Actor Transformation

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.


Required Assignment

One of the options for the required video assignment was to create a video singing multiple parts of a song.

To make the video I used the Acapella app on my iPhone. Through the app I was prompted to sing two different parts of the song at different times then the final product was a combination of the two recordings. I chose to do a very simple song because the main point of this assignment was recording the two parts and that’s exactly what I did.

Weekly Summary 11/12

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.

Video Assignments: 1,2,3,4,5 (18/16 stars)

Required Assignment 

The 6 Daily Creates from the past two weeks.


Facebook Narrative

Remembering what it was like to be in middle school is not something I like to do often. I was awkward and ugly, to put it simply. Having to look at old pictures from seventh grade through eleventh grade was a fun trip down memory lane but I never want to be that person again!


How I Did It:

This assignment was very simple, so simple I couldn’t figure out why it was rated 4 stars out of 5. The hardest part was having to get all the pictures together. I went through my Facebook and Myspace profiles to gather the most horrendous photos I could find from my adolescent years. I then went to Twitter and took screenshots of Tweets from 2013 to add into the slideshow. I put all the pictures into Windows Movie Maker and added music. I changed to duration of the pictures from 7 seconds to 5 so it wouldn’t be on one picture for too long. The last thing I did was add a transition animation to each picture and add captions to the ones I felt needed a little explanation. This was the easiest of the 5 assignments I did this week and it was definitely the most nostalgic!

Show Me How!

Watching makeup tutorials on YouTube is probably one of my favorite pastimes.  There are so many different ways to do your makeup and a wide variety of products that could be used.  In this video I decided to do a sped up video of how I do my makeup everyday.

This 4 star assignment was very simple. All it required was to show how to do something using a time-lapsed video.

How I Did It:

I first filmed the video using the camera on my iPhone. I then uploaded it to Windows Movie Maker. There wasn’t any editing that needed to be done in terms of trimming the footage so all I had to do was add the background music and save the finished video so it could be uploaded to YouTube.



Daily Creates

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(My favorite out of all of them!)




Product Review

I have a secret obsession… I love watching YouTube videos about anything makeup or fashion related. I can spend hours going through all the different kinds of videos people have uploaded and most of the time if they’re good at raving about all the good things about a product, I will probably buy it. I haven’t always been into makeup but recently I’ve started to love it. It’s a way to express your creativity and put time and effort into your appearance. When this assignment gave me the chance to be a ‘beauty guru’ for the day, I excitedly took it!

This 3 star assignment was fun and simple. All I had to do was choose an item and make a video review of it. To go along with the makeup routine I posted earlier, I decided to review one of my favorite makeup products.

How I Did It:

After deciding what product I wanted to review, I used my iPhone to record the video. Once the video was recorded I used Movie Maker to edit out the parts of me starting and stopping the recording. I added a title and credits screen to the beginning and end, respectively. After this all that was left to do was to upload it to YouTube.


This is my story

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” -Maya Angelou

This assignment (3.5 stars) was one I’d seen done many times before. It required me to tell a story using flashcards. A lot of these types of videos I’ve seen are about sad topics or bad thing that have happened in someone’s life. While my video may not be me telling my deepest secret, its still a story that comes from my heart. I knew that I wanted mine to be about something happy and positive. It’s the beginning of the holiday season so I decided to make mine about that.

How I Did It:

I first started by writing the different statements on flashcards. I then recorded the video on my Iphone and uploaded it on my laptop. Using Movie Maker I trimmed the video to get rid of the movement in the beginning and the end which was when I was starting and stopping the recording on my phone. I then added music. The background music used in the beginning was supposed to be similar to the background music used in these kinds of videos. I then faded out the first sound clip and faded in a Christmas song to fit the theme of the rest of the video. The final step was to upload it to YouTube.


Countdown to Christmas

I consider November 1 to be the start of the holidays. Christmas is not only my favorite day but my favorite time of year. I get so caught up in buying gifts and spending all my time with the people closest to me. After all the running around that comes along with preparing for Christmas day, it’s good to unwind at the end of the day, cuddle up with your honey, and watch a good Christmas movie.

This assignment (4 stars) was a fun way to get into the Christmas Spirit! It required me to pick 25 Christmas movies and make a countdown using clips from these movies. Although it became harder and harder to think of more movies, I managed to pull together clips from 25 different movies and put them all together in this video.


How I Did It:

I found clips for all the movies on YouTube (links to the clips can be found in the list of movies used).  I then individually uploaded the clips to Windows Movie Maker and edited them down to short snippets of the movie clip. My goal was to have the entire video be 5 minutes or shorter, but I was unsuccessful and the final video was 6 minutes long, which isn’t too far off from my goal. Once I had the clips in order I went through and added the number and title of the movie in the upper left corner. The final step was to save the movie to my desktop and to upload it to YouTube.

25 snip

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Home Alone


The Santa Clause

Unaccompanied Minors 

Just Friends 

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This Christmas

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol

Frosty The Snowman 

Fred Claus 

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

A Christmas Story 

White Christmas 

The Muppet Christmas Carol 

The Polar Express 

Bad Santa 

The Mistle-Tones

The Year Without Santa Claus 

Jack Frost


Home Alone 2



Weekly Summary 10


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.


Video Assignments: 1 and 2

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Daily Creates: 1 and 2