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Basketball Paraphernalia

This post is in response to an assignment for our non-linear story class. The assignment asked us to use the Aurasma app available and FREE for both Android and iPhone. The app allows users to create Auras, which is a form a augmented reality, which is basically used to bring life content that is in a magazine or book in it’s easiest format to as far as real object such as monitor or a building.

For my Auras I created I used the November issue of Eastbay‘s magazine or catalog. Eastbay is an online sports store and they sell sports related clothing and equipment, as well as non sports related clothing and shoes. So in the catalog shoes are featured a lot and since basketball shoes are worn a lot casually, I created a bunch of Auras, all videos ranging in different lengths for basketball: 6 shoes and 1ball. Below are are the pages I used in the catalog with the images circled:

Page_2 edit  Page_3 edited  Page_18 edited  Page_19 edited  Page_28 edit  Page_29 edit  Page_back_page edit

These all activate either a clip from a related commercial or in the case with the ball a video that is very related to the brand of basketball that isn’t a commercial. To activate my Auras you would need first is to download the app, then create an account, then you want to search and follow me as a user under the name “jaybiz”. To understand a little better I added a few phone screenshots to understand a little better.

From left to right just to understand a little a) Homescreen b) Account setup/homepage c) The create an Aura button which is the + at the bottom and you want to preferably use a video/image/audio you have on your phone d) Select from the photo album for media on your phone e) This is the activation screen brought up when you press the square at the bottom in the middle and center the middle circle on your picture or word or object. To search you would press the magnifying glass.

IMG_0133  IMG_0134  IMG_0135  IMG_0136  IMG_0137

a                             b                               c                              d                           e

 

Endless Possibilities

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Behind The Life of The Party

Life of the party eh. What an interesting name for a short film where the leading role is murdered in every outcome. However I think overall the class put forward a very good effort collectively to bring everything together as a first effort.

I think with everyone besides the actors and even they themselves would benefit from experimenting and understanding Interlude Treehouse. I also think working on this project will allow us to understand more cohesive planning for a video project going forward. So things to think about in the future would be working on the story a little more tightly with the different angles. We would definitely calibrate the cameras so we get similar lighting on each camera, and also maybe the same types of cameras since all three cameras used each used different lenses. This would also mean using an actual shot list so that it doesn’t feel confusing about who is going to take which shots and what type of shots will be done whether it is a wide or close-up shot etc.

I also believe that as it relates to getting shots and and editing a more defined line of what should be the requirements would work better.I say this because despite discussions of what was required were done a lot of the edited work I received was not together and it felt like persons did what they felt was right in their opinion, rather than what would benefit the entire project.
For me I definitely learned a great deal about how Treehouse works, especially since we are so accustomed to just doing videos and placing them on YouTube or Vimeo or any similar platform. With Treehouse you are able to upload the same edited videos, and lay them out literally in a tree layout (think a family tree type of map) and create linked options between the videos. But with Treehouse it forces you to be on point with your edits because when you attempt play an interactive out as you intend to it will show the lapses. Overall good job CT419.

-Endless Possibilities.

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Termination : The Choice of Boyd

For the first part of my story here is my character development of Michael Boyd:

I was born in Scotland 1975. My mother was Irish born and raised in Scotland while my father was born in Jamaica raised for a bit in St. Vincent and then moved with his family at 12 years old to London, before he moved north into Aberdeen also known as the Grey City. While growing up in Grey, I have always been aware of my unique heritage and equally embrace both sides whether the experience was good or bad. It’s kind of weird even though my father is from the Caribbean his speech has almost always perfectly blend in as though he were a local.

My parents were always protective of me when I was younger, and it wasn’t till I was about 11 or 12 did the issue of race have any significance for me. I would see cousins on both my mother’s side often as we would visit them in Ireland often and they would visit us. My father’s  family would mainly come to visit us in the summer and they have actually managed to coordinate somewhat of a family reunion. Of the two we were able to visit the weekend of the one in held in London while my father went to the one Jamaica, and also to attend to some private business there. However it was in school where I was made of aware that I was a part of two races. All my life I was treated like any other young lad and the extra melanin in my skin was never realized as an issue to me. However it was in 2nd form (7th grade) my second year in secondary (high) school that I encountered Susan Stewart. Susan was a transfer student who had transferred as her parents moved to Scotland from Manchester when her father was promoted to be the Vice-President of operations of Shell (Royal Dutch Shell) in Scotland. Susan’s parents remained humble yet privileged folks who believed she should be a part of the public education system. Susan on the other hand was very well aware of her privilege and used it to cause as much mischief as she could. She was still her parent’s sweetheart and unlike her older brother she was still treated as tho she was still a young lassie (girl) and usually disregarded her behavior as harmless. Well it certainly was anything but harmless to those who were on the receiving end.

You must understand that Susan was definitely one of the prettiest lasses in my year at least top 3 and added she was new and was privileged to certain luxuries. Susan quickly had her own little gang who sort of regarded her as a queen of sorts. To be in Susan’s company she would intimidate other girls into acting out her ideas of cruelty. This would range from small bullying and name calling to ganging up on weaker children. However one day she went too far in pushing the wrong lad. This lad happened to be a one of my best friends in the entire Ellon Academy. You see Susan had her “gang” taunt Johnnie Murray. Well Johnnie grew up in a household where an eye was for an eye and as the youngest of four boys he learned from young how to defend himself at all costs. Johnnie planned to directly have a go at it with Susan and her girls after a week of taking their crap.

Johnnie confronted Susan the Friday at lunch break of that taunting week to warn her to start. As usual her group all started to do what Susan encouraged them to do. Johnnie didn’t care that they were girls, his aim was to make sure they never bothered him again. Johnnie found a large enough stone which was to scare them, but they pushed too far. He was very close to darting the stone at one of the girls and it was then I decided to get involved. I came over and stole the stone from Johnnie that he was certain to launch. It was at that time that the year head Mr. Grant appeared at the correct moment, not to see Johnnie with the rock but to see me the mixed lad with a stone in hand in a compromising position. It didn’t help that Susan and her gang accused me of coming to fight Susan. No one challenged this accusation, not even Johnnie. I was beyond shock and very upset. I had to bear the punishment of publicly cleaning walls for a crime I was attempting to stop. I became very cold and distrusting of friends at school. I believed I needed respect and with the encouragement of my parents I joined the junior cadets at school. I loved the toughness and challenges. It was taxing physically and mentally, but I wanted to be the best. To be the one calling the shots, giving the orders…..the one who would be respected. For me school became an obstacle to excel in the ranks of the cadets and I went on from school to join the Naval Service. I took everything in the Navy serious. I etched out distractions and in 2 years at barely 20 I was given an opportunity to join the elite Royal Marines.

Being worthy to be considered was a dream but the training felt like hell. Sure from cadets to the joining the Navy was no walk in the park. However, the Marines felt like I took all of my training for the last 7 years combined and multiply the intensity by 10. There were times I felt like I would surely die. That is what the Marines do to you, they break you down till the point where you wish you could die. But it is not without reason. That filters out those strong enough to live the role and those weak enough to fall out. I survived though, and I strived to become the best. And I did become one of the best. I was part of a unit that had a 96 percent mission rate and smallest casualty rate. As time passed my worth to the Empire grew as I not only was great in physicality, but also in the mental and technicality. I was indeed a threat to enemies. I was good enough to be recommended for a post first with MI5 then thought to be better used at MI6. At MI6 I was treated like a boss and why not. I had a highly successful mission rate. I did what was need at any cost, and a license to kill only helped my work. However after some joint work with our American allies I was introduced to a world that enlightened me to learn that enemies of the state don’t just happen because of hatred for westernization and religious zeal. Sometimes enemies are birthed by the same governments who declare them as threats to mankind. The truth is when you start to seek to control not only your corner of the globe but in other areas that gain your interest, you can taunt a people unknown to the public into reacting in a way which seems violent and terrorizing to the world. Don’t get me wrong I love my country, and will be loyal but if loyalty means I have to destroy an enemy that created by the state rather than a natural enemy, I refuse to be a part of it. Five years at MI6 is what it took for me to resign at 28. Who would think a former marine, and now Special Ops would resign. But you see my resignation came in the form of a casualty during service. Usually you finish on forced resignation, when you can fulfill the grueling expectations no longer. A supposed death was the way out I chose. Sure they would funeral of honor and my parents would receive my benefits. But I left knowing big brother would always be looking over my independent moves.

 

But I knew how they operated better than they did me. I was always a step or two ahead of their operations. And my reputation with SIS brought a lot of well paying work on the black market for me from all over America, Europe and some parts of Asia.

 

My InkleWriter Adventure as follows:

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Here is my Graphical Layout:

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And last but not least my Interactive:

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Explanation Video:

 

 

 

 

Turning Point ver3

 

 

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The Hard Life Living in BK

So I chose to review stories done by Kunal and Deji. I must say it was kind of weird realizing how close these individual stories sound. For me though I felt like they definitely could have been expanded.

For Devlin written by  Kunal. it was weird reading how his family did well then suddenly they didn’t do well financially. Well I think you could explain a little as to what happened that things became so badly that he all of a sudden needed to look for a job. And this happens in the 80s not in our current day which is during a recession. Then both of your options are the same so I was unable to see an alternative. Plus I’ve never heard gang stories where gangs hired random extra muscle to fight for them and pay them well. That was interesting, but I feel like it ended abruptly and could have had more meat.

For Devon life for him seems to be even worse in Brooklyn, because either way either he dies or his friend dies. And I feel like your options forces the reader to take specific direction to get more of a story, because I did similar for my own story. Here also I feel like the story could have expanded a little more as well. I mean Devon goes to try outs get selected becomes the best and after the team wins a playoff game, Devon gets a scholarship. That is amazing and I wanna know more. I do like the bromance that Devon and Ron have being opposites in the same surroundings in Brooklyn. Does Ron eventually get jacked that gets him shot? And where does Devon staying since he is 20 and graduating, does he live alone and if he is living a cleaner life how is he supporting himself.

All in all I think it was a good effort guys.

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Inkle me this

So check out this first story I created in Inklewriter.

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The Film Teaser and My Interactive Story

John Alvin was an American cinematic artist who created some of the world’s most recognizable movie  posters. Alvin created art for over 135 films during his career. His style of work became known as “Alvinesque” in the entertainment industry. I also think a lot of his work is amazing, when I think of the fact that media was created back then using linear methods of editing and creating, because they didn’t have the tools and software that we have currently. Below are some of the posters he designed:

 startrekposter                      jurassicpark4

l – r: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1989 by Paramount Pictures Corporation & Jurassic Park 1993 Universal City Studios.

godfather3               batmanforever3

l – r: The Godfather Part III 1990 by Paramount Pictures & Batman Forever: Licensed By: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

 

Character Development of Male Character:

I was born in Scotland 1975. My mother was Irish born and raised in Scotland while my father was born in Jamaica raised for a bit in St. Vincent and then moved with his family at 12 years old to London, before he moved north into Aberdeen also known as the Grey City. While growing up in Grey, I have always been aware of my unique heritage and equally embrace both sides whether the experience was good or bad. It’s kind of weird even though my father is from the Caribbean his speech has almost always perfectly blend in as though he were a local.

My parents were always protective of me when I was younger, and it wasn’t till I was about 11 or 12 did the issue of race have any significance for me. I would see cousins on both my mother’s side often as we would visit them in Ireland often and they would visit us. My father’s  family would mainly come to visit us in the summer and they have actually managed to coordinate somewhat of a family reunion. Of the two we were able to visit the weekend of the one in held in London while my father went to the one Jamaica, and also to attend to some private business there. However it was in school where I was made of aware that I was a part of two races. All my life I was treated like any other young lad and the extra melanin in my skin was never realized as an issue to me. However it was in 2nd form (7th grade) my second year in secondary (high) school that I encountered Susan Stewart. Susan was a transfer student who had transferred as her parents moved to Scotland from Manchester when her father was promoted to be the Vice-President of operations of Shell (Royal Dutch Shell) in Scotland. Susan’s parents remained humble yet privileged folks who believed she should be a part of the public education system. Susan on the other hand was very well aware of her privilege and used it to cause as much mischief as she could. She was still her parent’s sweetheart and unlike her older brother she was still treated as tho she was still a young lassie (girl) and usually disregarded her behavior as harmless. Well it certainly was anything but harmless to those who were on the receiving end.

You must understand that Susan was definitely one of the prettiest lasses in my year at least top 3 and added she was new and was privileged to certain luxuries. Susan quickly had her own little gang who sort of regarded her as a queen of sorts. To be in Susan’s company she would intimidate other girls into acting out her ideas of cruelty. This would range from small bullying and name calling to ganging up on weaker children. However one day she went too far in pushing the wrong lad. This lad happened to be a one of my best friends in the entire Ellon Academy. You see Susan had her “gang” taunt Johnnie Murray. Well Johnnie grew up in a household where an eye was for an eye and as the youngest of four boys he learned from young how to defend himself at all costs. Johnnie planned to directly have a go at it with Susan and her girls after a week of taking their crap.

Johnnie confronted Susan the Friday at lunch break of that taunting week to warn her to start. As usual her group all started to do what Susan encouraged them to do. Johnnie didn’t care that they were girls, his aim was to make sure they never bothered him again. Johnnie found a large enough stone which was to scare them, but they pushed too far. He was very close to darting the stone at one of the girls and it was then I decided to get involved. I came over and stole the stone from Johnnie that he was certain to launch. It was at that time that the year head Mr. Grant appeared at the correct moment, not to see Johnnie with the rock but to see me the mixed lad with a stone in hand in a compromising position. It didn’t help that Susan and her gang accused me of coming to fight Susan. No one challenged this accusation, not even Johnnie. I was beyond shock and very upset. I had to bear the punishment of publicly cleaning walls for a crime I was attempting to stop. I became very cold and distrusting of friends at school. I believed I needed respect and with the encouragement of my parents I joined the junior cadets at school. I loved the toughness and challenges. It was taxing physically and mentally, but I wanted to be the best. To be the one calling the shots, giving the orders…..the one who would be respected. For me school became an obstacle to excel in the ranks of the cadets and I went on from school to join the Naval Service. I took everything in the Navy serious. I etched out distractions and in 2 years at barely 20 I was given an opportunity to join the elite Royal Marines.

Being worthy to be considered was a dream but the training felt like hell. Sure from cadets to the joining the Navy was no walk in the park. However, the Marines felt like I took all of my training for the last 7 years combined and multiply the intensity by 10. There were times I felt like I would surely die. That is what the Marines do to you, they break you down till the point where you wish you could die. But it is not without reason. That filters out those strong enough to live the role and those weak enough to fall out. I survived though, and I strived to become the best. And I did become one of the best. I was part of a unit that had a 96 percent mission rate and smallest casualty rate. As time passed my worth to the Empire grew as I not only was great in physicality, but also in the mental and technicality. I was indeed a threat to enemies. I was good enough to be recommended for a post first with MI5 then thought to be better used at MI6. At MI6 I was treated like a boss and why not. I had a highly successful mission rate. I did what was need at any cost, and a license to kill only helped my work. However after some joint work with our American allies I was introduced to a world that enlightened me to learn that enemies of the state don’t just happen because of hatred for westernization and religious zeal. Sometimes enemies are birthed by the same governments who declare them as threats to mankind. The truth is when you start to seek to control not only your corner of the globe but in other areas that gain your interest, you can taunt a people unknown to the public into reacting in a way which seems violent and terrorizing to the world. Don’t get me wrong I love my country, and will be loyal but if loyalty means I have to destroy an enemy that created by the state rather than a natural enemy, I refuse to be a part of it. Five years at MI6 is what it took for me to resign at 28. Who would think a former marine, and now Special Ops would resign. But you see my resignation came in the form of a casualty during service. Usually you finish on forced resignation, when you can fulfill the grueling expectations no longer. A supposed death was the way out I chose. Sure they would funeral of honor and my parents would receive my benefits. But I left knowing big brother would always be looking over my independent moves. But I knew how they operated better than they did me. I was always a step or two ahead of their operations. And my reputation with SIS brought a lot of well paying work on the black market for me from all over America, Europe and some parts o Asia.

 

 

 

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Tuning into 4F Radio to jump start your morning

So first of all let me say it was fun doing the radio show this morning. It also wasn’t the easiest from my end but I still enjoyed it. While the rest of the class was tasked with planning the layout of the show with the segments, I was given the task of engineering the show. What this meant, was that I was responsible for checking the levels of audio being channeled out, but also providing music to be played along with instrumentals. I also took responsibility for the set up and striking of all needed equipment, inclusive of microphones, the mixer, headphones, xlr cables and any other cables that we would possibly need.

So our show was broadcast on the DS106 online radio stream, and we managed to get most of the class involved in some way or the other. We had a group do a commercial

which was prerecorded by a group of 3. The rest of the show took the form of a talk show with host and guests in the studio, along with a few members even doing freestyles for us.

Melvin dropping a freestyle

Khalil aka Klutch dropping a freestyle

radio pics

Turn Down For What! radio segment

radio pic 2

Net Neutrality segment of the show

Jayson radio

This is me working on the mixer

I want to give credit to M.B. Smith for the above pics and Kwesi for the video clips I used above. The recording I did unfortunately only captured what was being played through the Mixxx software I used to provide the music, so it doesn’t have any of the voice recordings from the show. If we had set up a camera to record the event would be the closet that I could do to truly represent what transpired for the morning show. Who knows this opportunity may come again and I would want to be better at engineering the levels, and music simultaneously.

 

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How I tried to be like Family Guy’s creator

Final Project time here so I decided to do the, “All Me In The Scene” DS story bank. This assignment asked that we create audio for a scene, where I play all the roles with different voices and characteristics.

So I found this play here, a 10 minute play and it is entitled, “The Wedding Story“. I chose this one because it was funny to me with the characters speaking back to the narrator.

Now the person who came to mind first when I first started to think about doing this project was Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane if you didn’t know was the creator of the “Family Guy” show. He also voices four characters on the show.

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Above: Seth MacMarlane

What is also amazing other than MacFarlane being able to clearly voice characters on the show, he is able to do it so easily, slipping from one voice to the next with what seems like so much ease, as seen in the video below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YAx9FtPyg0
However when I came to putting this together I knew I was no where close to MacFarlane’s skill level, so I decided to record each character’s lines separately. I also watched this video which gave a brief set of tips on how to do voice overs good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce3CUn9HnRk This was not an easy task at all and I honestly kind of rushed it. But I think it was decent enough that you could distinguish and understand what is happening. I also could have added some effects but time was more against me in getting this done on time.
I would show you the lines for the skit, however I believe it is just too long to put into a post so I’ll give an excerpt from it, but you can still read the entirety of the play in the link at the beginning of the post.

THE WEDDING STORY

by Julianne Homokay

STORYTELLER: (closing the volume) The End.  Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite. What?  You want to hear another one?  But it’s a school night.  Okay, okay, just this once.  I’m such a pushover.  What type of story shall we hear? (ad lib. if the audience yells out suggestions) How about a fairy tale for our times?  A field of dreams fenced in by white picket, a story of the young man and woman we all hope to be someday? Too bad, that’s what you’re getting.

(The STORYTELLER opens the volume back up.  Lights up on BRIDE and GROOM in traditional garb standing on top of a wedding cake.)

Once upon a time there was a young woman, pretty as a day in June.

(The BRIDE does the royal wave.)

A young man stood by her side, smart as a whip and handsome as a polo horse.

(The GROOM salutes.)

They met in high school and fell in love on a merry day in May.

(The BRIDE and GROOM whisper to each other.)

Before long, the young man dropped to his knee, pulled a diamond from his pocket, and won the young woman’s hand in marriage.

BRIDE: Uh, excuse us, Mr. Storyteller?

(The STORYTELLER looks back at them, confused.  The BRIDE and GROOM smile and wave.  The STORYTELLER waves back.)

STORYTELLER: Moving right along.  With the blessings of their compatible—

BRIDE: Mr. Storyteller!

STORYTELLER: Excuse me a moment. (to BRIDE) Yes, what is it?

BRIDE: We didn’t exactly meet in high school.

STORYTELLER: Yes you did, it says so right here.

BRIDE: We met in a bar.

GROOM: And we dated on and off for five years while she experimented with foreigners.

STORYTELLER: How nice.  Well.  For our purposes, let’s say you met in high school, shall we? (back to the kids) So.  With the blessings of their compatible families, the young man and woman were to be Bride and Groom.

 

 

 

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Jonathan Quash & York College

My second News Segment / Short Doc project for the Fall “14 semester. This highlighted Jonathan Quash a professor at York College who is the director of the college’s Mens Center and is a graduated student of York College.

This project was completed by a group of 4. I took the role of co-cinematographer and co-editor. I also did most of the transcribing of the interviews, 2 of which we did. Essentially this is was a combination of both interview shots and B-roll with the subject. The hardest part of this was making decisions on what to keep and what not to use, in the end I think we did good.

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Raising Hellraiser with Scott Sethna

This video unlike the previous video was an actual in studio assignment. This was an individual project, however we still worked as a group in the class. What that means is that all members of the class were individual producers, but for each member when it was their turn to direct their own piece, the other members of the class took other in the studio. So for each project I was a technical director, assistant director, production assistant and so on until I had to direct my own piece.

For the piece we had to do a small demonstration similar to what GMA or the Today show does. We also had to use a subject outside of the class, and I was able to be guided to Scott who is studying music here at York and was willing to also bring a host to do the piece. The setup inside the studio was a three camera set up, and I came up with the design of the set. The most challenging part of the project outside of live directing was also trying to direct my guest which is practically impossible to do once the cameras start rolling. It was fun however and intense, and as usual only after doing the project was I able to reflect on what I could have done better. But it was really good the work behind the scene, changing each set for each project and and taking on different roles, and trying to do them as well as possible, because you want people to do well for you, so the better the team the better the outcome.

– Endless Possibilites