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Nonfiction & Inquiry

REMIX & RE-PRESENTING

Choose 1 of these or approach me with another idea:

A video of approximately 3 minutes (iMovie or MovieMaker)

A 3 or more page website (NVu or DreamWeaver—if you have it.

A digital historical timeline (VuVox)

A print-based brochure

 

The original writing assignment, a purely text-based piece of writing, was to write a research paper. For this assignment, I want your to "re-present" your RESEARCH papers in a new format. You can choose to take this many directions.


THE CONTENT

Q: Should you cover all 6 pages of your paper in this remix?

A: Think about AUDIENCE. For this remix, your audience might be your classmates, or "all 19-year-olds, or "non-traditional students" or "residents of the Tri-City area." You need to decide exactly who you'd like to reach and how to BEST reach them.

YOUR AUDIENCE: What do they need to know to be informed about your topic? Instead of trying to cover everything in your paper, might you want to give them a list of links “for more information” or “to get involved?” Can you provide them an understanding of your topic and also issue a “Call to Action?” Lastly I ask: How can you make this topic, which is so important to you, equally as important to them? ...how can you "hook" your audience?

 

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS REMIX PROJECTS

ON PLAGIARISM

THE ARGUMENT SONG

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

USING THE TRACKPAD

ALCOHOL: THE US v. THE WORLD

THE LENGTH

This is going to vary. I want a complete project. One that has a start, middle, and end. One that explains “How to,” or one that shows “how you did.” If timed, then I say 5 minute is more than long enough. *Most of these will probably be 3-5 minutes.



THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

*Audience—your audience for this project: Your Classmates. Appeal to them. Teach them.

*Purpose

*Delivery (including: speed, format, contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity. Color. Font.

Use the Guide to Effective Presentations you read as a guide. Think about your design choices.


CITING SOURCES

You MUST cite ALL of your sources.

Whatever works you decide to use MUST be cited. You can make a “credits” section at the end of your project (like they do in the movies) or you can stick with the more scholarly “Works Cited” section – but you MUST list ALL images, music, art ---- anything that you do not create yourself MUST be cited.

This bears repeating…

CITE YOUR SOURCES! …all of them. No matter where you get them. They ALL must be cited: Images, music, etc. Unless you made them yourself, CITE THEM!

“Google” and “Yahoo” and “flickr” are not the owners of any images, it would be like crediting “iTunes” instead of the artist for a song you use! Figure out who owns that photo and give THEM the credit!

CITE. YOUR. SOURCES.

If you use it-cite it.

All of them. CITE. YOUR. SOURCES.



The Steps

STORY BOARDING


Storyboard. This is where it all begins. The first step is to understand what you are trying to communicate and what your intended message is. If you don't understand your message, no one will. Creating a script or storyboard will help ensure that you and your audience understands your intent.


Pre-Production Video with Professor Monkey

http://www.sotherden.com/video101/storyboard.htm


How to Storyboard (technique over content in this one)



DATA MANAGEMENT

IMPORTANT: Keeping track of your files is crucial. Start by making a folder for files that are a part of this project.


A SCRIPT?

Do you need to write a script for a voice-over in your remix? A script to go with your story board? Write one!


The Tools

FINDING THINGS

Where do I get legal images, sounds, media, videos, music?


USE THIS: CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSING

http://search.creativecommons.org/

Search here for materials that are licensed for reuse and use those in your work. The things you’ll find here usually, all you have to do is a “Works Cited” or “attribution” – read their cc license to find out exactly what kind of citation each creator requires.

Creative Commons Search

Nine Inch Nails

cc mixter (for music)

etree @ archive.org (for music)

flickr (for photos)

sprixi (search engine) 

Alternative to Creative Commons Materials

You may also choose to produce things. Perhaps you’ll take pictures or video with your phone and upload it to your own computer then work it or parts of it into your movie or timeline. You can create your own music – check out ccmixter as well.


How do I make an iMovie?

http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/

How do I make a movie in MovieMaker?


How to Make Your 1st Movie with MovieMaker

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/create/1stmovie.mspx


NOTE: You must “PUBLISH” this file. Your working file is NOT a published file! Follow the steps to “PUBLISH” so that you end up with a .wmv file (a file that plays in MediaPlayer).

How do I capture things on my computer as I do them?


IF USING XP: http://www.seoconsultants.com/windows/print-screen/


IF USING MAC OS:

http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/screencapturemac/ht/macscreenshot.htm


IF USING VISTA:

http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-with-the-Snipping-Tool-in-Vista


NOTE: Do a Google search for “How to…” if these tutorials don’t work for you. There’s millions of them out there. Find one that makes sense to YOU!

Besides movies & websites, what could I make?


VuVox (an in-depth timeline)

Dipity (more timelines)


Prezzi (presentation software)

How can I fix or change a photo?


Paint.net (for PCs)


Gimp (*has a high learning curve)


Picnik.com


How do I post to YouTube?


How to post a video to YouTube

HowStuffWorks.com

WikiHow.com

YouTube Video HowTo


How do I make a web page?


NvU & Komposer


Yola.com (drag & drop website creation)

GOOGLE SITES


Free Flash Websites

http://www.wix.com/


What do I do with this project after this course?


Think about submitting it to JUMP (Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects) … read their submission guidelines and submit!



Remember, you can always ask me if you think of another way to produce this assignment; I am ALWAYS open to YOUR ideas. If there is something you want to use but don’t know how: do a Google search for tutorials on it. Some tutorials will be bad, but some will give great step-by-step instructions.


Again,

…RE-PRESENT YOUR RESEARCH

…Tell a story

…Teach me

…Teach others

 

WHAT IF *YOUR* VIDEO WENT VIRAL?????

 

turning this assignment in...

Most of you will simply copy and paste a link and send me the link in the email.