Shortest Video Ever…

5 Second Film (4 Stars)

Back when the 6-second video sharing app Vine was around, people would find interesting ways of shrinking content to fit into a very short video. My job for this assignment was to make a 5-second video that includes a gag, bit, or joke. I decided to fit this assignment with my question of the week response from last week, which was to change a nursery rhyme. I went with the “I’m a little teapot” nursery rhyme and I turned the innocent teapot into a dark and mean teapot.

The Process:

In order to create the video, I used the clipchamp video editor. Since the video has to be 5 seconds, I knew I could only include two photos and two audio clips. I decided to show the transition from the original little teapot to the new, meaner teapot for my story.

  1. I started off by finding all the images and audio I wanted to include in the short clip. I first downloaded the little teapot image and his alter ego, the mean teapot. I then went on to upload the images onto clipchamp and shortened the video to five seconds.
  2. Second, I found two pieces of audio that would represent the sounds of each of the images. The first audio piece was from the original little teapot theme song on YouTube. The second audio piece I found was a ‘grr’ sound, also from YouTube, that best defines the sound of the second image.
  3. Third, I uploaded the images and audio pieces onto my project for clipchamp.
  4. Fourth, I went on to use the split tool to take the audio I don’t want in my video and delete it. I did this by clicking at a point on the video layout of where I want to split it, and then clicking the scissor icon.
  5. Finally, I exported the project as an MP4 file on to my computer.

Low Points In Gaming

Gaming Lowlights (3 Stars)

We all have moments in games when nothing seems to be going right and we can’t seem to figure anything out. When I play video games, there are multiple instances when I just want to lose my mind. Instead of trying to forget about those moments and move on, I decided to put it together for my three star video game low-lights assignment, so we can feel my pain together.

As you can see in this video, I am playing a first-person shooter game called Phantom Forces on Roblox. It is a game that requires awareness and accurate aim to succeed. When it comes to my skills in this game, I would say that I am an experienced player. However, as you can see in this low-light clip, I do have moments when I feel like an amateur.

The Process:

In order to create my video, I used the Xbox Game DVR on Windows, which records your entire screen of gameplay. To start the process you have to press the windows key then the ‘g’ key simultaneously. It will then ask if it is for a game, which is when you would click yes. To start recording, you have to press the windows key then alt key then the ‘r’ key, also simultaneously. Repeat the same command to stop recording.

    1. The first step I took to make my lowlight video was to create a new project in clipchamp. Once I created the project, I uploaded the recorded gameplay I had in my videos folder on my computer. Since I had around ten minutes of gameplay, I wanted to make the video around two minutes.
    2. Second, I used the split tool, which is the scissor icon located on the middle left of the screen. I cut out all the parts of the video that were not the parts when I was dying.
    3. Third, I added sound from YouTube to play in the background. I chose to go with audio of something funny and something that goes well with fail compilations.
    4. Lastly, I exported the video as an MP4 file on to my computer. Even though clipchamp is a free video editing program, it fortunately doesn’t have a watermark.

Learning the Ways to Successful Cinematography

Week 4 Midweek Reflection

This week started the same as last week because my skills with video creating is just as incompetent as my skills with audio creating. However, I can say that my skills last week in audio creation increased dramatically, and I’m hoping the same will happen with my skills in video creating this week.

After reading and better understanding the assignments I have for this week, I began to work on them. I started by doing two daily creates, which took barely any time at all to complete. After completing the daily creates, I started to work on my reflections. The first reflection I had to complete was on Roger Ebert’s article on how to read a movie. This reflection wasn’t too difficult to do since I enjoyed reading Roger’s article and I picked up a lot of ideas from it. After completing the article reflection, I started the four video reflection. This also didn’t take too long considering the fact that the videos were relatively short and interesting. Lastly, I answered the question of the week, which was fairly unique.

Daily Create

This week’s daily creates each had a life of their own. Trying to find which ones to complete was tough to do since there were at least four creates I wanted to do. I ended up settling for the describe a tree and the artistic graph chart creates. I first completed the create an artistic graph chart daily create. While thinking about what I would want to create the graph chart on, I realized what I’ve been doing for the past four weeks, fasting. Ramadan completely changes my daily schedule every year, for better or for worse. My time spent sleeping skyrockets because of the decrease of energy in my body.

After completing that daily create, I went on to finish the take a photo of a tree and describe it daily create. This assignment was quite simple because I literally took five seconds to take the photo of the tree right outside of my house. I then went on to describe the tree on my tweet metaphorically. You can find the full blog post by clicking here.

Roger Ebert’s Short Piece Reflection

Reading Roger Ebert’s article on reading a movie helped expand my knowledge of the different ideas that come with film making. He talked a lot about how positioning can draw different moods and how different images capture different emotions. I go into more detail on my full blog, which can be found by clicking here.

Four Video Reflection

All movies use certain film techniques and methods to help capture different images and emotions. My job for this assignment was to choose four out of the eight short clips provided that display the techniques used in different movies, and reflect on them. The techniques the four videos displayed were methods I’ve already known for many years, such as zooming and jump cuts. Watching the clips definitely helped give me a better understanding of each technique and method by showing me how they are used in different scenes. I hope to use some of these techniques, especially the perspectives technique, for the upcoming film making assignments. You can find the full post by clicking here.

 

Question of the Week

We’ve all heard nursery rhymes at some point in our childhood. Thinking back many years ago, I constantly used to hear the “I’m a little teapot” nursery rhyme. Overtime, it got to the point where I absolutely hated hearing the song. Now, for this assignment, I had the chance to change a nursery rhyme so I thought the perfect nursery rhyme would have to be it. I attempted to completely change the mood of the nursery rhyme. The full blog post can be found by clicking here.

I’m a Little Troubler, Mean and Grim

Weekly Question

What childhood nursery rhyme would you like to write a story about but change the meaning completely?

If I had a chance to change a nursery rhyme from my childhood, I would change “I’m a little teapot” to “I’m a little troubler”. I’ve heard this nursery rhyme so many times as a kid and always pictured the little teapot to be super innocent and joyful. What if the teapot was not an innocent teapot, but rather he was a teapot who causes harm? This teapot would be a bully and would not get along with anybody. He would always get sad and angry over the smallest things. Instead of being gold with a smile, he would be dark blue with a frown on his face. Also, he is not good around young kids.

 

Professional Film Making Techniques

Reflection on Four Videos

The four videos I watched for this assignment each had different techniques and methods for film making that I either already knew or that I somewhat know. However, watching the videos definitely gave me better insights on the different techniques, as well as better appreciation for them.

The first video I chose was the examples of editing techniques video. This video runs through the different techniques that film makers use to capture different moments and emotions. Jump cut is one of the techniques that this video displays and it is something I am very aware of. Jumping from one perspective to another is used immensely in almost all music videos today. Slow motion is another technique this video displays. It is used to make a moment more dramatic and slow down time to give the audience more time to understand what is going on. This video also shows fast motion film, which is sometimes used to show something growing or shrinking. I’ve seen this technique many times in videos showing plants growing or something shrinking.

Different perspectives capture different tones. Having the camera down makes characters look more intimidating as their height looks like it has increased. This video shows how Quentin Tarantino used the below perspective to give more life and intimidation to the characters in his movies. In some scenes, having the camera below gives you a perspective from someone who is laying down and looking up at someone.

Different scenes portray different emotions. This video shows how a slight change in a character’s appearance can change the perceived emotion from the man smiling. When the baby is in the woman’s hand and the man smiles, he is showing his love for baby’s and he is perceived as a warmhearted person. When the woman is in a bikini and the man smiles, he is perceived as a dirty person.

Zooming in and out of an image gives you better detail to what you are trying to see and focus the attention on. When the camera man zooms into a character’s face when something dramatic happens, they are trying to capture their reactions and emotions by having that be the focus for the audience. Zooming out can help the audience understand the setting and surroundings better. This short clip shows different zoom perspectives in different scenes from different movies. When I record videos, I often zoom when I want to focus attention and capture more detail of something.

Reading and Understanding a Film

Roger Ebert’s Short Piece Reflection

I really enjoyed reading and studying Roger Ebert’s article. He brought up great points about movie reading, many of which I tried to pick up. Usually when I watch a movie, I don’t have an incentive to better understand all the different aspects of the image. I also don’t tend to care to inspect individual frames.

After reading Roger’s blog, I came to realize all the different aspects of movie making. He mentioned how he would pause a film he’s watching and have himself and students look and study the image. This is something I never considered doing, but I will try to with films I watch to better understand the setting of each scene and the different characteristics and aspects of each image in a film. I also had no idea about the rule of thirds before reading Roger’s article. After reading the Wiki article that he encouraged us to read, I got a much better understanding of what it is. The article described the technique as focusing attention away from only the center of an image and rather off to the sides of an image by creating nine separate frames on an image. Using this method creates more energy and interest in the composition rather than focusing all attention to the center of an image.

Another idea he brought up in the article was the thought of placement. He explained how someone in the right of a scene appears more dominant than someone on the left. He also explained how right is more positive, whereas left is more negative. All movement to the right in scenes seems more favorable, while to the left is not. He also brought up how the future seems to live on the right, while the past lives on the left. I never realized that when watching movies, but after seeing images portraying these ideas, I actually agree him. This is definitely an idea I will keep in mind when I am creating films to draw better emotions from the audience.

Overall, I learned a lot about Roger Ebert’s ideas when it comes to creating films. I think most of what he says about film to be true and accurate. Most of his explanations were about positioning and how different scenes capture different emotions.

Colorful Pies and Trees

Daily Create #1: Create an artistic graph chart

Ramadan is a month for all Muslims around the world to fast from sunrise to sunset. During this time that we’re not allowed to eat or drink anything, people usually either work or sleep. For this daily create, my job was to create a graph chart, which I was able to do using this website. I decided to go with a pie graph to show what my schedule in Ramadan consists of, which is mostly work and sleep. I’m not able to exercise as much during Ramadan because of my restriction from food and water during my normal workout time.

Daily Create #2: Find a tree and tell us about it

Many people speculate whether or not trees are alive. One thing we can prove about trees is that they change colors like many of us do in an emotional way. For this daily create, I was required to take a photo of any tree outside, and was also given an extra option to describe the tree. When the end of fall and winter comes along, all the leaves on trees start falling and becoming dark and lifeless. This is an accurate representation of people’s mood shifts because of the cold weather and the mostly dark days. When spring and summer come around, the trees start to regain their colorful leaves and start to become alive again. This represents our content mood because of the nice weather.

Heck Of A Long Week

Week 3 Final

What a week this has been. I probably spent more time working on the assignments for this week than the last two weeks combined. It’s fair to say that I am absolutely drained from the edits and revisions I had to make on all three of my audio clips. With that being said, I can say that the outcome of the audio clips were absolutely worth it.

This week started with me completing two daily creates, which didn’t take much time at all. After completing them, I went on to start the alternative history assignment. This assignment took an extended amount of time to complete because of my amateur knowledge of the world of audio creation. Although it took a lot of time, the outcome made it seem worth while. After completing the alternate history assignment, I went on to complete an assignment that was somewhat similar to it. Creating a short story with only sounds seemed like it wouldn’t take too long to complete, but boy was I wrong. Having to convert and edit five audio clips from YouTube was a process of its own.

Furthermore, after finishing up that assignment, I jumped into the last audio assignment of the week. Since this assignment gave us the luxury of choosing any additional five stars from the assignment bank, I decided to go with one five star assignment. I now understand why that assignment was five stars. I didn’t realize that having a conversation with myself can be so difficult. You’ll find out later about the assignment’s demanding process. Lastly, commenting on three different student’s blogs was a nice ending to a long week. I was able to hear different and unique audio clips, as well as view some pretty neat domains. Nonetheless, I can definitely say that I learned more about audio creating and editing in this week than in all of my life.

Daily Creates

This weeks daily creates carried the same theme as every other one, be creative. The first daily create I did was the write your name in other characters create. Our job was to use the Tifinagh characters that correspond with each letter of our name, to write our name. This Wikipedia page has each Latin letter that matches with its corresponding Tifinagh character.

The second daily create required us to share what we would like to teach the world to do. Coming off a week where our main job was to be creative, I knew one of the greatest things you can teach someone is to be creative. Teaching someone creativity is one of the easiest and best things. The ability to let your mind wander and enter a world where it is just you and your wild thoughts. You can find the full detailed daily create blog post by clicking here.

Alternative History

This assignment required us to narrate a short story of our alternative history choice from the previous week. In my short story, I talked about the different problems with smartphones, such as their addictions and the serious consequences that follow. I created this assignment using Audacity to record the audio and YouTube to get the background sounds. You can find the full story and process by clicking here.

Sound Effect Story

Scary stories are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Hearing them gets the adrenaline in your body rushing rapidly and the flight or fight response kicking in. The feeling sure is one of a kind and that is why people love hearing, as well as seeing, scary stories. My job for this assignment was to create a story using just sound effects I find from the internet. I used five different scary sounds throughout my audio clip to create an intense and frightening scene. You can find the full short story and the process of completion by clicking here.

Five Stars of Additional Design Work

The last audio assignment for this week was to choose an additional five stars assignment. I decided to go with the have a phone conversation with yourself five star design assignment. This assignment seemed the silliest to do out of any assignment I’ve done so far. It felt very strange and unusual having a conversation with myself. I can only imagine what my family would think if they heard me having the conversation with myself. As silly as this assignment seemed, it was also the most time consuming. I spent a good hour just trying to write the script and record myself talking. The editing and revisions took a good chunk of time as well. The full blog post, where the audio clip and the process to completing the audio clip are, can be found by clicking here.

Comment and Participate

I very much enjoyed viewing and commenting on different student’s audio blog posts. I was able to find and obtain different methods and techniques different people used to complete their audio assignments. Some students used the freesound website, while I used YouTube to extract all of the audio I was going to use for my audio clips. The full blog post with screenshots of the comments can be found by clicking here.

Second Round Of Commenting

Comment and participate

Commenting on this weeks assignments from different people was even more of a joy for me than last time. I had a chance to hear the different audio clips people put together and it was quite an experience. I was able to hear and understand different techniques people used on their audio pieces that I found unique and useful.

Comment #1:

This comment was on Daniel Zeineddine’s alternative history short story assignment. He talked about how America dominates and its political science. On my comment, I also wanted to add that I believe he should have used screenshots of his work in progress to give more of an idea of how he did his assignment.

Comment #2:

This comment was on Karina Schumm’s sound effect story assignment. She created an alien story from only sound effects. I wanted to also mention that she should have given more steps to the process of how she created the audio clip. She didn’t seem to include any screenshots of the process of her creation either.

Comment #3:

This comment was on Kimberly Sak’s alternative history short story assignment. I found that she did a great job in her short story with running controlled simultaneous sounds. Although, she didn’t seem to list the steps she took to complete the assignment or screenshots of the steps.

Phone Conversation With Myself?

Five stars of additional design work

Have A Phone Conversation With Yourself (5 Stars):

Phones give us the ability to converse with anyone we want to, no matter where they are. For this assignment, I was required to record audio of myself holding down both sides of a conversation. I used a voice pitcher to make it sound like two different people are talking to each other.

You can find the audio clip down below or click here to be redirected to my SoundCloud.

The Process

I am not going to lie, this assignment, along with others, drained me. It took lots of dedicated and precise work to make it sound somewhat believable. I used Audacity to create the entire audio clip of me having the conversation with myself.

  1. I started by writing a script of what I was going to say in the audio piece. This didn’t take too long since I have a lot of knowledge of what gets said during most phone conversations. I wrote the script in Microsoft Word to speed up the editing and revision process.
  2. After completing the script, I opened up audacity and started to record my conversation. This did take a few retries because I kept messing up.
  3. Then, after completing the audio piece, I started editing the “second person’s” audio. I did this by using the “change pitch” feature in the effects tab on the top menu for audacity. I changed the pitch from F to D#/Eb. The percent change was the most important tool because that decides how much you want to change the pitch. I chose to go with -11 percent because it made my voice deeper, but not too deep to be unbelievable.
  4. After changing the “second person” audio bit, I went on to listen back to the entire audio clip and check for any mistakes. After seeing that the audio piece sounded nice and clear, I exported the audio file to an MP3 file on to my computer. Finally, I uploaded it to my SoundCloud.