1. Thomas Ella

    Final Project: DS106 Theatre


    Here we go, folks.

    All right, so I haven’t been able to post any updates about this project because, well, there haven’t been any. I’ve been too busy with other stuff and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to actually just sit down for any significant amount of time …

  2. Thomas Ella

    Assignments I Created


    Okay. It’s like 2am and I’m scrambling here, but that’s what finals week is all about, right? Right.

    I made the “Play It Backward, Jack” video assignment where you have to reverse a video. I made the “Play It Backward, Jackward” remix assignment (I think it’s called that. Might just…
  3. Thomas Ella

    The Big Leagues REMIX


    Boom. Last remix assignment. This one’s worth 4 stars. Still a lot, and I feel like the stars system for remix assignments needs balancing, but I’ll leave that for future ds106 generations.

    For this assignment, I had to take a “Play in the Big Leagues” assignment and “Turn Up The …

  4. Thomas Ella

    Reviewing The Bullet


    So for the Product Review assignment, I decided to review something near and dear to me: The Bullet. I’ve been involved with the paper for three years and an editor for two. But I decided to take a step back and look at it objectively. So here you go, my …

  5. Thomas Ella

    A Condescending Tutorial For My Mom


    So for the Make a Tutorial For Your Mom assignment, I decided, “Hey, since most of the questions my mom asks are easy to the point of insulting, why not just be SUPER condescending about it? YEAH.”

    And there we go.

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  6. Thomas Ella

    Getting Distracted While Doing Homework: The Movie


    So for the Screen Capture Story assignment, I decided to film a story that probably hits home with a lot of us. You’re doing homework, it’s boring, and you keep getting distracted. And let’s be real here: We all know where you’re going to end up.

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  7. Thomas Ella

    tecuaF gnippirD


    I just made an assignment called “Play It Backward, Jack” where the goal is to film something that would look weird if you played it backward, then play it backward.

    So I filmed the dripping faucet I used in the “1 Second Video” assignment and filmed it for, well, more …

  8. Thomas Ella

    Cooking With Thomas: How To Make Your Own Oreos


    YEP. I’m kind of an idiot.

    I was in the Bullet office and tired from editing my Shaun of the Dead film analysis for hours and decided the cooking show assignment seemed fun. Then I realized that I don’t know how to cook, and there’s no food in the Bullet’s …

  9. Thomas Ella

    Parallelism in Shaun of the Dead


    UPDATE 2: I switched to Vimeo for now.

    UPDATE: It’s being blocked for copyright infringement. I just submitted a dispute claiming it falls under the protection of copyright law that allows nonprofit educational use without permission of the copyright holder.

    We’ll see how that plays out. Either my video will …

  10. Thomas Ella

    The Daily Create: One For The Angels


    Antiques Roadshow – Show and tell about a family heirloom (it doesn’t have to be old).

    Tell the world in a 5 minute or less video why ds106 is the greatest thing since… (cat breading?)

    Celebrate religious architecture with a photo of your favorite temple, mosque, church, etc.

  11. Thomas Ella

    Trapped in the Closet with Dr. Love (+ Bloopers!)


    Okay, and that’s a wrap! Trapped in the Closet with Dr. Love has just broken free from the closet and is ready to broadcast:

    Recording the final stretch was a bit of a challenge, trying to think up about three minutes of solo material, but we definitely needed it. Dr. …

  12. Thomas Ella

    My Last Wish,


    “Find some spam. Could be email spam, could be comment spam, whatever you want. Read it aloud. Make it your own. Try to make sense of it or make it more absurd than it already is.”

    Oh. Oh, I made it my own. Don’t you worry about that.

    Nothing more …

  13. Thomas Ella

    Greetings From The UMW Apartments


    Let my tale be a warning: If you’re going to submit an assignment, make sure it hasn’t already been submitted yet.

    I made a “Greetings From…” postcard for my apartment and was going to submit that as a design assignment, but lo and behold, one “Michael Branson Smith” already has …

  14. Thomas Ella

    When In Rome, Daily Create


    “Take a photo depicting your favorite type of weather.”

    Sunny and warm – perfect for lounging outside.

    “Where’d your name come from? Record a video in which you describe how you got your name, or where you got your name from.”

    “Tell the story of a place in one ambient …

  15. Thomas Ella

    Umbrella Man at Ford Theater


    If you haven’t heard of the “Umbrella Man,” you really need to check this video out. But basically, he was this guy that happened to be present at the JFK assassination, and even though it was a bright and sunny day, he had an umbrella out. Conspiracy theorists, go! Well, …

  16. Thomas Ella

    Shaun of the Dead Minimalist Poster


    I have an unhealthy love for Shaun of the Dead. I’ve seen it more times than I can remember and I evangelize it to anyone I come across who hasn’t seen it. Designing a minimalist poster for it isn’t even an assignment for me; it’s just another Friday morning.

    The …

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