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Weekly Summary #11

This week was filled with a lot of video and audio editing, but I can’t say that it wasn’t fun. I made all of these in Windows Movie Maker with audio courtesy of YouTube. Of the many assignments I chose to do to fulfill my star total of 16, I present to you the following:

First would be the Selfie Story, an assignment that was worth 4.5 stars.

It was a simple WMM job and I had fun making it. I was originally sitting in class when I decided to start documenting my day after a classmate said some… peculiar things. Read about my Selfie Story here! 4.5 stars.

Then came the Lip-Syncing video. My friends have already caught wind of the video and find it hilarious. Here’s hoping that you do, too. 3.5 stars.

Up next is The Moving Object. I honestly just like the way my mouse looks and its much easier to see the cool lights in the dark.  3.5 stars.

And then there’s the High School Memories assignment, rounding out my total to an even 16 stars.

My Daily Creates

My compilation of comments!

1.) Here! 

2.) Then, this one!

3.) And this one. 

4.) Here! 

5.) But let’s not forget this one!

6.) Another wonderful addition.

7.) Probably my favorite.

8.) We’re almost through!


10.) FIN


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.


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:

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.