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I’ve changed the topic of my video project to Libraries in the Digital Age and I’ve gathered the following YouTube videos as references.



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Our Digital Media II class went to the State of Now 140 conference in Hutchinson, KS.  The conference was essentially about digital media and how it plays a role in small towns.  Our class was there running some video cameras and a telecaster.  I got to work with the telecaster that day for the first time and really enjoyed getting my hands wet.  We had another purpose at the conference as well; we were there of course to absorb what the speakers were saying.

The speaker that I will always remember the most is Patsy Terrell.  The topic of her speech was Nutburgers Unite.  Basically, a nutburger is someone who’s ideas are different from the norm, eccentric if you will.  We’ve all heard the phrase two minds are better than one; well, what if you had a room full of nutburgers and all of them had different ideas?  That is what Patsy discussed in her speech.  She was outgoing and easy to listen to and I honestly could have listened to her talk all day.  As part of our class’s experience, we wanted to interact with some of the speakers and so we interviewed a few during the break for lunch.  Of course we couldn’t resist but to hear Patsy Terrell speak again.  We sought her out and got a few minutes of her time.

Another speaker that I really enjoyed getting to hear is fellow classmate Brian Butters whose speech was Social Media to Kill the Cultural  Stigma.  We are a small class that has been together multiple semesters and I’ve begun to feel less like an individual just trying to pass a required class and more like and individual who is part of a group that is working together and helping one another to achieve our common goals (especially after all of our interaction with each other today outside of class).  When Brian spoke, it was kind of like one of “us” was speaking.  I feel like if one of us can do it, then all of us can do it.  This includes me, but I struggle to believe in myself and thus appreciated Brian’s speech all that much more; thumbs up Brian for putting yourself out there.

The story that resonated with me the most is Carrie Mess’s How One Tweet Turned into Hope During the Drought.   It was an amazingly touching story about Carrie’s desire to help collect hay for farmers in need.  Carrie made a post online stating her plea and the hay started flowing in.   This story really illustrated the power of the internet and the power of God.

I feel that this conference was really beneficial to me.  I can’t really pinpoint it to anything particular about the conference, but ever since it seems like I’ve had a boost of confidence and a lot of good luck has been coming my way.  I would recommend this conference to anyone, especially future Digital Media students.

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For my research project I chose the topic Distance Education and I’ve gathered the following YouTube videos as references.



























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Shot Types


The following are examples of different camera shots taken from Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode Breakdown.  In this episode a man (played by Joseph Cotton) shows no emotion and ridicules those that do.  He gets in a car accident and becomes paralyzed but everyone thinks he is dead.  They take his body to the morgue and the only way to save himself is to show emotion.

Establishing ↑

Wide ↑

Medium ↑

Medium ↑

Medium Close-up ↑

Close-up ↑

Extreme Close-up ↑

Reaction/Reverse ↑

The following are examples of different camera shots taken from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Rope.  Two men kill a classmate and the intelligent professor Rupert Cadell (played by one of my personal favorites Jimmy Stewart) becomes conscious of the truth.

Establishing and Dutch Angle ↑

Wide ↑

Medium ↑

Over-the-Shoulder ↑


The first two following videos are both from master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.  The first is The Lady Vanishes which is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies.  It is about a lady who disappears off a train and no one will admit she was ever on it.  It bears remarkable resemblance to the more contemporary Jodie Foster film Flight Plan.   The second movie is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Rope which some of my stills were taken from.  The third video  is someone’s compilation of their favorite Curly Sue moments.  I was trying to go for an Alfred Hitchcock theme but I had a hard time finding a tilt in his films.  I had a distinct tilt shot pictured in my head though and it came from the classic move Curly Sue starring Jim Belushi.  The scene is when Gray has bought Sue new clothes and cleaned her up; she is admiring Sue ‘s lovely appearance.  Her eyes wonder from Sue’s head all the way down to her feet where she sees that the girl still has on her old sneakers.

Dolly Shot at 32:08 ↑

Pan Shot at 1:05:53 ↑

Tilt at 4:35 ↑


Little House on the Prairie has always been one of my favorite shows and this particular scene comes from the episode titled Back to School Part 2.  This is one of my favorite episodes because it is where Laura meets her future husband Almanzo.  This scene had 24 different shots which gives it an average of eight shots per min and an average shot length that is very close to eight as well.

0:00-0:27 Medium Shot and either Dolly Shot or zoom

0:28-0:32 Establishing Shot

0:33-0:38 Medium Shot

0:39-0:54 Pan Shot

0:55-1:05 Medium and Over-the-shoulder Shot

1:06-1:10 Reaction / Reverse  and Close-up Shot

1:11-1:12 Reaction / Reverse  and Close-up Shot

1:13-1:14 Reaction / Reverse  and Close-up Shot

1:15-1:27 Wide Shot and Pan Shot

1:28-1:42 Medium Shot

1:43-1:46 Medium Shot

1:47-1:52 Wide Shot and Dolly Shot

1:53-2:00 Wide Shot

2:01-2:06 Medium Shot

2:07-2:15 Medium Shot and Tilt

2:16-2:19 Medium Close-up Shot

2:20-2:23  Medium Close-up Shot and Reaction Shot

2:24-2:25 Medium Close-up Shot and Reaction Shot

2:26-2:41 Medium Close-up Shot and Reaction Shot and a little Pan and Tilt

2:42-2:45 Medium Close-up Shot

2:46-2:53 Wide Shot and Pan Shot

2:54-2:57 Medium Shot and Close-up Shot

2:58-3:06 Wide Shot and a very subtle Pan Shot

3:07-3:12 Wide Shot

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Childbook Mashup

This is a cross between If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and Little Shop of Horrors.

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Comments 4 kids

I commented on the following blogs.

10 year old Gracie from Canada


11 year old Clarissa from Arizona


12 year old Isabelle from California


I chose this age range because my oldest daughter falls into it; she’s eleven.  Since taking Digital Media I’ve been considering starting her up with a blog of her own, with exstensive parental supervision of course.  She really wants to put herself out there and she is really artistic and creative.  She loves to draw and write stories.  A blog would be a good way for her to share her work with the world.  I looked at the blogs of this age group to see how and what they were doing with their blogs.  Some of them were doing a really good job.  One of the blogs was from girl who loves to read and she is a huge Harry Potter fan.  Her blog was all about Harry Potter.  As a Harry Potter fan myself I really enjoyed her blog.  She had youtube videos on her blog and she was trying to be interactive by asking question on her blog.  This was a fun experience and I really think I may be revisiting this Harry Potter blog.

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The fist step in my brainstorming was to think what I would want my country to be like.  I thought of our own country and how it was founded on religion.  What I find sad is that now we are the third largest unchurched nation in the world.  How did we get to that?  I find it rather sickening that they are trying to take God out of everything; God is everywhere .

When I think of my country I think of an island, secluded from the rest of the world.  Living on my island are only Christians.  Because God called us all to be messengers we couldn’t just stay on the island forever.  Some of use would have to travel to other countrys to help lead people to Christ.  At that point they would be given the option of joining us on our island.  Children of course would always be welcome on the island but they must become Christians by there 23 birthday.  If not, sadly, they would have to leave.  In the event they did become Christians they would be welcome to come back.

Since my country is based entirely on Christianity, I wanted my flag, stamp, letterhead, and currency to depict that theme.  I named my country Carpenter Holy Nation and on my flag is a picture of Jesus with the words  Carpenter Holy Nation where God is first and we are all brethren in Christ.  I didn’t just pull these words out of a hat they have some meaning.  The church I go to is a Brethren in Christ church and two sundays ago my pastor gave a sermon on prioritizing the right way in which God is first.

When it comes to my flag, I didn’t come up with multiple rough sketches.  I knew what I wanted and I created it.  I love the center of my flag so that I will not change but the background I will probably work on.  I don’t want to redraw Jesus multiple times so I will simply erase and redraw until I get the flag right.  I do however want to make my Jesus look a little more like Jesus; my husband says it looks like the lead singer of Nickleback, I agree.

My dad used to draw this star thing that I can’t exactly remember, but I used that idea when creating my stamp.  For the logo on my letterhead I simply used a combination of the ideas from my flag and my stamp.

I am not at all pleased with my currency and will definately be working on that.  I want to incorporate religious symbols, but I can’t seem to get them right.


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