Week 14

Well, it’s the end of ds106.

My blog post summing up my final project is here.

My advice for future students is here.



Final Project

For my final project, I created a Facebook page for my character Darla, and a LinkedIn for her Sidekick alter-ego Little Rascal.

The Facebook includes basic information I filled in, pictures I took of my friends modeling as Darla and her sister Eloise, select pictures from the finsta I made several weeks ago, some of the videos I made relating to Little Rascal, a couple design projects I did relating to her, a check-in at her favorite place in Seattle (scarecrow video) and a fake movie review that I wrote as her (because she’s a movie critic).

After I wrote the movie review, I used Mozilla X-Ray Goggles to embed it in an actually Seattle Times movie review page. Facebook seemed to think the link was spam, so if the link doesn’t work directly from the Facebook page, you can view it here.

The LinkedIn is less multi-media based, simply because of the nature of the platform.  I wish I could have shared more things onto there, but there was no way to do it organically. I did use one of the pictures from the photo shoot as the profile picture, and I listed the “What’s in Little Rascal’s Bag” assignment under projects. I was able to write a summary about her on there, as well as lists her “skills”. I listed her employer as “Superhero Management”, which is actually a company that manages talent in Seattle. In my universe, they actually manage superheroes.

“The Imitation Game” Movie Review

Well guys, it happened. I finally found a Benedict Cumberbatch movie that I don’t totally hate.

It’s hard for me to admit, considering his brooding, loner, tortured genius characters are typically so obnoxious, but in this case, he made an incredibly convincing Alan Turing.

The 2014 film, directed by Morten Tyldum, is based on the true story of Alan Turing and his team of code-breakers, who took on the Nazi code Enigma during World War II. Cumberbatch plays opposite Keira Knightly, who embodies young mathematician Joan Clarke.

The film is well written and well-performed. The subject matter is engaging and educational, and the twists consistently surprising. It manages to deal with themes of gender and sexuality gracefully while still being true to the time period.

Simultaneously uplifting and heart-wrenching, The Imitation Game is certainly worth the watch, especially now that it’s on Netflix.

-Darla Castellanos

Advice for Future DS106 Students

DS106 is an interesting course, and it can be a lot of fun if you approach it the right way, but it’s not an exaggeration when they say the work load it heavy. The work isn’t particularly difficult, but it is time consuming.

The biggest piece of advice I have to learn how to budget your time, especially if you’re not used to taking online classes. It is possible to do all the work for the week before midnight on Friday (we’ve all been there), but it’s not a good time, and probably not what you want to be doing with your Friday night.

The other piece of advice I have is to play to your strengths. You have a lot of flexibility with these assignments – take advantage of that. Figure out which digital tools you’re good at and find ways to incorporate them. It’s not cheating, it’s strategy. Of course you want to take advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills, but especially with smaller assignments like the daily creates, it’s good to know that you always have a way to effectively express yourself.

Lastly, have fun with it. There’s not a lot of classes that allow you to “play” as much as this one does. Don’t waste that opportunity.

Progress Report/Week 13

I decided very quickly that I wanted to work alone on the final project. With all of the hubbub of the end of the semester and looming finals, the logistics of group work seemed like more stress than they’re worth.

I looked over some of the ideas for final projects, but I couldn’t let go of one of my original suggestions for the final project – the social media. I touched on this idea a bit with the finsta account I made for my character during the web storytelling week, but I think that there’s a lot more to be explored there, and I think I can do it by incorporating several different types of storytelling. Maybe this idea sticks out to me because of my major; I’m majoring in Communication and Digital Studies, so social media is firmly in my wheelhouse.

After some brainstorming I decided there will be two components to this: a Facebook account for my character Darla, and a LinkedIn for her sidekick persona Little Rascal. As of right now, I’ve registered these accounts under a gmail address I made for her, and I’ve done some research on where she lives (for the sake of realism).

I have plans to use a couple of my friends as models to take pictures for the accounts (one is posing as Darla, the other as her sister Eloise). I’m also going to incorporate some of the images I used for the finsta, for the sake of continuity. I’ll populate the pages with information consistent with my characters, create additional content to flesh out the pages, and share the content I’ve made over the course of my semester that’s linked to my character to tie it all together.

I’m excited for how this will turn out; I think it’s a very personal take on the project, and it gives me a lot of room to be creative.

Week 12

I’m so tired.

This week, for god knows what reason, I decided to do all of my assignments before doing any of the blog posts. Experimentation I guess?

I started out with the “One Movie Watches Another” assignment, which was 3.5 stars.

Then I did the “Audio & Music Video Mashup” assignment, which was 4 stars.

Next I did the “Inappropriate Laughter” assignment, which was 3.5 stars.

Last I did the “What Color is Your World?” assignment, linked to my superhero character, for 3.5 stars.

For my remixes, I “countrified” “We’re the Real Life Brady Bunch” and “Where’s Waldo?-ed” “Event Advertisement”

As for my daily creates,

I made a pictogram:

and an interesting shadow:



For my final mashup assignment this week, I did the “What Color is Your World?” assignment. I chose the color blue, because that’s my character Little Rascal’s favorite color.

I took pictures throughout the day (at work ,at lunch, at home) of blue objects and uploaded them into a video. I added in Eiffel 65’s “Blue” as the soundtrack because – duh – it’s about a blue world.

The song really is perfect. It gets the point across well.

Inappropriate Laughter

For my third assignment, I did the “Inappropriate Laughter” assignment. I had to find a dramatic scene, and the saddest movie scene I could think of was from “My Girl”.  I was able to find the “He can’t see without his glasses” scene on youtube, and I found a good laughter sound effect on Freesound.org.

I went through the video, and added in the sound effect at opportune times.

The assignment description tasks you with changing the meaning of the clip with laughter, but honestly this scene is so sad that my final result is just eerily disturbing.

Pills for the Mad Hatter

For my second mashup assignment, I did the “Audio & Music Video Mashup” assignment.

The first thing I did was check out some Melanie Martinez music videos, because her videos are always visually engaging. The “Mad Hatter” video is particularly dynamic, especially because the theme of insanity can work with a lot of songs.

I was reminded of St. Vincent’s new single, “Pills”, and I decided to try those two together. I was shocked at how well they worked together. The Alice in Wonderland allusion plays on a drug theme, obviously reflected in “Pills”, and is particularly appropriate in the Doctor’s Office scene in the video.

I’m really pleased with how this turned out.

Lucy Haleception

For my first mashup assignment, I did the “One Movie Watches Another” assignment. I’ve been binge-watching “Pretty Little Liars” as of late, so the first thing that came to mind was the plethora of scenes from the show where Aria is watching Film Noir, which she loves. I found a scene where she and Ezra are watching a film that had a good amount of cuts back and forth to the TV.

As for the movie I replaced it with, I thought it would be funny to feature a movie that Lucy Hale (who plays Aria) was actually in. When I searched her filmography on IMDB, I found that she was in a cheesy ABC Family made for TV movie, which was perfect, because that’s the exact opposite of what the would normally be watching.

The end result is pretty funny. Aria and Ezra’s awkwardness just adds to the comedic effect.