Weekly Summary

This class has had its share of ups and downs. For the first few weeks I struggled, but I kept improving a little each week. I contemplated dropping this class or making it pass/fail, but Im glad I stuck it out. I have learned the most in this class than any other class this semester. The digital world is so complex, but if understood it is a wonderful skill to have and utilize. It can make your life so much easier.

The assignments for the last two weeks were a final project and two tutorials of my choice. Both my tutorials are for assignments I did.

One tutorial is for a video assignment, “Highlight Reels“.

My second tutorial is for an audio assignment, “Make Your Own Ringtone(s)“.

Here is my “Highlight Reels Tutorial“, and my “Make Your Own Ringtone(s) Tutorial“.

My character for the final project is Johnny Manziel. I created an alternative fictional football career up to this point in time of his career. My story portrays Manziel as “Mr. Perfect”, a perfect representative of collegiate athletes and the NFL. Here is my final project.

Again, I learned so much in this class and I am glad that I stuck with it. Thank you to my classmates and Mrs. Polack!

Johnny “Good Guy” Manziel

What if I told you the Johnny Manziel we know, did not exist and instead a different Johnny Manziel existed. Instead of Johnny “Football”, he is Johnny “GoodGuy”. Johnny Manziel has been in the national spotlight of the sports world and American culture/society since he became the first freshman to win the Heisman. What makes him a tremendous football player is the way he plays. He is a free lancing, gunslinging quarterback. Its as if he is playing in the backyard with friends during his grade school days.

However he has a roller coaster football career due to his off the field decision making or lack thereof. His name has appeared in headlines for a number of alleged incidents.

In June 2012, he was charged and arrested for a couple of misdemeanors. In July 2013, he left the Manning Passing Academy earlier after missing sessions and or arriving late. There were rumors he left for other reasons besides “dehydration”. In a spring practice he shoved a graduate assistant coach. I’m going to skip all of his controversial partying habits and fast forward to his NFL troubles.

Earlier this year, he checking into a alcohol rehabilitation center for 10 weeks. Last month he was pulled over by police after a domestic argument with his girlfriend got “out of hand,” according to police.  Just two weekends ago, a video of Manziel raging at a nightclub in Austin, TX on Friday night emerged. Prior to the bye weekend, Manziel assured coach Pettine that he would not embarrass the organization in any way.

I am here to present an alternative storyline for Manziel up to this point in his life. One that would frame him as ” Mr. Perfect”.

Video

I created a highlight video of Johnny Manziel’s best plays in college and the NFL he has made so far. I used the “Highlight Reels” example for this video. This is a sign of only the beginning of what is sure to be a Hall of Fame career. Here is my YouTube video link.

Audio

I sat down with Johnny to discuss why he is what he is. Here is a podcast of my short interview with him about his football career. I used the audio assignment “Interviewing the Talent” as the example of my interview. Soundcloud interview 

Visual

As a memento of his hard work up to this point in his career, the Browns PR department has rewarded him as the cover of this month’s magazine. This image appears on the cover as the Cleveland Daily Newspaper as well. I referred to the “Sports Poster” assignment as reference to my visual posters.

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That is the end of my alternative fictional story on Johnny Manziel. I hope he can turn this fictional story into reality!

“Make Your Own Ringtone(s) Tutorial”

The Process, Narrated 

I am providing a tutorial for the “Make Your Own Ringtone(s)” audio assignment. I have listed step by step instructions detailing the process of completing this assignment. Instead of using audacity, I used GarageBand and iTunes.

Step 1: Find a piece of music on YouTube.

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Step 2: Download music using http://en.savefrom.net/.

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Step 3: Open Garageband, select “New Project”, then “Empty Project”.

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Step 4: Choose “Audio”.

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Step 5: Click on “Media Browser” icon in top left corner.

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Step 6: Insert/drag audio files into Garageband

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Step 7: Edit audio

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Step 8: Share song to iTunes or SoundCloud.

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Step 9: Log into Soundcloud, choose file to upload.

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Step 10: Select iTunes, then select song you wish to upload.

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Step 11: Edit track, write description, title, tags, etc.

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Step 12: Copy embed link into blog post.

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Step 13: Click on “text” in top left corner of blog post, paste embed link.

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That is the final step in this process. If you follow the steps one by one, you should have no problem completing this assignment. Hope this tutorial is helpful!

“Highlight Reels Tutorial”

The Process, Narrated 

I will break this process down step by step. It is an easy process if you are familiar with iMovie, YouTube Video Editor, or both.

Step 1: Choose an athlete

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Step 2: Find video clips of highlights (YouTube) of this athlete.

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Step 3: Download the YouTube clips using  http://en.savefrom.net/.

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Step 4: Import clips into iMovie.

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Step 5: Trim/edit clips to your liking in iMovie.

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Step 6: Find a song on YouTube.

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Step 7: Download song using http://en.savefrom.net/.

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Step 8: Import song to iMovie.

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Step 9: Add/edit song to video in iMovie.

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Step 10: Share/Publish movie to YouTube.

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Step 11: Upload to YouTube “My Channel”.

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Step 12: Copy embed link from video

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Step 13: Paste embed link into blog post by clicking on “text” in top left corner of post. In “text”, paste the link.

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If you follow these steps in order, you should be able to complete this assignment with ease. Hope this tutorial is helpful!

Mashup vs Remix

Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mashup, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could be a family member, friend, neighbor, random stranger. The point is to capture a recording of your explanation and make sure we hear the other person, perhaps asking a question. If you show them any examples, do it before you record (we do not need to hear them again). Write up a blog post that includes this recording and anything else you want to share to show your understanding of remix, and explaining how the examples you watched demonstrated the form. Put some thought on whether this is a creative act and as well explore what it means for the entities that retain copyright over the media forms that are remixed. Include links and/or embeds of all media you reference.

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The Work Itself 

This is a remix assignment, I have never done this before. It is titled Fantastic Imaginary Buildings [Remixed]: Mood Swap, its instructions are as follows “using an image editor like Photoshop or GIMP, edit together found images of buildings and structures to create what Kazanjian calls a “hyper-collage.”  Look for and select interesting elements of buildings that can be fitted together into a coherent scene. Try to make your image unique to you, creating some kind of dream-like imaginary building. Be sure to think about the “setting” that your building is located in. Your end product should be a back-and-white image.” Those are original instructions, the remix card asks to “flip the mood of the assignment. If it’s light, make it dark. If it’s sad, make it happy. If it’s exhilarating, make it not so exhilarating.” Here it is on my flickr. It is rated 4.5 total stars for difficulty.

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The Story Behind The Story 

The building in the back is what I am referring to. It is the refurnished and renovated home of the late Albert Einstein. It is located on a private lot and is under the supervision and control of the local government. It is rumored that is used as a scientific laboratory for the greatest scientists in the world. It is in middle of nowhere in rural Iceland. The only reason this photo exists of this building is because it was leaked by someone from inside who had access. Why was it leaked, that what journalists are desperately trying to find out.

The Process, Narrated 

I used Pixlr Editor to complete this assignment. I searched “architecture” in Google, and found stairs, a facade, a chimney, and another facade that I downloaded and inserted into Pixlr Editor as individual layers. I cropped and resized the images as I positioned them together in a way that appeared to make sense and organized. I used the brush tool to remove the background colors of each image, and then selected a black & tool white tool that converted the image into black and white. Here a few photos to document my process.

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Sports Teams Mashup

The Work Itself 

This assignment is titled “Your Favorite Teams Mashup“, its instructions are to “combine the logos of two or more of your favorite sports teams. Don’t just create an image with the two logos next to each other! Make the final logo look natural and cohesive.” It is currently rated 3.5 stars for difficulty. I mashed up the Oilers logo, Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, and Falcons logo together. Here it is on my flickr.
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The Story Behind The Story 

In this case, the yellow jacket is prey for the falcon. To observe the land better and for hunting purposes, the falcon likes to perch atop tall places and see what is below. The falcon finds a oil rig tower (oilers logo) and sits on top until it sees its prey. Eventually the falcon spots a yellow jacket, the falcon swoops on top of it, and grabs it with its talons. It brings the prey back to the oil tower, where the falcon will eat the yellow jacket. I chose these logos because I wanted to make it as realistic as possible and as relatable to nature as possible.

The Process, Narrated 

I googled searched an image of the “Oilers”, “Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket”, and “Falcons logo”. I then opened up Pixlr Editor. I inserted each image as a “layer” into from my desktop into Pixlr Editor. I then used the shaping/cropping tool to position and either minimize or enlarge the photos as I desired. I used the paint bucket tool to fill in the background color all white. I horizontally flipped the yellow jacket so it would be facing away from the falcon. In this position the yellow jacket appears dead or more so than if it were facing towards the falcon. Here a few photos to document my process.

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Call of Duty Heroes

The Work Itself 

This mashup assignment is titled “Video Game Cover Mashup“, its instructions are as follows “this assignment will be completed through the use of photoshop. Take two existing video game covers and mash them up so that both can be identified but in a different style. Try to be creative in the title and artistic design.” It is currently rated 3.5/5 in regards to difficulty. My new video game is “Call of Duty Heroes”. It is available on the PS4 and XBOX1!

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The Story Behind The Story 

Infinity ward and Activision have created a new video game, “Call of Duty Heroes”. Building off of the recent ISIS attacks, this game aims against ISIS. Within the campaign mode, the gamer can choose between the path of Superman or Batman and fight against ISIS. There is a different storyline for Batman and Superman, but the end goal is the same, to destroy ISIS. This game is available for Xbox 1 and PS4, pre-order a copy now and get 5% off!

The Process, Narrated 

I used two video game covers to create this mashup. Call of Duty Black Ops and Justice League Heroes. I found the images of these respective game covers that I liked and downloaded them. I dragged them into Photoshop from finder. I created new layers for each image. To combine the texts, I cut “heroes” from its layer and pasted it on top of “Ghosts”. I simply replaced heroes with ghosts. I did the same thing for the image of superman and batman. Using the box tool, I selected their bodies and cut it from its original layer and then pasted onto this new layer over the Call of Duty soldier image. I repeated this process for the rating pending, “infinity ward”, and “Activision”. I dragged each image off google and pasted it onto this layer. I minimized each image so it would appear that it was one image with the justice league heroes. Here a few photos to document my process.

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Friends and emoji

The Work Itself 

This mashup assignment is titled “Mashing Friends And Emojis“, its instructions are to “take a picture of one of your friends or just a person that is in the moment doing something exactly like an emoji and then mash them together for comparison.” It is currently rated 3.5/5 stars for difficulty.

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The Story Behind The Story 

My friend Sean Prin has been sick the last few days and my roommates and I have forced him to wear a mask and maintain a a 3 ft radius from anyone of us. These tactics are in an effort to keep the rest of us healthy. His face of amazement and disbelief stems from the moment I told him that he no longer has to wear the mask. After much consideration, my roommates and I agreed that the sickness was no longer contagious so he was no longer a threat to our health. This is what friends are for…looking after each other for the better of everyone.

The Process, Narrated  

I took two pictures of my friend Sean and matched to the appropriate emojis. I simply took the photos with my iPhone, emailed the images to myself and downloaded the images. Then I searched the matching emojis on google images and found the ones I wanted and downloaded those to my desktop. I uploaded the images directly into my blog post. I arranged the corresponding photos horizontally so as to show which emoji goes with what photo. Here a few photos documenting my process.

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