Another one of my assignments was quick and simple and this was six second art. This assignment asked us to share some type of art skill that can be done in 6 seconds. This caused me to actually learn a new trick that I hadn’t known before. This is how you draw a simple rose. If I had more time and did this again I would shoot how to make the rose as well as make a field or roses and show what they could become. Here is my way of drawing a rose:
For my second assignment from the assignment bank I chose to make a video of my favorite college memories so far. This assignment was by far one of my favorites. Not only did it allow for me to re-live some of the best times but it allowed me to explore a new app for making photos into videos. For this assignment I used a new app called Adobe Spark Video to create my video. I granted it access to my photos app on my phone and selected the pictures I wanted. It put them into a video and I got to choose how long they appeared for. After everything flowed together it gave me a selection of background noises to choose from. I selected “right beside you” as the background because it was very happy and felt like warm wishes. If I were to do this again I would make it so it could be more than 25 pictures. The app only let you do 25 at a time and I didn’t have enough time to learn how to merge them together. I learned more about sound effects than I ever have before doing this project.
This week was rough for me. I had done some of my assignments in the beginning of the week and then my computer decided to crash. I spent 3 hours on the phone with Apple Support which ended in my entire computer being wiped and basically started from scratch.
I began this week with my daily creates. These were simple yet fun and helped me learn new techniques. They are below:
Late in the quarantine during my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, mainly because I rarely left the house, spent a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, and ate too often. -The Fault in our Stars
— Kayla Bega (@BegaKayla) March 23, 2020
— Kayla Bega (@BegaKayla) March 25, 2020
Next I watched the videos and analyzed some specific scenes before jumping into the video assignment bank. Throughout the process of creating my assignments I learned a lot about different tools that could be used. This includes things such as video cropping tools and screen recording, both things I have never really experimented with. Here are my blog posts on these:
I look forward to the next week and hopeful no more extensive challenges with technology!
For my last assignment I chose “Make a Tutorial for you Mom” but with a twist. I decided to take something that my grandmother always asks me how to do. My grandmother is a lovely woman but she has no idea what to do when it comes to technology. One of the things she often forgets how to do is how to save a picture that someone has sent her to her camera roll. I created a video demonstrating what to do. Words can say a lot but actually modeling and showing the steps and process that you are doing can go a long way. Due to this, I decided instead of taking a video of myself explaining to her how to do it that I would record my screen so she could see the things that I was clicking on. I did this on my phone which already has a screen record option and then sent it to my laptop where I uploaded it to YouTube.
For my second assignment from the assignment bank I chose to do the “Recording a memory” assignment. This is one of my best friends Emily and I asked her about one of her favorite memories. I used my iPhone to take this video and used Airdrop to send it to my computer. From there I uploaded it to Facebook. Emily had a fond memory of a time when she volunteered at a summer camp and jumped into a river at the hours they should have been in a cabin. I loved getting to hear her story and seeing her face light up when she was talking about it. We chose this room to take the video in because it feels homey and has good lighting against the wooden walls.
One of the assignments that I chose from the assignment bank for this week was to create a 1 second video clip that can tell a story. I decided to use a video that I already had and could crop to make a one second clip. This is a video of a waterfall I visited last month in the Great Smokey Mountains. I opened the video on my photos app on my iPhone and clicked edit. I then chose what second I wanted which happened to be the 5th second of my video. I chose this part of the video because it shows the rapids flowing as well as the entirety of the waterfall. I then sent the video to my computer and uploaded it to YouTube. I believe this short one second video shows the beauty of nature and natural scenery. ( 2 and 1/2 stars)
What a strange and out of the ordinary week this has been. I have really appreciated this “light week” as we have all been trying to process moving all of our classes online. This has also allowed me to put in more time and effort in the assignments that we did have. I started this week by responding to the 80’s crime radio show and sharing my experience listening to both that show as well as my own. This was very enjoyable as I got to see some of my fellow classmates work and get new ideas for the future. Read about my experience here:
Next I brainstormed about some future project ideas that fit our classes theme of the 80’s. This wasn’t easy at first as I felt that all the ideas I had were already spoken on but after some research I feel very good about the following ideas:
After this I wrote on how my daily creates connected. For me this week is all about happiness and spreading positivity in times of doubt and uncertainty. I think it’s safe to say this week has been strange for all of us and we could all use some positive things to talk about and some happy endings. Listen to the song in this post and tell me it doesn’t make you wanna smile:
After this I got to work on my re-do’s. I chose to do a short clip of some sounds that make me feel relaxed. This has everything from pouring rain to a nice fire burning. Give this a listen and see if it relaxes you:
The other re-do assignment that I chose to do was my future bucket list. I enjoyed this project very much but realized how simple it was and that I could make it more appealing and add in some more bucket list items. You can find my list here:
For my second re-do assignment I decided to go over my bucket list and take out/add in some things I’d like to do within the next 10 years. Originally, I did what I thought was easiest and used an automatic selection for where my pictures would go and added text underneath it. Here was the original:
For my re-do I decided to put more effort into it and make it look like something that would draw others attentions. I learned on powerpoint how to add in a translucent background to make it more appealing. If you’re looking to do this it’s super simple! You drag and drop whatever picture you’d like, click on the picture and at the top right there will be a button that says “use as theme background” and check the box that says translucent. After that I pulled all of my pictures together and reorganized them. I added in text and made sure to bold it so that it stood out to my viewers. Here is the revised project:
For one of my re-do assignments this week I decided what better than to create a mash-up of some relaxing songs to listen to on a walk or in the bath tub while we’re quarentined in our houses. Originally, I used only a few sounds as I was rushing through this assignment and none of it really flowed together. The audio would go from super loud, to super quiet, and back to super loud. I found when I listened to it that I actually jumped because part of it scared me when it went from a super soft sound to a super loud sound. Here is my ORIGINAL piece:
For my re-do I decided to add more sounds in and make them flow together instead of just sound randomly put in. I used Garage band as that is the audio editing software that I have the most experience with. I got my sound from the White Noise app on the iPhone (this is great if you need some sort of fan or white noise when you sleep). I used the following sounds: Amazon Jungle, Ocean Waves Crashing, Beach Waves Crashing, Rain on Car Roof, Rain Storm, Frogs, and Camp Fire. Some of my favorite things to do are sit on the porch and watch thunderstorms, go to the beach, and sit around the campfire. I recorded bits of each of these sounds and used garage band to piece them together. For this, my main goal was to make the sounds flow together and not have a huge change in sound to make it more relaxing. Here’s the final product: