This week was so much fun for me. We focused on a completely new format that I really enjoyed- mashups. This was very interesting because I really haven’t seen much like it unless I go on twitter or tumblr and someone has made something of their own. I really got to put my picture editing skills to work which was very fun to try and get to learn how to do new things.
I started out the week by making a tutorial on an assignment that I did that I really enjoyed, but had trouble figuring out how to do it. When I originally did it the assignment took me a while to wrap my mind around it and figure out how to go about it. I thought since I had a tad bit of trouble creating it that I would make a tutorial for it. The assignment is called make it 800% slower. For this I had to slow down the tempo of a song by 800%. I used Audacity to do this and under the effects tab and picked change tempo and that slows it down. I added screen shots of how I did it so that it is easy to follow along to how I did it. Hopefully this tutorial will help students in the future, because I certainly needed it.
After I did this I decided to tackle the remix portion of the week. I had always seen the button on assignment pages by was never sure what it actually meant. I got to find out this week and was interested when I got around to it.
The first assignment I did a remix for was create a game of thrones house and the remix I got was “stache it.” For this I had to incorporate a mustache into the assignment. I made a mustache be the house’s icon for the picture. I think it turned out rather well.
The next remix I did was create a silly movie poster. I chose for this assignment to be the one where I went off of something I had already done. I had made a mashup of crying Kim Kardashian and Jason Bourne in a movie poster with the tag He’s Just Not that into You. The remix I got was “stuffy art critic.” For this I pretended to be an art critic and critique my work. It was a little hard to do because I don’t critique art regularly but I think I got the hang of it.
Then I did my 12 stars worth of mashups starting with the assignment I’m ready for my closeup that is worth four stars. For it I had to layer an intense closeup of someone on top of a landscape. I chose a closeup of Ginny from Harry Potter and layered it over a nice lake landscape. I think it turned out pretty well.
The next one I did was called movie mashup and is worth 4.5 stars. For it I had to make a new movie poster for two movies that I like that are often compared to each other. I chose Notting Hill and Love Actually as the two movies because I find they are compared to each other very often. I took a picture of the Love Actually Cast and layered a picture of Julia Roberts from the Notting Hill poster and added the words from the two titles so the new title is Notting Hill Actually. I really liked how it turned out but if I had more experience with pixlr it could have been better.
The last assignment I did to bring me over the minimum was called your favorite team mashup and is worth four stars. For it I had to make a collage of logos from my favorite sports teams. I used the Pittsburgh Penguins logo as the base because it had a black, yellow, and white background which looked great. I added vintage logos of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers and also added the logos for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Washington Nationals, and the University of Virginia. I’m a big fan of all Pittsburgh teams because my family is from there and I just love the Nats and Packers just because. UVA is my favorite university team, especially their lacrosse team so they obviously made the cut. I had a great time doing this because I got to find some really cool logos, especially the vintage Steelers logo.
Then I did two daily creates this week. The first one I did was on April 10 and is in reply to celebrity heads in a jar. I didn’t know what this meant so I googled it and tweeted back one of the pictures I thought was really funny.
— Rachel Ayers (@rayers2umw) April 10, 2017
The second one I did was on April 11 and is in reply to what makes a happy place happy? I love books so I googled a huge library and tweeted back the picture I liked best because for me books make a happy place happy.
— Rachel Ayers (@rayers2umw) April 11, 2017
And of course throughout the week I have been commenting on other classmates assignments. I really enjoyed the mashup assignments this week and had a fun time working on them.