Where Do My Shoes Take Me?

Process: I took a slightly different approach when putting this video together and there were some big pros and cons which I will go into later. I wasn’t a huge fan of iMovie so I decided to take advantage of the awesome features my new Samsung Galaxy s8 has. I recorded a bunch of clips and cropped them each individually under the edit tab by just dragging the ends of the clip to cut parts out. Within the camera app on the phone, you have the option to add audio to your recorded videos so I tried to select a sound that matched the video and make it a little humorous (for the cat and snake part). I saved each video then downloaded the Movie Maker app on my phone(taking screenshots in the app was very difficult so I couldn’t include a step-by-step picture guide). With that, I was able to upload all my clips into one video. There I had the option to add transitions and text to each clip.  Instead of explaining every detail here in the blog like I did with the College Snapshot assignment, I tried to be creative and incorporate that aspect into the video without making it super long.

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Pros: Straight forward, easy-to-understand layout, wide selection of sound effects, ability to add text with different fonts and sizing, changes in speed of each clip, and transition options.

Cons: Working on a small screen, positioning of text was difficult, and time consuming. With this being an app for phones, viewing the video on larger screens makes it blurry and leads to the black bars on the side. I couldn’t find a way to fix this.

Overall, this is an amazing editing app in the palm of your hands (literally since it’s all on the phone) with more pros than cons. iMovie probably has all of these features and more, but I didn’t enjoy using it enough to explore that much. With this, I had fun playing around with all of the effects and I think the convenience of everything on the phone was very nice. I could work on this assignment in the car when Daniel was driving and I felt I was using my time wisely.

Story: For the story, I should be answering the question, where do my shoes take me? But the point of adding text to the video was so I wouldn’t have to write an essay here, as my feet do go many places. So I hope the texts help viewers understand what’s going on. Unlike many people my age, I don’t have my phone on me 24/7. Especially on fun days (like when I go kayaking) where I’d rather be paying attention to what’s going on in front of me instead of my phone. And I can go to school or go shopping and leave it at home, so not everything I did was captured on video. Besides I think that’d be boring to watch. I just go to school, do homework, and eat. I tried to make it funny by adding the music for the cats and the snake part.

College Snapshot

Process: I used iMovie to make this short clip for the College Snapshot Assignment. I went to My Media and clicked through my photo albums. For the pictures I wanted to include in the clip, I clicked and dragged to the bottom of the screen. I clicked on the end of the photo to adjust them each to 4 seconds long. I then double clicked on each picture to adjust the cropping. After that, I clicked on Audio and chose the sound effect called Travel. It’s an upbeat tune to highlight happy times and traveling is something I’ve done a lot of since moving 2 ½ hours away from home. I saved it and voila, it’s done.

Here you can see My Media and go through the photos library.Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 6.41.13 PM

Here you can see the adjustment of image cropping in my video.Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 6.53.00 PM

Here you can see Audio and the sound I chose which was Travel.Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 6.55.20 PM

Here you can see I shared the video on YouTube to be uploaded here.Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 8.13.47 AM.png

Media: As of right now, WordPress is being very stubborn when it comes to uploading. So this link here will take you to YouTube where my video can be seen.

Story: I chose these photos because they were the ones that stood out to me when going through my albums. Most of them are of Daniel, who has been a big part of my life since coming to UMW. He has introduced me to many things and these photos of us are a reminder of that. My video starts in September 2015, when I toured UMW for the first time. I applied, got accepted, and transferred in the spring. I met my best friend, Laura, the first week of classes. We lived on the same hall and had Anthropology together. She took me to one of my favorite restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, for my birthday. The squirrel may seem random, but I promise it isn’t. On my way to the library one morning, a squirrel jumped on me in front of Lee Hall. He tried to take the poptart I was eating out of my hand. I returned the gift of taking Laura to one of her favorite places, Vivify, for her birthday. Daniel introduced me to rugby, a game I knew nothing about before dating him. He is on the team but he got injured so we would go to the games together with his dog, Klaus. When Daniel and I met, he took me to Goolrick’s for the first time. Right before the spring semester ended, he took me there again because he knew I loved those vanilla milkshakes. I love taking pictures of Daniel when he isn’t looking. Summer had begun and this is the first picture I took of him fishing, which is another thing he introduced me to. A little over a year ago, Daniel and I went to D.C. to see Skylar Spence perform. It was my first time seeing him live and my first time riding on the metro. Next is another picture of Daniel fishing. He came to my hometown and there are quite a few lakes around so I took him fishing. The next picture of us is at my home, 2 ½ hours from him. That was the first time he stayed in my hometown for a few days. Next, Daniel wanted a picture of the trout he caught and decided to pull me into the picture. I didn’t mind. Outside of Hooked in downtown Fredericksburg, I saw two dogs in a truck. I got to spend Daniel’s birthday with him which we were both happy about. In December, he took me ice skating for the first time. After I fell the first time, I refused to let go of his hand for the rest of our time skating. Have you ever seen a German Shepherd that weighs over 100 pounds being spoon fed? Well, now you have…and again at a different angle. This clip ends with my first time going to the University of Tennessee for a basketball game. They beat Alabama and I got a kiss from Smokey, their mascot. It was back in March for my birthday. It’s hard to believe all that has happened since transferring to UMW. That is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and these photos are a reminder of that. Of course I’ve taken more photos than this but I didn’t want to include more personal events nor have the video be too long. Besides, the assignment just asks for a snapshot.