Final project video

FINAL PROJECT video here

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Weekly Summary #5

Well this was the last week.  I got to combine everything that I had done in the previous 4 weeks.  Those four weeks were basically practice.  This week seemed very easy to me.  I just had a little trouble in the beginning trying to think of what I should have the story be about.  I decided to go with the classic “lost dog” story.  However, it is from the point of view of the dog, instead of the human(s).  I thought that would make it interesting.  it was about my dog, but it is not true.  He has run away before but we always catch him.  The other thing I did this week was a tutorial for an assignment that I made during the second week.  I didn’t really have any trouble this week.  It flew by (I know that it was shorter).

Final project

Tutorial for Spirit Rock


New Assignment #2 Sports poster

A Picture is worth A Thousand Words

Creating your own digital assignment

Final Project Comment

I am going to sum up this class.  I ended up enjoying it far more than I thought I would!  This sounds corny but I discovered things about me as well as others.  I can be creative!  It really opened my eyes to the world of digital storytelling.  There is a lot more to it than one would think.  I enjoyed almost every part of it.  I liked making my own projects and offering my thoughts on different subjects.  This is definitely something I will keep an eye on.

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There and Back Again – The adventures of a lost dog

Hi humans! I’m Tillman and this is me :


That picture is from my younger years.  Anywho! I am going to tell you about a story that happened a little while ago.  I was hanging with two of my owners – Mary, and Courtney.  They were taking me on a walk – one of my favorite things in the whole wide world.  I just love getting outside and exploring and listening to the sounds of nature:

We always walk by a creek.  It’s pretty, but I can’t swim…which is surprising for a yellow lab!  We almost made it back home.  It was weird though, I had felt the grip on my collar and leash loosen.  I looked back and my owner had accidentally dropped the leash.  I saw my chance.  I was off!!

I was on my own! Free to explore the world of suburbia.  My first stop was teasing all the dogs behind fences.



I was enjoying myself.  I walked around for a while near the creek and the woods.  It was starting to get dark.  I decided it would be a good time for a nap so I curled up underneath a nice, big tree.  When I got up the sun was shining!


It was a new day!  I decided to do a little more exploring.  I wandered over to this tree which had this piece of paper on it.

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I thought to myself…that looks like me!  Then I realized, that it was me!  Now I can’t really read at all, but I think it was important.  That was my house in the background of that picture.  I really missed it, but I was free.  I started to think about my owners…my family and how much fun I have at home.

And for some reason, the song “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan plays in my head.  I knew that I had to make my way back home.  The path I was near was very familiar to me.  I just kept following it.  That’s when I heard it.  My name.  I saw my owner start running toward me, and I ran toward her…but then I saw a squirrel so I started to run the other way.  She caught my leash however and I was not able to chase the squirrel.


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Tutorial for decorate the UMW spirit rock

This is a tutorial for an assignment I created back in the second week of the class.  The prompt is located here.

A good way to start is to use the template I uploaded to flickr.

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Next you can upload that into any editing software or photoshop software that you have and think would work best.  I used “Paint 2″.

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After that, I got creative with it.  I colored it in with a solid color.

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After that, I wrote on it and put shapes.  You could have done this anyway that you liked.

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This is the final product!

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Have fun with it! Be creative! Go UMW!

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Weekly Summary #4

This week was all about video.  There were parts that I definitely enjoyed more than others.  I actually really enjoyed using iMovie for the two assignments that I did.  I had never used it before so at first it was hard but I got the hang of it pretty quickly.  I believe that I completed the assignments pretty well.  More effort was put into that rather than the daily creates if I am being honest.  Everything else went pretty smoothly.  It was interesting to learn and read about what Ebert had to say.  A lot of this week was very familiar to me as I took a film class Fall of 2014.  I had done analyses of shots and scenes in movies before.  That was my least favorite part however because of how tedious it is.

Reading Movies

Reading Movies

Look, Listen, Analyze

Look, Listen, Analyze


Running Compilation Video

TV show trailer – Will & Grace

Create your own assignment

Pop Star out of place – prompt


Pop Star out of place tutorial

Daily Creates

Magical Light

Hyperbolic Tiling



Beach lovin’

Last Friday Night

Response to tv trailer

Response to magical light

This week was obviously one of the most easiest ways to describe digital storytelling.  You actually used video to tell a story or to understand how the story was made with either emotions or camera techniques.  I enjoyed this week very much.

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Look, Listen, Analyze

The scene I watched is from I Am Legend.  I have only ever seen it once, but from what I can remember it was a pretty good movie.  I thought that this scene would be good to watch for this assignment because there is plenty to pick apart in it.


– All of the “cuts” in this scene from shot to shot are regular.  The camera switches views about 40 times-40 different cuts.  The last one is a fade out to simulate Will Smith’s character passing out. The lighting looks like it could be real but it was probably shot in a studio with artificial lighting.  The camera seems to be up close and personal for the most of the scene and “tracking” him.  The further out shots are just to establish where he is or who/what he is interacting with.


– The only real dialogue comes from Will Smith interacting with a mannequin called “Fred.”  The other is the barking of the dog.  There is mostly diegetic sound, and little hints of non-diegetic sound.  The diegetic sound – what everyone hears – is the dialogue, the dog barking, the sounds of the car, the gun, the taxi falling of the bridge, and the sounds of Will Smith getting whisked up into the air.  The non-diegetic sound is the music you briefly hear – which sounds like just the bang of a drum, when he sees the out of place mannequin.


– The sound, and the actual scene go hand in hand together.  When you hear that one non-diegetic sound and actually see the mannequin where it shouldn’t be sends chills up your spine.  This is the case knowing that Will Smith is the only human there that we know of!

When you minimize your senses, you are able to focus on one element of the story being told at a time.  When you are not looking, you are able to hear everything.  When you are just watching and not listening, you are able to watch and get a sense of everything going on without basing it on sound.  This is almost like Ebert’s shot-by-shot analysis.  The camera angles that Ebert talked about do seem to show emotion.  The camera was often up close and personal, I believe that was to show how uneasy and frustrated Smith’s character was in that moment.  Also, there was a point where the camera angle was low and looking up at Will Smith.  I think this was to show that he was scared and had the feeling that he was being watched.

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simple shadow – peace


daily create – simple shadow

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Hyperbolic tiling


I was a little confused by this one so I used paint to help me with my daily create! here it is!

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Tutorial for “Pop star out of place”

So! What you want to do is find a picture of a pop star.  It can either be one that you took or you can find it on google.  I used the one of Taylor Swift that I took at her concert.

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Next, I cropped it so it was just her

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Next, you can google some place for the background, or if you have a picture, you can use that instead!  I googled “jungle” because I didn’t think that would be a place Taylor Swift would be hanging around or performing.

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I found a picture that I liked and uploaded it to Paint.

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For the last step, I added my cropped picture of Taylor Swift to the jungle!  And you get the final product! “A wild Taylor Spotting!”

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It is a fairly easy assignment!!

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2nd Created assignment – Wild Taylor Spotting

Pop Stars Out of Place

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For this assignment,  I decided to take a picture of a pop star and put them in a random place that they normally would be.  I recently went to a Taylor Swift Concert so I’m still kind of on a “Taylor High.”  I had the background picture be a jungle, because honestly would you ever find her performing or just in a jungle?  Probably not.

I used paint and found the jungle picture on google images.  I put that as the background.  Then I cropped the picture of Taylor Swift that I took at the concert and put it in the front.  You can find better instructions in my tutorial.

This is connected to visual storytelling because you see this picture and think “hmmm that is a little out of place.”  That is the point of the “story” however!

Assignment Prompt

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