How is this related to Bonnie and Cleo? why cookies are Bonnie’s favorite food, don’tcha know?
This is for the bleeping censor assignment and I gotta say it’s pretty great. It’s definitely not the most impressive thing I’ve done this week, but it’s pretty hilarious. There’s just nothing better than children’s characters cursing. or at least sounding like they could be cursing. the word of the day i the video was actually ‘important’ but it sounds funnier with the bleep. Then at the end he’s just shouting “COOKIE” over and over and I just had to bleep that too.
This is the video I used. Then I used this for my censor beep. At first I was going to work exclusively in movie maker, but I couldn’t get it to mute cookie monster for the moments that I played the beep. So I just took the audio from the video, edited it in audacity and then put that over the video in movie maker.
I like chocolate, how ’bout you? …well too bad, this song is about cocaine. but i thought the theme of illegal deeds and running from the boys in blue fit well for bonnie and cleo.
This is for the lyric video assignment. I created each page of lyrics in photoshop. I paired the straightforward, thin font, Orator std, with the bold, large, and handwritten font, Boli MV, for contrast and to put emphasis on certain words. The song is called ‘Chocolate’ and it’s a cover of The 1975 song done by Nina Nesbitt. It’s one of the songs I had put in my playlist for Cleo that I made with her character dossier. I chose the fade from black transition for the beginning cause I thought it was cute. And then for the rest of the transitions between slides I didn’t want anything too flashy or ostentatious or tacky. so I went with mostly slide across and down and then a blur through whenever I changed the background image.
You may notice I only did a minute worth of the song. That’s because windows movie maker kept giving me crap with the audio. If I wanted to start watching it from the middle of the video, it would play the audio a couple seconds later from where it actually was. So then I had to watch the video from the beginning every time I wanted to check the timing on a slide. It was fine at first and then became mind-numbingly infuriating by the time I got 20 seconds into the song. Then I also felt like I was practically doing a lyric typography poster for each slide and was verging on spending way too much time on a three star assignment.
For my character interview with a Mr Jim Groom I elected not to record my face on account of I’m not nearly mysterious looking enough to play cleo. i gotta baby face! i could have done it from bonnie but she’s kind of already a character. cleo is the one that’s really mine. or at least that’s how i feel.
So there’s this funny little assignment called sound to visual and I figured I’d try it using this audio assignment.
All images are of the haunted mansion, which is in disneyland and disney world. I tried to kind of have the pictures be related to what is going on with the audio. So I show in exterior of the house in the beginning, a few rooms as you enter, more ghostly images when the ghosts are mentioned or heard, a transition to match with a ghostly puff of air, an organ player when that is the focus of your listening and then the famous hitchhiking ghosts at the end because they’re at the end of the ride. I did it all in movie maker and it gave me some trouble at first. The audio would show that it was there and then not actually play. After fiddling with it for awhile I decided to work on transitions and go back to messing with the audio later, but it fixed itself somehow. It just randomly began playing along with the images. I guess it just needed to load or something. I don’t know movie maker always does weird things with audio for me.
And how does all that relate to Cleo Barrow? I figure she’d be a fan of scary stories, ad should the Barrow gang ever need to camp out in the woods for the night, she’d be the first to suggest telling ghost stories. That works, right?
So I did the “Swede a Scene” assignment, which was o recreate a scene from a movie in any way you could. So since I like to draw, I broke out my wacom tablet and story-boarded a scene from the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie, replacing Clyde with Cleo. In all I ended up with 33 frames drawn, and each one took about 5-10 minutes to do. I uploaded all the frames to a folder on flickr too if you’d like to look at them individually. Some of them don’t look the best but overall I’m in love with them!
What I did first was use gifcam to capture the frames of the video that I wanted to use. At the point where Clyde comes out of the store with the money you can see I just recorded that little bit because it was too tough to pause at the frames I wanted. Then I took the gif into photoshop where I drew the new frames on top of the old ones. The technique is called rotoscoping. Typically it’s used for full on animating something frame by frame but that would have taken me all week to do. You can see in the frame below that I didn’t follow exactly how the actors were posed. I kind of went with what felt right.
I had everything separated into groups. The original frames were a group on their own and then the gray backdrop pieces I drew in and then a group just for the characters. I had a white layer set to 50% opacity over top of the original frames while I was drawing, to make it easier to see the black lines I was drawing. Then once I had finished it I just saved every frame as a jpeg and put it into moviemaker. Then I downloaded the audio from the original scene, and all that was left to do was figure out the timing of each frame.
Over the semester I’d kind of been doodling ideas for character design for these girls. I liked Bonnie with short curly hair and a rounder face shape and round eyes to make her seem more friendly and kinda spunky. Then for Cleo I wanted sharper features to make her more mysterious, kind of.
wow look at this thing. i did the letter to your 16 year old self assignment
i wanted to record myself saying the letter to myself but something’s going funky with the audio on my computer. it only plays a crackling noise and i don’t know whats up but i’m gonna call my dad about it tomorrow. so i took a screen recording using this app. and then took it to movie maker to speed it up and cut some parts. i think it turned out alright. i really wish my computer wasn’t being so weird and that i could have done it the way i originally wanted. but this kind of turned out cool too. you can see my thought process as i go through and you can see my typos as i make and fix them. i planned out pretty much what i wanted to say before and actually did a couple of takes before i got it right.
I took on the character description video assignment. The directions were to take a few clips to describe a character. My one character, Cleo Barrow, wouldn’t be complete without her Bonnie, so I made it a video about both of them. I was inspired by the trailer for the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde movie. Then I used clips from the avicii music video, “Addicted to You,” for the girls because it was the inspiration for the characters. I used the song Sundown from Free Music Archive.
For the title cards I probably could have remade them completely, but I cheated and just took it from the trailer and used photoshop to put in the pictures of the girls. If it were a design assignment I would have remade the title cards but I wanted to focus my time and efforts on the video editing part. I used the selection tool and mask to cut out the parts I wanted from the screenshots I took from the trailer. For the “they kill people part” I made the text myself because it was easier than cutting it out from the trailer. Below is the outer glow settings I used to emulate the style of the text in the trailer.
I spent the first half of my time trying to figure out how to use windows movie maker and yelling at my computer because it wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do and I didn’t really have a direction at the beginning. But I got it worked out! Mostly I used the split tool and moved clips around. I realized after I uploaded the video that I forgot to fade the music out and the end and fade the video to black.. so just imagine that it does
For a sketchbook assignment in high school I had to come up with something to do for a free day, and what I made then inspired me to create this assignment! My goal was to practice graphic design without using a computer and putting it in a page of my sketchbook. I was inspired by you-tuber Karen Kavett and her series of graphic design videos. I took out elements from a russian magazine my teacher let me use and laid them out to my own design. I liked using the russian one because it forced me to not care what the words said and focus on the layout. In retrospect I think I could have used more negative space, but I’m still pleased with mine.
The left image is mine and the right is an example by Karen Kavett.
So a while back I found a recording of outtakes from the haunted mansion narration from disneyland, and I jumped at the gun to use it for this assignment.
I over-downloaded and ended up with a bunch of effects I didn’t use, but I think I like having it as a simple recording rather than way too many things crammed in together. Here’s my end result of scary sounds!
I have a creepy organ playing all the way through. I varied the volume of it at times,depending on what I thought needed to be heard more. Then I threw in a creaking door, as if to welcome you into the haunted mansion. Next I have the dark welcome in, with talk of ghosts! Then there’s a faint whisper coming from somewhere in the house. And then it’s just the terrifying laughter.
Here’s a screenshot of what audacity looked like when I finished. You can probably tell I use the envelope tool a lot.