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!
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.
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.
Okay so we all watch actors change roles and character. It’s crazy to see what they were like in the beginning of their career compared to now. Find a actor or actress and use film clips to show a metamorphosis.
The actress I chose to base this assignment on was Miranda Cosgrove. She is best known for her roles in the hit Nickelodeon TV series Drake and Josh and ICarly. In my video of her transformation I started with a clip for Drake and Josh which is a compilation of her pulling pranks on her family members, which is something she did each episode. Miranda was 11 when she was featured on Drake and Josh. A few years later, she played the main character in ICarly when she was 14. The second clip I used was from an episode of ICarly. The final clip I used in the video to show her transformation was an interview from October 2014. At this point in time, Miranda Cosgrove is in school working towards earning her degree in film. Although I only used three video clips I think they accurately show her transformation. The video starts with her in her first major TV role and it ends with her grown up and talking about her education and the future of her career.
How I Did It:
I started by gathering the video clips, all which I found on YouTube. Once I converted them to MP4, I downloaded each clip onto my desktop so that I could open them all in Movie Maker. Once they were all in Movie Maker, I used the trim tool to make them shorter to capture the central theme of each clip. Once I had them all together the final step was to just save it to my desktop so that it could be embedded to this post. It was a very simple process that used basic video editing skills.
I cannot believe it’s already the end of week twelve! These past two weeks have dragged on but it’s finally the time to submit another weekly summary. I was excited to see what was required these past two weeks because it wasn’t a lot of tedious reading assignments. It was strictly videos (and the usual daily creates) and I really liked that.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos so having to do video assignments for the week felt like I got to play Youtuber for a few days. I learned the importance of lighting and the crucial role is plays in video making. All of my videos were filmed in my bathroom because I felt like it had the best lighting compared to the dim lamp in my room or the lack of natural lighting during daylight. I also learned that Windows Movie Maker isn’t the best editing software. It’s very limited in what it can do but it was enough for me to complete these assignments. The whole process of filming, editing and uploading has inspired me to start a YouTube channel of my own at some point. I recently got the new Iphone 6s and the camera quality is wonderful. It’s what I used to record all of the videos for my assignments and I’m impressed with the quality of the finished product.
Each of the assignments essentially required me to tell a story but through different means, whether it was recording myself, putting video clips together or making a video of pictures. It was an experience doing all of these because I’ve never made videos like this before so I was learning so many new things.
The 6 Daily Creates from the past two weeks.
— Chantel Moton (@CMoton24) November 4, 2015
— Chantel Moton (@CMoton24) November 11, 2015
— Chantel Moton (@CMoton24) November 12, 2015
— Chantel Moton (@CMoton24) November 13, 2015
— Chantel Moton (@CMoton24) November 15, 2015
— Chantel Moton (@CMoton24) November 15, 2015
(My favorite out of all of them!)
This week I learned about the different techniques involved in film making and I learned how to do basic editing on videos through Movie Maker. It was fun doing video assignments this week because it was something new that we hadn’t done in the previous weeks. The feedback I got on my blog this week was on my video assignment of the letter to my 16 year old self. The feedback I gave this week was on various assignments and I wrote about what I agreed with and what I liked about the different posts.
I feel like this week was very easy compared to the amount of work we’ve had in the previous weeks!
Next was the Storytelling Within the Web assignment. This was probably my favorite assignment because I had no idea how easy it was to change a specific feature of a webpage.
The daily creates had to be made into a story, mine can be found here. I provided links to each daily create within the story.
Wacky History is as simple as it sounds. Our group focused on the history or random, wacky objects. We all did our segments separately so it was nice to hear how they all came together in the end. I honestly have nothing negative to say about the show and I would rate it 5/5 stars. If I had anything to criticize it would be the production process rather than the show itself. When assigned a group project, it’s always tough to get things started but once everyone works together and gets things done as a group, it works out in the end.