Week 5 Story/Project
The Story of Jesse and The Order of the Stone
Assignments created for the DS106 Assignment Bank (and my creation of them)
The Wernitznig Family enters Looper
I am Iron Man
Tutorials I created
How to do Family Friendly Billboard
How to do Favorite Movie Quote
First I’d like to say I enjoyed this class. I enjoyed the freedom of being able to explore the other blogs and interacting. The professor did a wonderful job in telling the class the expectations. From there you were able to teach yourself how to do the assignments. Usually the professor would embed links to free online software to edit images. Also recommending to use Audacity was highly useful.
This week I completed the Final Project. I was very excited to do it. The other assignment that I enjoyed this much was Week 4. It was when we worked with video and I created a movie for the first time. I did it on a game I had played and become attached to. The game was still fresh in my mind and it allowed me to reflect on what I had been playing, even though that was not the purpose of the assignment.
I have no questions at this time. My only concerns are hoping I covered everything that I was supposed to do prior to Thursday night. For Week 5 it said to only create the Final Project. I thought this made sense since we were not getting the full week like we normally do.
Last thing I’d like to say is I thank you to everyone in this class for sharing their ideas via their comments. Hope everyone has a great summer!
This is the second tutorial I will be doing (and its the 2nd assignment I created for the Ds106 Assignment Bank)
Lets start out by visiting my favorite image editor, FotoFlexer. This a free online image editor. Once at the website upload the photo background that you will put the text over.
Once you have uploaded your photo, it should look like the one above.
Next thing you will do is click on ‘Decorate’. Followed by clicking on ‘Text’.
Type in the quote you would like to use where it says “Enter Text Here:” As you will see in the image above, they defaulted the font Cretino. Make it easier to read by selecting a different font (I used Arial). Also place the text in the photo where it will look best. For me I thought this was at the bottom.
Once everything is in place, save the file. This is the end of the tutorial. See how easy it was?
This is a tutorial on how to do the assignment (that I created) Family Friendly Billboard.
There are many ways to do this assignment, depending on which image editor you may use. My favorite is FotoFlexer. Click on the link to take you to a website that is free to use. First you will want to upload a photo of a billboard. This will be your backdrop.
The next thing you will do is click ‘Upload Another File’. you should have another photo appear. Click on the new photo. Select ‘Geek’ and then select ‘Smart Cutout’. A new window will appear.
A new tutorial will appear. Do not be intimidated that this needs a tutorial to explain what happens. I suggest you follow the tutorial as it mentions on the website. All it will ask you to do is highlight the area you want to keep in green. The areas you want to remove, will be highlighted in red. Once you have done both of these tasks click on ‘Predict Unknown Areas’. Click ‘Ok’. A new image will appear showing just the head of the person. Repeat this step for every image you want to crop into the photo.
After cropping in the photos, adjust and move the heads into place. Save the file once you are finished.
This is the example for the second assignment I created for Ds106. To find the assignment I created click here
This was the movie that introduced me to the world of super heroes. I thought it was the coolest movie I had seen yet. to be fair I was only in 8th grade back when the movie came released in 2008.
Just like the other assignment I created, I used FotoFlexer as my primary tool. As I have mentioned in the past, it is a free online image editor. First I googled the photo of Tony Stark also known as Iron Man. Once I had that saved i uploaded the image to FotoFlexer. From here it was pretty easy. Click on ‘Decorate’ and select ‘Text’. Now you may type any text and it will embed itself in the image. you may select different font as well as adjust size. When I finished the quote, i dragged the text to the bottom of the photo because O thought it looked better over the black backdrop. Saved the image and then I uploaded it to Flickr.
This is the first assignment I have created. As the instructions requested, I did the assignment too. You can find the assignment from the DS106 Assignment Bank
I have always loved movies. Billboards also happen to be one of my favorite forms of marketing too. I got the idea as I sat in traffic on I-95 during rush hour traffic. I saw a new billboard for the movie X-Men: Apocalypse. Since Week 1, I have become better at photo editing all though I am still just a beginner. I know my Mom will get a good laugh out of this because she enjoyed watching the movie with me.
I first got a background image off the internet. I just happened to come across this picture of a Looper advertisement. I went to Facebook and saved photos of myself and my mom. Once I had all three pictures i went to FotoFlexer. This is a free online image editor. I selected the backdrop first by uploading the original image of the billboard. Next I selected to upload two more photos. These photos were from Facebook as I mentioned. Next you’re going to select the ‘Geek’ tab. Click on ‘Smart Cutout’. Follow the tutorial that pops up. This step should only take a minute. Followed this procedure twice, for both the photo of my mother and I. Next, I dragged the heads over the heads of the originals. Once everything was in position I saved the image and uploaded it to Flickr.
Assignments used to obtain Media
The Media Story
The Narrative Story
The story of Jesse and his adventures with The Order of the Stone begin. This is a spin off of the video game Minecraft: Story Mode
Jesse and his friends are preparing for a team building tournament, EnderCon. When they arrive for the tournament, they have already begun their design. They are going to build a monster. Eventually a mysterious character, Ivor, arrives and creates a Wither Storm. A Wither Storms primary purpose is destruction. A three headed monster absorbs building blocks, which is how Jesse’s world is made up. Imagine a giant monster who is basically a F5 tornado in real life.
Ivor happens to be a member of The Order of the Stone. The Order of the Stone was a band of five heroes, until they split up after altercations among the group members. Ivor is on a mission of revenge. This is why he built the Wither Storm. His only problem is that the potion he made to stop the Wither Storm is destroyed. Now without any hope of destroying this floating monster Jesse has an idea. He is going to reassemble The Order of the Stone. He is successful in his mission, with the exception of Ivor, who is no longer viewed as a hero. Jesse with his friends and The Order of the Stone develop one more plan. They build craft a diamond sword. Diamond happens to be one of the strongest elements in the game. Using horses, the group travels out to find the monster once again. When they see the monster they remember that they have no way of reaching it. They settle from a safe distance and build a catapult. Jesse offers to be slung up the monster. Jesse, equipped with his new sword, flings through the air. He lands on the monster. Clinging on to the side of the monster, Jesse looks for a way inside the monster. Jesse eyes an opening just moments before being thrown by the gusts. The Wither Storm is powered from a command block. This command block is how The Order of the Stone was able to defeat all their enemies in the past. With the swing of his sword Jesse destroys the command block. With no power to the monster, it falls from the sky. Jesse is found by his friends in a nearby river. He survived the fall.
It is time to celebrate. Jesse and his friends are now famous heroes. The Order of the Stone selects Jesse and two of his friends to join them as heroes. Celebration does not last long before trouble finds Jesse and The Order of the Stone. They receive an invite to a far away mansion. The invite is from the mysterious White Pumpkin. Jesse and the new Order of the Stone head out to investigate.
The Order is almost at the mansion when they run into an army of zombies. The group looks up and notice that sun has been replaced by two moons. It is no longer daytime. They devise a plan to sneak by the whole army and enter the mansion. Upon arriving they see that they are not the only guests there. Others have been invited by The White Pumpkin as well. Slowly after a serious of events, two people are killed by traps in the mansion. The White Pumpkin comes out and introduces himself to the group, but is able to get away after the lights are cut. Jesse and the gang must find out how to stop the White Pumpkin. The zombies outside of the mansion are growing in numbers by the minute. Jesse with his detective skills, proves that The White Pumpkin is actually one of the invited guests, who is just wearing a disguise. Jesse and his friends are able to find secret hallways, rooms, and a lair. Eventually they prove that the guest, Casie Rose, is in fact The White Pumpkin. Casie says she was after a secret item whom she believed one of the guests had possession of. As the group tries to detain her she tries to escape. Ironically, Casie falls into of her traps, leading to her death. The sun reappears and destroys the monsters outside. Jesse and The Order of the Stone head out and await their next adventure.
Looking through Roger Ebert’s view
Look There’s a Ghost
Scenes of Lasting Memory
Product Review: XL Croakies
Daily Creates (just one)
Daily Creates Week 4
Week 4 Comments
Despite the extra work getting to know more technical storytelling methods and tools, I enjoyed this week. I learned how to make my first movie with the new Windows 10 Movie Maker. I had access to a bunch of tools for free. After playing around for ten minutes with the program I was able to master Movie Maker. SaveFrom.net was a lifesaver. It made saving scenes too easy. I’m amazed at what i have access to, so that I may create these videos.
I am going to start using Ebert’s rule unconsciously. Whether it be when I watch the latest Game of thrones episode or award winning film, I’l look for the rules. The rule, according to Ebert, Is that there is a positive and negative. The right is positive and the left is negative. Neither mean good or bad, but rather show who is the dominant object and/or character.
No questions or concerns this week. Each week that passes by I become more comfortable using and exploring WordPress. I’m surprised by the number of student who choose to use other blog websites other than WordPress. This may be a suggestion in the future that WordPress may not be the best option. For now, it’s all I know. I’ll just stick with WordPress.