Reflection log: digital story
11/15 I have a script ready-made in my teaching philosophy, so now I go about finding images on Creative Commons. I may have images of my own I'll use, but I don't want to put up a bunch of pictures of myself, teaching or otherwise, and I don't actually dive (which is what grabbed me as a visual plus for the story since there's a long quote of Rich's "Diving into the Wreck"). I have no idea if I'll use music (probably). The voiceover will be me reading the teaching philosophy. I am starting to feel excited about the images I'm collecting from CC, and also anxious that I will not be able to use them all, and a little ashamed of my lack of a sense of how this will end up.
I am also making some original images in Adobe Photoshop for the text quotes. I really wanted moving text, and found an app called screedbot that could make these as animated .gifs. Such fun! But I couldn't save it properly to my computer. In Photoshop, a few things to be aware of: your text will be saved as a layer on your image. By default, my background was white, and to change it, I had to unlock the layer by clicking on the little lock next to it in the layer panel. (Update: I decided to scrap these because they weren't visually interesting enough, and the iMovie program kept cropping them.)
I think I would like to get a man and two other women to read and record the long quotes by Jung, DuPlessis, and Rich.
If you are looking today, the images are not in any order. I'm putting them in as I find them. I dug these up searching for key words in my script: diving, non-linear, broken mirror, etc.
Another thing: if you suddenly find yourself confronted with images that are not downloadable, you might have wandered out of the Creative Commons search area. Go back to the CC search page and start again.
Update: I arranged the images in a story of sorts, wrote pieces of the script on the captions, and put the images into iMovie. That was a little stressful! iMovie is different than it was last time I used it. I imported the images into the Library and then clicked on them in the order I wanted them on the movie timeline. It took a few minutes to find out how to change the frame duration, precisely. (Activate ADJUST above the movie and click on Item Info, change the number of seconds, and hit ENTER.) I'm really tired after working on this for a about four hours, so taking a break, maybe till tomorrow...or until I have insomnia.
11/16/2013 Today I had fun with transitions. I've been warned not to go too crazy with transitions, but there are so many interesting kinds! I have a pretty good idea now of how to do the movie. I got a simple performance of a Bach piece on Soundcloud for the music track. I need to print out my script so I can plot out the voiceover, but my printer ran out of ink and everything is feeling awkward. I supposed I could take it into the other room and read off of my Windows computer, but I'm definitely sold on using iMovie for this, not WMM.
I expect doing voiceover to be semi-stressful. This has less to do with the technology than the prospect of controlling my speech patterns. My usual pattern is to think of something (hopefully interesting) and blurt it out, punctuated by odd silences and the occasional stutter. I'm not a riveting reader or speechmaker and don't particularly like the sound of my voice when it's recorded. So I need to get over myself.
Update: I did the voiceover. It's ok except for one bobbled word. I think it will be easier to crop it after the movie is produced, instead of extracting and editing the sound track in Audacity. Or I could just leave it in, I suppose. Time to do the credits. Now that is a pain, but at least I have saved the info in my storyboard/gallery.
11/17/2013 I did something dumb, so don't do this. I saved the license info in my captions but not the name of the work. The license info links back to the flickr account, not the item. That means I'm trying to trace back the images...having a really hard time with Abode of Chaos (Thierry Ehrmann), but I'm getting a delightful eyeful from scrolling through his hundreds of pictures. I'm seeing things that will never be unseen.
This is a very good example of what NOT to do. It took me the better part of two hours to track this photo....I had to literally go through my search history and finally realized my search had been "jung alchemy" instead of "alchemy," and I finally found it.
Update: The credits are done. I'm burning the movie! After it's processed, I'll put it back in the program and do a little editing--cut off the extra music at the end and maybe try to fix the word I bobbled.
Don't process the movie and then realize that you've forgotten to give yourself credit, by the way.
View this in my eportfolio at stonybrook.digication.com/cdavidson/Teaching_Philosophy/published
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