5 Weeks Of Storytelling

This week I did a re-telling of a special event that happened earlier this year. Alex Ovechkin hitting 700 goals nearly 15th seasons after being drafted to put him at number 8 on the NHL all time scorers list is one hell of an achievement. That is why I wanted to do a re-telling of the entire season/anticipation leading up to the game where he did it. I created three different media assignments to help tell my story. Firstly, I created two posters for the upcoming schedule and the countdown to 700 goals. Next, I uploaded the original commentator’s reactions to SoundCloud for the audience to hear. Lastly, I created a gif of the 700th goal. All of these medias were meant to show how much different groups from the same team all wanted this to happen so bad. You see the posters put up all over so obviously you know everyone in DC is paying attention. You see the commentator’s reactions and can tell how much they wanted this for the team. And lastly, you get to see how the players reacted and how much it meant to them.

Final Story

Guides For The Final Story:

Posters Part 1

Posters Part 2

Commentators

Best Sports Play gif

Reflection

What have you learned this semester?

Over the course of the 5 weeks, I have learned that before this class I knew nothing about Audio, Visual, Video, or Design storytelling. Each week I was dropped into a world I had no knowledge about and was forced to learn on the fly. But I found that by the end of the week, I knew all I needed to know for that section, somehow. I think forcing us to read articles and listen to experts on the topic at the start of the week really helps us when we create our own projects. I have also learned to use so many new program from this class including: Movie Maker, Audacity, Photoshop, and GIMP. These are skills I am very glad to have because I believe they will be with me for a long time. This class got easier and easier each week when it comes to the material. All I needed was time to adjust to the format and schedule of the class.

What would you do differently?

Given the opportunity I don’t think there is anything that I would do differently in this class. I felt the only real way to take something away from this class was to not take shortcuts and really put my all into the work. So that is what I tried my best to do each week.

What was the most exciting project?

I think that hands down the most exciting project was the final project for me. I was able to sit down and craft a story using all the different medias I learned from this class. At the end of the week and after all the time had been put into making this last blog post come to life, I am proud looking at how it came out. I had no idea going into this class, what I was getting myself into. Its been a long month or so but I have really been forced to take place in the learning process and it shows by how much I have learned this past month.

Final Project: Alex Ovechkin’s Quest to 700

What the Washington Capital’s were able to accomplish to win the Stanley Cup in 2018 was remarkable. A city and team who had gotten so close for so long, finally got their championship. Their star player, Alexander Ovechkin would have 15 goals alone in the playoffs that year. He deserved this trophy the most, after being drafted as the first pick in the 2004 NHL draft, he worked so hard to get the team here. So many years I thought we were wasting his potential with bad coaching decisions but they did it. There is only one achievement left for him to fully cement himself among the greatest hockey players of all time. The NHL all time scorers list…

Prior to the 2019-2020 hockey season its all Capital’s fans were talking about. There was an energy in DC just like the energy felt when they won the Stanley Cup. Alexander Ovechkin was on a quest to inscribe his name on the greatest hockey players of all time list. After 14 seasons completed and one Stanley cup later Alex had a whopping 658 goals. He had played a total of 1084 games and had 658 goals. In case someone doesn’t know too much about hockey, these numbers are insane. 658 goals was enough to put him in position 14 for the most goals ever by someone in the NHL. But he wanted more, the next big milestone was goal 700. With a city behind him cheering him on, its all he wanted. Fliers with their season schedule started to fill the city along with a very special additional flier. This additional flier had been titled, “Countdown to 700…”, the people were so excited to see him get it, its all we wanted.

As you can see from the poster’s they produced, Washington DC wanted Alex to get 700 goals putting him in exclusive company. There were even people in interviews asking him about his goal of getting to 700 goals. They were even asking his teammates to comment on Ovechkin’s quest to 700 goals!!

The fans started to worry if this might even begin to become a distraction for the team overall. No one wanted him to get 700 if it meant throwing the entire season away for it.

Fast Forward Six Months Later (Jan. 31st, 2020)

Jan. 31st, 2020 – Washington Capitals Vs. Ottawa Senators

The Capitals would win this game 4-3 in regular time. Alexander Ovechkin had scored two goals alone in this game. Putting him at a whopping 695 goals in his career. Was it possible? Could he really do it this season? After all the stalling out in the start of the season, the hype finally died down and they got back to just playing hockey. At this point in the season, Alex Ovechkin had 11 goals just in his last five games. With this kind of pace, he was bound to his the huge milestone very soon.

Nearly One Month Later (Feb. 22nd, 2020)

Feb. 22nd, 2020 – Washington Capitals Vs. New Jersey Devils

Alex Ovechkin was at 699 goals going into this game. The quest was so close to being over. I think that personally, even he was ready for this to be over. He just wanted to get back to player hockey. Here is a commentators point of view from that night…

It was truly a special night for Washington sports. Finally after almost 15 season’s of hockey Alexander Ovechkin achieved what 99.99% of hockey players will never even get close to doing. You can even tell by how much celebration goes on after the goal takes place, time seems like it stops. This wasn’t only for Alex, but for his team, coaches, and city that he represents.

March 12th, 2020

The NHL announces that the rest of the regular season will be suspended due to corona virus. The decision came less than a day after a flurry of game cancellations and season suspensions from all over the sports world. Rightfully so of course, they made the right decision. This just meant even more because Alex was able to reach his goal before the season abruptly ended. That means that next season they can leave all this media attention behind and go back to playing hockey. And hey, the season may be over for now, but it sure is great seeing the Washington Capital’s first pick of the first round of the 2004 NHL draft on this list, now at a whopping position 8. (His jersey number is also 8, coincidence? I think not.)

How To Guide: Best Sports Play (Final)

This post will be dedicated to going over how I created the Best Sports Play type gif for my final assignment. I wanted to make a gif from the play where Alex Ovechkin scored his 700th goal. A major achievement in the hockey world that allowed him to move up to number 8 on the all time scoring list. I wanted to turn this play into a gif to show people how much this meant to the team, you can clearly tell this goal celebration was like no other. The guide will be below the gif. If I happen to miss anything, please feel free to let me know down in the comments. Here is the final version of the gif:

How To Guide:

  1. First, I needed to download the YouTube video that I wanted to use. I did that by going to this website. All you do is plug your video link in and then it will download it for you!
  2. Once I had the video, I trimmed it by right clicking the video and hitting “edit”. I knew I only wanted from 11 to 27 seconds, so that is what I trimmed it down too.
  3. Next, all that was left was to take all the screen shots. I let the video play as I took several screenshots a second.
  4. Then, I opened GIMP and put all the screenshots on top of each other by just dragging in one after another.
  5. Finally, all that was left to do was click “Export As..” and then choose “Gif”.

This is a YouTube video that I followed along with for my first gifs. I was able to take what I learned from this video and apply it to this assignment.

How To Guide: Commentator’s POV (Final)

This post will be dedicated to creating an in-depth tutorial on how I made the “Ovechkin Hits 700!” Soundcloud audio in my final. At this point in my story it is time for the climax. Alexander Ovechkin finally hits 700 goals and the team can get back to just playing hockey. They won’t have to be bothered by the constant looming of achievement on the horizon. I felt that using the commentator’s audio would show the listeners how much this meant to the team and to Washington DC. Here is my final product, the guide will be below the audio.

  1. First, I needed to find the audio that I wanted to use for my commentator’s POV audio.
  2. Once I had the YouTube video that I wanted to use I copied the link and went to this website. I then plugged in my YouTube video so that it could convert it to an MP3 file.
  3. I took this MP3 file and dragged it into Audacity so that it could be further edited.
  4. I increased the volume on the clip using the slider on the left and also trimmed the audio by using the cut function in Audacity.
  5. All that was left to do was export it as an MP3 file so that I could open it in Soundcloud to upload.

If you guys think I missed any parts in this guide please feel free to let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! Below this I will link the YouTube video that I got this audio from to use in my final assignment.

How To Guide: Event Poster Part 2 (Design)

This post will be an in-depth guide on how I created my second event poster for my final project. I wanted to create a second poster that would be fliers that are posted all around DC and in their stadium. I wanted these posters to be his countdown to 700 goals that would be changed every time he scores. I think that this is important for my final project to show how much people wanted this for him. After all he has done for our city, he deserves his own place in history. Here is how I did it:

1.My first step was pretty easy for me because I already had all the resources I wanted from my last event poster. If you don’t have your material yet, you will need to download all the images you plan on using for your poster.

2. Then, I opened a new GIMP project and made the first layer all red for my background. This can be done by using the “Paint Bucket” icon from the main menu and choosing the color red.

3. Next, I dragged in all the pictures that I wanted to use for my poster. This included the Capital One and two different Capital’s logos. Once they were in the correct position on the poster I compressed all the layers down. This can be done in the “Layers” section of the menu.

4. Next, I added two different text boxes. One would be at the top as a title and then one in the middle of the poster. The title would be “Countdown to 700…” and the center text box will say, “Goals until 700: XXX”. The number will constantly be updated until he hits it.

5. Finally, all that was left to do was export and save the picture. I did this by clicking “File” and then “Export As…” to export the picture as a PNG.

In conclusion, I think this poster will be effective in completing its mission of keeping the public informed on his coming achievement. Here is the final product:

Here is a YouTube video that I used for inspiration to create both of mine:

How To Guide: Event Poster (Design)

This post will be an in-depth guide on how I created my event poster for my final. The idea that I had to make this is because my story is all about Alex Ovechkin’s quest to 700 goals. So I wanted to make a poster that would show the entire schedule of the upcoming season. I thought this would help because it would give the audience an understanding of whats ahead. Here is how I did it:

  1. My first step was to find a picture of the schedule for the 2019-2020 season. This can be a bit hard because in hockey season’s last a minimum of 82 games. So I need an image that fits all of the information I need in a tight space.
  2. I then opened a new GIMP project and made the first layer all red for my background. This can be done by going into “Layer Settings” at the top.
  3. Next, I added two text boxes above and below the picture. This was done by selecting the “Text Box Tool” from the main menu and then dragging boxes where I wanted the text to be. The top box will say, “2019-2020 Schedule” and the bottom box will say, “Get Alex Ovechkin to 700 Goals!!”.
  4. I also downloaded two images that are often found on Capitals banners. That is their logo and a “Powered by Capital One” image. I found these on google images and just right clicked them to save them. I then dragged them into GIMP where I wanted them to be.
  5. Finally, all that was left to do was export the picture as a PNG. I did this by going to File>Export As… and then choosing PNG.

If there are any steps you think I missed please feel free to let me know in the comment section below! I will embed a video that helped me to create this poster at the bottom. Here is the image that will go in my final project post:

Here is a video that helped me to create this poster using GIMP:

4 Weeks of Storytelling

After this week of video storytelling, I feel that I have completed all of the requirements for this week correctly. There wasn’t as much work as other weeks have had so for me personally, I felt that I was able to spend more time on every assignment without getting super stressed out. By this time in the class, I have a good schedule of trying to do a little bit of work each day so I’m not overwhelmed when the due date comes around.

One assignment that gave a bit of trouble was the Observe Something Grow assignment. This was only because I had not used any video editing software in a very long time. It just had a steep learning curve that took me a few hours to get around. After this week I feel much better about my video editing skills. It also might be worth mentioning that I was using Windows Movie Maker 10.

One area where my knowledge grew substantially from this week was in the Look, Listen, Analyze assignment. Watching a scene from three different perspectives was so mind blowing for me. When you ignore the rest of your senses and only focus on one thing like audio or visuals its amazing the information you’re able to take away. That was not what I expected to happen during that assignment. I thought it would be extremely hard to separate our perspectives when watching a scene but I think being able to watch it over and over again helped out a lot. I can’t wait to see what other people take away from that assignment. It was definitely my favorite from this week.

What I Have Completed This Week:

Learn How To Read A Movie

Look, Listen, Analyze

Video Assignments (8 Stars Required):

Observe Something Grow (3 Stars)

Super-cut It (5 Stars)

Daily Creates (4 Required):

July 13th

July 14th

July 15th

July 17th

Comments (4 Required):

Comment 1

Comment 2

Comment 3

Comment 4

Observe Something Grow: Riley

This week for one of my video assignments, I have decided to try the Observe Something Grow assignment on my dog Riley. My family and I got Riley a little over one year ago. I thought it would be fun to go back through my phone from the day we got him and compile some of my families favorite pictures/videos of him growing up. It’s almost hard to believe that in one year he can go from being so small to almost 25 pounds! If you would like a tutorial on how I did this, one will be available at the bottom of this post. Here is what I came up with:

How To Guide: This was one of the simpler assignments that I have had to create for this class. I chose to use Movie Maker 10 to create this video, it is a free app available on all windows systems. First, I downloaded all my clips and pictures and put them into one file on my desktop. Next, I opened a new project in Movie Maker and added the Title/Credits slides by using the “Add Clip” button, and navigating to Title/Credits. This allowed me to write whatever I wanted on these slides and when I was finished I simply saved my changes. Next, I inserted all the media from my folder by simply dragging and dropping every picture/clip into Movie Maker. Once I had all my footage, I clicked on the “Arrange Clips” button in the main menu. This leads you to a screen where you are able to completely choose the order the pictures/clips are shown in. Just like before, when you’re finished simply save your changes. Finally, I added a soundtrack by clicking, “Edit AudioTrack” in the main menu. Here I was able to bring in my own MP4 by simply dragging and dropping it in. All that was left was to export the video and name it. If you have any questions or if I have missed anything feel free to let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Look. Listen. Analyze.

This post will be dedicated to reviewing a scene from the movie Hulk (2003). Here is the clip that I will be going over:

Camera Work

This short clip is full of magnificent camera work. The scene starts as Bruce Banner is eating dinner with his ex-girlfriend Betty Ross. We can see Betty on the left or negative side on the screen completely clear but Bruce is on the right or positive side of the screen blurred out. This could be because the director wants us to focus on Betty at this time. The audience can clearly tell as she is listening to him that she is very concerned about him. The blurriness could also show how much Bruce is currently going through at that moment. As Bruce begins to describe his vivid dream the camera swaps to a close-up of his face. The camera stays this way for the entirety of this monologue. The director wants Bruce to make you feel how he felt during the dream. As he begins to break down the camera swaps to just Betty this time. She watches him as he begins to lose touch with reality whilst thinking about the dream. The camera angles/transitions play a big role in guiding the story in this scene.

Audio Track

The audio track from this scene stays fairly consistent across this scene other than at one point. When he starts to recall the way the dream made him feel he describes his heartbeat going, “boom…boom…boom”. I think that this was left in the scene because these long pauses without audio help the audience to understand how traumatic this experience was for him as Betty watches in horror. Other than that particular part, the actors keep very soft voices because they are in a one-on-one conversation. At the start of the clip the audience can hear some sounds of silverware hitting the plate but as the characters begin to speak it is cut off immediately.

Conclusion

In conclusion, after breaking down this scene from the two different perspectives of Audio and Camera. I feel that I have a much better understanding of what the director was trying to accomplish. It was only when I focused on one particular perspective that I was able to really derive meaning out of them. When the scene is watched normally it is hard to separate all of the camera/audio techniques going on. This scene required me watching it at least ten times. One thing I would not of noticed without paying attention to the audio track is the dinner noises that stop as soon as the scene begins to get serious. Minimizing your senses while watching a scene can give you so much more information at a time than watching it at face value.

Summary on Feedback

First off, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to leave some feedback on my posts! Thank you guys for helping me to improve on my assignments in the future. One thing that I myself think I have learned from reading other’s blog posts is that I write way too much most of the time. My mind is set in essay format all the time when I don’t think it should be. It should feel a lot more relaxed and free flowing while reading instead of a concrete essay format. I will do my best to change this in the future.

My favorite comments from this week was about my Create A Place assignment. Casey said,

“Hey Jacob! I enjoyed your final creation for the ‘create a place’ assignment. I did feel like I was in New York or a large city while listening to it. The beginning was my favorite because you had the birds screeching and the car horns honking at the same time and it was very loud and almost hurt my ears, which is the chaos I’d imagine I’d hear if I ever did visit New York. The rest of the video wasn’t as chaotic, with the trucks beeping and siren sounds only having melodious bird sounds in the background. I feel like it would have felt a little more like New York City if there had also been people talking, or tires screeching, or some other sounds also in the background to make it louder and sound more busy and populated. (But honestly what do I know, I’ve never been to New York 😆) Overall I really enjoyed your story!”.

This comment really stood out to me because they offered legit suggestions that I could implement into my assignment given the opportunity. I felt like this person really took the time to understand my assignment and then post some constructive feedback. Obviously, there were many other people that had comments similar to this one and appreciate you all!

In the future, I will do my best to try to actively respond to comments and update the assignment if it can be. I think that comments are such a valuable resource that I need to take more advantage of down the line. Thank you all that commented for taking the time to look at my assignments!