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Makeup Maniac

Makeup Maniac

For my second assignment I did a mashup where I take a logo from a business and add something to it to show my favorite product from that place (3.5 stars). I decided to go with Sephora. Eye makeup at Sephora… #ds106 #makeup pic.twitter.com/GdHyaZq7qu — […]

I Woke Up Like This

I Woke Up Like This

For my first assignment this week I decided to do a mashup of two photos. One is supposed to be a closeup superimposed on another picture to tell a story (4.5 stars). Actual photo of me in the morning #ds106 pic.twitter.com/MGNNytCZiC — Kasey Mayer (@KaseyMayer) […]

Video Stories in Week Eleven

Video Stories in Week Eleven

This week was part two of videos!

Let’s start off with the daily creates. There were three this week. This first one I did was to illustrate and idiom.

I decided to go with “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and used giphy and a stock courtroom photo to create this courtroom scene with a layer, book, and overly enthusiastic judge. I am guilty of this both literally and figuratively. Although I read a lot, I am very guilty of making book decisions based on covers. This has lead to me missing out on some books that I later discovered were very good, and reading some really terrible books that looked like they would be good. I try to be better about this with people, and I am. Even if my brain may come to some conclusions based on appearances, I still keep and open mind and realize that what I see is not always to true reality.

The second was to post about was was behind door 106.

This is an image from the caverns in Natural Bridge, VA. since the door in the prompt had a creepy look to it, I decided to go with that theme. I took this picture myself when visiting there with my family. This was a weird section of the cave that we were not able to go into, but looked small and creepy. In my head I was imaging a door to a basement that essentially looked like a hole in the earth that DS 106 students stay in while cramming to finish their assignments for the week.

The third was recreating a photo from the past.

I decided to use an image that resurfaced on Facebook when I turned 22 last month. My mom posted this picture from what I believe was my eighth birthday. A few days before my party my mom took me to get the cat I had been begging for for a few years so when my birthday came around I had no idea what to wish for. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a (realistic) gift as much as I wanted that cat so quite honestly, I am still trying to come up with another epic birthday wish.

We also had to give some ideas for crises for our final project. I tried to do a range of ideas from those that are realistic to more typical hero crises. For example, I had heroes helping someone in traffic to alien invaders. I also included a villain motivation since we had the option to create one and villains wouldn’t be stopping trouble, but causing it. They all should get some pretty interesting results.

My first assignment was a PSA on how to be more environmentally friendly.

I liked this assignment because not only is it good for this class, but it’s also something that could be useful in life. I recorded my own videos and use a track from freesound.org, then I used OpenShot to edit this. I do wish that my editing software had a few more features so that I could add more animation to the video than just the transition effects. However, I think that its simplicity is also good because it gets the message across clearly. It is about helping the environment and any viewer would be able to tell that is the message. And I hope the viewer would be influenced by that message.

My second assignment was a reflection on my time in college.

I will be graduating in May so I thought this would be a good opportunity to go back reflect on my time in college. I decided to go a simple route and use a slideshow of images and a voice over from me  giving a short reflection of my college experience. I decided to discuss my overall experience rather than several specific events. I really enjoyed this assignment because I’ve been having a tough couple a weeks and it was nice to go back and remind myself what I have done over the years and how far I have come in my life. Although there are not a lot of elements in this video, I believe the simplicity allows my words to be the true focal point, which is what I want.

For my third assignment, I created video of my character, Weather Woman, drawing a picture of when she was first discovering her powers.

This is probably my favorite assignment I completed this week. I ended up changing my original plan to just recording myself drawing it on paper and I could not be more pleased. The sound effects make it seem like we are in the room as Weather Woman draws this picture. A few simple sound affects from freesounds.org bring life to this video. Paint was really useful because it allowed me to create an image that looks like it was drawn with a crayon rather than a pen which is what it would have been if I had drawn it on paper. I loved completing this assignment.

College Reflection

College Reflection

For my next assignment, I decided to adapt a reflection assignment for freshman (4 stars) and turn it into an overall college experience reflection. I used Quik to edit this video and used pictures I have taken or those of me taken by friends that were […]

A Powerful Discovery

A Powerful Discovery

For my final assignment I chose Remembrance of Things Past (3.5 stars). This assignment said to create a representation of an important childhood location. I decided to go back to the origin story of my character and draw the first moment she was able to […]

Eco-friendly PSA

Eco-friendly PSA

For my first assignment I decided to channel my character Weather Woman and help push her eco-friendly agenda by creating a “5 Easy Ways to be More Eco-friendly in Your Everyday Life”. I adapt the Save the Earth by Saving Junk assignment (4 stars) by switching reusing old objects to general environmentally friendly practices.

I used OpenShot to edit this video. I recorded all the videos myself and the guitar background came from freesound.org. In the radio show, Weather Woman did a small segment on this environment. I decided to build on that and create a PSA to give people five simple ways to be more environmentally friendly. This is very representative of her ideals and could appear as a small segment on the news channel she works for. It’s also something that good appear as an ad on Facebook or any other social media platform. The five tips I had were: turn off water while brushing your teeth, reusable bottle, reusable bags, turning off the lights when you leave a room, and recycling. I chose these because they are simple things that people may not do, but that can really help. I also chose them because they are steps that I have taken in my own life to be more environmentally friendly. I like the message this video gives with simple images. I wish I had been able to more animation within the video, like a “X” over the plastic bags instead of moving them off the screen, but the software that I was using didn’t have a lot of extra features. Overall, I feel really good with what I did using what I had available to me.

Trouble Strikes in Fredericksburg

Trouble Strikes in Fredericksburg

For the crisis ideas for our class to solve I decided to go for simpler everyday crisis to superhero city destruction level mission. I also included a villain mission since not all of the classes characters are necessarily a hero. College students across the city […]

Video Editing in Week Ten

Video Editing in Week Ten

This week we had to do two daily creates. The first one I did was to create something to replace a scarecrow. I did a pumkin carving contest and my owl turned into a sharp tooth monster that could scare all.. #ds106 #tdc2124 pic.twitter.com/HkMrErm8PZ — […]

A Mile in My Shoes

A Mile in My Shoes

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For my last assignment this week I chose where my feet take me in a day which is worth 4 stars (12 total for the week).

A few weeks ago I did a soundtrack of my day so I thought this would be a nice pairing. Unfortunately, visually it isn’t all that diverse. UMW is a very brick filled campus so that was the background in most of my shots. Because of that, I did not include a clip from every part of my day. I left some out so that it wouldn’t be three minutes of brick. I thought this would be a nice play on “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes”. The video takes you from my morning, walking through my apartment till I walk back in my front door at the end of the day. I show several different locations including my walk to and from campus, Monroe Hall (where I had class that day), the Nest, and other random spots around campus. The music makes the video seem much more intense than just some simple walking and I like the layer it adds to it. It would have been interesting to see more changes potentially within the shots. Maybe I could have started int he morning when I first woke up and went until I went to bed. However, I also didn’t want to make the video too long since it was just me walking. Overall I really like how this turned out and I believe it’s a nice pairing tot my old audio assignment.

Life Hacks

Life Hacks

For my select one assignment I chose to do a life hacks video. For this assignment I chose three life hacks that I actually use in my own life. While I’m sure there are other videos out there of these hacks I did not look […]