As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my grandparents got 12 baby chicks this year. I decided to photoshop a picture of one of them into a little demon chick. Little did I know this was just a preview of what was left to come. I would go out every day and see the chickens. Feed them, play with them, help clean out their pins. Then I started to realize something was off. One of the chickens started to act different from the rest. She would always be away from the other chickens, would sit on the bottom perch by herself in the chicken coop (that usually means they are lower on the totem pole than the other chickens). As I noticing all of this I decided to start recording what the chickens would in a day to better understand them and more specially the demon chick. In the video it shows the regular day of demon chick and the other chickens. Demon chick mostly hangs out by herself and is only ever interested in being with the other chickens when there is food involved and sometimes even fights with the others for food.
This behavior continued to happen. The chickens formed little clicks and demon chick continued to be excluded until one day, one of the chickens died. I had went outside to look at it and it was perfectly fine but then a few hours later it just wasn’t. My family assumed it was just a freak accident. Little did we know, more was to come.
Weeks passed when one day we went out to the pasture to find all of the chickens had mysteriously been killed. But instead of it being all 11 chickens, it was just 10. Demon Chick had escaped. We called the police since we thought it might be our neighbors since they have trespassed and tried to steal from us before.
Months passed and other farms and flocks had the same things happened to them. The epidemic spread across the county, then the state, and soon it was happening all over the United States. Some strange virus had been started in the Demon Chick. It was regarded as worse than the avian flu and was called “mad chick” disease. It was discovered to be a strange form of rabies that made chickens isolate themselves and partake in strange behaviors which would gradually become worse over months until they would start to kill their fellow chickens. Many news outlets covered this strange illness, including a cover story done by Newsweek. It was crazy to think such a strange thing could start in my very own back yard.
For my second video assignment I decided on ‘Spoil a Movie in 30 Seconds or Less’ which is worth 4 stars. I got the inspiration for this assignment after completing the “Reading Movies” reflection first and viewing the Star Wars errors video. I decided to do Star Wars: A New Hope since it was the first one and probably wouldn’t require as much background information since it introduced the characters as it went. My boyfriend and his family are huge Star Wars fans so I have been sucked into also liking the franchise and have seen all the movies. I also had to wait in the rain in a line that was a few hundred people long to see the movie at the 7 pm showing the night it came out and since then have had to see it multiple other times in theater. Since I’m very familiar with the franchise I thought it would make sense and I could capture the iconic moment the Death Star blows up. The only problem is it’s a 2 hour movie and I only had 30 seconds so it took longer than expected..
To start off the process I had to pick the movie and editor. As previously stated I decided on Star Wars: A New Hope and edited the movie with iMovie which I had available on my MacBook Air. I opened iMovie and clicked “Create New” then click “movie”.
Next step is click “file” -> “import media”. After this it gives you the option the to pick where the media you’ll be editing is coming from. For mine I just clicked on the usb I was using on the left side of the page then clicked the video I wanted
After this, drag the video from the top to bottom bar and it allows you to edit your video.
For the remainder of my editing process I will just be clicking the image then pressing “split clip” and then clicking the image again and pressing delete until I am down to 30 seconds.
To export select “file” -> “share” -> and wherever you want it to go. I uploaded mine straight to YouTube.
Here is my finished product. I found the main challenges of this assignment to be condensing a 2 hour movie into 30 seconds while still including the main characters and all of the important parts. I feel some parts aren’t shown very well such as the droids but overall I think it turned out pretty good. I especially like the part where Luke shoots and then the Death Star blows up, I thought that part transition very well.
For this video assignment I decided on Instant Replay! which is worth 4 stars. When I started doing this I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted my main video to be but I knew I didn’t want it to have a lot of words since they would get distorted in the instant replay. I’m a big fan of puppies doing funny things so I searched on YouTube “puppies falling down stairs” since they usually look cute and bounce back pretty quick. I decided on this video since it was of a husky puppy falling and I think huskies are very friendly and look interesting. I also liked how the girl says “Noooo!” as the puppy falls since I thought that would add a funny part to the slow part of the video.
For this video I’m following the same first few steps as my other tutorial when starting a new project and uploading your video. Just open iMovie then click “Create New” -> “movie” -> “import” -> choose the media you want to edit -> “upload” then drag the video down to the bottom bar.
For this video I decided to upload the same content twice and the cut the video to the specific part I wanted to be replayed in slow motion.
To cut the clips I right click the video press “split clip” then right click the video again and press “delete” I keep doing this until I’m happy with the product. I also decided to move the instant reply right behind the first one after creating a split in the first video and then after the replay the rest of the video will play in regular speed. You can move each segment by clicking and dragging it to the desired location.
To change the speed of the clip I selected the clip then clicked the speedometer icon at the top right and from the drop down menu select “slow” and then selected 25% speed.
To export the video just select “file” -> “share” and wherever you want to share it to.
Here is my final video. I think it turned out pretty well overall and shows a cute, funny video of a husky puppy that I think would be fun for everybody.
For my next audio assignment I decided on “Sound Effects Story” which is worth 3 and 1/2 stars. To start off this assignment I needed to figure out what I wanted my audio to portray and what I thought I could create well. While thinking of options I remembered how I had just bought my first car this week on Memorial Day (a 2016 Toyota Corolla S Special Edition). This made me think of how important car safety is. While distracted driving has been around since the creation of the motor vehicle it has become even more pronounced since the creation of the cell phone. I can’t begin to explain how many times I have seen a family member or friend text while driving. Every time I make it known that it isn’t appropriate to be on your phone while driving but it never sticks. So for my audio assignment I decided to tell a story of someone driving and playing on their phone then crashing to show how bad phone use is while in the driver’s seat.
To start off I decided to use iMovie on my MacBook Air as my audio tool. I have used iMovie multiple times in the past to create videos for school and I am familiar with the program. I also like how there are hundreds of audio options so I have a great selection to choose from. I open iMovie and then click “Create New” then “Movie”.
My next step is to click on audio which is the second option at the top of the screen.
After this I just scrolled through the sound clips until I found what I wanted. There is also the option to use the search box and find audio that way if you know what you are looking for. To add the audio to the actual video just click on the one you want and drag it down to the strip at the bottom of the screen. To adjust the length of the clips you can click each sound clip then right click and select “split clip” then right click the piece you don’t want and press “delete”. You can also adjust where you want each clip by clicking and dragging them.
To export the video I just selected “file” -> “share” -> then select the format you want to use. For this assignment I selected “file” then only exported the audio and made it a mp3 file. I then selected where I wanted to save it and I was done.
So here is my completed audio storytelling. I think it portrays what I wanted it to pretty well. The only problem I have is I wish it would have been a little longer but some of the sounds I wanted weren’t on iMovie and I didn’t want to add filler sounds just to make it longer.
For my first audio assignment I decided to tackle “Create a ds106 radio bumper” which is worth 4 stars. This assignment is probably my hardest one to accomplish this week. I don’t really listen to the radio (thank based god for bluetooth and my iTunes library) so I’m not very familiar with radio clips currently. Also as I did some test recordings for this assignment I found that my voice sounds very annoying, but at least everyone thinks that…right? Regardless, I needed to power through. I was having difficulties trying to find a place to record the audio without background noise since everybody was awake doing stuff so I ended up having to do the recording in the bathroom. For the actual phrase I decided “Welcome to DS106 radio, sponsored by Sour Patch Kids. This is Morgan Moncrief as your host, keep on listening.” I chose this after reading multiple articles about what radio bumpers are and since they’re only suppose to be small snippets I thought just saying the name of the radio station, who sponsors us, and my name would be good enough. Sour Patch Kids doesn’t really have much meaning, I was just eating some at the time.
To start off my radio bumper I decided to use the Voice Memos app on my iPhone. This app allows you to record yourself and upload the recordings. I used this one since it was the most readily available.
To begin the actual recording I just pressed the red circle. To stop recording just press the red button again then click “done”. It allows you to save the recording and name it. After the recording is saved click the box with an arrow coming out of it and this allows you to export the file to wherever you want. Personally, I exported it to my email so then I could download it to my computer and upload to SoundCloud from there.
Overall, I’m happy with what I did. I didn’t want to sound too upbeat in the recording but it may have turned out a little dull sounding. Maybe next time I would also add what kind of radio station it is but I didn’t think of that until after the fact.
I think this image shows a good use of color. The name of this perfume is “Daisy Dream” and the bottle helps to move forward this concept. It uses the color white to represent the daisies and also works in gold to give the bottle a very luxurious look while also giving the bottle a sense of warmth.
Once again, I think this object represents the concept quite well. Dreamcatchers are suppose to keep someone from having bad dreams. Symmetry and proportionate sizing creates a sense of calm. The large netting is balanced with the feathers and smaller netting to keep one part of the dreamcatcher from overpowering the rest.
Form, Function, Message
Here I have a bottle of Febreeze. I felt this would be a good representation of function because the logo helps represent what Febreeze does. The logo has a smooth, curved line which can be related to a soft breeze. This logo shows a calm, simpleness and that is what Febreeze hopes to give you by covering up bad smells.
Finally, we have an owl container that I painted myself. This item unlike the rest I do not think is a good representation of balance. When I was painting I was not 100% sure of my vision and did not want to put in the time and effort to create a pattern on the wings. Because of this I think the owl looks asymmetrical due to color of feathers not being even. I think could be remedied by creating a pattern and then there would be purpose in the feathers whereas I just placed the colors randomly.
For my following assignment I decided on “Dog it Out” which is worth 3 stars. To start off I went and looked through all of the pictures of my animals on my phone that I thought I could do something funny with. It was when I came across a picture of myself holding one my grandparents chickens that I knew what to do. My grandparents bought a dozen baby chicks in April and this a picture of one of them when they were still fluffy. Since then they have become bad little animals that fiend for lettuce and like to jump on each other and out of their boxes. That’s why I thought it would be perfect to take a cute picture of a baby chick and add devil horns and a tail to it to show the little monsters they would become. The picture also has a red tint from the heat lamp so it gave more of an evil vibe to what I was trying to accomplish. Here is the original picture:
Beginning my assignment I searched “devil horns transparent” on Google and found both horns and a tail to add to my image. After downloading these images I opened up Microsoft PowerPoint and inserted all 3 images by clicking “insert” -> “photo” -> “picture from file”.
Now that I have all my pictures added I can move the pictures around how I like. I also am going to flip the tail so that it is positioned on the chicken better. To do this I select “format picture” then click the arrow going in a circle on the left and press “flip horizontal”. I also adjusted the images sizes by moving the dots on the edges of the squares.
Here is my completed demon chick. I think it turned out pretty good and all of the colors blend together nicely as if it is in its natural environment.
My next design assignment is “What Are You Missing Nearby” which is worth 3 stars. For this assignment I have to decide on 4 locations close by to include in my collage. For this I plan to do both buildings and nature. The first location I decided on was Great Falls Park located off of the Potomac River. I chose this location because my mother has always wanted to take me, my siblings, and our dog there for a walk but I have yet to go so I thought this would give me a good opportunity to look into it. My next location is the Manassas National Battlefield Park which was the site for battles during the Civil War. This location gives a great chance for everyone to learn about our state’s history. Close by is Old Town Manassas which features an outdoor iceskating rink, a variety of restaurants, and events year round. My final location is Ferry Farm which was George Washington’s boyhood home. Here you can walk along the river, see what life was like in the 1700s, and go on informational tours.
For this collage I will be using the same program that I used in a previous blog post on different facial expressions. To start off the collage I open up the program Photo Collage Maker- CollageFactory Free available on the iTunes App Store. I then choose “Free Style 4-1” from the top right of the page and press “ok”.
Next click the box with a green plus sign at the bottom left of the page and select the pictures you want to use. After this you can click the images and drag them into the desired boxes. I also left most of the options on the left the same except for changing the width to 0.
To add the text I pressed button with a T on it at the top right of the page. Then press add text which places a box on the image and allows you to adjust the font size, color, and style.
Here is my final collage. It features all 4 of the locations discussed earlier with their respective names overtop the image. This would be a good starting point of interesting places to visit for those living in Northern Virginia.
On my next design assignment I decided on “We’ve Got You Covered” which is worth 4 stars. When I was in middle school I was obsessed with magazines like Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and everything else in the grocery store check out line. Since then my love for glossy covers has died down to just the occasional read while in the airport but I thought this would give me the opportunity to mix all my favorite things into one magazine. Many publishers focus on one niche and that is all they discuss. For example Seventeen talks about young high school girl issues. I decided this assignment would allow me to mix in my love for fashion with my interests in cars, love life, and video games. The name I decided on for my magazine is “M” in the style of Oprah’s “O” magazine.
For this assignment I am once again using PowerPoint. While it may be an unconventional photo editor I think it does just what I need it to and it is readily available to me. The first step was to decide on a picture I wanted to use as the cover art. Many magazines use celebrities as their cover stars so I decided on a picture of myself since it is my magazine (just like Oprah). To add my picture into PowerPoint I clicked “insert” -> “photo” -> “picture from file” and selected the picture I wanted. I have done this same type of work before which can be seen in a previous assignment about funny animal edits.
Now that I have my picture imported I must add the text. To do this I click “insert” -> “text box” then click on where I want the words throughout the picture. I am doing multiple boxes in different fonts, sizes, and colors. All of these can be found in the “format” section after you have placed your text box.
Overall I think my magazine cover turned out pretty good. I tried to pick concepts that represented me such as Game of Thrones, makeup, gaming, and a homage to my flower crown through the Snapchat article.
For my first design assignment I choose myself fI decided on “Create a T-Shirt” which is worth 2 and a half stars. When I first looked at this page on the Design Assignment Bank I saw the example t-shirt featured an animated character so this inspired me to use an animated character that I greatly enjoy. League of Legends has been one of my favorite games since I started playing it in 2012 and one of my favorite characters to play as is Teemo. He is one of the most iconic characters in the game so it was only fitting he got his own t-shirt. I also had to think about what I wanted to add to the t-shirt other than his picture. I then had a lightbulb go off in my head and decided a jersey would be perfect considering it is for a video game character. I decided to put Teemo’s picture on the front so it would be visible then put “CAPTAIN TEEMO” at the top on the back of the shirt and then since Teemo was one of the original 20 characters released in the alpha of the game back in 2009 I decided to put 20 has his number. I also decided to leave the shirt white since Teemo is pretty colorful and I didn’t want to make the shirt too cluttered.
My first step in my creative process is to find a t-shirt template to add my design too. For this I searched “t shirt template” on Google Images and decided on the first picture since it offered both a front and back.
Next I clicked on the image then right clicked and saved the image to my computer. I also followed these same 2 steps for the Teemo picture I will be using.
I then opened up Microsoft PowerPoint clicked “insert” at the top left hand side of my computer then scrolled down to “photo” then selected “picture from file” and chose the 2 pictures.
Now that my images are added into PowerPoint I can change the size of the Teemo image and position on the shirt to how I like it by moving the dots on the edges of the square to shrink then just clicking the center of the image to move it.
Now that I am happy with the front of the shirt I must work on the back. For this I am going to make it similar to a jersey style. To add text I clicked “Insert” then “text box” then clicked on where I wanted the text to be. At the top of the shirt I wrote “Captain Teemo” in bold, size 20, calibri font and and then “20” in size 120, calibri font. I clicked on the text boxes and moved them around until I was happy with the positioning.
So here is my final t-shirt design featuring Teemo from League of Legends. This would be good for anyone who is a fan of League of Legends and more specifically likes to play this character a lot.