Week Four Goals
We’ve done a fair amount of storytelling over the last few weeks just using the written word, and thinking about how different reading spaces demand different kinds of stories from us. This week, we’ll be moving into the visual world and thinking about photography: both how we take pictures and how we tell stories with them. We’ll also be watching some films and making GIFS, and installing plugins.
Assignment: Daily Creates
Improving Your Photography and Visual Storytelling
After watching the video, review Tips for Better Photography page. In addition to looking at the specific tips and examples, explore some of the additional resources at the bottom.
Then, check out at leat one gallery at Abandoned America, and see if you can identify any of the tips/techniques in the photographer’s images. How does he use his photography to capture the a sense of abandoment, loss, or desolation? How does this jive with your own vision of an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic aesthetic?
Next, undertake your own Photoblitz. The Photoblitz site will give you a list of seven prompts; you have 20 minutes to try and capture as many of the ideas as possible. Keep the tips you reviewed in mind as you compose and shoot your pictures. Share your photos on Instagram, using #theend106 #ds106 #photoblitz.
Assignment: Thinking about Photos
Share on Instagram!
Exploring the Apocalypse and Photography through Film
This week you’ll be watching two films (one short, one longer) and considering how the framing of specific shots is used to capture and convey the way the apocalpyse feels and looks. As you hone in on specific scenes/shots, consider how they embody the photography tips we’ve been exploring.
Watch La Jetee (available through the UMW library online or on Netflix). This is a 30-minute French film, released in 1962 that tells the story of a group of survivors living beneath Paris after a nuclear holocaust. It is unique because it is made up of a series of photographs rather than moving images. As you watch, consider how Terry Gilliam (the director) frames each shot to convey emotion as effectively as a movie does. Does this work for you as a viewer? Do you feel like something’s missing or something’s gained?
Choose one of the following films to watch, paying close attention to how invidiual scenes are shot to forward the narrative, draw you in as a viewer, create empathy (or disgust) for characters, and convey emotion.
Assignment: Films, Reflections, and GIFs
In the post where you share your GIF for the media assignment, go ahead and also include your reflection to Le Jetee and the other film you watched. Tell us, in particular, about the short clip/scene you chose for your GIF and why you chose it.
I suggest checking out giffing.net for help with animated GIFs. You will have to get a clip of the video, and YouTube is a great source for this. For downloading short YouTube videos, I recommend the free program, 4K Video Downloader.
Site Work & Participation
WordPress Level Up
Akismet will help protect your site from comment spam. You’ll need to set it up, and the plugin will walk you through the process. It’s pretty straightforward, but keep in mind that since you’re using it for personal use you don’t have to pay anything! When it asks how much you want to pay, choose the personal account for $0.
Once you’re logged into Akismet, the setup for Jetpack is pretty straightforward. The plugin has a whole bunch of features. You want to set up two of them this week: subscribe to comments (so your commenters can follow conversations on your posts) and the publicize module which will automatically tweet your message to your Twitter account for the class.
After you activate the publicize module in JetPack, you’ll see a new setting in the Publish box of the WordPress post editor. Click on Edit Details and you can customize the message that gets sent out in your tweet. Make sure to edit that message each time you create a post to include #ds106 and #theend106 before you hit Publish.
Assignment: Activating Plugins
Assignment: Participation Points
Did you remember to add an avatar to your Slack account last week??