This was a rough week for me. Our cat passed away unexpectedly, and I’m absolutely devasted. This class helped get my mind off of it even if only for a few hours, and for that I am grateful.
This week my group and I completed our video project.
I posted some project ideas. Heads up, they are the same from the first project idea post, but I do give a bit more detail and provide examples. I also listed a couple of my classmates ideas that I think are interesting.
I created 3 daily creates this week.
I hope everyone is doing well. We’re almost done, friend. Keep your head up, and stay healthy.
I think I’m going to stick with the same ideas I posted a couple of weeks ago. I would like to work in a group, but if this is a solo project that’s ok, too.
I suggested making sort Top Hits radio or video show. The songs would be current popular songs that are remixed to sound as if they were created in the 80s. The video below is an example of just that. I do think it would be better over the radio since quite a bit of work will go into remixing. Plus it might be cool to take over DS106 Radio again.
The other idea I had could also be for radio or video. Take an 80s movie and putting a twist on it. For example, taking a rom-com and making it sci-fi, or vise versa. It would require more writing I think, and some creativity. Along with the show, we could create posters or flyers to go along with it. An example of that is something Corridor Crew put together. R-Rated…there is lots of violence, but you get the idea. Side note: You should check out there other content. They have a bunch of content on VFX, and they are pretty funny guys. One of my favorites is a Keanu Reeves deepfake.
This week our group worked on putting together our video. As I mentioned last week, we chose to a documentary style video about life during and post COVID-19. We topics we chose to discuss were the effect on the stock market, quarantine experiences, and the lack of toilet paper during that time.
We all decided we wanted to keep the video light-hearted, but also give as much facts and our real experience during COVID-19. With that in mind, I chose a real experience from my life under quarantine status. Of course, the toilet paper scare is serious, but also the thing we are currently making fun of as a collective, so that is where I decided I could try to be a bit humerous.
I recorded three different videos. I used an app called InShot to edit them together. To make it look like I was being “interviewed,” I put my phone off to the side and I literally looked straight ahead stared candle holder, hahaha. It was originally recorded in portrait mode, so in the app I changed it to full screen mode.
Below is the raw video I sent to James.
Once James had all of our videos, he became the master at editing our video. You can watch it below.
This week we started working on video assignments. I got back together with my podcast group. We decided to create a documentary style fictional video on life after COVID-19. We each created trailers for our video. The video show plan and my trailer are in the post below.
I also reviewed Ebert and Zhou’s work to learn about film analysis and film making. I then did my own analysis on a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Check out the full analysis here.
As always, I worked on daily creates for this week.
The group I worked with for the podcast project decided to reassemble to work a video project together. I’m excited to be working with them again. Honestly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of group projects, but this group I can get behind.
We got together this week to brainstorm ideas for the project. We initially started on GroupMe and Google Docs, and ended up in a video conference on Zoom. There we collectively agreed on the theme “Post COVID-19.” We feel of our video will be a documentary style show with each of us as subjects. We decided to keep it lighthearted, and you’ll likely see a bit of worthy meme like comedy throughout.
As I say that, I created a trailer for our show, but it is actually more on the serious side. Not sure how it ended up going there, but once I started editing I just went with it. I mostly think its because I am still figuring out how to edit in general. The audio during the “subject” interview (me) is way too low, and I couldn’t figure out how to increase the volume on the software I was using. If you have any ideas let me know in the comments.
Check out the trailer below. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
This week we learned how great or not so great a film can turn out based on final editing. The concept of editing and film making that stood to me the most is timing. I learned that to cutting away to soon maybe not give you the full concept of the emotion or worse maybe make the emotion unbelieveable.
For my essay, I chose to look at the Darth Vader Death Scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The scene is mostly a dialogue between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader shot in Shot/Reverse Shot in long lense (I believe). One of the things that stood out to me was the lighting on each of the actors. Luke has more light on him, and Darth Vader’s side in more dark (the Dark Side). However, when you Luke removes him helmet there is dark and half light. To me this represented Vader’s struggle between the light and dark side.
Here is my final video essay.
The video below is about how editing saved Star Wars. Check it out. It’s pretty interesting.
This week has been rough on my end. I’m still working through adjusting to all the new schedules, but I’m getting there.
DS 106 has been the only constant thing in my life this semester and for that I am extremely grateful.
This week I created 3 daily creates, and one daily create story with so many hyperlinks.
I reworked my first ever bumper. I’m still learning, but I know that audio assignments have been my favorite this semester. Keep them coming!
I came up with some ideas for our future projects. I also read plenty of my classmates, and there are some pretty amazing ideas out there. I honestly would prefer to work in a group. We should physical distance ourselves, but not socially distance ourselves.
Lastly, I discuss The Breakfast Club Radio Show. They were wonderful.
An idea I have would be to do an episode like Total Request Live which was an MTV show that played top music videos. We could take current top music and remix/mash-up songs to sound like they are from the 80s.
I found this video where someone remixed the song “Somebody that I used to Know” by Gotye. I don’t know how we would do this, but I’m thinking big here!
Another idea I have, potentially for a video, is a sort of news show or morning show placed in the 80s (80s attire, look, sounds) reporting on Coronavirus or having special guests. This would fulfill our current theme but with a bit of what is happening now.
Another idea like Moon Graffiti is to take an event from 80s, and changing the outcome. We could create a sort of sci-fi genre story (again, think Man in the High Castle) for another podcast. Video aspect of this could be documentary on the “new outcome”.
There are better ideas out there, but these are just the ones I could come up with. Let me know what you think. Add to these ideas.