Final Week!

Here is my final project. I tried to make a movie that characterized Tony Montana in Scarface as a happy, successful immigrant. So I took some famous clips from Scarface and I did a voice over with my sons. I wanted to use that “Happy” song by Pharrell but I don’t have it on iTunes so I just added the Wavin’ Flags song at the end–I think more music would be fun, but as always, I felt like I was working under tight time restraints to get this done during the week. I hope this meets the requirement — I still feel that if I used this stuff more frequently it would go faster, but I am slow piecing things together because it’s not something I do all the time. I was forced to do what I could under the time, and I definitely know more than I did a few months ago 😉


Unit 10

This is my foley using the Chaplin Lion Cage video:

Video assignments –

This was a 5-star assignment to show highlights from a professional athlete. It took me some time, and I don’t like the way the music cuts off at the end, but i like the videos.

This was a 4-star assignment to use selfies to tell a story. This is sort of a story of running, but definitely needs development. Basically, I feel that I could create a great story and make this video into a legitimate story but I feel that working under these time constraints (needing to do a whole series of assignments in one week… ) makes it impossible for me to work to my perfectionist standards, so I end up with things I don’t really like but I just need to get it done… Maybe there is value in “just getting it done…” IDK….

Last project is unfinished. I am posting part of it– the ending. It is a 3-star (for a total of 12…) assignment to make a video of doing something green. The part you can’t really see is my youngest son carrying the recycling to the curb. It is almost midnight. There is a lot of cursing because he is carrying two garbage cans and his older brother is filming him and laughing. Then he drops the cans, spilling the bottles all over the street and there is more cursing… so I had to edit heavily. I need to add the part where I ask my sons to take care of the recycling and they say “yeah, sure…” but never do it…. They didn’t get home in time to do that part so I’ll add it later.

Visual Assignments – week 5

The last three things I drank are pretty much the only things I drink–last night, I had a (delicious) Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale, this morning I started my day with a (delicious) dunkin donuts pumpkin coffee with cream and then I had filtered water with an organic lemon. Note the pyramid shape.


What’s in my bag ? A whole lot of crap…

Two pairs of ear buds — the power beats are for running, the regular ones are for sitting on the train. Gloves are for running, wallet is for buying stuff. Lots of pens because I can never find one. Breathsavers because I have coffee breath in the morning. School ID with bathroom key–very important to be able to use the bathroom. Three packs of tissues because if I don’t need them, someone else will. Some “just in case” stuff….




Three faces of stress…school stress (teacher and student) and sad stress…

Before and after photos, me and my daughter on the Brooklyn Bridge:

Brooklyn Bridge - then


Reposing a baby picture:

Baby Aleksei

Big Aleksei