Number five on our countdown is a design assignment to make your own cereal box cover. I like the thought put into this design and love how detailed it is. You can see the post here.

Mario Cereal Box

Number four on our countdown is a video assignment to make a mini documentary about someone. I like how the person of interest in the video is the host character Spooksy and how creepy the voice is. The voice lends itself to the video and makes it so much better. You can see the post here.

Number three on our countdown is a video assignment to make a montage of things you love. I love that the video was based on the host character, Bridget, who had been locked up for years in an insane asylum but is now free. The focus of the video is everything that is colorful and represents freedom which contrasts Bridget being locked up for years. You can see the post here.

Number two on our countdown is a video assignment to put together two movie scenes. I loved this assignment because it was funny while also being serious. It was different from the horror theme of the class and was a very creative mashup of movie scenes. You can see the post here.

Our number one assignment of the semester is a mashup assignment to combine your favorite three works from the semester into one. Gabby did a marvelous job on this assignment and I love that she chose three assignments about her host character, the Death Whisperer. She combined them well and I enjoyed reading her explanation of her assignment. You can see the post here.

That rounds out our countdown of the five best works of the semester. I hope you all enjoyed looking back on the semester with me and I can’t wait to see everyone’s final project.

Final Project Week 1 Progress

For our final project we are going to create a story where Ashley’s host character, Bridget Lloyd, was wrongfully imprisoned in Fogg’s Asylum. The entire story takes place in the asylum and my host character, Eve Winters, is working there. There is a killer on the loose in the asylum and no one knows who it is. It is suspected that Bloody Face is behind the murders but no one knows where he is nor how he would get into the asylum. Gabby’s character, The Death Whisperer, visits the asylum many times to send the dead people’s spirits onto the after-life. It’s going to be a murder-mystery told mostly through diary entries written and read by Bridget and a timeline form created by Gabby. I will covering the visual assignments while Gabby creates the audio elements in our story. The four elements in our story will be audio, video, visual, and writing. I’m excited to continue to work on our story and can’t wait to see what other people create.

Weekly Summary 11/13/2015

This week was really fun because mashups make you think outside of one genre while remixes force you to change the way something that has already been made. We had to do two remixes this week. I chose to make a prequel for my room and add Waldo to someone’s Richmond, VA picture collage. The daily creates for this week were interesting. November 7ths daily create was to make a ds106 inspired winter hat.

November 10ths daily create was to find a picture that portrayed a bridge over troubled waters.

The assignment bank mashup assignments were really fun. I had to do 10 stars worth of mashup assignments and one of my assignments had to be related to my host character. I decided to do two 3 star assignments and two 2 star assignments. The first 3 star assignment was to mashup two iconic movie scenes. The other 3 star assignment was to take one picture a day and combine them in a video. The first 2 star assignment was to put Talky Tina’s head onto something unusual. The other 2 star assignment was to mash together clips of your favorite TV character into one video.

You can also check out some of the work my classmates have been doing, and my comments on their work, below:

One Photo A Day

For this mashup assignment I had to take one selfie everyday and combine them into a video. I decided to take up the part of my host character because I don’t typically dress nicely everyday and since she has a job she would look nice everyday. So here is my video of Eve Winters taking a picture a day.

I really enjoyed this assignment because for a second week in a row I got to portray my host character everyday. I love taking up the part of my host character because it is something different from my usual day and it allows me to be more creative.

Sheldon Cooper Bazinga Moments

The first, and most important, step to complete this assignment is to download Windows Movie Maker, or another video editing software of your choice. Once you have downloaded this, or another, software you can start brainstorming the character you want to do your assignment on and what scenes from the show you want to use. Once you have downloaded Windows Movie Maker, or another editing software, you will want to open your program and familiarize yourself with what it looks like.

Mashup Tutorial Picture 1

I decided to do my assignment on the great Sheldon Cooper and I wanted to specifically use any scene where he makes a joke. He always says the word “bazinga” when he makes a joke so I wanted to focus on when he says bazinga. I then went on YouTube to find scenes where Sheldon uses bazinga to make a joke. You can use any other means to get the scenes you want to use but I used YouTube because it was easier for me. I then found the video clips I wanted to use and downloaded them to my computer. Once I had downloaded everything I wanted to use I imported them into Windows Movie Maker by clicking the add videos and photos button pictured below.

Mashup Tutorial Picture 2

Once you have imported all of your clips, they will be displayed in the section on the right of your screen, as shown below.

Mashup Tutorial Picture 3

You will then want to organize your clips into the right order. You can do this by clicking and dragging the clips where you want them. Once they are organized the way you want them to be you can be done with the assignment. However, I needed to cut some parts out of my clips so the movie flowed better. You can split clips by selecting where you want to split the clip and clicking the split button in the edit toolbar, as shown below.

Mashup Tutorial Picture 4

You can then select the newly created clip and delete it. You can split your clips and reorganize them until your clips flow seamlessly. You can also add a theme which will let you put a title frame at the beginning of your movie. You can choose your theme from the AutoMovie themes section on the home toolbar, as shown below.

Mashup Tutorial Picture 5

You should end up with a project that looks like the picture below. You will then want to save your project (in case you want to go back and change something later) and then save your movie. Both of these options can be found under the file menu pictured below.

Mashup Tutorial Picture 6

I hope your assignment turned out well and you can check out my completed assignment below:

Trek Wars Mashup

For this mashup assignment I had to mashup two iconic movie franchises. I chose my favorite two franchises Star Trek and Star Wars.

Trek Wars

In this picture Captain Kirk is helping the Jedis fight Count Dooku’s droid army on Geonosis. I chose this scene because the Jedi are trapped in a circle and there was a perfect spot open for another character to join the circle. So I found a picture of Captain James T. Kirk with a phaser, cut him out of his original scene, and added him to this scene. I really enjoyed this assignment because I got the idea while I was re-watching all of the Star Wars movies (so I can prepare myself for The Force Awakens). I saw this part in episode II and knew Kirk would fit perfectly into it.

Talky Tina Head Swap

For this mashup assignment I had to put Talky Tina’s head on something else. I decided to go with a popular meme:

Talky Tina Mashup

This assignment was tough because I didn’t know what I wanted to put Talky Tina’s head on. I asked my roommates and they pointed me towards memes and I eventually thought of this one. It is perfect because I was able to change the ending to “Talky Tina is coming” which is pretty creepy. Overall I enjoyed making this assignment but was frustrated with it until I thought of what I wanted to do.

What Are You Missing Nearby Remix

For the original assignment I chose to use Kaitlin’s submission:

What Are You Missing Nearby Original Pic

You can see her blog post here. I then had to remix it:

What Are You Missing Nearby

I then added Waldo into one of the pictures in Kaitlin’s original assignment. See if you can find him:

What Are You Missing Nearby Final Pic

I loved this assignment because I got to use my classmate’s work and I always loved trying to find Waldo when I was a kid.