As soon as I read the assignment description, I thought of this scene from We Are Marshall. It gets me every. single. time.
After reading the articles and watching the “Every Frame a Painting” videos, it was easy to understand why this scene gets me so emotional. Every single angle in these scenes is purposeful and meant in a way to appeal to the emotions of the viewer. This is especially true when the camera singles out people who were incredibly affected by the tragedy that occurred.
To make this video essay, I chose to use iMovie, which I have used before to make video essay in another class. First, I found the clip I wanted to use on YouTube. Then, I downloaded the clip to my computer using http://en.savefrom.net/ …seems a little sketchy but it worked. Next I downloaded the clip into iMovie, and recorded over about half of the 2 minute clip.
This assignment was pretty good, but difficult for me because I am not very good at analyzing films. I do not love watching movies in the first place, and when I do watch I take them for face value. I have very little interesting in analyzing every bit of a movie. However, the videos and articles we reviewed were interesting and helpful for the next time I watch a movie.
Another week is done! After the radio show it was nice to go back and reflect on stuff we have accomplished in 8 weeks. I am definitely learning a lot and becoming more creative. Here is what I have created this week:
This was a pretty good week. My favorite thing was making fake social media accounts for Alexander Hamilton because it was super fun. My least favorite thing was the web storytelling because it took me forever to come up with an idea, but I think the idea I came up with ended up being a pretty funny story.
I really struggled with this assignment because I couldn’t think of what to do. It was a lot easier to edit sites than I thought it would be though. The instructions on the x-ray site were really helpful.
For my last assignment, I chose to use the way back time machine to look at the Target website in the past and today. It is listed as 2 stars, but I would say it’s worth 1 star because all you have to do is type the address in. The earliest I could find a good screenshot was in 1999:
It looks a lot more modern than I was expecting!
Here is the website in 2016:
Biggest difference was that basically every website today has their categories under a drop down menu. It definitely makes websites more aesthetically pleasing!
This assignment was interesting because I was 4 years old in 1999, so I was not using the internet. I was surprised at how the website looked in 1999, I was expecting it to be a lot less modern looking than it is!
My all time favorite assignment anyone has ever done is Emily’s b-flat assignment. She took YMCA by the Village People and flattened it, and it is hysterical. I honestly enjoy it more than the normal version. She did a great job with this assignment, especially considering it was one of her first assignments ever for this class!
Another awesome assignment was Corey’s song mixing assignment. I think this was great because you could tell it took SO much effort, and I like this song. Sometimes when I start an assignment that I think it going to be too hard, I automatically just switch to another assignment, so I admire that he stuck with it and created this awesome mix.
The last “best” assignment was Emily’s Benny & the jets assignment. I wanted to do this assignment, but I was too embarrassed, so I appreciate that she went out of her comfort zone and posted it anyways!!
My next assignment was to create a storify using several social media sites. It was marked as 2.5 stars, but I would argue I used 3 stars of work due to the amount of time it took and how many photos and tweets I put in it. I chose to use my Twitter and Instagram to tell the story of my Kenya trip I took in June.
The website was glitchy (things were not loading properly) so it took a while and a lot of patience, but I had a lot of fun with the assignment. I love going back and looking at pictures from the trip. I tried to put everything in chronological order, using photos from friends who also went on the trip. I also added tweets that I wrote over the course of the two weeks I was there.
It was really fun to tell a story using two separate social media sites, and I really enjoyed using the site. I hope to use it again!
My first assignment was worth 3.5 stars, but I am going to claim that I did 4 stars worth of work. I put quite a bit of time in this one!
My job was to create a Facebook and Twitter for a person who was not around for the social media craze. I chose Alexander Hamilton, because I am obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack and feel like I personally know him.
First I created the Fakebook Page for Hamilton using the fakebook tool. Check it out!! I created these sites while listening to the soundtrack, so that’s where the inspiration came from. I searched for pictures of all of his friends on his page, added posts, and researched some background for his profile. I thought this page is pretty funny but actually informative.
Next, I created a fake Tweet for Hamilton. I used the twister tool. When Hamilton’s affair with Reynolds took place in 1791, he published a pamphlet explaining himself and clearing his name from improper speculation. However, if this incident had happened in 2016, perhaps he would have tweeted about it:
This activity was time consuming because of the research I had to do, but it was a lot of fun.
This week was good! It was nice that we only really had to worry about finishing up our radio show, which went better than expected. You can read about the project more in depth here.
The hardest part of this week was just kind of deciding where to start with the show, but once we planned it out and started recording it worked really well. My group and I worked well together and making the show was a lot of fun, and a lot less stressful than I thought it would be. Here is the finished show: