When you walk past a classroom your mate is in and you’re trying to distract them…
For this assignment, I had to produce an animated GIF of an animal doing something funny. I found this video on an Instagram from an account called ‘UNILAD‘. I then imagined the times when I have myself seen a friend in another classroom and tried to distract them and vice versa.
I liked the idea of creating this GIF and making a meme from it that describes a relatable scenario that a majority of people have been through. This is one of them I believe.
How I made this GIF:
- Firstly, I found the video after searching high and low for an appropriate video which I could use and make a meme from.
- I then used a video to MP4 converter to save the file to my documents so I could then start creating the GIF.
- Once opening Adobe Photoshop, I then went to windows – Timeline so the composition timeline would appear at the bottom.
- Next, I imported the video file and chose the options as below:
- Once I had selected the frames I wanted I could then adjust the length of time each frame is shown. Set to 0.03 it quickly flicks through at a ‘normal’ speed.
- Finally, exporting the file. File – Save to web and then just uploading the GIF to this blog post.
For this assignment I had to create one of YouTube’s most uploaded video contents. A reaction video. Basically, the idea is to film yourself watching a video where you then capture the creators instant reactions to whatever is going on.
Here is my video: (Unfortunately the audio from the video I watched doesn’t play)
I have seen a handful of these types of videos and personally I don’t have a big interest in them because if I want to watch the video they are watching, I will just watch it myself. It all depends on what the content is. In my opinion I think the majority of YouTubers who produce this kind of content fake their reaction in order to get views and likes on their channel.
However, one channel that uploads these kind of video with a twist is The Fine Brothers who upload to a channel called REACT. These are reactions to all sorts of video content. However, they film different audiences; whether it be grandparents, celebrities or people we don’t even know or recognise. I like these as the reactions seem a lot more genuine instead of the fake ones the creators make of themselves. It adds more realism to the concept of reaction videos.
Check out one of their videos here:
Another channel that I like to watch that does something similar within their video content is The Slow Mo Guys. Now, they don’t quite react like you’ve seen in the previous examples I’ve given, but they do watch back what they have just filmed and give a quick off the cuff reaction themselves.
(If you skip to 4:00 on the video you’ll see them react)
How I created my react video:
- I used a software called OBS which allowed me to record myself and play the video layered inside it.
- Like I previously said the audio from the video I placed in my own didn’t work and I’m not sure why but I think I narrated a lot throughout the video so it easier to tell what is going on.
- Once the video was completed it automatically saves into my document.
- Then I uploaded the video to YouTube where I have then used the URL to copy and paste into this blog.
- The video I reacted to can be found here.
This assignment was to place the superhero you would like to be in an everyday setting and explain why you want to be them in this scene:
IronWoman in a busy NYC street.
My choice of superhero would be Ironman/Tony Stark. Being as I’m not male I’ve found a female version of his character.
Reasons I love Iron Man:
- He’s super cool
- He’s super rich
- He saves the world
- He’s extremely intelligent
- He’s got some super cool tech stuff that is beyond your imagination.
So why I’d want to be Ironwoman in NYC…
I love NYC and being able to fly over it would be amazing. Seeing it from high in the sky or I could weave in and out of its blocks at a low-level and take in all the detail. The other thing with flying is that I could avoid all the rush hour traffic or just ‘normal’ NYC traffic seeing as New York tends to always be that way.
I could also afford a lovely apartment in NYC with all my wealth, I’d be very popular and well known by the locals and all the technology; I could be super lazy and get it to do everything for me.
How I created this:
- Like my other Photoshop work its pretty simple.
- Taking the character and using quick select to only select the character and not the backgrund and then using the mouse select to drag it over to the street image.
- From here i used transform to resize and move the character into position on the street image.
This was surprisingly very difficult!!
This assignment was to use a site called Quick Draw with Google. The aim of the site is Google will randomly produce a word descirbing an object and I would then need to draw the object using my computer mouse on the screen. Google then tries to guess what the object is within 20 seconds. See my results below:
So some of them were easily guessed within seconds. Others I had to think how I could illustrate the object more efficiently. I wouldn’t class myself as a good sketcher anyway and it’s shown in this. This is fairly hard as I suppose everyone has a different perspective of what things look like and then I suppose Google has its own too.
I’m going to try to improve this…
One better! It’s actually very good fun even though it’s hard. It’s also almost addictive.
One of the funniest guesses it made was on the feather drawing when Google said “I see the Great Wall of China”. Thanks Google, didn’t realise my drawing was that bad until I met you!
For this assignment I had to think of the worst sounds I’ve heard or could think of, and put them into one soundtrack which would make anyone cringe.
- Firstly, I thought about the sounds I disliked or make me cringe. I then went to find them on YouTube where I could convert into MP3. I had tried to use royalty free websites, however with a lot of them I had to install things onto my computer which I wasn’t too keen on with viruses and all sorts of things I could actually end up downloading instead.
- From YouTube I would then use a online converter by copying the URL into the converter.
- I would repeat the process until I have 4/5 sound as briefed.
- Next, putting the numerous files together. By importing them into audacity I was able to trim sections down using the trim tool.
- Most of the sounds are pretty painful to listen to as they are so I havent changed any settings.
- Then, just a case of overlapping them at the ends/beginnings so they smoothly change.
- Finally, for an added horror I decided to place all the sounds on top of each other to play over each other simultaneously.
Converter Website – One converted the file is downloaded.
Editing programme – Audacity
Why I used these sounds:
- Nails on the Chalkboard – I went with an obvious one here admittedly. This is a typical sound people tend to dislike. It does quite make the hairs stand up though so it might be obvious but its also a classic!
- Pitch Frequency – This one is just brilliant! The build up is just so painful and sounds like it lasts forever. The way the pitch gets higher and higher is quite unbareable. I chopped this file down as even I couldn’t listen to the full thing, but if you feel up t it the link is below!! 😉
- Alarm – come on… no-one like the sound of their alarm!
- Baby Crying – I got this idea after once watching a programme called SAS: Who Dares Wins and one of the torture methods they use to try to crack the participants is to sit them in the stress position and listen to a baby crying… non stop, for maybe a couple of hours. This gave me the idea to use this as a distressing sound one might hear.
- Screaming – Scream is associated with fear and the sound can be quite shivering and I think partly that’s knowing that a person is also in danger. Again, this is more of a distressing sound.
- I decided to put these sounds together as one at the end just to give an overwelming feeling of discomfort.
Nails on a Chalkboard
Different Pitch Frequency
Still in design I have now completed this 3.5/5 stars assignment. This assignment consists of designing a minimalistic movie poster:
Trying to go with the sense of minimalism I have used 2 icons as my images, some text for featured stars and also the title name. I have also added a space background faded into the background using opacity on Photoshop so although it perhaps has more than what be classed as ‘minimalist‘ I believe for a movie poster it has to tell you partially what it’s about.
What I see when I look at it and how I wanted to convey it:
- Icons: A product of the internet. The symbol which represents the internet has a lock. This could suggest privacy but also entrapment. Which leads to the title.
- Locked in(ternet): Locked in, conveying the entrapment, yet is it locked in for your own privacy and choice or is it because you’ve been forced into it?
- Space background: As users of the World Wide Web we are like stars in space. Millions of us using millions of different things. Sometime you can find yourself lost.
How I made this:
- Found my images online and placed them into a new composition in Photoshop.
- Using the paint bucket tool I changed the icons to white instead of black so they were visible against the dark background.
- Then added the background space layer and making sure it was at the bottom of the layers list.
- Then selecting the space background layer, I reduced the opacity in order for it not to be so prominent.
- Finally, adding the text by using the text tool and typing the title and names.
Here is the composition. Along the top you can see the numerous sources used where they have then been added to the layers (on the right hand side) and also on the left side is the tools panel.
On the top of internet use, It’s so important to use the internet safely by securing passwords, being careful who you talk to etc. We have all heard of the things that can go wrong with using the internet yet are naive to think these things would never happen to us until they do. I myself as a generation brought up with the internet am also at fault for this. However, also brought up by parents who didn’t really grow up with this level of technology force their worries on to myself at times with the likes of cyber bullying and password protection.
My fear of the internet: Not knowing who is watching you or able to affect your life while remaining anonymous.
My love of the internet: The flexibility, the accessibility, the speed it evolves.
6.5 stars completed!
For this assignment, the aim was to create a motivational/humourous/sarcastic poster. This is worth 3 out of 8 stars.
My finished product looks like this:
Two things that made me create this:
- I first thought I’d do a different Ice Age quote which is still from Sid the Sloth; “ahh you know me, I’m too lazy to hold a grudge” and I would title it “Me”. However I came across this picture in my search and changed my mind.
- What made me final come to this was the thought I had for it (being the title and quote it is) in recent experience and indeed in this situation.
I like this as it’s quite relatable to many people. I suppose the idea od these if they aren’t for motivation, they are for humour. These are quite fun little things to create and can be very relatable to others as well as perhaps expressing emotion or fulfilment in the topic chosen, be it motivational or humour.
3/8 Stars Completed!
This unit is all about improving the photography skills. Personally, I know how to use a DSLR camera for most basic things and obviously know how to use my phone camera too. Great thing I love about my course is I continue to learn new photography skills all the time. I have just started work in a photography studio for one of my modules.
For this assignment, I had to use the assignment bank to create pieces of visual work that would add up to an 8 star rating. My first is this project:
The concept behind this visual project was to make a portrait of someone or myself and using Photoshop make it an unusual looking portrait using layers.
I took many pictures of my boyfriend looking in different directions and merged them into one image, layering and using opacity to blend them. What I like about this is that the strangeness of the concept of the portrait matches the bizarre shirt design he said he’d wear for it…
I suppose the assignment bank suggests doing something like this but in my A-Level Media work I had used layering like this before so the inspiration was to do something similar. However, my A-Level work was a lot more dark and moody (a totally different genre), and I would say this is a much brighter interpretation and conveys something more positive.
I really like this type of photography as you can convey different emotions and I like the idea of numerous connatations it presents
4.5/8 stars Completed!
My Five Card Flickr Story
Five Card Story: The Road Trip
a Five Card Flickr story created by Charlotte Fish
flickr photo by bionicteaching
flickr photo by cogdogblog
flickr photo by bionicteaching
flickr photo by bionicteaching
This unit is all about telling stories.
This task is different from anything I’ve previously done to tell a story so was a nice and fun change. Basically what happens is you click this link and it will take you to the official site of the game. You will be given randomly generated pictures from Flickr and then you chose 5 and make a story from them. This is a great way to test your imagination and play around with different ideas.
Another way of doing this is to go onto Flickr and search a chosen topic area and then make a story from them by saving (and referencing your source) then putting it into your blog and creating your story from there.
Your turn now…