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My Own Digital Creation

Have you ever wanted to travel, but do not have the time and money? Or maybe you are a world traveler and think you have seen it all. Spend some time and find at least four places to visit that are near you. It is amazing all the things that we miss and take for granted near our own homes. Make a picture collage of the places you would be interested in visiting and then add text to the picture. Between the inspiring pictures and the text so you do not forget the location, you’re bound to discover new things near you!

Places to go


Rocky Balboa-The Final Word Scene Breakdown

For the “Look, Listen, Analyze” part of this week, I chose Rocky Balboa – The Final Word. The reason I chose this movie was because I figured it would be easier and more fun to break down since I enjoyed watching this movie a while ago. The way I picked apart this video clip was first with no audio, second with only audio, and third film and audio together.

This movie in general is filled with intensity. The camera angles are fairly steady in the beginning and end of the clip, but were all over the place in the middle during the “flashbacks.” The camera angles flashed back and forth from up close to far away and lower and higher. Just the rapid change in camera angles gave this scene a feeling of deep restlessness. Then take the audio out and the amount of restlessness and chaos heightens.

If I had not seen this movie and only listened to the audio, there would have been some weird things running through my head trying to figure out what was going on. However, listening to just the audio did confirm that the music in this case is what really made the scene. Without the audio, the scene would have been boring and not evoked any emotion.

Watching this particular scene separately with only audio and only film made me appreciate watching the two work together to evoke the feeling that it did. Without the camera angles, the scene would be boring and seem calm and casual. Without the audio would make the scene to overwhelming for the viewer. However, both combined create a balanced scene that evokes the appropriate amount of intensity.

Movie Scene Breakdown

“How To Read A Movie” by Roger Ebert is an article that explains the various camera angles that appear on screen. Since I knew absolutely nothing about the meaning behind camera angles, I was not one-hundred percent sure what exactly I was reading. Finally, it began to sink in and then it was like a light bulb went off. I never knew how much the angle of a camera could effect the viewers take on the shot or scene. Needless to say, I will never watch another movie the same way without trying to figure out why I am seeing things the way that I am! Personally, I feel as if camera angles can relate to music when it comes to the audience’s perception of what they are viewing. Just like how music can encourage certain emotions, camera angles can give off a particular illusion. Both of these give the creator some control of their audience by potentially influencing their perception.

On top of gaining insight from Ebert’s article, I gained some knowledge from three videos. The three videos I chose to watch were Camera Angles and Techniques, Top 20 Cinematic Techniques, and the Examples of Editing Techniques. These three videos all demonstrated the use of different camera angles. I believe my favorite was the Top 20 Cinematic Techniques because it showed twenty different camera angles. I still cannot believe there are twenty and even more than that! Between “How To Read A Movie” and the three videos, I am not only amazed that that there are so many camera angles and techniques, but that something so little as a different angle can have so much influence on the human mind.

Half A Minute of My Day

I chose to complete the 30 Second Documentary video assignment worth 4.5 stars. This assignment is exactly what the title says. This thirty second documentary is of something I believe I am good at. When trying to come up with something to demonstrate, braiding a horse’s mane was the first thing that came to mind. This is more than likely because I had braided a few manes for clients earlier today.

To complete this assignment, I used my great little brother/cameraman and my iPhone to record. I then directly uploaded the video to my blog via my phone.

Talent Takes Practice

This video assignment, worth 4.5 stars, wanted us to show off a talent or something we are passionate about. I have spent the weekend horse showing and decided to post a video of one of my rides. In my eyes, riding is more of a passion than a talent. The reason I say this is because becoming an effective rider is not something that has come naturally to me. I have worked hard and continue to invest as much time as possible to continue to learn and improve my knowledge and skills.

A friend of mine took this video using my iPhone. I then uploaded the video onto my MacBook Pro and then dragged the video from my documents folder into iMovie. All I did in iMovie was mute the sound. There were a group of girls having a very snobby and ungrateful conversation so I figured I would spare everyone from having to listen to it by taking the sound away. I wanted to add a song, but nothing came to mind that wasn’t overkill or super corny. If an appropriate song comes to mind, I will probably go back and add it since I actually know how to do that now!

How’d I get In Anyway?!

I jumped all over the place attempting to pick one of the many show episodes to do this reflection on. I do believe I listened to the first few minutes of all of them simply out of curiosity. However, I ended up sticking with a “This American Life” episode called “How I got Into College“. The reason I chose this episode is because being a college student made me curious to hear other individuals stories and to possibly answer the “How I Got Into College” question for myself.

This episode of “This American Life” is about what college admission officers look for in applicants and how students are admitted. Ira Glass interviews an admissions officer who tells a few entertaining stories about the things students and parents will do in order for an individual to be admitted to college.

Throughout the episode, college students told their story regarding getting into college. I was able to relate to these personal experiences, since I have been through the process. I believe these personal experiences demonstrate the use of anecdotes because there is a sequence of actions being told and used to keep the listener’s attention. The personal aspect of these anecdotes were even more of an attention catcher since I could relate.

Just now being introduced to various audio techniques had its pros and cons. The pro is that it  made it fun to listen and pick up on different tactics that were there to catch my attention. The con is I had difficulty actually nothing the audio techniques. I did notice how the music sounded accomplished and happy when part of the story was positive. Until this week, I never really paid attention to how influential background music can be. Music really affects the listeners emotions. Therefore, background music is subtle enough to  help the broadcaster direct and form the emotions of the listener’s. I also noticed that the use of music in a more boring or bland part stimulated my mind enough to keep listening.

Audio techniques are something I had never heard of until this week. The use of these techniques shape the audience’s emotions in the way that the broadcaster wants and keeps the story interesting. I am looking forward to listening to various broadcasting to see if I can pick up on various audio techniques!

The Craft of Audio Storytelling

This week I listened to Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad give their perspectives on the art of audio storytelling. Ira Glass pointed out that audio storytelling is not just a topic sentence followed by a series of facts, like we learn in high school. Instead, broadcasting has two main building blocks. The first building block is the anecdote or a sequence of actions. The sequence of actions keeps momentum even if it is boring. This can happen because the way the sequence of events proceed allow you to feel like there is a destination. The sequence of actions act like bait to keep the audience curious. Another important part, of the first building block, is that the broadcaster needs to frequently remind the audience why they are listening to the story.

The second building block, according to Glass, is the amount of time is takes to find a good story. Glass points out that is takes longer to find a worthy story than it does to produce the story. The broadcaster needs to feel proud of the material they are producing and understand that it is completely acceptable to admit something is crap and abandon it. The tougher you are, the easier it will be to kill the boring parts of a story or the whole story. I really loved how Glass goes on to point out that failing is not a bad thing. The more you fail allows you to create a situation to get lucky and find that phenomenal story.

Jad Abumrad went about his discussion on broadcasting a little differently than Ira Glass. Instead of talking about the proper route to take to find a good story, Abumrad talks about his appreciation for broadcasting. I thought this approach was great because it provided me different reasons as to why broadcasting should be admired and respected. Abumrad mentioned that the absence of pictures allow the mind to wonder and create its own images. He also pointed out that the radio connects people through broadcaster and listener because the broadcaster allows listener to co-imagine creating a connection.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both of these men speak about their craft. Obviously, they both were really well spoken and I liked the examples they came up with to demonstrate their points. Glass gave me insight on the toughness it takes to broadcast a good story. Abumrad provided me with different perspectives on broadcasting that have never crossed my mind. Thanks to Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad, I now have more respect and appreciation for broadcasters and their work!

Ring, Ring

I decided to do the Make Your Own Ringtone assignment worth 1.5 stars. For this assignment I used an app called Logic Pro X on a friends computer. Logic Pro X is an expensive, but really cool program that has several sounds already available to mix. Since the assignment asked that I use Audacity, I dragged the various sounds I used over to Audacity and mixed them to make the ringtone below. I faded it at the end so that if used, I would know I was about to miss the call.

Misfortune of a Frog

This audio clip was made to complete the sound effect story audio assignment worth 3.5 stars.

The story is simple, but misfortunate. A pond full of frogs have their lifestyle disrupted by the nearby highway. Some are better at playing frogger than others.

I used Freesound to search the five sounds I use in this audio clip including: cars passing down a highway, frogs, truck horn, truck brakes, and the grand splat at the end. I then downloaded these audio clips onto my computer and used Garageband to mix them together to create this clip!