How I Made The Stu Ped Story

Video

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/60-second-day-a-video-narrative/

I made the video in iMovie, my All Hail King Leo assignment is a good reference for this. I simply shot all the clips on my iPhone 6 and then imported the clips into iMovie. Then I just trimmed the clips and put them together to make the full video.

Audio

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/a-day-in-the-life-of-your-character/

The audio was recored using the Voice Memos application on my iPhone 6. I then imported the audio into Audacity on my computer and cut the audio clips into one audio which was what I shared. My Sounds Of My Day assignment would be a good tutorial reference on how to use Audacity and the iPhone to put together a little audio story like this one.

GIF

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/multi-frame-gif-story/

The GIFs were videos that I originally shot onto my iPhone. I then imported the video to my computer and used the online tool Giphy to make the GIF files

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You can literally just drag the video file into the “Upload” area and can then edit your GIF from there. Yes it is that easy. For more information on how to use Giphy, refer to the tutorial in my Messi Breaking Ankles assignment.

Design

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/missing-person/

The poster was probably the easiest one to make from all of them. I used the Mac word processor Pages to create the missing poster from a template. The process was exactly the same as my Missing Person: Jesse Pinkman assignment.

He Who Procrastinates in DS106

This is a story about a poor DS106 student who did not properly heed the fair warning that was sent out by professor Polack before the start of the course. The student’s name is Stu Ped. Stu begins his first week of class by going to Dr. Polack’s DS106 course page to write down his assignments and being the under achiever that he is, Stu feels as if writing his homework for that week is progress enough and proceeds to spend his time doing anything but his DS106 work. Stu does what he does best, absolutely nothing.

As Stu screws around, he loses track of time. The days continue to go by and STILL, Stu has not started any sort of work on his DS106 homework for that week. It is now Sunday night and Stu suddenly realizes he needs to get started on his DS106 work. He does not stress out since he is confident that he can complete the work before midnight. After all, it is just an online class about digital storytelling right? How hard could it really be? Poor Stu Ped is about to learn a very harsh lesson tonight…

It is now 11:55pm, and Stu has not finished a single assignment for the week. Stu realizes that he has made a colossal mistake and he should have heeded the warnings of Dr Polack before the beginning of the course. Poor Stu spends the last 5 minutes before midnight in agony and must face the reality that he is going to get an F for the week.

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It is now Monday morning and Stu is no where to be seen. No one can get in contact with Stu which prompts his friends and family to file a missing person report. There is speculation that he may of gone missing because of the shame he felt from failing his first week of DS106. The police department release this poster to the public in attempts to locate him. I guess Stu should of gotten his sh*t together..

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Moral of the story, don’t be Stu Ped and wait until the last minute to complete your DS106 homework. You will fail and the shame will cause you to go mad. Use your time wisely!!

Tutorial

Weekly Summary: Week Four

Almost done! This week was pretty tough but it was fun since I enjoy working with video. I especially enjoyed putting together the compilation videos for my assignment. I watch a lot of videos on YouTube everyday so it was fun to create my own little videos. I also got a greater appreciation for using iMovie and figuring out just how darn easy it is to edit simple videos on it. It was also cool to learn more about video techniques and forcing myself to watch movies with a different eye. I have never really watched a movie to see how the camera was utilized or noticing post-editing techniques. It made me realize the careful directing that goes behind some of these great movies and how much thought actually goes into storyboarding, filming, and editing movies and tv shows.

Daily Creates

Video Assignments

My Comments

Reflections

Watching a Movie in a New Perspective

For the Look. Listen. Analyze assignment, I watched the clip above. I have seen this movie though it was a long time ago so I do not remember all of the scene very well.

Analyze the camera work

I watched the entire clip with the audio muted and just focused on the visuals. Some things I noticed were when Chris Gardner (the main character in this movie) was running, the camera had this shaking effect to add to the intensity of the scene. Also when he is in the elevator, the camera shows the other men in suits around him and Chris is in the back looking clearly distressed and out of place amongst the others. Then Chris walks into the office and the camera follows behind him in a 3rd person style pov view. It cuts to a shot of his face as he walks through the office. The camera is focused on the face of Chris but you can still see the people running back and forth in the background around him showing the commotion going on in the office. It was interesting looking at the clip this way since I was purely focusing on visual cues and little camera tricks that I would not have noticed with sound were suddenly evident to me.

Analyze the audio track

I then watched the clip just listening to the audio. The audio did a good job of conveying the story. The early scenes of him running and entering the office were told just through the audio just as they were visually. You could tell someone was running and the music gave this suspenseful feeling of “what is going to happen next?”. The sounds of the office with the people talking and phones ringing continuously made the office sound very busy just as it was visually. The interview scene had more to offer through audio than the visuals. You could hear the slight nervousness in Chris’s voice as he spoke telling the listener that this was a very important meeting to him. Again, it was interesting to listen to this through audio. It would of been interesting if I had never seen this movie before and just had to imagine the visuals in my head, and then watching the clip with video to see how well I was able to imagine the scene.

Pull it all together

After watching the clip regularly, there were not any significant differences. The main thing was with certain sounds that I heard when listening to only the audio I was able to now associate with the source. For instance, when I was listening to just the audio of him running I heard this click which I thought was maybe him running but I was not sure. Though with the sound and video it is clear that it was. Also just little sounds like when he sighs in frustration when he can not zip up his jacket were now clear that they were made by him. With movies, they are meant to be watched with sound and video. Each element separately can still create it’s own story but both of them together are what make the actual movie experience that the creators want you to have.

Leonardo DiCaprio Acting His Heart Out

For the Favorite Actor/Actress Highlight Reel assignment I put together the video above. I am a big fan of DiCaprio movies so I enjoyed going back and looking at some of these crazy scenes he made.

Behind the Creation

I knew immediately when I saw this assignment that I was going to make this compilation for Leonardo DiCaprio. I think  he is such a great actor and just embodies any character he plays so well. I hope that this compilation sheds some light on DiCaprio’s acting ability, if it is not evident already. There are many other movie clips I could of selected but I had to try my best to keep this within a minute. Despite the fact that he has only won one oscar in his career (which is a load of BS), he is one of the best actors in Hollywood today. I hope you all will enjoy watching these as much as I did. Also fun fact in the first scene from Django Unchained, when DiCaprio slammed his hand on the table he accidentally hit a glass that smashed and cut his hand badly. He continued with the scene despite his hand bleeding badly, just goes to show how much he gives for his roles.

The Process

I used iMovie to put this video together. The process of importing and cutting the clips to create the movie was the same as in my All Hail King Leo assignment. Refer to the tutorial I made in there to get a more detailed explanation of how I put the video together.

All Hail King Leo

 

For the Highlight Reels assignment, I created the video above. It consists of some skills by the Argentinian Lionel Messi who plays for the club team FC Barcelona.

Behind the Creation

I am a huge soccer fan, or football whatever. I do not care what the hell you call it, you’re talking about the same damn sport. Anyway, I have been a fan of soccer for many years now and also play soccer whenever I can. I loved making this video and could honestly just keep putting my favorite clips of him from over the years but then this video would end up being over 20 minutes or something. I picked some epic and dramatic music for the back track because I think it compliments Messi’s status in soccer as being the greatest in history. At the end, I decided to not have any music and just let the emotions of the crowd be the “music” you listen to. I loved the clip at the end because it is just raw footage from the stands and it immerses you in the experience and it gives you the closest feeling to actually being there in the stadium. Also a quick side note for those non-soccer fans, getting past someone by going between their legs (a.k.a. a nutmeg) is extremely embarrassing for the player who it happens to.

The Process

I used iMovie to put together this compilation which is a free movie editing software that comes with a Mac. It is very intuitive and simple to use.

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After opening the iMovie software, I went to “File” and selected “New Movie” to start a new movie project.

 

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The project editor is now created for you. To import my clips, I went under the “Libraries” section in the left bar. I right-clicked on where is says “iMovie Library” and selected “Import Media”.

 

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After finding where I saved the clips on my computer, I clicked the blue “Import Media” button in the bottom right to import the clips from the folder where I put them.

 

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The clips that I can now use to create my video now show up under the “My Media” tab located above.

 

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I can now click at a certain point in a clip, then I can drag my mouse up to the part that I want to add into my movie.

 

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The selection I made gets highlighted in a yellow box

 

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I then pressed the little box with the plus sign to add the section of the clip into my movie. A little tool tip also show up when I hover my mouse over the box to inform me of what clicking the box does.

 

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After clicking the plus button, the clip section now shows up in my movie timeline below. I followed the same steps of making selections from the clips above and adding them to my main movie timeline to put all the clips together.

 

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To add transitions into my video, I went to the “Transitions” tab above which brings up a list of transitions I can pick from. I selected the one I wanted and simply dragged it to the part I wanted it in. A tool tip also shows up when hovering the mouse over it to inform you of how to add the transition.

 

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I put the transition at the end of the video and I can double click on the box to adjust how long I wanted the transition to last for.

 

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To add the titles, I went to the “Title” tab above. This brings up a list of titles I can select from. Same as with the transitions, I simply dragged the transition I wanted to the place where I wanted it in my main movie timeline.

 

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The title now shows up as a purple box in my main movie timeline to where I dragged it to.

 

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Since you can only add transitions and title between separate clips, I right-clicked at the place in my movie timeline where I wanted to split the clip so I could add a title in between. This brought up a little menu from where I selected “Split Clip” to but a split in the clip.

 

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The clip is now split and you can see that the editor puts a gap in between the clip. I was now able to add any title or transition I wanted to put.

 

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To edit the text on the title sections, I simply double clicked in the preview window on the text. I can now edit the text straight from there to whatever I wanted. There are also font editing options available above to make other changes that you want to make.

 

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I then muted the audio on the first clip. You can see that I select the first clip in the main movie timeline since it is highlighted with a yellow box.

 

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Here is a zoomed in view of the box. To change the audio volume on this clip, I simply dragged the horizontal yellow line above the sound waved on the bottom of the box. You can drag this line up or down to increase or decrease the volume respectively. I dragged it all the way down to 0 to mute the audio. I did so for all of the clips in my main movie timeline.

 

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To import my own audio track. I opened a folder window where I had the audio file. I was then able to drag the audio file from the folder window to the bottom of my movie timeline.

 

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The green bar representing the audio I dragged in is now displayed under my main movie timeline.

 

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To shorten the audio, I was able to simple drag the end of the green box to the left to make it shorter.

 

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I then dragged it to where I wanted it to end. Then to save the video into a .mp4 file, I went to “File” then selected “Share’ from which a menu appeared. From this menu I selected “File” to export the project into a video file that I could share.

 

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A window appears from where I could make some final tweaks before I export the project, I decided to keep everything as it was. I then clicked the “Next” button in the bottom left.

 

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The video begins to export, after it was complete I get a notification from my Mac that the export has finished and it is ready to share.

Reading a Movie? What the Hell Does That Mean?

I read Roger Ebert’s Article on “How to Read a Movie”, which informed the reader about techniques on how to read in between the lines when watching a scene in a movie. It definitely opened my eyes to subtle video techniques that some directors use. The concept of visual space and how the use of positive and negative space in a cinematic composition can stir emotional and aesthetic reactions was something I found to be very true. A good director and cinematographer can create a very powerful scene by properly using visual space. This involves things such as knowing what pieces of the environment to include, where to place actors, the angle of the camera, etc. All of these techniques are used to compliment the actual story being told in the scene.

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The television show Breaking Bad was in my opinion one of the best shot television shows. This is just one of the many great camera angles that were used in the show. This still from one of the scenes tells a great deal to someone who has never seen or heard of the show about what is going on. The director of this scene uses visual weighting excellently, everything is placed with a purpose. A person can easily pick out who is the main focus of this scene and could probably even conclude that there could be some criminal activity taking place judging by the colors used. Ebert also mentions that “low angles can make them into gods”. That is very evident in this shot and a person looking at this can deduce that these characters are being portrayed as being above or held in a high light.

I watched the “Examples of Editing Techniques” video which gave quick examples of editing styles with short clips, some of which were a little strange. Although after watching this, it made me consciously realize all these techniques that are used in post-editing of a video which I have seen allover but have never really “noticed” it. It made me think more closely about these subtle post-editing techniques, and it will probably make me notice these things whenever I watch a movie or tv show now.

I also watched the “From Below” video which was a compilation of from below shots from the films of Quentin Tarantino. Some of my favorite movie have been directed by him so I really enjoyed watching this clip. It also made me realize how effective and powerful this camera angle is in film which is why we still see it used today. I noticed that the lower the camera angle was, it gave the actors in the shot sense of being more above. It also creates some intimacy for the viewers with the actors, especially when the people in the shot are dominating the visual space. It is difficult for me to explain exactly why these shots are and have been so popular in cinema, but there is something about it that makes a simple scene of a person or multiple people more interesting and engaging.