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.