What Am I Doing for the Final Project?

When reading that we have to tell a story using all of the elements we learned about in class, I immediately knew that I wanted to do mine on my Euro Trip with my sister when I was 16. That trip still brings me so much joy when I think about it, and is still one of the greatest memories I have. I think it’d be great to capture it in a full on story.

So here is my brainstorm:


Pictures: The places we’re going to (London, England; Paris France; Nice, France; Cinque Terre, Italy; Rome, Italy; Florence, Italy; Villa, Austria; Dubrovnik Croatia; Munich, Germany; Basel, Switzerland)

Videos: Fun Stories of the trip (include pictures and quote book)

Audio: The actual travel story of leaving and arriving.

Design: Design a poster for the vineyard in Chianti, the music festival in Dubrovnik, and the skip the line brochure for tourists.

I can’t wait to get started on this!

Summary for Week Four

This week, we became familiar with video media. We learned about film making, and even got to make a few videos ourself. This week was the most enjoyable for me, as I got to put a lot of personal thought and detail into the videos.

I focused on a four different videos. The first was about my dog, the second on the sport I play, the third on the revised nursery rhyme I wrote earlier this week, and lastly, about myself. For all four videos, I used iMovie on my Macbook to edit. I am most familiar with the software, and am always pleased with the result of my videos.

I do not mean for this narcissistic, but I really enjoyed making the video about myself. I asked a few of my friends to send me questions that would help give off a better idea of who I am. After answering those questions, I wanted to put some snapchat memories in the video of activities I love doing, which almost all included friends or family. I wanted people to see more than just me answering questions about myself. Lastly, I edited the video to have a Taylor Swift song in the background, since she is my favorite artist of all time. Of course “Shake it Off” is the song I had to go with, as it is still a favorite of mine to this day. All I want to do is sing and dance to it when it comes on. This video was just so fun to make, and was the most personal to me.

I really enjoyed the assignment for this week, and hope that I can make more videos like this in the future.

The Three Little Pigs.

Earlier this week, I revised the nursery rhyme, The Three Little Pigs. I revised it so everyone has a happy ending, and that the story gives more of a hidden message to children. The pigs just assume that wolf is big and bad, and that he wants to eat them; however, the wolf is just looking for some new friends. The message from that is to not judge everyone by appearances. This is an important lesson for children to learn, as it can leave them with an open mind and heart when meeting new people. So enjoy this silent story of the revised story of The Three Little Pigs.

Let’s Go Eagles!

One skill that I have learned and exceeded in since entering college is cheerleading. I joined the club sports team my freshman year, and learned how to main base fairly quick. Since then, I have been on the competitive team for three years, and have competed three times in a national competition. As a team, we also cheer at the men’s and women’s basketball games. We also participate in a few events on campus to showcase our school spirit. In this video, I included some video clips from practices, games, and our competition routine from this year!

Daisy, The Golden Retriever

My dog, Daisy, is a four year old Golden Retriever. She is the sweetest, happiest, and most energetic pup I know. Although she is no longer a puppy, she will always be eight weeks old to me. She has many nicknames, from “pup”, to “buddy”, to “Daisy May”! She will answer to all of those. She loves to chase tennis balls and squirrels, go swimming, go to the dog park, adventuring, and cuddling up with the family. She is my everything, and what better way to express it, than through a puppet appreciation video.


Summary of MidWeek 4

So far this week, I retouched my knowledge on cinematography, and learned a little bit more about the editing and making of films from a few video clips. I also learned about a new film technique from an article by Roger Ebert.

In the editing and filmmaking reflection, I concentrated on four video clips that all focused on different angles and interpretations. If someone else in the class were to have done these videos, I am sure they would have a different opinion than me on these clips. Film always allows one to have their own opinion on their meaning, as there is always more than one option. These clips were very interesting to view, and supplemented my knowledge of techniques I had learned in my cinema studies class.

“How to Read a Movie” was an interesting piece by Roger Ebert. In my reflection on the article, I mainly state how I feel as though I am back in my English 245 class, listening to my professor talk about film and the many different techniques and messages they portray. This article had a lot of information, but lacked some important factors of film that I wish Ebert did talk about. The article was. never the less, still interesting and filled with information.

The question for this week was to pick a nursery rhyme, and change the story. I had two stories come to mind after reading this question, Old McDonald and The Three Little Pigs. I decided to go with The Three Little Pigs, as I felt Old McDonald would be a bit to gruesome of an ending. For The Three Little Pigs story, I’d have the story be the same, however the wolf never says that he wants to eat the pigs, the three little pigs just assume that. As the wolf climbs down the chimney of the brick house, the match to light the fire, breaks, and there is no other one to use. The pigs huddle together and say their goodbyes as the wolf approaches, but the wolf then says that he just wants to be friends with the pigs. The pigs look confused at first, and do not believe what the wolf is saying, but the wolf says that he is not “a big, bad wolf” but more of “a lone wolf”. He saw the three pigs building their houses, and wanted to welcome them to the neighborhood. After that they all become friends, and the wolf even helps the pigs re-build the two houses he blew down, this time around using bricks. I chose a to do a happy ending for all of the characters, as I felt the lesson was more important in this story than the first. This new story focuses on teaching a lesson to children not to jump to conclusions when seeing someone. Instead to give them a chance, as a great friendship could be the result.

Lastly, for the daily creates, I chose to do the one where you take a picture of a tree on a walk (I was in Richmond these last few days and saw a unique one at Belle Isle), and then the one where we show what beauty is. I chose to do a couple pictures with friends and my dog, as nothing is more beautiful then adventure, love, and lasting memories. I also chose a quote from one of my favorite designers, Coco Chanel, about how beauty is being yourself. This quote has always stuck with me because everyone is beautiful, and you do not need to pretend to be someone your not for others. Being happy with who YOU are is all that matters.



Reflection on Film Making Videos

The videos I focused on for film making were the “Kubrick// One-Point Perspective”, “Examples of Editing Techniques”, “Camera Angles and Techniques”, and “Hitchcock Loves Bikinis”.

“Kubrick// One-Point Perspective” was a really cool montage of all of these famous shots and clips from different films, like the hallway scenes from The Shining. These straight on camera shots always make it feel as though you are really there as a part of the scene. When seeing the scene from The Shining of the boy in the hallway, I thought back to English 245. We looked at that exact scene, and discussed that perspective of the straight shot, and the effect it can have on an audience.

“Examples of Editing Techniques” was a refresher of English 245 as well. It explained how the different cuts used to transition from scene to scene or from shot to shot. I enjoyed seeing them come to life with examples, and getting a better feel for the impact they leave on an audience. For example, a simple cut is not really noticed, however a fade in-fade out cut is noticed, because it has a bigger effect.

“Camera Angles and Techniques” focused on a few different angles used in film. However, I feel as though they mainly focused on the pull in focus shot where the background moves closer to the main focus (i.e. the diner scene with the window showing the parking lot). This video was not my favorite when seeking more information, as I felt they did not really give much insight. They mainly just showed clips from films as examples, which is still a great way to learn about the techniques, but I would have liked to know a bit more information on the different film angles.

Lastly, “Hitchock Loves Bikinis” showed how the same expression of an actor can be looked at differently if the focus point is changed. This was something new I learned, and never really noticed in cinema. I thought it was interesting to see an actor go from looking like a nice old man, to a distasteful old man, all because the focus point changed. This video was almost a life lesson as well, in terms of not being too quick to judge others, as this actor was originally looking at a mother with her child and not a woman in a bikini.

These four filmmaking videos taught me a lot of basic knowledge on cinematography, and this information will be relevant for when I watch television from now on. They changed my perspective on films, and are going to have me thinking outside the box when watching a film, instead of just relaxing and watching television.

Reflection on “How to Read a Movie”

Having taken a class in cinema studies, I felt as if I was sitting in English 245 listening to the professor’s lectures on cinema. Much of the information that Roger Ebert mentioned in “How to Read a Movie” was information that I learned in English 245, however, presented differently. It was interesting to read this article because I had a good understanding of what Ebert was talking about. However, I do wish he went into more specific details about a director’s role in cinema.

I was surprised he did not mention was the term “auteur”. In English 245, we focused on auteurs for weeks, as they are so significant to cinematography. An auteur is a director that shows a specific style or art in his work. An example of an auteur is Baz Luhrmann, who directed The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge. Each film shows a similar style of “twinkling” effects and a glamorous lifestyle.

One thing I learned from this article was the positive and negative tendencies shown within a film. I never really noticed the effect that a film shot tendency would show until reading that part of the article. I started to think of films that used positive and negative tendencies, and one film that came to mind was And Then There Were None, which had a positive and negative focus on characters throughout the whole film.

This article was a great way to reiterate many ideas I learned about in cinema studies class, but it did teach me about some new techniques as well. Since taking cinema studies, I haven’t been able to watch films the same way. This article just gave me a few more things to look out for when watching a show or film.

Summary of the End of Week 3

It’s crazy to think that we are more than half way through this class now. Time is flying by! This week, we learned about sound, and how important it is in the world of media. I got to use my imagination in a whole new perspective with the assignments this week, and had a lot of fun creating the audios for them.

The first assignment I worked on was an audio of “Taking My Dog to the Park” using only sound effects. At first, I thought this assignment was going to be very difficult, but it was surprisingly easy to find all of the sounds I needed to execute the story well enough for an audience to understand, and when listening to the end result, all I could picture was my dog Daisy chasing her tennis ball at the dog park.

I also got to revisit my reversed history on Marilyn Monroe, and bring my story to life in an audio recording. “Marilyn’s Story” was a bit more difficult to maneuver, as I could not do all three voices I had created. As a result, I asked two of my friends to help out, and they did a great job at telling the story. When creating this audio, I first wrote a script, and what sound effects I wanted to use, and then added those effects along with audio recordings. I just had to end the audio recording with one Marilyn’s most iconic song performances, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. It added so much joy to the story, and really added to the belief that she lived a long and happy life. Out of all of the assignments, this was my favorite to work on this week, as I felt I brought the story created last week to life with audio recording. It felt as though I was creating a historical fiction movie of sound.

I got to choose my last two assignments, and chose to do “My Favorite Sounds to Listen to”, and “My Least Favorite Sounds Meshed Together”. Knowing all of these sounds off the top of my head was easy, and it was great to put together my favorite sounds in an audio recording. I actually felt so relaxed when doing it. However, I when it came to my least favorite sounds, I was cringing the whole time and felt stressed out. It was during this assignment that I noticed how much of an impact sound has on us.

Lastly, I chose to do my daily creates on how to write my name in Tifinagh (and I wrote it on a patterned paper of one of my favorite fashion designers, Lily Pulitzer), and also created a graph chart on what my Summer vacation looks like.