Sayonara, Suckers!

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Salutations

Today will be different from my other Student Blogging Challenge posts. Normally I being with a rundown of the day, a silly worthless fact and then consolation about how much I loved the challenge. Today will be different. Today, we mourn the loss of the SBC.

This has been a rollercoaster from start to finish. I have met many new people, explored new ideas and cultures, created a boatload of surveys, a lifetime supply of title cards and commented on 100 different blogs. 

Before this challenge began, I was not a very adequate blogger. Obscure studies done in Iceland show that 203% of people who read my posts now experience PTSD. I don’t blame them. Most of my posts were a mess of titles, derivative jokes and stolen pictures. I can not believe that I just admitted to that. During the SBC, I developed blogging skills, learned how to watch my online persona and interacted with people half way across the world. It truly will affect me, and I will carry those skills for the rest of my life.

Well you thought you could get rid of me, but under no circumstances am I NOT coming back next year. I hope that everyone actually enjoyed this nonsense, except for people who listen to Nickelback. If you listen to Nickelback, get some help. This is supposed to be a safe space.

I will miss this sincerely, but that does not mean that my blog is stopping altogether. I will still post weekly about my PLP reflections, and perhaps even about miscellaneous things. This is not the end people.

My goal for my blog in the future is that I will be able to successfully run an active blog like Kathleen Morris. Perhaps I could even host my own blog hop at some point. But for now, this will remain your everyday rant from a cynical teenager.

As we take our moment of silence, please digress. I thought that it would be nice to compile some of my favourite moments over the course of this challenge.

Favourite blog post: When Galaxies Collide Favourite comment: a while ago I got a gem of a comment who I have Collin to thank for. I had almost much fun responding to him as I did reading his comment Favourite challenge: week three, commenting. This is because I found my new favourite app through this challenge. I hope that by now you can hear my sarcasm through the screen. Least favourite challenge: definitely this week, week eight. It is disappointing that the challenge is finally over. I also faced a challenge with week seven, festivities. This is predominantly because my family is… intresting. Most memorable moment: getting a shoutout from Kathleen Morris on the SBC website! Favourite moment: pressing the ‘publish’ button on all of my posts.

Thanks for sticking around!

Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

How I Became Stephen Speilburg


Salutations

Today is a day to celebrate, as our Maker term officially ends on Friday! It has been a jam packed three months of brainstorming, planning and filming up a storm. I have definitely noticed a huge ark in my learning. It is this ark that I would like to highlight. I went from being afraid to voice my ideas and sticking solely to protocol to becoming perhaps the most resourceful version of myself. Watch your back, Stephen Speilburg. I am a force to be reckoned with.

 

Today I want to end the year well by reflecting on all of the videos that I have created. This includes my Alberta video, TYKTWD etc. To demonstrate how much I have grown in each competency, I provide two examples of my learning. The first is a prime example of a First Attempt At Learning while the second is with my newly found knowledge.

Empowered Learner

I have leveraged technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in my learning goals.

At the beginning of this adventure, (cheesy line counter: 1) I created my four shot film which displayed this competency really well. I used my amassed knowledge to not only creatively shoot this video, but also to communicate and collaborate with my team for the best result. I was especially proud of this video because of the our angles, use of camera effects such as blur and how we through truly composed each shot. We practiced venturing beyond the known world of our camera, and began using things such as water bottles, phones and reflections to make for a more intriguing experience. Although, we did encounter some complications when it came to being decisive, that is almost to be expected. It was the beginning of the year, we didn’t know each other very well and our groups were very large.

At present time, I have created my RUN! video. This displayed my growth in the competency by not only reflecting what had gone well in the last one, but also through the evolution of my teamwork (cheesy line counter: 2). I went from being afraid to share my ideas at the thought of inconveniencing my group members to appreciating my own ideas. I am now a much more empowered learner and inspired collaborators than I was before, and I am probably easier to work with as well.


Knowledge Constructor

I can critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful experiences for myself and others.

At the beginning of this year, my ghost town video best reflects the knowledge that I had. Unfortunately this video has made it somewhere into the web and I no longer know it’s whereabouts. It’s probably in Russia by now being used as an advertisement. My teammates and I, Rhiann, Gabe and Anders worked very hard to achieve our goal in this project, which we had made clear from the beginning, was the showcase a video that was different. By this I mean with styles of editing that are outside of the box, interesting transitions, and a compelling storyline. We added original music, different points of view, and I tried seven billion new apps so that we could create our “interesting transitions”. We used new methods to build up the atmosphere which we had never experimented with before. To say the least, we built up our knowledge when it came to technology and each other. And for that reason, this was a very meaningful experience for me. I could have perhaps done more revision on this video, as we got almost too much footage. It would have been a good chance for me to experiment with angles.

Now, I would argue that I have evolved since then. We can see this growth in my French revolution video. I will be the first to admit that this may not be my best final product. It was the journey along the way which taught me to be a better knowledge constructor (cheesy line count: 3). I took the creativity and inspiration from the ghost town video, and built off of it. New editing tricks were involved, alternative angles were sought and costumes were made. I learned from my mistakes in the ghost town video, and I decided to use our extensive footage to create multiple versions of the same video. Therefore, I knew that we had put our best foot forward. This also helped involve my group as we discussed the pros and cons of each video. Not only did we get a better understanding of filming techniques, but we got to know each other. This made using our strengths much easier, and more efficient. In the future, I will continue to develop this competency by choosing a different and creative aspect to add to my project. Not only will this display my risk-taking and creativity, but it will include my passion. This will inspire me, and drive me on to reach for the sky. (Cheesy line counter: 4)


Innovative Designer

I use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful, or imaginative solutions.

When I first began this competency, my American revolution video was the best that I had to show for it. We were faced with a problem, which was “how can we show cause and consequence”,  and we answered that problem with some killer lyrics. I thought that my group had great work ethic, and we collaborated well. The outcome was definitely new, as we used the present time to show not only what life was like back in the day, but to show consequence and differentiation. A triple whammy. Obviously, the final product was not very well thought out or well planned out. It looks like it was shot in one day (spoiler: it was). This was because we did not include different methods, and we did not innovate or get creative enough for this video to stand out. Nonetheless, I would argue that this video stands out because of how much I learned from it. I knew that I had it in me to be innovative and imaginative, I just needed to bring it out by breaking apart and planning for each step.

In stark contrast, we see my Take Your Kid To Work Day video. I would consider this to be the polar opposite of our American revolution video. Whereas in the latter, I focused more on the preparation stage which made the production stage weak, I thought that I balanced myself well when it came to this project. I had learned from my American revolution video endeavour, and I thought outside of the box. I tried new styles of editing, I reached out to a popular creator who gave me incredible advice, and I began to come to terms with GarageBand. This definitely shows my growth as a learner. And although I am still nowhere near perfect, I now have the resources and means to pinpoint how I can improve. Soon enough, I will be unstoppable (cheesy line counter: 5).


Computational Thinker

I developed and employed strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.

The beautiful mess which best describes this competency is my Russian revolution video. I was really proud of how we displayed this competency through our open-mindedness when it came to trying new applications, and giving others a second chance. My revolutions group really impressed me when it came to this video and this competency. We leveraged our own knowledge and tested it as well as encouraging each other to step out of our area of expertise. Overall, this video definitely showed our knowledge and our passion for the video. The segment of Timmy talking does go on for quite some time, and that could have been solved by investing more time in revising. I planned on making my next jab at this competency sparkle (cheesy line count: 6) by taking extra time to review and revise.

We ended this one on a high note with our Meiji revolution video. I built off of all of the skills that I had succeeded in the Russian revolution video, yet I also took the time to do extra revisions. The result is a better concept with evidently a more well rounded product. Minor inconveniences still do exist, but I have learned that we must consider quality over quantity, which is a huge step for me. Now only have I grown in this competency, but I will continue to do so in the future.


Creative Communicator

I communicated clearly and expressed myself creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to my goals.

This competency is best described by my Royal Tyrell Museum short film. I can understand why at the time I thought it was good. I used my resources, new formats, digital media and my creativity to not only film, edit and narrate a video in 30 minutes, but also by including an interview. This showed how much I wanted to excel at the subject and my interest in the topic. Looking back on it now, I notice many different issues with it. For one, my audio was searingly loud. I needed to visit an ear doctor after listening to that. The video footage that I included was not compelling, it was still and uninteresting. If that was a YouTube video and I was a watcher, I would have clicked off the video. Finally, note to self: don’t choose a topic last minute.

In comparison, let’s look at my Alberta video. I thought that this video was my best work throughout this term. I compiled every aspect of this competency, from creativity, expressing and communicating my ideas to using digital media tools in the form of editing, styles and formats. I showed everything that I had learned throughout the course of the project, and elevated it. I thought that I demonstrated flexibility and diversity in my abilities, and for that reason I am expecting an Oscar next year.

I have been awaiting the chance to showcase my abilities as a video taker. After coming out of this project, I have realized my potential. I have come very far from the beginning of this project. I began with a four shot film which did not involve music, credits, acting or effects of any source. Although it could only foreshadow the videos to come.

A timeline of my videos

I have storyboarded, screenplayed, brainstormed, filmed, re-filmed, edited, experimented, laughed, cried, doubted why I am in an elevated program, and wondered why in the world I would want to be anywhere from PLP. To say the least, I have emerged a new person. Before I undertook this project, I knew next to nothing about filming and I could not rely on the fact that my movies were going to turn out well. Now, I have everything that I need to create a video that I am proud of, no matter how small.
Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

Look Mom I Made A Podcast!

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Salutations!

Have you every wanted to create your own Podcast? I know that I have. I have always envied the people who are able to rant online in a very neat and organized way and then publish it to the great wide web. This project gave the chance to try that.

In this project, we were tasked with reading the book ‘Revolution’ by Jennifer Donnelly. This book follows the story of a girl named Andi who is highly intelligent yet failing school because of the trauma involved with the loss of her little brother. Of course, her overachieving father bring her to Paris with him over the holidays so that she can finish an award winning thesis. Along the way, she finds a hidden diary which belonged to a girl named Alex. Alex was the caretaker of Louie-Charles, Le Dauphin during the French revolution. Eventually, Andi goes hard on her antidepressants and literally goes into the past, where she lives Alex’s life. There, she experiences hardships and discovers that Alex was ‘The Green Man’, a person infamous for setting of fireworks. In the end, Andi comes home safe, becomes this big shot for discovering Alex’s journal, gets into a good school and finds love and closure. Our challenge was to take this story, and reflect on a certain aspect of it creatively.

I decided immediately that I wanted the product to be extravagant. My final product was a Podcast with music created by yours truly. I went in-depth about metaphors in the book, and connections to my life as well as significance, my opinion and the characters. I contacted the author to get more information about the subject, and she offered good answers which lead my inquiry. I took all of this information, and compiled it into a project that includes music, facts, and an interview. As the cherry on top, I published it on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.


The process

I began this project by reading and analyzing the book. This meant that I read the entire thing once to get a sense of the literature and plot, and then a second run through the audiobook to listen to inflexions and tone. This allowed me to get a better sense of how I would narrate the Podcast. 

Another large player in the eventual success of this Podcast was our book chats. Every week, I would get together with a small group (Rhiann, Thomas and Matthew) land we would discuss certain aspects of the book. Each week, we all took on a different role. The options included discussion director, smart summarizer, creative connector and the artful artist. Every week, it was refreshing to hear other perspectives. I always enjoy a chance to argue about plot points.

Paris skyline drawing

Amongst my favourite book chat roles, I had a lot of fun with the artful artist role. I decided that I wanted to do more research on fireworks in the seventeenth century, so I did several pages of research and presented a GIF which displays how they were set off. I also included a drawing of the Paris skyline.

 

Finally, after we had finished the book all together and I had to part with my group, I began the process of making my Podcast. Now I will be the first to admit that I am not the most efficient person to grace planet earth. Yet, I am very satisfied with the fact that this entire project took less than six days, give or take. Ok, I am kidding. But I did take the time to map out my tasks, and I executed them in an orderly fashion. As a result, I got everything finished within the time limit.

Time blocking

Let’s look at the final product. It was made using an application called Anchor, which allowed me to easily stream to multiple services. I am very proud to call this my project, especially because I exceeded my own expectations. I did this by including an interview, original music, original cover art and information provided firsthand by the author. If I had more time, then I would have most definitely shortened it. At the exhibit of learning, I found that people were not able to listen to the whole Podcast, so many people did not hear the interview or my analysis. I could have done this by budgeting and compressing my ideas. This has been something that I have struggled with since joining PLP, so the idea of fixing it all within one week is absurd. Nonetheless, I loved this product.


The competencies

Text Comprehension and Appreciation Strategies

I have applied appropriate strategies to comprehend written and oral texts, to guide inquiry and extend my thinking. I recognize and appreciate how an increasing range of features, forms, and genres of text reflect different purposes, audiences, and messages

I am very proud of how I demonstrated this competency through my creative reflection. I creatively and uniquely summarized my opinion on the book. I also extended this to my peers. I recognized how biased influenced our opinion and take way from this novel. I created content which not only demonstrated how the book reflected on me, but on other people as well. A lot of the information which I included came from our Historical Fiction Fridays. There, I would ask my peers a set of questions about their opinion, no matter what my role was. To create this podcast, I went through this book twice. Once was for reflection and recognition of the book itself. Messages, metaphors, connections etc.

Revolution Podcast cover

The next time I went through it, I listened to the audiobook. I scrutinized the way the words were put together in a way that impacted the listener in a specific way. I replicated this in my podcast. I also created my own music, for which I used knowledge of tone and mood to compliment what was being said. I used what I learned in Alberta to interview my peers, so that I could create the most unbiased product possible. Finally, I used tools at my disposal to create an image for my Podcast. For this step, I used Keynote for the background, and drew the girl myself. I pushed my own limits when it came to comprehending this book, and presenting it in an informative and interactive manner.

Throughout the course of this project, I pushed my own limits and gave it my all. Along the way, I learned how to critically read a work of fiction, how to use my resources to extend my learning and how to make my work accessible to the world. Thanks Andi.

Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

Why Go To School When You Can Go To Work

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Salutations,

It is universally acknowledge that after you finish your high school and university career, you begin your profession. This week, I got a glimpse into life in the workplace all thanks to ‘take your kid to work’ day. Your are probably wondering what the logistics were behind this. Well allow me to paint you a picture. My dad works for the Bank of Montreal, the oldest bank in Canada. There he is employed as a senior credit officer. When I was asked to describe his career to my peers, then my answer was that he “bosses people around”. That is not far from the truth, yet there is more to it. My dad surveys the entire international branch, and breaks down the mathematics behind a loan. He is also in charge of deciding whether an endeavour is worth the loan. Apparently, a lot of his status in the work world relies on his intuition. This seems like a very intimidating job to me. How does he recognize his identity at all times? How does his job affect our community? These are the questions that must be answered.

We were expected to go into take your kid to work day with a filming plan, and go out with enough B-roll to create a full length documentary. Despite the overwhelming amount of video footage, all we were expected to create was a two minute video that discusses our day. What we learned, how we learned it, and our answer to the core competencies. You can find my video at the bottom of this post.

The core competencies that we were being assessed on for this project were as follows.


Question self and others about how individual purposes and passions can support the needs of the local and global community when considering career choices

I demonstrated this competency through the interview process, as well as further inquiries. I had a good idea of how I supported the community before, by involving and educating myself. If things were to go perfectly, then eventually I would be in university training to become a theoretical physicist. I wanted to be a scientist so that I could broaden the world’s horizon and do what I did best, math. Our duty to civilization does not always define our path. At BMO, I talked to several people all in different branches of the company depending on their strong suits. Team workers, strategists, sales people, support. All of these people pointed out how their passions and abilities in life translated to becoming the most efficient person in their current career.

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Part of the way through this chaos, I reached out to an edit via social media who not only gave me pointers on my video, but also answered this competency for me. Her response was that she uses her talents to create videos that inspire others. And it isn’t even her career. We don’t need to be in the workplace to support our community.

Recognize the impact of personal public identity in the world of work

As I mentioned earlier, my dad’s job relies on his accumulated knowledge as well as his intuition. When I interviewed him about how he is able to express himself while also gaining respect in his line of work, his response was that corporations and community members alike are impacted by his decision, which is why he always needs to consider the impact that his decision will have. The key to maintaining discipline is to always stop, think and consider. When you work hand in hand with your co-workers, friends and peers, even I know that task to be a daunting one.

Positivity is key

I can see mirrors of this in my own life. When I work in a group project, I want to be respected and acknowledged by my peers. But when it comes to working against them while also maintaining their respect, it can get very difficult. I have learned to work around this, and by doing so I must always consider my actions. Being given such a task is a very large one, that is what she said, which is why he always needs to watch and recognize the persona that others see. According to him, saying no is not a part of his vocabulary. By building off of others and contributing to their ideas, he maintains a more positive image. This is vastly important, as no one wants to work with a negative Nelly.

Building off of others and contributing to their ideas is a good way to maintain a positive image

I watched and monitored the way that my dad interacted for a day, and one thing I noticed was how often he interacts with people, whether they are customers or coworkers. This allows him to always be on top of his work, which is something that I could take notes from.

Recognize and explore diverse perspectives on how work contributes to our community and society

To enhance my knowledge and diversify my perspective on how this line of work contributes to our community, I interviewed several people around the office. But according to company policy, I am not able to disclose any information regarding employees. Therefore, I could not record my interviews. Although I still got valuable information. According to one source, working at BMO contributes to the community by supporting and ensuring that everyone has a basic platform to build off of. They fund companies such as Old Navy and Snapchat which are huge contributors on their platform. Without banks, then students may not have enough money to continue school, and budding companies are not able to contribute to the market. With banks, we are aiding people who will be our future. I am starting to sounds strikingly like an advertisement.

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Another source reported that the bank is encouraging a well all-rounded employee. And this spoke very true to me. I am a part of the next generation, so this information is very important to me. One of the first questions that I asked in every interview was “what is the bank looking for in it’s next generation of employees?” The answer that I got was always along the lines of ‘an intelligent, well rounded team player’. BMO is encouraging, and will eventually require everyone to obtain an education. By doing this, they are slowly yet surely contributing to the future of our community.


Milestones 

Of course no PLP blog post is ever complete without a reflection on the process. I would like to attribute my success in this project to the pre-production phase. As always, this step in the process is perhaps one of the most important. Last year, I was a girl of the mindset that gems are made under pressure. That did not work out for me as well as I had hoped, so I vowed to always put at least half an hour of planning into a project. This project was no exception.

Part of my shot list

I began by compiling a shot list, and adding everything that could enhance my movie. This included time-lapses, slow motions and closeups. I knew that I wanted my video to be silent, and I wanted the images to speak for themselves. This made my task very hard. Although, I got a deeper understanding of the workplace by doing this that I would not have gotten otherwise. I took a moment to compose the shot and consider how it would convey to the watcher, which made all of the difference.

Several answers during the interviews

I also got the chance to interview four different employees at BMO, as well as two kids who were participating in TYKTWD. Thanks to these lovely people, I was able to accumulate a large number of perspectives on the same topic. For instance, I noticed a pattern between all of the kids. We all seemed to have the same understanding of our parent’s company. We all seemed to gravitate towards the intellectual and intuitive side of the company, whereas the adults all wanted to talk about teamwork. Listening to during these interviews gave me an enriched perspective, that I would not have otherwise. This would have not been possible were it not for the preparation done beforehand.


Video

Let’s scrutinize this video. I am very proud of the outcome, especially considering the fact that this was not what I originally planned, it was better. I had originally imaged it looking like my Alberta video, with a voiceover, talking scenes, interviews and animations. Although, I did feel like stepping out of my comfort zone and challenging myself to compose a picture worth a thousand words. The ideal outcome would be a cinematic look at the office and my day. It would be my masterpiece. And I do believe that this video conveyed that emotion. I tried using a new filter, multiple angles, different points of view and styles of video. In short, I compiled all of the skills that I had learned throughout the course of Maker and PGP.

Earlier on in the year, I was shown a video by another PLP student which really highlighted the magic that is editing. I began to realize that as much work as I put into the pre-production and production phase, I could be focusing more on the post-production phase. Editing on its’s own is a show stopper. Therefore, I decided to create and compose my own music in GarageBand, and sync my video with the music. In the final outcome, you are able to see how much attention and precision that I put into this video through the transitions.

Somewhere along the way, I decided that I wanted to try a new style of editing entirely. I was inspired by a style of fan editing that I have seen on social media platforms, and of course being me, I thought “wouldn’t that be creative! Let’s do it!”. I listened to several online tutorials, and even contacted a professional.

Fan editing

Spoiler: it didn’t work out. This was because I got to ambitious, and forgot the point of the project all together. The video itself is pointless if it doesn’t get the job done. Even though plan A didn’t work out, I learned some very valuable lessons. Be as creative as possible, but never forget the true meaning. This project helped me take a huge leap in overcoming that habit.


In summary, what I learned throughout the course of this project was how to question myself and those around me, how to notice the impact of my identity, and how to explore diverse perspectives on how work contributes to our community. I got the opportunity to witness life and connection in the office firsthand, and as I result I now have a better understanding and recognition of my identity on the world. What I will take away from this project is a new self awareness, comfort with interviewing and voicing my opinions, knowledge of how I am contributing to society and how I will continue to do so, not to mention a new inspiration and work ethic. That is what I call a successful project.

“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show 

‘Tis The Season

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Salutations.

Last week on the SBC we challenged ourselves with learning more about the universal language of emojis. You can check out that blog post here.

Today marks the seventh week of the SBC. If my math is correct, that means that I have been actively annoying all of you for the past… month and three quarters. Wow soldiers, I salute you.

This week is no exception. We were challenged to do some research on a holiday that suited our fancy, considering that holiday season is right around the corner. One of the most sacred holidays in my family is Christmas, and probably not for the reasons you think. For most families, Christmas is a time of joy, laughter, snow and hot chocolate. How did this holiday begin you may ask? Good question.

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The origin of Christmas

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

In the early years of Christianity, Christmas was not celebrated. Easter was one of the most predominant holidays. The holiday was only embraced years after the birth of Jesus. By celebrating the holiday at the time of the winter solstice, the number of participants increases.

When Christmas was cancelled

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

Christmas today

Today, the holiday is a joyous one. In fact, it is my favourite holiday. Well known as a time of cold weather, not chocolate, carolling and cheer, even parents aren’t swayed by the fact that they have to purchase expensive gifts for their children.

Stockings above the fireplace

Because this is redeemed by the fact that kids are being scrutinized by Santa. Even I fell victim to the ‘be good or else we will phone Santa’ when I was younger. But this isn’t the reason what I love the holiday. This story goes far beyond the realm of your imagination in a land far, far away. I like to call this land…Parksville. And it takes the form of a family reunion (duh duh DUH).

My family

My father’s side of the family is honestly something else. We are comprised of several different strong personalities, and several basket cases. Here is a list of five highlights that have happened throughout family reunions through the years

My uncle once decided to order pizza at two in the morning. The entire family still up and going strong at this point in the night, I can vividly remember my uncle rehearsing how he would get mad at the pizza guy.
My cousin receiving his very first Google Echo. This was once again at a very early time in the morning, as ten cousins sat around in anticipation of the gifts to come. My little cousin, who will refer to as John unwrapped his Google Echo. He proceeded to screech at the top of his lungs “HI ALEXA” until it turned on. Not only did the device get angry at bring called Alexa, but we woke up our neighbours.
A while back, while I was in Mexico I woke up at an ungodly time on Christmas morning. Considering it was my dad’s birthday, I insisted that we walk out onto the beach. While out on the sand and building my majestic architectural genius of a sandcastle, I ended up finding a hole filled with baby turtles. From the limited knowledge that I had of baby turtles (thanks National Geographic) I knew that a) these turtles were only a few hours old, b) there was a lot of turtles, in fact there had to be hundreds, c) the fact that the babies had not made it into the ocean yet meant that they were somehow not able to. So I set about with my dad, at five in the morning, liberating baby turtles. In the end, I did not get to keep them and each and every turtle made it to the ocean.
Christmas is all about helping others. This story takes place right after the previous one. After helping the baby turtles into the ocean, a hotel employee came by to tell us that animal service had been phoned. Spoiler, it never was. The hotel ended up keeping twenty five of the one hundred turtles, and selling them for a profit like house flippers. What I experienced was very heartwarming. Someone went up and bought every one of the twenty fiver turtles for two hundred dollars and released them into the ocean.
While in Parksville, another one of my young cousins who we will refer to as Tim. On Christmas morning we woke up to the lovely Ishtar of snow. But to the dismay of Tim, the new Xbox that he received could not function because the snow blanketed the antenna. So in his underwear, he climbed onto the roof to adjust the antenna. Don’t ask me how he got up there. He ended up falling off and impaling himself with prickles. We spent multiple hours lint rolling the prickles out.

Despite all of these stories, Christmas is still about family for me. It is a time in which I get to see my best friends, and eat my grandma’s world renowned jujube cake.

What are the holidays like in your family? Feel free to take this test here:

To sum this holiday up, I have chosen this handy stock photo. I hope it gives you more insight into the crazy overwhelming spirit that my family shows towards Christmas. This picture reminds me of the holidays because this is exactly what our house looks like during the holidays. Ok, maybe our house is not the size of a shopping village. But you get the point.

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Tune in next week for another episode of SBC!

What you should take away from this blog/lesson of the day: always stick to the four main food groups. Stay healthy kids.

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”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night” – The Truman Show

Read This Star Wars Blog Post You Must

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/04/star-wars-puns/

Salutations

I present to you in the pixels, a paragraph summarizing why we as a society seem to be infatuated with Star Wars


A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, anxious children and poorly hairstyles teenagers alike sat down in theatres for what would become one of the most iconic movie sagas in history. Star Wars. But the questions arises, why do we care about Star Wars? Of all of the thousand low budget sci-fi movies, why Star Wars? I believe the answer to this question is because of the links and associations that we have to the franchise. Allow me to illustrate this. I would be willing to be that all of us have a childhood memory associated with Star Wars. As we age, think back fondly to the times during which we had connected to Star Wars. Because Star Wars is such a prominent part of all of our memories, we are still able to reference the movie today. In other words, Star Wars has helped us bond to others in the past, and because of the fond memories that we have of the movie, we are able to use connections and references to bond with others today. Furthermore, we are able to see a lot of parallels between the movies and our own lives. By this I don’t mean that we see Wookiees on a daily basis. The plot line itself, or the hero’s journey can be reflected in our own lives. Just like Luke, we lead very mundane lives. Just like Luke we took a risk and stepped across a threshold, not knowing what the future would hold. Just Like Luke we sought and found adventure, and the result changed our lives. Just like Luke we carry a deadly laser beam and drive a spaceship.

Star Wars plot drawing and representation. Darth Vader, lost but not forgotten

Because of the parallels in the plot line and our own lives, we are drawn to the story of Luke and Lea. Finally, we enjoy the movies because the real world relationships. If you are like me, then this may seem less obvious to you. But believe me when I say that we see connections to this franchise everywhere. For instance, Disney will hide Easter eggs in children’s movies. We see box office hits such as Indiana Jones, E.T. and Marvel pay homage to the series. Even it’s rival franchise ‘Star Trek’ can’t help but include a reference. Not only does including a reference to the series please or attract a large audience, but considering the popularity of the movies, by referencing or comparing something to Star Wars we are automatically able to build an image of this certain something in our heads. In short, our love for this timeless series simmers down to three things. Connections, parallels and referencing.  Use this information wisely, and may the force be with you.


As some of you may know, the new Star Wars movie is being released in mid-December. PLP is getting the opportunity to see this film soon. So do not fret, it won’t be long untilI bother you with another blog post,

”Good afternoon, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

Revolution Resolution

https://slkelly.org/2019/04/01/the-pun-of-puns/

Salutations!

This marks the end of a jam-pact project. It has been a whirlwind of screenplays, props, late night adjustments and more screenplays. I like to call this; ‘Revolutions Through the Ages’. The question that drove this project was: how do ideas drive change?

How can we show cause and consequence in a revolution video? This was the question that drove the following project. Our task was to use ethical sources to learn about several revolutions, namely the French, American, Russian and a revolution of choice. For my group, Meg, Asha and Liam this creative revolution was the Meiji. By using our knowledge of cause and consequence in each revolution, and an understanding of historical figures roles to create a video of our choice. The options that we were given were John Greene, History Minute, a rap video or an Explain Everything. For our fourth video, we were given the creative freedom to combine, adapt or replicate any of the latter. The limit was our imagination. Our final product should look like a professional look into the past, and must cover the driving question as well as include evidence of cause and consequence. By understand the cause and consequence of a revolution, we are enhancing our abilities to notice the consequence of our actions.

Before this project began, I had little to no insight on historical revolutions. I had a small collection of knowledge that I had gathered through elementary school, but other than that, zilch. If you had asked me why the French Revolution happened in the first place, I would have looked at you as if you had told me you were from Area 51. I didn’t know the who, what, when or why. Throughout this process, not only did I learn how to answer these questions but I learned how this knowledge will apply in my future. To answer this question, I was paired with Meg, Liam and Asha. We called ourselves the Shrek Massacre™


Cause and Consequence

I can assess how conditions and actions of individuals affect events, decisions, or developments

The best way that I showed this competency was though my third and final video. By extending my knowledge through research, and getting comfortable with discussing and debating with my teammates, I felt like I accomplished this task. How do our conditions affect our decisions? I could not explain this for you before we began this project, but now that I have studied the French, Russian, American and Meiji revolution, I am able to point A finger at a figure of the revolution, offer information about their life and why they are a pivotal part of that revolution. One of the reasons that I managed to feel more comfortable with this competency was because of all of the research and work that I put into my team’s video. I am now fully comfortable with submerging myself in a deeper level of thinking about the revolutions that we studied.

Evidence

I can assess the justification for competing historical accounts after checking out various sources and investigating the reliability of sources

This competency truly comes into play when we consider the research and conversing aspect of this project. Here we can see the sheet of research that I did behind the Meiji revolution. An issue that I faced was the cause of the revolution in the first place.

Notes taken on the Russian Revolution highlighting events

What could have possibly caused the upper class Japanese to initiate a revolution that would tarnish their stance. This question required multiple sites, several magazines and even a book to answer. I had to eliminate all of the sources that offered obviously false information, for instance on of the websites I visited claimed that the revolution started amongst the Chinese. Sifting through these articles not only gave me a deeper understanding of the revolution itself, but the research and study process. I will need knowledge of Joseph Stalin until I finish school, yet I will need to know how to be productive far beyond that, perhaps even for the rest of my life.

Create and Extend Shared Understanding

I have exchanged ideas and viewpoints within my group and the class, to build shared understanding and extend my thinking about this project and the video making process

I definitely got the chance to exercise this competency. My group has always been a great resource to discuss and see new perspectives from. Every other day, my group would come together to discuss all that we had learned. I would give them my input on the research that I had done, Meg would innovate ideas, and Asha and Liam would bring those ideas to life. Working together as a group made us much stronger than we would have been on our own.Coming into this project with only one perspective made it hard to complete. Considering the fact that we are relying on second hand sources, we must gather as much input as possible to create an authentic experience. My peers for an excellent outlet for this. I agreed with many of their statements, such as the fact that the French Revolution began out of a need for change, and the Russian Revolution may not have began were it not for the overpowering rule of the king. Although, during our contemplation of the American revolution someone raised the point that it was wrong of the rebels to start the Boston tea party. I disagreed with this, so we used our previous knowledge to come to consensus. This debate, and the multiple perspectives that we had on the case made for a much richer film.

Milestones

I must touch very briefly on the milestones that helped me throughout this project. First and foremost, Crane Brighton’s theory of revolution. By using this graph, and having a better understanding of the steps in the process, we are able to go more indepth about the underlying reasons.

Timeline of the Meiji revolution highlighting Crane Brighton’s theory

It also helped while making our video, as it helped us organize our thoughts and ideas. Overall, it made the final product much better than it would have been otherwise. Another essential stepping stone in the process is our storyboard. This mapped our what the video would look like in rough form, and made the filming process much easier. With this tool, the quality of our videos increased.


Videos

Let’s scrutinize the first video that we made. The subject was ze French Revolution, and in this video we wanted to give our viewers a glimpse back in time. We did this by showcasing life before the revolution complete with costumes and music. We shifted the tone using filters and musical mood, to the lavish life in the palace. We then transition to the uprising of the peasants, and the result. We definitely could have highlighted consequence much more, as it would have been better insight. As it is, the video was pretty but not very informative. Nonetheless, I was proud of how well we prepared and organized for this video.

Our second video also showed room for improvement. The mistake that we made in this case was not prioritizing the filming of this video. We had many other projects on the go, and this video was not first on the list. Spoiler: huge mistake. As a result, we had a refined script and screenplay for filming, but the video itself came out looking like it was filmed in one day. I am allowed to say that because I filmed it. I would like to highlight the idea behind the movie itself, as our script was very strong. We could have supported these strong words with strong visuals to make for a better movie.

Our third movie definitely showed improvement. All that we had learned about prioritizing and revolutionary consequence compiled into this Explain Everything. Something that I loved about this video was the incredible attention to detail, which I can thank Asha for. Liam did an amazing job of voicing over, and were it not for Meg then we would have not had a script. My job was to organize, compile and refine the movie. Not only was the animation better, but the group dynamic finally seemed to work out. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of leaving a large segment of our cartoon character Timmy talking. What he was saying was very valuable, but we could have easily counterbalanced it by adding in titles or pictures. Overall, this video showed great improvement from our previous two.

Finally, we have reached the grand finale. The final video! The brave of heart went in with high expectations, and the good students came out with good grades. All in all, I thought this video was good. I really enjoyed the animated title sequence, which was animated by Meg, and I thought that the setup that we had to enhance our John Greene style showed thought. Obviously, the audio could have been improved, and with a bit of time, we could have edited things out like me waving to the camera. On the day that we filmed, we had the luck of sharing a room with the very rowdy basketball team. This did require us editing out video bombing clips and rude noises. The biggest issue that could have been tackled with this film was by taking the advice of our teacher. Allow me to give you some context. Prior to the matinee of our movies, we got the chance to meet with someone who was willing to tell us that our movies sucked. It was done more politely than that, don’t worry. We were given critique and feedback, and following through with this advice and editing our movies would have been a smart road to take. But my group did not do as much of this as we would have liked. We did zoom in the frame, and add very faint music. The audio quality also increased, yet there is still room for improvement. Isn’t there always?


After this endeavour, I decided that I wanted to showcase my full knowledge, and edit our movie so I could get rid of minor inconveniences. This was the final product.

In short, what I learned throughout the course of this project was how to find and verify good sources, how personal belief or events may make an impact and how this impact can lead to change. I got the opportunity to see consequences and repercussions throughout history, and this has given me a better perspective on the repercussions of my own actions. What I will take away from this project is a new self awareness, knowledge of revolutions throughout history, better research abilities, practice and comfort with conveying my perspective and a lovely new ringtone curated by my peers. I would highly recommend that you check it out.

Recently, I have found it necessary to monitor myself and work on my productivity abilities. Considering the fact that I have a life to live, and sleep to get tonight, that will be all for right now. I know. WHAAT? Do not fret. I will be back tomorrow, as I have created a video that scrutinized the subject of these blog posts in depth.

”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night” – The Truman Show

Emojis: Generation Z’s Weapon

https://bookriot.com/2018/11/12/book-puns/

Salutations!

Hello fellow bipeds. To 🎬 the day off with the ol razzle dazzle, here is a very bad joke stolen from a mediocre site probably 🏃‍♀️ by a 14 year old Pinterest fanatic.

This week, we  🎉  the sixth week of the SBC! I know I say this every week, but I mean it when I say that I really enjoyed this hebdomadal activity. We were tasked with learning more about the universal challenge that is emojis. Here are 5 fun facts about emojis!


1. An overwhelming amount of the population has used emojis. Studies suggest that 95% of the phone using population has at some point or another.

2. Putting emojis in digital channels tends to increase engagement.

3. There are 3,019 official 🍎  emojis

4. There is such thing as the emoji awards. Last year, the emoji to with was the thinking face.

5. Emojis were 🥇 created almost 20 years ago


It all started with emoticons — facial expressions made out of punctuation — which made their first appearance in an issue of an 1881 magazine. You heard me: 1881. Emoticons are older than Maggie Smith. It was just about 100 years later (1982, to be exact) that emoticons were first incorporated into computer language, and they became more mainstream after the turn of the millennium.

Emoticons began their reign of terror in 2012, after 🍎 updated their software to iOS 6. Ever since then, both the lazy and the basic have shared something in common.

Now let’s discuss the emoji awards more in-depth. I believe that this year, one of the emojis from the following panel should win.

Contestant number one, it’s 🧐!
This emoji represents 2019 to me because:

  • People are constantly scrutinizing each other
  • We are growing as a society and learning new things
  • This is everyone’s reaction when Donald Trump posts on Twitter

Emoji numero deux is 👌

  • Everything this year has been dandy so far
  • The baby boomers have taken issue with the frequency that this emoji is used, and are now turning it into a white supremacist symbol

Last but most certainly not least, we have 🦑! There is no explanation needed.

In your opinion, which of the following emoji’s should be 👑 reigning emoticon? You can vote here:

 

 

Which emoji sums up 2019?

🧐
👌
🦑

Emoji quiz

As a form of getting to know emojis better, here is a quiz that I have created. It takes all of your responses about hobbies and opinions and gives you an assumption about which emoji you would be.

Now that you know more about the spirit of each emoji, let’s test your knowledge. Wow I sure am starting to sound like a walking advertisement.

 

Emoji Mathematics

Have you every thought to yourself, “man, I would be amazing at using my limited knowledge of emojis to solve fifth grade math problems”. Well me neither, but on the off chance that someone has, allow me to humour you

Disclaimer: the following equation has been verified by Stephen Hawking. Albert’s deal of approval still pending.

Insulting emojis

This is my way of getting on emoji developers  attention. Sponsor me please 😀.

I made a promise to you last week, that I would have an extra special surprise this week. Although I may not be finished yet, there is still hope. Charlie Brown finished War and Peace in one weekend. Anything is possible.

Until next week.

”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

Treble is brewing

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Salutations!

Fun fact of the day, studies show that your heart conforms to the beat of a song while you are listening to it.

Good morning my avid music fans. It is week five of the student blogging challenge. I have yet to lose my sanity, so in my opinion things have been gong pretty well.

Index:

• Music’s effect on the brain

• My studying playlist

• The history of the violin

• 10 fun facts about my favourite artist

• Quiz on the blog post, and your preferences survey

• The coffee jingle

• Using music ethically online

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zj7dgwx

This week, we were challenged to delve into the subject of music. Music is something that affects each and every one of us very profoundly. Not only do many people form deep connections with it, but music is scientifically proven to alter our brain. More often than not, this happens when someone hears a song that they enjoy. This could be Mozart, the Beatles or Bruno Mars. But it can’t be Nickelback. God forbid it is Nickelback. If it is, then please leave my blog at once.

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Ok good, now that we have gotten rid of the CRIMINALS, allow me to proceed. Music is very primal. It has been used since the very beginning of time as a form of communication. We cannot put a label on the origination of music, yet we are able to assume that people in as early as the nomadic area used it to communicate to others. In many early civilizations, music was considered a ritual or a tradition. Even in present times, music is careers, pastimes and comfort for every human bean out there.

Music is careers, pastimes and comfort

A subject that has always interested me was the impact of music on the brain. If you were to take a careers worth of information and simmer it down to these three points, then they would be:

1. You would not be able to remove music from history without it making a profound impact on the society of today

2. Music is all about expectations, and what you will expect to come. Different types of music have different levels of expectations. For instance, if you are studying then a rhythmic and repetitive song would be a smart choice

3. Whether you know it or not, each song that you hear leaves a different impact on your brain. This helps our memories, and our brains ability to make connections

https://theconversation.com/working-memory-how-you-keep-things-in-mind-over-the-short-term-75960

What are some of the uses of music? Well everyone has a different relationship to music, so this answer will vary. For me, music is a means of supporting the mood that I am in, and providing a quietly inspiring backdrop. I listen to it mainly while I am studying. Scientific evidence shows that listening to music increases your focus and productivity. Therefore, while studying is a great time to listen to it.

I have always been a classical music girl. I promise you that I don’t have a stick up my butt. Since I was very little, I have always chosen Beethoven over Ariana Grande. To this day, I still listen to Vivaldi at breakfast and Tchaikovsky on the way home. My favourite composer is Bach. A magnificent baroque-era composer, Johann Sebastian Bach is revered through the ages for his work’s musical complexities and stylistic innovations. He earns the sought after title as my go-to study music composer. While revising and finishing my homework, I often play a playlist dedicated to his music. This includes Overture, Brandenburg Concerto n.2, Golenngould variation of Brandenburg concerto and Anna Magdalena Notenbuch. Not only is this music hopeful and inspiring, but it is also precise and relaxing making it both the perfect creative outlet as well as revision music.

This is the official playlist

Believe it or not, the effect that a piece of music has on you is profound, and comes down to the cusp. Often people associate Mozart with writing essays, while Tchaikovsky is perfect to listen to while you revise your math notes. As I touched on earlier, a small difference makes a big impact.


The violin

The violin originally crafted by Andrea Amati, the creator of the violin

The violin has always fascinated me. It is almost always associated with child geniuses who are able to play it backwards while swimming in the Olympic freestyle while also receiving their PhD and their blackbelt in origami folding. This instrument is so much more than that. The violin is arguably the world’s most popular instrument. Its expressive tones suit a variety of musical styles, from fast and furious© to slow and sanguine. It is an instrument of the strings family. Becoming popular in the 16th century with both commoners and nobles, the violin has remained a democratic instrument, universal and versatile.

The development of the modern violin was gradual and complex, evolving from a variety of other stringed instruments. The pear-shaped lira, found in Europe as early as the ninth century, was played in an upright position and bowed. The influence of the two-stringed rabab, an Arabian fiddle introduced to western Europe in the 11th century, and the three-stringed rebec, which appeared in Spain between the 11th and 13th centuries, likely as a result of the Crusades, is also reflected in the modern violin.

Most historians agree that today’s violin emerged in the early 16th century in northern Italy, an area which would maintain the violin-making tradition over the coming centuries.


Now it is time for me to rant about Bach. Here are 10 fun facts about my favourite composer.

10 fun facts about Bach

Now that you are probably asleep, you are invited to wake up and take a quiz! It will cover the topics that I have discussed, as well as ask for your opinions on the matter. I would suggest it for the interested, the opinionated, and the I-have-nothing-better-to-do.

Next week, I will show the constructed graphs with the results from my survey. The winner will receive a very special prize. For the less perceptive of you, this is my own personal form of luring you back. Effective, huh.

For our final activity of the week, I created a song of my own. Earlier on in this blog post, I mentioned that Bach actually created a coffee jingle. In honour of the master himself, I illustrated it, and brought it to life.

This song is my new ringtone. My one wish would be that Tim Hortons would drop everything that they are doing, and sign this jingle. This was Bach’s calling all along. I am unable to express the joy, sympathy and pure genius that seeps from this video. I had an epiphany tonight. Brownie points to whoever starts a petition to bring attention to this riveting, emotional rollercoaster of a coffee jingle.

Using ethical sources

Let’s have a brief chat about using ethical sources for your music. The background music that I used in this video was copyright free, and royalty free. As we discussed in week three of the SBC, always ensure that the music you are using is ethical. Here is a checklist to go though before using music in a video or a project

1. Is this copyright

2. Yeah, there is no number two. The point is to wither make your own music, which you can use GarageBand for, or find royalty free music online. It is as simple as that. Please don’t get in trouble for stealing music that is not for that purpose or that you did not create. Please and thank you.

If you would like to learn more about this subject, then feel free to visit my blog post where I went in depth about sources, or you can watch this video here. It explains it very well

I am sorry that I did not comment on ten billion blogs this week. I am currently in the process of one upping myself, although I am a very busy girl. I promise that next week, I will have an extra special surprise.

Stay classy, planet earth.

”Good afternoon, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show

At The End of Our RUN!

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Salutations

Breaking news. It seems as if PLP 9 has finished their first and most recent Maker project! The class has been see out in the woods for the past few weeks filming themselves as they run through the woods. Another source reports that they saw one in a very spooky mask, wearing black clothing bearing a stricken resemblance to a Sharpie. Stay tuned for more.

Pop quiz: what strategies does it require to film a movie

A) actors and a film crew

B) a frivolous amount of planning

C) a great attitude

D) on set snacks

E) all of the above, plus more

What strategies do you think it re

What technologies, tools and strategies can we utilize to create a short film? This was our driving question for the following project. Our task was to consider this question, and focus our answers and inquiries on recreating a short film titled ‘RUN!’. My group members and I, Julia and Jude, were the team who would recreate this movie. Although this may seem like a simple task at first, this process also involved analyzing the pre-production steps of the film. In English this means analyzing the final product, and deconstructing the tasks. We used this knowledge that we found through scrutinization and the tens upon thousands of times that we rewatched this video. Our final product included a final video which mirrors the original almost perfectly, a well written and formatted screenplay, a quality storyboard, a call sheet and a cherry on top. The final video needs to answer the driving question, include evidence of strategic thinking and show the process of an Oscar worthy director.

We, as in my group of Julia and Jude began this new project by considering the following question. What tools do we need to construct a short film? When I first began this project, I didn’t know much about the subject that we would be covering. What was the short film? Considering ‘strategies’ could imply such a large topic, how could be narrow down the search? How would we prepare to create this movie? Soon, all of my questions would be answer, starting with the knowing your strengths exercise.

https://nejcslovnik.com/blog/how-to-identify-your-strengths-and-weaknesses/

Our using a lens exercise assessed our abilities as computational thinkers. It allowed me to develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. This short entry event into this project would help us to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses and hopefully help us to keep these in mind as we went into our first big group project of the year. We presented this project through the form of a paragraph on our strengths and our weaknesses.

This activity helped me gain an understanding of introspection, and the most effective role that I could play in my group. I took pleasure in this assignment specifically because it involved taking the Myers-Briggs test, a personality quiz tailored specifically to pinpoint your personality type. Useless Buzzfeed quizzes have always been my calling, so this assignment was very enjoyable. By investigating my personality types, and comparing my results to those of my classmates, I was able to construct an image of my strengths and weaknesses in my head. This made the process of assigning tasks very easy. Not only did I get to know myself, but I understood those around me.


Furthermore, thanks to this exercise I was able to become more aware of how others are impacted by my work ethic, for instance the test results showed that I am more of a sporadic worker than a rhythmic planned worker. This may make it more difficult for me to work with a more measured worker, because I have more in common with people who share my mindset. Work is better left for later, as you are older and therefore wiser. I have always known what I look like in the eyes of others, but there is a benefit in knowing the personality weaknesses of others. By adjusting myself to their style of work, we can find synergy and create a more unified product. So now that I had done some introspection, I was ready to charge full steam ahead. Reflecting back upon it now, this exercised my ability to be a computational thinker, which came in handy through every step of this project.

This is the original version of our screenplay

The next activity which implemented the driving question into my brain was while making a screenplay. Believe it or not, the first stepping stone to completing this task was watching hell break loose. In other words, we watched part of a Riverdale episode.

These are the senses that we must consider. Except for taste. Please don’t taste the movie.

Observing a film or an episode goes beyond just listening to the actors. When creating our screenplay, we had to work with our group to really break down this video. We counted the shots, created time stamps, recorded the camera angles, listened carefully to the sound effects, lighting, etc. This would have been an impossible task were it not for my group members. With our strengths in mind, we divided and conquered. Using digital tools at our disposal, we wrote out the screenplay using formal screenplay formatting. The standard that I held our screenplay at was at a level in which I could have recreated RUN! without ever seeing it. I am very proud of the outcome. If we were to create a video off of solely reading the screenplay, then I have confidence that we would be able to recreate RUN! very closely. Inspecting one screenplay can tell us a lot about the process that we must go through in order to create a video. For example, time stamps and camera angles will play a large part in the recreation of our video.

It was during this step that I truly began to understand the mechanics of the creation of RUN!, and how I would be able to utilize my resources to create the best outcome possible. This was a crucial part of this project.

The final call sheet

I would like to give a special shoutout the an activity which really rang true to the driving question. The call sheet. Lights, cameras, action! Oh wait. Who has the cameras? This is why a call sheet is useful. Used by many smart directors, it can be viewed as a glorified agenda, although it extends beyond timing. A call sheet organizes the who, what, where, when and why of the film set. Without this activity, I would have been a lost case. This activity gave me to opportunity to communicate with my group members about the filming process, and the necessary tools that we would need to complete our video. In the hustle and bustle of creating a storyboard and a screenplay, this activity seemed forgotten. I would consider it the most important step in this whole project. It tested our abilities as computational thinkers, as we got to employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leveraged our power with the technological method. By sharpening this saw, our efficiency when it came to developing and and testing methods rocketed through through the sky, with the speed and fervour of American shoppers on Black Friday.

Last but not least, we needed to begin creating the pièce de resistance. We were coasting along at a steady pace, and began to gain momentum after completing the call sheet. Complications aroused after a miscommunication on timing, and our filming got delayed. Unfortunately, due to our incredibly busy schedules we did not begin filming until the eleventh hour. This was our worst mistake. In order to create a product that we are proud of, we must have time to ponder the product and edit it. The best feeling in the world is knowing that you are ahead of the game, and surpassing your own expectations. I try to do this in all of my projects. It breaks my heart to say this, but I was irresponsible when it came to organizing our group, and I feel as if I had failed this video. I know, quite the work up right? Improvement means being able to look back and cringe at your previous work. I have every right to be doing this.

Here is the original version of ‘RUN!’ that we created.

During the filming process, I saw a lot of growth in myself as an innovative designer. I use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating imaginative solutions. For example, I discovered a new application on FaceTune, and spent quite some time on editing the rain out of our video. In the final product, I even decided to include a fake beam of sun which added to the ambiance of the video. I expanded my horizon, and my view on the using new and useful tools. This was a large step for me because I made it my goal last year to make a habit out of trying new things. The advancement that I made in this project makes me very proud. If I were to narrow down what I learned in this part of the process into one sentence, it would be:

Stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new is the best way to grow

The process of creating this video was an excellent learning experience. We are not always proud of the result. What matters is what we took away from it, and how we will implement it into the future of our learning. This project was very creative and different. It offered an excellent opportunity to get creative with filming strategies. I was able to display my abilities as a computational thinker and knowledge constructor, as well as my vast growth as a innovative designer.

The final product may not have been what I had hoped for, but that is not something to dwell on. What overshadows that is the abilities and growth that I have shows throughout this project. My goal from the very beginning was to see a difference in my ability to make a video by the end of this project. It needed to included proof of how I employed strategies throughout this project, and you can see that through the sounds in the video which we filmed independently. Fun fact, we dedicated an entire day of filming towards implementing those sounds. After an hour or two of filming each other running, we had perfected the sounds to our liking. It is also evident through the creation of our pre-production milestones. I am delighted as to how we completed these aspects of the project, and the attention to detail as well as focus on the film payed off to a very organized and well structured pre-production phase. This translated into a better, and more accurate result. We may or may not have gotten excited about the result and included credits and an introduction to match the video. The fact that we took this a step further made me more confident in my abilities to identify and replicate using the tools at my disposal.


Before this project began, I was not able to describe a strategy, let alone recreate a video using tools at my disposal. If in the pop quiz, you answered E), then you are correct! Just like I did, at the beginning of this project you did not have the necessary tools to answer that question. The accumulation of knowledge is a process, and now that the process has finished I am able to answer that question. In the case of strategies, we can use call sheets, story boards, screenplays. As for tools and technologies, anything at your disposal can be used. Take independent sound filming as an example. As long as you consider what you have and what you will need, more resourceful methods will become apparent. I discovered in my inquiries, that this is one of the magics of filmmaking. The smallest change can lead to a different, or in our case a similar result. Everything and anything can be used. The path between us and an incredible result is our imagination.

http://discovermagazine.com/2010/mar/23-the-brain-look-deep-into-minds-eye

Now that I have the answers to my questions, I will use them and make them obvious in all of my future work. To infinity and beyond.

”Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight” – The Truman Show