One Last Ride for Bonnie & Agnus

We’re not riding off into the sunset JUST yet. Bonnie Sue and her best friend, Agnus have some unfinished business to tend to before they separate.

What is that, you may ask? A CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP!

They’ve already moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia together from Tombstone, Arizona — but before they go their separate ways they want to go on a big road trip together. They will travel all over the country to places they’ve never seen and they will do things they’ve never done before! Although Jenna and I are not 100% sure what exactly we will be doing as far as forms of media (we just want to wait and see what actually works), we will likely write a background story to begin or end our trip, provide audio for the sounds of our trip OR through one situation they run into along the way. We use Google Maps to show where we go on our trip. We also may use video to show a day in the life of our trip, or, like with audio, a situation we run into. The options are endless for us, and I can’t wait to see where we go with this!

Video Show Progress!

So we’ve made some good progress so far! Our plan, as you saw on my trailer last week, is to film a day in the life of us in our new lives in Fredericksburg, VA — going to college at the University of Mary Washington! Then, Lindsey and Tierra are going to put all of it together in a nice movie. I am almost done with my part — I plan to send it to them by tonight so they have all day tomorrow to do it!

I have found that it’s a little hard to film myself on campus… It’s awkward!!! I filmed my walk to and from classes and I know people thought I was filming them…oops. Regardless, gotta do what ya gotta do!

Wish me luck on the rest of my project!

Reflecting on Broadcasts

Last night, I listened to TombCast radio!

At first, I was unsure if it was going to work or not, because Paul was having some audio issues! However, at around 9:03pm it came on. It started with a few commercials/a bumper, which I really liked. I thought that one of the best parts about last night’s show were the commercials, actually. They were super well-done, had very catchy music, and were advertising cool products/events!

The main point of the broadcast was to discuss characters, which was a cool take on the project. It was set up like a “true” radioshow — 3-4 (I can’t remember) guys discussing their characters in a conversation-like manner. They were funny at times, quirky, and built off of everything that their fellow group members said.

They had some interesting characters, too. One guy was a mortician who nobody in the town liked, probably because he was a suspected serial killer.

Other than a few weird glitches in their audio, the whole project was well-done. I enjoyed listening!

Radio Show Progress Week 2.

Hope everyone had a wonderful spring break and is enjoying this amazing weather.

As far as our project goes —- so far, so good!

Last week, one of our lovely group members wrote up a plot for us. Since then, almost everyone has written their own script and sent them to us!

As I have said before, Jenna and I are putting all of the audio together, so we’re just waiting on only a few more people to send us their audio segments [character introductions & their part of the plot itself]. We are hoping to receive everything by tonight so we can begin to compile everything and be done by tomorrow day!

We also still have to write out exactly what we’re saying, but we’re just waiting to see the time lengths/commericial and bumper lengths/ before we do that. Knowing our group, we’ll be just fine!

Hoping this all comes together smoothly and is enjoyable to listen to!

Stay tuned!

Thoughts on Western Design

From what I have seen, Western design puts alot of emphasis on Dominance. From the titles of the movies on the graphic, to the posters screaming “WANTED” at the top of them, to the large images/pictures of the cowboy riding his horse or a large picture of the cowboy’s/sheriff’s/outlaws face, dominance is definitely asserted — no doubt we adapted this concept from these times!

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Ten Thousand Dollars for a Massacre.jpgDodge City (1939) movie title

They also tried to use alot of color, but in alot of cases, that did not quite work out…..

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This picture is extremely bland, with not many colors, let alone colors complementing one another.

There also wasn’t much balance or rhythm, as alot of the stills just pasted their text right over an image….

3 godfathers movie titleFort Apache (1948) movie title

Typography, however, it definitely at work here. I am not sure what the font is called, but if I had to describe it as a young adult in 2016, I would say it is very Western styled. That is definitely something they contributed to our culture today!

One picture I found was actually kind of aesthetically pleasing.Broken Arrow (1950) movie title

The font, the colors, and the balance works out here. (Balance is a little off, but it’s still better than what I have seen!) It definitely portrays an”indian-ish” look very well. They used alot of primary colors here, too – and they compliment eachother, which I also like.

Takeaways from Vignelli Canon

In high school, I was in a graphic design class from sophomore – senior year. I really enjoyed it, and even pondered at the thought of majoring in it in college. I didn’t think there’d be enough money there, though, so I quickly changed my pathway…

Reading this was really fun, and I am pretty sure we read this (or something like it) in high school, because I recognize what Vignelli calls his 3 most important aspects to Design. I really like those, and they are what stuck out to me, so I want to reiterate them in this blog post.

Semantics: the search of the meaning of what is to be designed. Vignelli states that before each new project, he tirelessly researches on what the idea’s true meaning is. How can you design something successfully without truly knowing what it stands for, its history, what it means to other people, etc.? In order to capture something’s full potential, we must understand its true meaning.

Syntactics: using the proper grammar in phrases and language, or overall structure, grid, text, etc., of a design. Does the whole page flow together? Is it choppy? It is important that each part of the design relate to the whole; the overarching theme of the project.

Pragmatics: the viewers must understand the design. If the image is confusing and hard to grasp, then the semantics and syntactics portions of design do not even matter! If a small explanation is needed, that’s okay. But it’s better if there is none.

*Side note… pragmatics is interesting to me, because design in its most basic form, is art. Art, however, is known for being misunderstood, and people enjoy it BECAUSE it is misunderstood! Also, same with Appropriateness [another important aspect of Design to Vignelli] – alot of times, art is not appropriate for all viewers. Artists have been known to paint portraits of naked people, etc.

I am glad I opened up the week with this reading/thorough review of what Vignelli considers important when it comes to design. Excited to get working!

Reflection on All Things Audio

This week was a bit more challenging for me. While I consider myself pretty technically savvy, audio is an area in which I have NEVER dealt with before.

The first thing I did to get the ball rolling this week was download Audacity and play with it a little bit. That was pretty easy, considering I used the “Quick Help” tool, which led me in all the right directions. The first thing I did was downloaded a song and just talked over it, played it back a few times, and used different effects. I felt pretty comfortable with it.

The next thing I did was listen to Moon Graffiti. It was really intense to be honest. Really well done. The crash in the very beginning set the mood of how serious the situation truly was. How the people suddenly stopped talking before the crash was a huge part of the momentum build-up. After this, during the astronauts’ conversation, the sound was perfect for their setting. Out in space, in “magnificent desolation”, trying to act like they knew what they were doing, but on the inside, scared to death of what could happen.

Now, as I listen to ds106 radio, I realize there’s so much more to audio. For example, when the man and his wife were in the cave, and their voices suddenly had an echo to them. And then, they were in a courtroom, and there were suddenly several voices talking at once – these voices had to be layered. Even the music between scenes helps set the mood for what just happened, what is to come, or even serve as a reminder of what the overall setting is!

Without audio, media would be incredibly boring. It helps the listener/viewer to truly create a vision in their heads of what is going on, and helps them create their feelings toward the characters and situations.

Radio Show Idea: Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Lewis and Clark are huge names regarding the Wild West and discovery of new territory. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson gave the following instructions to Meriwether Lewis on what his mission was.

“The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by its course & communication with the waters of the Pacific Ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado and/or other river may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce.”

In addition, they were responsible for the first land route of what is now the U.S. On their journey, they experienced many obstacles: rough terrain they were not able to get their wagons through, Blackfoot Indians, and the hard realization that there was no way to get through the Rocky Mountains.

My idea for a radio show: a day in the life of the pair on their journey to find a connection between the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean.

We will discuss their day from morning to dawn, including an exciting event, such as a scare from an Indian tribe; how they handled it, how it made them feel, etc.