Unit 9

Rocky Balboa’s Inspirational Speech to his son.

Film – Airport – Rocky is looking through the revolving door and people are walking in front of him as he watches his son.

Cut – walking down the street toward the camera Rocky takes up more than half the screen

Camera turns to face speaker as they talk standing still

Listener’s back is in shot

Cut to 180 both guys in shot. camera faces street with houses on both sides – focal point

back to conversation with speaker facing camera

close up on rocky

close up on son

back to conversation rocky walks toward camera and out of scene

Audio –

faint conversation and sounds of people moving through airport

clearer conversation with rocky and son


only hear voices of speakers

pause while rocky holds up hand

long speech

quiet music at the end

Entire Scene –

finger in the face of the son from the other guy

Rocky says “someone put a finger in the face”

son is pointing fingers, but Rocky doesn’t point fingers

it ain’t about how hard you hit it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward

you’re better than that  – loud

quiet ‘ i’m always gonna love you no matter what. quiet piano music as he walks away

son turns to watch him walk away

Inspirational speech – Any Given Sunday –

people hanging out in luxury box

no visitors sign on red door

close up of players – some sad, some mad some heads down hands crossed of coach in corner

al pacino just talking, moving his hands

players start to get riled up

start looking up and around

al pacino points finger –

all looking up assistant’s arms uncrossed , hands down now arms open

all players looking up at him

pacino points paper at #13

close up on #13

pacino uses both hands starts moving around assistant claps hands players start talking back and pacino is yelling close up on al pacino close up on #13 #13 walks up to pacino

pacino is now in center of players they are around him moving and nodding

he is toning it down they go crazy start yelling

camera moves fast blurry run out of door

audio – slow speech slow sad music we’re in hell head down as he talks about all his mistakes music gets louder and he gets louder – the inches we need are everywhere around us – on this team we fight for that inch – loud music and yelling – but pauses and gets quieter – now what are you going to do?

run out – only hear music until they get in the arena

Ooops – I didn’t have to do two movies. I should learn to follow directions. I also didn’t realize we had to find additional clips for one of the movies, and I don’t really like either of them…

Here are the interesting things I learned about Any Given Sunday:

1. Al Pacino’s final rallying speech for the team before the playoff game is based on a rallying speech from real life NFL Coach, Marty Schottenheimer.

2. The word “fuck” is spoken about 117 times in the movie.

3. Director Oliver Stone tried and failed to get the National Football League’s permission to use real NFL team logos and stadiums for the film.

The genre is drama. There is personal drama of Al Pacino’s character.

Now that I read the assignment, I see that I am supposed to work on editing clips from the movie(s) that I chose for analysis. But truthfully, I don’t really like either movie; I was just interested in seeing those inspirational speeches now that graduation season is here. Instead, I decided to do something relevant to my job. We are studying Macbeth, and I like to show a variety of film and theatrical versions of the play. One area that is interesting is how those different versions show Banquo’s ghost in Act III, so I was looking to string together a montage of Banquo’s ghost. Instead I just used two very different ones that I think show remarkable contrast. The clips are too short for my class–I think I need a longer version and more variety–but you should get the idea of what I’m attempting. This is definitely a work in progress, but I am working under time constraints due to my real life….

I just spent lots of time finding and editing clips on MPEG Stream Clip, but I couldn’t save it for a while. I found this very (not) funny — after instructing us to do all this editing, there is this note: “invariably, MPEG StreamClip fails because clips have different sizes, do not try and make it perfect, just practice using the trim tools)” WHAT? Thanks for that warning AFTER we do all the work…

Here is my attempt to edit the two clips:

That is actually my first YouTube upload, so please don’t judge too harshly….


Unit 7

Radio Show/Audio Assignments – I think we are supposed to generate ideas for the radio show. I listen to music on the radio, not very much talking. OK..I have heard plenty of sports radio shows, and unfortunately, they now put those radio shows on TV, so those guys with faces for radio are now on TV… Anyway, I don’t think we are doing music, and sports made me think of March Madness. But the weather today made me think of spring break. And so that made me think of a travel show except I’m not going anywhere so it would be a travel station to destinations like Rahway, Linden, Brooklyn and Manhattan.  (well that’s where I am going in the next few weeks…) Maybe we tour interesting near by places? Just an idea. I’ll do whatever.

The commercial is not for family viewing. My son doesn’t know the meaning of the words “don’t swear.”

And the foley – chapin thing is even worse. The directions said to do it one take, but I think that was a big mistake.

Weekly Summary unit 4

Monday, February 17 –

Very very very frustrating day trying to get the radio DS106 bumper done. Had to load and try to figure out audacity. It looks like there is a whole lot of power in that program, but it’s wasted on me because I have no idea what to do with it. Sort of like giving a Ferrari to someone who doesn’t drive stick. I muddled through–they do have a really thorough users guide, which is helpful. So I picked some music (the opening of “Sometime Around Midnight” by Airborne Toxic Event) and loaded that and then I recorded my voice. There is a funny episode where I don’t realize I am recording and I say “I can’t even hear my #$%^* voice and my son and I start laughing hysterically. But that’s all edited away and I think it’s okay and I’m ready to export. Then I had a some problems getting the mp3 converter to work right. Then I couldn’t load to soundcloud. I thought it was because of my conversion so I kept re-downloading that LAME thing but it turns out the mp3 convertor was fine.  It turned out that it was because of copyright infringement–I used a portion of a song… which I thought was ok, like 20 seconds of a song? How does everyone else do all those re-mixes if they aren’t using the actual songs? Ok so now I have to get some original music for this bumper? Really?! OK… Did nothing all day except this… Well, I also went to the dentist, so all and all it wasn’t my best day. Now I am waiting for my son to get home from school so he can play the guitar for this track.  At this point, I can’t worry too much about how this comes out because I have to get ready for school tomorrow and I still have to make the sound effects story. I really do want to learn how to do this audio stuff; the learning curves is just steeper than I anticipated and I keep sliding down to the bottom of the hill….

A couple comments I left: http://www.dshargis106.com/ds106/ds106-radio-bumper/#comment-90

All my daily creates are in the daily create section: I did edible jewelry, creative hands, international dot day and the happily ever after story: http://tdc.ds106.us/writings/a-boy-named-dmitrius/

Reactions to the audio stories and listening are in the “thoughts and ideas” section, as are my thoughts about Serial, the New Yorker article and episode 3.

This is the radio thing. Sound effect story is later.

I did it! Sound effect story:

Serial – Article and Analysis

I listened to the third episode of Series and read the New Yorker article. I explored some of the audio tools and listened to how some of the radio people analyzed their own work. So now I am going to analyze what we have heard from Serial so far.

Absolutely she creates flow. Normally, I do not focus well on an audio-only story. I have listened to podcasts, particularly longer ones, and realized after about half an hour in that I really didn’t know what they were talking about. This is not the case for me with Serial. I do occasionally write a few notes (we did that the first class and it is also a habit I have from phone interviews when I was a reporter) to focus my thinking, but generally I just go along for a ride with Koenig’s narrative. For example, in the third episode she starts by commenting on the two cops and then moves to the two boyfriends, but then focuses the rest of her time on Mr. S. Normally, we would be looking for some more explanation about boyfriend Don and the statement from the second cop–that Syed was definitely guilty– but instead I get drawn into the story about Mr. S. She slowly allows the story of Mr. S. to be disclosed. We already hear his testimony and then learn about where he is going and then learn about the geography and history of Leakin Park BEFORE we learn of Mr. S.’s record and streaking hobby. Normally, when you just tell a story, you are going to give a lot of that information up front. But Koenig holds onto it, allowing you to wonder more and more what this guy’s deal is.

How does she build that interest, suspense, and flow? Pacing. Slow and steady–we are slowly learning about this guy. I liked that she actually recorded herself and the Baltimore Sun reporter and the producer walking through the woods, commenting on how things would have appeared on the winter day he discovered the body. The interviewer of the paper-making lady pointed out that you needed both talking in quiet, active tape where people are doing stuff, and active tape with talking. Koenig uses all these in the walking through the woods scene. I appreciated that scene because even before I heard that Mr. S. was a streaker, I was wondering why he was wandering through all that brush. Lots of guys will just get behind any tree. And he was only a few minutes from work/home–either he had way more than one 22oz. Budweiser or he really didn’t have to pee at all.

In addition, the music starting and stopping was a helpful guide for the listener to focus attention. The music is smart and makes you think whatever is going on at that point is going to be important now or in the future.

From the New Yorker article, I realized that one of the things I enjoy most about Serial is the conversational tone “like your smart friend is investigating a murder and telling you about it.” When I was right out of college and covering this very complicated case of an auto dealership being lit up and the rumors about mob involvement and political crookedness, I came back to the newsroom and didn’t even know where to start writing that story. Another reporter just said “write it like you would tell me.” I was on deadline and how to turn out copy in half an hour, but I still think it’s a great approach rather than trying to confuse your reader/listener by all the twists and turns right from the beginning.

Finally, the article focuses on their refusal to take a side, to presume Syed’s guilt or innocence. They edited to remove any bias, and I appreciate that. Although I am perplexed by the fact that they didn’t know how it would end. I trust Koenig as a storyteller to tell me a good story with a beginning, middle and end, and I am impressed that she takes on us this ride without knowing the final destination.

Weekly Summary – Unit 3

All of my work is set up in categories now. Rather than just have everything in one post, I have all my daily creates together, thoughts and reflections, weekly summaries, etc. I like it this way–I’m hoping I see some improvement over the term.

I liked Kurt Vonnegut’s shape of a story exercise. I am getting ready to teach Macbeth, so I chose to sketch the shape of that play. It makes sense to me that people like the archetypes in stories, so they would appreciate similar-shaped stories.

I commented on several blogs, but the links aren’t up yet–still waiting for approvals. I looked for blogs that said “this was a struggle for me, but I kept trying and this is what I came up with…” rather than “my blog/ideas/creations are so awesome! I was really able to show off all my creativity…” IDK – that just irks me. If it’s that good, we’ll let you know….

Daily creates: I don’t agree that these are 10-15 minute assignments. I can’t even figure out what I’m doing in 10 minutes. Like I wanted to do the family tree, but even digitally it would take me a minute to find pictures of everyone. That’s my bad for having 5 kids, I guess, but I can’t possibly do a decent job in a reasonable amount of time, so I left it alone. Maybe I’m a little bit of a perfectionist… So I ended up with a dot and a picture of hands…

My story in pictures – it was ok–I just happened to have five pictures with that cat in them. if I could have added words I would have said that the kids were completely grossed out by that kitten when it first appeared on the porch–scrawny, dirty, runny eyes–and they were like “you are not bringing that thing in the house, mom!” but then the thing infiltrated itself into the family.

Overall, DS 106 is hello work for me. Nothing like reading a couple articles and summarizing the main points. I am trying to keep up. I am definitely learning. I feel like I have  my blog pretty well organized–I was happy about getting those categories working.