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Digital Story Title:

Still untitled but used “Fort Devens: A History of Diversity, Courage and Dreams.”

Brief description:

This film is about Fort Devens in Massachusetts.  It was a base in the center of a primarily white, agrarian community.  When the base was built in 1917, it brought diversity to the area.  During World War II, civil rights and POWs brought diversity to the area.  The Army based closed in 1996 but it is being converted to a residential and business community.

Main goal(s):

Show diversity of the base.
Opened doors for African American women.

Planted seeds of change in the African American community and with German POWs.

Allowed people to begin to realize their dreams.

Who is your intended audience? (e.g., colleagues, historians, art historians, the general public, high school history students, middle school music students, art students. . . )

I was originally making this to use as a pitching tool and to send the PhD programs but I did not think I can properly do what I want to do in ten minutes.  So it is a start to that project.  The larger project is intended for the people of Massachusetts, to teach them about their history.  I am also looking to document the base so its history is not lost.

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Digital Story Title: “I’ll Be Seeing You”: A Snapshot Look at World War II Life

Brief Description:

The main focus of my digital story is on the personal experiences of one man – my grandfather, Roland Quinn – who was in the Army for two and a half years during the Second World War. During the first year and a half of that time, he was shuffled between multiple Army training schools, rarely completing any of them because of general disorganization and the Army constantly changing their programs. The story follows his life through the pictures he took and the letters and postcards he sent home on a regular basis the entire time he was in the service. Interwoven into this narrative is the story of his college roommate – Kenneth Rabb – who was a Marine during the war, and who I identify at the end of the story as my step-grandfather, who married my grandmother after Roland’s death. I tell Kenneth’s story through his photographs and the things Roland wrote about him in the letters, with overarching narration tying everything together. Through it all, particularly using Roland’s Army experiences, I am arguing that the typical view Americans have of the US Army during the World War II years as a vast, invincible, and efficient force is actually not as clear when the experiences of individual soldiers are examined. Instead, a picture of average men called upon to face difficult circumstances while dealing with the normal problems associated with any large, bureaucratic organization is seen. I then close the story by showing how the experiences of both Roland and Kenneth have affected my life and the life of my family.

Main goal(s):

I have two main goals with creating this digital story. The first is to tell the story of my grandfathers in an accurate, interesting manner. Roland died when my mother was four years old. She and her younger siblings have very little to no memory of him, and her older siblings have never gotten the chance to learn much about his Army experiences. My cousins and I grew up hearing a little bit about who he was, but knowing essentially nothing about his life. When I found the collection of his letters and photographs at my great-aunt’s house a few years ago, I realized that I had discovered a gold mine of information, first about World War II, but also as a window into the personality and character of the grandfather I had never met. I am really hoping that this story will help my family learn more about Roland’s life and to get to know him as a person in a way most of us have never had the chance to do before. I am also hoping to honor his and Kenneth’s time in military service and the difficult situations they faced and sacrifices they made during the war.

My second main goal is to show how the dominant historical narrative concerning the military during World War II, particularly the Army, is a little too triumphant and doesn’t take many of the problems and issues that the men dealt with into account. I am not trying to denigrate the military or the things the servicemen accomplished, or to in any way reduce their status as World War II victors. I am just trying to show that, when individual experiences are examined, the story becomes a little more complex than that portrayed in most popular histories or social studies textbooks.

Who is your intended audience?

I have two main groups that this story is focused toward. The first is, as I said, my family, particularly those of us who were not born when Roland died. The second intended audience is middle to high school age students. I feel that this story can both introduce them to everyday life (both on the home front and abroad) in World War II and the experiences of average soldiers, as well as help them learn how to critically analyze commonly-held views of historic events. Also, I am hoping that the story will be of value to anyone who has an interest in history or World War II, regardless of age or academic level.

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“Multisensory Music Making: Unleash the Power of Music Within You!”

Digital Story Title:

“Multisensory Music Making: Unleash the Power of Music Within You!”

 Brief description:

This digital story will showcase a revolutionary approach for helping musicians connect with music in ways that go beyond the notes on the page. Referred to as “multisensory music-making,” musicians interact with a combination of visual and auditory stimuli to inspire new concepts about the music they are learning.  Through this approach, musicians learn to connect with music on a deeper level and to expand their range of emotional and expressive playing.  This digital story will feature live footage of music students from George Mason University demonstrating the techniques used in this approach. 

 Main goal(s):

 This digital story will seek new ways of creating expression through the multisensory approach.  By showing the impact of music and images together and the ways they can inform the music making process, this digital story will invite viewers to experience multisensory music making as well.  Students and teachers of music will gain insight into how this approach works and the ways in which is draws upon more emotional and expressive playing throughout the creative process. 

Who is your intended audience?

This film should appeal to both music students and teachers.  Students will benefit from watching the progress of the students throughout the film and the ways in which they interact with music through this approach.  It should encourage other students to learn to express music in this way.   

Teachers will benefit from the techniques that are used in this approach to better acclimate students to the creative process of making music.  Because expression is so intangible and connecting to music beyond the notes on the page is a challenge for high school and college students, teachers will gain insight into this process as well as tangible ways for helping students create more expressive musical products. 

 

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Painting Anthropology

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End Credits

all-

I was remiss in not posting this earlier- I’ll blame i t on my feverish haze last Thursday.

I’ve attached a  link that is a pdf document that shows opening and end credit formatting for a feature film, hope it helps with the DST!

See you tomorrow!

http://www.participantmedia.com/files/pdf1/Soloist-Cast_Credits.pdf

Tina

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Free webspace

Can someone please tell me the two websites we mentioned in class that has free webspace?

iMOVIE!

Quick question -

Can I extract audio from video clips already in my project?  What I want to do is add still photos to my project in the middle of an interview clip…it let me do it by adding the photos as a “title,” but the transition still shows like a second of the actual video clip.  Is there anyway that I can get rid of that awkward transition?  It seems like there has to be a way to do this…

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Inserting images

Hey all-

 I was wondering how everyone is inserting images into your DST? are you adding effects and stuff too? I have a ton of images to add and I’m not sure how I need to do it.

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Copyright Videos

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Freedom of Expression

What is Creative Commons?

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Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

Here is the Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer we looked at last week.

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