Author: prof campbell

Blog Prompt #12: Stick a Spork in it

For your final blog post (due 4/16), I’d like you to look back at the semester and take stock of the wonderful work you did, as well as the work we did together. Think of your audience for your post as yourself, with the rest of us (and, of course, the entire Web) listening in. That is, you should write the post to be useful to a current and future you, rather than a text that might be useful to someone else (although it might be, incidentally). You might think about: a review of ideas and themes from the course; directions for future making and thinking; comments on readings you found useful for your thinking, etc. Since you all have widely varying interests and writing styles, I’m not placing a word guideline on this final post. I assume we’ll see a wide variety of responses here, from the creative to essayistic to scattered notes, etc. No need for anything fancy. Looking forward to hearing from you, as always!

 

. . .and don’t forget to bring your delicious contribution to our final class together!

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Blog Prompt #11: DIY Adobe Premier Pro

DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.

The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun.

tc

Blog Post Prompt #10: Video Portrait Analysis

Choose one of the three “documentary portraits” we are watching for class this week (Amar (All Great Achievements Require Time) / A Brief History of John Baledessari / Odysseus’ Gambit,) and write a detailed compositional analysis of its approach to audio-visual storytelling. Draw attention to one or two specific strategies you see the director using in constructing the piece and discuss how those strategies are working to tell a particular kind of story — with a particular tone or message — in a way that responds to the particular life being documented. Think about what ideas you might take away from this video as you begin to plan and produce your own video portrait.

** Please note: You will also need to watch Charlie for class, but keep your analysis focused on one of the three above.

Blog Post Prompt #9: DIY Audacity/Audio

As a reminder:

DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.

The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun.

tc

Try to have your post up by Wednesday. I apologize for the delay.

Blog Post #8: Audio Analysis

Choose either from the Lament for Joe Hall or  This American Life–Superpowers!— and write a careful (full of care) analysis of it. For example: What do you notice about how it is put together? What are its rhetorical effects? Can you talk about it’s affective power (contagion, layered experiences, emotion)? How does it draw upon the distinct affordances of sound as a mode of storytelling? What will you take away from this piece as you begin your own work in audio documentary? Be sure to point to specific moments in the podcast to illustrate your ideas.

birds are chirping,

tc

**don’t forget to categorize your reply in “blog 8 replies.”

reminder | Critical Blog Posts: 

1) Should engage slowly and carefully with the text

2)  Refer to specific examples from the text under examination.

3) Pose at least one question for class discussion.

4) Be a minimum of 300 words.

5) Include a descriptive title and relevant tags for navigation and indexing.

6) Must be proofread and spell-checked.

Blog Post #7: DIY Web Design

As a reminder:

DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is NOT covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.

The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun. Be ready to teach someone your trick on Wednesday.

***To get full credit for this blog post, be sure to teach us a new thing, not something covered in class or by the online tutorials. You can do it! Make it fun!

tc