Monthly Archives: March 2016

And… Cut! Progress on “College is a Rodeo”

Tonight Tierra and I sat down to edit together the final parts of the video. Three hours later, we’re finally in the uploading stage. The video turned out really well, minus some little sound errors thanks to my portion. We got together in the tech center and used iMovie to compile all of the audio (which didn’t really agree with my Windows Movie Maker editing. I hate to admit it, but Apple does this better). Once the pieces were all completed and loaded into iMovie on the fancy Macs, we put in an intro, transition slides, some excellent transition music, and our final “thanks” to the viewers. Then came the converting and uploading and sending it to the group. This took the majority of the time we spent on the video, but it went without much trouble.

Needless to say video editing hasn’t been my forte yet in this class. Still, we have accomplished a 21 minute video, coming soon to YouTube! We’ll be publishing the link as soon as the video is done loading.

In a World… Daily Create Week 11

This week, I had to define March Madness, invent a Wile E. Coyote trap, and create a surreal scene out of Monument Valley.

College is a Rodeo: In the Making

The first half of this week was dedicated to shooting videos in order to use them as footage for our show. The show itself is a vlog-style interpretation of how our characters would interact with going to college, so making the videos was about incorporating campus life. After writing my script, I spent a lot of time this week exploring different aspects of campus to record and work into my video. I ended up getting about half an hour’s worth of footage, including the actual dialogue part, to edit and put together. That took a very long time in itself, but hopefully everything runs smoothly.

Today, Tierra and I are going to be editing the videos into our show, and I’ll write about that process once it’s done. Look out for College is a Rodeo! It’s coming soon.

Making the Movie: Week 10

This week we started working on video. After reading and watching our material for background, I applied what I learned to a scene from Django Unchained. I then completed one assignment, in which I played a game for the camera. I also got some good Daily Creates this week, from memes to Etch-A-Sketches.

Most importantly, however, I started collaborating with a group to make a video show and made a trailer. I’m really excited about how it’s going to look, so I hope you are, too! I’m beginning to develop a weird affinity toward digital group projects. Most of the week was dedicated toward planning and communicating, and next week we will be shooting and completing the final project!

And, of course, I made some comments.

College is a Rodeo (Trailer)

Here’s my trailer for my group’s video project titled “College is a Rodeo”. Since we are kind of limited to our place, we’re taking our characters to college. They will be exploring their experiences in this video series, so here the student Danny is introducing himself and showing off what he does just a little. We’ll be going more into his daily habits in the final project, so look out for next week when it comes out!

OFF to Play: My Favorite Thing to Do

This is a short video of me just playing one of my favorite games, OFF, in accordance with this assignment which asks us to show what our favorite thing to do is. Incidentally, I’m not really that big on gaming, but I spend a whole lot of time watching YouTube and gaming channels. I figured seeing me watching a video for thirty seconds would be kind of terrible, though, so I decided to be one of the YouTubers instead and do some of my own recording.

Over the course of a thirty minute video, I essentially explained all of this, but I’m not very well versed in talking into a computer so everything ran really slow and I was getting tired of hearing my own voice. Instead, I picked all of the good parts out and just condensed the gaming side of it for the sake of making the video watchable.

I used OBS to record the game, Audacity to record the audio, and Windows Movie Maker to combine and edit the two. It took a long time to get through all thirty minutes and cut out the dead air, and the audio turned out to be pretty quiet behind the game, but hopefully you can still hear it!

Video Essay: Talkin’ Bout Django

Here is my video essay on a scene from Django Unchained. I really enjoyed watching the movie, and I struggled a little with picking a scene, but I didn’t want to go in too many directions for the sake of time, so I chose something that covered several of our topics while being interrelated. I used the readings and videos to talk about perspective and camera position and ventured to discuss what each part meant.

In order to capture the scene, I used OBS to record it from Netflix. I then had to convert the video in RealPlayer from the original recording file into something I could edit. Finally, I recorded my analysis using Audacity and put the video and the audio together in Windows Movie Maker. A lot of programs went into this one 3 minute video. I’m not a big fan of all the time it takes to edit, but hopefully the more I do it the quicker it goes by.

Overall I’m pretty proud of the analysis, and I think the video shows what I want to express well enough. The editing could have certainly been smoother, and I would have recorded the audio while watching the actual scene to time it better, but here’s to my first full edited video! May it be the first of many.

Here’s the Plan: Video Show

This week, some of my radio group and I got together and decided to organize a video show! We had a bit of trouble connecting with everyone over the weekend due to people having not-school things to do, so for a minute we thought we wouldn’t be able to make a show at all, but just as we were considering our alternative options, our groupmates swooped in to claim their spot, and we began brainstorming right away as a group of four!

We decided to break away from our radio show, unfortunately, due to the fact that working around a campus location would be difficult when the original plot was in a small town in Arizona. So, our characters are reset and put into a college student scenario. This kind of removes them from the Western theme, but we decided it would be the most logical course of action to put together a good show.

In order to create this narrative, we chose to work in a vlog/documentary style of recording. Each of us will do a segment of “A Day in the Life of…” for our characters and put it together as a collective story of their college experiences, what they do, and how they like UMW. Hopefully we can get together for a bit of collective recording, too, but we’re working out our schedules still.

I’m really excited to do this project, although I do similarly feel apprehensive. I’m not one who is well-versed in the world of recording and video editing, so hopefully I can pull off some good quality video. On top of that, my character is a man and I’m not exactly one who could easily pass as such without a great deal of effort. So, unless I can recruit a friend who is of a more masculine physique, we are going to have to pretend very hard or just do a little gender swap.

Still, overall this video show is looking promising! Stay tuned for next week, when we release it into the world.

Memes. Week 10 Daily Creates

This week I made yet another meme. I have made many memes for this class. I also did an “Itch A Skitch” of a cowboy in a little town. Don’t shake your screen — you might erase it!

Collaborate ‘n Create: Week 9

This week was lots of fun. I really enjoy collaborating and working off of other’s ideas, like we did in the radio show! All of my assignments worked off of our radio show, too, which was even cooler. To start, I made a post with a series of ideas for collaborative projects to do with classmates, or just to give everyone some ideas (I was stuck at first so I thought my research might be of some use). I finally collaborated with Tierra in an email-based story of what happened after the murder (4 stars). I then wrote a story based around Natalie’s character Talie coming over to Danny’s for dinner (2 1/2 stars). Finally, in response to Carlee’s poster for summer tutoring with Danny, I made a picture-based story of what the summer tutoring would be like (3 1/2 stars), which totaled to a solid ten stars!

The radio shows turned out incredibly well, so good job again to everyone for their hard work! I wrote a response to the “World Wide Western News” show, which was a splendid listen. I also posted some extra content to go with our radio show when it played on Thursday!

My Daily Creates for the week consisted of tombstones, trains, and faces in the floor. Spooky stuff.

And last but not least, I made lots of comments.

Again, thanks everyone who came out and listened to “Turning Tumbleweeds”! It was cool being on Twitter with y’all and seeing your responses to the murder mystery. I hope you enjoyed it! Have a great weekend!