Category Archives: Digital Storytelling

No Copy-Cattin’

This week, we had to review and reflect on several resources relating to copyright and the creative commons initiative that has sprung up as a response to copyright law.

We were assigned to do the following things:

After reading and watching these resources, I have gained a bit more knowledge in terms of copyright and the creative commons initiative. It is SO important to give credit to people.

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Fair use gives permission to use someone’s work if cited and if given permission. Don’t steal someone else’s creativity. It is important to recognize someone for their own work. If you got an idea from them, you should still cite it. Citing is very important. You should recognize what someone has done and what they have contributed to our culture.

In reviewing these resources, I have learned that I have broken the copyright law multiple times and I am certainly hoping that I will be WAY more aware of copyright after reviewing these resources. I am really going to try and be more careful about what I use from the internet.

I was absolutely obsessed with the Fair(y) Use Tale Video because I am obsessed with Disney. It really put into perspective how serious copyright is. I really did learn a lot from these resources. There is a lot I didn’t know, but there is also a lot that I did. I guess it reinforces the fact that I need to be more aware of what I am using from the Internet and how to be careful with my own work having limitations on it.

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Think Film

This week, we could pick between three films to watch. I chose to watch the Coen Brother’s The Big Lebowski (1997). I decided to watch The Big Lebowski because I have heard about it being good, but I have never watched it. To be completely honest, I really did not like the movie. The plot line to me was pointless. I can see why they did some things in the movie, but overall it had no point. I didn’t really enjoy it at all. Everyone claims it’s so hilarious and definitely a movie to watch, but I was disappointed. In terms of noir, there are definitely elements of noir embedded into the film. I think that a lot of the art that was in the movie whether it was throughout the setting or Lebowski’s daughters art, it had some elements of noir in it. I also think that there were elements of noir in the way the movie was filmed and in some aspects of lighting. The lighting changes several times throughout the movie and at night in particular, there are definite elements of noir. I think that Lebowski’s daughter is definitely the “femme fatale” of the film. There are evident elements of noir in this film, so even though I didn’t necessarily like the movie, I was able to see elements of noir in it.

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The Daily Create: What’s Your Super Power?

The daily create assignment for 2-11-15 was to show your super power in a photo. I would definitely be super girl and I would have my sidekick wonder woman by my side!

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The Vignelli Canon

This week, we were assigned to read The Vignelli Canon by Massimo Vignelli. It is a design resource that was created by a graphic designer, Massimo Vignelli. I really like how Vignelli encompasses the elements of design and points out important facets of design and how things are portrayed or perceived by a viewer. Anyone can look at something, but two people may not see the same thing even though they are looking at the same thing. Vignelli talks about a lot of key design points. I guess I never really even realized how important grids are until I read The Vignelli Canon. Vignelli talks about the importance of paper size and grids, two things I never would have thought would be a big deal, but when it comes to design, they are. Those two elements (paper size and grids) can completely change something. Typography comes into play along with these two elements. In one of my education classes, we talked a lot about the importance of typography and now that is something that I usually pay attention to. It amazes me how much it matters and how much it can change something.  I really liked how Vignelli talked about the importance of the layout of something. Vignelli got me thinking about how many elements go into design and how important each and every one are in order to design something. Design is a process. All of the components come together in order to design something. Creativity is definitely a VERY important aspect of design and I can’t wait to get creative in my own design work!

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Week Four Summary

This week has been a pretty horrible week for me. I was extremely sick (and I am never sick, so I was not a happy camper) which made it very hard for me to get any of my work done this week, especially my ds106 work. Luckily, I was able to tune into ds106 radio towards the end of the week even though that was still a struggle. I am still under the weather, so I wasn’t able to give this week my all. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish all of my assignments, but I should have a radio bumper coming soon!

I am really curious to know what Professor Burtis was hiding from on Wednesday when she did her video.

Assignments:

I reflected on audio this week by reading, watching, and listening to different resources. I will definitely continue to utilize the Audio Resource page throughout the semester because there are some really helpful tips and I learned a lot from this page! I watched Touch of Evil Opening Shot and Orson Welles- Touch of Evil (1958) opening. When I watched Touch of Evil Opening Shot, the music and sounds were very intense, but the mood was very light because the music was very upbeat. The whole video was going smoothly and everyone was happy until the last five seconds when something really dramatic happened. It was very much so a touch of evil. After watching Orson Welles- Touch of Evil (1958) opening I realized how much sound effects and audio change something. The music was so upbeat that you suspect nothing the entire time and the entire mood changed once the same dramatic thing happened. Everyone went from composure to chaos in no time. I found it interesting how watching the same scene with different background music and sounds can completely change the scene. Audio is extremely important. All of the elements come together to make a scene.I read “The Ambience of Film Noir- Soundscapes, Design and Mood” by Helen Hanson. Concepts of noir are interwoven into audio storytelling. These concepts make up the structure of a scene of segment. Audio makes the scene dramatic or not. Audio is used to convey a point or many points. Audio has developed and changed over the years, but it is only progressing as technology progresses. Audio still has the same purpose. I really enjoyed reading this piece because it gave me a deeper insight on audio.

I listened to ds106 radio on Thursday evening and participated in a live “tweet-along” with my fellow ds106ers and professors. I really liked being interactive while listening to the ds106 radio. My favorite story was the moon story. There were so many sound effects which made it seem like I was actually there. I think that it was really cool to be able to see what my fellow ds106ers were thinking. I also really loved all of the bumpers. They were all unique and creative.

Here are a few of my tweets from the night, but I included more in my post:

This week, we were assigned to brainstorm ideas for group radio shows happening in the future. I thought of a few things and put them in a blog post.

I completed the “Over-Dramatic Reading” assignment which was super fun! I was nervous that I would cough while recording, but it went smoothly. I recorded a dramatic reading of Sam Smith’s song Stay With Me.

The Daily Creates: 

The daily create assignment for 2-3-15 was to make a picture with the words “I’m sorry” on it. I was feeling super sassy, so I chose to say “sorry not sorry”.

I'm Sorry

The daily create assignment for 2-4-15 was to caption what the puppy was thinking. This is the puppy

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Well this puppy is cute, but I think that my puppy is the cutest, so I broke the rules and decided to caption my cute puppy because I think that looking at my puppy screams “cute puppy alert”, but I am biased haha

Here is my puppy

CUTEST puppy alert

I don’t know about you, but I think she’s just the absolute cutest!

 

This week’s posts by yours truly:

That’s all for now!

Stephanie

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Stay With Me Over-Dramatized

For one of my week four assignments, I chose to complete the Over-Dramtic Reading assignment that was submitted by Chris Randles.

The assignment is to, “Choose any written material (a song, poem, short book, excerpt from a novel, scene from a television show, news article, etc.) and record a dramatic reading. Read your selection in a way that alters the message of the original material (at an odd pace, overly excited, sad, etc. — be creative, make it your own). Make sure you mention what it is you are reading, and who the author of the material is.” The assignment is worth 1.5 points.

I chose to dramatically read Sam Smith’s song, Stay with Me. The song is very somber and sad and I made it very angry and mad. I recorded myself in Audacity and then saved the file as a .WAV. Once I was done, I uploaded it to my SoundCloud. Here it is…

I was a bit nervous while doing this assignment because I kept thinking I was going to cough and ruin everything. Luckily I was able to contain myself for the time being. I really liked this assignment because I found it kind of amusing. It really changes the meaning of the song without even changing the words. Kind of funny!

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My Brain is Drained

This week, we were assigned to brainstorm ideas for group radio shows happening in the future. Well I hate to say it, but my brain is pretty much drained this week. I have been super sick and I am just now starting to be able to function a bit.

1) I think that it would be really cool to do something including our characters because I think that everyone has really gotten into their characters and people have some really good ideas! I think it would be cool to make our characters continue to come to life and integrate their lives into ours somehow in the radio show.

2) I also think it would be cool (just an idea) to give tips on how to do something that you may have learned yourself or from someone else that can benefit someone else. Maybe after explaining the tip, you can show something that you produced and give a tag to it so that people can have the chance to “Try It”. It won’t be a requirement, but people can “Try It” and then we can go to the tag to see what people gave it a shot and how their work turned out.

3) I am super obsessed with Pinterest! I am ALWAYS finding new ideas, creations, recipes, outfits, etc. on Pinterest. You can create group Pinterest boards where multiple people can pin and one person can be the admin. I think it would be really cool to create a Pinterest board for Noir106/DS106 where we can all (or whoever wants to) pin pins. It could be a “hot topic” for the radio show and maybe we could talk about a few pins that really stood out that particular week or in general.

These are all just ideas from my drained brain! Hopefully this week it will start functioning normally (HA) again!

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Introducing Audio into my Life

I think that it’s all about the audio when it comes to storytelling. The way a story is told is super important. If no emotions are conveyed then a story is just a story. If effects and change in sounds and voices are made then your story comes to life. I think that storytelling is super important and it is so important to have emotion when telling stories. Since I will be a teacher one day, I find it extremely important to make stories come to life for students. The way a story is told can change the story completely. Sounds greatly impact the mood or setting of a story. Sound effects make someone feel like they are actually there.

I will definitely continue to utilize the Audio Resource page throughout the semester because there are some really helpful tips and I learned a lot from this page!

I watched Touch of Evil Opening Shot and Orson Welles- Touch of Evil (1958) opening. When I watched Touch of Evil Opening Shot, the music and sounds were very intense, but the mood was very light because the music was very upbeat. The whole video was going smoothly and everyone was happy until the last five seconds when something really dramatic happened. It was very much so a touch of evil. After watching Orson Welles- Touch of Evil (1958) opening I realized how much sound effects and audio change something. The music was so upbeat that you suspect nothing the entire time and the entire mood changed once the same dramatic thing happened. Everyone went from composure to chaos in no time. I found it interesting how watching the same scene with different background music and sounds can completely change the scene. Audio is extremely important. All of the elements come together to make a scene.

I read “The Ambience of Film Noir- Soundscapes, Design and Mood” by Helen Hanson.

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The above except was taken directly from the article. I loved the way that ambience was explained. I think that audio is all about the ambience. It is what sets up the segment or scene. It is what makes the segment or scene real. Concepts of noir are interwoven into audio storytelling. These concepts make up the structure of a scene of segment. Audio makes the scene dramatic or not. Audio is used to convey a point or many points. Audio has developed and changed over the years, but it is only progressing as technology progresses. Audio still has the same purpose. I really enjoyed reading this piece because it gave me a deeper insight on audio.

I listened to ds106 radio on Thursday evening and participated in a live “tweet-along” with my fellow ds106ers and professors. I really liked being interactive while listening to the ds106 radio. My favorite story was the moon story. There were so many sound effects which made it seem like I was actually there. I think that it was really cool to be able to see what my fellow ds106ers were thinking. I also really loved all of the bumpers. They were all unique and creative.

I retweeted Chelsea’s tweet because I felt the same way! I think that it was a great experience and I hope we get the chance to do this again soon!

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The Daily Create: Cute puppy alert

The daily create assignment for 2-4-2015 was to caption what the puppy was thinking. This is the puppy

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Well this puppy is cute, but I think that my puppy is the cutest, so I broke the rules and decided to caption my cute puppy because I think that looking at my puppy screams “cute puppy alert”, but I am biased haha

Here is my puppy

CUTEST puppy alert

I don’t know about you, but I think she’s just the absolute cutest!

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The Daily Create: I’m Sorry

The daily create assignment for 2-3-2015 was to make a picture with the words “I’m sorry” on it. I was feeling super sassy, so I chose to say “sorry not sorry”.

I'm Sorry

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