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Raising Hope

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

I don’t really know if this is what we were supposed to do with the fanfiction assignment. I’m not super obsessed with anything, but right now my favorite TV show is Raising Hope. The basic story line is that a guy in his early 20s gets a girl pregnant, finds out she’s a felon, she gets the death penalty 6 months after the baby is born, he ends up with the baby – originally named Princess Beyonce – and has to figure out how to raise a baby. He lives with his parents, but they don’t really know much about raising a baby either. It’s just a crazy ridiculous show that I have to watch on Hulu because my roommates hate it. :)

I put this together in paint, but I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the white around the edges of the image. If anyone knows how, let me know and maybe I can try to fix it.

Fan-Fiction (Part 2) Mashup: Batman vs. Godzilla

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

For my Fan Fiction project, I decided to continue on with my website’s theme of video mash-ups. I feel that fan fiction itself is very much a mash-up in it’s own sense, bringing together cultural icons/symbols, whether they are from movies, or books, or the internet, and creating your own story out of them. That’s why I couldn’t resist putting two titanic figures together and essentially creating a fight between them for this project. When I was a kid, I always had debates with my friends about who would win in a fight, whether it be Superman vs. King Kong, or the Flash vs. Spiderman, or etc. So I found my fan fiction fight mash-up of Batman vs. Godzilla to be particularly exciting. Much like I described Batman in my last post, Godzilla was (and still is) near the top of the list of obsessions. I used to watch all of the movies when I was a kid, and had many action figures (much like Batman). So this epic fight was one of the first things to come to my mind when I thought of my fan fiction project.

Much like many of my mash-ups, I used Firefox’s YouTube Downloader and found clips on YouTube of Godzilla and Batman and then used iMovie to put them together. About creating the project, I found many of my difficulties to be strangely similar to the problems I had when I did my first audio mash-up for this class, More Than My First Kiss. The lesson I had learned from creating the song was that putting together two different things and matching them can be extremely difficult. The most obvious reason for this is because each piece of media you are trying to match together has its own beat, tempo, pitch, background noise, etc. and trying to put two together often results in a cacophonous piece of you-know-what. So I encountered these same problems when I tried to match the movies Batman (1989) and Godzilla (1998), and most of my time was spent trying to make the sounds and transitions between to two to be as smooth as possible. I think I did a pretty good job blending the two movies together as much as possible, though the task is much harder than it appears. Other than that, I just used some of my childhood imagination and my master mash-up skills to create this fan fiction masterpiece. Let me know what you guys think!

Mean Glee Girls

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

So I know that I may or may not have posted a lot of Mean Girls related things in this class, but I thought that with an “obsessions” assignment such as this one, it was too good to pass up. I thought about merging two of my obsessions- Mean Girls, and Glee (from my last post) somehow, so I figured that an image was the best way to do it.

This is the picture that I got my inspiration from- the Glee “loser” posters that came out during the beginning of the first season. There’s individual and group versions of these posters too (I’m not hinting at possible Christmas presents at ALL). Pictured on top are the Glee characters: Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) and Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).

So my lack of photoshop left me with nothing but the use of paint and a LOT of trial and error in order to merge the characters Regina George (Rachel McAdams) and Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) together in this picture. But even if I could find someone with photoshop, I would still need a while to figure out how to use it. So after almost 2 hours of attempting to match skin colors by using the paint brush, and free-form select tools, I came up with this monstrosity.

Thankfully, I found an online image editor called Fotoflexer that allowed me to change the design of the picture so you couldn’t actually see any of my butchering. I had you fooled about my skills, right?

Sneaker Music

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Sorry but I was thinking about what to do with my obsession, which are sneakers and music. So I decided to make a video using sneakers and music. Sneakers are art like my blog shows, but it can also go with the moment. One can say “I wore these sneakers when this happened” for example. Sneakers can tell a story and this is what I tried to do with sneakers and music.

It was hard coming up with which songs to use, because I had to be able to use sneakers and have them go with the music. Hopefully it came out well.

Here are the songs with links to the whole song

Musiq Soulchild- So Beautiful

Wiz Kahlifa- Black and Yellow

Kanye West- All of the Lights

Fan Fiction

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I’m still unsure as to exactly what we are supposed to do for the second part of our Fan Fiction assignment, but I decided to post something anyway. As a part of my obsessions I posted that my favorite things to watch on TV are shows that involve weddings or babies and so for my Fan Fiction I decided to make a little slideshow/video of a friends baby from when she was born to present as if it were Bringing Home Baby. I chose to use the intro music to Full House because I used to really like that show and it somewhat goes with the theme of Bringing Home Baby.Fan Fiction Baby Story_0001

Also, I am recommending the movie Babies because it’s an interesting documentary that follows four babies from four different parts of the world and the first year of life. Here’s the trailer:


Opened May 7, 2010 | Runtime:1 hr. 20 min.

PG: cultural and maternal nudity throughout
Capturing on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all, this nonfiction feature from award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès simultaneously follows four babies, in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco, and Tokyo, respectively, from birth to first steps. Every shot tells a story, as the adventure of a lifetime begins.

Cast: Ponijao, Mari, Hattie, Bayarjargal

Director: Thomas Balmes

Genres: Culture & SocietySociology


Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Well, I’ll say this: having an assignment to create something about an obsession sure gives a person nice creative license– and that obsession an amount of legitimacy.

Because some may say “it’s crazy that you created that.” And I could say, “oh well, it’s my assignment.”

Voila. The genius of this entire course.

I thought maybe you’d want to hear more about what actually happened from the horse’s mouth. You can do so here, in a 1997 interview with Ekaterina Gordeeva.

1997 Primetime Live
Uploaded by Anneliese. – Basketball, baseball, pro wrestling and more sports videos.

Finally, here is my homage, made possible by the talent of Ingrid Michaelson and Sarah Bareilles. And iMovie.

fan art

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Here’s my weird loyalty to Lord of the Rings. I fell in love with this story, it’s so good if you haven’t read the books or watched the movies. Unlike most films that try to turn books into movies, this one actually succeeded. Ok, so, obviously the center piece is the One Ring. I decided to use this icon because it is the what the entire story is based on. I was going to try and do the watchful eye of Sauron, but I wanted to keep it simple. I went with writing the inscription that is on the ring translated into English. The symbol in the right corner is a tribute to the creator: J.R.R. Tolkien. This was his sign that he put on his books and other stories, so since this is a homage to our “obsessions” why not give the guy some credit. In the very right corner of the page is, yea you guessed it, my name in Elvish. This is based on Elvish Tengwar (yes there are other types of Elvish, but that’s a different story).
I wanted to do fan art because I figured I would use my project to my advantage and draw something for my guilty pleasure. So I hope you enjoy yet another video project, in honor of Lord of the Rings.

Songs: Requiem for a Dream
Quotes: Gandalf and Gollum.

Fan Tribute (Assignment 11, Part 2)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

To see the full-sized image, you need to click on it a few times.

Assignment 11 Part 2: Homage

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Apparantly, I do have an obsession: shows revolving around families! In part 1 of the assignment, I blogged about Modern Family. In creating an homage to that show for part 2 of the assignment, I actually created a tribute to TV families from the past several decades. I was going for the feeling of a magazine advertisement (for Modern Family) with the low quality Aviary production below. It looks more like a timeline because of my limited experience with design tools. I guess it could work either way.

I used images of families from popular television shows from the past several decades, coupled with pictures of TV sets from the time frame. I made Modern Family the focus of the ad by actually encircling the larger photo of the cast with the TV at the end. I came up with a slogan and this is the end result!

Here is a pdf for perhaps a better view: Homage to TV Families

Mordor & More

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

For our last creative assignment, I decided to tackle design because it’s something I’m interested in and haven’t really had many opportunities to work with. I was inspired by Boba’s invoice more than anything, and after some initial frustration with learning Corel Photo Paint, I had a lot of fun designing LOTR fan fiction postcards. I’ve added links to the postcards’ counterparts for comparison.

Gondor Postcard


Rivendell Reverse

Doom Postcard

Doom Reverse(Inspiration!)

I’d originally thought I could design some t-shirts, but it turns out making the design fit to the model’s shape is probably more complicated than I can handle right now, so I have to give Braden credit for photoshopping Gollum for me!