Monthly Archives: June 2018

Life of Ben

Welcome to the end! This week I have been working on a multi-piece project to conclude the course. First off, I want to mention the final daily creates. I have had a lot of fun doing them these past five weeks and I might even continue to participate.

To kick it off, I worked on a design and audio assignment. I then went in and did a photography and video assignment. I worked really hard to make each piece and create a cohesive story. I had a lot of fun working with my brother and am excited to show what I have done. So without further ado here it is:


My brother Ben, just graduated high school. He has always been a loner, but now that he is going to college I hope that he will branch out more. We are pretty close even though he stays in his room all the time. He seemed pretty excited to graduate, but I can tell that he is nervous about being an adult.

After he graduated, I wanted him to feel relaxed and to not be scared about the future.  I sat him down and told him

After I told him this, he seemed better. With the two of us starting to become adults, I wanted to talk with him and reminisce and figure out what his plans were for college.


After sitting down with him, I’m still not sure what he wants to do, but I believe that he will get whatever he wants from life.


The next assignment that I worked on was to combine three photos of my brother in a timeline. I did a before, during, and after of his graduation. I saved the three photos onto my computer and then went into MSPaint. I put the photos onto one page and then changed the sizes so that they would fit on the page. I added text to make clear what is going on.


The last project that I worked on was creating a video with my brother. I recorded myself asking him questions about his memories and what he wants to do in college. I recorded two separate videos and went into my video editor and put them together.

I then went in and added text to his responses so that the viewer knew what he was responding to. This was difficult, not my working with the technology but my working with my brother. He could not really think of any answers so I struggled with getting him to talk at all.

Beauty in three’s

Start of the Finale

This week, I will be using a bunch of different media in order to create a cohesive story. Since my brother just graduated high school, I have decided to center my story about his graduation and his future.

I have picked four different mini-project for me to work on in order to create this story. I have started with designing a postcard that is from my future self to my brother. I wrote it as though he has just bought a beach house that I really want to visit.

 I created my postcard on Canva. I wrote on the lines and changed the text and the images. I’m really happy with how it ended up turning out.



The next thing that I did was to record myself saying a quote. I wanted to do this because I felt that a good graduation/life quote would go perfectly with my story in providing some inspiration for my brother. I recorded it on my phone and I will be adding it to my final project, but I do not know exactly how I will place it within the other pieces.

I know after reading this you are so excited to see what I have done, but you will have to wait until Thursday.

Resume Play

This week I did four video assignments. First, I did a reaction video responding to the nursery rhyme that I had chosen earlier this week. Next, I created a video montage of my dog. Then, I filmed my day and created a minute long video. Lastly, I reviewed a product.

This week was really busy for me. I had family come into town for my brother’s high school graduation. I wish that I had more time to work on all of these assignments so I could have had more fun with them. I am most proud of my minute long video showcasing my day because that took a good chunk of time to figure out how to do it.

Now that I have a good sense about how to make and edit video, I can finally start that Youtube channel I said I was going to start eight years ago.


Reviewing a Product

For my last assignment for video week, I chose to do a product review. I will admit that I had no idea what I was going to do. I looked around my house and found my glasses cleaner and immediately had some funny uses for it. I recorded my video which I wanted to be as real to my personality as possible so I left in the “um’s” for authenticity’s sake. After I filmed, I went into my movie editor and clipped the beginning so that there was not the awkward pause that normally is in these types of videos. In the end, I had a lot of fun making this and would not mind doing this more regularly. My Product Review is a little unconventional, but that is what I love about it.


A minute of my day

For my next assignment, I chose the 60 second day video narrative. This was really difficult because I do not do much on a daily basis. I kind of just sit and do nothing all day, but luckily my brother is graduating high school tomorrow so I had a little bit more content.

I went around filming a few seconds of what my day consisted of. I then went into my movie editor and started putting all of the clips together. 

After I had all of my clips compiled I chose which music to add to it in order to keep the video a bit up beat. At the end I was really proud of my end result.

Looking back, if I were to change something it would be live a more exciting life. Watching this back I wish that I had more content to actually be excited to film.

Jynx Montage

For my next video assignment, I decided to use a bunch of photos of my dog Jynx to create a small montage of his greatness.

I found that the photos app on my PC has a video editor and wanted to see if I could use it in order to complete this project. I compiled all of the photos and added background music. Then, I placed a filter that included his name as a transition point between two of the photos.

This was a lot of fun because I had never done any video editing before and now I know the basic. Plus, it also allowed me to revisit my favorite photos of my dog.

Wee Willie Winkie

For the start of my video assignments, I decided to create a reaction video. I use Recactus to record the video. I wanted to use my nursery rhyme Wee Willie Winkie as the content that I reacted to.

My reaction to the video was unexpected because while I knew the rhyme was creepy, adding video to it made it so much creepier.

I was actually worried about creating the video because I have no video editing experience. Luckily, I was able to find Recactus which had easy to follow instructions that allowed me to create the video.

I’ve always been fascinated by reactions videos and recording one myself has proven to me that it is harder than it looks.

Pause the video

To start off video week I did my two daily creates. They allowed me to create a story around photos that I took.

Then I read Roger Ebert’s article about reading a movie. It was really interesting because it gave me a new perspective on viewing movies.



Then I watched some videos about visual techniques. I really enjoyed learning about new methods of movie making and revisiting some old ones.



Question of the week!

In looking at nursery rhymes, I wanted to pick something a little bit obscure. One I had completely forgotten about was Wee Willie Winkie. In rereading the rhyme, the content is kind of scary. It is about a person going around to peoples houses making sure kids are asleep and he goes around making children who are awake go to sleep. The original intent was not to be scary, it was supposed to refer to the King of England and was meant to put kids to bed. I can already imagine in my head this rhyme being incorporated into a horror movie trailer.


Now that I have learned more about different techniques that go into movie decision making, I cannot wait to see what the rest of the weeks assignment entail.