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….


Week 8 Summary

Serial — The Deal with Jay

I just listened to Serial. I don’t understand Jay, but the jury seemed to like him so he might be one of those people who is likeable in person. BUT Adnan’s defense attorney is definitely NOT likeable. Her voice is grating and annoying and she is yelling–she may have lost the case just on how she seems so aggressive toward Jay, but not in a logical way. She was asking Jay if he was telling the truth, but she poses the question in the negative so it’s confusing. And I think the jury wanted to see Adnan on the stand–why didn’t she do that? If they liked Jay, maybe they would like Adnan too?

Here is my poster. My son said it looks like a seven year old did it. Thanks for that…

Radio poster

Radio commercial:

Radio bumper:

Radio Script

Radio Script –

Telling Stories in Photos – Unit 5

Weekly Summart – Unit 5

Jason Eskanazi –

What I learned: there is a “grammar” to photography, you need to understand lightness/darkness and translating a 3D image to 2D. It is important what you leave out and it is a mystery – like a poem that “distills language”. he talked about repetition of form, geometry and symmetry and that he feels visual literacy is innate.

Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photo –

I never see this photo without getting something more from it. When I read the story behind the photo I was confused because the caption for the other shot says “Seven children without food. Mother aged 32.” But the story says that she had four of the six children and the dad went out with the two boys to look for car parts. So it bothered me–were there 6 or 7 children? But in the other shot of Florence Owens Thompson we can see one of the children’s faces, which is a contrast between the very worried mother’s face and the blissfully unaware babys face. Also I can more vividly see the bones protruding from the mother’s chest and that makes me more focused on her overall physical condition rather than focus on her face which shows more her emotional state.

Watched several of past DS106 classes and enjoyed some of the discussions about composition, b&w, no flash, converging lines and backgrounds…will try to keep that and the 10 tips in mind…


chapel at camp nazareth

yoga ball

pump it up

chubby hands

oh captain my captain


This was actually fun after all the (very long but informative) lectures about photography. I always thought it would be cool to learn to take good pictures. If I ever have taken a good picture, it was completely an accident. This time, I just went to my living room where two of my kids were watching “Psych” and I told my youngest son to tell me what to do next. He let me take a picture of his phone for the time, and I love his screen saver so I used that as a picture. Then I just sort of wandered around the dark, messy living room looking for stuff. It was beautiful outside (snowing AGAIN!!!) but I didn’t think I could get all the shots done in 15 minutes if I went outside. I tried to think about what I just learned, but I was really focused on what I was supposed to capture.

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.

Weekly Summary

I don’t think the results I see on my blog reflect the work I did this week…I spent time making and unmaking themes, pages and categories. Kept changing my mind about how to set it all up. (too many choices?)

One difficulty for me is that I get lost when I click away from the ds106 site – I go and see other completed assignments or watch a video about how to do something and then I am not sure where I was in the process. (ADD? squirrel?) The handbook is helpful but some of the information about assignments is different from the open course website and the “creating animated GIFs the modern way” link doesn’t exist, so I hope that wasn’t vital.

I am not tagging correctly. I thought I was, but I’m not–need to clarify that with someone…

I did one daily create, tweeted not much, uploaded a GIF, made a GIF (oops–need to upload that now…) , enjoyed the personal cyberinfrastructure info,

Mostly looking forward to serial–but need to teach all day tomorrow first.