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My Midterm Response and Top 5 Classmate Blogs

My Midterm Blog Response

The creative process for my midterm blog was somewhat hectic, my creative process is. The College Road Trip is a travel blog focusing on the key aspect of saving the audience money. In order to set the blog apart from the rest, I decided to go on “Example Trips”, meaning that I would go on road trip vacations and produce a video that will show all the steps I took in order to save money.

Making the blog itself was fun, I loved designing the header, even though photo editing is extremely tedious, and I really loved developing series of pages that I thought would add depth to the blog, specifically meaning I wanted it to look more functional than just having a “Home” page.

Moving onto the making of my video. I made the first “Example Trip” video based on the trip I took over spring break to Washington D.C. There were two challenges I faced while making the video. The first was filming everything I needed in Washington D.C. before I actually put the video together, meaning I needed to keep track of what I needed to film and if I forgot about it I would not be able to just go back outside and reshoot being that it is four hours away from my dorm. The second problem was making sure to keep the video format away from a “vlogging” one. I had to remember that I could not just be filming what I was doing at any moment, I had to constantly remember and be aware that I had to put everything in the video that would be relevant to the main point of The College Road Trip.

When I completed my midterm project I was very satisfied with the results. I also found the entire experience of producing and distributing my own blog and videos exciting and I would like to continue doing that hopefully in my future employment.

My Top 5 Midterm Blogs

5. “The College Fitness Blog” by Molly

For number five on my list of favorite midterm blogs, I chose “The College Fitness Bog” by Molly O’Brien. I really like the header for this blog, I think it is a really cute picture that shows that the blog is dedicated to students who want to get in shape. I also really like the welcome post it covers a lot of topics in one post so it really shows the range of topics that the blog intends to cover. I also thought the video was very straight forward and easy to follow, which I think is a very important aspect for any recipe video.

4. “Just Go Shoot” by Jeffrey

For my number four choice, I chose “Just Go Shoot” by Jeffrey Gomez. This blog overall looked very clean and professional. I like that on the bottom of the home page there are common terms that are used throughout the blog. I also liked that there are different pages for different photography like nature, sports, and city photos these different pages have a multitude of different pictures which really show how much time and effort went into the blog. The video was also very well done and it was very nice to see how to use photoshop because it is something that we did not use in class but would likely use in the future.

3. “Beauty by Geri” by Geri

My third choice is “Beauty by Geri” for a few main reasons. The biggest is that this blog seems very personal and welcoming. The color scheme of the background and header creates a happy feel that I think would keep an audience coming back to this blog. I also enjoy the few posts that are on the blog it shows that this is not just a makeup blog but also a hair one as well.  The menu bar also offers easy access to find posts related to their main category, meaning that the audience can easily access all that the blog has to offer.

2. “NYC Eats Under $20” by Rhianne

My second choice is “NYC Eats Under $20” by Rhianne. I absolutely love the concept for this blog, growing up in New York City has taught me to do my research before going out to eat and this blog seems to do it all for me. Not only does it offer cheap places to eat, it also has another topic category about restaurants that go viral to see if they are really worth it. Rhianne went to the cookie dough bar that I would have loved to go to, so I am happy to see another opinion on the eatery before I make my journey there. The blog looks clean and professional, my only critique is that maybe a slight change in the background color, but overall I really like this blog.

1. “All Things Firefly” by Lorena

My number one choice was “All Things Firefly” by Lorena! This blog looks like it could actually be an official blog used for Firefly Music Festival. I think this is due to the multiple header images with a link to their individual page that appears when you scroll down the home page. The blog was well thought out with multiple pages with varying topics. I have been contemplating buying a pass to Firefly this year but have not committed because I am not entirely sure what to expect at a music festival because I have never attended one. Maybe it is because this blog fills the audience niche that I would be apart of, but I love the design and content of this blog throughout. Great Job!


Google Docs??

I was not sure if I was supposed to include anything in my class blog about my final project because I need clarification on this weeks instructions for homework. If we are supposed to mention our expierence in google docs, I have used it before and always use it when I am doing a group project!


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Week 6: Editing Video & Week 7 homework

Week 6 Editing Video

Starting from the beginning this week’s homework was not that hard for me, mainly due to the fact that I have used iMovie a lot throughout high school. Another thing that I have to say is that my video exceeds the two-minute maximum limit. This is because if I was going to get the video under two minutes, it would have seriously lacked quality. I would have been listing off my likes and dislikes of each ePortfolio too quickly for anyone to understand, and being that it is longer now I feel that it flows better and is overall a better video. Also, another tip that I have found useful in the past and with this project, is that I write a script for everything I am going to say. It works great because you are not left with awkward pauses in your speech that you would have to edit out later.

Strategic Presentation Week 6 from Deanna van Woerkom on Vimeo.


Week 7 Designing Games Intro

After reading Playing Politics: Video Games for Politics, Activism, Advocacy by Dr. Ian Bogost I agree with him that video games can convey a very diverse array of meaning. The point of video games is to make the user feel like they are playing a game, no matter the genre that the game falls into. The game however almost always has hidden meanings, messages, and knowledge throughout the game, so that the player learns throughout the gameplay.

For instance in the game Uncahrted 4: A Thief’s End (as seen below) is an adventure game that takes you on a quest to find the lost treasure of Henry Every. While the game seems to just be another treasure hunting game, the player is actually taught the history of pirates and pirate folklore from the 17th and 18th centuries. this game conveys an education without the gamer even realizing it.

Image borrowed fromhttp://www.jeuxvideo.com/wikis-soluce-astuces/485459/chapitre-22-la-fin-d-un-voleur.htm
Image borrowed fromhttp://www.jeuxvideo.com/wikis-soluce-astuces/485459/chapitre-22-la-fin-d-un-voleur.htm

The point of any video game is to give the user an experience. Within the games that Dr. Ian Bogost talked about he analyzes several early 00s video games, which each game that he analyzes and alludes to the fact that the point of the video game is to secretly convey a message or lesson to the user without the user even knowing it.

Another instance of this can be found in one of my favorite video games Portal 2 (seen below). The game at first seems like a complete puzzle game, making the player work their way through puzzles or “test chambers” as the game calls it. Once I completed the game, however, I noticed the games hidden meaning. Artificial Intelligence and how it can be harmful to the human race is one of the central meanings of the game. The game also alludes to an extremely controlling government that leads to a post-apocalyptic world. Both of these meanings were subtlely passed onto the gamer without the gamer even knowing.

Image borrowed from https://chips-and-bits.com/episodes/portal-2
Image borrowed from https://chips-and-bits.com/episodes/portal-2
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Week 5: Edited Audio Clip & Homework for Week 6

Here is my edited audio Clip! It took some time to upload and kept running into problems with copy write issues. To solve it I faded the second song out after a few seconds to give the clip a nice smooth ending and keep it up on Soundcloud.

I also analyzed two videos from ChannelAwesome.com 

The first video was “Top 5 Best Disney Animated Couples”.

The video did not have that many camera angles, mainly due to the fact that it was just one person narrating the video. So the main shot used was a straightforward picture with a green screen background of old Disney VHS and DVD covers. The green screen background was actually very well done, to the fact that I am not entirely sure that it was a green screen.

The video had many cuts to the movie posters and pictures from the film throughout the video. This did not look like it was difficult to do, I believe the technique the editor used could be done in iMovie underneath the cropping option of a picture under the name “Ken Burns”.  The rest of the video features actual clips from the movie which could have been recorded and put into the video in one of two ways that I am familiar with. The first way would require the editor to take a screen recording of the video clip playing and the audio recording from the computer’s microphone. However, this technique does not result in the best quality. The second way, which was probably used, was just downloading the video clip itself off of the internet and inserting it into the video editing software.

The second video I watched was “Brad Tries Doritos Loaded”

This video was different from the first one mainly because it had a more casual style to it. There was only one angle to the whole entire thing and the lighting seemed a little weird to me. There were no effects, like green screens or movie clips, so I found it more difficult to watch than the first one.


Week 3: Edited Images

I have very little experience with involving edited images. In fact, the only program I have ever used is Adobe Illustrator during a training session for my job. The class was basically a very broad quick overview of how to use the program, so I feel as though I did not get too much out of it. However, I did use the little knowledge I had to make a Christmas card with a Pokemon (Snorlax-for my cousin) on it. Mastering the art of editing images in Programs like Adobe Photoshop have always been a goal of mine. I feel like learning how to use these programs as a tool would come in handy in whatever career I might pursue.

Image from http://keywordsuggest.org/gallery/391699.html
Image from http://keywordsuggest.org/gallery/391699.html

Within in the Coleman, the author tells the history of what the world to refer to today as internet Trolls. Trolls have been always edited images whether it to be to add two lines of text, one on the top and one on the bottom, or to completely alter the image all together to make it appear in a different setting or changing the meaning of the photo. While memes, virally shared images that get passed around between internet communities, are generally harmless, meaning they just have the intention to make the viewer laugh, many internet trolls make racist or sexist images that can be very offensive towards a specific community or individual. While the mainstream internet is still determining on how to deal with harmful/hateful trolls, there is no doubt that edited images in the forms of memes will continue to be passed around in internet communities whether it be about political issues/candidates, that anyone can relate to, or ethnic/class related, that only those of a specific community can relate too, in order to make any individual laugh just a little.

Image from http://tinyfaces.tumblr.com/
Image from http://tinyfaces.tumblr.com/

Edited images are used as a form of comedy. The image above is an edited version of Nicholas Cage that makes his face extremely small compared to his head. The blog that it’s from does this with many different celebrities just for the sake of comedy.