Well this is the final week and I have to sat that I have definitely learned a lot over the past 5 weeks. I have done things using technology that I have never done before and feel that I am now much more knowledgable about many applications then most people are. I learned a lot about using Audacity and iMovie for example, these were both fairly complex programs that I had never used before but now I feel very confident with them. I think the hardest thing for me overall was learning to use iMovie. I had to watch a few tutorials on YouTube because when I first opened it up I had no idea what to do. I hope that everyone has enjoyed looking at my blog these past 5 weeks as I have enjoyed making these blog posts and doing these assignments.
Here is the link to the second assignment I created, there are two of them under the same name because the first one I created the URL was not linked back to the example in Flickr. Sports Poster Assignment
The reason I created this assignment was because I am a huge sports fan but in particular, I am a Redskins fan. When looking through the assignment bank there are not many sports related assignments, being a sports enthusiast I wanted to give other sports enthusiasts the opportunity to do a sports related assignment.
The assignment its self was pretty straightforward to create. First you must go online and find an assortment of pictures to make your poster out of. Once you have found all of those pictures, save them to your desktop.
Once you have saved all of the pictures that you wish to use in your poster, you need to use an application to paste them all together into a single piece. You can use any number of applications to do this, ranging from Photoshop down to what I used, which was Microsoft Word which Im sure all of you already have on your computer. Open word and insert the picture files, to do that go to Insert-Photo-From FIle
Once you have inserted all of your photos into Word, you need to format them so that you can resize the and move them around, to do that, Right Click on each photo, go to Format Picture-Layout-Square-OK. Once you have done that you will be able to move and resize your pictures into a poster arrangement.
Once you have all of your pictures layer out how you want them, save the Word doc as a Jpeg and upload it to Flickr.
Here is my finished Sports Poster.
Once upon a time, there was a professional football player named Robert Griffin III, he was a super star in college, winning the Heisman Trophy, which is the highest honor for a single player in college football. He was the best player in the league, everything was going great for RGIII. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2012 NFL draft second overall which is a great honor in itself. All of the Redskin’s fans thought that he would be a savior to the team and they would finally be a successful organization again. Boy were they wrong. After one good year of football, RGIII got hurt, and it was all downhill from there.
I used the design assignment Motivational Poster, to illustrate how RGIII’s luck seemed to go bad so fast. This motivational poster is about as sarcastic as they get, showing RGIII re-injuring his leg with the supposedly motivational saying “break a leg.”
RGIII was once loved by all Redskins fans, young and old. They adored him, they felt he was going to turn the team around and bring back the glory years and even win them a Super Bowl. He was the most talked about player in Washington when he first arrived and had great success in his first season. The Redskins won the NFL East division for the first time in years, RGIII could do no wrong. The good times did not last long however, after RGIII got hurt, he came back and everyone expected him to play as well as he did before he went out, but that was not the case. When RGIII started playing very poorly and Redskins started to lose games again, the fans turned on him immediately.
I used the Sound Scape assignment to show how the fans went from cheering RGIII on to booing him in a matter of a few games. All of a sudden, the player everyone loved so much was a villain in the eyes of many.
In order to show RGIII’s good ole’ days, I used the Highlight Reel assignment and made an animated GIF to show when RGIII won his Heisman Trophy and was considered the best college football player in the country and one of the most prized players headed into the NFL draft. He was then idolized and coveted, now he is looked down upon as if he has been a total failure in the NFL. (Click the image to watch the GIF)
I really wanted to illustrate how much RGIII’s career has fallen apart in the last few seasons so I used the assignment, Compilation Video to show one of his greatest plays, and his brutal leg injury that has put such a damper on his success. When he first entered the league, RGIII was one of the most feared running quarterbacks in the NFL as you can see by his 76 yard rushing touchdown, but after his leg injury, he has not been feared at all. His career has taken a drastic turn for the worst when it comes to his on the field performance.
For the visual portion of this project, I decided to make my own visual assignment called Sports Poster. I used this assignment to finish off the story of RGIII by showing some of his most memorable attributes in this poster. The background image is him after scoring a game winning touchdown, the logo in the bottom right is his own, and you better be pretty recognizable if you have your own logo, the the picture in the bottom left is that of the Heisman trophy, one of the most coveted awards in sports.
Weekly Summary Reflection: This week was another one where I learned a lot about things that I thought I already knew a fair amount about. I watch a lot of movies and videos but until now never really looked deeply into them to see what they could possibly be saying beneath the obvious. I think that my assignment this week were very good, I put a lot of time into learning how to use iMovie and I think that they both came out well. I created my first assignment this week and I decided to make a design assignment. My assignment is one that I thought was very cool and would be enjoyable for other people to do, it was to make your own complex maze and then solve it. The things that gave me the most trouble were getting the two video assignment straitened out in iMovie and getting them to a point where they would be something I would be proud to turn in and say that I made them. I do not have any experience using iMovie or any other video software so I had to get on YouTube and watch some tutorials. The thing I enjoyed the most was reading Roger Ebert’s description of how he watches and judges movies. It gives me a much better perspective on how I could be watching movies and seeing the underlying tones that are not obvious on the surface. I learned a lot about how to edit movies and how to watch movies, both from learning how to use iMovie but also from Ebert. I tried to use some of the techniques discussed by Ebert when editing my movies. If I had to one thing differently I would’ve done the Look, Listen, Analyze assignment before I did my two video assignment because that taught me to think about movies separately between audio and video. I don’t have any questions at this time but I’m sure I will once I start week 5 and the final project tomorrow. As far as the larger implications of my work, I just hope that everyone who watches my videos enjoys them!
Analyze the Camera Work: The camera work in this scene really makes helps to achieve the wanted affect of this scene. The camera first pans in with no apparent focus to give an overall view of the tragedy that occurred in the previous scene. Since this is the final seen in a very long and complex movie, it needed to tie everything together using the camera work. After the camera gives an overview of what just happened, it shows a zoomed in shot of Leo DiCaprio’s hand burying a razor that was once carried by the main antagonist in the movie in the dirt, this symbolizes closure for DiCaprio’s character. The camera then goes along with what the narrater is saying. It shows the two characters standing on a hillside over looking New York City, and along with the narration the city changes from the time of the movie to present time. The lighting is dark throughout, to carry on the dark theme of the movie.
Analyze the Audio Track: There is little audio to analyze other then the voices of the characters and narrator in the scene until the very end of the clip. The music that comes in at the end of the clip is used to wrap up the entire movie and go along with the changing from New York in the 1800’s to present day New York. The music gives a perception of positive change, it is somber yet upbeat and very effective at making the viewer think back at the rest of the movie and reflect.
Put it all Together: When watching the scene in its entirety and how the producers intended it to be watched, the viewer get a perception of closure for the movie. This movie is one that has a lot going on in it and may be confusing to many viewers but this scene gives them a chance to really get a feel for why and how it all happened.
Ebert’s Take: Ebert would comment on the use of camera work to show the viewers what is really going on in this clip. The camera pans in from the right, showing a positive point of view, because in this clip an enormous gang war had just ended. I think Ebert would agree that the audio at the end of the clip acts as a good way to end the movie and give a feeling of closure to the audience.
Here is the link to my newly created Design Assignment called Make A Maze
The original description for this assignment is “Pick a theme and download multiple videos from Youtube that fit the theme. Cut them up and create a compilation video by putting the clips to music.”
I am going to give a step by step walk through on how to complete this assignment. If you have any other questions feel free to comment!
The first thing you will need to do is go onto YouTube and find some videos that you want to build your compilation out of. Pick a theme and search for that in YouTube. Once you have found a few videos that you like. It is time to download them to your computer. In order to download them, you must use a YouTube Downloader. Just copy the URL from the Youtube videos and one by one paste them into the box on the downloader and download them.
The downloaded looks like this:
Once you have downloaded your videos, it is time to start editing them. If you have a Mac, you can use iMovie which comes installed, if you do not have a Mac you will have to use a different program.
Here is a full tutorial for iMovie:
Open iMovie, and the first thing that you will need to do is Import your files.
Once you have imported all of your video files, it is time to start editing them to your liking. For this particular assignment, you must piece together a few videos along with music, and a title and credit sequence.
This is what iMovie will look like while you are in the editing process:
Highlight, and then drag the parts of each video that you wish to use from the gallery at the bottom of the screen to the editing area at the top left.
Here is where you pick what you want your title and credit scenes to look like. Add your own text to each one. These are found down in the right hand side along with other things you can add to your movie.
Once you have done all the necessary editing and spliced your videos together and your title and credits added. You must export your files onto your desktop so that you can upload them to YouTube. In order to export your files, you to go File-Export-Export Movies. Then choose the destination as your desktop, or anywhere that you can easily find them.
Once you have done that, go to YouTube, log into your account and click Upload.
Now wait for your video to be uploaded to YouTube, and share it with the world!
The prompt for this video assignment was “Choose something that you love and make a video of it! You can take pictures or videos and combine them into one final video. Try to find music that has to do with the thing you love and add it to the video. Make sure to add a title and give credit to those outside sources!”
For this assignment I used a video that I had taken last month in Myrtle Beach, SC. Because the description for this assignment was to take and share a video of something that we love, I used a video of the crashing waves on the beach because I love the beach. This tells a story of what I like to do during the Summer and whenever I get the chance, and that is go to the beach and be near the water. This video truly shows something that I love and means a lot to me.
In order to make this video, I first took it using my iPhone, then via Bluetooth, sent it to my computer so that I could edit it and turn it into a more shareable video. I once again used iMovie to edit it. I imported the clip into iMovie form my desktop which looked like this:
Once I had the video in iMovie, I could begin to edit it and make it look a little better. Because the video was originally taken on an iPhone, it was a little blurry so I used iMovie to enhance it and make the equality better. You do that by going to File>Optimize Movie. Once I had the video looking as it should, it was time to add an introduction seen and a credit sequence. Because this is a beach video, I used the underwater intro and credit themes. Once I had those in my video, I had to export the movie to my desktop and upload it to YouTube.
The final product is embedded below. Enjoy!