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Video Week 2.0

Video Week 2.0

We have reached the end of our video unit. Ladies and gentlemen please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle until we have finished this blog post. Thank you.

First things first, I completed two Daily Creates this week!

On Thursday, as a class, we wrote a story all together in which we could only respond with GIFs. We started as “Once upon a time, this star was moving through the sky  at quite a pace and smaller stars fell from its wake…” And once I was ready to respond, we were talking about Kanye West. Then it went on to talking about Kim Kardashian crying. Let’s just say it took a turn! You can read the full story by clicking on the Tweet below! You don’t want to miss this one! Kanye will know if you keep scrolling!

Then! On Saturday, I made my own “Escape the Apocalypse” playlist on Spotify. Honestly, I find some of my song choices to be quite hilarious. For example, I can imagine myself driving/flying/walking/running away from everything in slow-mo while listening to “We Are The Champions” by Queen.

Source: Giphy

Next, I watched another apocalyptic movie! This week, I watched The Day the Earth Stood Still from 1951. I enjoyed it very, very much! It’s all about a ‘man,’ Klaatu, who comes to Earth with his robot friend Gort to bring a special message! I wrote a reflection post about it, as well! After watching, I created a video in which I compiled clips of different aliens, futuristic people, etc. Check it out!

Next, I sat down and had a Q&A session with Dr. Vanessa Locke! She asked me some questions about the apocalypse and what I have experienced. She needs to know these things!

As a video assignment from the video assignment bank, I chose to complete a 3-star assignment in which I highlighted my favorite person. Without even having to blink, I chose to talk about my mom. If you want to see more, you can read this blog post!

As my last assignment bank assignment for this video week, I created a notecard story! We’ve all seen the videos in which people tell sad, personal stories while lifting up different flashcards with their stories on it. I wanted to make one, and I wanted mine to be funny! All I have to say is that sometimes, my dreams are so realistic.

Also this week, I was able to create my own assignments to add to the Daily Create collection as well as another assignment to add to the video assignment bank. I somehow managed to forget to take a screenshot of my Daily Create, but I made it so that people would have to put a SnapChat filter over a clip of their favorite movie or TV show. My favorite videos of this are from Friends, the TV show. If you’ve never seen one before, watch this one below! (I did not personally make this video.)

For the assignment bank video assignment that I created, I asked for people to create book trailers for their favorite books or even for a book that they personally want to write!

We have now reached the end of this weekly update. Feel free to get up and move around the site!

😉 Until next time!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK

You hear on the radio that the End has started. What do you do first?

I hear the End has started. Immediately, I make sure that I, in fact, am not dreaming. Next, I grab my bag that I prepared years ago just in case. Then, I try to go anywhere safe that I can all while calling my relatives and friends to tell them where I’m going and that they need to stay safe as well. I just keep running away from whatever it is that has caused the End.

 

An Apocalyptic Notecard Story

An Apocalyptic Notecard Story

We’ve all seen those stories in which the person doesn’t talk, but just lifts up notecards where the story/words are written. Many of them are very sad, however, some are funny! I decided to make mine funny! It’s all about my encounter with what I thought was the world ending! What happened? Just watch!

A Q&A with Dr. Vanessa Locke

A Q&A with Dr. Vanessa Locke

I took some time to answer five of Dr. Vanessa “Nessie” Locke’s questions about the apocalypse and how I’m feeling! From weird symptoms that I’ve seen displayed by myself and others to how I feel when I stare up at the night sky, all the questions are answered!

 

Movie Time!

Movie Time!

This week, we continued our unit on video! One of the first assignments was to watch another apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic movie! Last week, I watched The Quiet Earth. This week, I watched a movie that I really, really enjoyed, The Day the Earth Stood Still (the 1951 version).

Source: Wikipedia

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie! As I have said before, I am not the biggest science-fiction fan, however, this movie was so good! I also have a special place in my heart for old black and white movies. My mom and I used to watch them all the time on the Turner Classic Movies channel. My favorite one was Bringing Up Baby.

Source: imDb

Anyways, The Day the Earth Stood Still is about how a UFO lands in the middle of Washington D.C. one day. Klaatu, a ‘human’ who changes his name to Mr. Carpenter as to seem more ‘human,’ comes to Earth on behalf of the aliens in order to learn about the Earth’s humanity during the Cold War-era. His and his robot friend, Gort, seem to terrorize the city, even though they are not looking to harm anyone or anything, as long as everything goes well. Klaatu meets a family, and spends time with and befriends the young son, Bobby, who has no idea that this man is the ‘space-man’ that everyone is looking for, and is able to learn more about the world and meet some very important people. I won’t spoil too much, though! It is such a good movie! If you’ve never seen it, I strongly recommend it!

After watching this movie, I completed a video assignment to go along with the movie! I chose to do the assignment, Character/Genre Song Mashup, from the assignment bank. Basically, I took different scenes of Klaatu and Gort from this film, and interspersed scenes and clips of other futuristic/alien films and TV shows, such as The JetsonsLilo and StitchStar Trek, and Wall-E, and set it a song that I think meshes well with this video. I chose to use the song “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. I do not own the song or these movies/TV-shows that were included in this video.

Take a look!

I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think!

3…2…1… Action! – Week 10 Recap

3…2…1… Action! – Week 10 Recap

Ugghhhhh… This week, you guys. I’m barely crawling out of week 10 alive. This week was filled with so much  to do, not just in this class, but in all of my classes! In college, the grind never ends. It’s 10:00 PM on Monday night, and I am exhausted.

But! Enough complaining!

Week 10 was the beginning of the video unit here in DS106! Say cheese while I call action!

This week started out with me completing two Daily Creates!

On Wednesday, the 28th, I decided to create my own fantasy plant! We’ve all probably heard of the  Giving Tree, but have you ever heard of the Talking Tree? Now you have! I figured this tree looked like it belongs in Horton Hears a Who, but it might not be animated enough. Anyone else agree?

On Thursday, I did the Daily Create in which I was to take a “tourist slogan” from a particular place such as Los Angeles, Niagara Falls, Paris, France, or whatever I wanted to add, and then add that slogan to somewhere it obviously doesn’t belong. So, for fun, I decided to put Disney World’s slogan or theme “The Happiest Place on Earth” under Virginia, where I live. VA can be a happy place, but is it as magical as Disney World? Probably not.

Next, I read and watched some sources in order to learn about how to read a movie! Yes, you read that correctly. You can read movies. If you want to see a more in-depth look into my reflection of the different videos and movie I watched (The Quiet Earth), I wrote all about it in one of my blog posts from this week!

Source: Bloody-Disgusting.com 

The next three assignments this week came from the Video Assignment Bank for DS106!

The first video I created was a digital, video snapshot of my last three years of college in which I included numerous pictures from freshman year all the way to now, in junior year. A lot has happened in only three years! Take a look:

The next assignment was a lyric video that I created for one of my favorite songs, “Future Looks Good” by One Republic. I do not own the song or the band. I just wanted to make this video for a song I love. If you’ve never heard the song, then you can listen below!

The last video I created for this week was a quick survival tip video from Dr. Annalise Huddleston, herself! She gave some insight into how to survive the apocalypse, and clear some things up from the radio show that she starred in two weeks ago, Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse. 

That is all from me this week! Onto Week 11 we go!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What question would you like to ask the class?

One question I would like to ask our class is:

What is your favorite memory? Why?

Learning to Read Movies

Learning to Read Movies

The first task of Week 10 has been to learn how to read movies. We all know how to watch movies, but can we all read them?

I’m a Communications and Digital Studies major. For one of the elective requirements, I took Intro to Cinema Studies here at UMW last semester. Here I thought that the semester would be full of just watching movies. This was definitely true, however, it was so much more than that. We had to learn the different parts of cinematography and got to go a little bit behind-the-scenes in order to understand why and how some of our favorite movies were made the way they were. It was not easy, I will tell you that. For example, it was strongly engrained in my brain that there is a huge difference between a shot and a scene in a movie. When I saw that we would be having a video unit in this class, I wondered if I would need to revisit my movie-sleuthing, if you will, abilities. I was (sort-of) right.

I finished reading Robert Ebert’s articleHow to Read a Movie, and it brought me right back to last semester. One thing that he mentioned that really stood out to me was how he explained the difference between when you put a character on the left of the screen and when you put a character on the right of the screen. As Ebert says, “in general terms, in a two-shot, the person on the right will “seem” dominant over the person on the left.” Who knew? He explains it a little more comprehensibly by saying, “Right is more positive, left more negative. Movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so. The future seems to live on the right, the past on the left. The top is dominant over the bottom. The foreground is stronger than the background. Symmetrical compositions seem at rest. Diagonals in a composition seem to “move” in the direction of the sharpest angle they form, even though of course they may not move at all. Therefore, a composition could lead us into a background that becomes dominant over a foreground. Tilt shots of course put everything on a diagonal, implying the world is out of balance.” I never knew that a character’s placement in a film could mean so much.

The next part that I did was I watched four videos about four different aspects of filmmaking/filmmakers. You can watch these videos too:

Kubrick//One-Point Perspective

The Shining – Zooms

Tarantino//From Below 

2001 A Space Odyssey

First of all, they were each short, which was a nice luxury for a busy college student.

The first video is a montage of one-shot perspectives in Stanley Kubrick’s films. For example, in the movie, The Shining, the shots in the movie in which the camera is at the end of the hallway looking forward, are examples of one-shot perspectives.

Source: Bloody-Disgusting.com

The second video is a montage in which all the shots/scenes in which zooms are used from The Shining. As each shot of a zoom is displayed on the screen, they each continue to play together which makes it feel somewhat chaotic. This also feels appropriate for a movie such as The Shining.

Source: Tenor

The third video is a compilation of all the shots in which the camera is at a tilted angle facing upwards as to make you feel like you are looking up at the characters in Quentin Tarantino’s films. Talk about intimidation while you’re just trying to enjoy watching a movie!

Source: Pinterest

The fourth and final video that I watched was a depiction of what a match-cut is in films. This video uses a scene the film A Space Odyssey in which a match-cut is used. A match-cut can be defined as when two shots of two different, but similar, elements are joined together. For example, in this video a bone is ‘match-cut’ with a space station.

Source: Reddit

As a last piece of learning how to read movies, I watched the film The Quiet Earth on Kanopy. The film is about a man, Zac Hobson, who wakes up one day to a world in which he is the last man on Earth. Everyone has disappeared, however, as Hobson explores the city, cars are abandoned on the road and no one is home or at work. He soon realizes that he now has all the power and can do whatever he wants! He moves into a mansion in one part of the movie and another scene is of him driving a police car around town. Is he alone, though? What happened, exactly? You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out!

Below, you can find a video that I created as a video essay in which I analyze a scene in the film. The scene I chose is when Hobson is living in the mansion, and he makes a “presidential” speech to different cardboard cutouts that he has placed in the yard. One of my favorite lines that he says is “I’ve been condemned to live.” Powerful, right?

A Recap of Week 9 of The End

A Recap of Week 9 of The End

It has been a great week!

Week 9 began with with my group’s radio show, Girls’ Guide to/for/through the Apocalypse. It aired on DS106 Radio on Tuesday night. It was so much fun getting to hear our show on the air. We all worked so hard on it, and it was so exciting to know that anyone could hear something we put so much work into. I was also able to live-tweet our show, so make sure to check out my Twitter or this recent blog post to see my Tweets! I also loved getting to work with my group, and I hope we get to work together again in the future!

Also this week, I completed three Daily Creates! You can find them below:

On Wednesday, the 21st, I completed the Daily Create in which I created a daily check-list for my character, Dr. Annalise Huddleston. I figured that this covered all the tasks that a doctor should do during the apocalypse. What did I leave out?

On Thursday, the 22nd, I completed the Daily Create in which I renamed an animal with a more descriptive and accurate name. I figured that a good name for a dolphin would be “friendly shark.” Think about it. When you’re in the ocean, sometimes it’s difficult to know for sure if the fin sticking out of the water belongs to a dolphin or a shark. Check out this webpage where you can find even more funny/accurate names for your favorite animals! Some of my favorites are the “Tyrannosaurus Deer” A.K.A the kangaroo, the “Cat Bird” A.K.A the owl, the “Sea Flap-Flap” A.K.A the stingray, and the “Formal Chicken” A.K.A the penguin. Share some other examples in the comments! They never fail to make me laugh.

The last Daily Create that I completed this week was on Friday, the 23rd. As a person who has grown up with both cats and dogs, and watched hundreds of hilarious videos of dogs and cats, I had a difficult time deciding which is the best. I had to settle for both. Cats can do things that dogs can’t, and dogs can do things that cats can’t. Across my lifetime, I have had three cats and two dogs. The dog on the right in the picture below is my dog, Molly, who recently passed away, and someone who I knew since I was seven-years-old. The dog on the left is Lily. She came into my life when I was fourteen. She’s very sweet, and loved her best friend, Molly. I love all animals, though. If you put a skunk in front of me, I would still say that it’s cute! No shame!

I interrupt your regularly scheduled content for a moment because I don’t want to be done talking about cats and dogs, so here are some of my favorite GIFs of them.

Source: Giphy
Source: Giphy
Source: Giphy

And now back to your regular scheduled content…

Another assignment from this week was to “remix” an assignment that I have already completed this semester. I chose to recreate the haiku I wrote back in February. To see my reflection of this assignment, you can find it in this recent blog post!

The first version:

Photo by Jaak Horn on Unsplash

Our world was gorgeous.

 The apocalypse took it away.

 Now we wear gas masks.

The remixed version:

Photo by Satwik Arora on Unsplash

The road is empty.

Once in a while I see you.

Someday this will end.

The last main thing I did this week was step up my commenting game. I definitely tried to comment on many more of my classmates’ blog posts. I will continue to do so in the future, as well! If I left you a comment, great job! If I didn’t give you a comment, I’ll make sure to do so before the semester is over!

This week has been quite fun! Not only did I have these assignments for DS106, but it was also Junior Week here at UMW! I attended Junior Formal on Friday night with my best friends, and then on Saturday, I received my class ring! I wish I could go back and do it all over again, however I don’t think I would change a thing! One thing that I took away from the ceremony and speeches was the line that it’s okay to be uncomfortable. You might be uncomfortable, but you aren’t paralyzed. I love that so much, and will be taking that along with me through the rest of my life!

Also, we’re just SIX weeks away from summer vacation!! Let’s do this!

One quick comment, too! Happy Easter!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalpyse? How would you go about obtaining it?

I would have to say that I definitely couldn’t live without my family. I would make sure that I could stay as a unit in the apocalypse. The four of us could get much more done than just one of us. I like to be alone when I want to be and when I’m comfortable. However, in the apocalypse, I know I will not want to be alone if I can avoid it. If I wasn’t able to get to my family before the apocalypse, I would try to use my phone as much as I could to find out where they are so I could find them before it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

 

Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse has Aired

Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse has Aired

On Tuesday, March 20th, my survivalist group’s radio show aired on DS106 Radio. It was so exciting to listen to something that we all worked so hard on on a platform where anyone and everyone could hear it! Rachel did a wonderful job editing everything together. There was one moment that the volume was a little funny, but everything turned out so well! In my opinion, it sounded professional and like something that we had spent a lot of time on rather than something that sounded like we tried to rush and get it over with. I do not have a link to our show just yet, however, when I do, I will add it in to this post.

I live-tweeted the event while trying to give some ‘behind-the-scenes’ information as well as trying to add some more humor to our already-funny radio show. Some examples of those tweets:

If you want to see more tweets from my live-tweet session, you can find them on my Twitter profile, @eafinto!

I’m so proud of how our show turned out. I also really enjoyed seeing my other classmates’ reactions to the show! From the health advice, to the beauty hacks, and lastly to the advice column, it was funny, entertaining, and exciting. I hope you all who listen(ed) enjoy too!

After our show, I listened to the next show that was airing on Tuesday, Eagle Report. I really enjoyed this show as well! It seemed like a real news report during the apocalypse. Very cool! I enjoyed how they integrated music into their show, as well. They had a theme song that would play at the beginning of the show and at the end of the show, as well as every time that the show would resume after a commercial/ad. I also love how creative this group got with incorporating different bumpers into their show. They used real-life commercials that we have all heard or seen on the radio or on TV. I tweeted along with this show as well, and one of my favorite tweets that I added to the discussion was:

This show reminded me a lot of the show that aired on DS106 Radio a few weeks ago about the mysterious outbreak and the contaminated water. It was a live broadcast of what was happening on the streets and what the announcer was seeing. This show from Eagle Report was very similar, and I really enjoyed it!

These radio shows were fun to create and listen to, and I hope I am able to work with my group again soon in the future, and maybe even create another episode of the Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse.

Another Apocalyptic Haiku

Another Apocalyptic Haiku

One of my assignments this week was to remix/redo/update a project that I have already completed during this semester. I decided that I would redo the three-star assignment “Haiku it up” from the writing assignment bank.

The original was posted on February 3rd, and it is now March 25th! The first time around, this was what I created:

Photo by Jaak Horn on Unsplash

Our world was gorgeous.

 The apocalypse took it away.

 Now we wear gas masks.

Now for the updated/remixed version!

Photo by Satwik Arora on Unsplash

The road is empty.

Once in a while I see you.

Someday this will end.


BEHIND THE SCENES OF THIS POST: 

For this assignment, I redid an assignment I found in the DS106 Assignment Bank back in February. I really enjoyed this assignment the first time, and when I saw that one of our assignments for this week was to remix/redo one of our past assignments, I knew I wanted to write another haiku, with a different picture. Both times, I used WriteAHaiku.com to create my haikus because it really helped me keep track of the syllables I had in each line. It was so useful! I found these images from Unsplash.com. I loved the colors and I thought they were so perfect to illustrate the apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic world.