Category Archives: Assignments

Selfie Story

A day in the life of Victor: a rare glimpse, indeed.

Little did anyone know that Victor was a student (or that he was so photogenic)!

I used snapchat to save the images to my phone and caption them, then transferred the images to my laptop and inserted them into Windows Movie Maker. From there, I uploaded the saved video onto YouTube!

EDIT: After much consideration and hours of intense thought, I’ve updated my video with a better version!

Tutorial: How to Create Your Own Lip-Sync Video!

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to give a quick, written tutorial on how to create video of yourself lip-syncing your favorite songs! Now, you may be wondering how you’re supposed to start on such a daunting task… well, no worries! That’s what I’m here for.

To begin, make sure you have some type of video recording software on hand. If not, Google something! I used Windows Movie Maker and it worked like a charm. Other than that, you may or may not have to record your audio separately. With Windows Movie Maker, my webcam and microphone worked in tandem to both record my background audio and capture my rugged charm.

If you’ve got that all squared away, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. If this is a song you’ve got completely memorized, feel free to ignore this step, but if not, it always (ALWAYS!) helps to have a lyric video pulled up on YouTube or have the lyrics otherwise in front of you. Because you’ll be looking into the camera anyways (or near it, at least), you can easily disguise the fact that you’re reading within a few takes.

Go ahead and record yourself with the music playing in the background or add it in manually later*, And once you’ve finished recording, save the file to your computer and then to a clearly marked folder. From there, you can either keep this treasure to yourself or upload it to YouTube for the world to appreciate!

* For those interested in manually adding in music later, the quickest and best way is to use some form of YouTube to MP3 conversion site (there are probably tens if not hundreds). Once you’ve shared the link to the video and downloaded the file, click and drag it into your video recording software and sync it up properly with your video! And there you have it, folks. Simple, easy, and effective.

 

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.

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.