The Bad and the Good

I Bring You Design

Following the audio of Hollis with his kidnappers, I chose to create the design elements for my final project. There were two images that I wanted to create: one to advertise ANTISA and one to urge people to report sightings of ANTISA to the FBI.

Also, it is really late, but thank goodness the HCC is open twenty-four-seven. I have been coming here lately instead of Sheetz since the Wi-Fi is much better. The place is practically barren in the summer, so I suppose I am keeping it company.

The Bad

In the wake of the Detroit steam-plant bombing, ANTISA banners began appearing all over the nation. The domestic terror-group had made its first major strike and had begun aggressively recruiting. With their motto, “End the pollution, save the planet,” being spread under the guise environmentalism, once normal protestors were joining the group seeking to be a part of the movement. Though the main-stream media extensively covered the catastrophe in Michigan, most Americans were getting their news from Facebook and other online sources which failed to depict the horrors that had occurred and the devastation to the Detroit community. An emergency order by the FBI directed law-enforcement nation-wide to document the location of and remove any ANTISA banners found and to arrest the person(s) hanging them if possible.

Join the Cause

#ds106 #finalproject #thegood

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The Good

Spearheaded by Meg Pultz, a movement began to spread awareness about the evil of ANTISA. After speaking at a memorial to those lost at the plant bombing, she organized others in her community to begin posting anti-ANTISA posters around the state. Support flooded to Meg for her efforts, and soon steam-workers and their families around the country began doing likewise. The posters were simple, encouraging people to stick together and to report any suspected ANTISA activity to FBI via the new hotline that had been implemented.

End the Evil

#ds106 #finalproject #thegood

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How it All Came to Be

I made a tutorial/work-along video on how to create these designs on Mac using Canva. The tutorial can be viewed on YouTube or via my tutorial post.

The Bad and the Good (Tutorial)


Steam World Revisited

Starting Off

For the final project, I finally get my chance to continue the Steam World saga and let you the viewers find out Hollis’s fate. The story opens with audio of Hollis after the attack by ANTISA on the Detroit steam-plant.

Part One: Audio

Hollis only felt his eyes open. Though the lids parted, he only saw darkness. He blinked madly, fearing that he had been blinded, until he realized that the darkness was in front of his eyes, not in them. He could smell sweat and blood soaking his clothes, the dress polo he wore for employee picture day and the slacks Meg said made his butt look good. But that was not all his senses picked up. He could feel canvass wrapped about his head and see ripples in the dark where creases crossed the fabric. The sounds around him were muffled, but he thought he could make out the whine of an electric motor and the whooshing of air at a half open window. The last thing he remembered was running for the emergency exit when the lunch hall ceiling began falling. Where was he? Was he in a car? What happened?

“Damn it,” he thought, “I should have stayed home like Meg told me to.”

Listen Up

How it All Came to Be

I made a tutorial/work-along video on how to create this audio-story on Mac using Audacity. The tutorial can be viewed on YouTube or via my tutorial post.

Steam World Revisited (Tutorial)



Nearing the End

Not Quite What I Expected

Actually working with video this week did not turn out like I expected it to. I have realized that I am a far better photographer than videographer. While I did get a trial download of Final Cut Pro and watched some basic tutorials, I still used QuickTime and iMovie to do my assignments for the week. The learning curve for the advanced video editing programs seems steep, and I felt that I needed to focus on my content and getting the basics down before trying anything too fancy.

Also, by the end of the week, I felt drained of inspiration. The past few weeks have been tough: finding images, making designs, splicing audio, and now recording and editing video have taken a toll on my sleep, work, and sanity. Again, I think back to Dr. Polack’s “fair warning” and thank my wife for recommending that I not take this class during our anniversary trip like I had originally planned.

Ebert Style

Analyzing video with Roger Ebert’s method was not the most difficult task that I have completed this semester, but creating the video tutorial for the assignment was particularly difficult. Though I had used Soundflower for an assignment last week, this week I had to use the Audio MIDI Setup app to both make the assignment video and to make the tutorial. Also, the tutorial was more of an instructional video showing how to put the assignment together, since there is not much to explain about watching and commenting on a video. However, to do the tutorial, I was making a screen recording with QuickTime about how to make a screen recording with QuickTime. Because of this, I had to insert some screenshots to fill in places where certain options were not available while recording. To assemble the tutorial, I used Final Cut, but as stated above, I did not feel very confident using it, so I kept the edits to just inserting the screenshots.

The Dark Villain


The assignment that I had the most fun with was the Vintage Educational Video. This I feel is where my inspiration ran out. Putting the clips together took me a while, and getting re-acclimated to iMovie was a process in itself. I had used iMovie some years ago to make a Valentine’s Day video for Meg, but that was nowhere near as complicated as the educational video I made.

If Only It Were That Easy

Tying in the Weekly Question

I did not follow my original plan for the question of the week; without access to the green-screen (you have to make a reservation) I was unable to pursue my idea for continuing coverage of Steam World. Instead, I opted for more cat footage, selecting the What Do Pets Think About assignment. I made a short skit with Dina having a flash-back-like moment when Meg tells her that they are going to the vet. While the concept was good, if I had more time to work on the assignment, I feel like I could have made both it and the corresponding tutorial/work-along much better.



Grey Area

The assignment description for this week was a tad sparse. Usually, there is a checklist spelling out the daily creates and all the required blog posts, but this week, it only stated that twelve stars of video work and corresponding posts were required. However, the syllabus states that end-of-weeks have summaries (thus I bring you this one) and participation comments, and in the past, two Daily Creates were required as well. So, I still did my two Daily Creates as well.

Before midweek:

After midweek:

Spreading the Love

Again, this week I honed in on Creative Destruction for some good reading and watching. I left comments on three of his posts: Q&A&D, I React!, and Video Replay Instantly!

Going Forward

Maybe for the final week I will be able to return to Steam World. I was excited to continue the tale of my fictional Hollis and Meg, and I hope to find some outlet for their story. Week five approaches.


What Goes Through Their Heads

For my last assignment this week, I did the What Do Pets Think About assignment. Since I have a habit of narrating Dina’s thoughts already, this assignment was straight-forward. I also needed to relate my video back to my answer for the question of the week; The Wheels On The Bus had to be included in some negative fashion.  This assignment at three-and-a-half stars took care of the minimum three stars relating to the question.

Time to Run

What a shame, the day had started out so nice. Meg had given Dina her monthly claw-trimming, fed her a large breakfast, and played fetch, too. Dina, contented with the company of her owner, had just jumped onto to the couch to sit with Meg. However, she wasn’t going to stay there for long.

Meg said “vet.” Dina remembered what happened the last time Meg said “vet.” Meg had stuffed Dina into a big plastic box, carried her outside, and heaved her into some odd mechanical contraption with wheels. Then the thing started moving, slowly at first, but accelerating to great speeds, making Dina feel nauseous. The rest of that day was a blur for Dina; she had managed to block most of it from her memory.


How It All Came to Be

I made a tutorial video on how to create this analysis video on Mac using iMovie. The tutorial can be viewed on YouTube or via my tutorial post.

Trauma (Tutorial)

If Only It Were That Easy

Share the Knowledge

For my second assignment this week, I completed the Vintage Educational Video for five stars. I have seen many workplace instructional videos, which are very similar to the old educational videos, so the styling for this video was familiar.

Why this Knowledge is Important

It took me many years to learn how to properly hold a cat. After hundreds of bites and scratches from my mom’s and grandma’s cats, I finally began to understand how to make cats feel comfortable in my arms. When Meg and I got Dina, she was not a fan of being picked up or being placed in a lap. However, after two years of persistent use of my acquired cat-holding techniques, Dina enjoys being held and receives great pleasure from sitting on my lap. Dina has become so comfortable being held that my brother can pick her up upside-down without her minding; after building the trust with holding techniques, she allows us to hold her however. By employing the techniques used in this video, others can have friendlier, cuddlier cats as well.

Floor to Arm to Lap

How It All Came to Be

To create this video, I used iMovie, video recoded from my phone, and a background track from Free Music Archive.

I began by creating a new movie and inserting the video into my project from my Photos library.

To add the visual effect, I went to the clip filters and audio effects section in the browser, clicked on Clip Filter, and then selected the Silent Era filter.

I removed the original audio from the video by right-clicking the audio area of the clips and selecting Detach Audio, then selecting the audio, right-clicking, and selecting delete.

Next, I split the video into various chunks by moving the playback cursor and using Modify > Split Clip.

To insert my transitions, I went to Transitions and drag-and-dropped the transitions between the chunks of video.

To insert text, I went to Titles and drag-and-dropped the titles above the points in the video where I wanted them. Editing the text can then be done in the browser after double-clicking the title bubble.

To zoom in on parts of the video, I went to the cropping section in the browser and selected Crop to Fill, then dragged the box to the desired size.

Next, to add the music I drag-and-dropped the track from a Finder window into the timeline.

Finally, to put in the instructions I clicked the voice-over button, lined the cursor up with the point I wanted to record voice for, then pressed the record button to begin and again to stop. I had to try this a couple times to get it right.


The Dark Villain

Following by Example

For my first assignment this week, I chose the Ebert’s Analysis assignment for four stars. Finding a movie clip to analyze was the easiest part of the assignment.  I have spent many evenings at the local Sheetz and have half-watched many movies on the soundless television there while working on my assignments. One movie that played last week was The Dark Knight Risesthe final movie in the Batman series starring Christian Bale. My favorite movie in recent years is the second movie, The Dark Knight, starring Heath Ledger as the Joker. This movie focuses a lot on snippets of crafted dialogue and contrast to move the audience. I chose to analyze the clip where Commissioner Gordon and Batman interrogate the Joker about the location of the missing Harvey Dent.

To the Bat Cave!

I found the most delightful new place to work this week. During my midnight hunt for the green-screen at the Hurley Convergence Center, I stumbled across a recording booth in the basement. I believe the screen was in the next room over, but that was locked, and I was able to enter the recording booth with my student ID. Once inside, I closed the door and was surrounded by blissful silence. I suppose it would have creeped other people out, working at two AM in a dark recording booth in a dark rook in a dark basement, but I thoroughly enjoyed the lack of distractions. Also, recording my assignment was a breeze; I did not have to worry about the furnace coming on or my cat deciding she wanted to play.

Cinema Interruptus

How it All Came to Be

I made a tutorial video on how to create this analysis video on Mac. The tutorial can be viewed on Youtube or via my tutorial post.

The Dark Villain (Tutorial)