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.

My Version of Jesse Pinkman’s Answering Machine

For the Movie Voice Machines assignment, I did something a bit different instead. I basically just made my own version of Jesse Pinkman’s answering machine in Breaking Bad. Here is the real one from the show:

Behind the Creation

If it is not obvious already, I am a huge Breaking Bad fan. The show has been over for a couple of years now but they created a spin-off show, Better Call Saul, which is the closest thing to being able to watch the show again. Anyway, the clip above was from either Season 1 or 2 (I can’t remember exactly and I am too lazy to look it up right now). Before the scene, Walt was on the phone with some one and his wife Skyler was suspicious to who he was talking to. After Walt left she hits redial on the phone and gets Jesse Pinkman’s answering machine. It was pretty fun making my own little version of this, and who knows…maybe I will make it my actual voice message.

The Process

To record the audio, I used the Voice Memos app on my iPhone 6. The process of recording the audio was very simple and you can refer to my Sounds Of My Day assignment for the part where I explain the specifics of how to record audio on the Voice Memos app if you would like to know.


Sounds Of My Day

For the Sounds Of Your Day assignment I decided to record some audio of my typical workday. Hopefully the sounds make it clear about what I was doing in the clip.

Behind the Creation

I am currently a intern at Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center. I commute from my home in Fredericksburg to King George and work a typical 40 hours a week. So I decided that for this assignment I would record some audio of me driving to work, walking to my office, doing work, etc. I guess it gives you guys some idea of how a typical work day sounds for me. I enjoyed making this assignment since I feel like telling a story through sound it more straight forward since you do not have to worry about making it look nice. It is like what Jad Abumrad said about you provide the listener the means of creating the image of the scenario for you.

The Process

To create this little audio story I used my iPhone 6 to record the audio clips using the Voice Memo’s


I pressed the record button whenever I wanted to record some sounds, and as you can see the area above the time is showing me the sound and volume of the sound being picked up. I can press the red pause button to pause the recording.



After pausing the recording, the button turns back to a red circle. I can tap it to continue recording audio if I would like. I decided to tap “Done” to complete and save my recording.



After tapping “Done”, a pop-up menu appears asking to name the recording. I can either tap “Save” to save the recording with the name I chose or “Delete” to delete the recording and start over. I chose to tap “Save” in this case.



I entered in the name I desired for this recording and then I tapped “Save” to save the recording.


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After I recorded all the audio clips I needed, I transferred all the audio clips to my computer. I opened Audacity and opened one of my audio files.


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After opening the audio file, the file shows up in the editor. Now I went on to import the other audio files into the project as well.


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I went to “File” and selected “Input” which opened a menu from which I selected “Audio” since I am importing an audio file.


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The audio file now appears underneath the main one.



I then selected the audio clip by highlighting the entire sound time line. I then clicked the “Cut” button circled in red on the picture. This cuts the audio from its original place and copies it to my clipboard.



I then clicked at the end of the main sound timeline since that was where I wanted to insert it. Then I clicked on the “Paste” button circled in red on the picture to paste the audio clip I just cut from below.


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After clicking “Paste” the audio piece shows up at the place where I had selected for it to appear. I did this same process with all the other audio clips, opening them, cutting, and then pasting them to the end of the main audio clip.


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After I had clipped and pasted all the audio I wanted to, I went to “File” and selected “Export Audio” to save the .wav file of the new audio clip I pieced together to my local computer.


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A pop-up menu appeared which prompted me for a input to name the file. After giving it the desired name I clicked “Save”


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I could also give the file some other attributes if I wanted to though I did not need to for this audio clip so I left it blank and clicked “Ok” which then created and saved the file for me.

I’m So Adventurous


For the Are We There Yet? design assignment, I created the image above of me supposedly relaxing on a cliff.

Behind the Creation

Apparently pictures like this are very popular nowadays where someone takes a shot of their feet hanging in mid air while they are looking down some high place. Unfortunately I am sitting shirtless in my basement right now but then I was like “Hey, I have this picture of my legs and this picture of a cliff…why not?”. Now I can fit in with todays culture while being able to sit shirtless in my basement on a Saturday night 🙂

Here is the original:


The Process

To make this image, I used the same methods as I did for my Slipknot Entertaining the Kids assignment. I have the tutorial in there which is exactly identical to how I created the image above.


My Geeky Tattoo


Here is what I made for the Tattoos 4Life assignment. Pretty geeky…

Behind the Creation

I thought this would be sort of funny as a tattoo. “delete[] poop;” is programming syntax for C++ for when you want to deallocate or destroy the memory block that poop is pointing too. The tattoo would be meant for being above my butt so the arrow pointing down is pointing at my pooper. So essentially I am deallocating my poop, yeah I know it’s kind of stupid. Also the “[]” means that this is an array which is a type of list so poop is pointing to multiple instances or occurrences of fecal matter. The semi-colon is just a marker to signify the end of a line in C++ (and other languages). So yeah, this is my tattoo design if anyone wants an idea for their next tattoo.

The Process

I used the Mac word processor Pages to create the text for the design with the arrow.

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I opened the Pages application and clicked the “New Document” button in the bottom left of the window


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I selected a blank document from the template selector. After selecting the blank template I clicked the “Choose” button in the bottom right to create my new blank document to use.


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I then type in what I wanted and using the right menu adjusted the size of the text under the “Font” section.


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After adjusting the size of the text, I changed the text to Lucida Console since this is usually how text looks is most IDEs for code editor softwares.


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“delete” is known as a reserved word for C++ since it does special functions for you as needed. These reserved words are highlighted a special color so the programmer can know he or she is using a reserve word. I highlighted the text and under the “Font” section in the right menu I went to color and selected blue. Depending on what color scheme you have for your code editor this color will be different.


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I then inserted the arrow below the text. I selected the “Shape” option in the top menu bar which brought down a list of shapes that I could use. I selected the arrow for this design.


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I adjusted the size of the arrow using the little white squares around the arrow image and in the right menu it now gives me options to make other adjustments such as rotation since I have the arrow selected.


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In the right menu bar while having the arrow selected, I went to the “Style” tab to change the color of the arrow to what I desired. I made 4 variations of this image by changing the color of the “delete” text and the color of the arrow and took screen shots of each of them.


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I took screen shots of the four variations I made and then went to photo shop to put them into one image. I went to “File” and selected “New” to create a new blank canvas.


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I then set the dimensions of the image in this dialogue box to what I desired. After I was done, I clicked “Ok” to create the blank canvas.



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After I created the blank canvas, I went to “File” and selected “Open” to open the 4 images I made of my custom tattoo.


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I then dragged the tabs containing the custom tattoo images down so I could have a vertical split view of the tattoo images and the blanks canvas.


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I could now simply drag and drop the image into the blank canvas one by one and move them around on the canvas to align them.


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After dragging all the images into the canvas and aligning them properly, I was ready to save the image.


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I went to “File” and selected “Save As” and saved the canvas as a new JPEG image.





Slipknot Entertaining the Kids


For the Change of Scenery assignment, I created the photo above. I guess the daycare decided to hire the heavy metal band Slipknot to entertain the kids.

Behind the Creation

As strange as it may seem, I am a fan of rock and heavy metal. I don’t keep up with it nowadays but heavy metal was actually the first genre of music I ever got into. I listen to a very wide range of music, if the song is good I will listen to it regardless of what genre it is. I tried to pick a very colorful background and then I decided to pick a daycare. The band dresses in a very animalistic manner with grunge masks and clothing. So putting them in this type of environment makes them look ridiculous.

The Process

So I finally got around to getting Photoshop on my laptop so this assignment was not as hard to do since I did not have to use some crappy online photo editor.

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After opening photoshop, I opened both of my image files which are seen by the two tabs containing the image of the band that I want and the day care background


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I dragged the tab containing the slipknot image to the bottom of the window so I could get a split vertical view of both my images


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Then in the left menu, I selected the “Polygon Lasso Tool”. (You might need to right-click on this button to switch to the Polygon Lasso Tool).


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Then I used this tool to select around the band members to select the area of the image that I will crop into the day care image. Once I was done, a dotted line appeared around the area that I selected. (I just showed you how it looks for the tutorial, I obviously did a better cropping job than this for the actual image).


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I pressed Command+J on my Mac (Control+J for Windows) to then create a new layer for the cropped portion of the slipknot image. You can now see the two layers in the right menu.


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I then clicked the eye on the “Background” layer in the right menu to remove the background and only show the parts that I cropped out.


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Since I was in a split tab view, I dragged the bottom tab down a bit so I could see the top tab containing the daycare image. I can now simply drag the cropped out image of the band from the bottom into the day care on the top.


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After I moved the image of the band, I made the top tab bigger since I was working here now. I went to “Edit” and selected “Free Transform” to resize the image layer containing the band.


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After resizing the layer to what I wanted, I clicked on the “Move Tool” which is the first item in the left menu. I then applied the transformation by clicking “Apply” in the dialogue box.


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The I went to “File” and clicked “Save As” to save the image to my local computer.




The Savage Bruce


Here is my GIF for GIF Your Sassy Animal assignment. As you can see, Bruce is giving some serious sass. Not really he’s just playing.

Behind the Creation

Bruce is my one year old cat and like most cats we play hide and go seek. Usually he will be around a corner and I slowly stick my hand out and he will jump on my hand, it’s extremely cute. People have told me that it is not always alright to let your cat use your hand as a toy, and they are probably right. When he was a kitten I use to do it all the time and there was no harm but he is bigger now and I still let him play with my hand. He does hurt me a little bit on occasion but I have gotten use to it so I never really care for it, though I could see why a person who is meeting him for the first time would be freaked out by that behavior. He mostly play bites, and you will definitely know when he is actually mad at you vs when he is playing.

The Process

I used the same tool I used for my Messi Breaking Ankles GIF assignment, Giphy. The process of creating this GIF was exactly the same. I uploaded the video from my phone to YouTube and just copied the video URL into the creator for Giphy. If you want to see how I made the GIF, then refer to the tutorial in the other assignment I mentioned.

A Little Motivation For You


Here is the poster I made for the Motivational Poster (3 stars) design assignment. Credits to Taylor Nguyen for the photo. Yeah, turf burns are no joke.

Behind the Creation

As I was scrolling through the design assignment bank on the ds106 website, I saw this assignment and immediately knew what I was going to do. The person in this picture who did the unfortunate dive then face plant is Robert Blake. He is a good friend of mine that I met this past semester since we both coincidentally took the same 3 Computer Science classes during the same section. He is currently a Junior at UMW and a very talented ultimate frisbee player for the UMW Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club. We spent some long nights together working through painful projects and assignments for our classes. It felt just a bit better to share the late night stress with someone else rather than enduring it alone, so to thank him I made this motivational poster 🙂

The Process

To create this poster, I used the online photo editing tool LunaPic

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I went to the “Draw” drop down menu and selected “Motivational Poster” to get started (how convenient right??)


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This brings up this screen from where I can click on the “Choose File” button to locate the image on my local computer to upload.


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After finding the image, it loads up below and I now have the option to set the text for the Title and Caption of my motivational poster. I put the desired text in these fields. There is also an option to change the background and foreground colors but I chose to leave these values as they were. I then clicked the “Create Motivational Poster” button which generates the actual poster.


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The motivational poster is now created and I can view it in the image viewer. I scrolled to the bottom of the page where I clicked the blue “Save” button which allowed to save the motivational poster to my local computer.

Missing Person: Jesse Pinkman *NO SPOILERS*

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Here is my poster for the Missing Person (3.5 stars) design assignment. I decided to use Jesse Pinkman who is a character in the TV series Breaking Bad. Don’t worry, if you have not seen the show or are currently watching this will not spoil anything. I know there is at least one person in this class currently who is watching it for the first time.

Behind the Creation

As you may of noticed with my Tickling Walter White video assignment, I am a huge fan of Breaking Bad. In my opinion it may just be one of the, if not the, greatest TV series in history. I am currently re-watching the entire series again, and it is still just as good the second time. I wanted to do this assignment since I wanted to try to use the template options available in the Pages software for Mac and see how well I could design a poster for this. Also, if you have seen the show then you might understand why I chose Jesse Pinkman for this (again, do not want to spoil anything).

The Process

I found Pages to be quite simple to use when I was making this. It worked very intuitively and it felt pretty free even though I was using a template.

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I created a new document and chose the Lost & Found Flyer template as the starting point for this assignment. After I selected the template, I clicked “Choose” in the bottom right corner


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I removed the place holder text from the top part and typed in “Missing” and changed the text color to red. The I selected the text box and changed the fill color from the right menu. I decided to go with black.

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The top part now changed to a black fill color.


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I clicked on the image of the dog and in the right menu went to the “Image” tab. Here, I was given a “Replace” button so I could change the image to my own image. I clicked the button and opened the image file I had downloaded on my local computer.


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The image is now replaced to the picture that I desired. I went through the same process for the bottom part below the picture that I did for the top part. I removed the place holder text and changed the fill color for the text box.


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I then filled in the information I wanted for the bottom part. Then finally I inserted a text box by clicking “Text” on the top menu. I entered the text I wanted in the text box and moved it to where I wanted it. It is a free moving text box so it can be placed anywhere.