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.

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.


Design Reflection

Design is play. Play is engaging in childlike activity.  I agree with this 100%! I love design and I think it is the most playful, fun thing I have spent my time on.  I decided to take summer courses in interior design at my local community college, and they were the most amazing classes I have ever been a part of.

We were encouraged to think outside of the box, PLAY!  Of course we learned some design principles to keep in mind, balance, color scheme, proportions, contrast, focal point, harmony, and rythym… but it was up to us how we used those principles.  It was definitely like being a kid again, I appreciated the release of some creative energy compared to business classes I had been taking.  My professor was encouraging no matter how outrageous some of our ideas were.  She helped us figure out how we can remain playful in the work we do.

It is important to challenge the norm and use those basic principles to create really cool and sometimes crazy designs, just like Paula Scher challenged the constant use of Helvetica and did her own thing.

David Carson talks about our emotional connection to design and I think this closely relates to the things I learned in my interior design classes.  While interior design is much different from graphic design, it is still a form of design that we create to make someone feel a certain way.

When a client needs a space they can plop down and relax and read a book, we create soft, cozy nooks with accessible lighting.  It needs to be a secluded, quiet place that invites you in to cuddle up and explore a different world.

On the contrast, when another client may need a space where they can entertain and throw parties for their friends, we create open spaces with different seatings options for different situations.  There’s close seating for intimated conversations, group seating around a table or counter bar for eating and drinking. This space needs lots of lighting with dimmers and media options for tv and music, it influences conversation and engagement.

When a client walks into these spaces it should make them feel a certain way if the designer has done their job correctly and listened to their needs, the same goes with graphic design.  David Carson video was hilarious and I especially liked the assignment on making new signage for restaurant doors.. LOL

Design Blitz 

I chose to use my pictures from events I have done with the company I work for, most are from weddings but some are from a huge wedding show we just did where tons of businesses in the industry show off their best to future brides.

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All of these photos are from weddings done by the company I work for Waterford Event Rentals. Design is an important element in pulling off the perfect event. This first picture is a great example of repetition, it is uniform and eye catching! The second picture is contrast, the navy and white are contrasting colors and adds a pop to the tables. The third picture is alignment, perfect placement of plates, napkins and name cards make this table look sharp and intentional. The fourth picture is proximity, while this table seems to be tightly packed with plates, cups and utensils, the higher centerpiece helps to draw the eye to the center of the table. The last picture is a great example of color, the bright colors are enticing and make people want to approach it and grab a bite to eat! #ds106 #designblitz #theend106

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Week 5 Reflection

How are you feeling? Be specific.

I am just getting over being very sick last week and just like Professor Burtis said… I think I feel better now than I did before I was sick! I feel like I have more energy and appreciate being able to breathe through my nose so much more now.  This is my final semester of college… and let me tell ya, IT IS HARD.  Some of the classes I am enrolled in this semester are the hardest classes I have ever taken, but I am trying to utilize my planner as much as possible to stay on track.

This week was really tough for me… I was and still feel really unfamiliar with audio and the assignments took a lot of effort for me to comprehend this week but I kinda enjoyed a challenge.  Writing is something I am familiar with so it was fun to do something a little different!

One other thing that was really new to me this week was doing a self-evaluation, I have done something similar at work but never for school.  I think it is a great tool to have us reflect on the amount of effort we are actually putting into the course… it made me second guess myself a little bit if I could be working harder and that motivated me to strive for excellence as the course proceeds.

Reading and Resource Reflection

Before this class, I had zero experience with audio and it has honestly been pretty intimidating.  I really like how Jad Abumrad paints this picture in my head without pictures in his description about the importance of connecting through radio.  Co-imagining is a really cool concept that I had never really though too deep about, but it is so true and I think especially in radio it is very relevant.

We relate everything we hear to an image in our head, when he spoke of walking up the stairs I knew exactly what sound that was and could picture him walking up to work on wood stairs in hard-soled shoes.  Even though he didn’t describe that at all, my mind created an image from what he was saying.

Abumrad describes radio as being modern story telling, and I totally agree.  I tune into XM radio sometimes in the morning while I am driving to listen to the morning talk shows, and it is so cool how technology has allowed us to listen to stories live from people across the country and across the world.  He also speaks about how technology lets us create and change sounds that helps us imagine different images than before.

His videos and the audio resources have really inspired me to get rolling on my own audio journey and become more comfortable with it.  I was really unfamiliar with Audacity before this assignment and love how it seems to have the technology Abumrad mentioned that allows us to alter sounds to create now images!