• Weekly Summary 4/28 •

Final Mission

Mission: Россия встречает Канаду

Process

In order to build a story of completing a mission my plan originally consisted of four parts. I decided to incorporate items 2 and 4 from the prompt list as my base for the project. Item 2 is in regard to Canada-Russia ties and Item 4 deals with Professor Bond working with the Russians.

Over the course of working on this project I decided to combine two of the sections and so my final product contains three segments: “Debriefing,” “Transmissions,” and “Conclusions.”

Debriefing

This first segment consists of a video in which I play Director N – the director of Team DS106 that is being sent to investigate the Russia-Canada connection. I incorporate Margaret Delatour (Special Agent GO), Roderick Rush, Scarlett Jones (Tinkerbell), and Al Gore (ManBearPig) at this point in my project as they make up the team along with Agent Tilbit who is the leader.

For this portion of the project I began by writing a script and then filmed myself using my computer and simply uploaded the finished video to Vimeo.

Transmissions

This next segment focuses on the updates Agent Tilbit, Agent GO, Agent Rush, Agent ManBearPig, and Agent Jones send Director N over the course of their operation.

Here I relied on auditory media and this stage contained many more steps than my video portion. I recorded myself as each agent in Audacity. I then tried to upload the .wav files to the Online Tone Generator (onlinetonegenerator.com) in order to change the pitch of my voice for some of the agents so that I would sound like each individual. However, the .wav files that Online Tone Generator had me download did not work in Audacity so I simply changed the pitch of my voice in Audacity itself.

I also included sounds that I found on Free Sound (freesound.org) to try and make it sound as though my spies were communicating with me from Canada as well as the Soviet Union’s national anthem for a fun effect. I edited the entire file so that the timing of each item would align perfectly. I also decided to add in a robotic vocalization at the beginning and end of each transmission for a further effect.

Conclusions

Over the course of the transmissions it is revealed that Professor Bond is a double agent – he was working for the Russians! At the very end while Agent Jones is transmitting an update to Director N the Russians actually arrive and begin to shoot at Team DS106!! Thankfully they return fire, but Agent Bond is not so lucky…. he is shot and goes over Niagara Falls….

To show the different points involved in the story I created a Google Map with the major aspects of the narrative. I personalized each pinpoint that I placed on the map to show the significance of the location/event.

One final assignment: A Bit of Advice

DS106 Advice

 

Mission: Россия встречает Канаду

 – Debriefing – 

– Transmissions –

 – Conclusions –

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• DS106 Advice •

• Here are a few pieces of advice regarding the online DS106 course •

  1. Be consistent. Always try to complete all of the assignments by the end of each week and put effort into each one, no matter how small.
  2. Give yourself ample time. It may take a week or so to get a hang of the amount of time each assignment/task takes, but once you do make sure you work  a little each day & pace yourself so that you aren’t scrambling on Friday evening to submit everything.
  3. Be creative! Be daring! Have fun with what you’re doing, you have the freedom to tell your own story.

• Progress Report •

In order to build a story of completing a mission my plan of attack consists of four parts.

I plan to use items 2 and 4 from the list as my base for the project. Item 2 is in regard to Canada-Russia ties and Item 4 deals with Professor Bond working with the Russians.

Part I – Beginning the mission.

In this first part I plan to rely on video as my first media component. I will film myself detailing a mode of action to Agent Tilbit and a team composed of other DS106 agents that he will lead. I will relay a back story regarding the Canada-Russia connection and reveal the mission the spies will engage on.

Part II – Response.

Through a different media my spy team will respond back to me regarding the progress of their mission. Instead of video I think I will use sound production including sound effects, voice changers, etc. in order to really make it appear as though my spies are communicating with me from across the globe.

Part III – Betrayal!

At this point it will be revealed that Professor Bond is a double agent – he’s working for the Russians! This part will depend on a third medium. I think here I will use photos to show evidence of this double crossing connection and to inform the spy team.

Part IV – Completing the mission.

To conclude the mission the spy team will outwit the Russians and Canadians (of course) and return home. I think I may include a combination of mediums here.

In order to connect the parts I like the idea of connecting the crucial places in the project through a Google Map and then further tying them together through a blog post that would explain the story line in greater detail.

I’m unsure if I will incorporate the results from my Twitter polls (Twitter polls post) or not. At this point it doesn’t seem like the details that are specifically contained in the questions I asked will relate to the Canada-Professor Bond-Russia triangle theme, but I do plan to incorporate other elements from the agent bios into the project.

 

• Twitter Polls •

Below are the results to the Twitter polls that I put up on Thursday 4/20. I missed my Monday slot, so I participated on the Thursday round wherein I posed questions to my classmates regarding the following agents: Margaret Delatour (Special Agent GO), Roderick Rush, Scarlett Jones (Tinkerbell), and Al Gore (ManBearPig).

The majority of my classmates’ poles featured witty questions related to information in the agent’s bio. I tried to imitate this style for my own questions and play off of some of the details in the stories of Margaret Delatour, Roderick Rush, Scarlett Jones, and Al Gore.

The results for the polls include:

1. Margaret Delatour’s mission that her cat Ruby accompanies her on would be “Meow or Never”

2. Agent ManBearPig conveniently tells inconvenient truths for fun.

3. Watching the film Rushmore was, in fact, Roderick Rushmore’s most daring escape!

4. And finally, escaping on an octopus was Scarlett Jones’s most creative way she employed her marine biology degree.

 

• Weekly Summary 4/14 •

What a week!

A week of remixes and mashups.

I enjoyed working on the mashup assignments because all of the options were quirky and fun.

Below are the 12 ★s of mashup assignments I completed:

I’m Ready For My Closeup (4★s)

Mashing Friends And Emojis (4★s)

This Doesn’t Belong Here (4★s)

Then I made a tutorial for one of the mashup assignments that I had created.

Finally, I completed two remixes!

Daily Creates:

4/13

4/14

 

• Tutorial: Mashing Friends And Emojis •

1. Find a willing participant! [In this case it was my roommate Alice!]

2. Select an emoji and download an image of the emoji! [Alice chose the terrified face!]

3. Take a photo of said willing participant acting as the chosen emoji. Take the photo as close to them as possible.

4. Now select a collage application where you will upload the photo of the emoji and the photo of your participant acting at the emoji [In my case I chose PhotoGrid]

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5. Place both images in the collage and save the image from the app!

6. All finished! [I decided to whiten Alice’s pupils to be more true to the emoji!]

 

 

•Remixes•

Here are two different remixes I completed based on the “Mashing Friends And Emojis” assignment: