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.
Vonnegut draws the chart with Good Fortune at the top of the vertical axis and Bad Fortune at the bottom. The Horizontal axis goes from the Beginning on the left to the End on the right. In the Blind Side the story resembles Vonnegut’s Cinderella example. Michael Oher begins at the bottom of the vertical axis with ill fortune. He is homeless, his family is in disarray, he is not attending school and his only prospects seem to be a life of gang violence. His fortune begins to change when he is taken in and cared for by Leigh Ann and Sean, his soon to be foster parents. He now has some stability. His fortunes begin to rise, he is fed, clothed, housed. They rise higher as he attends school and gets involved with athletics. All is not well, he falls a bit back down due to his trouble with both academics and athletics, but he maintains a safe and supportive home life. He continue to rise on the vertical axis as he comforts people from his past and as he matures personally, academically, and athletically. As the story moves across the horizontal axis toward the “end”, his good fortune climbs up off the chart, he attends college on a football scholarship, receives a college degree and is drafted into the NFL and professional football. Here is my YouTube video that I created to represent my connection between “The Blind Side” and Kurt Vonnegut,. To make this video I used YouTube video editor. I uploaded the images I wanted in my film and created a caption for each photo and trimmed the duration of each photo to 3 seconds using the editing tools. Enjoy!
In addition, I recently came across this video of an interview with two Albany lacrosse players. It is a digital story because it is a form of technology and it shares a story, hence that is why its called an interview. It shares a story to viewers of the lives of these two lacrosse players.
I chose to do the activity “tell a story in five frames”. My story is of a college student(s) moving in. It was a sequence of events that I have put together in order using images from the web. I uploaded the images to my flickr and an album. I captioned each photo with a title to describe the picture. First, the student leaves home and drives to college. Second, he or she arrives on campus. Third, the student moves into the dorm. Fourth, after unpacking the kid meets his roommate(s). Lastly, the hardest part is to say goodbye to family.
I checked out all the stories and “30,000 miles in 30 seconds” video was by far my favorite. I really liked the movie, it was well done and fun to see the different landscapes in the US. The fact that the she drove across the country and the reasoning for doing so is what makes this story special. It is not the movie or production, but rather the story behind the scenes that makes it special and appreciative. The arc of the story begins in New York and ends on the beach of Santa Monica, California. She cut and pasted clips from the film. Each clip was the same in length, a second. Obviously this is a miniature, cut-down version of the complete iMovie road trip film, but it works well on its own. I was satisfied with the production and it captured the purpose of the film in only 30 seconds, which is an amazing feat. Her implementation of “stop motion” to depict her cross country trip was fantastic. As a result of her pasting together clips from each state, it made me feel as if I were in the car experiencing this adventure with her.
Storytelling is the action of telling a story to an audience. The first things that come to mind when I come across the word “storytelling” is childhood, exaggeration, adventure, and sitting around a campfire. Specifically, some images that come to mind are sleepovers with friends, camping, and a full moon. A place I instantly refer to is my friend’s basement. A group of us would sleep there, but before we fell asleep we would always tell a story. Usually it would be a story of a funny moment during school, which the teller would grossly exaggerated for dramatic purposes.
People I think of when I hear or see the word “storytelling” are these same group of friends. Some sounds that correlate to storytelling is obviously voices, but also crickets or animal sounds. This is because I told stories or heard stories at night when animals are out and about. I recall a few of my friends telling me memorable stories. I distinctly remember one story of me in kindergarten when I stripped naked and ran around the school. My friends repeat this story whenever I see them. However, I have no recollection of this happening so after so many years I am still not sure if it is a fictional or nonfictional story. The purpose or idea behind storytelling is to create an engaged community and pass down important values from generation to generation.
To introduce the word “digital” to storytelling, alters my perception of storytelling completely. I always imagine and connect storytelling to oral storytelling and taking place alongside other people. Digital storytelling eliminates the physical human connection of storytelling, which is my favorite aspect of storytelling. The fact that a story is being told stays the same, but the way the story is communicated differs. Digital storytelling communicates a message via technology, such as through a video, blog, or tweet. Oral storytelling is passed down from one person to another by way of speech. When someone says “digital storytelling”, I think of videos and visual graphics.