On the Go From Radio to Video!

This week in DS106, we made an evolution from radio to video. As much as I loved the radio portion, video has taken over the 21st century and, therefore, is very familiar. We began the week by wrapping up the playing of radio shows on DS106 Radio, and I decided to tune in to “Get a Clue”. My review of the show is very positive, because it is a great show that is well thought out and executed beautifully. Once again, my favorite part of this process was the tweet-along, as I love interacting with my fellow ds106’ers and professors. Below are some of my tweets from that night:

The next task allowed us to reflect on the past few weeks of creating and listening to our radio show. As we moved into video this week, it was nice to look back on the extensive process of producing the show and also the experience of listening to it with our peers. Reflecting on our radio show creation in a post, allowed me to relive the enjoyment and pride of what we accomplished!

The Daily Creates were an enormous amount of fun this week. I began by creating a video trailer for a character that represents a feeling. Puz Ling (puzzling…get it?) cannot find a place where he fits in…or can he? Puz is one of my greatest cartoon creations! :) The next prompt that I decided to complete was capturing an artistic blur in a photo. I snapped a picture of a plant and the colors blend wonderfully.

It's a plant, I swear!

The next assignment was probably the most time consuming. However, I am very proud of the final outcome. We were required to create a video essay for a film, by analyzing and applying the principles that we learned about in Roger Ebert’s “How To Read A Movie” and three videos of our choice. I chose “Examples of Editing Techniques”, “Camera Angles and Techniques”, and “Hitchcock Loves Bikinis”. Having never watched an Alfred Hitchcock movie before, I decided to view the film, “Notorious”, and he certainly did not disappoint. I was able to apply a lot of Ebert principles about dominance to the scene I chose, and a few points about cinematic techniques from the videos. I thoroughly enjoyed “reading” this movie from an analytical perspective. Check it out:

Out of the three options available this week, I chose the first and completed at least eight stars of video assignments, with four relating to my character and someone else’s. The first assignment that grabbed my attention was the “High School Memories” video. My mom has been working on a scrapbook from high school for me, so I was inspired to go back and look at all of the pictures that I have. This assignment allowed me to make something that I will always treasure! It turns out that… “I lived”!

The assignment that I chose to fulfill the character requirement is unique, compared to the usual approach that I take. I decided to not assume Julia James’ persona, but instead, to look back at all of the work that I did with my character and showcase it in the “Show Off” assignment. I collaborated with Brianne Comden to make a joint video about our characters. Some of the pieces involve both Julia and Margaret, as we established them as granddaughter and grandmother in our radio show.

Capping off the week, we had to create a character category on our blogs and submit it to the DS106 website. Luckily, I already had a “Julia ‘Jewel’ James” category, so all I had to do was submit it.

Although it was not a requirement, I went ahead and commented on a few of my peer’s pieces. I commented on Phoenix’s post, Fatale’s post, Amanda’s post, and Brianna’s post.

I think it is fairly safe to say that my transition from radio to video was problem-free, and some great art was created during the process!

#ds106 #4life


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