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Group Activity: Charades

Each group will be given a list of movies which they will have to act out. The list goes from easiest to hardest and the group that guesses the correct movie will be awarded points. Each group has 30 secs to act out the movie before they can use sound, but less points will be awarded to the group who says the movie first.

Easy: 2 points w/o sound, 1 point with sound

Medium: 3 points w/o sound, 2 points with sound

Difficult: 4 points w/o sound, 3 points with sound

There will be better explanation in class.

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Group Activity: Foley Sounds

Foley sounds are when you add sound into a film such as fighting sounds, car chases, or just walking when no such sounds exist in the original film. However, you do so by using your own body or a random assortment of objects. Use the video assigned to your group to add sound effects. Choose a 1 minute clip from your respective silent films, then take about 5 minutes to decide what you want to add. Then you will perform the sounds for the class, do not worry you are not acting, just making sounds. Have fun!

Group 1:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPmKaz3Quzo

Group 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oTdPklBE0Y

Group 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OITJxh51z3Q

Group 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPmLy4YEmTM

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Aliens have invaded Earth!!!

It’s official, aliens have successfully invaded and taken over Earth. At least that is what I heard on the radio…

This project was a lot of fun even though it was a little corny. We wanted to mimic the original radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” directed by Orson Welles. I don’t think we could ever come close to the acting jobs of that broadcast or get the same acclaim that it received. Nonetheless, I believe we did an excellent job considering our limited acting experience. The radio is most certainly a powerful tool and we can absolutely see that by looking back over its history. However, the radio we must never forget that it is mainly for our entertainment. That is its true core and foundation. The spread of information through this type of media has lasted and will last much longer than many will ever believe.

We were able to write out a script and do the production all at once. Thanks to Andy Rush, we were able to use a real micro, not that any other mic is less real than the other. However, I do wish we could have used the sound booth in the ITCC, but we can save that for another project I guess. After getting the giggles out, it only took one or two attempts to record for each part of the script. Alls was left to do was put in some pretty hefty sound effects to overcompensate for our acting capabilities.

The editing was the funnest part for me simply because I truly am at peace when I edit anything from an audio clip to a photograph. Putting in some cheesy opening news broadcast music just put the cherry on top. It only took a little over an hour to edit the clips and put in all the sound effects using Garageband. We were able to find all of the sound effects from freesound.org. It’s a great place to find free sounds and random music you can fairly use.

I hope you enjoyed our little show for your entertainment.

Cydon. “Spacebattle with laserwaepons001.wav.” September 9th, 2011. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/cydon/sounds/127706/ (Accessed September 24, 2014).

Harpoyume. “Explosion3.aif.” December 19th, 2009. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/harpoyume/sounds/86026/ (Accessed September 24, 2014).

Cordinator. “Censor Bleep.” June 7th, 2013. FreeSound. http://www.freesound.org/people/Corinator/sounds/191019/ (Accessed September 24, 2014).

 

 

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A Radio Week

This past week we learned about the use of radio and how it has impacted our own lives. I have to say I did not know much about the early development of radio operations and it still difficult to comprehend how the whole system works. Additionally, we learned about the use of propaganda from the United States to all the way in Europe. Though I do wish we could have a deeper discussion about the development of propaganda and where it all began. I think there still many unanswered questions that we did not ask and we never covered where we believed propaganda is headed in the future. The activities for this past week have been surprisingly a lot of fun. The game show type activity showed us the limitation of radio because of only using audio as a way to communicate. However, though this activity was a lot fun to conduct I think failed in actually proving the limitations in radio. For one thing we never discussed the limitations of the radio and how much infrastructure must be used to just have them operate. Nor did we discuss how the radio still impacts us today.

The second activity we did on Thursday consisted of remembering old television ads from our childhood and reflecting on their substantial impact. This activity actually made for some pretty interesting conversation even if most of it led to discussing Apple new iPhone 6. Just being able to recall so many commercials from my childhood really showed me how much of an impact they actually had on my life. Though advertisements and propaganda are two different things with two different outcomes they both deploy the same methods in impacting their audience enough to essentially control their thought process. I do wish, however, that we could have discussed earlier uses of propaganda as I always find it very fascinating. Also it would have been nice to have more time to discuss the notion that Americans are becoming more immune to propaganda and ads. That notion struck me and I think further discussion should be placed on the topic.

Lastly, we were assigned to record our own radio broadcast with our groups. Though I will wait for my next post to share it with the class I can assure you that it is quite hilarious. I can also say that it does have some great historical significance with it even though it based around science fiction. Alls I can say is that radio is/was a very powerful tool.

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Representations of Information/Communication Technology

1. Social Media Ads- Storify/GIF

2. Catalog Ads-Pictures/GIF

3. Blogging- Infographic

4. Vlogs- Video/Audio

5. Propaganda Film(s)- Video

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