Peace Out, It’s The End

We made it to the end guys!!! This is my is my final summary post and it is really kind of bittersweet that this semester has reached its end, and I can’t believe that 16 flew back this quickly!

DS106 was really intimidating at first and I had no idea I would get so much out of it in the beginning.  I have really enjoyed every bit of this class learning about all kinds of new stuff with different media assignments and a genre I am secretly pretty crazy about now.  I think this genre really let us be the most creative because there were so many directions we could go with it.  I feel like I have accomplished a lot since the very beginning and I am actually pretty proud of myself for pushing through some of the things I was really scared about starting out.

Martha and everyone in DS 106, especially my awesome group members, really helped me to push the  limits a little and get more creative.  I’m glad that got to be a part of a group that was so ahead of the game and excited to work really hard on our radio show “Apocalyptic Airwave”. Everyone had their own little special thing to bring to the table that really made our group shine.  All our hard work paid off … I mean literally paid off we… we got prize money!  Digital Project Contest.

I honestly had no idea this was even a thing, but we put so much hard work into our radio show and building up our characters and it feels great that my group had the chance to be recognized!

For my final project I created a google map that shows the origins of the all characters that were a part of our radio show!  It is crazy to see how far everyone traveled to work together on Sarah Thatcher’s farm.  Everyone had very different backgrounds, but somehow they ended up together and were successful in helping each other survive THE END.




7 Daily Creates For The Ending of The End


I think the creator of this daily create really hit the nail on the head with this one.  What a cool way to reflect on our time in DS106.  I definitely feel like I have learned so much!



Picking just one thing to draw a picture of what is most important to me was pretty difficult, but my labrador has been my rock this semester.  I really do think they can sense exactly what we need because he is always there for snuggles and kisses on my bad days.



Naming this cute guy was so fun! My horses name in real life is Beau so I wanted to give this guy something a little more creative.



This daily create was to make a gif out of a picture you already had and these sleepy pups definitely describe how I feel Monday mornings heading to work.



Make a haiku from a random word?  I am not poetic at all but I do love food so I gave it my best shot!



Don’t dream it, vine it… well I am definitely still dreaming of being on this beautiful beach in Florida.  My boyfriend’s sister got married over spring break and we visited them in Florida for the wedding and it was so fun! The beaches and weather were a perfect break from the cold and rain we were getting in Virginia.



Describe you mood… haha… well this has been me for the last couple of weeks trying to balance starting a full time job, graduating, and moving into a new house. Cheers to the end of the end!



Daily creates have consistently been one of my favorite assignments throughout The End.  They are a quick way to create something fun, some are more challenging than others and I have really enjoyed thinking more outside of the box from other’s ideas.

Week 10 Reflection


Seriously… who knew I might actually be good at creating something in this class?!  Almost as badass as Will Smith taking on some weird zombie dudes.

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Making videos takes a lot of time, but I really love how many options I have and how creative I could get with these assignments.  I am not gonna lie… I kinda really did not like the radio stuff, it was tough for me to figure out and I am so much more of a visual person.  I think it would be cool if we somehow figured out how to do one big class video of our journey to The End….

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Question of the Week

What question would you like to ask the class?

I would like to ask everyone… “Do you think we are going to survive The End?”

Sometimes I feel like we aren’t, or at least I’m not… but then I just keep pushing through and try to stay positive about the inevitable.  I have been so burned out lately… and I think I am starting to catch a cold or something, I am just not feeling great.

Reading Movies I Am Legend Video Essay

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

The Shining – Zooms

Examples of Editing Techniques (*Jump Cut)

Top 20 Amazing Cinematic Techniques Part 1 (*Long take, steady cam)

I watched the above short videos about filmmaking and I never realized until after how filmmaking techniques really make a huge difference in how we view a movie. While watching the movie version of I Am Legend I used John West’s technique of pausing the movie and thinking about what I saw.  In the scene I chose from I Am Legend, Robert Neville and his dog Sam get caught in the city and a dangerous situation during sundown. After I watched the scene again and again I found some filmmaking techniques from the short videos I watched. Watch the video below to hear more about the scene!



Video Assignment 2058
I really enjoyed doing this video assignment, it gave me time to reflect on some of my most favorite pictures and memories and tell you guys a little bit about my life!

Video Assignment 2031

This is a video collage of all my favorite pictures from my last year at UMW!  I can’t believe I am graduating in just a few short weeks! I will really miss this place and all the memories I have made here, but I am so thankful for the opportunities UMW has given me.

Video Assignment 1981

In this short trailer, I am using our radio show characters from The End Apocalyptic Airwave to give a glimpse into what we dream our journey through The End will look like for all of us.  Starring Sarah Thatcher, Winifred Hart, Carson Gordon, Alex Whitmore, and Joan Williams.

Radio Broadcast Reflection

“Apocalyptic Airwave” is done and our broadcast went great!  My group put in so much effort and the process it took piecing it together would not have been successful without them.


Professor Burtis’ tweet pretty much sums up our whole show… Weirdly enough all characters already had so much in common before we even got started on the script. It was easy to bring them together into an epic story!  Not to mention, we had an amazing group of talented people.  The creativity and knowledge on audio editing made it a breeze and an I learned a lot I wouldn’t have without getting together as a group.

I loved tuning into others’ shows and while I was listening I could hear how much hard work they put into their shows too.

Assignment Revision

I decided to revise my design for my character’s name because I feel like her personality has evolved now and needs to show in her name.

I think this design shows the current position she is during the apocalypse, she has learned to be tougher and is a little more rough around the edges now on her journey surviving the end.

Week 9 Reflection

This week FLEW by for me, and I am not complaining!  As the semester is winding down, and graduation is quickly approaching, work from my classes is getting more and more intense.  I was thankful for a lighter workload for this class and I really enjoyed listening to the radio broadcasts… I can’t believe how creative everyone is… well i can, but still, WOW!
I am excited to start diving into the work on our books and also the fact that we might actually get spring weather next week!
Question of the Week:

What’s one thing you definitely couldn’t live without during the apocalpyse? How would you go about obtaining it?

One thing I know I could not live without is WATER! Obviously we need it to survive anyways, but I LOVE water.  I hardly ever drink anything else except for the occasional coffee.  It would be nice knowing that out of all the things I would need to worry about, I wouldn’t have to worry about finding water for myself.  What a relief!

Weeks 7 and 8 Reflection

So spring break was awesome! I traveled to Florida for a wedding and spent tons of time with family soaking up the sun.  With only 54 days left until graduation…. SAY WHAT?! …. I have been really stressed and the break was much needed.

When I got back from break, my team had already done an amazing job getting the ball rolling on our radio show and it gave me more time to get back into the swing of things with school work and my job search.  It was hard to meet up with my team members due to our conflicting schedules, but I still feel like our show turned out amazing!

Tune into our show Wednesday night at 9pm to listen to all our hard work and Josh’s bomb editing skills!

Question of the week: 

If the apocalypse were to happen, and you had to become something. . .else. Which kind of something would you want to be and why?

I would want to become a time-traveler with the ability to potentially travel back and forth in time to change the outcome of the apocalypse. It would be so hard to watch our world come to an end, and it would become very lonely.  If I could time travel I could potentially prevent the apocalypse from happening. If I could bring some kind of proof back that it was going to destroy everything, maybe the government and scientists could work towards preparing a solution for it.  I WOULD BE A HERO! … and also I could time travel and do super awesome stuff… so that’s cool too.

Week 6 Reflection

I LOVED THIS WEEK!!! I LOVE DESIGN!!! This was my favorite week so far… so freaking fun!  I loved being able to be creative and it came naturally to me.  I learned a lot on photoshop and built up  my character a little more with some of the media assignments.
We have officially created a group and I am excited to collaborate with them with whatever is coming up next!

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most succcesful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

In response to this week’s question, the most successful group I have been a part of was the volleyball team here at UMW.  We were successful because we held each other accountable and used that as motivation to work as hard as we could towards our goals.  Everyone has a bad day here and there, but we were there for each other and picked up the slack for those who were falling behind. I think the key term to think about in this situation is TEAM… we knew we needed to work together well and we worked at that really hard.  Not every day was a good day but we all had a common goal and had to work as a team to reach that goal.