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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.

 

It’s Been a Minute, Fellow Survivors

It’s Been a Minute, Fellow Survivors

Hello!

I had a wonderful spring break and I wish I could have about two more weeks of it. Unfortunately, I had to come back to the real world. I went down to Kiawah Island in South Carolina to visit family. Kiawah is a very special place for my family and me. We have celebrated numerous Easters and Thanksgivings down there. I learned how to ride a bike on the beach and it is somewhere where I felt like I grew up. It’s a second home, and somewhere that is extremely special to me. It was amazing to be back down there after a few years of not being able to go down or spend long enough. If I had to explain Kiawah in one word, I would say “paradise.” Just so you can get an idea how amazing this place is, here are a few pictures. If you click on them, they’ll take you to the Kiawah website so you can see even more. (I seriously recommend taking a look!)

  Source: GolfAdvisor.com
Source: Federal Highway Administration

That last picture? Yeah, that’s me around the age of 6 or 7 jumping across a little fountain/pond thingy. I could spend hours doing that.

So anyways, now you can kind of see why I love this place so much. But you want to know what I did for class these past few weeks, right?

So, let’s rewind a bit to before spring break! Before spring break, I finally got to meet with my survivalist group for the apocalypse/The End. I really, really enjoy working with these girls. We all get along and I’m excited to continue to form friendships with these ladies. If you want to know who I’m talking about, they’re names and blogs are as follows: Taylor, Rachel, Emily, and Morgan. Our tasks for the past few weeks have been to work together to think of, create, edit, and share our own radio show that will be featured on DS106 Radio. Without giving too much away, the title of our show is “Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse” where each of us acts as our characters that each of us have created. We have Taylor and Rachel portraying their characters, Felicity and Offred as two advice columnists, Emily and Morgan portraying their characters, Jennifer and Bobbi Jane as two beauty gurus, and then me portraying my character, Annalise as a doctor giving advice and tips in order to survive. That’s all I can tell you as right now, but check out DS106 Radio this week to hear our debut! Oh! Also here is the promotional advertisement I made for our show! You’ll have to check out the other designs and promos for our show on the other girls’ pages. After the show, please let us know what you think!

Also over the past few weeks, I have completed four Daily Creates! Check them out:

For the first one, I used Hero Machine to create what I hope to become by the end of the apocalypse. I was tempted to create some kind of different creature, like a hawk with an alien’s head, or something strange like that. However, I’d really like to still be me at the end of the End. Therefore, I made myself, or a portrayal of me as myself and as my character at the same time.

For the second one, I got to play some Pictionary. My drawing skills are quite possibly some of the worst, but I still had fun. Can you guess the word? The funnier the guess, the better.

For the third one, I got to use an online template in order to make my own Wheel of Fortune word puzzle. Can you solve the puzzle?

For the fourth one, I used Canva to create a postcard that I sent to my parents as a last message in the apocalypse. I hope they’re safe and doing well. I hope I get to see them soon.

So! That was my past few weeks in a nutshell! See you next time!


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

If the apocalypse were to happen, and you had to become something. . .else. Which kind of something would you want to be and why?

  • Some kind of mutant, like a zombie, vampire, or werewolf?
  • A cyborg who looks like a human but is actually operating from an artifical intelligence?
  • A being from someplace other than Earth?
  • A supernatural being, capable of feats no human could even begin to comprehend?
  • A time-traveler with the ability to potentially travel back and forth in time to change the outcome of the apocalypse?
  • Something else?

If the apocalypse were to happen, I would want to be a time-traveler. I think time-travel is pretty awesome, and I sometimes really wish it existed so that I could be a kid again! Life was so simple and wonderful! I also feel like I could become some sort of superhero that saves the day by preventing the apocalypse all together. I would also want to travel to the future if I’m too late and the apocalypse has already hit. I would want to travel to the future so I could see if we’ll get through this, and maybe there is something I can do in the future to redirect the results of the apocalypse. However, one fear of mine is getting stuck in the past or future and not being able to return to the present. However, a time traveler seems much more exciting than becoming a zombie, no offense zombies.

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Week 6: A Recap

Week 6: A Recap

We’ve made it through Week 6! I didn’t know if I’d make it! This week has had its absolute ups and its awful downs. For one thing, I had to say goodbye to my sweet yellow lab, Molly, on Thursday after 14 years together! I hate it, but I’m getting through it!

Besides everything that’s been going on in my personal life, it was DESIGN week! I definitely think this week was definitely one of my absolute favorites. I got to discover a creative side of myself that I didn’t ever really know I had!

First, I completed three Daily Creates (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) :

(Not quite sure why my picture isn’t coming up for that last Daily Create, so here it is: )

 

Next, I watched two TED talks! The first was given by Paula Scher, and the other was given by David Carson. Both were very interesting! Paula Scher is most well-known for the creation of the Citi Bank logo! She also has taken different things, such as the US map, and turned them into her own art by recreating the map only using the names of cities, countries, states, etc. Pretty cool, right? She also has included humor in her designs. For example, one sign that she created was a bathroom sign that just said “Go to the bathroom” with an arrow in the direction of the restrooms. She takes ordinary things that we see everyday and turns them into something more noticeable and exciting! David Carson is also a very humorous designer. He originally started out as a sociologist! His designs are more minimalist, but are still quite interesting! They can be interpreted in numerous different ways! I’d love to see more of both Scher and Carson’s works! If you’d like to read more about how I felt about both of these individual designers, I wrote a recent blog post about it! Check it out!

I also got to work through a few tutorials on Canva.com! I have a new-found love for Canva! It’s so much fun and there are so many possibilities of what and how you can create!

The next project I worked on was my DesignBlitz! For this assignment, I had to illustrate five elements of design with images that I took! The elements I chose to depict were hierarchy, proximity, color, alignment, and space! Here’s the end product:

My favorite assignment from this week is next! It was to create an alternate book cover of the novel I am reading for this class for the semester, California by Edan Lepucki. I’ve barely started it, but it is a post-apocalyptic novel about a husband and wife who are learning how to survive in the wilderness after their world is stripped from them. I really liked the original cover, and wanted to continue the theme of the original to my new updated version. Check it out:

My second-favorite assignment from this week was getting to bring my apocalyptic character to life! I’m so excited to continue Annalise Huddleston’s story! Please join along in the journey! As I stated last week, Annalise is a doctor who specializes in cancer research and care. When I created her on Hero Machine, I decided I wanted to go ahead and dress her in appropriate clothes for the apocalypse, but put her in her own “natural” environment, the hospital.

Another favorite assignment from this week was getting to play with writing out Annalise’s name as a personal “logo,” if you will! Here’s the result:

The next assignment was creating a word cloud to describe and depict Annalise! I included words to describe her, as herself, and also words that describe doctors and their profession! I also really love the contrasts of all of the colors!

One last assignment I did was try to help Martha find her apocalypse hat!! She’s lost it and we NEED to find it! It’s urgent! If you know anything, please let me know!

One of the last things I did this week was become a part of a survivalist group! I’m so excited to work with my teammates! They all seem very nice and open! I can’t wait to be able to work our different characters into a story together! We need to make a survivalist group name! I’ll make sure to talk to them about that this week! I’m working with Taylor, Rachel, Morgan, and Emily! I am looking forward to getting everyone and fighting the apocalypse with each other!


WEEKLY QUESTION:

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most successful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

I have definitely worked in groups that just haven’t worked at all! High school was the trickiest.

However, the most successful group I’ve ever been a part of would have to be the group I was in for a presentation we had to do in my Intro to Cinema Studies class. We were assigned a passage in the book, The Beguiled, and we had to adapt the passage in the book to a “storyboard” that we would use to turn the passage into a part of a film. We worked very well together, and I’d definitely work with each person again! One thing that worked so well was the way in which we communicated all the time. We kept each other in the loop. We’d send each other messages like “I’m working on this scene” or “I just finished this.” We also laid out an outline that we all agreed upon. Then, we divided the scenes/shots up amongst all of us evenly, and everyone was allowed to have a say of what parts they wanted to do/work on. We compiled everything into a Google Presentation, and ended up getting one of the highest grades in the class!! I was thrilled! We all were! It was definitely so great! Communication was key, as well as the fact that we each made time to all get together and work on the project as a group instead of only communicating through texting and Facebook Messenger.

Surviving the Second Week of The End

Surviving the Second Week of The End

This week, I started out by completing two Daily Create’s! For the first Daily Create, which I completed on Tuesday, we were to write a fictional story in 240 characters or less, due to the fact that 240 characters is all you can use in one Tweet. For the second Daily Create on Thursday, we were to create some kind of “gateway” to another dimension. I found a free stock image online that really intrigued me. I felt as though it created some kind of mystery as to what is at the bottom of the stairs. When I was a child, we had a basement in our house, and I refused to go down the stairs by myself because it was so dark. This picture reminded me of this. You can see my two entries below:

Also this week, I watched a video of the late famous author, Kurt Vonnegut, explaining how stories are told and written, while using humor, and causing me to laugh out loud. As part of the assignment for this piece, we were to write a blog post telling a story that could be factual or fictional. I chose to write about my experience from last spring break when my two best friends took me to a Panic! at the Disco concert! That post is two posts below this one, so go check it out! After writing the full story, we were to recreate it as well as we could into 240 characters, again on Twitter. Here’s what I came up with:

Another assignment we had this week was coming up with our own character “archetype” for the apocalypse. I’ve read through many of my classmates’ entries, but I decided to create a character for the apocalypse who would be the “Disease Hunter/Healer” and this person “goes out to try and find a certain disease or outbreak of something before it becomes too powerful and before it spreads to the rest of the world. They are always trying to find the cure for numerous diseases. One of them being cancer.” I hope and pray that it does not take time up until apocalypse for us to find a cure for cancer.

As explained in my reflection of apocalyptic fiction/science fiction, I read an entry in The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. It was quite interesting because I have never taken the time to learn where science fiction came from, due to the fact that it is not my absolute favorite genre. I also watched the BBC episode End Day in which the world ends in five different ways. I found that quite interesting because I had never really thought about it or thought about what it might really look like! I also read a few excerpts from the post-apocalyptic novel California by Edan Lepucki. I will be reading this novel over the course of the next few weeks, and am looking forward to where the story takes me!

Also this week, I tried to fix up this blog in order to make it feel more inviting and exciting! I have tried to stick with an apocalyptic feeling while also trying to portray my personality. I still have a few more touches I’d like to add, and it is a continuing work in progress! I look forward to telling more stories and sharing more of my creativity!


Weekly Question: 

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, would you rather be turned into a zombie or have everyone you love turned into a zombie? Why? (Please feel free to also answer this question in the comments below!)

If a zombie apocalypse occurred, I would want to be turned into a zombie. I would prefer that because there aren’t stapled down standards and traits of what a zombie must look like or how they have to behave. As I have said in a past post, if I had to be a zombie, I would want to be a zombie like Liv from iZombie. She looks and behaves (mostly) normal. She eats burgers made out of brains, but other than that, she is not a terrifying, growling, moaning zombie like the zombies are in the show The Walking Dead. I would rather become a zombie as soon as possible so that I wouldn’t be as much of a target anymore, due to the fact that we know once zombies arrive, they take over. Also, it is much more difficult to destroy and “kill” a zombie than it is to kill a human. Soon enough, my family and friends would become zombies too, and we would be able to survive together as a ‘unit.’ Who knows if we’d know each other, but I can only hope!