Final Week!

My Gossiip Girl Final Project – My final project was based upon a television series called “Gossip Girl“. Basically, there is a person who reports on all the hot gossip that occur in the Upper East Side of Manhatten. However, the gossip is primarily about highschool students. The idea is that normal people are the famous people because in their small world, they are. I chose to tell this story a blog from Gossip Girl, herself! It is right after summer and gossip girl has lots to share, some to recap, and she shameless plugs for her website.

I used Audacity, Freesounds.org, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Publisher, X-ray Goggles, Fakebook, and Gimp in order to complete this assignment.  The assignment were easy to put together becasue they are skills I have mastered in other weeks.  Gossip Girl is a funny, dramatic show with the underlining theme of discover the idenity of Gossip Girl. I think my blog post is a creativy way of thinking through who she might me, what she listens too, where she goes, etc. I hope fans of Gossip Girl enjoy this post and begin to question the identity of GG in the actual show. Those who do not know the show will hopefully get a compelling story out of my blog and maybe they will start watching Gossip Girl.

 Week Three: What is Digital Storytelling- I reread my blog and I feel like I was unsure about digital storytelling. Digital Storytelling can be simple such as a blog or complex where you use a series of media to tell a story, like our final projects. In the end, digital storytelling ends up being a way to add dimension to the typicial storytelling through audio, visual, etc. Furthermore, through digital one can take a story and change or enhance it. Mashups and Remixes are great examples of taking storys using “digital” can creating something new. The digital part of storytelling is almost necessary in today’s world where so much technology exists.

To show you all some examples I’ve created in Digital Storytelling, here is a link to my best work. I choose most of these assignments because they show the strenght of my creative side for example computer book and alternative book cover.  Some of these assignments I chose becasue I’m proud of the everlasting skill they have given me such as theme verse, dialogue mash-up, and character/genre song mashup. Other were simply just enjoyable to create such as Cinderella II, GIF, daily creates,photoblitz and recycling media. Finally, my radio show and final project represent the strenghth, effort, and dedication to this claa. I’m so proud of all the work I’ve done, but inevitable the results were not always the greatest. My best work shows a little bit of every media type and what I believe to be the most rewarding assignment I completed. If I had to pick one assignment as best in show…. it would be Return to the Scene of the Crime because I had great idea, it was masterfully done, and I believe it was an entertaining and informative blog.

Pay it Forward:

  1. Summary of my New Assignments : Music Tag & Music Video
  2. Sumamry of my Tutorials: Music Tag & Music Video
  3. Advice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGdCA1X9SHY&feature=g-upl

Final Thoughts- This class was a ton of work! It was super challengeing. The best thing to remember is it doesn’t cost you a  thing! You never..ever. have to go out and buy something…so don’t! There are plenty of free software that can help you get the assignment done. You don’t need a camera, just a cellphone camera. Every week builds upon the next week and in the end the final is just a creative cake walk because you know how to do it, you just have to make the story around the media.  I love that have the skills to creative things…I’m generally crafty person, but crafts are impractical in college because they costs, time consuming, and messy. However, with digital storytelling, I get to be crafty and creative, while it’s all free and clean.I enjoyed this class again, but I’m so happy it was online because I don’t think I could do this during normal day hours (I do DS106 work between classes, etc)

Thanks so much for this amazing class, it is a great idea and I’ll never lose the skills I learn.

 

 

Gossip Girl

Hello Upper East Sider’s I hope you enjoyed your summer. I certainly needed the break from snooping. I did a lot of traveling over break and as always made myself a playlist for the long car trips. I know that you are all curious about what Gossip Girl listens to so here is a sample of my playlist.

This past year was full of hot steamy love. Love that was brilliantly capture in Dan’s ‘The Insider” . As we all know in the Upper East Side “if you kiss, I’ll tell”, but so will Dan apparently (more about his book later). Here is a little video I put together showing some of the year’s hottest moments.

On the top of the “summer reading list” for those in the know is Dan Humphrey’s exposé on the elite social lifes of our vary own Upper East Siders. It turns out that most of you are protrayed in a … less than glamourous way. Well, all except one… it seems that Ms. Blair Waldorf has captured the heart of Dan because in the book Queen Bitch is simply Blair, the girl next door.

gossip girl dan's book

Well it seems like Queen B is once again the center of attention. If you haven’t heard she has a new love interest…Prince of Monaco! Our Upper East Side Leading Lady is dating up… way to go B! If you want to stay constant with B’s love life, you might want to bookmark Blair’s facebook page. Give that B, herself, is the most reliable source of gossip.

This just in… it seem as though B and her Prince Charming have set a day and it looks like I’ll be attending…will you? Here’ s a pick of the royal invitation…classy!

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The first day back at school was full of juicy gossip. However, instead of just sending out a blast, I decided to record my day. Give you a little taste of how Gossip Girl gets her information.

Don’t  be the last to know all the good juice gossip… go to the Gossip Girl Website and sign up to recieve blast…an remember to check your cellphone regularly!

 

 

Summary of My Two Assignments

For my first assignment, I choose to do an audio assignment. The blog and tutorial can be found on this blog page with the tutorial. 

Music Tag

One of my favorite type of assignments is audio!  Lyrics and songs are great ways to tell stories. Have you notice similar themes extend genres… lyrics overlapping. Your task is to create a story by using audio snippets from songs. The trick is you have to have the last word of your clip, be the same word that starts the next clip. Use at least 5 different songs, try to include different genres or decades.

  1. Find all the YouTube videos of your songs and position it to play a little before the part you want to capture.
  2. Use Audacity to record the clips
  3. Edit the Clips Together
  4. Export Your New Story

 

For my example I used:

Below is the lyrics of my music tag.. the word/pharses that are shared are bolded.

Why don’t you stay. I’m down on my knees. I’m so tired of being lonely. Don’t I give you what you need. When she calls you to go. There is one thing you should know. We don’t have to live this way Baby, why don’t you stay Just a  little bit longer .Please let me hear .You say that you will Say you will. Say you will. Together can never be close enough for me. To feel like I am close enough to youYou wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you. Andyou’re beautiful. You’re beautiful, You’re beauitful its true. There must be an angel with the smile on her face, when she thought up that I should be with you need a man. I need a man. Who can keep me satisfied. I better shape up If I’m gonna prove. you better prove.That my faith is justified. Are you sure.Y es I’m sure down deep inside. You’re the one that I want. Oo-oo-oo, honey

I believe songs are the most unviersal way to tell stories. It, therefore, isn’t surprisng that songs tend to overlap. This assigment made me think of all the themes (not just genres) that I listen too! I, also, shows the connectivness of people acrosse time.

 

For my second assingment, I chose to do a video or maybe a mash-up assignment. I called it video because originally I believed it to be video. However, after writting up a post about it… I reconsidered… it is called Music Video. The assignment can be found here.

I love video and audio, so I combined these two mediums in video form. The goal was to create a Music Video using clips from a movie. Music videos are musics companion in telling stories. I personally perfer music videos becasue I can visualize the lyrics better. For my example, I used The Notebook a movie based on Nicolas Spark’s book and “Hey Pretty Girl”by Kip Moore.

I believe the storyline in the The Notebook is greatly reflected in the the song “Hey Pretty Girl”. Both types of story are about falling in love with a pretty girl, becoming a family, and living out the rest of their lives together The two combined truly enhance the story.

Note: I think was truly makes this a music video is the shots of Kip Moore sing….just like iin the  real video :)

 

My Assingment 2: Music Video

Music Video

I love video and audio, so I combined these two mediums in video form. The goal was to create a Music Video using clips from a movie. Music videos are musics companion in telling stories. I personally perfer music videos becasue I can visualize the lyrics better. For my example, I used The Notebook a movie based on Nicolas Spark’s book and “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore.

I believe the storyline in the The Notebook is greatly reflected in the the song “Hey Pretty Girl”. Both types of story are about falling in love with a pretty girl, becoming a family, and living out the rest of their lives together The two combined truly enhance the story.

Note: I think was truly makes this a music video is the shots of Kip Moore sing….just like in the real video :)

Wanna Know How I Did It:

You will need PWNYouTube bookmarklet and Audacity.

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My Assignment 1: Music Tag

Music Tag

One of my favorite type of assignments is audio!  Lyrics and songs are great ways to tell stories. Have you notice similar themes extend genres… lyrics overlapping. Your task is to create a story by using audio snippets from songs. The trick is you have to have the last word of your clip, be the same word that starts the next clip. Use at least 5 different songs, try to include different genres or decades.

  1. Find all the YouTube videos of your songs and position it to play a little before the part you want to capture.
  2. Use Audacity to record the clips
  3. Edit the Clips Together
  4. Export Your New Story

For my example I used:

Below is the lyrics of my music tag.. the word/pharses that are shared are bolded.

Why don’t you stay. I’m down on my knees. I’m so tired of being lonely. Don’t I give you what you need. When she calls you to go. There is one thing you should know. We don’t have to live this way Baby, why don’t you stay Just a  little bit longer .Please let me hear .You say that you will Say you will. Say you will. Together can never be close enough for me. To feel like I am close enough to youYou wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you. And you’re beautiful. You’re beautiful, You’re beauitful its true. There must be an angel with the smile on her face, when she thought up that I should be with you need a man. I need a man. Who can keep me satisfied. I better shape up If I’m gonna prove. you better prove.That my faith is justified. Are you sure.Y es I’m sure down deep inside. You’re the one that I want. Oo-oo-oo, honey

I believe songs are the most unviersal way to tell stories. It, therefore, isn’t surprisng that songs tend to overlap. This assigment made me think of all the themes (not just genres) that I listen too! I, also, shows the connectivness of people acrosse time.

 

Wanna Know How To Do This:

You are going to need Audacity. In order to make the tutorial, I used Screen-O-Matic.  Both of these are free download and are very user friendly!

Week 13 & 14

Thoughts & IIdeas about Remix’

Mashup Assignments

Remix An Assignment

Not all suprising, this week was super fun! I thought remixing was interesting and I kept thing, what I’ve remixed this in other assignments. There were really no new skills needed to complete this work, it was more of a congitive challenge. Remixing is really cool form of media because it take two different stories and combines them either to enhance the common story or to create a new story. YouTube is cluttered with remix-ed stuff- mostly music, but then, again you can remix anything.  Originally, when I thing remix I think of music at clubs that are mashed-up or songs which artist have alter in some way. However, now remixing applies to picture, video, audio, or some combination of all of them. I really want to do a remix assingment for my created assignment because there are so many creative ideas I have, but no assignment that addresses them.

 

REMIXIN’

Originally, I watched the “Everything is a Remix” video and, then, I watched the “A Fair (y) Use Tale“. However, I think that watching the “Fair(y) Use Tale” should be watch before the other video.  The “Fair(y) Use Tale” is excellent at laying out the basic rules of copyright that we discussed in the first.  I was fascinated in learning that copyright used to only extend 14 years. However, today it is a lifetime plus 70 years.  I thought it useful to know that fair – use is pretty open so long as it follows the rule about the duration of the media used, commerical impact or is  used in teaching, new reporting, paradoy, or critical comment. The “Fair (y) Use Tale” was clever because the Disney Movies were used to teach about copyright! Therefore, it falls under fair use. Furthermore, the duration of the clips were very mininum.

The “Everything is a Remix”  was this beautiful series that basically explained that nothing… NOTHING….is original. Meaning that everything, even the lightbulb and printing press were remixes/modification on other inventions. Macintosh and Xerox were also modification upon other inventions. They, also, discussed music because often remixing is associated with song remixing .The example they use is Led Zeppelin who remixed beats from other artists without fundamentally changing it. The point is that very few things we hear are original, most are updated beats or lyrics.

 

Recycling Media

Recycle The Media

My story is that you are sitting down to show slideshows to family, just memories that you want to share. You show pictures of your family, home, school, friends, etc. You tell a story with the pictures. How, as a father, you remember taking your daughter fishing. How you remember breaking into school. How every building and picture has a fun story attached to it. I used audacity to edit the music together, PWNYouTube to get the video clips, and Window Movie Maker to put the slideshow together. I had to adjust the timing of picture extensively. I, also, added transitions to create a more slideshow effect.

Returning to the Scene of My Wish *****

Returning to the Scene of the Crime: Countrify *****

For my assingment I was given “Return to the the Scene of the Crime” and asked to “Countrify It”. I personally loved the “Return to the Scene of the Crime” assingment and was thrilled to revisit it. There were only a handful of people who completed this assingment, so I used all of their photographs in my remix. The photographs links are below. I took all the photographs and created a video/slideshow to Racal Flatts “My Wish”. I found that everyone took pictures of friends or family, a theme that was easily countrified. “My Wish” is a beautiful song about hoping someone that best in their lives. I believe everyone who took these picture would agree that they only want to support thier friend and family, hoping for the best.

In order to make this video I used Windows Movie Maker. I uploaded the pictures and added music. I copied and edited the music via audacity. I uploaded that into WMM. I added transitions, then I uploaded it to YouTube. The process is simple, but the getting everything timed right is harder. You can adjust the lenght of the pictures showing on the Video Edit Menu. I, then, faded the music on WMM thorought the Music Edit Menu. I added qoute to extent the video to fit the music. All the qoute are cited and pretain to famlly, friends, and love.