Author: keg80

Pleasant Surprise

I’m not going to lie; when I opened the very first email Professor Campbell sent before class started, I was a little apprehensive about this class.  I took this class because I was tired of the normal writing/English classes and this seemed to be like a different approach.  I could never have imagined how much I would learn in such a short time.  Although it seemed very fast paced, it forced us to accomplish things most of us never thought we could.  My favorite project was the sound project.  I was able to take small sounds and clips and make something amazing.  It is a great feeling to have to know I was able to accomplish these projects without any prior knowledge of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premier Pro, or Audacity.

A few things I want to remember later on:

  1. Although DJ Spooky seems like an unorganized crazy person, his thoughts are actually pretty amazing.
  2. Basically everything in this world is a remix of something else.
  3. Google is my best friend especially when trying to figure out how to do something in Adobe.
  4. Copyrights can hurt more than help the future.
  5. Don’t just do funny. This generation is all about making something funny or cool.
  6. What is the so what? Of life? Of every project?
  7. Clichés are overrated

These along with a hundred of other things I learned in class will help me in life.  It has definitely been an interesting journey, but I’m glad I got to do it.

Change Color of One Item

First you need to pick a clip that has one object’s color that is really different from the rest.

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Then  you need to find the “Leave Color” effect under the color correction folder in video effects.

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Then you need to drag the effect onto the clip and go to the effects tab at the top.
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Then you will change the “amount to discolor” to 100% to make the clip black and white.

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Then you will click on the dropper next to the “color to leave” wording.  You will then take the dropper to the clip and select what color you want to remain.  (you can use the control/command button to widen the area you are selecting to 5 pixels)

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You can also play around with the tolerance and the edge softness to get the desired look.




Thoughts in Speech

Sometimes you may want to have someone’s thought sounded it out in your audio piece.  There are a few ways you can play around with the audio to achieve that.

Start with an audio track.


You can use the echo effect.


You can play around with the delay time and decay factor.  I used smaller numbers to get the echo closer to the wording.


You can also use the reverb effect.


I just kept the standard defaults and it worked fine.


You can also play with the right ear and left ear by making certain parts of your track only heard in either ear.


This helps to make it sound more out of touch and not like normal speech.



Gray Provokes Emotion

After listening to the Lament for Joe Hall, I was interested enough that I researched the story behind it.  The fact that I wanted to look into the story more says a lot about the piece.  It was not just an ordinary podcast or news report.  Matt Gray used a variety of sounds, sound clips, music, and a “narrative” to illustrate Joe Hall’s story.  It starts with a noise getting louder and louder. Then, the voice of Joe Hall comes in explaining how he was doomed from the beginning.  Then came the sound of people fighting like what happens at a domestic incident.  Matt Gray used these to open because they helped to set the mood for the rest of the project.  He wanted to give the listener an inside look into the mind of a troubled child.  Gray deliberately chose to have a child speak the words.  He could have used another adult to tell Joe Hall’s story, but he did not.  A child is naturally innocent and, because of that, the viewer empathizes with the story being told.  Gray also portrays Hall as a child who did what he had to do to overcome his horrible father.  For me personally, it evoked feelings of sadness and sympathy for the child although he committed murder.  Gray uses explicit emotional contagion through the child speaking.  Gray also used sounds interjected into the story of Joe.  He used the sound of fire when Joe was describing his father threatening to put his house on fire.  This also helped the listener really immerse him/herself in the story.  The use of sounds can really contribute to the story if positioned correctly.  Gray did not have a real script that he had Vijay Perry read. He filled in some of the details of Joe Hall’s life and made the script himself.  This is very interesting and is very similar to what we have to do for the audio project. At the end of the piece, Matt Gray summarizes what he was doing during it and why he did this project.  It helps the listener further understand it.

What else do you think Gray could use in his project to help the listener visualize and sympathize with Joe Hall?

Stitch your website

The first thing you need to do is make a container in html with whatever wording you want to put in it.

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Then you have to create a .css for it. Select the color you want the container to be.   Then, select the size of the text you want in the container, along with the font style.  You may also want to align the text to the center, too.

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Then you will want to make the “stitching” for the container.  Make the outline dashed like stitching by putting in the 1px dashed.  You can also select the height and width and margin size.

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Then you can make the shadow on the box to make it pop and look more like a button than a 2 dimensional box.

Final Product!

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Rebecca Sehn’s Fantasy

I searched Google for web design galleries and chose the website


This website really stood out to me because of the large photograph of children running through a field.  I also really liked the background because it looks like a page in someone’s sketch book or scrapbook.


The photo of the photographer looks taped on. The off-white background, green doodles, black text, and imperfections on the page made it feel original.  It has a fantasy look to it that the designer used to show the photographer’s view of photo taking.  Rebecca Sehn is a photographer based out of Vancouver, Canada who as a child was “a full-time adventurer”. She spent her “days seeking out magical lands, climbing trees, playing dress up…”  This ties right back in to the magical, dreamy look to her website.


Underneath the large photograph is a scroll bar where I could see more of the photographs and enlarge them.


My favorite part of the website was the postcard “contact me.”  Her website states that she can travel to wherever the client wants to do the photo shoot.  The postcard symbolizes Rebecca traveling all over the world to do photography.  The setup of the webpage is very simple and easy to navigate.  The phrases at the top such as portfolio, about, info, and contact all navigate you to the section on the webpage where they are located.


It also had boxes that, when clicked, redirected me to her Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.  Her services are geared towards most likely the upper class or people who would be able to afford her services because she travels to them. This is why the website is very simple and elegant looking. The website overall had a very personal feel to it.  It made me want to utilize her services.