Video is definitely the area where I have least experience. Even producing the video essay was somewhat of a cumbersome a process. Video means images and audio… there’s so much to keep track of! I feel like I can imagine great scenes, but pulling them off would require so many details – time to get my hands dirty.
Of all the different digital modes, I’m probably least familiar with video. I was glad to peek behind the scenes of some of the techniques used in film and other video production.
Scene Analysis – 10 Cloverfield Lane
I chose this movie because it was most recent on the list. I pulled up Night of the Living Dead initially, saw the black and white, and closed the tab – I guess I’m just spoiled with modern visuals.
I used this program, OBS Studio, to do the screen and audio capture. It’s a pretty versatile program.
Everybody created their own plots for the radio project – it was awesome to hear what some came up with! Besides that, plenty happened this week…
The process of creating this project was really fun! Ideas came easily with such a creative group to work with. That being said, it took much longer than I thought it would. Audio editing certainly takes a lot of time. I’m glad we decided to do the faux listener call-ins by recording over the actual phone. Trying to put an effect on all the voices in post production would have taken ages. We all did our fair share of the work and I’m happy with the product.
I decided to revise the song I posted originally in my Play the DJ assignment. I thought the middle part was a bit plain and the ending came too suddenly, so I changed it up. It’s fun to revisit an old project and rework it. You come in with fresh perspective. I feel like I could keep working on the same song forever – I need to know when to move on to a new project and realize I can always come back to it later.
I loved working with audio this week – I picked up some skills with crossfading clips, looping, and adding reverb in audacity. I’ll never forget you radio-project-week, you will be missed:
Well, our radio team met up and we decided on the name Alt-F4. It’s the shortcut key combo for ending a process – this is 1) an end, and 2) digitally related.
The squad also brain stormed the general idea of the way our project will go. You know those “found-footage” films? We’re thinking of a “found-audio” project. I need to brush up on my voice acting, but it should be really fun!
To end our meeting, we delegated out the design tasks for the first week. Here’s what I tackled:
Lets quickly address that, apparently, designer jeans don’t help you design. The name of designer jeans are misleading, just like the title of my post because I barely mention Squidward at all. Moving on:
Week 6 is over, and it was all about design. Overall, a pretty cool week that definitely challenged me to learn and master new tools. I’m a lot more familiar with Canva now, some random generators, and Hero Machine 3. Not only that, we got a group together for our character stories (group name TBD). After all this reflection and work on designs this week, I learned that if it looks right, it probably is, and you’ve made a not-so-horrible design.
There’s still much to learn though. Maybe one day I’ll reach design enlightenment like Squidward…