Weekly Summary 9.

Finally, week 9 had ended. This week was end of the radio but beginning of the video. I had really fun to listen to the radio show. I participated on live twitter for one of the radio shows called ‘ Inside Talking.’ The reason I participated was the rememberable logo that one of the member posted few weeks ago. When I saw that logo, it made to listen to that radio show so I was waiting for it.
On Tuesday, our radio show ‘Vixen’s Ventures’ was on. I was embraced and nervous to hear my voice over the radio. But it was better than I thought and I really enjoyed. Hearing a radio show that I already know the story line was pretty great experience.

Starting Video week, the most I afraid about. The programs that I have to use were all knew so I had to put some time to figure out. First application that I used was Vine on the smart phone. I did two assignments that were had to do with Vine. Also those were related to my character. It takes only 7 seconds of video, so when I was creating video, I had to be more thoughtful and simplified what I really want to put in the video. The tutorial for the application from the internet was really helpful and easy to follow along. After that, I had to create a video essay for the filmmaking. That assignment was really painful. To complete this assignment, I had to learn how to use iMovie program which was downloaded on my computer. It was my first time using it so I had really hard time for figuring out. The tutorial was really helpful but editing the film and the recording my voice top of the scene were really hard and took long time to put whole thing together. After about 5 hours, I was completely done. I was really proud of myself.

This week assignments:

Daily creates

Radio show:

Radio show Listen Along II

Radio show Listening Reflection

Radio show Final Reflection


Video Essay

Video Assignments:

Name that Book

Vine It

What’s your Skills?


Notorious: Video Essay

This is hardest and complicated essay ever!! I did not enjoyed or had fun with it. I was so stressed out while I was creating a video essay. After I read “How to read a Movie,” I watched three video, which were, ‘Tarantino’, ‘Examples of Editing Techniques,’ and ‘Camera Angles and Techniques.’ They were short but had really great explanations of each factor of the filmmaking.

To do this assignment, I had to downloaded some applications,such as 4K Video Downloader, Streamclip, and Perian. It was first time I was making video, so I watched tutorial and followed them. After I downloaded ‘Notorious’ movie from Youtube, using 4K Video Downloader, I opened with imovie and started editing. I cut most of the scenes out and did voiceover to complete this assignment.

This is the result of hard work.

It is not good compare to others’ but I put all of my effort to it, so I’m kind of satisfied with the outcome of this assignment.

Radio Show Final Reflection

It was one of great but difficult projects for this week. Out “Vixen’s Ventures” radio show was on the air on Tuesday. I was kind of embarrassed to hear my voice but it was fun and rememberable experience. While I hear the radio show, one thing I really did not like was the acting voice of mine. Since I heard others’ their the acting seems really great and sometimes I felt like they were real actors/actresses. So I if I had a one more chance, I would practice the script more to reduce the awkwardness of my voice.

Also, I really liked that I can see the others’ thoughts lively on twitter. Before Tuesday, I was the one who commenting on others’ works but reversing experience was the experience that I never had before. As I do this project, I really enjoyed creating a factors of the radio show, such as bumper, commercial, and logo. I really enjoy listening to radio show, but I never thought of each factor carefully. To create only 20 minutes radio show, each factor could not be missed and the story could not be stopped it had to be flow smoothly. It was really enjoyable to go through the process of putting individual factor together to create a whole show. Combining parts together create the whole.

It was really enjoyable process but difficult process too. I edited Act I and II. To edit this parts, I used Audacity. Since our team members met together and went through whole script together, I had to delete the mistakes and the several takes that we had gone to make choice to choose. I thought it would takes less than an hour, but it took be quite while. But the good thing was that I’ve been using Audacity for a long time, so there wasn’t any obstacle while I was going through.

The advices that I would give to future ds106 students are that if you practice a script several times, you would be a great actor/actress so your radio show would be much professional.  Also, the background music and the sound effects would grab listeners’ attentions so choose a effective music. And put some time, longer you put time into would make a better radio show but it would not be painful, it would be great, fun, and interesting experience you never had before.

Daily Creates Week Nine

March 16, 2015:

A Dream Staircase:


Among the two daily creates that I have to completed for this week, I chose this assignment. It was to create a dream staircase forward my dream. It was easy but I had really thoughtful time to think about specific plan for future.

March 19, 2015:

Arty Blur Photo:


This assignment was to take a blur photo. I took the lamp in my room with my phone. To get this photo, I shook my phone and since whole theme of our class for this semester is noir, it changed to black and white.

Name That Book

This assignment (Name Than Book: 3 points) is to find objects, landmarks, or think of some other creative way to verbally or physically represent a book with using app Vine. I related this assignment with John Brown. This is his favorite book.

Instead of finding objects, I used my drawing to represent his favorite book.

I recorded with app Vine and send it with e-mail to upload with Youtube, the reason was that it was only about 2 seconds video so I want to make it slower to viewers can see it more closely and slowly to figure out the title of the book. Also, I want to put a background music so it would not be a boring video.

Vine It!

I related this assignment to my noir character. To complete this assignment, I had to download Vine application on my smart phone. The assignment was called ‘Vine It‘ (3 points), which was to recode daily life. I was going to uploaded with Vine, but I wanted to put background music so I sent it to my e-mail and then upload the video with Youtube.

This is how the story goes:
On Sunday night, John Brown went to grocery shopping to get what he wants for Monday. To overcome Monday sickness, he needs sweets and egg salad sandwich for lunch. So, he bought eggs and bread for the sandwiches and then sweets such as cookies, chocolates, and ice creams.

I put kind of lively music to show John’s emotion when he gets food. It wasn’t difficult assignments, I really enjoyed but one thing I really frustrated about was Vine allows me to take only 7 seconds video, so I had to be thoughtful for what I want to put into the video. Other than that, it was fun and enjoyable assignment.

What’s your Skills?

This week is beginning of video assignments. I was really worried about it. I never used or had done any video works for school works nor personally. There were two options that I can choose. First choice was doing assignments from Assignment Bank for 8 points and at least 4 points have to related to my character.

This assignment is not related to my character, this is about me. ‘What’s your Skills?‘ (3 and 1/2 points) was to take a video of something that I can do. It can be either that I enjoy, have a passion for, or even a crazy talent that I think no one else can do. I decided to take a video that I enjoy, which was playing clarinet.

I started to play clarinet when I was in 6th grade, but I quite after I graduated middle school. I haven’t been played for about 7 years; however I started to play clarinet this semester because I really want to join in orchestra. The reason that I wanted to play again was I went to the UMW orchestra concert (it was combined with string instruments and wind instruments) and I was addicted to the attractive sound of clarinet. And now, I’m taking privet lesson so I can join in to the orchestra for Fall semester of 2015.

I took video with my phone while I was practicing and then upload it to youtube.

After I uploaded this, it seems to be kind of boring so I added different clarinet music so it looks like I’m playing it.

The fingering is kind of unmatched but I pretty proud of this video.

I never recorded myself while playing clarinet but it was really great experiment and had fun with it.

DS106 Radio Show Reflection II

On Tuesday, I listed to the ds106 radio show called ‘Get a Clue.’ The radio show poster I saw weeks ago was so affective so I still remember and really wanted to listen to the show. The format of the show was really unique and professional. It was a flashback format so the listeners were able to hear each character’s perspective. And one thing I really liked was each character had different background music for their monologue, which helped me to differentiate. Beside the different music background for each character, they have really effective sound effects which can grab listeners’ attentions and make the story line to be more dramatic.

During the break, they had unique bumper, which was an acapella radio bumper. Among the radio show I listened before, it was first time that I hear this style of the bumper. The music was soft and calm but the effectiveness was really strong and made me to concentrate to rest of the show.

It was really great experience to hear how other classmates did and what they did. These days, I kept thinking that I am stereotyped, but need to get out of the box the think bigger, deeper and different. By listening to others’ works and receiving various ideas, it would help me to break my own frame. Even though the ds106 radio ends this Thursday, I will keep looking classmates’ posts and make my thoughts wide and deep.

DS106 Radio Show Listen Along II

This week is last week of radio show. I wonder what I’m going to do at 9 o’clock without listening to ds106 radio. As same as last week, I participated on live twitter on Monday because I would probably won’t make it on Wednesday and Thursday radio shows. The radio show I listened was called ‘Inside Talking.’ When I see this title, I immediately remembered one of the logos I saw last week, when I looked through classmates works. It was talk show format and they used audience sound effect to give more reality to it. And I think they were succeed with it.

Here are the feedbacks I made during the radio show.

Week Eight Summary

Right after break, I had so many things to do for other classes, so I started the assignments late. I did some daily creates and listened to the radio show on Monday, but I did not write the post about the radio show right away, so I could not remember about the radio shows in detailed. But they did really great job on making commercials and using sounds so effectively, I still remember some of them. Also, I listened to the last radio for this week, which was “The Noir Buzz” but I did not participated on live twitter. I just wanted to focus on the radio show. I missed first part of the radio show, but I still can listen along the rest of it. I was really shocked about how they did professionally with creating the radio show. Their acting was really good and the use of the background musics were mixed well with the conversation so I could feel how actors were. I can’t wait to hear rest of the radio shows for next week.

Most of the assignments were related to the noir character. Among the three assignments that I did from Assignment Bank, I did one assignment about Delia who were created by Lesya Melnychenko. The reason I chose her was that her characteristics were kind of similar to John Brown. Also, I liked that she is a femme fatale! :) I think femme fatales are attractive. The outcome of the photoshop was pretty good. I really enjoyed creating it.

I did rest of two assignments related to John Brown. I created a reading poster and changed his photo into comic book style. It was kind of odd of creating a reading poster with John Brown, because that I described him that he does not like to read but create a reading poster using him as a model was kind of weird. However, he became a lawyer by studying hard and reading many books he could. I used his motto ‘if it is unavoidable, enjoy it’ and put it in the reading poster, so it would might changed viewers who do not like to read. 

Beside commenting on others’ posts, I have to write a posts that inspired me. There were so many good posts, most of them were the ideas that I never thought of. As I looked through the posts, I kept thinking that they are so professional and think outside of box. Sometimes I have no idea how to start the assignments, I looked through how others did and do almost exact format. But I should try to think differently and unique so I can come up with the ideas that other did not think of.

– http://inspire.ds106.us/the-ultimate-merger/
– http://inspire.ds106.us/designblitz-2/
– http://inspire.ds106.us/the-spooky-hotel-2/
– http://inspire.ds106.us/stardust-airlines-radio-commercial-3/

Inspired Me I
Inspired Me II
Inspired Me III
Inspired Me IV

Collaborative Character Media Assignments:

Change of Scenery

Create a Read Poster

Cartoon John Brown

DS106 Radio Show:

DS106 Radio Listen Along 

DS106 Radio Show Reflection

Daily Creates:

Daily Creates, Week Eight













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