Weekly Summary 10

This week was one of my more creative ones, but it also got a little personal. I’m not a fan of video assignments, even after having to get down and dirty with some of them, but that’s largely due to my stagefright!

Anyways, I did 10 stars worth of assignments this week. The first of these was a message to my 16-year-old self. For some wise insights that may or may not apply to you, feel free to listen here! I used Windows Movie Maker to record myself but had some problems with recording audio that was native to the program. I was able to use the Windows 10 Audio Recorder to get my wonderful voice captured, but I wasn’t able to sync it with what I’d recorded. C’est la vie, I suppose…

Next was the Instant Replay! I took an old YouTube classic and trimmed the video in WMM, adding the pivotal scene once more near the end and slowing it down to 0.5x. Here’s the final product in all its splendor. And my post on it: here.

Last, but not least: I gave Metal Gear Solid 4 the ol’ Chipmunk Style treatment. Taking an emotional scene from the end of the game, I used WMM to speed the video up to 2.0x speed.  Appropriately, I titled the post “I feel badly.”

Better than all of that, though, is my video essay. Please, enjoy my insight into a scene from The Shining loosely following Roger Ebert’s essay on ‘How to Read A Movie.’  I struggled to find the appropriate words to express my ideas, but I’d like to think I did a fairly decent job eventually getting some of my points across. Here it is! And my post concerning it can be found here.

Go ahead and check out my classmates’ blogs! They’ve done some mighty nice work this week.

http://mikesspookyds106.com/weekly-summaries/bat-mike-returns-weekly-summary/#comment-670

http://theaaronadventure.com/week-summary/week-10-summary/#comment-671

http://ds106.emorelleum.com/weeksum/the-week-i-did-not-sit-back-and-watch-tv/#comment-172

http://ds106.emorelleum.com/viswork/signs-of-trouble/#comment-173

http://bloodyface.artismyescape.com/week-summary/weekly-summary-10302015/#comment-783

http://bloodyface.artismyescape.com/thoughts-and-ideas/video-essay-on-the-ring/#comment-784

http://mikesspookyds106.com/video-assignments/bat-opera-videoassignments497-3-stars/#comment-671

http://theaaronadventure.com/assignments/aaronline-bling/#comment-672

http://ds106.forkinall.com/assignments/wait-what-happened-i-need-to-see-a-replay/#comment-227

http://theaaronadventure.com/assignments/show-me-the-wolf-of-wall-street/#comment-673

 

Video Essay

Hi, everyone! For the next minute or so, I’d like to talk to you all about my experience with reading Roger Ebert’s essay ‘How to Read A Movie’.  I’ll do that by examining a scene. Now, as I think of a movie scene worth writing about, I’m reminded of the week we had the option to watch The Shining. If ever there was an example of a movie worth analyzing, it’d be this one. Of the many scenes to choose from, I’d like to focus on one that I’ve given insight to before, though this time from a different lens.

The image below is from an important scene with a child riding a tricycle in the hallways of the hotel. One thing that Roger Ebert makes note of is the use of space to connote positivity and negativity within a scene. According to him, right is generally more positive while left is considered negative. In this scene, however, there’s an odd sense of balance here. At times, the subject is on the right, at times on the left. But around him, the walls and doors are in equal number and equally spaced. However, Ebert admits that these are more like tendencies than absolutes, so following them as if they were wholly true would be less than appropriate.

My last comment is on how throughout the scene, the viewer is taken through the hotel. There is little room for control for the viewer in watching a movie– it’s an experience in observation, we follow what we want to based on what we’re given. In this case, we’re following one specific subject and not given much else to experience other than that. He rides through the scene, the only sound heard being the sounds of the tricycle rolling on the floor. This journey isn’t anything outstanding, but the aesthetic and the feel it provides is what’s important. I appreciate what it adds to the film.

an example of depth

Here’s my video for the essay:

I feel badly.

This assignment was the Chipmunk Style. As the title may imply, I had to take a video clip and edit it by speeding it up or raising the pitch to make a scene found like chipmunks. For this, I used Windows Movie Maker’s editing tool to speed up the audio to 2x speed.

I picked this video because it’s a very emotionally charged moment from one of my favorite video games series: Metal Gear Solid. I titled this post the way I did because it feels like I’m trampling on something feelsy, haha.

Regardless, I like the way this turned out!

This assignment was worth 3 stars.

A slow motion replay!

One of my weekly assignments was the Slow Motion/Instant Replay! For this, I found  a video on YouTube titled “Scarlet Takes A Tumble” and inserted it into Windows Movie Maker. From there, I trimmed most of the clip (approximately the first 1:00 of it) and pasted a copy of the fall after the first. With the second one, I used the WMM speed tool to make the second fall happen at 0.5x speed.

I had a decent amount of fun doing this assignment because it was a little challenging (moreso with finding ways to save the video more than the editing bit).

This assignment was worth 3 stars.

Dear 16 year old me…

I saw this assignment and instantly knew that I wanted to do something with it because there’s a lot of advice that I could give a younger me. However, I decided to reign it in and focus more on keeping my head in the game regarding schoolwork in college.

For this assignment, I recorded video of myself, which then corrupted, but thankfully had audio recorded in case. I wanted to have it be something relevant to myself then and the best I could think of is that I didn’t take anything very seriously back then. Even though I thought high school was stressful, I realize now that it isn’t by comparison and that it’s only going to become moreso, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

I used Windows Movie Maker to get everything put together. I recorded the audio using Windows 10 default program and added the audio after making  a replacement video.

This assignment was worth 4 stars.

Weekly Summary #9

(And this one’s super on time!)

This week was a light load, relatively speaking. My process with a lot of this week’s work was slow and steady. Much of my prep work was laid out earlier in the week and I rapid-fire finished everything that was left on Friday! It’s like slowly pulling back a rubberband and then letting it snap forward, y’know?

Of these assignments, I actually took the opportunity to collaborate with a classmate of mine, the one and only  , proprietor of That Spooky Blog! We decided to write haikus and each tackled one! They were thematically related and I’m pleased with the work we did there. It was fairly simple, but required thought as all poetry should. Here’s a link to the goodness that is our combined artistry.

I also worked on a t-shirt design and gave it a familiar backstory. In this, Victor’s longtime friend (or perhaps ex-friend) Aaron of the Grade A Gruesome troupe gifted him the shift a few years after their meeting. I’d say it’s rather touching, given what happens later between the two. Here’s a look at the post detailing that!

And then there’s the assignment using Kumu! I used it to create a character map of suspects involved in Victor’s supposed death. He, however, is very much alive. Victor filed a report with the police who acknowledge the attack, but aren’t convinced that the GAG group had anything to do with it. Pft, whatever, right? They currently have a barebones map of the individuals involved in their attempt to figure our who’s responsible.

Shocking! This just in about my beloved host character Victor! Apparently some of the rumors surrounding his longevity seem to hold true. Apparently he formerly went by the name James Rives and, before joining the DS106 crowd, had a wanted poster created for his bounty! Sheesh!

I also wrote up a short review for a radio show that I listened to this week! With that came some livetweets during the show– here are just a few.

This week’s comments:

http://theaaronadventure.com/assignments/the-zombie-board/#comment-571

http://ds106.forkinall.com/assignments/who-killed-victor/#comment-186

http://www.scottclower.org/ds106/radio-show-reflection/#comment-1170

http://www.scottclower.org/ds106/lunch-with-victor-barethean/#comment-1172

http://catscarnival.com/thoughts-and-ideas/radio-show-reflection/#comment-420

http://ds106.forkinall.com/thoughts-responses/radio-show-reviews/#comment-187

http://thatspookyblog.com/uncategorized/the-ugly-side/#comment-353

http://mikesspookyds106.com/assignments/a-horrible-evening-of-radio-listening/#comment-587

http://mikesspookyds106.com/wiring-assignments/everything-is-cool-writingassignment1648/#comment-588

http://thatspookyblog.com/assignments/responses/smoooooooth/#comment-354

A t-shirt design like no other!

Much like myself, Victor is also an avid fan of the series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (though only a select few know this). For one of his birthdays, a friend of his made him a shirt. To tell you the truth, it was Aaron! A mighty long five years ago, when they first met before founding the Grade A Gruesome group. Oh, how long it’s been since then.

If you’d like to see the shirt, here it is!

This was a design assignment and was worth 3 stars.

For this assignment, I decided to put a little twist on it. Working with , we created a couple of pretty awesome haikus as told by our host characters. Here, you get a little bit of their personality through verse. (Victor sure loves his coffee, that’s for sure)

Cascade into night,

Denizens of almost dawn,

And bring some coffee

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Bitter words unbound,

Not unlike the taste when cold,

Glad to share this street.

Can you tell who wrote which part?

This assignment was worth 3 stars.

Whodunnit???

Have you ever seen those crime shows that organize a case using a suspect board? Like Scandal or Blacklist? Well, that’s exactly what this assignment is. You will create a suspect board (or a board that connects different characters) to show interaction between the people. Feel free to add text, objects, and locations that connect to the people/characters to develop the story even more. Make sure that the board clearly shows how the pieces are connected, and in your post, explain the story behind it.

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Those former cohorts of mine at Grade A Gruesome left me for dead. No mere horde of zombies would be enough to in Victor Berathean! Of course not… I filed a formal complaint with the local police department, and thanks to my influence they’ve been working the case quite thoroughly. However, they seem to have ignored me telling them who was responsible! So, instead, they created this suspect chart.

Maybe some day I’ll find justice! If not, I’ll gladly take it into my own hands!

(insert evil laugh here, if you want)

 

For this assignment, I used Kumu to create my character map. I was inspired by Nora’s post and decided to let Victor have a turn at the wheel with this one. This assignment is worth 3.5 stars.