Category Archives: Video

High School Memories

Not much is known about when or where Victor attended high school, but it’s become apparently clear that he shares a striking resemblance to a man named James Rives. Is there any connection there?

That’s for you to decide.

I mashed the photos together in Windows Movie Maker and converted the song using a YouTube to MP3 converter, then added captions to my pictures.

This assignment was worth 4.5 stars.

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.

The Shining, an analysis by James Rives

This movie is an excellent example of horror for many reasons. As such, I want to take my time and explore some reasons that explain why.

The first of these is depth. One great example of depth in this movie is one of the hallway scenes following the child on the tricycle. I say that it has a great sense of depth because of the symmetry of the hallway and the hallway’s narrowness. That same symmetry also gives us a proper sense of balance. The uniform nature of the hallway is repetitive but visually appealing. In addition, the length of the scene itself plays a role in giving the viewer this feeling of longevity. The fact that it’s aesthetically pleasing also works in its favor. On top of that, I think it’s important to note the use of perspective here. Following the view of the child here, we’re left wondering what’s around every turn almost as much as he (probably) is. This is successful because it’s a more passive method of adding suspense to situations.

an example of depth

Another well-made scene that plays off of the idea of lighting and balance is this one:

aesthetic value

Here, we see the same idea of symmetry and balance with the walls of the hotel. It’s also worth noting that there’s a juxtaposition of that symmetry with the chaos of the scene itself. Something that seems as though it should be ordered and neat obviously isn’t. The fact that it’s littered with two corpses and the walls are covered in blood just make the entire ordeal frightening. All in all, I’d say it’s an effective use of material to display the gruesome nature of the move in one of it’s less subtle displays.

This movie was rich with detail and, to avoid an obvious example, I wanted to refrain from using the class, “Here’s Johnny!” scene. But I think that very scene works in its own way, again, by displaying a grand sense of the foreground/background. A close-up of Jack Nicholson’s face as he smiles while Shelley Duvall screams her head off, one close and the other, far.