Deferring the doughboy voice

For my fourth Assignment for my final project I chose to do an Audio Assignment worth 4 stars, totaling 15 stars. The assignment instructions were to take an existing piece of audio and use audio tools (I used Audacity) to change the sound.  The original audio I used was from a 2012 commercial of toaster strudels.

In 2012 Pillsbury put out a commercial to promote their famed breakfast item, the Toaster Strudel.  The Toaster Strudel was a breakfast item that was made of a glossed a wheat that was sugary as ever, and on top of that had a frosting that you could swizzle on top of the pastry.  The food was delicious, but wasn’t necessarily the best thing for you.  To promote their new and improved item they launched a series of commercials that included the Pillsbury Doughboy.

I created this in Audacity, by firstly opening a new project.

I then used a YouTube to MP3 converter to change the Pillsbury commercial on Youtube from an MP4 to an MP3.

I then used the speed changer tool to fasten the commercial by %50

 

Letters are cool when they spell doughboy

For my third Assignment for my final project I chose to do another Design challenge for 3 stars.  For this assignment I had to write out the name of my character, in not only a cool font, but a font that means something more than just the text.

I used Paint 2 to create this work of AMAZING art.  I the word is pretty self- explanatory by now, but for those that are a little slower to first base… Doughboy is the name of my character.  I used the font Big Casion in size 96. The reason I went with Big Casion is because it not only is a clean, and easy-going font, but it allows the reader to feel the word.  This font is often used in commercials and many major marketing brands.

I opened up Paint 2, and started a new project

I then filled the background with white

I then selected the text tool and wrote out DoughBoy in Big Caslon

 

Describing the doughboy

For this Design Assignment I had to create a word cloud that describes my character, for 4 stars.  I chose the closest shape that they had available that looked like the doughboy.  Finding words that described him was the easy part! Chubby, fluffy, giggily, fat, puffy, etc…

The residents of Pillsbury are again, the nicest people on the earth.  They greet each other with open arms and big fluffy chests of dough.  Every time they touch each other a little part of them practically stuck onto the other, making this one of the most tight-knit communities on the planet.

To create this word cloud I went to WordCloud . This allowed me to select from an array of shaped to create the cloud then insert my own words into it.

  1. Firstly, I chose the shape of little stick figure
  2. I wrote in words that described the doughboy
  3. Changed the size and shape of the words
  4. Made sure I liked the colors of the background and words (kept it basic)
  5. Saved to my PC

The horrors of Pillsbury

For this Visual Assignment I created a silly movie poster using my final project character, the Pillsbury Doughboy.  I had to create a movie poster that then was transformed to silly, and then incorporate the doughboy. This was for a total of 4 stars.

The horrors of Pillsbury is a horror film that is set in the town of Pillsbury.  The residents are all doughboys that are the nicest people in the world, and love having their bellies tickled.  One dark night there was a murder on the mayor of Pillsbury.  The town was tossed into chaos and no one could figure out who had done such a horrible thing.

Find out what happens in this horrifying film on July 8th!

  • The create this i used Paint 2 for MacOS.
  • I created a new project

  • I then found a picture of the doughboy online, saved it, and imported it onto the blank canvas.
  • I then used the text tool to write ontop of the picture.

My favorite thing to do in my spare time

For my second assignment I had to record myself preforming my favorite hobby in my spare time.  It was 4 stars, and I decided to do it with me playing video games.  I do a lot of other things in my spare time, but video games is defiantly a big part of my spare time. When i’m not sleeping, playing soccer, working, or doing homework I am probably playing video games.  It is my way of relaxing and taking a break from the world.  When I am playing video games I always play with my friends, and this creates hilarious memories.

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This is just one of the games I play called Rocket League.  The point of the game is to protect your goal, while trying to score in their goal (just like soccer). You control a little car that is used to smash into the ball to shoot or pass. You can play with just yourself against computer players or with real people to compete online against other real people.

To create this video I took out my iPhone and opened the camera app.

I then proceed to record myself playing the game for about 30 seconds.

Ohh sweet college :)

The first video assignment that I chose to do was 4 stars, and what I had to do was create a video that showed off my college career so far.  I chose to use just pictures that I had on phone through out the 3 years so far.  I started out by looking through all the photos on my phone, and decided to pick pictures that were not only important to me, but showed how I changed throughout my time here at UMW. I started out with my freshman year, to my sophomore year, then finally to my junior year.

Some of the stories behind this project were:

  • My friends
  • My hair
  • My soccer career
  • Finally just really funny times

My hair started out semi long freshman year, and then by the time sophomore year hit I had a full man bun. Shaved it. Now have normal short hair.

My friends started out with mostly all soccer friends, this stayed the same, but some left to attend other colleges.

My soccer career, played a lot freshman year, not so much sophomore year, then a lot again junior year.

To create this assignment I went into iMovie on my Mac and created a new file.

I then went on to import all of my photos into the timeline by simply dragging and dropping then from the screen above the timeline.

I downloaded a song from youtube to use in my project from https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/mp3-converter.

All I had to do from there was upload to YouTube!

Look, its a bird! Listen, its a plane! Analyze, ohh my bad…

For the Look, Listen, Analyze assignment I chose Kids in the Hall’s The Monkeys. The video in the playlist was blocked due to copyright of the Nerdist, so I just looked up the video under Nerdist’s channel and found it.

Look

My first look through was an interesting one, not anything that I thought it was going to be!  The camera starts our looking at a door that gently pans out and eventually lands on the main character, Dave. The slow pan out sets the mood to somewhat of a sinister, grim feeling.  The camera is set eye-level with Dave while he smokes on a cigar and talks about the monkeys.  The camera stays there a while but than instantly transitions to a still shot of Dave and another character named, Mark. The two of them are split evenly on each side of the camera with an open curtain in the background.

The camera then suddenly cuts back to Dave who is next to the door which the monkeys are on the other side.  As he is about to open the door the camera shifts it attention to the door, and the strange bright light that beams out of it.  Dave then talks to himself for a while and the camera continues to pan in the whole time.

Another weird still frame with Dave and Mark…

A new part of the room is then revealed with Dave being on the phone (another still shot).

Finally, a change in scenery!!! This scene there are Dave, Mark, and some other character in a car.  There are two in the back and one driving, the shot is from outside the car and in front of the drivers side.  The car then stops and going to a side shot of the passengers window to only show the driver. Then a shot of only Dave that is start ahead of him.

The final shot is Dave sitting in a chair back in his room.  The camera is almost on the ground and makes Dave’s head slant downwards to still look into the camera.

Listen

In the beginning there are weird noises that sounds like something is rattling outside of the door.  Then it becomes more clear that the monkeys are trying to open the door. The whole time Dave is talking the loudest thing in the background is the fire.  The crackling of the embers on the wood create a sense of gloominess. Dave’s speech is done in a grumpy, scratchy voice that shows that the smoking is getting to him.  When it gets to the scene of him unlocking and locking the doors, the locks have such loud presence to make sure that they are the main concern in the scene. This states that these are the most important parts of the scene.

Not much noise when he is on the phone besides his normal cracky voice.  There is a loud metal sound when he throws the phone down on the receiver.

The car scene you can hear the humming of the engine and the bumps in the road.

Analyze

Mr. Lewis/Dave LOVES THE MONKEYS!!!!!  He always is talking about them!  He knows that they are either some sort of danger to people, something like that. He will never let them lose, but can always fall back onto that topic to either threaten people or to just conversate about.  The overall feeling of the skit is very gothicy, and creepy.  Whenever the camera is on Dave he always stares directly into it, and Mark just has the most awkward stare that makes him seem like a zombie.  Maybe the monkeys did this to him???

Back to Ebert’s points in which, “lower angles make people look more powerful.” This is exactly done in the last scene of this skit.  Dave talks about how the monkeys give him authority, and just in the last scene Dave threatened to release the monkeys on the driver, which was sarcasm.  But Dave threatening to do so scared the drive and shows that Dave really does have power over others.

Im I watching a movie, or reading am I reading it?

To an untrained eye movies are just another story being told to audience.  But there is so much more behind that.  There are thousands of hours of thinking of the idea, setting up the idea, producing the idea, and executing the idea.  All of the steps are insanely difficult in their own ways, but that is why they spend tons of money hiring the best in fields. But lets not get carried away, we are here to talk about Roger Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie”.  He talks about ways that he teaches film.  When someone has a question he stops the film and joins in on the conversation.  This allows the audience to get an experts insight on the question.  This also takes away from the standard “this is how it is in the book, memorize it.” This leaves the class as an open ended lecture, allowing the audience to ask questions beyond their norms. The one lesson that I didn’t like was how he make it sound like filmmakers was only a formal job, and you had to have a vase amount of knowledge to get involved. He states this by saying he’s, “never heard of a director or cinematographer who ever consciously applied [the “laws” of visual space].” Video can be practiced by anyone and everyone, going to a university can help, but those who are passionate about it, and don’t have the money to go can defiantly become great.

Good morning people of my village!!

Star: 2 1/2 stars

For this assignment we had to greet the people of our “village” with a good morning expression.  I chose to keep it calm and simple.  I chose this, because I don’t see a person being too excited about saying good morning on a loud speaker every day.  This would become quite repetitive and boring. This does remind me of when you are in grade school, and every morning they would turn the TV’s on, and have students do a good morning segment along with announcements for the day.  They were always excited to be on TV (as any kid would be), but they knew that everyone in the school would be watching.  This I feel would be the opposite in a town where you don’t have to be energetic, because I doubt half the people would be listening anyways…

  • Firstly, started a blank file on Audacity, and instead of importing an audio file, all I had to do was click the red button to record myself.

  • I then had to edit the audio to delete any long pauses I caused

  • Final step was to export audio into an mp3 file

Not my sandwich!!!

Star: 2 1/2 stars

Back when Friends was the best show on TV (and still playing) I was pretty young, and loved to watch the show with my parents.  Of course my parents made me cover my eyes when the intimate scenes would happen.  Ross was my 2nd favorite character besides Joey.  This was one of my favorite scenes of the show all time, and my family and I still use the sandwich joke to this day.

Ross being a kid over his coworkers eating his thanksgiving day leftover sandwich 

 

  • Secondly, I imported the now mp3 audio to my Audacity

  • Finally, I highlighted the parts that weren’t necessary to the scene, and deleted them.