This Is It.

For this last week I was inspired The Truman Show. Now, when I first started my project I forgot that’s what the movie was called and I named my own show and final project The Jenna Show. I did not realize this until after all my assignments were completed, and “The Jenna Show” was written in every one. I apologize for this inadvertent lack of creativity.

I wanted to take the original concept and switch it up to show the people behind the camera a little bit more. With each assignment I showed a different job or perspective of someone working for or watching the show. For a visual assignment I showed behind the scenes of marketing troubles and the realities of reality tv. Through video I gave insight into how the show was filmed and the type of people who film it. Using design I expanded on different people’s success from the show, and how it didn’t just affect Jenna. And lastly audio, my favorite piece to create this week, showed the uncertainty and fragility of the show as a whole.

I chose myself as the main character because I know myself better than anyone, and I also wanted to incorporate videos, and I knew I would be okay with being shown on Youtube and my blog. This last week has just been fun using all the tools and skills I learned the past month and trying to create my best work yet. I think the final was my favorite project to complete because it allowed me free range on what assignments I wanted to complete and it was the most fun I had creating a story. 

Looking back on this semester, I realized I learned so much in such a short amount of time. I also now appreciate how much I still have to learn. My media projects are all far from perfect, and I hope to continue working with a lot of the tools I used this semester in the future. I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting a challenge, trying to fulfill an ALPP requirement, or trying to expand digital skills. I was looking for all three (okay, maybe I wasn’t looking for a challenge but I sure got it). If I could give one piece of advice to someone taking this class in the future it would be: DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY!! I did not listen to this and I struggled  and was very overwhelmed my first  few weeks. All in all, I am very pleased with how I completed this course and what it taught me.


Recapping It

My fourth week in ds106…what a ride. This week was much easier than the previous three. I think the video assignments did take a while for me to edit, but since I only had to complete two worth eight stars it wasn’t too bad. The intro videos and background information also weren’t as time consuming as the other weeks. This was a nice final week and my previous experience from editing pictures and audio cam in handy while editing my videos. I actually just thought “hey, maybe that’s why the weeks are in this order.”

Two weeks during this course I was at the beach, which was really nice but also harder to find time to complete assignments. During the design week I was at the beach, as well as this week. This week was by far easier than the design week, which was really nice as it allowed me to relax.

I had a lot of fun completing this week’s assignments. I made a video of my college memories and a video of my travels throughout the day. I learned a lot from Ebert and how to read movies. Reviewing the movie clip was a really good way to put that knowledge to use. I actually took a film studies class my junior year of high school, which helped me a lot this week. I was able to take my previous knowledge and apply it to this week’s lesson, and I think it gave me greater insight into reviewing the movie clip.

This week’s interactions were a little easier for me for some reason. Maybe it’s just a habit now. Last week I was really annoyed because on Sunday night after 10 pm I got like three or four comments on my blog from people doing last minute comments. I did not appreciate that because I kept getting notifications when I was trying to relax before bed, and I also think they were cutting it a smidgen close.

I had fun with this week’s daily creates as well.

Overall, this was my favorite week yet!

Over Halfway Done…

Audio week was quite the experience. Trial and error became the name of the game for me. Garageband made me nervous, especially because Audacity was so heavily suggested, and no one else used Garageband! Although this week was a lot of listening, I enjoyed all the different perspectives and stories I heard. This week was more relaxed for me and it seemed like less work overall than the design week, which was a nice change of pace. I really liked learning more about radio and different audio techniques by listening to Ira Glass, Jad AbumradTED radio hour, and Scottlo, because those were things I hadn’t really paid attention to before. Moon Graffiti was very interesting to listen to and introduced me to a different type of storytelling I had not encountered before.

I definitely stepped up my interactions this week and I got a lot more feedback as well. Something I discovered in word press was the horizontal line feature, which I used to format my blogs throughout this week. I really like the way my blog posts look now! This week I completed three of the more difficult audio assignments: Sound Effects StoryCombining Covers, and Remix Song With Speech. I really enjoyed completing these assignments, but doing my first assignment with Garageband took about five times longer than it should have. Like I said, trial and error.

I had some struggles and triumphs this week, but I ultimately learned a lot and enjoyed gaining new skills. The daily creates this week (#tdc1976#tdc1977#tdc1978#tdc1979) were really fun, and some of them even matched the theme of assignments I was creating! I’m looking forward to next week and the new skills and knowledge it will bring me.

Here’s Lookin’ at You, Week Two

Although this week’s assignments took longer to complete than last week’s, I feel like I have much more knowledge on design concepts and how they are implemented. Each assignment I created I was happy with the outcome. I even surprised myself with how well some of them turned out. I used GIMP, and I did NOT let it break me down, even after a few failed attempts.

I liked how design can be and is integrated into daily life, everywhere you look. During this week I learned how to design well and what the implications and meanings behind design are. I had never been aware of color theory, and learning about that was a very interesting hour this week. I enjoyed Vignelli’s piece because of all the examples he gave. His advice really helped my assignments where I used and manipulated logos.

I am really proud of myself for staying on track this week, even when I was away at the beach. I did a little bit (sometimes a lot) every morning and every night. It was a good exercise in determination and self control. Next week I want to work harder on creating backstories to go along with my assignment posts. For week one there was some confusion about my weekly summary, and I was told my links weren’t found. I can see my links and they all work so hopefully there isn’t the same issue this week. Below is all my work from week two.

That’s A Wrap…For Now

I enjoyed this week’s assignments once I got into the swing of things. It was overwhelming at first, but once I sat down and knocked out a few posts I felt better about it. I feel like I completed the assignments to the best of my abilities, although the visions I had for my final products weren’t exactly reflected in my results. That’s just a problem of using new software, though. The most trouble I had this week was using GIMP. It was hard to get used to and editing pictures without a mouse is a little difficult.

I enjoyed learning new visual concepts from this week’s videos and readings. It really gave me a new perspective on how to be successful and impactful within photography and expanded my repertoire of skills for creating and interpreting images.

For next week I will do a little bit every day. This first week I started on Wednesday and finished on Saturday, so I will definitely start on Monday from here on out. Pacing myself will be easier now that I know the workload for the week. Also, the set up of accounts this week took up the whole first day for me, and I won’t have to do that again. In the future, I would like to connect my work more instead of just doing each assignment separately, and trying to do them in conjunction with each other in terms of topic or theme.


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