Category Archives: Writing

Week 15: The Final Spookening – Final Project INBOUND.

It’s here.

To give you an idea of what my final project’s all about it, it’s this: Victor’s past is being revealed! Throughout this semester he’s been a real hard one to pin down and interview. What makes it even more difficult is that he doesn’t seem to talk much about his life and we’ve no records of any actual relatives. However, the truth is now being made clear for those of you who’re interested.

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We begin with a bit of context about who Victor is. Because without that, what’s the point of any of this, right? Well, to detail that, I’ve created a Google Doc sheet that gives a summary of what we already know and don’t know about good old Victor. Followed is a brief list of his likes and dislikes.

VICTOR: THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE HOSTING LEGEND.

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Category; Writing

Next, we have an interactive fiction piece created using Inkle Writer. Without giving away too many spoilers, this story deals with a young man named Jonathan on his quest to reunite with his beloved and long-lost brother Victor.

HERE’S THE LINK TO IT!

>>>> Circumstance <<<<

The story then continues in the “game” I created using Inform 7.

Medium: Web/(game) Design

After our adventure with Jonathan has come to a close, we meet a new protagonist trapped in one of Victor’s old homes. In it, he discovers an old servant of Victor’s that still maintains the home. Why is he trapped there? Will he ever escape? This won’t be easy, but patience shall reward those that persevere!

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Category: Visual

A reporter has uncovered a stack of old wanted posters that bear a striking resemblance to someone familiar. Can you guess who that may be?
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This image was one of the first ever captured of Victor, way back in the 1890’s. He was a huge fan of designer sunglasses, it seems.

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This image was take in 1946. While the name reads ‘Ellis Maynard,’ we can clearly tell that this is still Victor. He was in hiding once again while using this name. But he wouldn’t be for long…

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Having eluded capture once again, Victor returns to using his actual name while slightly changing his old last name. At this point, no one’s really suspicious of him anymore as most people who would’ve been are mysteriously dying left and right.

 

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This most recent wanted poster, created in 1987, was commissioned by a special task force that reported directly to the president. It’s unclear how Ronald Reagan became aware of Victor’s crimes, but this wanted poster wound up lost for a reason…

 

 

 

Week 13 Progress Report!

Hi guys, I’m really excited to make this post because I’m just overflowing with ideas right now. I’ve been keeping things a little low key this week and, as of right now, I won’t be showing what I’ve been working on. BUT! I will let everyone know a little about what they can/should reasonably expect!

So, we’ve got to tell a story using four mediums and I have a solid idea for three of them. The first two are based in and inspired by writing and web assignments and will utilize Inkle Writer and Inform 7. Now, for those who’re wondering what those are: Inkle Writer is a fairly easy way to create an interactive story that follows different paths that you create along the way. You can loop the story, create “game over” scenarios, include items as prizes, etc. With Inform, there’s much of the same. However, Inkle Writer is much more web-based, while Inform requires a bit of finesse with coding. It follows a technical language that’s a lot more lax than some others (http, Java, C++), but has a specific index of terms and instructions that it understands. Through that, you can create a world and a game, create plot, include items, achievements, goals, you name it. You’re only limited by your own understanding, basically.

The third idea is to take one of my older videos and brush it up a tad. Straightforward, right?

Anyways, so far, my progress has been limited to me starting on the Inform story and creating an outline for my Inkle Writer addition. If you want to see more, though, keep your eyes on my blog for the following week and I’ll surprise you with some cool treats!

 

Thanks, y’all. BYE!

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.

Radio Show Review! (Say that three times fast…)

So, for this post I’ll take a moment to discuss a radio show that wasn’t my own! Pretty straight-forward, right? Much like the oh-so wonderful production of the Edward Creepy Show! Right off the bat, the showrunners gave us a fright and I can honestly say that I never knew what was right around the corner. I didn’t think there were any glaring problems with it, either. Much like with my group’s show, there were moments that felt almost a little too quiet, but I could still hear it with my laptop’s volume cranked. It seemed to be well put together and I appreciated knowing that the group worked together ahead of time to create a script and then record individually– smart move!

I was particularly impressed by the voice modulation and the music that was used. It gave it a very genuine radioshow horror feel, which was definitely a good choice.

Great work!

Weekly Summary #8 — Radio Show = DONE!

(Apologies for the lateness. This darn post just didn’t want to be posted!)

This week was definitely work-filled. Like I said in my radio show progress post yesterday, that’s what I’ve been up to with my awesome group! We met twice and hammered out a lot of good material, with our final product found here! I look forward to hearing everyone’s shows and I hope you enjoy ours, too.

Other than that, I created some nice Daily Creates! I also did my best to leave some encouraging words on people blogs to let them know that they have support in their classmates! Honestly, with our prior audio weeks, I’ve come to understand just how time consuming all the work can be. However, I’ve also come to understand just how rewarding it is to put forth that much effort with groupmates that are equally enthusiastic. The feeling of pride when we completed our show was unsurmountable, to say the least.

Anyways, I hope everyone had a great week!

Radio Show Progress, part 2 (there isn’t a part one?!)

Hello again, everyone. As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been out of commission for a little while! But fear not, I’m back and in full force. Last week me and my faithful group members (Nora, Aaron, and Kathi) worked hard on organizing everything for our group project. Our first meeting was relatively brief, but engaging. It allowed us to better gauge what to expect from one another and how to best go forward with our project.

Enter week two and we’re getting everything done for our radio show (in good time, I might add). We’d already created outlines as planned (through a google doc sheet) and recorded on our own, so we’d lain the groundwork pretty firmly. All that was left was to fill in the gaps with the meat and potatoes of our show and to edit everything together seamlessly. Everything else up that point got the editing treatment a la Nora and Aaron had the excellent idea to make an interesting addition to one of our preexisting bumpers.

We used the recording studio of the ITCC and freshly recorded a few things (a host/caller interaction featuring Aaron and myself, for example). In total, we spent nearly 6 hours hard at work on this labor of love.  We met again on Thursday to put the final nails in the coffin, so to speak, and finish this project once and for all. I won’t give away any spoilers just yet, so no worries! Everything will be fresh and surprising when the time comes to hear our show. I can easily say that I’m proud of our hard work.

The Vignelli Canon

If there’s one thing that I learned from reading the Vignelli Canon (of course, there are more), it’s that aesthetically pleasing things are generally balanced and set to grids, be they imaginary or otherwise. In previous graphic design classes, it was a concept I’d heard of numerous times. While I understand that this aesthetic value can become incredibly subjective, in theory it holds true for most individuals. In regards to who we find attractive or the items we’re likely to buy, our brains tend to shift toward things that are symmetrical or, in some cases, ornate.

Regardless of having met the concept before, I don’t practice or study the rules or visual art very often, if at all, so reading through this booklet refreshed my memory. That said, I also agree with the notion that design is about creative power. The idea is to put forth an idea, a concept, a notion– something– and make sure that it is clearly displayed and respected. To do this, one must find or create the balance between white space and text, textures and colors.

Going back to my point about symmetry, I believe it’s ultimately important that whatever you’re doing, it’s purposeful, powerful, and intelligent. Whether it’s simple or not doesn’t matter unless you choose that it should. It’s complexity can be through the roof, off the charts, or down to earth. The important thing would be to make sure that there’s a reason for your work existing. That it serves a purpose or that it conveys something. To say that it is arbitrary betrays the notion of your efforts.

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.

Visual Storytelling

Using my time this week, I’ve reflected on how little I’ve actually dabbled into photography. Aside from participating in this week’s assignments, I rarely ever take photos on my own. I’ve taken the occasional selfie and I’ll gladly hop into a photo with a friend, but I can scarcely admit that I’m the mastermind behind the camera very often. When I do take pictures, however, it’ll usually be of something involving the outdoors– perhaps  nice sunset or an interesting cloud.

If I had to say I had a certain approach to photography, though, it would have to be symmetry and lightning especially. My approach is generally to center the subject of my images and then decide if I’m going to change the angles or not. Depending on however I get the best lighting or whatever seems best to come. I haven’t ever tried to capture a specific emotion with my pictures, though. I don’t think I’m skilled enough at this point to get away with trying it yet. To improve my photography I feel it would be best to further study/understand the overall composition of an image and becoming better acquainted with the different nuances involved. The one thing I can say that I recognize about photography (and a lot of art, in general) is that a lot of smaller pieces come together to make the larger piece more unified.