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Haven’t Read a Novel Since High School?

For my second created Digital Assignment, I decided to use the app Vine. I had to use it for one of my Video Assignments and really enjoyed it. It was an easy to use app yet a challenging assignment since Vine videos are so short. There have been a few Visual Assignments like the one I decided to create, yet I thought that turning it into a Video Assignment would be a fun change of pace. It would challenge people to use items at their disposal instead of Googleing an image. I hope you guys like it!

Guess that Book!

For this assignment, use the app Vine to visually create a book title. Find objects, landmarks, or think of some other creative way to verbally or physically represent a book title. Then record them in quick succession using the app. Then upload the video and have your classmates guess the book title! (By the way here is the answer.)



To me, this video seemed like one that would go viral pretty quickly. I think that people would be very entertained by some guy getting locked in a lion enclosure. Therefore, I decided to create a story in which This video has been an internet sensation:

I don’t usually watch Tosh.0, but I know that the show makes fun of online videos so I assumed it would be appropriate. I used an episode uploaded onto YouTube to get the clip for this assignment. Here are the Foley clips that I used, I tried to select ones that were created for this class section, however for some reason there were some clips that I couldn’t download (and some were longer than 30 seconds) so I had to use previous work.


I used this website to download the videos off of YouTube. I then fit them into Windows Movie Maker. It was really easy to edited them to fit together, I just used the “Split” tool under Video Edit to take the parts of the Tosh.0 clip that I wanted. After that I downloaded the sounds off of SoundCloud and fit them in as well! Super simple! I saved it as an MP4 and had to upload it to YouTube and embed it from there.

The only problem was that I had a lot of time at the end of the video that didn’t seem to have audio to go with it. There were only two Foleys for the last section, and neither of which were from very recently. My only thought is that previous classes much have been using a shorter version of the video, because all of my other sounds fit so I don’t think I missed a section or anything like that. I debated cutting it out, but decided to learn the entire video and just have it silent until the very end!

So you want to make a movie?

Welcome to muvee Reveal! Before you begin to create your movie, you will need to either buy the product or sign up for a 15 day free trial. Signing up for the trial is simple: all you have to do is enter your email on the pop up screen and wait for the promotion code. Enter that code and you may begin!


Once you reach this screen you will be able to begin! The program is very self explanatory.


This is the section you will use to upload any pictures or videos you may have saved on your computer into the program. Once they are uploaded, you will be able to rearrange them into what ever order you like.


After arranging your picture you may decide to add a style to your movie. This style will establish how pictures and videos transition. There are many free styles that come with the free trial, or you may wish to purchase a different one if it fits your movie needs better.


You may wish to add music to your movie! Here is the place to do so. You can add any music that has been downloaded onto your computer. Here you can also rearrange your music to fit your movie.


Here is where you can view your final product! If you are not happy you can go back to the other sections of the screen to tweak your movie.

Once you are completely finished, you have the option save your movie in several ways. The easiest way is to simply “Save As…” under “File” and name your movie. This will save your movie as an rvl. Going to  “Save and Share your muvee…” under file will enable you to save your movie in a different format.


Go down to the bottom option, “Advanced”, and select it.


You will then be able to choose which format you want your movie to be saved as.

So simple!

Some Bikes, a Pool, Monopoly, and One Very Angry Cat

For my second video assignment I decided to create my very first Vine! Everyone is always taking about the app, so I decided to give it a try! This is a Vine of me babysitting. I have known these boys for about 8 years, and I love hanging out with them! I hope you like it!

All I had to do for this assignment was download the app onto my phone! It then gives a step by step demonstration of how to create a video (basically you just hold down the screen when there is something you want to shoot).

The one draw back of this Vine was the battle scars I got from the very last shot. They have kind of faded over night, but that cat was vicious.


So I know we are just coming off the World Cup and everyone has the soccer bug right now, but I am obsessed with this team. I’ve been Jurgen and the boys since before they were a team, back three years ago when Klinsmann was hired.


This is a collage I just made of me and my mom at games and such. I could go on for days about this team, but I think you all will appreciate it if I just stop here.

When I found a Video Assignment that told me to make a montage of a team, OF COURSE I was going to jump on that opportunity. Here is a video i made to honor the USMNT and their hard fought games in Brazil this year.

For this assignment, I used the program that was already on my computer called. muvee Reveal. I had to sign up for a free 15 day trial. To be honest, I didn’t like the program very much; granted this could be because I had the basic package. But I think that for my next assignment I will be using a different program. I realized half way through that I didn’t like it, but I figured I would finish up my video and post what I did to create it hear. Maybe some of my classmates have had better success using the program! That or I may just be a warning against using it in the future.

As I said before, when I first opened the program I had to sign up for a free 15 day trial. After that I found all of the pictures that I wanted to use through Google and saved them to my computer.  I couldn’t us video (much to my disapointment) because there was no way to get them from the internet into the program.classs

Then I opened them in the program and arranged them to roughly correlate with the game progression. classs

After I arranged the pictures I decided on the style “Hexplode” to display the photos, which was labeled as a sports themed style and was by far the best choice. classs

Finally, I added the music. I chose “Remember the Name”, which my high school soccer team used to use as a warm up song. I thought that it went along with the USMNT mentality during this tournament. They went into every game with the intention of proving that they were a team that could compete with the highest internationals. (And they proved it. Don’t fight me on that one.) ;)


I had a little trouble saving the video, which saved as a “rvl” and was not compatible with this website or YouTube.

After going to “File” and “Save and Share your muvee…” I came across a helpful list. I selected the “Advanced” option.classs

This brought me to a large list of options. I chose to save my project as a “MOV”.



After saving, the video was too big to upload directly onto this post. I instead had to upload it onto YouTube and imbed it from there.

I hope that this post was helpful to everyone! :)


We Got A Large Haze


I chose this clip on Pearl Harbor! I went to Baltimore yesterday where they have the USS Taney, so I figured this clip would be appropriate. :)

Analyze the camera work: This clip starts off with a lot of panning. This slow movement of the camera around a scene captures the entire scene. It shows the preparation of the Japanese pilots and gives each individual a moment to represent the task at hand. The camera then goes into several very brief one action shots. I think that this gives strong emphasis on every action and decision that occurs leading up to the attack. The slow motion also helps this emphasis. Once the movie progresses to American, again the camera pans the scenery and the ships and planes located in Pearl Harbor. This draws the contrast between how peaceful the scene is currently and how much chaos and wreckage there will be later on. Also again, there are several quick scene changes. I believe this is done to show how quickly the attack came onto the Harbor. There was lot of confusion leading up to the event, and the quickness from one scene to another helps to empress upon the audience how little time the Americans had to react or understand what was going on.

Analyze the audio track: Overall, the Japanese dialogue is much slower and precise, while the Americans speak quickly and urgently. This shows how the Japanese were in control of the situation while the Americans were reacting and desperate. The audio for the Japanese scenes is low and purposeful. There is a drum beat that almost represents battle music that is very powerful and full of strength. The music builds anticipation. The music for the American scenes builds suspense. It is lower and more frantic (clearly I don’t know how to describe music). The shifting back and forth between the two types of music as the scenes change helps to create the belief that the Japanese were in control while the Americans were frantic. The last bit of the clip is one drawn out note, building up the the big scene when the battle begins.

Put it all together: I think that the director did an excellent job of capturing the moments before Pearl Harbor. The two groups involved, the Japanese and the Americans, had very different feelings and thoughts going into the actual attack. The camera work and audio tracks create a powerful and purposeful Japanese side. They were in control of the situation. The Americans did not anticipate the attack coming. The frantic audio plus the calming scenes of the landscape prequel the damage that occurred. I was able to notice how these aspects of the scene were highlighted in different ways after focusing on one medium over the other. This assignment really helped me to realize how directors can emphasis certain emotions and impact a scene.

Who knew there was so much to movie making?

Never before have I stopped to consider the concepts that Ebert goes over. Whenever I watch a movie I just watch it, feel it, and think about it. I don’t stop to think “hmm, I wonder what this scene would feel like if the characters switched positions or the camera angle were different”. And I don’t think I’m alone in saying this. I’m sure that the ideas Ebert has studied are tried and true for many many films. But I couldn’t help being reminded of a high school English class. People always joke about how English teachers read more into details than the authors do.



I couldn’t help but to draw this comparison. What if those are just human nature trends? I highly doubt that every director pours over every detail and thinks about how it will affect their film. Of course some do, and maybe that is what separates the fabulous directors from the great ones. And maybe I am just speaking as someone who has never even attempted to analyze a film before. Hopefully, after this week I will be able to connect more and have a better understanding of different film techniques.



The two videos I decided to watch off the list were “Top 20 Amazing Cinematic Techniques Part 1″ (I also watched Part 2) and “Examples of Editing Techniques”.  Honestly, I was expecting the videos to be tutorials of sorts to help us produce great films. After getting over a little frustration, I feel as though I learned the most from these videos and will be referring back to them throughout the week. I think that these videos will help me to learn about how to shoot for this class. hopefully I can produce something that I have created to the best of my ability.