Wow. I can’t believe DS106 is over. This was the last week, and it went by so fast. Breaks my heart really. I am going to treat this post more as a reflection for the whole of DS106, rather than simply a week 5 reflection, because I feel as if we really didn’t do much this week in particular, other than the creating are final assignment of course. However in the past when doing these reflections I mostly reflected on what I had learned that week, through the required readings/videos, and we didn’t have anything like that this week.
I am very proud of my final project. I mixed in some math, I mixed in some animation, audio, video, even some stop motion! It was a load of fun to do! And I spent a lot of time crafting those little coffee cups in flash. That I enjoyed doing immensely, it really was a flash back to my old days. I really got my start in programming with making flash games, and with flash games comes flash animation, so it was something I really was adept at! However I evolved, moved away from animation in favor of programming, moved away from programming in favor of pure mathematics, now I get to create “true art” *whips single tear away*.
I think my favorite part of the final project was doing the stop motion, I also used to really enjoy doing stop motion. I think I was mainly inspired by Nightmare Before Christmas:
So it really was a ton of fun to do that again. I spent most of this week doing really nostalgic art projects haha, which think is fitting as I would imagine that the fifth week is meant to be somewhat introspective, as we don’t really have many assignments, just longer more difficult ones. I looked back over my DS106 blog earlier today, and I must say that I am quite proud, especially of my background. I just think Conway’s game of life is so very cool.
I think over the whole course I learned a lot, mostly it was nice getting to be hands on and create stuff, that actually mattered (as in, there was a grade looming over my head). Normally I would feel as if I was wasting time if I spent anytime doing this stuff now days, just cause I need to study for all of the math/GREs. So I really don’t have time for too much artistic fun endeavors! Which really is a shame, perhaps I will pop in sometime I try a daily create for fun. I think that would be cool.
I think out of the entire course my favorite section was the video. I really was just so proud of overlaying that music on the scene with Mia Wallace. It just came out so cool! It was something I watched over and over, and thought wow I did a pretty good job with that! That was a nice feeling! Furthermore I think one thing I gained from this course, that wasn’t really apparent at first was that I have been writing more than I normally do, which is a good thing. I have been trying to read more in general, however I hardly write, unless its some type of mathematical paper. So this was a nice breath of fresh air in that respect also (preparing me for the essay section of the GRE haha, I need to get my WPM up…).
Overall I really enjoyed my time spent doing all of the great assignments!
I very much enjoyed working on this project! I hope that it goes well with the overall themes of my blog this semester, I think it does. Its meant to be kind of funny, but also have a somewhat of a darker undertone! I think it was certainly my crowning achievement of all summer. Creating the video was especially challenging, as I kept doing stupid little mistakes, like I put the phone in my cabinet backwards like three times, and I almost cut myself with that dumb knife trying to do the stop motion part (It really felt as if the
cup cube was trying to get me…
I think this assignment should be pretty fun, and rewarding for whoever does it! I really enjoyed doing it, and I was pretty proud I thought of the idea.. I was surprised it wasn’t in the assignment bank already though, hopefully it becomes a bigger project that people like to do. I think anyone who does it should have a lot of fun! Also with my tutorial I tried to incorporate a few tricks that some people may not have thought of, when setting out to actually do that assignment. Hopefully it makes it a little easier on them, and allows them to focus on the creative aspects a little bit more, than having to worry about what is the best way to get make sure my animation looks fluid (duh trace it), however maybe that isn’t a duh for everyone haha. Looking forward I really do hope the two assignments I created will leave a mark on the DS106 community (in a positive way of course haha)!