Another week in the books. This semester is flying by! But this week was highly video focused, which was a little hard for me since my video editing skills isn’t what I would like it to be. Here is what I got into this week:

Participate in Radio Show Listen & Tweet Along:

This week I listened to Noir at Night and Silk road which you can find that post here. I loved listening to all of the radio shows and I also love a good tweet along.

Complete Your Radio Show Final Reflection:

I had a chance to finally sit down and reflect on everything that went on dealing with the radio show. It was very hectic making the radio show since we were in the ITCC for over six hours, not including editing but it was definitely fun listening to it. You can find that post here.

Do Your Daily Creates:

Not too much to say about this one. The daily create can be found here.

Learn How to Read a Movie:

Learning about how to read a movie was extremely interesting because I had no clue how much thought went in to film making. This post is located here.

Do Your Video Assignments: Make a Choice:

Instead of doing weekly video assignments, myself, Jack and Christine are deciding to make a movie instead involving our characters. The trailer and write up can be found here.

Set up a Character Category:

And last but not least, I made a character category. I posted the link on the noir website but the link can also be found here.


Tweeeeet Along

On Wednesday I listened to Noir at Night and Silk Road. They were both very different from each other which was nice. Noir at Night was kind of hard to follow along with at first but once I listened to it for a little bit I caught on. They played noir themed movie trailers. I think if we could have actually watched the trailers it would have been easier to follow along but other than that it was a cool idea. The Silk Road talk show was awesome. They had great characters in the show and even used outside voices from the class to play characters since it was only two of them making the show. I think one of the characters was voiced by a girls mom which gained so much respect in my book! Way to bring the family into ds106! #ds106forlife But they were fun to watch and I’ve really enjoyed the tweet alongs.

Video Update and Trailer

Instead of doing video assignments for the week, myself, Jack Eaton, and Christine Loehr decided to team up and do a video for the next two weeks. We are continuing the story from what was left at the end of the radio show we did. Our characters are Johnny Corner Pocket McCormick, El Jota, and Lena Meyers.

We tried to film our trailer using Google Hangout since I could not be there in person for the filming. Unfortunately, we were having some major problems with the Google Hangout. Thankfully Jack and Christine put together a great trailer that sets up what will be going down in the video. I am very excited to start filming the actual video and for the story to unfold.

Here is the trailer:

Read a Movie???

In the article How to Read a Movie by Roger Ebert, he talks about all of the components that go into making a movie. Just like photography, I learned there is a lot more involved than what meets the eye. Ebert talked about concepts of positive, negative, stronger, weaker, stable, past, future, dominant, submissive, color, lighting, shadows, construction, characters, dialogue, acting, history, sources, influences, and messages that are all evaluated within a movie. I learned every camera angle, every light, and every microphone placement are well though out before the filming actually starts happening. I was amazed at how much went in to “reading” a film.

I watched the Star Wars Continuity Mistakes and it was pretty entertaining to watch. I could watch that movie 100 times and probably would have never recognized any of those mistakes. I thought the video was kind of ridiculous at the same time though with pointing out the littlest things like that. I figured when you are making a movie as big and as detailed as that you will have some tiny mistakes.

Next, I watched The Shining- Zooms and it was a pretty weird video, I guess to go along with a pretty weird movie. The zooms in and out of the characters were used to add dramatic effect and to add to the tension of the movie. I even felt uneasy when all of them were zooming in and out and then added the erie music.

Last, I watched the match cut video and it is also super weird. Besides how weird the video is, it shows an example of a match cut. According to the video a match cut is “in which two shots with similar compositional elements are joined.” In the video the transition from the bone to the space ship is an example of a match cut is often used in movies. For this case, it is easy to pick out the match cut because of how bad the transition is. I would love to see this movie one day for the not so good special effects.

Inside Talking Final Reflection

It was really fun getting to listen to my group’s radio show after everything was done. It was also cool to see people quoting things that I said in the show on twitter as they were listening to it. I don’t know if I would have necessarily done anything differently for the show. The only thing I wish is I wish it didn’t take us as long as it did. Since we were a big group we had to fill make a 30 minute show. The hardest thing about the project was finding time to meet with everyone. Since it’s an online class everyone does the class on their own time so it was really hard trying to find a time when everyone could get together. If I had to give advice to future ds106 students it would be, first don’t take this class if you are just taking it for credits because it is a ton of work and second, choose your group wisely for this project.

What a Blur

sunset smudge

For today’s daily create I had to take a picture with a blur. Unfortunately I don’t have a camera that can take pictures with a blur option. I tried it with my phone and moving it quickly but it didn’t really work right. So what I did was I found a picture of a sunset picture online and threw it in photoshop. I used the smudge tool and pulled the colors away from each other to give it a blur effect.

Here is the original picture:




This week was soooo hard to get back into the swing of things. Before spring break I had a good rhythm going about getting stuff done on time and then once spring break hit I lost that rhythm. It amazes me how fast I lost the rhythm because it was definitely hard to pick back up on the assignments coming back from the break. Here is what I worked on this week:

Radio Show Listen-In:

I tuned into ds106 radio on Thursday and listened to Noir Not the Father and NOIRTalk. Noir Not the Father was crazy right from the start and super funny. I felt like I was listening to a Jerry Springer show. A highlight from the show was the references to “bathroom quickies.”

NOIRTalk was completely different from Noir Not the Father and there was a lot of dialogue going on. I wasn’t too sure what was going on for most of it just because the characters were constantly going back and forth and since we could only listen and not see it made some of the stuff hard to pick up on. But I enjoyed listening to both of the shows and I kind of wish I had the time to listen to all of them in the days before.


This was a fun assignment and a rather easy one because I already knew which works I was going to talk about. It was cool to give people shout outs in the class because they definitely deserved it with the work they put in for these assignments.

First, I gave Brian Goulet a shout out for his photoshop skills. http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/photoshop-wizard-brian-goulet/

Next, I talked about Tiffany’s future rapping career. http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/its-true-she-can-rap/

I also looked at Christine Loehr’s Noir Photo Safari. http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/big-fan-of-this-safari/

Last, I raved about Spencer’s spaceship daily create. http://landonepp.com/uncategorized/inspired-spaceship/

Collaborative Character Media Assignments:

For all of my assignments I worked with Jack Eaton. It was easy to work with Jack because we were in a group together for the radio show assignment and our two characters didn’t get along too well in the radio show so it was a no brainer for us to collaborate for these assignments.

First, we did the Valentines day card of Lena Meyers. I don’t want to go into too much detail about this because I don’t want to ruin the show for you guys! But my character Johnny Corner Pocket McCormick has a crush on Christine Loehr’s character Lena Meyers. It just so happens that so does El Jota…. http://landonepp.com/assignments/lena-meyers/ – 3 stars.

Next, I wrote an extended character dossier about my character Johnny and how he hates Jack’s character El Jota. http://landonepp.com/assignments/the-skinny-on-johnny-corner-pocket/ – 5 stars.

Last, Jack and I made a business card for Lenny’s Hitman Service which will make more sense when you hear our radio! http://landonepp.com/assignments/johnny-aint-messin-around/

Character Social Media:

This week I created a gmail account for Corner Pocket and a twitter as well. Feel free to email him or follow him on twitter! #teamfollowback




Here are my 10 comments. Its getting easier and easier to comment now, which is good.











Daily Creates:

And here is the link for my daily creates! For some reason I just didn’t like them as much this week. Usually the daily creates are one my favorite things to do but I just wasn’t feeling it. Maybe it’s because I was out of my groove from spring break. http://landonepp.com/daily-create/daily-creates/


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For my first daily create, I did the My Different Sides assignment. I had to show different sides of myself so I decided to show four different selfies I have taken throughout the year. Each picture was from a different season. The first picture is a Christmas selfie, the second is a summer selfie at my home lake, Smith Mountain Lake, the third is a selfie from Spring Break in Mexico last year, and the last selfie was taken at a dance party at JMU in the fall.

Season of Selfies

The next daily create I did was the Laughing Out Loud assignment. For this, I decided to post the video of when me and my two best friends decided to ride a canoe down 18 stairs into a river. I was in the middle and managed to stay in the canoe and make it all the way to the river! I still laugh every time I watch this video. (No one was seriously injured in the making of this video).

Inspired Spaceship

Word on the street is that Spencer Scott is well on his way to making it to the ds106 hall of fame, if he hasn’t made it in already and I can definitely believe that. His work is always above and beyond. One work in particular was his daily create he did for the ds106 spaceship. Not only did he provide a drawing of the spaceship, (which was really well drawn) but even provided a lego spaceship with it! This guy is killing this class, I love looking at all of his posts and then get super jealous at how good they are. Great work Spencer!






Big Fan of this Safari

When it came to the Noir Photo Safari, Christine Loehr’s was by far one of my favorites. If it was a competition, her photos would have destroyed mine. All of her photos are very unique but all have a similar color scheme to bring them together. They have a very “noir” style to them as well. The lighting is also really cool in all of them. Great photos Christine. I’m inspired. Seriously. Here is the link to her post!

Here is my favorite picture from her photo safari