This is one of my favorite daily creates because it allowed me to make a story based on random pictures and it was really fun to see what I could come up with just using these pictures that had no connection in any way.
For today’s daily create we were told to make an old photo. The photo I decided to “age” was of my brother, sister, and I.
This weeks assignments were very interesting and I
enjoyed them all. It started off with my interpretation of what storytelling is. That can be found here.
The one I liked the most was the story told in five frames because it allowed me to describe an event entirely through pictures and not using any words. The pictures I decided to use very accurately tell everything that happened the day I went skydiving.
I also liked the assignment to tell the shape of a story.
There were so many options to choose from but I chose a movie with a very simple plot to make sure my visual representation of the shape wasn’t too complicated.
Commenting on other people’s work was very fun. I liked getting to see how others interpreted the assignments and the creative ways they did them. It also gave me ideas on how I could have done my assignments differently even though it was all the same concept. The posts I commented on were this story and this one. The feedback I got allowed me to realize what I
could have done differently and what changes I could have made to make the post more viewer friendly.
When reviewing the story of a previous student I found it to be very insightful to what future assignments I will be doing in this course.
For this week’s daily created, I contributed to the poem and I told a story of an ocean in my backyard.
Overall, I feel like I am getting used to the assignments and I’m excited to see what the rest of the semester has in store.
The story I decided to tell through photos was of my most recent adventure with one of my favorite people, my dad. I thought about creating a new story but I thought my skydiving pictures were descriptive enough to tell the whole story of that day. This is the most adventurous thing I have ever done and I love a good adrenaline rush. I enjoyed this assignment because it allowed me to recount on a previous memory and tell the whole story without using words.
The story I chose to focus on was the final project about the broke college student by Omar Aminzay. I like this story because even though its very short it uses multiple digital platforms to help tell the story. The title is what drew me in because I can relate to being a sophomore in college with money troubles.
I would consider it to be a digital story because not only does it include words but he added in an audio clip of a conversation, a visual image of an event in the story and a video to further explain his point. Given the Wikipedia definition of digital storytelling , Omar uses a couple of the elements to make his story a digital one by definition.
The story does have an arc being that the plot starts off with background information and it seems to go from one low point to another before finally reaching a high point at the end, which isn’t even too high of an ending point considering all he had to experience to get to that point. With the way this story ends I think it works on it’s own because it comes full circle and it tells all the obstacles he went through before reaching a solution to the initial problem.
When watching Kurt Vonnegut explain the shape of stories, I began thinking about movies I really enjoyed that had a “shape” I could easily explain and visually describe. The movie I decided to focus on was Annie. Not the Broadway musical or the first film that was released in 1982. I’ve decided to explain the plot of the 2014 version of the story about Annie the foster child.
The movie starts off with 10 year old Annie running through the streets of Harlem, where she lives in a foster home. She is chasing a dog and she comes close to being hit by a van driving down the street but before the van is close enough to strike, she is grabbed by William Stacks, a candidate in the mayoral race. An onlooker takes a picture of this moment and it’s instantly posted and shared on many different social media platforms. Once this story reaches the press, Mr. Stacks gains a lot of publicity. At this point in his campaign, William isn’t doing well in the polls so his campaign manager tells him he should temporarily take Annie in to show the citizens of the borough he cares about the people. After agreeing to do so he does not like the responsibility of having to care for a child but over time she begins to grow on him and soften his heart. At some point he realizes Annie is what he needed all along to make him care about something other that being successful and wealthy.
Unbeknownst to William, his campaign manager arranges for people to pretend to be Annie’s parents so they can come take her and William can completely focus on his campaign. After she is taken by these people and it’s revealed that those aren’t her actual parents, the chase begins to get Annie back because at this point William’s main focus is Annie and ensuring her safety. Once she is safely returned to William, he drops out of the mayoral race to completely focus on raising Annie.
I would best describe the shape of this story similar to the way Vonnegut describes Cinderella. It starts off with the main character in a seemingly hopeless situation and ends very positively. I drew the shape of this movie based on my interpretation.
When reading reviews of the movie it seems that I am part of the minority of viewers that liked the movie. Maybe it’s because I have never seen the original so I can’t compare it to that but I have found a video review that isn’t too biased. It’s more of a digital story because it includes behind the scenes clips and background information of the movie but it’s not strictly a negative review of the movie like majority of the other video reviews I watched.
When I think of the word storytelling, many things come to mind. I think of telling a story using very descriptive words and captivating imagery to keep the audience engaged the entire time. I think of it as a more detailed way of telling something as opposed to strict repetition of memories. Storytelling is embellishment on a past occurrence without changing the facts.
Adding the word ‘digital’ to my concept of storytelling means telling the story using more resources other than words. It means using pictures, sounds, and videos to tell a story rather than just a verbal telling of the story. Digital storytelling makes it more memorable because it’s easier to remember small details if you have audio or visual representations of the key points of the story.
As soon as the bus stopped at the corner of my street I ran home. I quickly ran upstairs to my room to put away all my things from that day at school. I put on my swimsuit under the clothes I was already wearing so my mom wouldn’t know where I was going. I ran through the grass straight to the end of the yard where the edge of the backyard met the beginning of the ocean; the ocean in my backyard. This was my favorite part of the day, getting to spend hours on end playing in the water and reaching for the sea creatures that I felt moving beneath my feet. I didn’t realize how much time had passed until I noticed the sun beginning to set. I quickly gathered my things and ran back to the house just in time to get changed and down to the dinner table before my parents started to wonder where I had been.
As I sat there playing with my food and answering my parents’ questions about my day, all I could think of was how excited I was to go play in the ocean in my backyard tomorrow.
This week was very exciting! I enjoyed all the things we had to do this week and the difficulties I came across helped me learn more about blogging and other online applications.
I had trouble when completing the storytelling assignment but it was also the assignment I enjoyed most. Before this I had never made a GIF or even tried make one. I ran into some difficulties when trying to turn the video clip into a GIF but once I figured it out it was a fairly simple process. I also enjoyed adding new plugins to my blog. It was interesting to learn how to install each one and what they do. My favorite plugin is the Jetpack plugin which posts each new blog post I make to my Twitter.
The daily creates for this week were very fun and I enjoyed thinking how how to creatively complete the assignment. My favorite one was the birthday song. Although I am not a good singer by any means, I attempted to create my own version of a happy birthday song to avoid copyright issues when using the song Happy Birthday. That’s something new I learned this week; that it can cost up to ten thousand dollars to use the song in a production because of copyrighting.
In addition to the Birthday song daily create, I also did the Project Seen on Monday, the beautiful place on Friday, and my visual interpretation of the quote about time.
If I could do anything from this week differently, I would redo all my daily creates just to see what new things I could come up with.
Overall, I really enjoyed all of the assignments for this week and I am looking forward to next week!