This week was hardest week for me. I never used Audacity before so I could not start the assignments right away. I went to tutorial in Digital Knowledge Center and learned about how to use Audacity. It was easier than I thought and I could complete the assignments less than 2 hours. I though it would take longer than 3 hours. There were several assignments I really enjoyed. First, listening to ds106 radio and participate in live twitter. Sometimes, I missed few conversations because I was so focused on what others are writing on twitter, but the good thing was that some people who were participating wrote the dialogues on the twitter so I could get from there. Also I really loved to create radio bumper. It was my first best work from beginning. I created my own version of the bumper’s background music and put my voice into it. The final product was better than what I thought so I was really happy about it.
Creating sound effects story that related to my noir character was harder than I thought. I really did not know how and where to start. So I took longer than other assignments. I just went to the free sound website and just search for random sound and tried to create a short story. But I could not think of any story so I went back to the character description on my blog and reread it. And I figured out that the most important thing about my character, John Brown is that he is antisocial. So I made my mind to create a his after work life. After I came up with the story, everything went smoothly and did not take that long to completed it.
The easiest assignment of this week was daily create. Since I’m very used to photoshop, it was not that hard to do it and the results were pretty good.
It was really interesting assignments but difficult assignments. One thing I should probably improve is commenting others post. Since I was very busy of doing my works, I had no time to go others blogs and see what they have done. I should visit others more often and comment on them
This week assignments:
ds106 Radio Reflection
Ruin-porn photography today
Happiness through sound
Reverse Audio Quiz
ds106 Radio Bumper
Sound Effects Story
Thoughts and Ideas:
Brainstorm Radio Show Idea
This week, all the assignments were related to photos. As I read through the instruction for this week, I learned most significant information, the elements of film noir:
- dramatic use of distinct shadows
- lighting from one side
- off-kilter or unusual camera angle/framing
- the “Venetian blind” effect — using some repeating geometric shadow across a shot
- sense of drama and/or moodiness
- characters captured in a tableau suggesting an intense, fraught moment
- urban nightscapes
- the grittiness of built environment
- a NoirCat
I had time to take photos of these elements, and I really liked it. I had never take photo of given subject. I just took it whenever and whatever I want to take. But this week, I searched for the object that is fit under the categories that are provided.
One of the daily create was making silent video and upload it. It was most hard assignment on this week. I never upload the video on youtube, so I had difficult time to figure out. If you saw my video, it is about 11 seconds. But the original video is about 6 seconds long. As I worked through it, I found tons of equipments(?) I can use to effect the original video.
The assignments from Assignment Bank were pretty easier than I thought. Among the 4 assignments that I completed, I really enjoyed the Historical Selfie and Apophenia. These asked me to be creative but I’m not. Even though I’m not a creative person, I really liked to think in different way and it can be created with my hands and computer. These two involved photoshop and took long time to complete. But it was really enjoyable assignments and did not get stress about it. The problem was that I did not download any photoshop program, so I just used what my computer has, which is drawing panel. Later on, Professor Groom told me to get programs either Photoshop or GIMP. I could not download neither of them because my computer broke and did not turn it on. However, I just got my new computer, so I’m going to download one of the program and start working with it.
Also, I enjoyed the readings that were provided this week. I really like the video called Storytelling & Visual Literacy. I personally like that he compare photography with language. As readers can figure out what author try to say through his/her work, the viewers can know that photographer want to say through his/her work. Whenever I take photos in this week I always remind of this quote, “There are no rules for good photographs, there is only good photographs” by Ansel Adams.
This week assignments:
Thoughts about Visual of Storytelling
Reflect on Noir and Visual Storytelling
A Silent Movie about silence
4 Lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve
What’s in you bag?
This week was very busy week. I am so proud of myself for finishing the assignments! I personally enjoyed all of the assignments for this week. Almost all of it involved the creativeness. Before I write a character dossier, from the link that posted on the noir106 website helped me to create a character. From this website, called the TVTropes site, I learned that there are many characters and tropes that associated with Film Noir. However, I could thought about the other characters but I never thought that Femme Fetal can be one of the character that associated with Noir. As I create a character dossier, I felt like I was a writer that write fiction. My imaginaion was limited so the name of the character and the bio of John Brown were kind of common. But I enjoyed to make this character and the background of him.
I really loved yodeling assignment from the daily create. I was kind of embarassed, but it was one of the easiest and funniest assignment I had before. Record my voice of yodeling, and upload the file on soundcloud and share it on my blog, it took me less than 5 minutes. I would never forget this assingment.
Among the assignment bank, there was writing assignment called 10 seconds of thanks. I thought that it would be really easy assignment and takes only 10 seconds to finish it, but it was harder than I expected. I could write only 3 senteces in 10 seconds. Also, I could not think of anything except family, friend and health. 10 seconds were kind of short for me to think about all the things and people that I am thankful for.
Creating a picture of a cat playing on syntesizers in space was harder than I thought. Also, it drove me crazy. I had not know how to use photoshop and my computer does not have any kind of program that can help me with the assignment professionally. So I tried to download a program but could not find any free program so I tried to find how I am going to do it. I found a program called paint program and did the assignment. But the problem was I didn’t know how to use it. I tried to cut the pictures of a cat and syntesizer the shape of itself but it did not work. So, it ended up with resize the pictures and put those together on the picture of space. Next day, I figured out how to cut any picture as its shape! It was easier than I thought..
It is kind of not profassional (you can see the white edge from cat and syntesizer) but my photoshop skill got better.
This week assingments:
Reflection on readings
The Daily Creates:
I was really worried about this course becasue I had not take any online course before so I could not even guess how this course is going to work. So when I got e-mail about how ds106, my concern grew larger. So I e-mail Professor Groom about questions that I have and made my mind to do first assginment and decide whether I’m going to stay or drop the class. The assingments for this week was a lot, but the good thing was the assignments were not that hard. It kind of frastrating to choose the domain name, because I’m not that creative with choosing or making name. Among the assignments, the easiest part was registering for my social media. But setting up WordPress was harder than I thought. I’m not a blogger or SNS person so it was kind of awkward to post on blog and twitter. I usually use the computer for homeworks or watching TV. But I started to like using blog and twitter, posting my thoughts and feelings and people make comments on my post is easiest method to share informations from different place.
Film Noir, when I read the article that was posted on the website, I thought that it was only for white and black films that were made during certain time period. Also, it was kind of hard for me to understand the informaitions and definition of Film Noir. Therefore, I need to do some research in order to understand the term. One of the sources that I used to understand better was viewing the videos those are posted on the website noir106.us. I watched The Case of the Cat Cave Treasure, Racketeer Rabbit, and trailer for The Backstage Rage. From these three videos, I found that they are deal with some kind of violent tools (ex. gun, bombs, etc.) Also, there were some characters who are vulgar, and the background music was kind of dismal tone. I came up with the example of Film Noir, movie called The Great Gatsby which made in 1974.
It was really great experience to start to share my story on blog and twitter. I’m kind of excited about next assignment. And I decided not to drop.