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Tell Me About Yourself!

For my very own Digital Storytelling Assignment, I decided to create one that would tell me about my classmates. I feel as though I am learning out their personalities, but only so much can be expressed through assignments. I think it’s the psychology major speaking, but I love hearing about a person’s life story. Here is my description and example!

And You Are…?

Tell the class about yourself! For this assignment, create a story line of your life using only pictures. It doesn’t have to consist of real life baby pictures (although it can!), get create! If you were born in another state or country, use that as one fo your pictures! If you are passionate about your job or got into a sport really young, show it in a creative way! Represent your most important life events in no less than 12 pictures. 



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.


The Circus

I thought that this assignment was going to be SO hard, but it was actually a lot of fun! I was born in October, so I had 1:01-1:30. Here is my final product, as well as the video! I hope you all like it!


I used a Chipotle to-go top:

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My friend’s adorable puppy:


And my hilarious brother Brian:

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My process was super simple, all I did was record first the Chipotle top, then the dog, then my brother and layer them to fit the video! I somehow managed to delete the record, play, and select options from my tool bar (technologically challenged), so I Googled Audacity Hot Keys and discovered how to use my key board to control the program! I then saved the program as a WAV and uploaded it to SoundCloud!





A shower.

For my Sound Effect story, I decided to recreate a simple shower! Here are the sounds I used:

Shower Curtains


Shower Head

Running Shower


Squirt Bottle 

Soapy Sounds

More Soapy Sounds

Wet Footsteps 


I found all of my sounds using FreeSound.org. I used Audacity to combine my sounds together. class I downloaded the sounds and then opened them in their file location; after finding them in my Downloads folder I dragged them over to the program class.

One by one, I moved the sound bites into the program. As I went along, I moved them into their appropriate places within the story and cut them shorter when necessary. class

The tools I used were “Time Shift Tool” class (to move the sounds into their correct places within the story) and “Selection Tool” class (to select parts of the sounds to delete).

Once I was happy with my story, I went to “File” then “Save was WAV”. Once it was saved I uploaded the audio into SoundCloud!

Here is my final product!

“Absolutely Nothing”

For my first audio assignment, I decided to read aloud a poem. The picture for this assignment was of a tattoo on someone’s wrist that said the word “poetry”. I immediately identified with this assignment, because I have the word “infinite” tattooed on my wrist. I got it right before I moved in freshman year, and it was inspired by the book Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. That book contains a poem that I find very deep and meaningful, so I decided to recite it. I won’t lie, the poem is kind of morbid; the whole idea is that this poem was a suicide note.


Part of this assignment was to make this poem come alive after reading it. I attempted this by dropping an object after reading. If you notice, the poem is cut short before its finish (the idea is that the author died before finishing). The dropped object could be left to the listeners imagination, but the idea is that the author of the poem as passed away before being able to finish it.

I know, sorry it’s super sad and morbid. But I’m so in love with this book.

I recorded this using SoundCloud.com, just as we had to do for the very first assignment, and embedded it the same way as well.

Week 2 Summary

And now we have completed out second week! Thankfully, this one went a lot smoother than the first. I feel as though this week I had a firm grasp of how to complete assignment and post them correctly. I was actually able to relax and have fun with the assignments! The feedback that I have received from last week’s assignments helped as well. This week, I think I better fulfilled my blog post requirements by adding more details and pictures of how I created my digital stories.

I really enjoyed this week’s assignments! There were a bunch of different Design Assignments that I would have enjoyed completing this week. I am very proud of the ones that I did complete, and hope that this means I am beginning to understand how to create a strong digital story. I hope that this continues to grow as we explore different mediums of media.

Since I did not see a specific place to submit a post on “Giving and Reflecting on Peer Feedback” on Canvas, I decided to write it here! I really liked visiting my classmates’ blogs! I have not given any real thought to my actual website and therefore have not edited or customized it very much.  My classmates, on the other hand, have gone above and beyond! I loved some of the designs and pictures that they added to their homepage. It has inspired me to put more time into my page this next week and customize it to so more of who I am. As for my specific posts, I haven’t gotten much feedback on those. from my classmates. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks I will have more activity on my page! In the mean time I am going to work hard to complete my assignments even sooner in the week, so that maybe people will have more time to look at them.


TedxPhoenix talk:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/tedxphoenix-talk-response/

Design Safari:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/design-safari/

Design Assignments:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-design-assignment-1/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-design-assignment-2/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-design-assignment-3/


  • http://businesswomanblogfromnyyharvey.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/always-believe-in-yourself-to-succeed-6-word/comment-page-1/#comment-41
  • http://www.frederickhowell.com/uncategorized/my-neck-n-back-presents/#comment-37
  • http://businesswomanblogfromnyyharvey.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/a-strong-word-design-assignment-1/comment-page-1/#comment-42
  • http://www.umwdoug.com/designassignments-2/novel-in-four-pictures/#comment-74
  • http://www.hayleyjoe.net/photography/design-assignment-2-motivational-poster/#comment-23

Daily Creates:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/my-new-law/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14560749422/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14380854720/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/some-quality-l-o-ls-right-here/