Entering the Home-Stretch

Hello, everyone! Believe it or not, we’re nearly there–we’re almost in our final week of the semester! I hope you’ve been enjoying yourselves as much as I have.

I completed the daily creates for both Saturday and Sunday:

For Saturday’s daily create, I drew the deer, the bunny, and the butterfly on the digital whiteboard linked on the daily create page, for that day. I decided to draw them in since deer, bunnies and butterflies are a pretty big part of my real world, and I’ve always been fond of them, deer in particular (even if they eat all of my mother’s plants!).

I think this image goes to show that I’m a bit rusty when it comes to drawing on the computer without any reference.

I mentioned this before, but my cat Jasmine has a very strange personality, so for Sunday’s daily create, I decided to give her a medal for it. I downloaded the image of the medal from Pixabay, wrote the text on the medal’s face in MediBang, and then combined it with an old photo of my cat that was on my phone in Autodesk Sketchbook, where I transformed the medal to look like Jasmine was wearing it (kind of).

Then, I completed three video assignments–the Your Dream as a Movie Trailer assignment, the Public Service Announcement assignment, and the A Word… A Picture… A Story assignment–all three of which I discussed in previous posts: Fashion Dreams, Everything You Know is a Lie!, and Pretty Words.

I also commented on three different posts: Lowlights – Wow Look a Website; My Dream Trip to Finland – Issie Griffith; and We All Have a Dream – Pixeltale.

Lowlights – Wow Look a Website
My Dream Trip to Finland – Issie Griffith
We All Have a Dream – Pixeltale

I decided I wanted to talk a bit more about my PSA video:

The Story

A crack team of historians and folklorists discovers that the real origins of the nursery rhyme, “Ring Around the Rosie,” isn’t anywhere near as grim as once believed, and is, in fact, related to people keeping their clothes smelling fresh and flowery with potpourri. After compiling all of the data they could find, the team relays the story to a news outlet, who then posts a breaking-news bulletin to reveal the truth to the masses.

The More In-Depth Look

I was originally planning on doing the vintage educational video assignment, to complete the nursery rhyme prompt from my mid-week post, but I realized that that probably wouldn’t work since that assignment was more about making a vintage educational video about a modern topic, and nursery rhymes really aren’t that modern. So, after doing a bit more searching, I decided to make a short psa about “Ring Around the Rosie,” instead.

Like I mentioned in my post regarding the video, I had a surprisingly hard time finding certain images and clips to illustrate what I wanted, like the strong smell of the potpourri or the fact that it would make people dizzy. In the end, I just used the image of a woman smelling a flower, which I found while Googling “bad smell” and picking one of the first royalty-free images I found to go with both points about the strong smell and how it made people dizzy.

The method I used for my voice-over narration was pretty much identical to how I recorded my narration for my alternate history audio assignment, last week. The only real differences between the two were, 1) the fact that there were visuals to go with my audio, this time around; and 2) doing the voice-over for this assignment was less, for lack of a better term, labor-intensive than for the audio assignment. A large part of that was the fact that the audio track for the video assignment didn’t require nearly as many additional sound effects or music as the audio assignment did, but also I felt that I didn’t require as many takes, when recording my audio for this assignment than when I recorded the last one (that’s not to say I didn’t need to re-record certain lines because I stumbled over them or paused for too long, of course).

I didn’t use photos or clips of children in my video, but in retrospect it might’ve helped drive home the fact that “Ring Around the Rosie” is a nursery rhyme sung by children. I had downloaded clips of children playing from Pixabay, as well as a child holding his nose to help illustrate the point about the potpourri smelling strongly, but I second-guessed myself before I uploaded the video, and so I went back and edited it; although now, like I said, it most likely would’ve been fine to leave them in. I have a habit of being indecisive about certain things, which is something I hope to break, in the future.

Anyway, that’s about it from me for this week. Until next time.

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