“The Handmaid’s Tale” in GIFs

Summarize A Movie With Animated GIFs (5 Stars)

Use no more than 10 animated GIFs to tell the story of the movie of your choice.

I completed this assignment doing typing in “handmaid’s tale gif” into the search box of Google Images for animations. For the most part, I aimlessly went through the masses of content– picking things that looked important to the storyline of the novel. Once I had everything I wanted to be downloaded, I organized my media into chronological order: the making of my “movie.” Then I imported them into this blog post! Lastly, I edited each GIF I could to measure out to 480 x 270. I did this to give a more cohesive look throughout the post.  It is a very quick summary with only ten GIFs, but it is also pretty informative. I hope you enjoy this GIF summary!

Watch a Movie/Make a Movie

Watch a Movie/Make a Movie

For this assignment, I chose to watch the film “28 Days Later.”

Supercut it – “28 Days Later”

Create a supercut montage of overused dialogue, themes, motifs, filmmaking techniques, etc. for a particular character, tv show, film, and/or public figure. A supercut is a “fast-paced montage of short video clips that obsessively isolates a single element from its source, usually a word, phrase, or cliche from film and TV. Supercut.org collects every known example of the video remix meme.”

Yikes. I will be the first to admit that I did not enjoy this assignment. I think that the primary reason is my choice in film. I chose the wrong movie to watch, but once I had started it (and paid for it) there was really no turning back. I don’t do well with gory movies and to be honest, this one made me sick to my stomach. I had to turn away from my television screen multiple times. So, if you aren’t okay with blood, biting, and fighting– stay away! Unfortunately, I think having to make a video for the movie was even worse because I had to carefully go through clips to find what I needed to complete the assignment. I chose “blood” as my main theme because I felt like that was all I saw (or all my mind saw) throughout the film. I was a little limited on movie clips because I wasn’t quite sure where to pull from, but I think I got a fairly broad overview of scenes from the movie.

I completed the assignment in iMovie. I looked through YouTube to find clips I needed to complete my video. I took the URLs from various YouTube clips from the movie and converted them into MP4 files by using the website clipconverter.cc. After they were all downloaded, I dragged the files into the media window in iMovie and added them to my timeline queue. Lastly, I added some music. I couldn’t stand listening to the screaming and squirting of blood so I used a piece of the film’s score– the song is titled, “Rage.” I used the website flvto.com to take audio from YouTube by copying the URL and adding it to their converter. Once the audio was downloaded I dragged the file and placed it under the video clips. I lowered the volume on all clips to 0%, except for the first one which sets the tone for my video. 

Six Stars of Video

Six Stars of Video

This week I chose two video assignments to complete. Here they are…

Personal Stories (3 stars)

Create a short video that, 1) shows us who you are, 2) shows us your past experiences This can be texts, pictures and possibly other videos that will be put together using all of your current social media accounts. You will choose what to put in and what to leave out, and this doesn’t have to be a long video, only 2-3 minutes

I completed this assignment using iMovie. First, I grabbed a bunch of images from Google to fit exactly what I wanted to tell my story. Once I collected everything I wanted, I imported them into the iMovie media queue to be able to add them to my “Personal Story.” I wanted to tell the story of my End character, Offred, a handmaid in a man’s world. I was lucky enough to incase a real cohesiveness with this video because all of the images used are from Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” from HULU.

How to Video (3 Stars)

For this assignment, you are to make a tutorial video. It doesn’t have to be anything specific, just any type of “how to” or life hack video. Or, to make things more interesting try making a tutorial video on how to make a tutorial video.

I completed this assignment in iMovie. I filmed the video clips using the landscape view on my iPhone 7, both with the front-facing camera and the camera on the back of the phone. After all of the clips were filmed I imported them in iMovie and placed them in chronological order in the media queue. Finally, I shared and publish the video on YouTube!

10 Apocalyptic Questions

10 Apocalyptic Questions

Complete the 10 Apocalyptic Questions assignment. Download the original clip in the assignment, record your answers to at least 5 of the questions, and then edit it all together.

Things are crazy out there, man. Decoder rings, missing hats, dinosuars? Who knows where this will all end. Brave researcher Vanessa Locke has some questions for all of us. Download her video and choose at least 5 of her questions to answer by splicing your own video answers/responses in. Be honest and brave!

I complete this assignment in iMovie. First, I took the URL from a YouTube clip of the video and converted it into an MP4 by using clipconverter.cc. After it was downloaded, I dragged the file into the media window in iMovie and added it to my timeline queue. After watching the entire video, I was able to go through and take out the five questions I felt the most comfortable answering. Finally, I took my own video responses directly in the application and imported them into my movie. This assignment was definitely interesting but super fun! I felt more engaged doing this kind of work than comparatively doing something like the “Question of the Week.”

Week Eleven

Week Eleven

WEEK ELEVEN WAS SO BUSY FOR ME! There were so many assignments due this week for DS106, all fun, but a lot to do and get finished for Monday. I enjoyed continuing with video this week. My YouTube channel is looking like something real now. With continuing the video section of our course, I have definitely been able to improve my editing skills and I’ve even tried a little work on the side for my personal use; which I think is great! People always ask if what you’re working on in class can be used in the real world and the answer for this course is yes.

Daily Create – A Family that Gifs Together Stays Together: Reply to the DS106er before you with a gif that continues the story

Everyone loves a good gif, but what’s even cooler is making a story from a series of gifs. Together as DS106ers we are going to write a story. Essentially, you are going to reply to the DS106er before you with a gif that continues the story. You can add some text in your tweet, but try to find the perfect gif to continue the story.

I completed this assignment on pure creativity! After adding my story line, I inserted a GIF directly from Twitter. This was really fun to be apart of; it was great seeing what everyone was able to come up with. From Wonder Woman to “Kimye” West this thread was amazing.

Daily Create – Write a poem about a mistake you made

I completed this assignment on the Notes application on my phone. It took me a little while to think of a mistake that I’ve made where I would be able to easily rhyme and create a short version, but I have a large repertoire of mistakes so I had a lot of inspiration to pull from! After I created my poem I copy and pasted it into Twitter and gave it a title. Lastly, I inserted a GIF directly from Twitter.

Question of the week

You hear on the radio that the End has started. What do you do first?

If I heard on the radio the End was coming. I would immediately call my mom (like I do in every circumstance). My plan of action would be to figure out a way to get together with my family; if the End is coming, I would want to be with them. After that had been decided, I would quickly pack my things and then go to where I need to be to be with my loved ones. 

Week Ten

Week Ten

Phew! Oh my goodness, this has been such a full week! I really underestimated the time-consuming assignments that are video. BUT I loved every minute of it. I really got to sit down and work with (plus learn more about) iMovie. I made so many videos and edited so much, that I feel like a regular pro! I will admit… The funniest and maybe the most “smack in the head” moment I had this week was that I had forgotten which video assignments I had chosen for myself and took the time to make a ten-minute long video that I ended up not even using. Oh well! I made it for a dual purpose so… win-lose-win?

Daily Create – Fantasy Plants

Create a plant that can fly or float in the air.
Draw it or make a collage and show us what it’ll look like.

I completed this assignment by hand in my Lily Pulitzer agenda. I used a mechanical pencil and a few Paper Mate markers/pens. I created a partially shown plant floating outside of its pot.

Daily Create – Mix up a tourist slogan (real or made up) for one place with a picture of another place

It’s important to mess with reality a bit which is why I like this idea: Show an image of one place to promote tourism in another place that is obviously not that place.

I completed this assignment on Canva.com. I started with a “Card” template. Then I pulled an image from Google and uploaded it. I dragged the image over to my background. Next, I added text and manipulated the color wheel to get the desired color for my text. Lastly, I pulled one more (png) image of the state of Virginia to add to the bottom of the image and complete my look!

Question of the Week

What question would you like to ask the class?

What has been your favorite assignment that we have had to complete thus far? (This could include, media assignments, readings/television/movies, daily creates, etc.)

Video Work from the Assignment Bank

Take us through your day- (2 stars)

Make this vlog style and take us through your day! Let us know what your plans are and what you are doing. Add some fun music and montages. Be creative and have fun with it!

I completed this assignment primarily between iMovie and Snapchat. I film all videos and took all pictures through Snapchat. I used Snapchat because I wanted to get that “speedy” effect in my videos. After collecting all of my media I dragged them over the media window in iMovie. I then organized them by chronological order in the timeline queue. Finally, I added music from my iTunes library. I added the song “Story Of My Life” performed by the Piano Guys.

College Snapshot – (2 Stars)

As a scroll through my photos for other assignments, I realized that I have some great memories from the last few years. Compile your favorite photos from your experiences, trips, hobbies etc and make them into a video. Try to organize them chronologically to tell your story as you work your way through college. Make the video at least two minutes.

I completed this assignment in iMovie. I started by pulling images from my Facebook. I thought this would be a good way to keep chronological order of my pictures throughout my three years here at UMW. After I collected all of the pictures I wanted to use I dragged them over the media window in iMovie. I then added them one by one in chronological order in the timeline queue. Finally, I added music. I use the website flvto.com to take audio from YouTube by copying the URL and adding it to their converter. After the music was downloaded, I clipped/edited it in GarageBand so it fit the length of the video. 

Animal Dance Off – (4 stars)

Find any song and mash up a video of some animals dancing.  Try to get the animals to move to the beat.

I completed this assignment in iMovie. When I read the description of the assignment the first thing I thought of was a vine of a parrot in a pet shop dancing and bopping along to some music. It was pretty viral. I took the URL from a YouTube clip of the video and converted it into an MP4 by using clipconverter.cc. After it was downloaded, I dragged the file into the media window in iMovie and added it to my timeline queue. Lastly, I added some music! I use the website flvto.com to take audio from YouTube by copying the URL and adding it to their converter. I used the song “Out Alive” by Kesha. I chose this song very carefully. I went and searched through almost an entire Wikipedia page for “songs about the apocalypse.” I decided this one was the most fun and fit the parrot’s style of dancing the best. Once the file was downloaded, I clicked and dragged the file underneath the clip.


Reading Movies Blog Post

Ebert Essay

Roger Ebert’s essay, “How to Read a Movie,” provided an enlightened view of how to properly dissect a movie. He created a process in which founder of the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Howard Higman, named “Cinema Interruptus.” It can be defined as pausing a film, during viewing, and think about what you are seeing. It is easily paralleled to how football coaches use a stop-action to study game films. This concept is extremely unique but proved to be extremely effective as well. Ebert noted that both him, as the teacher, and his students were all in it together; collectively viewing and stopping films and discussing them openly. Roger Ebert’s work and contributions, including this one, to the film industry, landed him a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Screenwriters’ Guild, as well as he was named honorary life member of the Directors’ Guild of America.

Video Clips

The Shining // Zoom:  The clip shows various scenes from the film, “The Shining,” in a collage format. Collectively, these clips show the scenes the show a cinematic zoom. This is super cool. I’m a big fan of the movie, “The Shining,” to begin with, so to see it from this perspective was even cooler.

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective: The first thing I thought of while watching this clip was this must have taken forever to complete. I was literally mesmerized. 

Tarantino // From Below: This clip is also very fascinating. It shows various scenes from Quinten Tarantino movies from a “below” perspective. Imagine you were living life laying on your back; that’s what watching this clip felt like. 

The Film – 10 Cloverfield lane

I completed this assignment in iMovie. I directly imported media through the program and filmed using the FaceTime camera. After I filmed, I made little titles throughout the film to provide information and a little bit of humor. Lastly, I added some music! I use the website flvto.com to take audio from YouTube by copying the URL and adding it to their converter. Once the file was downloaded, I click and dragged the file underneath the clip and lowered the volume to 3%.

Revision Reflection

Return of Rihanna
This week, you should pick one 3, 4, or 5 star assignment you’ve already completed and significantly revise it, improve upon it, or remix it with something else. This is an opportunity to spend more time on something you might have rushed through before or to bring a new twist to an assignment you’ve already done and enjoyed.
I personally loved/appreciated this assignment. There were a few weeks where the assignments were a little daunting with my already packed schedule, in result the product of my work was a little lacking.

I chose to revise the 3 1/2 star photo assignment: “Pop Star Out of Place” photo assignment. The requirement was to take a picture of a pop star (either one that you took or found online) and put them in a place that you probably wouldn’t see them. I titled mine “Run This Town: RVA” Originally I took an image I took in Richmond, Va and opened in the mobile application Snapchat. I then added a “sticker” image of Rihanna that I took from Google images and added it to the image. Finally, I swiped twice and added a filter. On my second time around, I added the same image (unfiltered) on to pixlr.com and added an image as a layer of Rihanna that I took from Google Images. Then I clicked Edit –> Free Transform, then held down shift and dragged down the size of the image. Overall, it’s still not the best, but it is better and that is what I was aiming for!



Week Nine

Week Nine

Week nine has been a blast! I got to go back into the swing of things; reflections, assignments, and Daily Creates. Aside from our typical schedule, I really enjoyed completing the Radio Show assignment. My group and I had a blast creating it and I personally loved hearing it on the DS106 Radio Show. The weeks are winding down… I’m looking forward to the fun we have left in The End.

Question of the Week

What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalypse? How would you go about obtaining it?

I definitely could not live without the people I love it. If I didn’t have them I would be bored and lonely (obviously). I like seriously don’t think I could live without them. I’m not sure how I would go about in obtaining these people… Hunt them down? No, that sounds too scary. I guess I would just search far and wide and pray that one day I would be with them again.

DAILY CREATE – Cats or dogs? Who rules the internet?
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Tell us which animal is best, and why. Pictures are encouraged.
I completed this assignment by asking Google Images for “dogs in the apocalypse” I discovered quite a few things, including images from the movie “I am Legend” and the video game “Fallout.”

DAILY CREATE – Draw a still life

Put some objects in a kind of orderly structure and quickly draw/sketch what you see.

I completed this assignment with a mechanical pencil and my Lily Pulitzer agenda. I was Hyperion Espresso in Downtown Fredericksburg, Va and I found that my White Mocha was the perfect subject to sketch. I’m not a very good artist, but I try! After I snapped this picture I added the “Dramatic Cool” filter within Pictures on my iPhone.

Daily Create – DS106 self-reflection poetry

Write a poem that tells the story of you as a member of the ds106 community. Choose what ever poetic structure you like!

I completed this assignment in the form of a haiku instead of a traditional poem. I thought it would be a little bit more fun this way!