As told in my last post, I said I was going to bless you all with a little trailer of what our vlogs next week will consist of – well here it is! I simply filmed myself with my camera, went to audacity and made a voice over. I thought it would be funny and it worked out pretty well. And disclaimer, Sally does wash her hair, just not every day!
This week a few of the girls from the radio show group and I decided to work on this video assignment we were provided. It was a little rocky at first just because everyone’s schedules’ were so hectic but in the end everyone is now on board and on the same page. What we’re aiming for is (since our characters are from Arizona and we are clearly NOT there) our characters go to college and start their own lives on the east coast. We figured a vlog type style way of filming would keep it fun and personalize our characters everyday actions would be ever more fun! For a small example, my girl Sally, drops her thick accent for a northern one and no longer bartends – she becomes a powerlifter and a dancer! Her trailer for the vlog will be out tonight if you want to know more about her.
I’m actually pretty excited to do this considering that I have always wanted to start my own vlog but never had anything worthy of being filmed. This will also be a great chance for me to learn how to edit everything and what not. Hopefully it will all turn out alright!
For this week we were assigned to do a video essay. What that is in short is watching a movie, picking scenes (or in this case picking A scene) and talking about the cinematography of said scene. We were given movie options and to my delight Django Unchained happened to be one of the options. This is seriously on of my favorite movies and who doesn’t like Quentin Tarantino?!?! Obviously I watched it (again) and decided I really liked the scene where Django an Dr.Schultz kill the Brittle brothers (if you haven’t seen this movie, go watch it…now!) It had a lot of different angles and close ups and wide lens shots – perfect for my brain filled with knowledge about cinematography (thanks to the article/youtube videos provided!) I also became painfully familiar with how to grab clips and paste them in movie maker, how to fix the sound when it isn’t working and recorded voice over about 4 times before I finally got it decent. This was definitely a learning experience. But without further ado (adue…adoo…I don’t really know…) here is my video essay.
In my bio/intro post I talk about my favorite thing to do which is lifting. For our assignments this week we were required to pick an assignment that was given to us and I decided to do my favorite hobby. And like I just said before, my hobby is literally walking to the gym and picking up heavy objects and then walking home. Being strong makes me happy and when I’m at the gym I set aside all my stress and focus on the weights. It is my break from the world and that’s why I do it. The gym is fairly empty on Sunday mornings so I decided to bring my Canon with me to film myself doing deadlifts. I simply set up my camera on a box, aimed it at yours truly and had my best friend hit record. I used Windows Movie Maker to cut the video down and added Eric Church’s – Jack Daniel song over so you can’t here me ask if it was recording or hear the weight slamming down. This was just a double at 225lbs, nothing special. I promise I did more, after this double people started coming in and I didn’t want to be “that girl”.
On Tuesday, 3/15, I listened in on two radio shows. The You Might Be A Cowboy If… and WWW News Show aired that night. The first one that played was the WWW New Show which was PHENOMENAL. The hard work was apparent in this group and it sounded like a true news show. The commercials sounded so clear and professional that they could actually go on air. The background music they used was extremely well placed and kept my interest in the show. The bumpers also kept me going. The use of accents was also great and made it seem like there were a bunch of different people in on the show and not just a few. You Might Be A Cowboy If… was more of a music radio station. The first portion consisted of a small talk show/comedy show. Then all bumpers and commercials were put in between and after was three country songs. There was work put into this show but I personally feel like it needed a little bit more talking. It was good though and I really did enjoy the music selection! Tonight (3/17) is when my groups show, Turning Tumbleweeds, and I can only hope it’ll live up to these two shows I listened to!
This week was the week of the radio show broadcast. Our show airs tonight (Thursday, 3/17) but I did listen in on Tuesday’s show and it was great! The World Wide Western news was amazing. It sounded very professional and exactly like a real news show. The second show sounded very much like a music radio station. They had a brief talk show followed up by commercials, bumpers and music. More of my live reaction tweets can be found on my twitter. While also listening to radio shows we were required to do 10 stars worth of collaboration assignments and three daily creates. As usual daily creates are up first!
3/11 We were given an image and we required to put a soundtrack to it.:
Next are the three assignments I did that add up to be 11 stars! The first collaborative assignment I did was visual. It was a camp poster I made with my character and Angus, another character. I made the poster on canva.com and decided it would be a shooting camp! I actually like the poster a lot that I would probably consider going. This was worth 3.5 stars.
For the second assignment I did a design collaboration. It was a missing poster I designed on canva.com. The missing person was a character named Tallie, who I just so happened to work on the radio show with. This assignment was worth 3.5 stars.
The last assignment I did was a writing assignment. It was two characters emailing each other back and forth. I actually did this with another girl whom I worked on the radio show with, Lindsey. We had this idea of doing a sequel to our radio show and it ended up pretty awesome! Also if you caught the back to the future vibe, bravo to you. This assignment was worth 4 stars.
This week wasn’t bad at all and was quite enjoyable!
For this assignment, Lindsey M‘s character Danny and my own Sally “emailed” each other a little sequel to the radio show they participated in. It consists of a time traveling train and what’s going on back in Tombstone, Arizona. Read below to see what happening now in that crazy western town! This assignment was worth 4 stars and Lindsey and myself worked on it at the same time altogether.
Help me, Sally, find my good pal Tallie who has gone missing! She was last seen at her ranch wearing her ranch working outfit (jeans, boots and a button up) on Sunday around high noon. If anyone has any information please tell the Sheriff or me, Sally, at Tumbleweed Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona.
The poster was made using canva.com. I also made this a collaboration assignment using one of my group members characters going missing and my own looking for her and putting these posters up.
Just kidding! But there is a new ad up for a new camp out in Tombstone, Arizona! That’s right! Two of the Gals of the West have teamed up to put on a summer camp filled with blasting bullets and having a great time. Sally (aka Shot) and Angus both have teamed up with their saloon, Tumbleweed, to put on a camp that teaches you how to shoot. It has basic gun safety lessons, what ammo for what gun and cleaning care as well as having a couple drinks on the house. This camp is perfect for beginners to experts alike and will sure to be a week to remember (unless you drink a lot, then maybe not so much.) This poster was made using graphics found on google and canva.com.
This week and spring break were dedicated to making our radio show. I happened to finish all my segments before and during spring break. More about the radio show is in my second progress report. This week we were also required to do two daily creates which you can find below!
On 3/7 we were to create a gif of a cow which is my favorite animal! I used giphy and created this sassy cow gif!
This week wasn’t hard at all and I think that is because I got most of it done rather early and the group I am in has such a wonderful work ethic/dynamic that it’s making the radio show go smoothly. Hopefully next week isn’t super crazy!