How to DS 106-ify a Movie

The movie I watched this week was The Quiet Earth. On Tuesday, after lunch, I decided to go to the DS 106 movie watching meet-up, but I was the only student there during the whole movie…BUT it was an entertaining movie and it was nice to watch it on a larger screen! I really enjoyed the plotline and how semi-chill this apocalypse was. The characters, for the most part, were enjoying their time as the last three survivors rather than the movie being the stereotypical zombie/ terrifying apocalyptic story. One issue that stood out to me personally was how they made the one woman seem a bit week and dependent on the men, and I think it would have been nice if she were a bit smarter and more independent. However, overall, I enjoyed this film and I would recommend it!

After watching the movie, I thought that I wanted to do the Swede a Scene assignment, but I did not really want to force my guy friend to wear a dress and spew angry sentiments on campus, even though he kindly said he would. I also thought about doing the alternate ending, and make the woman more of the hero and strong character at the end, but with my busy schedule for the week, I was not sure when I would be able to film some of my friends for this. So, after looking at the assignments again, I decided to complete the Mash a Movie Assignment.

Now, it said that you can add the DS 106 logo onto an object in the scene, but I was not sure where I would put it. However, I was inspired by all of the cardboard cutouts in the scene, so I decided to put Prof Martha’s face on Richard Nixon’s body. I do not really want to talk about how long this took, but I must accept that it is necessary. It took me two hours to do this. I took the picture from her Twitter and used pixlr to edit away the background. I watched a video on how to add overlays to iMovie, which helped me so much, but it was definitely still a painfully long process of switching between picmonkey and pixlr, but eventually, I got it and I put it into the video. I am not sure if you all will think it is funny, but I cracked up when I saw it in action for the first time, though it may be because I spent TWO HOURS making it happen.

After that, I was not even done yet. No, I still had to add the voice-overs. Fortunately, that did not take very long and I was able to easily change the pitch to sound more manly.

This video was definitely quite a long process, but I did enjoy myself and I learned a lot! I hope you all enjoy the scene!


DIY Film

The video work for this week took a lot of my energy and efforts. I chose path one, 8 stars of individual video assignments. I completed the Take Us Through Your Day assignment and the Arts and Crafts Tutorial assignment, both of which were 4 stars.

For the Take us Through Your Day, I vlogged my day with my sister in Philadelphia. It seemed a little strange filming my sister all day while we were mostly just walking around, but it is nice to now have a memory of the day in a video format. I tried my best to get some varying filming angles to take the viewer on a fun adventure with us.

I decided to connect my Arts and Crafts tutorial with my radio show, Survivors at Sunrise and tap into my character who studied ecology and lived for a time in Puerto Rico during the apocalypse. This video was more difficult to film and edit than I had anticipated. I struggled a bit to get a good angle to film and I ended up propping my phone up on two books, a tissue box and a lamp base (I also used the lamp for lighting). I had to redo some of my voice-overs in the editing process. There was a lot that I filmed that needed to be edited out or sped up because the video just dragged on. However, I think I got it down to a good length and it flows pretty decently.

I had a few hiccups trying to upload my videos, but I visited the Digital Knowledge Center and they were able to help me! 🙂