Sign Language

For this video assignment I had to spell out a word or phrase in American Sign Language so the viewers can guess it. I decided to relate it to our class by spelling out the name of a character from American Horror Story: Asylum since that is what my blog is based off of. Good luck guessing the character’s name.

I will give you guys one hint as to who the character is: he is a doctor who works at the Briarcliff Insane Asylum. This video was fun to make because I got to brush up on my sign language alphabet while also learning how to sign “hello, my name is…”, “goodbye”, and “doctor”. If you haven’t guessed the character’s name yet you are out of time, it’s Doctor Oliver Thredson. He was the man who was Bloody Face but he let Kit Walker take the fall for his serial killings.

DIY Home Decorating

For this video assignment I had to make a commercial for a DIY project that I have done. I decided to work with Ashley Jackson on this assignment because we both did the same DIY project in our apartments and it seemed easier to have her introduce the idea so I can explain the idea.

We decided that a better way to sell the product was to introduce it through a talk show style video instead of a commercial since the viewers can do it at home. I loved that I got to stick to my host character and make it fun by mentioning death. As you can see we have a lot of other bottles to decorate that we haven’t gotten to yet but hopefully we inspired you to decorate your place with these simple yet sophisticated little decorations.

Change in Tradition

For this video assignment I had to make a video of something that I love. The thing I love most about my family is how we always follow traditions while also changing things up sometimes. The perfect example of this was Easter 2015 when we decided that my brother and I would hide the Easter eggs outside and my parents would hunt them. We had a blast and my parents got to reminisce in the past while my brother and I got a break from looking for all of those eggs.

I chose my favorite 8 pictures from the day and put them in chronological order of when they were taken, so you can follow along in the hunt for all of the eggs. I also decided I wanted to make a title slide to introduce the video so I imported an Easter egg border into Gimp and typed out the title of the video in a light green color because it was spring time. I then uploaded it to YouTube and found the background to add to it. I chose this song because it is upbeat and happy like that day was but also edgy which showed that we were changing tradition. Overall, I enjoyed this assignment and thought it turned out pretty well.

Letter to Bridget

For this writing assignment I had to write a letter to a friend. I decided to take on the role of my host character. I wrote as if I was Eve Winters and she was writing to her pen-pal Bridget Lloyd.

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I decided to write the letter in red because Bridget was locked in an insane asylum for years and her favorite color is red, so I wanted her to see some color when she reads the letter instead of the dull black, white, and gray she has been surrounded by. In case you can’t read my handwriting, because it is awful, the letter reads:

October 22, 2015

Dear Bridget,

Long time, no see. I’m hoping to be able to visit London soon. Let me know what time works best for you. Have you seen your friend, Johanna, lately? I’m sure she misses you. Maybe she can visit you when I do so I can finally meet her. You have told me so much about her. She sounds absolutely marvelous. On another note, my brother is getting worse. He can’t seem to stop killing and skinning people. He is hiding out in my basement for the night because the police are searching his house. I have decided to kick him out in the morning because I don’t want to be associated with his crimes. He showed me his latest mask from a group of teenage girls that he killed a couple of days ago. It was hideous. I wanted to barf because it smelled so bad. He even tried to make a wig out of the blonde girl’s hair. Needless to say he failed and the hair is falling out. I will be cleaning up hair for weeks. I can’t believe I let him stay here. He’s only my half-brother. I should have let him rot like his disgusting masks. He is definitely going to be kicked out in the morning. Anyway, that’s what I’m up to lately. How have you been? What have you been doing lately? Don’t forget to get back to me on when I should come visit you.

Sincerely,

Eve Winters

This assignment was really fun because I got to pretend to be my host character writing to my friend’s host character. It was difficult to think of what to write, so I focused on Eve wanting to visit Bridget and talking about the trouble that her brother has gotten into, since she is directly involved. Overall, this assignment was difficult but allowed me to be creative in my writing.

Story Time

For this writing assignment I had to write a story starting with the ending and then going back to the beginning. I decided to write a story that combined my host character and two of my friend’s host characters.

Bridget asks the Death Whisperer why she is in Johnny’s basement. The Death Whisperer replied “I looked for you at your house but you weren’t there. So I followed you here to America and decided to stop by at Johnny’s place.” Bridget asked her why she was looking for her and got the response “I’ve been waiting to take you with me and now that I have found you we can go together.”

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Eve Winters was on her way to the airport to pick-up her friend, Bridget Lloyd. Bridget was visiting from London and hadn’t seen Eve in a while. They were pen-pals and had visited each other and became friends because they both have dark pasts. Eve’s older half-brother was the serial killer Bloody Face and Bridget was locked in an insane asylum because her father didn’t want her after her mother died. On the drive back to Eve’s house the girls were talking about what they had been up to lately. They got to Eve’s house and Bridget was settling in when Johnny, Eve’s older half-brother, called her. He said that he needed help and that Eve should get to his house as soon as possible.

Eve and Bridget jumped back in the car and went over to Johnny’s house. When they got there, Johnny directed them to his basement. There was a little girl sitting in the middle of the floor in Johnny’s basement, facing away from the stairs. Eve was about to yell at Johnny because she thought he had killed the little girl and needed help cleaning up the body when the little girl said something peculiar. “Hello Bridget. Long time, no see” the little girl moaned. Eve looked at Bridget’s face, stunned, and Bridget replied to the little girl with “Death Whisperer? It surely has been a while hasn’t it?” Eve was still staring at Bridget when she asked “you know this little girl?” and Bridget replied with “Yeah, she was my constant companion in Fogg’s Asylum.”

Bridget asks the Death Whisperer why she is in Johnny’s basement. The Death Whisperer replied “I looked for you at your house but you weren’t there. So I followed you here to America and decided to stop by at Johnny’s place.” Bridget asked her why she was looking for her and got the response “I’ve been waiting to take you with me and now that I have found you we can go together.”

This assignment was really difficult because I didn’t even know where to begin my story or what to write about. I decided who I wanted to include in the story and then went from there. Overall, this assignment really pushed me to be more creative and think backwards by starting with the end.

Window Wanderer

For this visual assignment I had to show what would be scary to see outside a window. I decided to use my friend’s host character, the Death Whisperer, because she is extremely scary.

Window Assignment

I took the picture of the Death Whisperer from my friend’s blog and cut out the background from the picture. I then found a cool looking window and put the Death Whisperer in the window. This required a lot of changing of the size of the Death Whisperer because she was rather small to begin with. I enjoyed this assignment because I got to stray from Bloody Face for awhile, since I have been using him a lot.

Abstract Face

For this visual assignment I had to create something out of 4 lines, 5 dots, and 1 curve. I decided to make this assignment about my host character’s older brother, Johnny, who becomes Bloody Face after following his father’s footsteps.

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I used 1 dot as the face, 2 dots as the eye holes in the mask, and 2 dots as Johnny’s eyes behind the mask. I used the 4 lines as pieces of hair coming out of the mask. I used the 1 curve as the smile that is cut out of the mask. I decided to also make my friend’s host character. Bridget is a girl who was locked in Mr. Fogg’s mental asylum in Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Bridget

I used the 4 lines as the bars that kept her locked in the asylum. I used one dot as Bridget’s head, 1 dot as her body, 2 dots as her legs, and 1 as one of her arms. The curve is her bent arm as she tries to figure out how to escape. Overall, this assignment was very fun while also being challenging to figure out how to portray two characters in 4 lines, 5 dots, and 1 curve.

A Winters’ Tale

For this audio assignment I had to tell a story and include sound effects and creepy music to bring it to life. I decided to act as my host character, Eve Winters, and tell the story of her mother’s run-in with the diabolical “Bloody Face”.

Honestly this story is creepy enough as it is without all of the sound effects and background noises but I decided to add them anyway. I found a sound clip of the main background music with the drums and what sounds like a triangle. I decided to keep it rather quiet and in the background though so it doesn’t distract from the story-telling element. I added in various sound effects towards the scarier parts of the story to add emphasis on those parts. I added in the static when Dr. Thredson captures, tortures, and rapes Lana because it is a pivotal moment in the story. I added in the distinct ringing of a triangle to highlight the quieter triangle rings in the background music and to emphasize the fact that Lana has successfully captured Dr. Thredson and recorded his confession to being “Bloody Face”. I added in the scary screech when Lana shot Dr. Thredson to accentuate her successful attempt at revenge. I also added in the ending to emphasize the fact that even though Dr. Thredson, the original “Bloody Face”, is dead, “Bloody Face” still lives on in his son.

Eve’s Morning

For this audio assignment I had to record sounds of my day and combine them into one audio clip. I decided to go about this assignment a little differently though. I wanted to create an audio clip of sounds that my host character, Eve Winters, encounters throughout the day.

I recorded my roommate’s alarm going off in the morning, I made my friend yawn for me, I then had my roommate walk down the stairs in our building, I recorded myself opening and closing the refrigerator door, whisking eggs, and frying my eggs. I decided that since Eve doesn’t have many friends, because her step-brother and step-father were both Bloody Face, she lives a very lonely and secluded life. Therefore, I only recorded my morning and used it to represent her morning. I intended for this to be a Sunday morning so she doesn’t have anything to do nor anyone to hang out with today. That’s why I only recorded her morning because it is the busiest part of her day.

911 Emergency

The first, and most important, step to complete this assignment is to download Audacity, or another audio editing software of your choice. Once you have downloaded this, or another, software you can start brainstorming the dialogue for your call. Once you have downloaded Audacity, or another editing software, you will want to open your program and familiarize yourself with what it looks like.

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I decided I wanted to do a comical call instead of an actual emergency call because the horror theme gets pretty dense after a while so I wanted to lift the mood. Once you have your dialogue written down you will want to record it using Audacity, or another audio editing software. Keep in mind the voice that is making the call and the voice that is the 911 respondent are supposed to sound different. Therefore, you might want to talk in one at a higher or lower pitch to begin with so it is easier to edit later.

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You will then want to record the lines of one side of the conversation by pressing the red dot button pictured above.

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Once you are happy with those lines you can record the other side of the conversation.

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You will then want to split each side of the conversation into the separate dialogue pieces. in order to do this will want to delete the extra silence and then place the cursor where you want to split the audio clip. You will then go to the edit menu, find clip boundaries, and select split (shown below).

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Once all of your clips and split you can organize the clips in the proper order of the conversation.

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At this point you will want to make sure it sounds like two different people are talking. If it does then great but if it doesn’t don’t worry. You can easily change the pitch of the voices by selecting the clip(s) you wish to change the pitch of and go to the effect menu and select change pitch.

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In the window that pops up will want to focus on the slide bar near the bottom of the window. When you move it to the left the pitch will go down (the voice will seem deeper). When you move it to the right the pitch will go up (the voice will seem higher). Play around with the pitch of the voices until you are satisfied with how they sound.

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At this point you can be done with the assignment. However, you will also want to consider if you feel like anything is missing from your audio clip or not. For example, I decided to add the sound of a phone dialing 911 before my conversation to complete my audio clip. I found it at freesound.org, one of the links on the audio resource page we were given. Once you are done with your assignment you will want to save your project and then export it. In order to export it you will need to go to the file menu and select export audio.

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