The first thing I would say about this class is that it is not what I was expecting, at all. Jim Groom always says that he’s not a computer scientist or a programmer; well I am both of those things. I love programming and logic, and this class ended up being based on creativity. I have always considered creativity as my biggest weakness. I saw that it was a computer science class and assumed it would be somewhat like all of my other comp sci classes, I was very wrong.
I actually enjoyed our first two reading assignments, I could relate them back to a lot of things I had seen or heard about in my other classes but did not know very much about. Then came the daily shoot assignments, which required a degree of creativity. I was a little discouraged on a few of the daily shoot prompts because I could not think of something to photograph to save my life, and meanwhile my classmates were putting up awesome photos. I did really enjoy looking at everyone’s photos though, and people’s different interpretations of the prompts. An example that comes to mind is when Sadie took a picture of a little girl eating ice cream when were told to take a picture of something soft. I saw that and I was so impressed by her the creativity. Next came the image story assignments, which I enjoyed. I had a lot of fun completing the group assignment and trying to make a funny story through images. Telling the story of a movie in 5 images turned out to be pretty difficult because it is so hard to convey everything that is going on in the movie simply through images.
Once I got the hang of audacity, playing with audio and sounds was interesting. I didn’t really like having to tell a story with just sounds, I found it hard to come up with any type of interesting story that can be told through just sounds. It was also hard to interpret everyone else’s stories and I was usually just confused. I did enjoy the uninteresting audio story assignment. This assignment was what really started up my commenting. I was really interested in what everyone’s story would be about and if they were able to make it more interesting through the use of sounds and added commentary. Of course Kevin’s mom talking about the dishwasher and his little comments throughout are a perfect example of this.
The video commentary project was probably the most difficult, in a technical sense, for me. There were so many tools we had to download and then figure out how to use and it was stressful. After hours of struggling, when I had all of my clips in the right place, I did enjoy actually commentating on the movie. People don’t usually want to hear all of my thoughts about a specific movie and it was really nice to just share my thoughts about it and have people that have to listen to it (haha).
After completing the video commentary, the mash-up wasn’t too hard technically, but coming up with a good idea proved to be a real problem. I ending up with the idea that I kept by just going through tons of trailers on YouTube and a movie that I hadn’t even thought of was recommended and ended up working pretty well. It was really cool to look at all of the mash-ups that are online, and also watching all of my classmates mash-ups. The ideas that people come up with never cease to amaze me, and it was really easy and fun to comment on everybody’s work.
I am neutral on the Google street view assignment. I had a hard time trying to think of a story that wouldn’t bore everyone to death and I also had a hard time getting through everyone else’s. I liked the idea when you gave us the assignment, but it just turned out to be less exciting than I thought it would be.
Finally I loved the fan fiction assignment! I love ranting about my favorite shows and movies and such, and once again this time people were required to listen to me! I had a hard time coming up with an idea for the homage but once I did I really enjoyed doing that also.
Now onto my digital story. I decided to write about my preparation for Ireland, and I overestimated the amount that I would have to write about. I guess that since I am thinking about Ireland all the time I assumed that I would have a lot to write about, but it turned out when I wrote down everything I was thinking, it was not that much. After posting about my classes, housing, the friend that I am going with and clothes in Ireland I was at a loss about what to write about. That is when I realized that my entire life revolves around food, so I should do a post on that and finally my schedule for when I will be there and just any more details about the trip I hadn’t already shared. I think I could have gone further with my digital story, I could have found more things to blog about that weren’t necessarily about me going to Ireland. For example, maybe just a post about Ireland, and some fun facts about the country. Honestly it was hard to balance all of our assignments with posts for the digital story because we always had an assignment due and I would have to choose to either work on the assignment or do another post for my digital story. All and all I think I did a pretty good job of keeping up with it, I lagged a bit during all of the video assignments, but I think that is understandable.
My final thoughts on this class are that it was unlike any of my other computer science classes because I am never pushed to be creative in those courses. It really made me step outside my comfort zone, which I hadn’t really had to do yet in my college career. It was very nerve-racking while it was happening, but in hindsight I think it was good for me to be pushed. I would recommend this course to creative brains for sure, and to people like me if they are looking to be challenged.