Emoji/Friend Mashup of the Week!

I thought it’d be fun to do this assignment as one of my Mashup/Remixes! And, of course, I was right. The hardest part was actually trying to find a picture of my good friend Carter that would actually fit an emoji. Then inspiration struck me and I remembered some old pictures from sophomore year.

I used MS paint to combine the two images and found an emoji sheet on google. The picture of Carter’s from Facebook.

Bon appetit!

finished ds106 thing


This assignment was worth 3.5 stars.

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


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.


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:

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.