Weekly Summary 3/23-3/29

Daily Creates:

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/daily-creates/daily-creates/

This week were assigned three daily creates and all three are posted below! Enjoy!

This assignment was to take a picture of a tree and turn it into art. I really dont think anything had to be done to this photo. This was taken in Charleston South Carolina and to me it is one of the most beautiful pictures of a tree i have ever seen. Never looked at a tree and thought of art but i can now clearly see how it is art!

This assignment was to create “Fingerprint Art”. To be honest I had no clue where to go with this one. Getting the fingerprint for the head was a bit challenging but I don’t think it turned out to well. I added a body to the fingerprint and this is a picture of myself with a fishing rod.

FISHIN’

March 29, 2015

So today I decided to take my boat out on the water for the first time this year and get some fishing in. As my alarm went off I checked the weather app on my phone and saw that it was 26 degrees outside. That wasnt going to stop me. As I pulled up to the boat ramp to launch my boat it was just me and one other fellow. The man looked at me and said, “How f’ing stupid are we. Fishing in 26 degree weather…us fisherman are crazy.” And boy is he right!

This daily create was to talk about a conversation you had with a random person. This took place this morning, Sunday March 29th as i was getting ready to hit the lake!

Interview Assignment:

https://youtu.be/zPdqFqkGXdY

So this assignment was to create an Interview for you character. I chose all 7 questions from Professor Groom’s video and they were all fairly straight forward and easy to answer. I gave to the point answers and some of them are shocking to say the least. I did this because I think it best reflects my character and Gambino is not one to ramble on and on and on. I created the interview through Windows Movie Maker and was able to do the entire interview in one run through. Gambino is quite the character if you cant already tell and he is not one for games. I hope this gives you somewhat of an idea of what Mr. De Luca is all about.

Change over:

Created the new twitter and the ball is rolling. I had to take over the old twitter as I can’t find a way to have multiple twitter accounts to the same phone number. Even through the email path I couldn’t find a way.

photo

Final Unit Choice:

For the final unit I have decided to work alone. I have such a busy schedule and I don’t want to hold a group back because I can’t meet when every can. Looking forward for what is to come!

Comments:

http://seeinggainz.com/assignments/the-goat/#comment-124

http://www.cheyannemckinney.com/blog/assignments/video-assignments/#comment-285

http://www.kbarbeelibrary.net/shelley-layton/interviewing-shelley-layton/#comment-858

http://www.cheyannemckinney.com/blog/video/interview/#comment-286

http://landonepp.com/daily-create/tree/#comment-278

http://adventuresofm.org/assignments/whoa-bro-is-this-the-future/#comment-291

http://ds106.kendallparker.com/ds106/movies-that-made-me/#comment-278

http://3lilangels.us/assignments/touchdown-steelers/#comment-231

http://codingspencer.com/ds106/hope-trains-dont-derail-you-too/#comment-389

http://trysoccer29.com/writing-assignments/psa/#comment-453

 

Daily Creates

This week were assigned three daily creates and all three are posted below! Enjoy!

Tree Art

This assignment was to take a picture of a tree and turn it into art. I really dont think anything had to be done to this photo. This was taken in Charleston South Carolina and to me it is one of the most beautiful pictures of a tree i have ever seen. Never looked at a tree and thought of art but i can now clearly see how it is art!

Finger Print Art

This assignment was to create “Fingerprint Art”. To be honest I had no clue where to go with this one. Getting the fingerprint for the head was a bit challenging but I don’t think it turned out to well. I added a body to the fingerprint and this is a picture of myself with a fishing rod.

Fishin’

So today I decided to take my boat out on the water for the first time this year and get some fishing in. As my alarm went off I checked the weather app on my phone and saw that it was 26 degrees outside. That wasnt going to stop me. As I pulled up to the boat ramp to launch my boat it was just me and one other fellow. The man looked at me and said, “How f’ing stupid are we. Fishing in 26 degree weather…us fisherman are crazy.” And boy is he right!

This daily create was to talk about a conversation you had with a random person. This took place this morning, Sunday March 29th as i was getting ready to hit the lake!

Character Interview

So this assignment was to create an Interview for you character. I chose all 7 questions from Professor Groom’s video and they were all fairly straight forward and easy to answer. I gave to the point answers and some of them are shocking to say the least. I did this because i think it best reflects my character and Gambino is not one to ramble on and on and on. I created the interview through Windows Movie Maker and was able to do the entire interview in one run through. Gambino is quite the character if you cant already tell and he is not one for games. I hope this gives you somewhat of an idea of what Mr. De Luca is all about.

Weekly Summary March 16-22

To start, this week was an awful one. I had a terribly busy week along with some things going on in my personal life and Professor Groom was so kind to give me an extension so that I could complete the work. Groom you are the best!

My two daily creates for the week:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128915231@N02/16246094033/

This assignment was to take a photo with a blur effect. I chose to take a photo of a flag in our dorm room and the blur effect turned out really well. Its amazing what IPhones can do!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128915231@N02/16908213445/in/photostream/

This assignment was labeled “Breakfast Selfie”. I did this assignment midafternoon although I provided a selfie of things that were found in our fridge. I eat fairly healthy and this was just a fun and laid back daily create!

Final Radio Show Reflection:

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/final-radio-show-reflection/

The radio show as a whole was an absolute blast. Not only was producing the show a great time but I had an even better time listening in to others shows. Its incredible some of the ideas that kids come up with and by far my favorite was the Maury themed show. Listening to our show was interesting to say the least. There were some things that I would change. To start, our group was not able to find a silent room to do the recording so in conclusion some the show was a little cloudy and hard to hear. Although to me, that might have been a good effect. Our group planned the show out a good amount although if we were to do it again I would have put just a little more planning into the process. Geoff was awesome with editing and we couldn’t have done it without him. I think the hardest thing about the radio show was trying to incorporate 4 people and give everyone a somewhat equal part in the show. Our group was awesome and worked very well together and I am happy I was able to join such a great group. If I were to give advice to future DS106 students, I would just say to really put in the time in planning and to find people that you know are going to work well together. Also, try to reserve a room in advance so that you don’t end up recording your show in a noisy environment. This project is definitely one to look forward to and its not as bad as it is first made out to be. DS1064life!

Video Assignments:

For this week I went with the Video Assignments that were for stars. I had an awful busy week and some things going on in my personal life which is why I chose to do the star assignments. I did not want to hold my group back if we planned to meet and I could not show up so that is why I chose the star assignments.

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/video-assignements/

https://youtu.be/vIe-l-J6Kgo

https://youtu.be/cR_R4GlGArU

Above are the two videos I made this week for a total of 9 ½ Stars!

Video 1:

For this assignment I picked Alex Ovechkin a right wing for the Washington Capitals. I found this was a good choice as he had many highlights and they were not hard to find. For the intro to this video I used an ESPN commercial that was made a few years back which i found hysterical and I think many others will as well. I then found a couple other highlights on Youtube and pieced them all together using Windows Movie Maker. This was my first real assignment with Movie Maker and it was a bit challenging. I found the trim tool the hardest to use and fading in different videos was hard to get perfect. The transitions are not as good as they could be but I did the best I could. This was a great assignment as i found the Sports theme to fit my interests. Enjoy!

Video 2:

I found this assignment to be some of my best work yet. I used three different Videos for this assignment and I think they all came together very well. The intro is awesome as it is full of suspense and leads into some awesome highlights “pumping-up” the viewer for the season to come. I added some visual effects for each transition that I really found to fit well. Once again I used Windows Movie Maker to complete this project. For this video I ran into some trouble with uploading it to Youtube. The file format from Windows Movie Maker was not cooperating with what Youtube wanted but with a little playing around i was able to convert the format and make it work. This is again Capitals themed as they are my favorite sports team!

Video Essay:

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/how-to-read-a-movie/

https://youtu.be/ZoW2JzEPQVA

For this assignment, everything started with Roger Eberts, “How to Read a Movie” and this piece was awesome. Some of his points were things that i have never thought of before and some things were so simple that are just overlooked by all. After reading Eberts piece watching Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock was a totally different way to watch a movie. The movie seemed to last forever as i have never payed such close attention to a film. I analyzed the final scene of the film with some of Eberts foundings and that is shown in my Video Essay posted below. I used Windows Movie Maker to complete the essay and it was very straight forward. I didn’t run into any problems and it was nice being able to pause and then pick back up again when I ran out of ideas to bring to the table.

Lastly, I set up a category on my Blog to fit my created character Gambino De Luca. I submitted the URL to the provided form and I look forward to diving into what is next with that assignment. It’s been a hard week and I am glad to say I have completed this week’s assignments!

Enjoy!

 

 

How to Read a Movie

For this assignment, everything started with Roger Eberts, “How to Read a Movie” and this piece was awesome. Some of his points were things that i have never thought of before and some things were so simple that are just overlooked by all. After reading Eberts piece watching Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock was a totally different way to watch a movie. The movie seemed to last forever as i have never payed such close attention to a film. I analyzed the final scene of the film with some of Eberts foundings and that is shown in my Video Essay posted below. I used Windows Movie Maker to complete the essay and it was very straight forward. I didn’t run into any problems and it was nice being able to pause and then pick back up again when I ran out of ideas to bring to the table.

Video Assignements

For the first assignment i completed, I chose to do a highlight reel for one of my favorite athletes.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/highlight-reels/

Channel your inner ESPN and clip together highlights of your favorite athete, set it to some music, and add an intro

5 Stars!

For this assignment I picked Alex Ovechkin a right wing for the Washington Capitals. I found this was a good choice as he had many highlights and they were not hard to find. For the intro to this video I used an ESPN commercial that was made a few years back which i found hysterical and I think many others will as well. I then found a couple other highlights on Youtube and pieced them all together using Windows Movie Maker. This was my first real assignment with Movie Maker and it was a bit challenging. I found the trim tool the hardest to use and fading in different videos was hard to get perfect. The transitions are not as good as they could be but I did the best I could. This was a great assignment as i found the Sports theme to fit my interests. Enjoy!

Below is my second Video Assignment for the week!

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/sports-team-pump-up-video/

Choose your favorite sports team, and make a video montage much like you would see in the pregame video in the stadium or arena.  Make it look authentic!  Add music and any effects to really push your montage to the next level!

4 1/2 Stars!

I found this assignment to  be some of my best work yet. I used three different Videos for this assignment and I think they all came together very well. The intro is awesome as it is full of suspense and leads into some awesome highlights “pumping-up” the viewer for the season to come. I added some visual effects for each transition that I really found to fit well. Once again I used Windows Movie Maker to complete this project. For this video I ran into some trouble with uploading it to Youtube. The file format from Windows Movie Maker was not cooperating with what Youtube wanted but with a little playing around i was able to convert the format and make it work. This is again Capitals themed as they are my favorite sports team! I hope you enjoy!

Final Radio Show Reflection

The radio show as a whole was an absolute blast. Not only was producing the show a great time but I had an even better time listening in to others shows. Its incredible some of the ideas that kids come up with and by far my favorite was the Maury themed show. Listening to our show was interesting to say the least. There were some things that I would change. To start, our group was not able to find a silent room to do the recording so in conclusion some the show was a little cloudy and hard to hear. Although to me, that might have been a good effect. Our group planned the show out a good amount although if we were to do it again I would have put just a little more planning into the process. Geoff was awesome with editing and we couldn’t have done it without him. I think the hardest thing about the radio show was trying to incorporate 4 people and give everyone a somewhat equal part in the show. Our group was awesome and worked very well together and I am happy I was able to join such a great group. If I were to give advice to future DS106 students, I would just say to really put in the time in planning and to find people that you know are going to work well together. Also, try to reserve a room in advance so that you don’t end up recording your show in a noisy environment. This project is definitely one to look forward to and its not as bad as it is first made out to be. DS1064life!

Weekly Summary 3/9/15 – 3/15/15

Comments:

The comment assignment has been great. I’ve been seeing work that I would’ve never seen before the assignment and it’s cool to see everyone’s take on different work! I’ve included links to my comments below.

  1. http://brendalevoy.com/assignments/inspire-1-spencer-scott/#comment-277
  2. http://www.stephenweidman.com/ds106/uncategorized/create-a-warning-poster/#comment-1119
  3. http://www.storytelling.abigaildunn.org/noirblog/ds/maury-radio-show/#comment-66
  4. http://rhilaluman.com/assignments/web/youre-a-pinteresting-character-spence/#comment-49
  5. http://www.cheyannemckinney.com/blog/writing/nicolette-social-media-accounts/#comment-253
  6. http://bavatuesdays.com/dark-night-selfie/comment-page-1/#comment-222826
  7. http://ds106.christineloehr.org/assignments/ds106-wallpaper/#comment-267
  8. http://calabashnebula.com/assignments/groom-dont-let-go/#comment-230
  9. http://seeinggainz.com/assignments/cheech-and-groom/#comment-99
  10. http://columnhugger.com/assignments/professor-groom-poster/#comment-312
  11. http://www.stephaniebwhite.com/digital-storytelling/the-daily-create-cute-puppy-alert/#comment-316

Inspire:

  1. http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/mash-up-time/
  2. http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/my-1200-mph-commute/
  3. http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/buckets-behind-bars/
  4. http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/sunset-in-melbourne-australia/

This was a great assignment as well. It is much like the comments assignment as it forces us to look at everyone’s work but I found exceptional pieces of work for this assignment. My favorite of the 4 would be the Brad Paisley Mash-up. I love country music and I just had to give a listen. Looking at the other 3 it is awesome to see how hard my fellow classmates are working. It’s cool to see how everyone is extra good at one thing and it is easy to see that people put in a lot of time with their assignments.

Radio Show Review:

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/radio-show/radio-show-review/

You can find my screen shot tweets at the link above.

I can’t say enough about this radio show. The Maury theme was absolutely genius and whoever’s idea that was bravo! I’m not sure if this group was a random group or a group of close friends but they worked so well together and it showed in their show. Each person had an equal contribution to the show and the voices were so distinct from each other it really helped with the production of the show. The implementation of the sound effects was awesome and Maury crowd reactions were priceless. I loved how the NOIR serious, dark theme was present but at the same time they put a comic twist to the whole thing. The plot line was also very solid and it was not hard to follow at all. The show was full of suspense and the timing of the commercials and bumpers was good. I listened in to a few other shows and I have to say that the commercials and bumpers kind of got obnoxious, but definitely not for this show. I was very impressed and if this group were to put on another show I would no doubt tune in. Amazing work by “NOIR not the Father”. I think it’s safe to say it’s a favorite of many. The group members should be proud!

Assignments:

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/noir-valentines/

               It incorporates two “lovers” and my caption at the top reading “I love you, but get me a drink”. I found this to be very Noir and it also ties into my character as Gambino is not all about the love life and always needs a drink. It also fits the gangster, tough man, style. I found the image on Google and I used gimp to put it together. Happy late Valentines Day fellow noir lovers!

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/create-your-own-business-card/

               The card features a pool hall setting, his name, his motto, and his phone number. A very simple design because Gambino is not one for games. I chose the particular photo of the pool table because it fits the gangster, gambling lifestyle and it was also very dark which fits the noir characteristic. Gambino lives by “Business is business” so i had to include. I used GIMP to create this card and am happy with the outcome. This is the second business card I have created so it was much easier the second time than the first.

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/create-a-warning-poster/

               My format for the warning sign is very typical with a white background, black and red lettering, and just one image so that the person reading it soaks in the information and not the pictures. The sign says that Gambino is dangerous and that he may be looking to take out other #noir106 characters. I would keep your character safe if i were you because Gambino is on the loose. I used GIMP for the assignment and because it was a warning sign it wasn’t too hard to create.

http://bchristiansen.com/blog/assignments/the-god-father-movie-review/

This one was a writing assignment so you can find the full assignment at the link above. The visual parts of the other three assignments are also found at their links!

Daily Creates:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128915231@N02/16805191425/

This assignment was to create a ransom note for Professor Groom. It was kind of hard to think of a note not knowing Groom personally but I went with “You must complete all assignments by midnight, Sunday to get Groom back.” I used GIMP to create the final product and it was fairly easy.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128915231@N02/16617853157/in/photostream/

This assignment was to create a how to with pictures. This was my favorite daily create as it was wide open. I chose fishing, because I love fishing, and picture by picture it teaches you how to cast a lure!

The last daily create was a poem of how music changes your life.

“Music adds life to the world
Lyrics and emotions being swirled
Bodies swayin n’ records playin
Memories forming and a whole lot of love storming
Creating dreams and playing hearts just like a guitar string”

 

Radio Show Review

To start, I have attached two screenshots below of the tweets I sent during The “NOIR not the Father” show.

image image2

I can’t say enough about this radio show. The Maury theme was absolutely genius and whoever’s idea that was bravo! I’m not sure if this group was a random group or a group of close friends but they worked so well together and it showed in their show. Each person had an equal contribution to the show and the voices were so distinct from each other it really helped with the production of the show. The implementation of the sound effects was awesome and Maury crowd reactions were priceless. I loved how the NOIR serious, dark theme was present but at the same time they put a comic twist to the whole thing. The plot line was also very solid and it was not hard to follow at all. The show was full of suspense and the timing of the commercials and bumpers was good. I listened in to a few other shows and I have to say that the commercials and bumpers kind of got obnoxious, but definitely not for this show. I was very impressed and if this group were to put on another show I would no doubt tune in. Amazing work by “NOIR not the Father”. I think it’s safe to say it’s a favorite of many. The group members should be proud!