I had a lot of fun roleplaying as Ron Weasley for a few minutes in trying to recreate his posture. I have been told by many people that I look like Ron, although other than the red hair I’m not sure the similarities extend much further in my opinion. Regardless, it was a challenging exercise trying to recreate something.
The wardrobe was certainly the hardest to get perfect, as I had limited resources available. I went with the quarter zip and sport coat as I believe it is similar to how Ron dresses, even if it is not exactly the same as in the photo.
The wand was easy, as just about any old stick would do, however nailing the angle that the wand was being held was far tougher than I imagined. The background was impossible, but I saw a nice brick wall that I thought could have been found somewhere within the Harry Potter universe.
I certainly gained a newfound appreciation for everything that goes into a movie or T.V. scene. As I was scrolling through pictures and videos to recreate, I noticed the immense amount of detail that goes into the clothes, lighting, hair, and makeup. Oftentimes the background can be more important than the foreground! I think this assignment highlighted the need to pay close attention to detail, but to look outside the box for that detail.
The final sketch assignment was a very fitting one to conclude the semester. It perfectly allowed me to reflect on everything I had done throughout the semester, even if it was an extremely condensed version of it. By reflecting on each assignment I was able to break down the steps along the way to show what I learned and achieved during this class.
From the mastering of different forms of media, to the real investigative work we did with the equality of opportunity project, I feel that I have broadened my technological horizons by a very large magnitude. I am now not only able but even comfortable recording a podcast, working in a group setting, creating a cinemagraph, etc. and I find that truly remarkable. If you had shown me the portfolio I would create before the semester started I would have laughed at that and said that there was no chance I would have been able to create half of the things that I was able to produce.
I am extremely happy with the work I created during the semester and it was great for me to put that all into a somewhat linear assembly that you can quickly and easily understand.
I have never been a good note taker for as long as I can remember. I have also never been the artistic type either! So this was a difficult assignment for me. I struggled so much in even theorizing what I could draw. The best I could do was a small elephant and even that was difficult! I normally just write all of my notes down in bullet point form down the page (if I even take notes at all) without many headers.
For this, I split the notes into 3 different sections with lines connecting the bullet points to the corresponding topic or person. While it might not look nearly as visual or visually pleasing as others, this is a big step for me and has actually changed how I plan to take notes in the future. By splitting the notes up, I can break down the content into much smaller sections. With the arrows, I can put different content in different places and show the interconnectedness of different topics or people.
This was certainly challenging because of my lack of any visual foresight and creativeness. I do think this has helped me for the future as I this is certainly a step in the right direction for my note taking effectiveness, cleanliness, and overall appeal.
For the pixel artwork sketch, I decided to attempt a self-portrait. It was extremely difficult to convey a detailed portrait of myself with only 256 pixels to work with, so I decided that I needed to somehow convey it was me.
My red hair is obviously a distinguishable trait that was easy to convey in this. Next, I tried to recreate the Nike logo on my gray shirt, a brand and and color which I frequent. In the background, I attempted to show my hometown of Santa Barbara, filled with the ocean, the beach, the sun, and trees. This was certainly an easy part of my portrait, aside from the crude bird in the top right.
I surprisingly did not like this assignment, as my creativity which is already limited, was limited even further by the small-scale canvas. The software was simple enough to use, but I do not like the look of this small pixel art to begin with, so I am not sure I would have liked anything I created.
I decided to spell out the phrase “The succesful gentleman said take a seat” as it seemed relevant to my current life. As a college student, it seems that my entire life is seemingly centered around finding a job or internship for the summer and my time after college. It is really quite a stressful process that is reminiscent of the college application process that we students went through several years ago.
The phrase speaks to me as I think it encapsulates the seriousness and power dynamic of an interview situation. Normally you are asked to take a seat by whoever you are being interviewed by, and generally the person asking you to take a seat is a succesful bussiness man or woman. I find this part of an interview to be stressful as it is the immediate leadup to the start of the interview as a whole. You have had very little time to calm your nerves as you are entirely unsure how the interview will go.
I blacked everything out in part because that was the only colored marker I had, but it also feels like the words are falling into an abyss, similar to how I feel when even searching for a job outside of school. There is so much out there yet it all is unknown to me and anxiety inducing. I am supposed to be searching for a job to potentially spend a good portion of my life at, a monumental decision I am somehow supposed to try and make at such a young age.
I found myself a bit overwhelmed by the producer role to be quite honest. I had experienced the other two roles and completed them with ease and so I did not think the role of the producer would or could be all that different from the others. I can confidently chalk the ease of the other two podcasts to my exceptional team of co-creators. Meagan and Ben really did exceptional work in the first two that only became 100% clear after I had done what they had done so well.
I did not realize just how much time was necessary to gather enough information to speak for 10-15 minutes. But let me tell you, it is a lot. You need to have enough different material to speak about for a lengthy period of time that all relate to each other and that is certainly not as easy as I had imagined.
Aside from the gathering of information, clearly expressing my ideas to both Meagan and Ben were quite hard as well. I had one idea in my head but I had trouble communicating just exactly what I wanted from each of them. This turned out ok because they each had different ideas that helped contribute to the overall podcast which I would never even have thought about.
At the end of the day, I can say that the experience was certainly eye-opening both from a managerial aspect as well as a time management one. I still need to improve my communication skills, and I think that stems from trying to rush through projects quickly. By not doing the entirety of my research before we all met, I put myself and my team at a distinct disadvantage. Although we ended up producing what I thought was an informative and well-done podcast, it certainly could’ve been easier on my team had I better prepared them.
I decided to try my hand at creating a cinemegraph via photoshop. Going into this sketch assignment I was almost positive I wouldn’t be able to complete this assignment, as my artistic skillset and knowledge of photoshop was limited. However, I found that the Lynda tutorials were highly informative and this was one of the easier and coolest projects to do.
I began by taking a screen capture via QuickTime of a 4K Youtube video of this waterfall. From there I imported the video into Photoshop and followed the Lynda tutorial very closely. I like waterfalls and it also didn’t hurt that the tutorial focused on a similar image/video.
I absolutely loved this sketch assignment and could see myself creating more cinemegraphs in the future. I learned to not be phased or deterred by the name/description of any of these sketches, as I initially thought this would be the hardest sketch of all, when in reality it turned out to be one of the easier ones in my opinion.
I did have an incredible amount of trouble saving/exporting my file, and essentially had to do the entire project twice, as Photoshop crashed the first time I exported and lost all of my work.
Here is the video which I created my cinemegraph from.
Creating a podcast was an entirely new adventure for myself. I have listened to countless podcasts over the years, yet I was completely unprepared for the other side of podcasts. As with most things, you do not truly appreciate how much effort goes into making them until you yourself actually experience the creation aspect of whatever it is. That certainly rang true for creating a podcast.
The first steps of the podcast were to come up with a topic for the specific episode. Once that was settled upon, research was the next crucial step, because without any of the research on the topic, we would not have been able to inform our listeners about some of the lesser known details. As I was quite busy with other schoolwork leading up to the podcast, Meagan took the lead on many aspects of the podcast, no more so than the research portion. When you have fully researched a topic, you are more comfortable talking or writing about that topic. I certainly felt that was true in this case, as I became more confident in myself the more I knew about Vox (our topic).
The primary goal of our podcast was to inform listeners on how Vox has changed as their audience’s needs and wants have changed with the times. While also informing the listener of what Vox was and how the site operated, the primary objective was to offer our opinion on the question posed above.
The podcast most definitely allowed me to expand on my collaborative skills as I needed to manage and interact with several other group members to produce a high quality and timely episode of our podcast series. Collaboration is something that I have underutilized as my time as a student, and something that I hope I can continue to improve on in the future.
I would suggest to future students and to my future self to plan out and time manage more effectively. I felt myself scrambling towards the lead up of the recording of our podcast, and it is clear when listening back to the podcast that I am unprepared/nervous at the beginning of the episode. During the middle and end I became more confident in the script and thus in my performance.
Overall it was a learning experience and something which I enjoyed and would like to improve on for the final episode.
For my movie montage I watched and took screenshots of Star Trek Into Darkness. By just looking at the screenshots you can see that there is an incredible amount of blue and darkness. Without even watching the movie you could have guessed that the movie took place either underwater or in outer space. This movie clearly fell into the latter. The middle of the movie is especially dominated by the light blue, while the beginning and end of the movie has some reds and grays splattered in. The movie was enjoyable to watch with an interest in the colors as they were appearing on the screen. I was interested to see how the red forest in the opening scene would turn out. I was a little disappointed as it got so completely overwhelmed by the blue in the rest of the movie, not to mention the fact that the opening scene was only a fraction of the total movie (The colors were incredible however).
I took the screenshots with a program called InstantShot and made the movie montage with Zach Whalen’s IMJ software.
For this sketch assignment, I attempted to measure how healthy I truly was. I broke my health down into 5 categories (Activity, sleep, mental, food, and miscellaneous) and each day I wrote down a corresponding number, 1-10, with 10 being the best, on how healthy I was in each specific category.
I found that my activity level dropped pretty drastically after I fractured my hand, but as I neared the end of my recover, it started to rise to pre-injury levels.
The food I was eating became healthier and healthier, perhaps because I was conscious that I was recording what I was eating each day.
My mental health was great for almost every day except for Saturday the 24th. Saturday was a bad bad day.
My sleep was all over the place, with the only constants being that I get worse sleep Monday and Wednesday nights because I have class early in the morning.
Miscellaneous was simply to account for any random factors that influenced my overall health. That was pretty consistently a non-factor (5), except for Saturday. Saturday was not a good day.
I considered several different ways of presenting this data, but I settled on the vertical bar graph with each day separated. I think it shows each day well, but any trends are hard to pick out.