— fengshui

April, 2012 Monthly archive

Make a two minute video featuring the best/fave moments in ds106.

Oh man I’m going to miss doing these assignments.. I feel like I’ve learned a lot but can still sharpen up my video skills. So in this assignment, I’ve decided to go all out by adding as many special effects as I possibly can without “over-doing” it. I gave it my best shot. I borrowed existing media from online ds106 sources, so I guess this video can also be categorized in the remixed assignments.  Here it is! Enjoy 🙂

Update:// I made some edits so as to meet the minimum 2 minutes. This should work!


sources: inspire, photography, emre5807, folley

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I’m not sure when I figured out what I wanted to do for my final project, but the main inspiration behind it came with the idea of blogging daily creates. At the end of each week, we are to blog at least three daily creates, and so I integrated that process to blogging about my mood for each day, provided with pictures that depict how I feel. At first I wanted the pictures to do all the talking and telling but then I unconsciously start summarizing my day and what I did. So pretty much I had 7 days a week’s worth of my life at Mary Washington, compressed to a blog post. A few weeks going into the final project, I had ambivalent feelings of keeping my diary “interesting,” but that quickly disappeared as I saw comments from Brian, Emily, James, and Prof. Groom. Honestly I’ve never written/typed so much in a diary, let alone a digital diary for a set amount of weeks. So scanning through blog post after blog post, I finally start to see my final project come to life. This diary also gives me a chance to be creative and artsy with photography that I found compelling since the beginning of the photography chapter in ds106 (actually, since ever.) I’m kind of a big fan of photography in general. 

Similar to a notebook diary, a digital diary is just another mode for storytelling. The process of constantly sharing, photographing, sympathizing, and creating is to form something that the majority of people can either relate or understand. This is my story. 

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Sunday, April 22

It is rainy and cloudy outside and I’ve got a set of other problems — homework, studying, and presentations all coming up too soon. I have already created two more assignments which I will later complete with my own take on the assignments. A friend gave me a ride to the bank of america ATM to deposit a refund check; came back, did some homework, and went to the library to finish researching for a presentation on Tuesday. Sadly, I left my umbrella back home (Nova) so I had to walk in the rain with my hoodie up. I came back to my dorm, revised an English essay and played some fruit ninja before studying for Biology. I’m also feeling a little hot on the head recently and that’s definitely not a good sign…


rain shower. what a lovely sight.


this was not taken on my account.



Saturday, April 21

From 10 in the morning till 2pm, SHH held a car wash fundraiser behind chick-fil-a. A couple people held up posters alongside the road for cars to see and the rest were either waiting for cars to wash or in the process of cleaning cars. In the end of the day, we made a total of ~$250, which is not so bad for standing outside for 4 hours. We came back to campus and had lunch. Then I watched some Avatar and took a little nap (but not really).



doggy in the fountain?!




tired from car wash

Friday, April 20

Today started off with a very “dreamy floating” day quoted from Alan Levine’s daily create photo. I was very spacey and procrastinated on work, but eventually I got them done. I scheduled a meeting at the writing center, posted SHH scavenger hunt fliers on buildings, inquired Mary Washington hospital, and studied for a little bit. Then I had dinner with James and watched some anime before doing some homework. Some of my friends came over to James’ apartment and we all watched some TV show.





Thursday, April 19

Oh man, I’ve been so so tired but that doesn’t mean work goes away by itself. But I took a long 3 hours nap today! I feel a little better after waking up but still drowsy. 🙁 I went to class and then had lunch, went to James’ apartment to watch some Avatar before going back to my dorm and studying before IV large group. And.. that’s pretty much it.

Wednesday, April 18

Running on a tight schedule under a rainy/windy day. Went to classes, came back and did some homework before lunch, and then went to visit and see a friend’s house that I will be renting this summer. Then went to Lee to take care of a financial aid document for next year. After, I went back to my dorm, gathered my books and laptop and headed over to the library to meet with a friend for a presentation project coming up. I came back to my dorm, had dinner in a little bit, and went to small group bible study. Now I am back at my dorm and studying for finals. PHEW. 

rainy walkway


trying to be artsy.

Tuesday, April 17

Woke up, went to Monroe to print my paper, went to class, took my biology lab test, had lunch, chilled for 2-3 hours before dinner, dinner @ BCM, went to ds106 class, then to Sweet Frog, SHH meeting, and finally back home. Trouble Tuesdays.


eagle swoop?



Sweet Frogg





I love clouds

Monday, April 16

Spent the day cramming on last minute english paper and studying for my biology lab test for tomorrow. AHHHH!!

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Here is my third video tutorial. Enjoy! 🙂

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TDC103 image: Take a picture of a word or sign that represents the kind of day you’re having.

moose w/ moostache

TDC101 image: Take a photo in which a mirror is a major element.


TDC100 image: It’s the 100th Daily Create – Create a photo representing this number.

Representing 100th daily create

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TDC97 image: Take a photo of a bumper sticker; what is the relation to the vehicle it’s on? 

South of the Border. The owner of the vehicle might reside in the southern states?

bumper sticker

TDC95 image: Take a photo from behind someone’s head looking at something.

fb, huh?

TDC93 image: Make a hat and tiny eyes photo

hat   tiny eyes, literally

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Sunday, April 15

It’s so HOT outside! My parents came today and brought me homemade food along with summer clothes and a passport for financial aid purposes. In return, I packed a suitcase of winter clothes and other materials that I no longer need for the rest of the semester. We briefly talked about what I will be doing during the summer and how life is back home for them. Then they left as my friends came to get me for dinner. I wish they would stay longer though because I have missed them :(. But then again there’s only two more weeks of school left till summer and I’ll be back home for two weeks until summer classes commence. For now, I’ll just worry about finals and applying for summer volunteering at Mary Wash Hospital. Taking things one step at a time…



so artsy fartsy


why so down?



hey James whatcha doing? 😉

Saturday, April 14

I woke up to what sounds like an incoherent mash of loud, deep bass, sappy kids playing outside, drums, instrumental music, and an echo-y speaker with his/her mic turned up all the way. Needless to say, it was not pleasant. But this is multicultural fair which happens every year during Springtime. I have just completed my final 6 stars, so a total of 15/15 stars for the week. I still have much homework to do in other classes but for now I think I will contribute to the in[SPIRE] page and listen/watch to everythingisaremix video before heading out to join in the fair event. I wish I had stayed at the fair but I went to James’ apartment to watch Avatar instead. Then came back to my dorm to finish up assignments. But I took pictures of the fair so at least I was there.. for a brief moment. 



Moon bounce!!


Friday, April 13

It’s Friday but it feels like Wednesday, or Thursday. And it’s the 13th… but I don’t believe in that superstitious stuff. Anywho, I went to classes, came back, and got a remix assignments done. I had dinner with SHH at the CCC (Christian Community Church?) and now I am being productive and knocking down some homework at a friend’s dorm. At 7pm, I went to the Awake tour playing at Ball Circle that was hosted by the prayer furnace. I was fortunate enough to witness a powerful wave of worship among students and members of the Fredericksburg community, and listened to a testimony preached by a distinguished member of the prayer furnace. I am so lucky to be part of a huge movement of intercession and worship. Here are some pictures and a video. 🙂 

blinding light

campus at sunset
campus at sunset

singing & worshipping
the awakening tour!

more worship

singing & worshiping

"the awakening"

Thursday, April 12

A pretty relaxing day. I had a little nail polish party with some friends, punctuated with some of our favourite Korean pop music. Later, I watched some Avatar with James. I’m kind of stoked for the weekend because I’m really looking forward to the Video Games Olympics that I will attend. 🙂 Not that I’m good at video games at all.. but I have been wanting to play DDR or Dance Dance Revolution! Also, there’s the Multicultural Fair to look forward to. I am super excited! 


Anne is concentrating really hard on polishing her nails..


Gradient from blue to green.


Gradient from red to purple.


Ta-daa! You dig? I do.


Jojo is using a mocha coffee bottle cap in essence for painting her nails. It’s kind of a new technique.


Yay colours!


Wednesday, April 11

I received full marks on my Bio presentation!! Woooo. That brightened up my day a heck of a lot more. Anyway, my schedule ran like it normally would. I had classes in the morning till 2pm. After classes, I enjoyed and a had a nice conversation with one of my Bio group members at Sweet Frog. She is the kindest, motivational, and humble girl I have ever met. Just being in her presence makes me feel a whole lot ..how should I say, enlightened? Even her ethnicity is special. Maybe I’m exaggerating it a little but I’m just fortunate to have met someone like her. She makes me want to become a better person. That’s the best way I can put it that wouldn’t sound weird, I guess. So yeah, we had Sweet Frog, it was wonderful, and then we went to Giant to buy me some milk & cereal. I went back home and did some “homework.” Then I watched Avatar the Last Air bender at James’ casa because we’re cool like that. And that pretty much summed up my day. 



Tuesday, April 10

There was a fire alarm at 3am in the morning in Willard which alarmed and angered me because I was already fast asleep and had a class at 8am the next day. We were already through with fire drills and I overheard someone had set off a real fire and that this is not a drill, but fortunately, that’s not the case. One of the RA’s said the fire alarm was triggered by a heat pump(?) and it may be occur again. Cross my fingers and hope for a restful night. Besides that, the weather has just been so wonderful lately. I had a Biology presentation today that went really well and received full marks on it :). And we finished dissecting a fetal pig but I’ll spare the atrocity of it all. After morning classes, I napped a bit (but not really) outside with friends. Then I had dinner, ds106 class, and SHH meeting. Now I’m back home and getting ready to do some reading. See ya!

Monday, April 9

Homework, homework, homework. What can I say?

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I am late on this blog post which should’ve been posted last week but it’s never too late to start blogging! Having finished watching all four videos of Everything Is A Remix, I am pretty neutral on the central idea of taking an existing material to produce something new. I think it’s part of the movement that people are always trying to create something new by copying and transforming an existing material. I think that’s how people expand on their creativity. Ferguson’s second video of Everything Is A Remix is quite an eye-opener. It’s so fascinating how he draws out all the derivative movies such as Star Trek films, Friday the 13th films, and James Bond movies. I knew there were many renditions of movies but not as many as the ones that were illustrated in the video. The third video really made me think. Ferguson narrated the underlying principle that scientific inventions were also a part of the remix movement. Ferguson introduced the notion of science as “a continual line of invention by many different people.” The way he approached this idea by implementing science as a remix is in a way mind-shattering to me because I have grown up learning and re-learning that Henry Ford did invent the automobile and Thomas Edison did invent the first light bulb. But one thing I now know for sure is these were the first people to make scientific advancements and improvements on the pre-existing materials, thus remixing played a major part during the Industrial Revolution.

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Remix value: 6 stars!

Original Assignment: Minimlist Travel Posters Based in Movies created by Jim Groom
Create a minimalistic travel poster for a location in film, TV series, etc. Look at these awesome examples using the various locations in the original Star Wars trilogy: http://screenrant.com/sr-pick-minimalist-star-wars-travel-posters-robf-44551/

Remix card: Pollack Style 

Take any assignment and introduce the visual elements of a Jackson Pollack painting (good luck with audio, use your creativity!).

I used Danielle Minter’s spooky beauty and the beast travel poster into a pollack style painting, or so I attempted. The site for Jack’s  Pollack paintings gave forth many ideas of what style I want the remix poster to look like. I decided to create a haunted and abandoned castle in addition to the already spooky effect. To do this I would use the sketchy, trail, and sticky pencil type tools on pixlr. Then I used the pinch tool and sharpen tool on the wording for a subtle dramatization effect. Lastly, I used the spot heal tool on the edges of the castle for an even spookier look. A wild idea formed in my head as I finished up this assignment. I thought maybe I could give life to the castle by making it into an animation and adding audio, but I realized that I don’t have Photoshop. It would be really neat to hear and see the lightning strike, and I’m sure that would ignite fear or any other raw emotion in a few people. But I hope you enjoy the remix as is! 🙂 15/15 stars! 

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Remixed value: 5 stars

Success for completing another remix assignment!! I’m getting the hang of this and I’m loving the results.

Original Assignment

Cropped Signs created by cogdog

We think of creation as addition, but there is a form of creation by deletion (e.g. Newspaper Blackout poetry http://newspaperblackout.com/) In this assignment, you need to change, alter, enhance the meaning of a sign by cropping out parts of it. This should be doing in camera, but could also be done in post- crop out, but do not photoshop in any extras. Also, be sure to describe in you caption or blog post what the original sign said. For the example below, the sign said “No Canada Tennis Parking” but by removing the last word, it makes it sound more like a radical anti-tennis call for action.

Remixed with “Turn up the Cheese”: Use the worst, over the top design elements in an assignment. Use Arial or Papyrus fonts, green and pink colors, sappy music to make an assignment be the epitome of badness (not the good kind of bad).

I just realized that I have done the previous remix assignment wrong, so I will correct and redo this assignment instead. I am too proud of my first “remix” assignment so I will leave it as is. I browsed through the examples of cropped signs and stumbled upon this innovative designed sign. So I opened the image onto pixlr and used clone stamp tool by copying the background color to remove the words. Then I added the same text but with a different font — papyrus, as suggested in the instructions. The top elements I manipulated to create this distorted effect upon the sign were: hue & saturation, invert, solarize, and and posterize. I am pretty pleased with the remixed sign, although it would have been more pleasing and admirable if I had kept it. Actually, I might just as well show my own cropped image and remix since I did put work and effort into making it.

Original Sign:

Remixed Sign:

My own sign:

Remixed sign: I wouldn’t say it looks completely distorted.. it does look pretty BA, if I don’t say so myself ;).

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Remixed value: 4 stars

This assignment was SO much fun and amusing. I didn’t get a chance do one of these fat cat assignments before my stars filled up so I took this opportunity to do it.

Original Assignment: Fat Cats make Art Better created by Annie Belle
Using this site: http://fatcatart.ru/category/klassy-ka/ as a platform for ideas, and using Photoshop (or something like it) as your tool, place a fat cat into a photo of a classic art piece. The goal is to make it convincing: make the art become on with the cat. 

Most of all, enjoy! :0) And remember, fat cats make art better. 

Remixed with “Yo Mamma”: Give an assignment a sassy Yo Mama Joke flavor “Yo Mama’s GIF is so slow it looks like a still image”

Inspired by the website Annie Belle provided, I searched and found a Michelangelo painting titled The Creation of Adam using Google images. Unfortunately, my Adobe Photoshop CS5 trial expired so I tried re-downloading it using a different email which failed. Luckily, I found this cool photo editor called pixlr via this person’s blog that features almost the same functions as PS CS5. It was really easy to use and maneuver. I opened the image onto the website and opened the fat cat as a new layer. I then used the eraser tool to erase the background and edges of the cat. Then I used the clone stamp tool to adjust the fat cat’s skin (or fur) tone with the two men in the painting. Lastly I used the sponge tool to saturate and desaturate the colour on the cat’s fur for a more plausible appearance. After editing, I saved the image and opened up cheezburger to give the picture a “Yo Momma” caption.  I was indecisive whether or not to use the phrase “Yo Momma” or “Yo Cat” for the caption, but after a while of earnest thinking, I decided to use the “Yo Cat” since it sounds a lot more attractive. I used this website for a funny “Yo Momma” joke inspiration and ended up using one of its jokes instead: “Yo Cat is so fat she fell in love and broke it.” Enjoy 🙂 

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Sunday, April 8 

Happy Easter!! My family doesn’t really celebrate this traditional holiday but I do because it holds religious significance for me. Anyway, I woke up spent the day chilling and doing homework at James’ apartment. (once again…) 





Saturday, April 7

Woke up at 11:30am! Spent the day at James’ apartment working real hard on these video/mashup assignments. So far I have completed 22 stars for weeks 9-11. 8 more stars to finish by Sunday! Oh I also made a little adventure to the newly constructed Sweet Frog right by Giant. 


Stumbled upon this pretty little stream on my way to seaco.



Mary Wash is so beautiful in the spring.


I’m addicted and I just can’t get enough..

Friday, April 6

Wait what… today’s Friday? Guess I’ll spend it working on ds106 video assignments. 🙂 

Thursday, April 5

Today has been a relatively productive and fun day. I had a study party with a friend, went to noodles & company for dinner, studied some more, and watched… Teen Wolf with friends because I don’t watch that kind of show alone. 


I always love this little river(?) that flows below the bridge to the nest.



My favorite spot on campus so far. I love walking through this bridge (or whatever you want to call it). I can admire the river on the left and lovely bushes and leaves on the right. Of course I had to edit the picture to create this nature-y effect that really brings out the true beauty of this scene.


we are being really productive… really. 🙂


Captured inside a moving car, on our way to noodles & company.


Yeah, we finished everything. No big deal.


besties #4life.


how cute. playing VIDEO GAMES.


Wednesday, April 4

The weather’s been treating me very well today. So how can I not take a picture today? I hope it stays wonderful the rest of the week because I definitely need something to look forward to besides all these tests and assignments due. 




Tuesday, April 3

Read, study, homework, life problems, etc etc etc.

Monday, April 2

I have been very productive today. I registered for Fall 2012 classes, studied for upcoming bio test, studied for upcoming health test, and researched a bit on nursing programs. I also plan on taking summer classes for my intended major. I count today as a good day. 🙂 

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Last 5 stars! 30/30

Synopsis: For this assignment, select scenes from 3-5 movies. These scenes should represent scenes that changed your life or made some sort of dramatic, traumatic, lasting, or emotional impact on you. When you have selected those scenes, create a video that shows the scenes and includes audio/video of you describing what it is about the scene that made a significant impact on you, what you are fond of about the scenes, what scares you, what you remember thinking when you were a child, etc. Feel free to be liberal in your interpretation of the instructions. Keep in mind, however, that the primary point is to recall 3-5 movie scenes that have made a lasting impact on you (whatever the reason for that impact may be.) When you are finished, upload the video to your blog, and, If you are inspired, expand on the reasons why you connect with the specific scenes in your video. Check out an example here: http://blog.rossannamarie.me/movie-scenes/

I knew I had to do this video assignment because I just have a mental archive of a lot of great, inspiring, and emotional movies I have ever seen. There were just too many awesome films, but I went with the top three that first popped in my head. In my video, I talked about The Time Traveller’s Wife, Toy Story 3, and Ip Man. At first I tried to keep the video short but I didn’t want to chop out too many sections of a scene because I was afraid the fluidity and sequence would be lost. I’m pretty confident eight minutes wouldn’t really bore anyone since these are scenes are pretty darn appealing. Let me know what you think! 

Movie Scenes that Changed our Lives from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

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TDC90 image: Create an interesting photo that includes looking through one object to see another. 

looking through one object to see another

TDC88 image: Take a photo that includes repeating geometric figures. 



TDC86 image: Draw love. 

love is everywhere

"love is everywhere"

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Synopsis: How much of a story can you tell in a 1 second video? Inspired by this:http://vimeo.com/32071937

I am really intrigued by these 1 second, 5 second, 30 second video assignments. They’re quick and fun. I couldn’t really think of an inspiring late night 1 second story but I think it’s pretty much self-explanatory once you watch this video. By the way, the person in this video is none other than James Cruz. 🙂 1 star

P.S. I did make some enhancements on the video for brightness because it looks so dark, but I don’t think it really made much of a difference. But if you couldn’t tell what’s going on, it’s James rolling around on the floor.

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Synopsis: Make a supershort, 5-second film; basically enough time for one gag, bit, or joke. See examples (ALERT: Not G-rated, generally) athttp://5secondfilms.com/. Or alternatively, try your hand at creating a 5 second version of a major movie.

Whooot 5 second film. Featured in this video is James playing an xbox game called Halo with his roommate (I didn’t include James’ roommate but you can hear him). Every weekend (I would like to say every other day) James would play Halo with his roommates and since he was playing tonight, I thought it would be a good idea to record him for this assignment. I think Halo’s the epitome of gag since it’s just not very appealing to me. (but James would argue otherwise) 3 stars

P.S. Only 5 more stars left till I reach 30 stars!! 🙂

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Synopsis: Take a favorite cartoon or anime like show, take some clips, mash them together and add music to it. Try to pick out a specific theme in your clips that follow the theme of the music. Keep an eye out for changes in the music and plan your clips accordingly.

For examples check out youtube and type in “AMV”, or look at this one.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8vvTQDrPec

At first glimpse of this assignment, I became super excited to do it. I knew the exact anime I wanted to use — Full Metal Alchemist. There were just too many awesome scenes and characters that I could use for a music video. Of course I would use sound tracks and OST’s from the actual anime because it sounds best when the audio were from the anime. I went on Youtube to find the scenes I wanted to incorporate along with its sound tracks. Then I went on keepvid to download the videos and vidtomp3 to download the sound track. I opened MPEG and imported the videos to remove all audio before opening it on windows live movie maker. Here is where I have been having some major computer issues. 

So I opened WLMM and began trimming and editing videos. 30 minutes into editing and an error bar about to windows live movie maker popped up. I ignored it but then all of a sudden a blue screen popped up with a warning label explaining that my laptop has crashed and restarted itself. I was so frustrated because I didn’t save any of my work but thankfully, I wasn’t too far into the editing process and I knew what I was doing. However, the second time before my laptop crashed again, I was working on my music video and I noticed the top screen looked a little weird. There appeared to be some squiggly lines and it looked like there was some system malfunctioning going on. That was the precursor to the blue screen appearing and my laptop crashed again (but this time I saved my video). Now I fear that every time I use my WLMM, my laptop will crash. So I guess I’ll finish the rest of my work on James’ laptop (which will be hard for him because he also needs to work on his 15 stars). I’ll update more details later. 

video & sound track sources: clip 1,  clip 2, clip 3clip 4, clip 5, clip 6, sound 1



I actually cut out a lot of scenes and sound tracks. The video was supposed to turn out 6 minutes long but I decided to cut down to half, 3 minutes. Nobody wants to listen to a 6 minute video (and plus, most of the songs were sad and gloomy) and the video was dragging too long. To help with transitioning from a sound track to another, I faded the music to ‘medium’ to make the sound flow more smoothly. I am a lot more familiar with WLMM now than when I first accessed it, which helps a lot because now it’s easier to make revisions. Anyways, here you go! 4 stars

FMA music video from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

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Synopsis: Take your favorite movie trailer and mash it up with a different trailer to completely change the meaning of the original trailer. For example, if you have a funny movie trailer, give it the sound of a terrifying movie; or vice versa. You may need to clip the audio or the visual, use imovie and audacity to cut the clips to give you what you need. Good luck!

Here we go… Honestly it never crossed my mind that this 5 star video assignment would take me such a short amount of time to finish. But I did. It was really difficult to come up with two movies that would provoke a different response when combined. I went through other peoples’ works, trying to figure out the best way to approach this assignment. After watching a couple of videos, a spark of idea came to me. I was inspired by Alan Levine’s Driving Groovy mashup. I realized an aspect to creating a successful mashup is to find a key element evident in both trailers. I went back on Youtube and searched for The Little Mermaid trailer (because it’s my all time favourite disney film). I noticed the theatrical element was apparent in the trailer, so I brainstormed some other theatrical movies and Glee popped up. Of course Glee is known as one of the most popular theatrical/musicals in the TV world so it sounds logical to pair them both. I also thought the song best matches the trailer because it relates to the theme of youth and ignorance. 

Process: I downloaded the Little Mermaid trailer using keepvid and the song “We Are Young” (Glee version) from vidtomp3. Then I opened MPEG and stripped audio from The Little Mermaid trailer. I opened the trailer onto windows live movie maker and so began the long process of video editing (or so I thought). Who would’ve thought the song easily aligned with the video. Of course not all parts of the lyrics harmonized with the visuals, but for the most part, there was fluidity. I rearranged and trimmed 4 parts of the clip to best align with the lyrics and even slowed the speed of the video on some sections. These tools were used all to create a sense of fluidity and coherence. I am pleased with the outcome of my work but I feel that it would have been a greater achievement if I used two completely opposing themes and trailers. Still, I hope you enjoy my mashup, and please comment if you like it! 🙂 Thanks. 4 stars

The Little Mermaid & Glee Mashup from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

sources: “We Are Young” & The Little Mermaid trailer

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Synopsis: Create a five second video of one archetype from five different movies cutting together one second of each. Examples could include: Prisoners, Thieves, Beauty Queens, Kings, Robin Hoods, James Bonds, Bank Robbers, Assassins, Bad Boys, Kung Fu Masters, Femme Fatales, Sports Heroes, High School Bullies, Rogue Police Officers, Brainiacs, Pregnancies, Principals, Mean Teachers, InspirationalTeachers, Gunslingers, Gangsters, Monsters, Bartenders, Warrior Princesses, Swordsman, Knights, Mad Scientists, Nerd Girls, Obstructive Bureaucrats, Sidekicks, Wise Old Men, Hardboiled Detectives, Tough Coaches, Swooning Ladies. Check out an example here: http://www.michaelbransonsmith.net/blog/2012/03/26/dollhouse-of-nerd-girls/

For this video assignment, I chose to make a compilation of disney princess villains from five different films. First I used keepvid to download the scenes where the villain’s true colours are unleashed. It took me about an hour to decide whether or not to remove the audio and provide background music. But I settled on using the original audio because it took too long to think of a song that would fit with the scenes. I then went into windows live movie maker to cut the specific scenes, keeping in mind the one second mark of each scene. I think anyone can agree that cutting each scene down to a second is probably the hardest, if not, one of the hardest part of this assignment. The trim tool is my best friend. It aided all problems I had with cutting out a specific scene. I tried my best aiming for the 5sec mark (got down to 6secs!), but I think I did a decent job since splicing down to 5 seconds is kind of tough. I really enjoyed playing with this video assignment. Hope you like it! 🙂 3 stars!


I thought it was pretty clever to end the last second with Princess Aurora following the evil green light, as if exiting the scene.

Disney archetypes from Feng Chen on Vimeo.

Also, from now on, I will upload video assignments to Vimeo since Youtube banned my first “copyright infringement” video.

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I know I have been slacking on the video assignments, given that the date has been extended to finish 30 stars for weeks 9, 10, and 11. Here are my list of video choices that I will work on for the rest of the week and I’ll make sure to have them done by Sunday. You have my word on that.

Movie Trailer Mashup (4 stars)

One Archetype, Five Movies, 5 Seconds (3 stars)

Movie Scenes that Changed Our Lives (5 stars)

5 Second Film (3 stars)

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Sunday, April 1

April Fool’s! 🙂 ’nuff said. 

Saturday, March 31

Volleyball Tournament is here and I woke up late – around 8ish (because I was supposed to wake up at 7am to help set-up) Ouch. By the time 10 – 11 rolled around, we had everything set up and teams were arriving to register! I helped out with passing out raffle tickets for people to pick and choose for their prizes. I believe we had over 13 teams out on Ball Circle (although there were a couple teams who had not shown up) and no single rain drop from the sky so this fundraiser was a huge success! After passing out tickets for teams that have registered, I was then stationed at the cotton candy machine. I’ve never had so much cotton candy in my life.. I probably had around 7 rolls (eek! too much sugar). Other than cotton candy, there were food, water, entertainment (i.e. PAC dancers, Bhangra Beat, and a band). Overall the volleyball tournament was fun to watch (other SHHers participated in the game) and I think it was very successful with one exception… the police stopped by to notified us a complaint from the community. Our music was too loud. Bummer. Oh well, I had a good day, and now I’m spending the rest studying. Good night 🙂 

Friday, March 30

Finally, Friday is here!! Relieved and looking forward to SHH (Students Helping Honduras) Volleyball Tournament tomorrow!! 🙂

Thursday, March 29

My mood has been just great lately :). Not to mention, today’s weather was gorgeous! I was ecstatic to have a little reunion with a friend who I haven’t seen since last year. She brought her dog, Sophie (who I’ve missed so much!), and we had lunch outside the nest enjoying the beautiful weather. We caught up with chapters in our lives, new and old, and I was happy to hear that she is coming back next semester for classes. To sum it up, today’s been a good day. Stress is at an optimal level, so that’s not too bad. Anyway, I’m going to get back to studying for biology. See ya. 🙂

Lauren and I on a sunny day :)

Wednesday, March 28

Tonight I have received a phone call from my brother and mother and we had the best, one of the most memorable conversations ever. I can’t explain all the details because it’s all confidential, but it was one of those few bonding moments that legitimately made me really really happy. I just can’t explain in words. That phone call was the highlight of my day, and I’m glad to be in this emotional position because I feel a lot less stressful. That’s all, good night. 🙂 

mommy :)

Tuesday, March 27

It is cold/windy out! I have spent the day bundled up inside (and took occasional visits to the nest for food) working on typical homework. Nothing surprising. 

homeworkk yay!

Monday, March 26

I just realized there are only 5 more weeks of school left till summer! But.. I’m not excited. Because I’ll be taking summer classes for Chemistry 🙁 Booo… Anyway, today I spent the entire day studying. Feels like a habit now – wake up, go to class, come back from class, advisor meeting, lunch, bio study session, come back to dorm, study for 5 hours, dinner, more studying. This is my life right now and it sucks because my stress meter has just gone up 10 fold since spring break. But what are the positives? Well.. I’m being very productive and studious, like a good college student should be. But.. my social life has totally gone down the drain. I need to work on that. Well, I better get back to *studying* for my two tests tomorrow. I didn’t take any pictures for today since I’ve spent pretty much all day burying my head in the books. :'(

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TDC83 image: Sketch a place you’d rather be right now. Bonus points for colour!

playing outdoors with friends.


TDC80 image: Glamorize your ride with a photograph worthy of its service to you. 


TDC79 image: Geoglogy is everywhere, parks, building materials, etc. Photograph a local geological feature. 

me w/ cherry blossom tree

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