1. acruz12

    Even Grass Grows in the Cracks of the Sidewalk

    Even Grass Grows in the Cracks of the Sidewalk Background I originally chose the windowfarms website as one of my second storification assignment http://cookiesuponwhichtomunch.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/week-2-storified-and-non-storified-content-part-deux/. Upon visiting the website, I was happy to see that the window farming project had grown and matured to the point where they had a wall of links to online reviews, […]
  2. acruz12

    Lucky Number Sleven…

    I’m not talking about the movie, but rather the merger of weeks 6 & 7 that seem to have gotten the best of me in a good and less-then-good way.  I didn’t underestimate the time it would take to edit a movie, I had done so years back with Windows Movie Maker (in the XP […]
  3. acruz12

    Lock, Stock, And some Ron Burgundy

    For this Video Assignment, I decided to go with Why So Serious and bring back an old favorite of mine, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking barrels and dub over words from Ron Burgundy.  I chose this scene because its a pretty serious scene about bluffing a Desert Eagle with replica guns.  I chose Ron Burgundy […]
  4. acruz12

    It’s Not You, It’s Me…

    For one of this week’s Video Assignments, I chose to Tell a Story without Dialogue.  The title of the story is “It’s not you, it’s me” named after the dreaded line that any guy or gal loathes to hear on the other end of a phone line or an awkward coffee table.  A more recent […]
  5. acruz12

    Simba’s Dream

    For this assignment, we went brought back the Foley assignment for a 2nd round, taking the clips that the class created and pulling it into the Chaplin video as an exercise of our video editing skills.  Additionally, we took time to create introduction, layer on a new soundtrack, and modify the middle of the story. […]
  6. acruz12

    That Rug Really Tied the Room Together…

    For this week’s exercise, “Look, Listen, Analyze” I looked at the the “Good Will Hunting (Bar Scene). Camera Work Analysis (no sound) The beginning of the scene has the Ben Afleck, Matt Damon and crew entering the bar in the background, with the bar and other people in the foreground.  Ebert’s acknowledgement that the background […]
  7. acruz12

    Back, Back, Forth, and Forth…

    For this week’s activity, Reading Movies, I looked at the Ebert’s perspecitve on on “How to Read a Movie.“. Ebert’s methods aligned with several concepts that I was aware of consciously and unconsciously. A few of them actually contradicted ideas that were presented in the other videos, not to mention insights recently shared with me […]
  8. cew5x

    The good, the bad, the weeks 6 and 7 summary…

    This week was about finally getting (just a little) bit more used to Audacity, appreciating Movie Maker’s simplicity and then wishing it had more editing power when it came to audio (or that I knew more about audio editing in Movie Maker) and making peace with “good enough”.  First though, the fun stuff (at least […]
  9. cew5x

    One Man’s Trash…

    Rather than dig for one last idea for a story, I decided to look at other classmates stories this week.  I love seeing what my classmates come up with the little window it opens into our lives.  I think there are some good things here–even if the original poster wasn’t so sure. The first idea […]
  10. cew5x

    Chaplin Foley Re-Boot (or just boot?)

    I saw the movie the Life of Pi not too long ago, and this Chaplin clip reminded me of the movie in that both characters are stuck in a confined space with a dangerous predator.  I only made it 1/3 of the way through the book when it came out several years ago.  The movie […]
  11. cew5x

    Look, Listen, Analyze- Casino

    All this talk of film editing made me think of Martin Scorcese and his long-time partnership with film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.  I would venture to say that Scorcese is a master director and storyteller, so chances are Schoonmaker isn’t a bad film editor either.   One of my favorite Scorcese films is Casino, so off I […]
  12. cew5x

    Week 5 Summary

    My main takeaway this week: working with sound is not as difficult as I thought, but still the most challenging I have found of the differing editing tasks we have done in this course.  I do feel completely at ease in recording, exporting, importing, and loading to SoundCloud, but the editing portion (splicing, fading, etc.) […]
  13. cew5x

    Week 5 comment round up (belated)

    I think I may have found my final project story this week, based upon comments alone.  The comments on my Public Health story idea seemed to coalesce around the idea of a public health super hero-type character- I really appreciated the different layers the commenters added to my original thoughts. I also learned via comments […]
  14. cew5x

    All you can take Cactus- Audio Assignment 942

    Trolling Craigslist is always fun, so the first audio assignment listed on Week 5′s page immediately jumped out at me.  Off I went to the local Craiglist “free” section and found this lovely post: Sounds strange enough to me!!  Why anyone would want to take on such an awful job for “free cactus” is beyond […]
  15. cew5x

    A story that is good for your health?

    I was thinking if there were any work-related things I could pull into for a story idea this week.  I work with a lot of people in the field of public health.  You may be asking yourself “What is public health?”  Sounds kind of crunchy and idealistic, huh?  Well it can be those things, but […]
  16. acruz12

    Week 5 – Summary

    This week we dove in to the world of sound storytelling.  We explored different audio storytelling tools like SoundCloud.com, Audacity.com, and various sound banks and conversions tools to make different sound stories work and flow seamlessly together. I started off by connecting my love of Baseball by trying my hand at reenacting an entertaining and age-old Abbott and […]
  17. acruz12

    Golden Arches, What stories lie beneath

    I saw an article on NPR’s website that looked at the history of McDonald’s commercials targeting black American and the shift from “Makin’ it” to “Lovin’ it” over the past few decades.  Within the article, there are several video clips that encompass an entire narrative arc for a character named “Calvin.”  The ads span from 1990 […]
  18. acruz12

    Lock Stock and Two Smoking Pokemons

    This Audio Assignment focuses on creating a mashup of two films.  I took the films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and mixed it up with clips from the Pokemon Movie.  I inserted replies from the Pokemon to Rory Breaker’s rant where he goes on a rant about various scenarios where he will kill Nick […]
  19. acruz12

    Hello, Goodbye Gus-topher Robin (Sound Effect Story)

    This exercise focused on building my familiarity with the sound recording, audio editing/mixing using Audacity to pull together a story (using previous course concepts), and finally upload the story to my newly created SoundCloud account.  The goal of this exercise was to take a collection of my own clips, along with clips available online (I used Freesounds), and […]
  20. acruz12

    Tis the Season…Where Baseball meets the (Sound)Cloud

    This week’s activities kick off with (re)creating my presence in the SoundCloud. I had an account once-upon-a-time, but I was mostly a taker and not a giver. This week I will be trying my hand at using Audacity and some sound bits captured over Easter weekend to manipulate, cut, and piece together stories. I’ve always […]
  21. cew5x

    Week 4 Summary- Say it with Flowers, er Design?

    This week had me taking photos of beer at Costco and scouring 90′s movie posters for just the right one with Bruce Willis. Life is good! First up: Design Safari.   I used wallpaper, beer, a coffee mug (of a famous WWII poster) and photos of an airport to discuss rhythm, color and dominance, form/function, and […]
  22. acruz12

    Week 4 – Summary

    This week we wrapped up our week on visual story telling by looking at visual design, paying close attention to various design elements, cataloging instances of these elements in our daily life, throughout the past week.  We looked to explore the meaning of designs through a design safari and design assignments from the Assignment Bank.  I […]
  23. cew5x

    Decisions, Decisions…

    Well here we are another week…and no white light, divine inspiration moments this week (so far- there are five hours left!).   Something that has been on my mind a lot this week though is decisions.  I’m making a lot of them lately and whether it’s where to grab dinner (always at the last minute, decision […]

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