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Video Essay

This week’s emphasis on video is right up my alley. I think video editing and video in general is a fantastic way for telling a story, and only one scene in a movie popped into my mind when I read we had to create a video essay on editing and such: Baby Driver’s title sequence. This scene has such rich video editing and purposeful story planning that I could not talk about it all in one video, but I tried my hardest. Here’s the video essay:

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The Daily Create Thread

This red panda’s name is Mark. He is currently traveling on a beach chair with a battle-ax to Mr. Craff’s house, but he instead ended up arriving in the simulated world of Minecraft. Once he realizes this, he calls for help and is soon put on the right track to Mr. Craff’s house, another 500 million light years away. To commemorate such a momentous feat of travel from Mark and his accidental arrival in a video game simulation, the portrait photo taken of him in a beach chair with his battle-ax was hung in the Louvre, with Mark being immortalized as a hero.

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Looking Ahead at Our Stories

With projects like the radio show, in which a longer narrative was employed to tell a story to the audience in an auditory reception to engage and entertain, so as well is it equally if not more effective in the form of a video, which involves both visual and auditory reception. It would be interesting to explore ideas for a video project such as telling a story over video in like a “storytelling” scenario where the video focuses on the storyteller reading the book of their story or something like that, and that story is narrated by that storyteller and there are pictures and animation that are used as visual and the storyteller becomes a sort of voiceover. I think that would be an incredibly interesting, yet time consuming, idea that might really make telling my story a lot of fun. I think such an idea would engage an audience but also maintain a digital footprint online that keeps my story, my story. My story will never disappear in that sense, and it will live on in that way as a reminder of the story myself, but also us as a group, told ourselves and lived in this class.

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Radio Show Tweet Along

Never have I ever cringed as hard as I did listening to myself on the radio show my group and I completed. I realized just how inarticulate I can be when I am thinking and trying to come up with what I want to say, but wow the other group’s radio shows were fantastic! The radio show Walking Memory Ave really gave me some nostalgia and I enjoyed sitting and listening to how similar some people’s childhood experiences were to mine. I really liked the use of sound in that one, there was a soft jazz piano throughout the show that really released some serotonin. I liked the show a lot, however the whole monotonous one person’s story, then bumper/commercial, then next person’s story, etc. was a bit feeling like it was never gonna end (not that that is a bad thing)! Either way, it was a lot of fun participating in the tweet along for both listening to my own show and listening to other’s shows where everyone really did a great job!

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DS106 Quarantine Radio Show

It’s FINALLY done! It took a ton of planning and annoyance with the HCC staff and overall hardship and struggle to finally get this thing completed with the whole pandemic occurring, but we finally got it. We (our group) first planned on Saturday to meet at the HCC with the Vocal Booth in the Multimedia Editing Lab reserved to record it in there and then have someone edit it later, but the EagleOne card would not work to get in there and nobody was staffing the building on Saturday so we decided to come back Monday, and sure enough nobody was able to let us in Monday either because “they didn’t have a key to the door” and for some reason only a few classes were able to have access to that room. In the end, we decided to just record it in the comfy chairs right outside of the Editing Lab, and the editing was probably the bulk of the time in which it was my responsibility to do. Either way, this radio show was recorded and edited with Logic Pro and sounds were gathered from freesound.org. Enjoy!

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Radio Show Week 1 Progress

It’s been a great week in terms of Group 2’s progress on the methodology of our radio show. We plan to spend around 2 hours in the vocal booth at the Hurley Convergence Center on Saturday to get it all recorded and then edited over the course of next week. We also seem to be on the same page for pretty much everything we will talk about and have some pretty cool commercials and bumpers that will be in there, might I add. We are going to be talking about a day in a pandemic, where we explain the impacts the pandemic has had on all of our lives and how much everyone has sacrificed to keep others safe. It should be a fun ordeal! We have also made a GroupMe for our group to keep in contact and plan out everything we plan to do, and also share our design posters and other medias that we will use in our radio show.

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Radio Show Poster

This was really a lot of fun to make, I used photos from online and Photoshop to compile all of the design elements into this poster. I think the overall background that has the people in the foreground 6 feet apart but holding hands in the shadow is very telling of the pandemic experience over the last year. I hope you all enjoy it!

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Design Blitz

I walked around campus for about half an hour trying to find some good design elements of buildings or the pavement that I could find, but instead I thought, “why don’t I use every day items that I see in my room?” So I went back to my dorm room and found a few things.

I used this photo in the photo blitz, but it’s also a great way to show design. I wear this hat most of the time I am out in public, and I never really noticed how effective it is at showing both color and symbols. The color of the hat contrasts the eagle logo for Mary Washington with it’s white outline, and the “UMW Eagles” text below the symbol is light enough blue to be distinct from the rest of the grey hat. The eagle above the text is also very intelligently designed, outlining the eagle in white to contrast the eagle inside the outline from the rest of the hat but also making the blue on the eagle the same blue color as the text below the eagle, showing off Mary Washington colors and also representing Mary Washington all at the same time.

I saw typography as a design element and immediately thought, “why did Apple design their keyboard with this font and this way? Well we know the way is the classic QWERTY keyboard layout, but what makes Apple decide which type face to use? notice how the letters are all in a generic font but seemingly different from the type face that this blog is using or that how you use Times New Roman on an essay. I think Apple shows typography as a design element well here, their intention being to make the font style of their keyboard very easy to read and as generic and welcoming as it can be, while also catering toward second language English speakers or otherwise with an easy to read and learn font.

I woke up this morning and saw my bed sheets and thought, “wow, this is rhythm!” No really, these bed sheets are a perfect example of rhythm, the repetition of design elements, in this case white stripes, defined in intervals. It is exactly how these bed sheets have a sense of pattern and texture and is designed beautifully for commercial sale.

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Kidd Design

My brother used to be heavily interested in graphic design when he was in high school and I remember him explaining a ton of these concepts to me, being a young middle schooler who’s got no clue what he was talking about. I think the notion that “the best solution to a problem is found in the definition of the problem itself” is very interesting. Thinking about it when reading the article, it applies to pretty much every problem ever. Now if the question is if that notion is new or abstract, I don’t think so, I think us humans just tend to find solutions to problems through the definition of the problem itself unconsciously because that’s really the only way to solve a problem.

I also enjoyed how Kidd says that “graphic design needs your mental participation, even if it’s subconscious.” he explains further how other types of design encourage someone to use other parts of their body to experience them, but graphic design is purely a mind trip. I like the idea that graphic design is pretty much the same as architecture or industrial design, tying all of them up in a common denominator of usage of body parts. That sounds silly, but it really does make sense after thinking about it. Graphic design seems like a very complex method of design and mind stimuli, and it goes to show why it’s a whole profession!

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Tweet Along Radio

This was honestly one of the most fun hours of my life I have completed that has been, in essence, schoolwork. It’s really just a different experience engaging in not only what people are saying, but the background music and ambience effects that are edited and incorporated into the story to produce such an engaging atmosphere. Through this assignment, I understand a lot easier the claims that Abumrad was making regarding radio, and it was overall just a really good time. Here are some examples of tweets from it: