Take any picture you want, and describe it as vividly as possible. Don’t show us the actually image until the end, and don’t embed the picture directly.
The path was narrow and winding, yet pleasantly smooth to walk on. It’s cool gray tone juxtaposed the trees that hung over it from the hill beside. There was a small line of large rocks between the path and the tranquil lake that bordered it’s right side. Not a stones throw away, but a mere stone away. The leaves gently rustled, ushering in the blanket of shade they lay over to walkway. All around, a sense of peace and sanctuary hugged the unassuming landscape.
This week was interesting, I got to practice a lot of the things I learned in previous weeks, and I think it went alright. I don’t really have a favorite piece this week, because nothing really stuck out as stellar. I guess that’s to be expected when you’re “mashing up” a bunch of new skills to make one project. I definitely had fun, and I’m not daunted by the work, but there is definitely room for improvement. Spooksy kind of got in the way this week too, as it was a bit challenging to find places for him in the work. Honestly, I think my Game of Thrones mashup would have been much better without him, and I felt a bit constrained. I made it work though, and I think next week I’ll be able to take this weeks knowledge and apply it to better effect.
This assignment should be worth waaaay more than 3.5 stars! It’s tough to get the words and mouth movements to sync up! I thought about using a cartoon, because they use the same five or six generic mouth positions for everything to make it easier for people to talk over, but that seemed a little too safe. Originally, I had attempted a two person portion of this conversation between Peter and Sansa, but that was a bit beyond my ability, so I scaled it back to just Peter talking. It’s not perfect. I’ll be the first to admit there are a couple rough spots, but trying to write a script based on mouth movements is a legitimately difficult task. However, I learned a lot doing this assignment, and I went way out of my comfort zone. This is the first time I’ve pulled a title card and music from an intro and re-purposed it, which I think came out well, and I did my best to overlay the ambiance of the scene with my own vocals, which seemed to go pretty well. I can definitely see room for improvement, but I think this is a solid attempt at something I’ve never really done before, and I’m not unhappy with it. That being said, I’ll probably look for similar assignments in the future to get some more practice in.
Have you ever submitted a daily create and then realized the perfect thing you should have done or said for it? What about learning a new trick on a piece of software that would have made it exponentially better? Take one of your past daily creates and give it the treatment it deserves.
When I made this daily create, I didn’t know paint.NET existed. I did this entirely with MS paint, and let’s face it, it’s not great. Every time I see it I think about how I would like to recreate it and redeem myself, and I wondered if anyone else had a similar experience. I figured this was the best outlet for that thought. Here is redone version of the assignment.
I had originally wanted to do ET coming out of one of the spaceships from independence day, but I couldn’t find the right images to make it work. I saw that a lot of folks were doing Star Wars, and I know they have another movie coming out soon, so I figured the stock photos would abound. After I found the image you see here, I had to find an alien to add to it. Star Wars is a pretty diverse galaxy, so pretty much anything would work. I typed alien with a cloak, and this is one of the guys that popped up. He is the head alien from Mars Attacks!, a really great comedy staring Lesilie Nealson. It was a makeup test picture I beleave, so he was standing against a monotone backdrop, it was easy to remove with paint.NET’s magic wand, and the rest is history, as Star Wars Attacks!
I chose to mash up scenes of Leonidas from the movie 300 that made him look like a jerk. I re-watched the movie again recently, and I noticed that Leonidas was a very one dimensional character. He has no flaws, he never does anything wrong or questionable, he’s just a mans man, a good husband, a noble leader, and blah blah blah blah. So I decided I wanted to make a highlight reel of some of his jerkiest moments and try to paint him in a different light.
I already had the movie in digital format, so I just converted it to mp4 and loaded it in movie maker. I watched the movie and picked out parts I thought would suit the video, then I cut the video down to those clips, used music and effects from different parts of the movie, and made this little baby right here. My favorite part is the twinkly eyes (serious Leonidas eyes shot with little twinkly sound from a different part of the movie).
A local church group today in association with Spooksy announced a win for families of faith with children in the school system. The victory comes from a decision made to allow for a Muslim holiday to warrant an extra day off of school for more than 150,000 children. Spooksy, being the biggest proponent of this bill, said that anytime he can help get children out of school and onto the streets he was happy. Spooksy claimed “the children are happier when they are far away from adult supervision.” Going on to say “Children today aren’t independent enough, and people just need to leave them alone and let them carry out their responsibilities on their own instead of always being right beside them all the time and stuff.” No word yet on the disappearance of Senator Thompson, who was the biggest road block for the bill, after his disappearance last week from a local park during a morning jog.
After I picked this assignment and hit the remix button, I knew Spooksy had to be the side-kick. Because of this, there were very specific types of articles I was looking for to include him in. Basically, I looked for anything with children. I found this one, and I spent a bit of time trying to figure out how this would benefit Spooksy and how he would get involved. I decided he could be one of the biggest supporters of this for his own reasons. I wanted to hint very strongly at those reasons, but in a way that if you didn’t know Spooksy, you might miss. I like the hiding in plain sight aspect. Also, I had to have it get creepy at the end because, horror.