When Mr. Owl wants to know how many licks it takes to kill you.

Moving Object – “Make a moving object using Vine.”

So this project was actually so easy it should not have been four stars. That saying, I guess my tutorial will be a little different this time since it is so short.

  1. So first you have to actually make a Vine account.
  2. Then on the top right where there is a smiley face in a bubble, a camera, and three dots, hit the camera.

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3. This will take you to where you can record your vine.

4. Once here it is time to record! Just hold down on the screen to record. If you lift your finger it stops recording.

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5. When you are done recording you can edit the vine or create text under it.

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6. Done! Save and upload.

So for this assignment I tried to use the shaking camera I saw and reflected on in one of my earlier posts. When the camera was on the Joker it seemed to shake which added a really cool (or I guess, creepy) effect. It almost symbolized how crazy the Joker is but at the same time it could be the shaking (symbol for fear) of the audience/mobsters. I mean let’s face it: the Joker is a scary guy. I would be shaking too if he was sitting a foot away from me!

I wanted to do this assignment because I have always had a Vine account but have never actually made my own vine. I figured this could be a great opportunity to try making something on a new website, and the experience ended up being pretty simple! I also had to think of what prop to use that I could make a story with, which was actually pretty hard at first. I had an idea of what I wanted but I have long out grown dolls/toys/stuffed animals. Luckily my sister let me borrow one of her creepier stuffed animals (I love owls but look at those eyes!)

“It was a warm summer day and I was home alone. My parents were at work and my sister was at her friends house. I was making myself a sandwich when I heard the first noise from behind me. A fluttering sound. Almost like a bird was in the house. I searched around and finally found my dog, who was cowering in a corner staring at something. I turned my gaze to where her eyes were looking and saw… nothing. I was confused but figured she maybe just had a bad dream. I return to my lunch and this time heard scampering. I whipped around to catch whatever it was to see a whole lot of nothing. I shook my head, figured I was losing it or something. I walked over to the kitchen table and sat down. This time I felt something soft bump into my ankle. I peered under the table to see two wide golden owl eyes staring back at me. I jumped up with a start and knocked my chair back, startling my already terrified dog. She had enough adrenaline to run and hide but all I could do was stare at this toy. How in the hell did it get there? If my dog had seen it, the toy would have been torn to shreds in a heartbeat. Heartbeat. My own was fluttering just as that noise I heard earlier had. The fluttering! It had to have been this toy! I shook the thought out of my head because it was just too impossible. Within seconds I watched this toy bump into my leg. This gave me enough of an adrenaline rush to run to my stairs. Being extremely clumsy, I hit my toe on the wall next to the banister. I took a shaky look down to see blood bubbling on my foot.
Ouch.

 

I dramatically and in slow motion had to crawl up the stairs, because that is what I have seen in the horror movies. I glance behind me and see this:

I passed out from fear at the top of the stairs and when I woke up the toy was gone. I called 911 and told them my house was being haunted by a stuffed owl and they immediately sent over an ambulance. Now I am in the psych ward and all the toys around me keep staring at me. Please make them stop.

The End. “

“Did you really just say/do that?”

So this Daily Create made me realize how unflattering a photo is of you when you look like this instead of smiling or something. Or maybe it’s just my face, not the photo. Oops. So yeah, what I did here was think of a time when someone said something really stupid (think politics) or cut me off without even using their blinker, and then I took the photo. Typically people say, “Bite your tongue” when it comes to not saying nice things. However, I usually bite my lip. And now I realize that this just makes me look angry, but I promise you, I rarely get angry. So now if you see me making this face you know exactly what it means!

Take a trip to Eurasia!

Where Do You Want To Go? – “Where is somewhere that you have always dreamed of going? I really like traveling, and I often think about where I would go if I had all the money in the world. Do a video montage of images and/or video of the places that you would like to go, and add music that is native to the that area or just something fun.”

Tutorial:

  1. Find pictures of places to see and things to eat!
  2. Upload and put pictures in an order that makes sense on Youtube
  3. Add some audio that sounds fun and cheery
  4. Upload and save slideshow
  5. Upload show to Movie Maker (if you have Windows)
  6. Make a title and short ending credits (because it was probably only you making the video)
  7. SAVE and upload to Youtube
  8. Upload from Youtube onto your website!

So I have fairly recently already been to Europe, but I hope to return in the future! Italy and Japan are two places I would love to go to! I won’t exactly be descriptive in my story because I am not familiar with the cultures because I (obviously by the name of the assignment) have not been to either country. I apologize. Also, the first things I went over before my Europe trip were things to do, things to eat, and souvenirs. SO I will go over the first two, because the third one is just a bit excessive for this movie!

Let’s take a trip to Eurasia! First, we of course have to make the flight over, take a taxi to the hotel, and get acquainted with the new time zone. By now you hopefully have your whole stay mapped out, but most importantly, what to do and what to eat!

First we will go to Italy. So in the morning we will grab coffee and hike up to Mount Vesuvius where there is not only history but an amazing view. Then we will make the trek to Sistine Chapel to see all the beautiful artwork on the ceilings. When we leave we will be super hungry so we better find a place with some awesome pizza! On the way to the Leaning Tower of Pisa we will probably come across a gelato vendor and won’t be able to escape unscathed. Then that evening we will take a boat tour of the Grand Canal and all it’s beauty. Then for dinner we will get some great pasta and tiramisu for dessert! Then at night, when the stars are shining, we will head over to the Colosseum!

Next up we will go to Japan! Early in the morning we will go to a nearby Japanese tea room that smells of herbs and honey. Then we will go out to see the famous Itsukushima Shrine in all its glory. Then we will stumble upon a beautiful Japanese Zen garden that is 100 times the size of the small one you own at home! Then while souvenir shopping we will probably smell some delicious ramen and have to grab a bowl (or two). After shopping we will visit the sacred Rokuon- ji templ and bask in the glory of it. And I am sure there will be cute vendors around there selling rice balls or adorable bento boxes and we will just have to experience them! Next up we will buy some tickets to go see the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and all the fish they have. (We will of course try to take some selfies in front of the whales.) Then we will hike up Mount Fuji and look down at the country side around it and just wait for the stars to come out. Afterwards, we will grab some sushi and japanese strawberry cake for dinner and dessert. Maybe if there is enough time in the day we can soak in some hot springs! But hey, this is all part of my dream, to travel to Italy and Japan.

Will you join me?

 

These angles and sound effects ain’t nothing to “Joke” about.

So I think my favorite part of putting my knowledge to the test was noticing how creepy the Joker actually is. Like he is so creepy and attention-grabbing and volatile and just plain unpredictable (comes with the crazy territory) that these different mobsters won’t mess with the guy. I feel like my whole movie watching experience has been changed just by listening for all the sound effects and searching for those high versus low angles.

  1. Analyze the camera work.
    1. Weird- So throughout almost this whole scene, the Joker is on the right. This is weird because according to Ebert, the positioning on the right is “good”. Maybe by “good” here it just means that is the most favorable character of the scene. Which even though he is the villain, come on now, it’s the Joker. He is 5 times more interesting than these basic mobsters. When the Joker makes his first full appearance in the scene he sits still for a minute, facing the camera, like the “mugshot” Ebert referenced. This is like saying, “Here I am. Yes, it is I, the one and only Joker.” Almost for the mobsters to get a full view of his crazy.
    2. When the Joker speaks it feels like the camera is at a slight upward angle, like the Joker is slightly above the audience (dominance explained by Ebert). This also happens with the Asian boss man mobster. There is a slight angle here that you don’t see with the other mobsters. The other mobsters are typically on the same plane as the audience, or even at a lower angle (makes them seem small). Then towards the end one boss mobster stands up to the Joker to try to assert dominance and try to take control back, and here he is shown at an upper angle like the Joker. Now the boss mobster and Joker are on the same level, and this throws the Joker off so much he exposes his weapons.
    3. Lighting: The Joker is of course super white because of his makeup but there also doesn’t seem to be a shadow over him like the rest of the mobsters. This could be a show of the Joker becoming dominant over the mobsters (probably because he is violent, spontaneous, volatile and simply crazy). The shadow makes the mobsters seem less important than the Joker. This could be either due to the fact the Joker is a main character of the movie or because at this moment the Joker is dominant over the others.
    4. Camera: The camera seems to shake on the Joker, maybe because he is so close to it that he almost leaves the foreground and becomes the entire screen. I mean let’s face it, he stole the show as soon as he walked up to the table. The camera sits still on the mobsters. This could be another show of how they are all kind of background characters, or maybe they are just more stable.
  2. Analyze the audio track.
    1. The Jokers long drawn out “laugh” at the beginning of the scene sounds just like ha ha ha. This probably was to grab the mobsters attention because they were having a serious conversation and now some random person is laughing? And it adds to his crazy, because who laughs at mobsters?
    2. The Joker speaks slower than the mobsters and his voice wavers up and down while the mobsters speak steadily. This makes him sound unpredictable and makes you really pay attention. I think of this like how someone might speak to a baby: a high pitch and wavering voice to grab the babies attention.
    3. Sound effects: slamming on the table, falling of a body onto the ground sounds more like a bunch of people stomping, ticking of “bombs”, banging open of door.
    4. “You’re crazy” “I’m not. No. I’m not.” The Joker sounds extremely menacing and threatening just by saying these words. I got the same feeling in my chest here as I did when my mom used to scold me for trying to touch something dangerous in the kitchen. You back away slowly and never try that again!
  3. Put it all together.
    1. I honestly didn’t realize that the guy the Joker killed to grab everyone’s attention was the mob on the right’s “boy” (aka the muscle). The Joker took him out to exert his dominance and make the mobs pay attention and listen to him. I never even saw him walk towards the Joker before this!
    2. The sound effects also help to emphasize the sounds (typically violent in this scene) to help them sound more realistic and threatening.
    3. When the Joker says “I’m not. No. I’m not.” he also has a little eye twitch (stereo-typically done when someone is deemed “crazy”) and he does this little creepy thing with his mouth. The Joker also emphasized the “t” in “not”. This is something that shows he is getting agitated but is trying to keep cool so he can maintain his dominance. It also makes the Joker seem a little scarier. A little more menacing. Like a starving wild dog. Who would mess with a crazy person as unpredictable as the Joker?
    4. The sound of the ticking almost sounds like a heartbeat, maybe to add to the suspense of the audience? Like just watching this, my heart is racing wondering what is going to happen next. Who or what will go off next? (Which is ridiculous because I have seen the movie many times before!)
    5. The sound of the door slamming open and shut almost sounds unrealistically loud. Like the door opens and swings so fast it looks like it could be made out of cardboard but it somehow makes such a loud noise! If I didn’t know about Foley sounds then this would probably just sound like a really loud door instead of the option of it just being a sound effect.

I think I noticed more in the angle, facial features, sounds and just so soo much more in one scene of the movie by getting rid of sound and then vision. I could hear so much more and see so much more it was ridiculous. I don’t think I will ever see a movie the same again!

When Film meets Psychology to create an awesome effect for the audience

So once again I will mention the fact that I am a psych major and that I found this assignment psychologically interesting. I had no clue how much filmmakers think about every shot for a movie so it can be realistic and compelling and just plain interesting. Ebert definitely knows his stuff but some things he said made my mind dizzy or I just couldn’t think of a time I have actually seen a technique in a movie. Like the whole, “Right is more positive, left more negative. Movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so.” thing seems to be very particular and specific. I have watched A LOT of movies and I have never thought of the position of an actor compared to another as being symbolic of positive/negative or movement being favorable or not.

I can definitely see color schemes and angle as being important to portraying dominance and character because they just stand out, they make sense. But the whole movement thing… people are always moving in a movie. If a producer made every movement mean something that would be insane. Mostly because as an audience, I don’t even think about it. I don’t think, “Whoa the character is moving to the right, definitely a good guy.”

I guess what I am saying is that I believe the whole point of view/angle method is very workable. When looking down on characters, they just seem small and insignificant (“pawns”). When looking up they seem important and intimidating (“gods”). So I think that this angle method works. I even thought the color contrast method was interesting because psychologically a person in a paler light would seem good/dominant and more important than someone in the shadows. Also a person in the foreground would seem more dominant than someone in the background, this is just common sense. Why would the main character be set in the fuzzy and out of focus background? This is probably why superheros have a light shown on them in addition to taking up more screen space while the villain is lurking around in the shadowy background. These methods and theories make sense!

Then when Ebert wrote about tilting and diagonals and the differences and effects of them I got all confused again. The words “tilt” and “diagonal” seem like synonyms to me! How can they have different effects if they are so similar?? This made me think that I should have researched these terms before even reading the whole article!

Next I watched pretty much all of the videos (except Star Wars) to get a better understanding of techniques. (Of course I also had to do some googling to define what some of the techniques were so I knew what to look for in the videos.) My favorite videos were on Kubrick and Tarantino. Mostly Kubrick because I loved the movies The Shining and A Clockwork Orange and searching for random facts about each movie.

First I watched One-Point Perspective and immediately knew what I was supposed to get from this. By having scenes in a one-point perspective it puts the audience into the scene itself. The character is straight ahead of you and on a similar plane (not looking down or up at them at any angle) and it makes you feel like you are standing right with them. If they are running, you must be too! This is very compelling for an audience because it will suck them right into the movie and also makes the film seem extremely realistic. If you feel like you are in the movie, how much more realistic can it get? Another effect it gives is like how in The Shining you peer down a loooong corridor and it has that nightmare effect of never-ending running/searching/walking. Like you know something is about to pop out of a door near you or someone is about to chase you down that mile long hallway. So even if nothing is happening at that moment, other than a character walking around, it feels like something is about to happen in every scene. This makes so much psychological anxiety because you are forever just waiting for something to happen.

Next I watched Zooms and I was trying to figure out what exactly the zooming is supposed to do. And then the zooming made me think of every good jump-scare horror movie I have ever seen. When the camera zooms in on a character, it usually zooms out too. And then the movie zooms in you get to take a deep breath to prepare yourself for the zoom out because that is when something changes. Something moves or jumps out. Something is hidden in the background or standing right behind you. Something. And you know this because you’re a horror movie buff so you wait anxiously with your heart pounding. This is the effect the producer wants.The ability to use the camera to cause an emotion. Fear, sadness, whatever it is. This effect gives the producer a “degree of freedom” to limit the view of the audience by either showing only the foreground (mystery as to what is in the background) or zooming out to show more background. This is great for horror movies and good for intense/suspense movies (like many of Kubrick’s).

Third I watched From Below, which was cool because I could link it to the “low angle” from Ebert’s article. Tarantino frequently uses the POV from the person on the ground or in a trunk. Usually the person above is holding a weapon or is generally violent (threatening to kill the person under them). Ebert would say that the people above are portrayed as gods because they are using weapons or threats to take away life. I see this as the person above is bigger and therefore more intimidating/frightening. Either way is plausible and effective to giving an air of violence and friction. This makes me want to watch more Tarantino movies to see how these intimidating scenes play out!

 

 

Week three ended up being my favorite even though I dreaded audio the most

So this week flew by AND it’s Friday and I’m already writing my weekly summary? Look at me go! I was super stressed I wouldn’t have had time to work on things because last weekend was a holiday weekend and I had friends and family over and basically all Monday was booked. So I somehow got all my work done in 4 days and I am completely satisfied with everything. I feel like I did a lot more with my assignments this week than the past two, but that may just be because it took me so long to do each one. I probably should have checked over them a few more times. I will note that for next week.

Tuesday I did my daily create number one and it took me forever to find a baby picture. I had to hold a huge investigation just to find my baby photo albums. Then it took me another half hour to find somewhat matching sunglasses and a dark background to try to match the setting of my baby picture. Then I had to perfect the hairdo, strands of hair on my shoulder, and the pout-y look. To be honest here, I definitely let my perfectionism take a hold of me because I definitely made the daily create harder than it needed to be!

Next I did Part one and listened to Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad’s podcasts. I definitely imagined a much more boring interview (well to me most interviews are boring unless they are psychological in some way) but these podcasts were actually pretty interesting and inspirational. For some reason, listening to them explain audio was almost like them patting me on the back and saying, “It isn’t as scary as it seems, trust me. Just be yourself.” That was really the whole theme here, be yourself and try to connect to the audience. I was definitely being myself in my audios and even my daily create audio, but the whole idea was a little less scary after listening to their podcasts. I also thought there was a bit of a societal implication because Glass was talking about how some people will try to sound like other famous TV or radio people. This is a kind of mimicry used to try to be like a famous person and ends up looking like conformity because they are trying to be like other people and not themselves just to please their audience.

Wednesday I went completely out of my comfort zone and actually did the audio daily create (number two). I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF. This may sound stupid but when I first saw the daily create I was like N-FREAKING-O. But then because it was audio week and I could feel Ira Glass telling me to try it, so I did! I almost cried with how proud I was.

Next I listened to some of the resources, specifically part of the detective stories, Foley Sound, and the Wilhelm Scream. To be honest the detective stories one was the most boring one but I was able to hear the back and forth dialogue used by the hosts and heard that in the podcasts I listened so for Part 3. I also learned about Foley Sounds, which I really never knew before and now I feel kind of dumb for trusting my senses when watching movies. Oh and the Wilhelm Scream video was hilarious! I had no clue that I could have watched one of those movies (most likely Star Wars) and have heard that scream multiple times! I didn’t even know producers could do that! Just borrow a sound effect and use it as their own?? It also reminded me of the “My leg!” guy in Spongebob you hear every other episode.

So for Part three I listened to two different podcasts because I’m dumb and didn’t see the giant “OR” in between the American Life and Radio Lab audios… so I did one of each. Which now I am thankful for because I got to hear twice as many stories when otherwise I would just be watching Netflix or something. So for my American Life audio, I listened to “Getting Away With It” and some of the stories were boring but I really really enjoyed the drug smuggling one. This one made the whole audio worth it. I cheered on a drug smugglers family. Never thought that would happen. Then I listened to the Radio Lab “Ghost Stories” and I got to hear the creepy history of the first CPR doll as well as a few plain old horror stories that made my heart jump. I really enjoyed listening to these audios. If I could go back though I would probably just listen to the Ghost Stories audio and really focus on that and then listen to the one drug smuggling story in the other just for fun. This way I wouldn’t be so tired from focusing and feeling and taking notes from the first one to take away any awesomeness I could have put into my assignment. But things happen and I learn from them! NOTICE THE OR. PAY ATTENTION.

As a side note, Part 3 was semi difficult only because I had issues bouncing back and forth between focusing on the story itself and how the story was told. If they were shorter than I would have just listened to it twice but I didn’t really want to spend 2 hours listening and then another reflecting. I tried to do both but I kind of feel like I fell short on my reflections because I suck at multitasking.

Thursday I did my Daily Create number three and decided that I wanted my national holiday to be about animals because they don’t get enough love in this world. So I wanted a national bring your dog to work day, found out that it’s already a holiday, and made it bring your pet to work day. HA. This includes all the other fluffy/scaly pets and isn’t exclusive!

Part four was my favorite part of the week. It was the most fun and the most frustrating. It took me hours (not an exaggeration) to figure out what to do with Audacity for my assignments. But the storytelling was the most fun I have had so far! I tried to think of a story first then do the assignment and it was way easier to work with! I also tried separating the tutorial and explanations from the story itself by using italics (like in my books when there’s a story in a story). I also attempted to make more detailed/longer tutorials this time around. I won’t go too much into the details for my assignment summaries because I already wrote a lot in my reflections. So for the first assignment I decided to do an audio story using only sound effects. I chose to do a horror story out of inspiration from the “Ghost Stories” podcast. I ended up wanting to screaming at Audacity multiple times because I could not figure out how to copy and paste the sound effects or how to shorten/lengthen sound effects. I think I found out most of what I needed but I don’t think I will ever use Audacity again unless I have to. I think Audacity is loved by many but, as you know, I am not tech savvy. I can do the storytelling easy peas-y but the digital part is what I am working on. My second assignment was easier than the first because all I really used was SoundCloud (so easy thank goodness) and freesound. This one I was trying really really hard to think outside the box with because everything I typed into Freesound came up. Finally I tried to bribe my sister into doing her animal impressions or something and all I could get was her whining. But hey, I didn’t see that in Freesound, only animals whining. SO I decided on why not? This is the noise I hear every day and I can’t be the only one so let me share it with all of SoundCloud and Freesound. Maybe someone can relate.

Friday I did my last Daily create for the week and it could have been a little more fun. I was an idiot and didn’t wear my shoes outside so I tried a few different poses and ran back inside feeling like the skin on my feet melted off onto the pavement. This was fun but more pain than I thought it would be for sure.

So I had trouble commenting on other people’s blogs this week. It seems a lot of people like to wait until the weekend, which is their choice, but I need to make lots of constructive comments on different blogs! And I can’t just comment on the same two girls I see actually keeping up with the work! Very frustrating. And then there are some blogs I can’t even find a comment link for because of their blog layout! Anyways, I got a lot of compliments on storytelling this week but my favorite is when people ask me for my opinion or perspective on things. When I make comments I like to ask about their inspiration or ask about what influences their work. I’m not sure if this is constructive but I feel like everyone makes a digital story based on something personal and the psychology major in me loves to analyze what makes them want to make a specific piece.

So this week I feel like I learned a lot about sound effects! About how they are used, when they are used and which ones are best. I also learned I like the conversational/back and forth speaking style in podcasts. I also learned about different intro styles based on another persons blog! I liked listening to audio stories and using them as inspiration to tell my own stories. I didn’t like Audacity. It was just very confusing for someone not technology savvy. I really don’t have anything to complain about. All we had to do this week was do some intense reflecting and two assignments that were fun. Oh and story-tell but that’s just super fun and… well… the class.

The only questions I have is how much do we need to write for our Daily Creates? And by “5 comments on other people’s blog, they must be different people” is it 5 total comments but can be for three different people, or 5 total comments for 5 different people? Because not to be mean but I can do the first one but finding five people who actually do work before the weekend… now that’s a challenge!

Hello, my name is Ciera and I am a shadow alien. Don’t worry, I come in peace.

You and Your Shadow – could have been easier to capture if I was smarter and wore shoes onto my hot driveway. No matter what I did I looked like a giant lump but you know, I added some peace sign flare, so that’s good.

Ah, the sounds of music! Or is it just a preteen whining? Read this for cliche two for the day.

Sounds Effects – “This is a short and simple assignment. Most everyone uses freesound for various audio assignments, but sometimes, you cannot find quite what you are looking for. This assignment is to upload your own sound or sound effect to freesound, preferably something which is lacking.”

Tutorial:

  1. The very first thing to do is go on freesound and try to be creative about which sound effect hasn’t been made
  2. Then I went to SoundCloud and click “Upload”
  3. Then you want to “start a new recording”
  4. Click the big red circle that says “REC”
  5. Tell your sister to do a bunch of weird noises and stuff for your recording so she will just moan and groan and whine for your recording
  6. Then you just upload the recording and fill out the following info
  7. Then head over to the aforementioned freesound to upload your new sound there
  8. “Add file”, “upload”, and then “describe sound” in order for it to actually show up
  9. DONE! Your new sound effect is now on SoundCloud and freesound for the world to hear

So I decided to try a creative out-of-the-box kind of audio assignment and decided on the sounds effects. I originally wanted my sister to make some weird noises, animal impressions, sing, whatever she wanted so I could record it and make some story about her interesting noise. Instead this is what I get: whining. Plain old preteen angst-y moaning and groaning. Thanks Loren. This is the story about every cliche angst-y preteen ever shown in a movie.

“She’s sitting in the backseat of a minivan, headphones in and rock music blaring. She goes a little too heavy on the eyeliner to look rebellious, even though it’s just that she hasn’t perfected a technique yet. She’s scowling at something, or maybe everything, outside the window. A band tee and ripped jeans is her style today. Her parents speak to her but she either doesn’t care or can’t hear anything over her music. The older sister rolls her eyes at her younger sister, while secretly acknowledging that they’re extremely similar. So here they all are on a “super fun” road trip. The entire 3 hour car ride the youngest sister doesn’t even open her mouth or remove her gaze from whatever is so fascinating about the millions of trees they pass. Suddenly the iPod she was listening to dies and the first words are spoken from this angst-y preteen that leaves her family shocked: “uuuuuuuuugggghhhh”. That’s it?”

A dance with Death himself

Sound Effects Story – “Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds.”

Tutorial:

  1. First I had to decide on what story I wanted to tell (relate-able, funny, dramatic, scary?)
  2. I decided on scary so I went to freesound.org and typed in “scary” into the search bar to get some ideas
  3. I found seven different sounds I wanted to use and therefore had to download (big yellow rectangle) each sound
  4. I not only had to download each sound but had to save it to a file I knew I can find later to open in Audacity
  5. I opened all seven sound effects in Audacity and listened to them so I could figure out which pieces I wanted to use and in what order
  6. I opened up the sound I wanted first and kept the knocking while cutting the other sounds after it
  7. Then I went to the next sound, went to “edit” to copy and paste this sound after the first one, repeating this until each sound effect was used and in the order I wanted
  8. Then I was done but instead of just saving, I had to export it to somewhere I could find later and upload to SoundCloud

So to start off with: this was hard! Looking back it wasn’t hard as in 5 star difficulty, just hard to figure everything out in Audacity. I’m not sure how many times I yelled out, “WHY? WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA?” In the end I felt great creating a story through a new media. I never would have even found Audacity if not for this class. Some things I had to figure out included how to copy and paste a sound, how to cut parts of a sound out I didn’t want and add a sound onto the first one, and exporting the audacity file to something I can use to upload to SoundCloud. Oh and this was my first upload on SoundCloud so that’s pretty cool!

As soon as I saw this assignment I knew I wanted to do a horror audio. This idea probably came to me because I had just listened to Ghost Stories by Radiolab the day before which included a plethora of haunting sound effects. What inspiration! So now I should probably tell you the story I was imaging for my audio clip. Looking back I could have added some more sound in, but what I imagined in my mind was more of an outline, so forgive me for my improv storytelling. Some of you may be horror movie buffs like me, but if not, you can probably hear all the cliches I mashed into just a few measly seconds. Here goes:

I was quietly sitting in my room on a foggy night, knitting, when I abruptly heard a few knocks at the door. Being an older lady, I have found myself feeling quite impulsive and trusting. (I’ll die when my time comes). I peered at the clock to notice that it was almost midnight. I shrugged to myself thinking it was just the neighbor boy coming over to ask for some sugar for his cookies again. So I slowly made my way over to the door to take a quick glance through the peephole. Nothing. Total blackness. A complete and utter void. However, I recalled that the neighbor boy was rather short so I slowly creaked open the door to see a rather tall and menacing dark figure in a black robe. He slowly pointed at me and my knees shook. I tried to back away, run, anything, but all I could do was scream for my life. Or what was left of it. Because he quickly stabbed me with his scythe and I dropped to the floor with a thud. He then gathered me into his arms and we disappeared. All that was left was my empty apartment. Looking back I’m not sure why I screamed, for as scary as he seemed, he was just there to do his job. His career may be a gruesome one, but no one ever said Death liked his job. Did anyone even ask him? Does anyone ever say anything to him, other than just screaming and begging for their lives? No, looking back I am not sure why I screamed. I thought I was ready to go. ‘I’ll die when my time comes,’ I always say, so why is it that the very last breath I took was to scream? I guess in the end, we all fight to live.”