This is the final week in the semester which means this is the final Weekly Summary I have to submit. This course was a great learning experience and I think it taught me skills that will be very useful in the future!
18 year old Tiffany had just graduated high school. In just a couple of months she would be leaving to go to college in England. All of her friends were going to different schools in the United States but because she had dual citizenship she decided to leave the country for university. Before she said her goodbyes at the end of the summer Tiffany and her best friend Bianca decided to take a trip to New York City.
To start planning the trip, they made a Pinterest board of everything they’d need and things they would do during their time in the city.
When her sister found out her was going to New York City she decided to make her a guide of all the places to visit because New York City was where she spent her summers while in college.
Knowing that her little sister was planning the entire trip by herself she also made her a tutorial on how to book a hotel near the empire state building so she would do it the right way and not mess up one of the most important parts of planning a trip!
At 5:15 on a Monday morning, the girls boarded a Greyhound bus and started their adventure to the Big Apple. A four hour bus ride gets pretty boring, there’s only so many times you can scroll through your Instagram or play Candy Crush. Two hours into the ride Tiffany was so bored she decided to just stare at the billboards when one in particular caught her eye.
Being that she was a very proud feminist, this billboard made her so happy that afterword she decided to go to sleep because no other billboard or roadside sign could make her smile like that one did.
The girls hopped off the bus at Grand Central Station and the first thing on their mind was to get food. Not wanting to waste any time they decided to just go into a convenience store and grab some snacks. In this store was an array of cereal which is what Bianca decided she wanted to get as her snack. She browsed the rows and rows of cereal but one stood out to her because she’s never seen anything like it. It was a parody of a music video and she thought it was so funny so of course she had to snap a picture of it!
This was the point at which the trip really started for them. Tiff and Bianca went shopping, sightseeing and even got a cool time lapse of the Empire State Building!
They had so much fun that at the end of the last day Tiffany decided to make a podcast to post online telling everyone about everything her trip!
Make a collage of the photos you want to use. There are many different websites that make collages. You can simply Google ‘collage maker’ and chose from one of the search results.
Place the images in the collage in the order that they relate to your story.
Save the collage to your desktop once it’s done.
In a new blog post, write the narrative that goes along with the collage and insert the collage into the post.
Find the picture of the pop star that you want to use. This can be done using Google images.
Once you find the picture you need to save it to your desktop so it can be opened in Pixlr, which is the website that will be used to complete this assignment.
After opening the image in Pixlr you will then choose the wand tool from the toolbar on the left. Using the want tool, select all the space you want to be transparent. For this assignment I used the tool to select the entire background so once I finished the process I was left with an empty background. After selecting all of the space that needs to be transparent you want to go to the edit menu at the top of the page a select ‘Invert Selection’. The next step is to copy the image to your computer’s clipboard and that can be done by either going to the edit menu and choosing ‘Copy’ or pressing the keys CTRL and C on your keyboard.
From there you have to go to the File menu and select ‘New Image’. Give the new photo a different name and check both of the option boxes on the new image box. Once that’s done the new image will open in a new window and all the areas with grey and white checkers are the transparent areas. To save it to use in a different image you save it as a PNG file to keep the transparency of the background.
Next, find the picture you’re going to use for the background. Save it to your desktop and open it in Pixlr. After you have done that open the ‘Layers’ menu and select’New Image As Layer. Then you select the photo of the pop star that you’re using as the subject of your post and once it’s added you can re size it and place it where you’d like it. The final step is to marge the two layers together and save the finished photo to your desktop.
This week was all about remixing, the ideas behind it, One of the most important thing learned about remixing and video projects in general is dealing with copyright. I have run into copyright issues through YouTube so I know what it’s like to have to change the copyrighted materials in order for the video to be able to be on YouTube. Remix/mashup is a very unique form of media and I’ve seen it used most often in viral videos on social media websites. Before completing this week’s work I had no idea that a video dub of clips put together to make it seem like someone is singing the lyrics of a song would be considered a remix/ mashup. Like most people I know, when I thought of a remix the only thing that came to mind was a remix to a song. Now I know that remixes include other types of media and there a lot of technicalities involved in terms of copyright. Reflecting on the topic of copyright, I understand its importance.It wouldn’t be fair to the original content creator if you could just take their work to manipulate it to suit your needs without ever acknowledging them or the work they did. To put it simply, copyright is just a way to protect the work done by someone to keep it from being used without penalty by other people.
Here is where I explain remixing to my sister, who was familiar with song remixes but didn’t know much about other types of remixes. One of the simplest yer quirky assignments this week was the Remix Generator. The combination of assignment+remix that I had to do was so random but it easily worked. The mashup assignments were so fun! I’m glad I started early because I realized that mashup assignments aren’t necessarily the easiest or fastest things to complete but the end result is fun and makes the process worth it. I did 9 out of the 9 stars worth of mashup assignments and those can be found here,here, and here. The last assignment for this week was to do three daily creates.
Before getting started on my own remix assignments, I had to make sure I understood what a remix is. Everyone has heard of remixes to songs but there are more types of remixes than just music. For me, I learn best through example and the remix examples I viewed for more understanding were this video dub, this lip dub, and this mashup that combined two different videos. Remixes are a very creative concept because through changing an original media and adding something or changing it produces something totally new and different. It can make you look at things in a different way to see all of the different things you can produce from one song or video or whatever it is that you’re remixing.
Once I felt like I had a good enough understanding I explained it to my sister. The example I showed her was the Obama Singing Call Me Maybe.
For the remix assignment, the generator had me add country music to an already existing video of a product review which was the original assignment. The original I used was done on the history of movie production cameras.
The country music I used was found on YouTube. For this easy assignment all I did was download the original video and open it in Movie Maker. After that I muted the volume of the video because the original did have background music and I didn’t want that to interfere with the country music track i had to put with it. I then added the country music instrumental and saved the video with the new background music.
This assignment required me to show the growth of an actor/actress through their different movie roles. The actress I chose was Julia Roberts because she’s been in so many great movies so I thought it would be fun to reflect on the different roles she’s had over the years.
How I Did It:
I started by looking up a list of Julia Roberts’ films. I then found movie clips from a few of them and downloaded them using a YouTube to MP4 converter. After I had all the movie clips I opened them individually in Movie Maker and trimmed them down to capture the main point in each clip. After that I added a text caption to each telling the title of the movie and the year it was released. The final step was to export the file to my desktop so I could embed it in my blog post.
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For this assignment you are to take a picture of one of your friends or just a person that is in the moment doing something exactly like an emoji and then mash them together for comparison.
Being an iPhone user and an avid texter, I’ve become obsessed with emojis! The latest iPhone software update included a lot of new emojis and this is one of my favorite.
How I Did It:
This assignment was very simple. All I had to do was find an emoji then take a picture of someone recreating it. The person I used to make the face was my brother and the emoji I used was the rolling eyes. He’s always rolling his eyes at me whenever I ask him for something so I though he was the perfect person to use for this! I took the picture of my brother on my iPhone. To get the picture of the emoji to be bigger I used the app Phonto.
Next, I used the app Picstitch to put the emoji and the recreation side by side. All I had to do was choose the photos from my Camera Roll and re-size them once I put them in the frame.