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Hello everyone, my name is Jack Belodeau, I am a Junior Digital Studies and Communications major at UMW and this is my blog for my Digital Story Telling class. This blog will be used only for class related posts. My twitter is Jack Belodeau you should follow me to see my updates throughout the remainder of the course.

 

Heres a little about me, I currently play on the University of Mary Washington Men’s Lacrosse team, and I have been playing Lacrosse my whole life. When I’m not down in Fredericksburg I’m living in Northern Virginia with my family and my one year old Bulldog named Nigel, heres a picture of him.

nigel

Week Five Summary

This will be my final blog post that I make, seeing as the course is coming to an end. I found that this course was pretty challenging, and it was hard to keep up at times. Most of the assignments were very interesting but figuring out how to complete them was difficult. I would say that the most difficult week was the first, I had no idea what I was supposed to do, and I wasn’t used to the speed of the class, but as the weeks went by my work got better and better, and I was enjoying myself. My favorite week was week four, because I really enjoyed using video editing software, and I liked creating my own videos for class. Before this class I had little experience with any of the online media programs that we used, but the more I worked with the programs the better I got. Something that I would do differently if I had to take the class would be planning out when I am going to complete my assignments, rather than waiting till the weekend to cram all the work into two days. Overall this class was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed it, I liked how it allowed me to use my creativity for the assignments. Jack Belodeau signing off.

Here is a link to my final assignment.

Here Is a link to my tutorial.

Tutorials for Hoop Dreams

  1. Highlight video

Step One: Find clips off of Youtube.com.Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 12.50.22 PM

Step Two: Convert and download videos.

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Step Three: Add selected videos to iMovie to edit into tape.

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Step Four: Find audio track.

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Step Five: Download track and add to video.

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Step Six: Save and export as file.

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Step Seven: Upload to Vimeo.com

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2. Making the flyer.

Step One: Find image you want to edit and download.Screen Shot 2017-07-27 at 1.05.39 PM

Step Two: Open GIMP and open as layers to remove text.

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Step Three: Open as layers and open the same picture but select a red square to use to cover up white space.

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Step Four: Open as layers open the original picture and add the red squares to cover the white space.

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Step Five: Export as .jpg and save, then go to aviary.com to add text.

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Step Six: Add text and download.

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3. Interview with myself

Step One: Record all video off of an Iphone, and airdrop files to mac.IMG_2139

Step Two: Add Files to iMovie to create interview.

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Step Three: Search intro video on youtube.com and download file and add to video.

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Step Four: Add intro to video and save as file.

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Step Five: Upload to Youtube.com

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4. Starting lineup announcer.

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Step Two: Download Audio.

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Step Three: Add files to Garageband.

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Step Four: Record voice track over background, and fade background audio out.

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Step Five Upload to soundcloud.com

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Links Used.

Highlight Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRNt997Kbp0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJV_Gw0mpWE

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA91R9HJn50

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWU5or05_zw

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHMebeKHpRc

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1pViB-lWPo

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMOGJOelTDU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcZjL_E1dvk

Interview Intro:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABgOYE-0XIw

Audio crowd sound effect:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FLgShtdxQ8

Hoop Dreams: The Jack Belodeau Story

Sometimes in life things don’t always go just as you plan, but that doesn’t mean that everything won’t work out in the end. This is the story of Jack Belodeau, a true underdog. Jack was an incredibly talented basketball player, he had set numerous records while playing basketball in high school, and was recruited to play at Duke after he graduated. Jack had started at the shooting guard position at Duke for two years, by the time he was a sophomore he was averaging over twenty points a game, with seven assists and four rebounds. Jack had hopes of one day entering into the NBA draft after college, but he suffered an ACL injury in the beginning of his Junior year at Duke and soon after he quit the team. Fast forward three years, and the once college star was working as a waiter in an Irish Pub back in his hometown of Sterling Virginia. Even though his college career was cut short, he is still considered to be one of the best college basketball players ever, and his college highlights are still shown years later on ESPN.

Jack Belodeau Highlights from j belodeau on Vimeo.

One day in mid June, Jack’s life would change forever. For the first time in history the Washington Wizards were holding open tryouts to the public, they had sent out flyers a few weeks before the actual tryouts. Jack had shown up to work like every other day, when one of his coworkers gave him the flyer about the tryout. At first Jack didn’t even consider showing up, because he didn’t believe that he had a shot of making the team. But after some convincing from his family, his friends and his coworkers, Jack decided to quit his job and begin training for the tryouts. He would spend six days a week in the gym practicing and working on his game to make sure he was ready to go. The day of the tryout was finally here and Jack was very nervous, but once he stepped onto the court he was locked in, and began to play out of his mind. He had drawn the attention from all of the coaches after he had dunked on star John Wall during a scrimmage and he was asked to return the next day for another tryout. Jack was the only player called back. Just like the first day, Jack was playing incredibly and he had drawn the attention of not only the coaches but the actual players on the Wizards rooster. Once the tryout was over, Jack was pulled aside by head coach Scott Brooks and was offered a spot on the team. Jack couldn’t believe it, his childhood dream of playing in the NBA had come true, and to make things even better, he a member of his favorite team The Washington Wizards.

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Jack’s life had completely changed that day, he was no longer a washed up college player, but now he was an NBA player, playing on his favorite team. Immediately after he was offered a spot onto the team, he was doing an interview with Comcast Sportsnet Washington.

Jack would train with the team for the rest of the summer, and earned his spot as the 6th man by the time the season had rolled around. He would begin to average 20 points a game coming off the bench, and he began to start at the shooting guard position after playing a few games. Jack’s dreams had come true, and now he is working towards his new goal of bringing a championship to Washington.

(if the audio isn’t playing follow link) https://soundcloud.com/user-272127057-774740976/the-pride-of-sterling

 

Week 4 summary

This was by far the most fun i’ve had in this class yet, I really enjoyed messing around with different video software and getting to create my own videos. I thought that the assignments were interesting and allowed me to use my creativity.

Part 1: Video Assignments

Video Assignment 1: Highlight Reel  – 5 stars

Video Assignment 2: Favorite Actor Highlight Reel – 4 1/2 stars

Total Stars: 9 1/2

Part 2: Daily Creates

Daily Creates 1-4

Part 3: Look, Listen, Analyze

Look, Listen, Analyze

Part 4: Reading Movies

Reading Movies

Part 5: Comments

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Part 6: Reflection

Even though there were less assignments to complete this week, I was very busy with the work. Creating my video assignment took me several hours, but I’m proud of my work and I enjoyed the process, I had fun messing around with my video editing program and creating my own videos. I had never edited a video until this past week, and I always thought that it would be super difficult, but honestly it was way easier than I expected. The major thing I learned this week was how to use video editing programs and how to actually edit clips or film into videos. The only trouble I ran into this week was trying to upload my videos, originally I had uploaded my first assignment to Youtube.com but since my video had copywrited music in it, the video was taken down shortly after it was posted. My solution was to use the website Vimeo.com to upload my videos, and it worked perfectly, the only issue with Vimeo is that they give you a weekly limit on how much you can upload unless you buy an account. I was very interested in the Look, Listen, Analyze assignment, because I am a huge movie fan and I had never thought to watch movies without audio or visuals, but after I completed the assignment I realized how much detail really goes into movies. For example how the camera zooms slightly to show someones expression, or how an actors tone of voice can slightly change to fit the scene. My favorite assignment that I completed this week was my first video assignment, highlight reel, because I am a big sports fan and I was tasked with creating a highlight tape of one of my favorite athletes. I had so much fun making the video that it didn’t feel like I was working on a homework assignment.

 

Why so serious?

The Dark Knight is one of my all time favorite movies, and I loved Heath Ledger as the Joker, he made the character seem so creepy and sinister. So when I saw that the pencil scene from The Dark Knight was an option for the look, listen, analyze assignment I had to pick it. I first watched the scene without any audio so that I could focus on just the visual aspects of the clip, even without audio I was able to understand what was going on. The camera switches shots 57 times during the scene but it was mostly focused on the Joker the entire time, but would briefly switch to shots of the mob bosses to show their expressions. The scene starts with the Joker walking into the meeting but he is filmed from behind but as soon as he gets to the table the camera switches to a shot from the front, filming from behind makes his entrance look so much more dramatic than if they had filmed him from the front walking up to the table. The Joker is standing above the table for some time in the beginning while all of the mob bosses are seated, the camera would switch between the mob bosses looking up at the Joker, and the Joker looking down at them. This helps to show the power the Joker has, even these notorious mob bosses are afraid of the Joker. The Joker then pulls out a pencil from his pocket and the camera switches to a back view as the Joker stabs the table with the pencil. One of the mob bosses’s goons stands up to confront the Joker, but he gets his head slammed into the pencil as soon as he reaches the Joker. The camera pans down a second after the Joker slams the goon’s head into the pencil, but you cant see the pencil go into his head. Throughout the scene the camera will briefly switch to shots of the mob bosses’s faces to show their expressions and reactions to what the Joker is saying, and once the Joker brings up the Batman the camera slowly zooms in on the faces of the mob bosses to show that they are scared. The camera zooms in onto the Joker until it’s basically a head shot when he starts to talk about the Batman, because he’s the Joker’s arch enemy and he is serious about killing the Batman. When the Joker brings up the plan about killing the Batman the camera briefly switches to shots of the mob bosses’s faces and they have an expression of disbelief because they don’t think it can be done. Once the Joker gets into the details of the plan the camera is set on a close up of his face, and is zoomed in more on his face than on anyone else in the scene. The camera then switches to a mob boss who is upset with the Joker and he gets up to confront him, the camera then quickly switches back to the Joker who is now standing up with grenades strapped to his body. The camera switches to the faces of all of the mob members who are now terrified, the Joker then leaves his card and the camera switches to a mob boss who looks shocked and angry, the camera then switches one last time for a far away shot of the Joker backing up to the door and escaping. The camera cutting to the faces of the mob bosses really help to show how terrified they are of the Joker, and it helps to show how much power the Joker actually has, the lighting in the scene comes from fluorescent lights hanging from the ceiling that don’t really light up the entire room, so there are lots of shadows in the scene and the background looks very grey the entire time which helps to bring out the color in the Joker’s hair and clothes. The focus of the majority of the scene is on the Joker but the frequent camera cuts help to show the mob bosses fear of the Joker.

After I watched the scene with no audio, I then watched the scene without looking at the screen to focus on the dialog and sound of the scene. There is soft eerie music playing in the background as you hear the Joker laughing in a creepy way as he enters the room. One of the mob bosses starts to threaten the Joker and raises his voice almost immediately, and sends one of his goons to attack the Joker, but the Joker almost doesn’t seem to notice and starts talking about a magic trick, and slams a pencil into the table, you hear the goon stand up then theres the sound of a scuffle followed by a slam and the noise of a body hitting the floor, this altercation was very loud. The Joker says “tah dah” in a very loud and rough tone then says “he’s gone” softly but sinisterly. Then the Joker returns to his casual tone. One of the mob bosses softly asks the Joker a question, and you can tell he is scared by the tone of his voice and how briefly he speaks. The Joker responds causally and makes some jokes, but one of the mob bosses calls him a freak angrily and theres some background commentary but the Joker just brushes it off. He clears his throat and starts to talk about the Batman, and his tone becomes much more serious and he emphasizes the word “Batman”. The Joker raises his voice again when he addresses the man on the T.V. and calls him a squealer. The Russian mob bosses interrupts the Joker and softly asks what does the Joker propose, and once again you can hear the fear in his voice. The Joker says that he is going to kill the Batman and everyone in the room laughs, and one mob boss softly asks why hasn’t the Joker killed him then, and you can tell that the mob boss was nervous when he asked the question. The Joker keeps talking causually about the plan and when one mob boss asks how much he wants to be paid, he replies half and the entire room laughs. One of the bosses calls the Joker crazy, and the Joker’s tone completely changes, you can tell by his voice that the comment really bothered him, and he resentfully replies that he’s not crazy, but then he goes back to the casual tone to finish what he was talking about. After some more scheming one of the mob bosses slams his hands on the table very loudly and gets out of his chair and starts to walk towards the Joker, but the next thing you hear is a small jingle and everyone in the room stands up and starts to act tense and scared, this is because the jingle was the noise of a grenade pin. One of the mob bosses threatens the Joker and places a bounty on his head, but he sounds shocked and upset by what happened. The Joker stays cool and collected the entire time and continues to speak casually, he places a Joker playing card on the table and says “here’s my card” but he pauses between each word to give a dramatic effect. He starts humming softly and loudly kicks open a door and exits the room.

After watching the scene without audio, or without watching the screen, I realized there were so many little details I didn’t pick up in the scene. You can really hear the fear in the voices of the mob bosses, and when the camera is focused on their face you can see the fear too. The use of camera angles really help to show how much power the Joker has over them, and the way that he just causally speaks while everyone else sounds very on edge further shows the power the Joker has. With all of these details put together you really see how scary the Joker is, these mob bosses who are supposed to be the baddest people in the city are terrified of this one man.

Daily Creates Week 4

My first Daily Create, #tdc2016, I completed this week was to make a dancing robot on the website https://roboboogie.codeclub.org.uk/#dance/new. I did my best to have my robot do a popular dance called the Milly Rock, which is basically just moving your hands in a scooping motion while moving your hips and feet. I liked messing around with the different ways I could make the robot dance and I tried to make my robot look as ridiculous as possible.

For my second Daily Create #tdc2017 , I had to make an image of 2017 symmetrical, so I went on google to find an image with the numbers 2017 that I found interesting. Once I found my picture I went to lunapic.com which is a free image editing website and I found a mirror effect that would make the image symmetrical.

For my third Daily Create, #tdc2018, I had to create a spooky sound, so I went online and looked around on some sound clip websites until I found a sound I liked, and I downloaded the file and I edited the pitch and speed of the sound on the audio software Garageband, once I was satisfied and frightened I uploaded the file onto soundcloud.

For my fourth and final Daily Create, #tdc2020, I had to take a picture of something and turn it into abstract art. I am a huge Simpsons fan so I decided to use an image of Homer Simpson. Once I found an image that I liked, I downloaded the file and went to the website simplify.thatsh.it to turn my image into abstract art.

 

Are you too good for your home ball?

For my second video assignment I made a compilation of some of my favorite Adam Sandler scenes. The assignment was to make highlight reel of scenes from my favorite actor, and I decided to do Adam Sandler. I chose Adam Sandler because I love his movies, but only his movies from 1995-2003, I don’t really like any of his recent films. Big daddy is my favorite movie of all time, and I probably watch the film once a week, I think its hilarious. For this assignment I chose to take clips from Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy and Anger Management because in my opinion those movies have some of Adam Sandler’s best scenes.

I used the program iMovie to put all of the clips together and create my highlight reel because it was the program that I have installed on my computer and it’s also very easy to use. I would download my clips off of youtube and dragged them directly into the program to edit. I chose to upload the video to Vimeo.com rather than Youtube because I didn’t want my video to be taken down because I was using copywritted material.

Adam Sandler Highlight Reel from Jack Belodeau on Vimeo.

Assignment: Favorite Actor/Actress Highlight Reel

Stars: 4 1/2

Step One: Find clips off of youtube.Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 2.51.03 PM.png

Step Two: Download videos off of Youtube converter website.

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Step Three: Add clips to iMovie.

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Step Four: Add title and credits.

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Step Five: Upload to vimeo.com

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Clips Used:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkOxJF1wiWY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LZ35Ar3r2k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOH4gB15qYI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpouK0KmWQ&t=77s