Movie week was one of my favorite ones so far. If not for other factors, this week would have been pretty easy for me, but I still had fun with it. I really enjoyed the video assignments. I thought it would be more about directing and shooting videos, but there was a lot of variety even though there weren’t too many assignments compared to other categories. iMovie is easier to work with than Audacity, so that made the week more doable than others. The videos on directing and Roger Ebert’s How to Read A Movie were also very interesting.
For the Character Interview, I chose what I thought were some of the funnier questions to make for a good interview for my character, Annabella Smith. I found footage of a silhouetted interview with an anonymous woman (which was actually very hard to find) and changed the pitch of my own voice recording to simulate an anonymous interview. Interestingly, I had this idea even before I watched one of the interview question videos with the “anonymous” interviewer. I used iMovie to put it together, which took some time, but it is very user-friendly when trying to trim and sync audio and video.
This is a GIF I made for the Moving Object assignment. I wanted to make something simple, since animation can get complicated very easily, so I used some of my goldfish and a blue piece of paper. I took a few pictures on my phone and made a looping GIF in Photoshop.
For this assignment, I had to put photos together with music to make a video about my favorite memories from college. I used iMovie and got the song from Freesound. The song doesn’t go perfectly with it and it was recorded through a vent, but I love country music and wanted to find something public domain. Some of the photos are from vacations, Halloween (which my family goes big on every year), pictures with my boyfriend, my pets, and my friends.
For this assignment, we were supposed to “chipmunk” (from Alvin and the Chipmunks) a video by changing the pitch of the voice to a high pitch. I used iMovie to turn Liam Neeson’s awesome and serious Taken scene into a chipmunk video. iMovie has a convenient way to change the pitch of the audio of a video, so I was able to easily change the pitch of his voice. It also helped that Liam Neeson is the only person in the scene. If I chose a conversation between multiple characters and only wanted to chipmunk one person, it would have been a lot harder, but this scene is already great and was perfect for turning into a chipmunked scene.
Week 9 had a lot of assignments but it was pretty easy. Kale is the Worst was my favorite assignment because I really hate kale and learning a new skill was also really cool. Google Draw Something was also one of my favorites because it was fun. It’s amazing what Google can do. Having so many assignments made it hard to finish it on time but I enjoyed doing all of them. I look forward to moving on to video!
Daniel Z’s Daily Create to redesign a Ladybird book cover was one of my favorites so far. The joke was definitely creative, especially since the kid on the cover has a cloth over his face. It made me laugh more than any Daily Create has so far.
Cole Hodges’ Valentine’s card was also hilarious. The picture is already extremely cheesy. Even though he made his caption with MS Paint, that made it even cheesier and even funnier.
Daniel H’s Buzzfeed Quiz about historical rulers was also very good. He put a lot of thought into it, and it made me laugh while I was taking it. Some quizzes can be very basic (like just basing the answer on your favorite food), but he connected actual history with how these crazy rulers would have done it.
Once upon a time, the cast of La La Land were caught up in a hurricane, the Galveston Hurricane, actually, which dropped them in an alternate universe. In this alternate universe, La La Land did not receive a lot of critical attention while it was in theaters. Their movie was still the same as it is in our universe, though. At the night of the Oscars, Moonlight kept winning awards and broke the record for the most nominations. The cast of La La Land were not feeling very happy throughout the ceremony. In the end, the presenters said that Moonlight had won Best Picture. The cast of Moonlight got on stage and started making acceptance speeches, but they had made a mistake. The real winners were La La Land! Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and everyone who worked on the film got on stage, but they only got a minute or two to speak before the show ended. Everyone was blown away. Audiences at home were surprised, and some of them were mad. They immediately got on Twitter and Facebook and other social media sites and started complaining about how Moonlight actually deserved Best Picture and all the other awards they got. The cast of La La Land were happy they won Best Picture, but it made them sad so many people were so negative about their big win. So they clicked their heels and the Internet disappeared forever, and everyone was much happier in that universe.
For this assignment, I reviewed Agents on Air. There were a few factors that went into the show that I thought they did reallwell. Their marketing and social media presence were very realistic and interesting. I liked that during their show they encouraged the audience to tweet at them with suggestions. Their commercials were also effective, especially their first one. The sound effects on the first one and the writing made it feel legitimate but also eerie. I thought the talk show format was a good especially, especially how each agent had their own backstory and issues that they tried to solve during the show.
The show did have a few technical issues. Most of the agents were easy to hear, but at least one of them did not have the same audio recording equipment, which was distracting at times. The robotic voices used for some of the bumpers was interesting, but at times it was hard to understand, and at times the music in the background was a little too loud. All of those issues were understandable, since none of us are radio show hosts or producers. As a student-made show, it was well done and was very creative with the assignment requirements.