Wanted Poster Tutorial

The last form of media I chose was design. I had the idea of creating a wanted poster for my character, but couldn’t find an assignment that matched my idea in the assignment bank, so I made one up! I would say that this assignment would be worth around 3.5/4 stars, as I didn’t use a template and designed it myself in Photoshop. Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Open a blank background in Photoshop, then fill it in with the paint brush with whatever color you want the background of your poster to be (I’m sure there’s an easier way to do this, but no matter how many times I work in Photoshop, I still can’t figure out, like, 75% of the tools or the things it’s capable of).

Step 2: Place the image of the wanted person and add the relevant text. For my text, I chose to use the “Nashville” font from dafont to give an Old Western feel. Though my story does not take place in the Old West, I figured this theme would be most fitting for a wanted poster seeing as how iconic it is.

Step 3: To go further with the Old Western theme, I decided to put a grainy filter on my poster. For this, I saved my poster design and imported it into Lightroom, which is Adobe’s much more user-friendly photo editing software. The preset I used for this is called “Grunge with Grain and Dark Edges,” from the ON1 Signature Collection Presets, Volume 2.

Sound Effects Story Tutorial

I decided to return to an assignment from Week 3, the Sound Effects Story. Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Find sound effects you want to use in your story and download them. I recommend using freesound. I wanted sound effects for my character’s escape from prison, so I searched for sound effects such as “prison alarm,” “jail cell door closing,” “yelling,” running on gravel,” etc.

Step 2: One you have all of your sound effects downloaded, import them into Audacity.

Step 3: Play around with them and place them in the order you want them. For example I had to change the tempo on the sound effect for “running on gravel” because the best file I could find on freesound was of someone walking rather than running on gravel.

Step 4: Once you have the sound effects in the order you want them, export the final product as a WAV file. I recommend WAV because that is one of the file types that SoundCloud recommends for the highest quality.

Note: You will need to export the file in order to save it as an audio file and use it elsewhere, as “Saving Project” will only save it as an Audacity project and will not allow it to be opened in other apps.

Five Frame Story Tutorial

Another visual assignment! Whoo! This one is called “Five Frame Story.” This is assignment is pretty easy and self-explanatory:

Tell a story using five photos. Basically, that’s it. Figure out the story you want to tell and then take five photos to tell it. If you need to edit, add filters, etc. in order to get the effect you want, go for it. 

For my story, I chose to use fake crime scene photos. I couldn’t actually stage a crime scene with security camera and police cars, so I found some stock images on Google:

Once I had all my images downloaded, I opened up a blank background in Photoshop:

I then resized the images to fit on the background and placed them in the order of the story I was telling:

I then saved my photo and that was it! Here is the final product:

Be Your Own Best Friend! Tutorial

One of the visual assignments I chose to do for my final project was “Be Your Own Best Friend!” This assignment was relatively easy and only took a few minutes. Here is how I did it:

  1.  Navigate to the panoramic photo option in the camera app on your iPhone. Then, in my case, hand your phone to your boyfriend, or to a friend, parent, etc.
  2. Stand still in the shot, and have the person taking the photo start panning the camera then stop when you’re out of frame.
  3. Exit the frame and run behind the person taking the photo and into the area they will continue panning to. So, if they’re panning from left to right, exit frame left, and run behind them and stand on their right.
  4. Stand still again, and then have the person pan you back into the frame. Complete the photo!

Story Map Tutorial

One of the visual assignments I decided to do for my final project was a story map. It was worth 3.5 stars and I used it to represent my character’s journey looking for their sister. Here is how I created it:

Step 1: Go to the KnightLab Story Map site and click “Make a StoryMap.”

Step 2: Title your project then click “Create.”

Step 3: The first photo you upload will your title slide. Upload your photo or insert the photo’s URL. Then add a headline or title for your Story Map.

Step 4: Upload the rest of your photos, and type in the name or coordinates of the location where each photo was taken.

Step 5: When you have finished uploading your photos and geotagging them, click “Share” in the upper right corner, and share to the platform of your choice.

Step 6: To embed your Story Map into a WordPress site, you will need to download and install the iFrame plugin.

Step 7: Once the plugin has been installed on your site, copy the text in the “Embed” section and paste it into a block on your site. Then, change “HTML” to “Preview.”

On The Run

So, you can probably guess by the title what this story is about. I’ve committed a crime and now I’m a fugitive, right?

Wrong. I haven’t committed a single crime (well, except for the one I’m about to describe, I guess). I was arrested for a crime that I didn’t commit, and I know who did commit the crime: my twin sister, Jude. But of course you wouldn’t be able to tell that from the crime scene photos/photos from the victims’ security camera:

Notice how her face is conveniently not in any of the pictures? I’ll give her credit, she’s really good at what she does. The only problem is that what she does are bad things. So how did I get arrested if I’m not in any of those photos? Well, inquisitive reader, it just so happened that I was walking home that night on the street of the robbery around the time it happened. A witness described the build of the perpetrator and I of course fit their description. Lucky me. So, I was arrested and was in jail for several months…until I escaped to find my sister and turn her in. I had it all planned out with a friend of mine who made regular visits to me while I was in prison.

Once I was out, my friend and I set out to find my sister. We didn’t actually have much of a plan or anything to go on, except my vague memory of Jude saying years ago that she wanted to travel around Europe. We figured that, since she must have just come into to quite a bit of money selling the things she stole, she would spend that money on traveling. So we set off to places that I’ve always wanted to go, since I figure there might be some similarities because twin telepathy and all that jazz.

Everything went rather smoothly as we everyone we talked to in these places did have say that they had someone “who looked just like [me]” come through town a few days ago. We were waiting to be seated at The Eagle and Child when I noticed a poster on the wall.

I further covered my face with the hood of my raincoat and ripped the poster off the wall before quickly leaving. From Oxford, we left for Milan, Italy. From there, Munich then to Vienna and finally to Prague. Notice that I say “finally.” Yep, we ran into my sister.

She tried to run, but we were able to corner her and take her into the police. Eventually, after many trials and tribulations, as well as literal trials, my good name was cleared and my sister took my place in jail. I feel kind of bad about that, but I mean, she did commit a serious crime and needed to pay her debt to society. I hope she comes out of this a different person. I miss the sweet sister I grew up with.

Week 5 Summary

DS106: Digital Storytelling has now come to an end. While this class hasn’t always been easy, it was loads of fun and I learned a lot, which I talked about in my final reflection

For our final project, we were to produce a story around a character that used all media forms we’ve worked with this semester: visual, design, audio, and video. I was somewhat dreading this assignment because I’m not very good at creative writing, but I honestly think it turned out pretty well!

Along with the story and the media used in it, we had to create tutorials for all the media we used in out story.

There it is, my final project. This course has been a lot of fun. I learned a lot of things, including how to use different digital tools that I had never used before. I can’t believe that, as a musician, I had never used Audacity before! Now, I love it and will definitely be using it again. This course also taught me that I’m creative in more ways than just writing music.

If I had the chance to take this class again, I would definitely space out my work on the assignments to relieve some of the stress I’ve experienced over the last 5 weeks.

The most exciting project was definitely the final project. the final project assignment seemed terrifying at first, because I’m awful at creative writing, so I had no clue what I was going to do for it. The idea eventually came to me, and I’m actually really happy with how it all turned out.

I definitely had a rough start to this course, but I’m really glad I took this course; it’s been extremely rewarding.

DS106 Final Reflection

I would like to say that these last 5 weeks have flown by, but they kind of haven’t. there were a lot of moments that I wanted to just throw in the towel because I didn’t think I was skilled enough for some of the assignments. But I stuck through it and I’m pretty satisfied with my work. While the weeks didn’t exactly always fly by, there were only a few moments when I wasn’t having fun with what I was doing.

We started off this course by building our own websites. This wasn’t entirely new to me as that’s what my dad does for a living and he’s taught me some stuff along the way, but it still seemed pretty daunting. After many hours of failure, I eventually got the hang of it.

The first week was focused on the visuals of storytelling. The visual assignments were some of my favorites as I love photography and already had some 4,000 photos that I’ve taken over the years, as well as Photoshop and Lightroom, at my disposal.

From the visuals of storytelling, we moved on to the design aspect of storytelling. These assignments were also a bit daunting as I’ve never been very good at designing things from scratch, but upon learning more about why things are designed they way they are, I was able to apply some of those concepts to my own work.

For weeks 3 and 4, we focused on audio and video respectively. The audio assignments also seemed scary, but I got the hang of it and actually really enjoyed it! I would like to say the same of the video assignments, but those stayed scary all the way through. They did get progressively less scary as I experimented with video more, though.

Overall, I learned a lot and had a lot of fun with this class. I will definitely be experimenting with the aspects of storytelling that I hadn’t experimented with before taking this class and I can’t wait to see how my photography will change after all I’ve learned,

Week 4 Summary

I thought this week’s assignments would be really difficult and grueling, but I actually really enjoyed making videos.

30 Second Documentary-I’m Bad at Sleeping

I chose to do this assignment because part of the description was make a video “of you doing something you’re terrible at,” and I immediately thought about how bad I am at sleeping due to my insomnia.

All I did for this video was take pictures of different times on the clock to show that many hours had passed and put those pictures in between clips of me getting into bed and doing things that I do when I can’t sleep.