Monthly Archives: March 2015

Weekly Summary; Week 10

Well this was my first week taking over Mariams blog and I must say I have enjoyed myself. I have never taken a class like this before. It is interactive despite being online and it really gives you a chance to work creatively along so many people!

So lets see what I completed this week!

This week I made a TV Debut which was interesting because I thought I was over my ex BUT LOL guess not.

I also had to complete an interview this week. I was unable to be present for it but I think my co-worker did a great job answering the questions on my behalf. THX Patricia.

I completed 3 daily creates. Which was probably my favorite part of the week!

I also commented on people’s stuff. I am amazed by the thought and effort some of my fellow classmates continue to put into this class! Nice job FAM!

Lastly my group and I made the choice to stay together as a group. Love live house of noir!

Overall I have enjoyed my first week in ds106!! I am excited to see what I learn from this class in the coming weeks. I have been informed by this blogs owner Mariam I need to get better with the twittering so hopefully I get better at it next week. Till then FAM!


I was also asked to answer interview questions about myself but I was busying due to a prior engagement. I had my co-worker answer the questions on my behalf and I think she did a good job. To be noted I can’t sing so technically she is the liar.


VIVA HOUSE OF NOIR. We have decided to stay together and work as a team on our final project. I think although coordinating time schedules with other people can be difficult at times I have enjoyed working in this group throughout this semester. Everyone in the group brings something unique to the table and I would love to see that carry on during the rest of my time in #ds106.

Television Debut

I also made my television debut this weekend. Idk I went on Find a Noir Lover to find a lover and get over my ex but after going on this show I realized how much I still loved my girl and how much I wanted to get her back. We haven’t had the most conventional relationship (because she got me involved with a drug cartel) but I still love her and I am going to do everything I can to get her back. SO I guess major S/O to this show for helping me realize this. I apologize to Melody Bay for walking out of the show again. I hope she finds love !

heres the show! ENJOY


I also had to comment on peoples stuff in this class….I mean it was fun finding blogs of people I already knew I guess. But whatevs

This man is doing the lords work because so many people don’t know how to pour a beer!

Drawing isn’t my strength either so I applaud his effort.

This is some dope tree art.

Clue is one of fav board games too #twins

Another great batman drawing

Cool I found my co-workers sara sparkels blog! Shes supa cool

I found Jack spence;s blog too! Super cool guy and he has lots of $$$

This was cool finger print art

This person put a lot of thought into this assignment nice job!

I think melody may still be a little upset from our encounter during the show. She’s a nice women though I hope she finds love


So I had to complete what are called daily creates. They were fun I guess a little difficult at times because I am not very artistic but I enjoy that they switch up catergories every week to keep it interesting.

I made a motivational poster.

I made tree art

And lastly I wrote about a stranger I met.
I had just got off of work and I saw this beautiful young lady sitting outside of the restaurant. I was hesitant to say hello at first but we made eye contact and I felt obligated to say hello. I greeted her with a warm smile. She asked me how my day was going and I told her I was a little tired and had just got off of work. She was very responsive and her smile couldn’t leave her face. She asked if I was working tomorrow. I nodded my head and I cannot wait till I see her again.

Y’all keep it interesting here in #ds106

Weekly Summary; Week 9

It was a busy week in ds106!

This week we were asked to live tweet a radio show and blog about what we thought about it. I listened to the Noir Buzz. I enjoyed live tweeting because it gave me a opportunity to view the work of my classmates and give any feedback I had to them.

We also had to complete a final radio show reflection. House of Noir was a big part of this class and seeing all the hard work my group mates and I put into our radio show it was nice to see that people enjoyed our show. I have mentioned this is in my previous reflection posts but this may have been one of the most productive group project I have been in. So a major shout out to my group because you guys are just awesome!

We also had to create our own video essay from a list of movies provided to us. I chose the movie notorious. When I first read that we had to complete this assignment I was a little freaked out because I absolutely knew nothing about how to read movie. But thankfully we were provided some great resources and I have a better understanding of the content. I also thought the composing the video would be difficult for me but once I downloaded windows movie maker everything was pretty clear and easy to follow. Considering the fact that the film noir isn’t my favorite type of movie genre I still found Notorious a very interesting and engaging movie.

This week we had the option of expanding on our radio show and starting to create a video project that related to our characters. So House of Noir is back! This week we were asked to create a trailer about our video. My group (the same as the radio show) decided we wanted to depict the lives of our characters through their own eyes. I think individually we have some ideas that we want to portray for our characters but we still need to come together and decide how we want to combine all of our ideas for the video. Thankfully we have the next week for our video as well. I am excited to see where we go with our video! LONG LIVE HOUSE OF NOIR

I also completed two daily creates this week.

I also created a category on my blog for my character Jeffrey Davidson. I think this will be very helpful for me because I have so much content about my character and having it all in one place is very convenient. Also I this is helpful for my classmates because we have been collaborating a lot lately and if they ever need more information about my character it is readily available for them.

Overall this week was different but still exciting. I was a lot scared initially when I saw we have to make a video essay because I had never worked with anything like that before. But I think I understand the concepts much better now and am more confident in my abilities to “read” a movie. I am also excited to see where our video for the continuation of our radio show; House of Noir will go! I know I have a lot of ideas and I am excited to get started working on it with my group. :)

PLOT TWIST: House of Noir is back!

This week we had two options of completing 8 starts worth of video assignments or creating a trailer for a 15-30 video with a group that related to our noir characters.

I chose the second option. My radio show group House of Noir decided to get back together and work on this project with our characters. We chose to do “a day in the life of ______” type of show where we would each showcase what a day looks like for each of our characters. This would be from the perspective of our characters so we could see how they viewed the world. So I have to document Jeffrey’s life through his own eyes.

To complete my trailer I got small video clips from and and downloaded them to windows movie maker. I then trimmed the videos and so my trailer wouldn’t be too long and made all the videos black and white. I then added captions to each clip and a title page. I also muted the background music of each clip and included some background music that I found on YouTube so my trailer wouldn’t be completely silent.

Video Essay

This week we were asked to read and watch some clips that related to how to read a movie. Prior to this assignment I had no idea whatsoever about how you read a movie. The Roger Ebert article “How to read a movie” was very helpful for me. I was able to figure what the main points were in reading a movie. After jotting down a few notes I went on to watch the videos. The most helpful videos for me were the Camera Angles and techniques, the One-Point perspective, and the Top 20 Cinematic techniques. After learning more about cinematic techniques we were asked to “read” a classic noir film. The film I had chosen to analyze was Notorious. We were then asked to create a video essay in which we critically analyze the cinematic techniques of one scene in the movie of our choosing. The scene I chose was when Devlin and Alicia are en route to Rio for their assignment. I chose this scene because I was easily able to distinguish the high camera angles in the plane. I identified 3 cinematic techniques in this scene. The first on is the high camera angles that depict the aerial views outside the plane. Second was the 180 degree rule. When I was watching this scene and the party scene at Alicia’s house I could not help but notice the camera consistently focusing on each character speak even though it was a conversation between both Devlin and Alicia. After googling some terms I figured out this was called the 180 degree rule. The diagram below helped me apply it to this scene specifically.

180 degree rule.svg
180 degree rule“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

So although Alicia and Devlin faces were being focused in separately when they spoke the audience knew they were sitting together and talking and that was because of the 180 rule and the angling of the camera. The last technique I saw being used was the One-point perspective when they had almost landed in Rio and Alicia was looking outside both the airplane window.

To complete my video essay I downloaded 4k video downloader. I then used windows movie maker to trim down the file to what I needed. I only kept some of the opening credits and then the airplane scene. I then added narration to the different parts of the scene. I found it difficult to speak about all the techniques at once so I decided to split the videos every time where there was a new technique. Also I had difficulty with my narration being quieter than the background noise and the characters talking. So in places where I have added my own narration the video is silent because I want my voice to be heard clearly. I then again split the parts of the clips if I still wanted them to have the original sound of the video (where my narration was not needed basically). I then saved it to my computer and uploaded it to youtube.