Coming Up Roses: Week 4 Midweek Sum-Up

Hello, everyone! We’re about to enter the home-stretch, for the semester. I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have.

So far this week, I’ve completed the daily creates for Tuesday and Wednesday:

For Tuesday’s daily create, I decided to make a poster advertising the “Try Not to Laugh Challenge” as an Olympic sport. I watch quite a bit of Markiplier on YouTube, and he’s done several videos on the “Try Not to Laugh Challenge,” where he watches a collection of videos from either Vine or YouTube or other sources and tries not to laugh, and eventually laughs anyway. I got the picture of the laughing smiley face from Pixabay, and edited it in MediBang (where I made the canvas bigger) and Autodesk Sketchbook (where I added the line down the middle, the text, and the circle with a slash around the smiley face).

If I were to enter a try not to laugh competition, I would definitely lose!

I went with a map of Dublin, Ireland, for Wednesday’s daily create. Ireland has kind of a special place in my heart, since for one, I’m part Irish, and also I was a big fan of the Artemis Fowl book series, when I was younger. I looked up Dublin in Google Maps and then took a picture of it with the screen capture software on my computer; I found the images of Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Pixabay; then I edited them all together in Autodesk Sketchbook.

Film Reading and Film Making

Earlier, I also discussed an article written by Roger Ebert, How to Read a Movie, where he discussed how a scene can be “weighted” in a way that affects how audiences might read a scene, and then I watched four videos about various tricks and techniques of film making. Both the article and the videos went over different ways in which scene composition can affect the overall tone of a scene. Because I tend to take the films I watch at face-value, at least on the first couple of viewings, these kinds of minute details about composition tend to slip past me; but since we’ll be making our own videos later on this week, I’ll be sure to keep these little things in mind, when making mine.

Question of the Week: Nursery Rhymes

Old Mother Hubbard

When I was a little kid, “Ring Around the Rosie” was a song I would sing with friends all the time, and it wasn’t until much, much later that I found out that it was about the Black Death (imagine my shock!). Like with film making and composition, I pretty much took it at face-value and saw it as a rather meaningless rhyme about flowers, with its mention of roses and posies. So, if I were to write a story to change the meaning of the poem, it might go something like this:

The American version of “Ring Around the Rosie” is about potpourri. People would sometimes use small sacks of potpourri, often containing roses and posies, to help their clothes smell nicer, but there were times when the scent would be so overpowering that it would make some people feel rather dizzy. Children then decided to make a game of sorts out of it; they would spin in a circle, singing the song, and then fall to the ground. The “ashes, ashes” part of the song is derived from how the dried-up petals and fruit slices making up the potpourri become ashy, over time.

That’s about it for now. I hope y’all have a good rest of your week! Until next time.

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