Peer Feedback

I am very happy to watch projects of digital story which from other groups and give the peer feedback.  Overall, I think everyone did a great job, cause I know some of them (just like me) have no any background information about media or social media. I’m impressed about their projects.

1. Difference is beautiful

Trailer was made by Francez, Dominic and Olivia, Difference is beautiful is well, beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqrC2Bo0NTI&feature=share

Strength

  • A really good idea to show the gestures of indian. it very match to the digital story, the ideas was differ from other groups
  • I like the way that they present to us , Using different ways to edit the pictures.The colorful images are full of the indian style, Music is lovely.

Weakness

  • Actually, I can’t understand the gestures in this video, Although it is a trailer, But I think it need to make the meaning of gestures more clear, because most of people could not understand well of indian’s gestures.  Perhaps they can use narrative way to explain the gestures.
  • It may be another way which could appeal audiences attention.

2 Namaste Bharat

This video made by Cici Seven Evey and Caroline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGT3gRqkk0U

This group done a lot of pre-production work, and I think they did a good job on social media strategy, and I really like the blog which they wrote. https://namastebharat2015.wordpress.com/

Strengths:

  • I like the opening of this video, very clear to show the video about what this video are made for. They have some interviewees give some feedback about what they though about India. There is a nice opening of the video which catch audiences eyes.
  • They are good at using Photoshop to edit they images. Nice idea added the pictures when Indian girl do an introduction of indian’s culture

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Weakness

  • The improvement is that they can be more good to be conscious of timing in their edit. I think the footage can be cut more perfectly, I cannot no hear some of the interviewees voices clearly, some of the footages were cut too quickly. May be need more gaps , more silence or more time to ponder. or may be can add subtitles

7 Days of Yoga Video

This blog supplemented with videos is made by Cassie, Shane, Peter and Tessa

https://7daysofyoga.wordpress.com/

Strengths

  • It is interesting to watch these videos, Yoga is a big culture thing of India. It is cool to see them practice yoga in the video.
  • Great colour tone in this video, It makes me feel peaceful when I watch those video, and I think they chose music that complemented very well.
  • The footage which they edit were wonderful, Aesthetically though simple, used different angles to present Yoga, Cassie did amazing poses, all of the poses were perfect and  a good effort from Peter. Looking at those photographs may encourage someone to start learning Yoga.
  • I also like the blog posts that they wrote. I liked the yoga content and also their personal story of yoga.

Weakness

  • They used 7 videos to present their project, it’s thoughtful, But if I were them, I would have put all of the footage together and divided them with words like day one, day two and so on. I like watch the whole video instead of having to scroll the page to find the next video.
  • They could also add some subtitles in the video, to show their feelings when practicing yoga or they could also add some poems to recreate the mood of practicing yoga.

Celestial City 2: produce a digital story

This blog entry will reflect our digital project, I really happy to work with my group members. We discuss all the time and trying to get everyone’s idea. Every group members like to contribute in our project.Finally, we did a great job. We all are new media people in this field,  Not any background information in media or in communication( social media) , So we did a lot of job on searching and figure out the technique skill’s problems. From a small idea, and then keep to  expand the ideas. To be honest, at the beginning I don’t know doing a stop motion which is a huge project for us (4 people), but we both like the lego movies, so we try our best to do a simplify version of lego stop motion.

In the group we had four members( Bronte Danny Stacy and I) At the start of the project, each of us were assigned specific tasks and take own responsibility for the project. I think we collaborated effectively although we alway faced the technique skill problems. However, some of the this was unavoidable because we are new in this field, and those circumstances cannot be figure out in a short-term. For instance, we need to get familiar with the Adobe produce, such as Photoshop, I went to a Photoshop work shop course in our school, But one class was totally not enough to make me feel confident to operate it.

However, we try forcing on everyone’s skills which we already had,and make a list about each members’ jobs

I am good at drawing, so I take responsibility on beautify our project and draw the cover sheet of our project.

Bronte is good at searching and writing a story, so she write the digital storytelling

Danny is good at editing, and it is also the biggest job in this project.

Stacy is focusing on spread out our project, Using social media to display our project, and always provides the good ideas.

Our social media campaign dose not end with the submission of our Course (CMWP) project, But we will keep going on promote this social  media campaign. We built a workplace account of  Facebook and Vimeo, there is a Facebook forum to discuss our project, and very welcome everyone to give some suggestions about our project.  We also used our private social media tools to tweets our project.

Active on Twitter

Active on Instagram.

Check out the links https://vimeo.com/130073432

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theepicjourneylego

Enchanted Ground 3: locative media

The first time move into this house, I saw a 2 cute cats, 

They just like a human baby, they all need care and love. They like people to hug them and hold them like a little baby. So the pussy cats become like this

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sometimes, they need a shoulder to relax. (T.T)

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Or it just laying on you leg.

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It also can be like this. I have not idea about this. To much relaxing (unconsciousness) .

I have created a tag and displayed it at the location,it is “my neighbourhood’ where something interesting happened ”,and I download the QR code.屏幕快照 2015-06-07 下午3.37.48 qrcode.29956327

Trying use Mobile devices to find out this address.

Enchanted Ground 1: Social stories

I using Popcorn Maker do a short video, Popcorn Maker mozilla, learning how to remix web video, audio and images into mashup that you can embed on other websites. because This is first time I use this website, so at the beginning , I am not get used to it. I upload the video from the Vimeo and this video which belong to me. In this website, you can use tool menu to add image, text and popup. SO it is a creative thing which you can make a video on your ways.

It also has some drawbacks, the function is not powerful enough. There are a few options which can pick to beatify your video. And the other thing is that It take long time to upload the image and video(at least in my laptop).

The good thing is you can add various of media in your project such as vimeo youtube soundCloud and Clay, I am trying to unload the video which belong to my laptop, but I didn’t find the right way to do that

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In this project I am doing something relevance to mystery, I trying to use Popcorn Maker to connect with my digital story, using all the images to present this new project. But It’s not that easy to do that .

The theme of this video is about losing and mystery, I used some pictures when we shot in the first class (the black and white one).

I am happy to combination of those pictures and use them to create a new story. My incorporation of a Twitter feed adds more interest to the work.屏幕快照 2015-06-07 下午1.30.37

https://albertguo.makes.org/popcorn/34kt

Enchanted Ground 2: Search Engine Optimisation

How to optimise my SEO

Search engine is essential for improving the website traffic and make you website to be a smart , I did a quick research about the SEO and also found some information about how to add SEO in your website. Check out this link http://nathalielussier.com/blog/seo/wordpress-seo-how-add-seo-any-wordpress-site This is a quick and easy video that takes you through how to add some SEO juice to any WordPress site .

what is Search Engine Optimisation ?

I think that Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results – often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results. It means that it can help to improve you website traffic, In addition, If you’re not optimizing your wordpress site for search engines, your competitors will be the ones that show up first and thus get the business. (if you running a business)

I want to Add the SEO in my website and I follow the video to search how to add the SEO in my web. The first challenge is I can’t find the ‘Plugins’ . The some tips say that look on left hand side of your WordPress dashboard, there will be a little arrow that you can click on the word’Plugins’ to show the Add Plugin’ button.

There are steps of add SEO in your wordpress.

As I mention before the link which can show you the clear step to add the so in you website.

Upload the worfpress the SEO folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory

go to add new – add plugins- go search and type ‘all the one seo’ and then go to All the one SEO Pack, install it . Just fellow the step of the video, you can add the SEO in your website.屏幕快照 2015-06-06 下午11.58.36屏幕快照 2015-06-06 下午11.58.43

Bridge-less river 2: website data

The first , I am trying to use Google Analytic(New thing for me ) to do some research about website data, unfortunately, It dose not work, and I try serval time, but the results were same, my be my Gmail account have some problems, But I not decided to create new account for it. In this blog entry , I think the main thing to write this blog entry is that learning how to increase the website traffic on your own web.屏幕快照 2015-06-06 下午2.42.40

So I did a quick search in Google about how to improve the WordPress traffic  and they have some really good suggestions

The link by  Tom Ewer(http://www.wpexplorer.com/increase-traffic-wordpress-website/)  he gives some tips of improving the website traffic. I search about the demographics that are viewing website. The truth thing is that the people are just out there, but how to find them and subsequently getting them to you website is another thing altogether.

Improving Traffic To The Website

1.You should know who are your audience.

This is extremely useful information to increase you blog traffic. If I have to divide into two groups, I will do female and male. For example, when you write a blog entry, you can think about who is you audiences,  one ideas to attract female attention is that writing blog and get the topic which trend to interest women, such as travel, magazine shopping and food. Those content is important way to appeal women’s attention.

2. Beatifying your website,

I have to say, if you website is beautiful and delicate enough, it can catch the audience eyes in the first time.

Check out this link http://www.inkthemes.com/wp-themes/ you can customize you own website and choose one of the themes you interested.

3.Organizing your Schedule Posts in WordPress

(http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/schedule-your-posts-in-WordPress/)  There is a certain time in a day when each site gets the peak of their users. Now if you live in a different time zone than your readers, then it can be a problem.’

I’m happy to do this post in the internet, because I didn’t realize this aspect of improving the website traffic.

This is my website data:

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Doubting castle 2: flipped lecture

This post will look at some knowledge on digital Drawing Techniques, I am confident with Drawing But not in Digital Drawing techniques, I hope I can learn some useful skill in Jenny’s lecture(http://geniwate.com/?p=1395) and use those knowledge  to improve our digital storytelling project.

The lecture gives me lot of information about digital drawing. For instance, the lecture gives a great summary about bitmap, Lenny gives an image to show what is different about Vector and Raster.

Vector drawing is clean, precise, and it can look somewhat inhuman’   I have to say , those thing is totally new for me. A great thing is that if drawings are part of an animation, we probably choice vector drawing, because in Lenny’s blog, she mentions that ‘ images are more manipulable because they don’t lose quality at different resolution.’ but vector drawing is a little less ‘Natural’ But it is still a good way to simple adjust the resolution.屏幕快照 2015-06-05 下午4.43.23

Lenny gives some links about to help with digital drawing, However, I am very beginner about those skills, so I think those links are great, but I think some very basic links such as how to start a digital drawing  and show me how to use those tools.

So I did a quick research on Google, ‘How to draw a simple shape in Gimp or Photoshop, there are some links are very useful for people who are beginner on digital drawing (like me)  I found some link which are teach people you use gimp http://emptyeasel.com/2008/08/22/how-to-draw-simple-shapes-in-gimp-using-the-pen-tool/  in this lecture by Margot Dinardi. Margot gives very clear step how to use the tools of GIMP to draw a ‘heat’. It is different when I’m using Photoshop to draw a digital drawing.

In addition, I also found some video to teach me how to draw a basic shapes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MbCjYgrCEc Although this video is teaching very basic like Circle , square , Rectangle and Oval, but it has useful information which I can learn on it.

Check out theses link about Photoshop, https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/drawing-shapes.html because as a beginner of Photoshop, I’m alway forget to create a new layers and hope this link can remind me how important to create layers when I use Photoshop to edit images.

Because our digital story is simplifying way of stop motion, and I also draw a cover picture about our project, but I not used digital way to draw on it. I think I can use photoshop to beautify my picture. The challenge is that we cannot use digital drawing to draw every thing, I mean, if I am good at using those technology, I probably use those skills to present our project but unfortunately the technique problem is a big challenge.  Another challenge is that you have an image in your mind that is both hard to verbalize or draw by hand.

Doubting Castle 4 Practice Ied Research

My group digital story is about lego stop motion.Whereas, this a huge work for a group only by 4 people. The key challenges is time and technique problems. If we do a thing like lego movies, it gonna take us a huge time to finish the project even just 2 minutes video so it is hard enough to organize my group members to do subject together. We both have not any animation skills. So it’s hard for us to learn a new thing without tutors who is an expert in this area.

One way we tried to overcome this issue was by dividing the roles of different tasks, I mean because we cannot meet each other regularly. We trying to make the division of tasks and responsibilities for every one.

A quick research of Google about stop motion, and there are a lot of information on the internet about stop motion or animation but, I can’t find any stop motion which are specific relevance with our project. Meanwhile, the comments are alway said , it need to take thousands photo to complete it. But obviously, we have no much time to do it. In addition, this is traditional way to make a stop motion, I did some academic search. According to Tom Gasek (2013) ‘Any animation is hard work, and you do not want to waste anyone’s time and energy. Creative ideas need to be drafted and carefully honed to impress any audience these days. We are a visual storytelling society, and much more discerning about filmmaking language than any time before. Having a good idea and an interesting way of telling it gains and holds an audience’s attention, and that is good communication.’

The author inspired me, because our change is time and technique problems, and actually I really anxiety on technique problems but the author give a author way to overcome these problems. Creative ideas may be help us to cover those problems,( just in this stage). and we also not waste group members time to think about technique problems .

Gulp. The world’s largest stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8. from Nokia HD on Vimeo.

I also came across the video call Gulp. 

The world’s largest stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8 by Sumo Science on searching Jenny’s blog (via the RSS feeds ) and feel a bit more confident about our project. Although in this blog, I didn’t found the processing of making a stop motion. Those stop motion works look more completed and gracefully delicate. It’s our goal to do a stop motion like this.

 Reference

Tom Gasek 2013 ‘Frame by Frame Stop Motion’  publisher Focal Press http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.ezproxy.lib.rmit.edu.au/book/animation-and-3d/9780240817286 January 17 .

The Interpreter’s house 5: Audience research

Making a clear target audience is imperative thing to social media campaign. Even we are just beginning of our social media campaign. Our digital story is about stop motion, or Indian stop motion, we already staring to do some search of our target audiences.  This blog entry will give a  study about social media facts and Statistics.

A study undertaken by Jeff Bullas ( http://www.jeffbullas.com/2015/04/08/33-social-media-facts-and-statistics-you-should-know-in-2015/ ) emphasizes the mobile the prevalence of social media in 2015.  The survey found that 

  • There are just over 3 billion active Internet users (45% of the world’s internet users
  • Nearly 2.1 billion people have social media accounts                                                            
  • 3.65 billion mobile users have access to the internet via smartphones and tablets.   

    The other survey shows that online adult 71% use Facebook, 23% use Twitter and 26% use Instagram.((http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/social-networking-fact-sheet/) by Pew Research Center.

    Although our project are specific about indian, but I believe that stop motion is international. this topic is unlimited for any country’s audiences.

    There are lager number of people use social network everyday. Such as Twitter and Facebook. we can do hashtag in twitter and Instagram and make a forum in Facebook, People can use mobile phone to find out some thing they are interested in.

    Overall  the empirical evidence suggests that we are on the right way with using Facebook and Twitter for our social media campaign. Instagram should also as an another way to  promote our digital story because both Western and Asian people are very active users of social media.

                 

Doubting castle 1: Flipped lecture

The lecture (http://geniwate.com/?p=3832)

is a very basic introduction to the image editing software Photoshop and, Gimp.

Gimp As free software, I never use this software before and to be  honest I have no idea about this software,  but  the introduction of Gimp from Lenny’s lecture  It is remarkably powerful. The only drawback is that it is tendency to hide dialogue boxes behind working windows.

Free download Gimp from here

http://www.gimp.org/

I did a quick research about Gimp. It  is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. I think the best thing of this software is Free. I also search about the different between Gimp and Photoshop

http://designinstruct.com/opinion/photoshop-alternative-gimp/ The primary difference between GIMP and Photoshop is the price.Gimp is absolutely free and open source software. The other different is Linux user and non-Linux user.

In the Jenny’s blog, she clearly introduce how to work on Gimp and Photoshop, the one thing motioned in the lecture is that how to safe the file, ‘Saving is more complex’. I know there are some different format of images ( png and gif and pdf etc ). but the one thing not mentioned in the lecture is that what different  types of format, such as PNG was designed for transferring images on the Internet, not for professional-quality print graphics, and therefore does not support non-RGB color spaces such as CMYK and  PDF is good format for printing. and it alway embedded documents on pages, but it is not offers used for images on the website.

Layers are the most important concept in editing images. ‘Any action which edits the actual image requires you to work with layers. If you don’t work with layers and do something you later want to undo , you may be able to undo’ by Lenny. I had similar experiences when I beginning use Photoshop to edit images, it is so annoying when I forget to make layers.

The other thing not mentioned about layers is that Photoshop provided different layers style and some layers is Free as well. http://inspirationfeed.com/freebies/750-free-photoshop-layer-styles/   people also can download layers from this website.