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Product Review: XL Croakies

Original Assignment

I may have spent just as much time debating what to do a review on then working on itself. I chose my pair of Croakies. They’re made to hold your glasses around your neck. Made popular by fraternity members, Croakies are more of a fashion look than a practical use. This is my personal opinion. I’m more likely to take off my glasses and fold them, allowing them to be hung on the collar of my shirt. I was only limited in this review by the simplicity of the product.

I made this whole movie (review) without ever leaving Movie Maker. Upon opening Movie Maker, the program I clicked on the Home tab and selected Webcam Video. Once it was selected it was ready for recording. I clicked on the big red dot signify record and I spent the next four minutes talking about my Croakies. When I finished I went back to the Home tab. I was able to add both a title and credits sequence from here. I was finished after exporting the file and then uploading the file to YouTube.

Circled are the tools mentioned above and used during the review.



Scenes of Lasting Memory

Original Assignment

This assignment is my favorite since I created my first GIF files. I enjoyed using Movie Maker, which I thought was surprising. It was too difficult to choose my three favorite movie scenes of all time. After ten or so minutes I decided on my three scenes.

The first is from Saving Private Ryan. It is my favorite war film. the classic D-Day invasion directed by Steven Spielberg will forever be remembered. Tom Hanks acting when stunned and in shock is admirable.

The second scene is from the movie The Shawshank Redemption. I first saw this film when I took a film study class in high school. I would have to say it is my favorite movie of all time and I happened to choose it among many great scenes in that movie.

The last scene features what I like to think as the creation of Wolverine. Wolverine had already existed (actually for almost a century) previous to the operation. This form of Wolverine is what people remember in what I think is a thriller.

So how did I create this assignment? It was not that difficult. I used the website SaveFrom.net to record the three scenes. I downloaded Movie Maker for Windows 10 to my laptop. Once I uploaded the scenes I used the Trim Tool to set the beginning and ending of each scene. You’ll notice you can move the scenes around. This is helpful if you did not upload in the order you wanted the scenes to show. Under the Home tab you may give the movie a title and an ending credit scene. Also under the Home tab is how I recorded my voice. Upon clicking annotation record you will be able to play the movie and talk as it plays. Under Options (Narration Tools) I was able to make my voice louder than the film so I could be heard. I exported the finished product and then uploaded it to YouTube.

A finished look at the post edit in Movie Maker.

Look There’s a Ghost

I decided on Ghosts

In the movie Ghosts, a ghost does appear (surprise). I have not seen the movie except for the ending scene. I watched the scene three times looking for different things. I was examining the angles and audio.

I immediately noticed how the camera shoots up at the ghost. Similar to Tarantino fashion. The ghost was the dominant character often being centered or appearing on the positive side. The positive side is a reference to How to Read a Movie by Roger Ebert. Positive does not necessarily mean it’s a good character. It does give it power in most films. This power can be in terms of threat, strength, knowledge, influence, and etc. The Ghost also appeared on the right side (the positive side).


When I listened just to the audio I noticed two things. Obviously the music is a grouping of string instruments. It sounds like an uplifting and positive foreshadowing. The music also starts with the entrance of the ghost. This is another sign that the ghost is the positive character. The second thing I noticed was that when a character speaks, there is a less frequent change of pitch. The music or note would continue but it would not vary as much.

Looking through Roger Ebert’s view

One Point Perspective was using a centered focus. It was many scenes with a grid in the background. It’s priority is to show how perceive things, hence the title. Everything that was shot followed Roger Ebert’s theory. Positives are on the right, and negatives are on the left. If something is centered then it means emphasis on that object.

Just like a book. The Shining has a scene where videos are slowly emerging over a black screen. Every new box appears to the right of the previous addition. When the row of videos fills the screen, a new row of videos emerges beneath.


I love Tarantino as a director so I knew I would enjoy From Below. This one defied Ebert’s theory on positive and negative. In two scenes, the actor on the left is in more positive position, usually involving a weapon. In Pulp Fiction, actor Samuel Jackson aims a handgun in a threatening manner. I am not sure which movie it is but it involves a duel. The duel is between two men with swords. The man on the left wins however. This also broke the theory.


Weekly Summary 3: Half way to the finish

Here are links to the work that was completed this week


Reflection summary on Abumrad and Glass

Short Story Reflection Summary

Reflecting on comments and the blogs

Audio Assignments

Celebrity Speed Dating

The Sounds of my Morning

Daily Creates

Daily Creates for Week 3 (I did two of the four)

Concerns/Questions Paragraph

Questions and Concerns following Week 3

Interacting with others

Looking over at the others

Well we’re now three weeks in. Only two weeks to go. These five week sessions always go by quick. I felt I did well in my Audio Assignments. They weren’t too much trouble. I had not used Audacity in four years, but the learning curve to it was not hard.  I enjoyed watching the short stories from the lecture. That was my favorite task of the week.

Nothing gave me trouble this week. Since the first week I’ve felt more comfortable using these storytelling tools. Sometimes I need to go to YouTube to learn how to use certain parts. I learned how to use Audacity again and explored further into blog design after look at all the other students blogs.

I saw a tutorial on another students blog describing one of the audio assignments. I would have done this assignment had I not done the two audio assignments I had already completed. That is my only regret of the week.

My only wish is that  I could take this class as a form of a study abroad program. We could use sounds, pictures, and video of the area we are visiting to complete the assignments of that week. I think it would be fun!