4/24/15: What I Did, Why I Did It

What I Did

Today during our in-class workday I continued writing captions and comments for the remainder of my Instagram posts. As I finalize each post, I am inserting them into the Buzzfeed article and writing copy for the article.

Why I Did It

Thanks to peer review last class, I took my peer’s advice and am trying to make the characters’ Instagram posts and story lines more unexpected and surprising. It’s taking a little more creativity to take the characters’ out of their norm, but I think it is going to pay off and I will have better content because of it.


4/20/15: What I Did, Why I Did It

What I Did

Today I continued working on putting together Instagram posts for each of my characters. I’ve found that the most difficult part is not editing or inserting the photos into the template, but actually attempting to be creative in writing the captions and comments for each of the pictures.

Why I Did It

I’m focusing on being as creative as possible for this project, especially when it comes to the captions and comments for the Instagram posts. I want to be example to display the personalities for each of the characters, as well as show their relationships through the comments. While each character has their own story line for their photos, I also want all 5 of the characters’ story lines to be able to get tied together and blend well with each other.

4/17/15: Online Workday: What I Did, Why I Did It, Documentation Plan

What I Did

Today during our online workday, I spent time creating more Instagram posts for each characters, and writing captions to go along with the pictures. I’m also including “likes” and “comments” into the posts, so the audience can see different characters interacting with each other.

Why I Did It

I want to make sure I have all my Instagram posts (with pictures, captions, likes) done before inserting them into my Buzzfeed article. My last step will be arranging my Buzzfeed article, and adding summary text for each of the 5 characters before their 5 Instragram posts.

Documentation Plan

Since my project is so image heavy, I plan to source and attribute each image in the Instagram posts right under the photos themselves, like “Image Credit:________”. For the rest of the images, templates, and any additional information I use, I will include a section at the bottom of my Buzzfeed article to list my “Sources”.

4/15/15: What I Did, Why I Did It

What I Did

Today, I created an outline of a mock-up for my Buzzfeed article for my project. Since I am actually using Buzzfeed to create my article, it was easy to make the mock-up based on the actual site. I included a Heading, an Intro paragraph, and then outlined one section for one character, which includes their full name, nickname, a short intro, and then the 5 Instagram pictures. After creating my mock-up I began creating my Instagram posts by inserting the photos into the Instragram templates, adding usernames, comments, and likes.

Why I Did It

I think having an outline of how I want to arrange my Buzzfeed article will really help me with organization and making sure all my information flows properly. In addition, once I create one Instagram temple, I will be able to base all the other posts on that one, making sure all the elements (user names, likes, comments, image sizes, etc.) are all matching and look the same.


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4/13/15: What I Did, Why I Did It, Timeline

What I Did

Today, I spend time gathering pictures for my Instagram posts for each character (Fred, Velma, Daphne, Scooby, and Shaggy). I want to try to have at least 5 Instagram posts for each character, focusing on their life since their retirement from Mystery, Inc. I have gathered all the photos, except I still need a few more for Scooby.

Why I Did It

Once I have all my photos gathered, I will be able to edit them and insert them into fake Instagram posts for each character. Then, I will also be able to write captions for each post, creating story lines for each character’s life. I want to try to have main themes for each of the characters, so I am attempting to choose photos that make sense together.

Timeline of Work for Remix a Story Project

  • 4/13- Gather all photos & images for all characters
  • 4/14- Edit all photos, create fake Instagram posts for each photo, begin writing captions
  • 4/15- Mock-up or Storyboard on 4/15.
  • 4/16 to 4/17- Finish writing captions for all posts, begin creation of the fake Buzzfeed article
  • 4/20- Presentation Sign-up & finish creation of fake Buzzfeed article
  • 4/21- Insert all Instagram posts into Buzzfeed article
  • 4/22- Peer Feedback
  • 4/24- Make changes & edits based on Peer Feedback
  • 4/27- Finalize all changes and review entire project before in-class presentations
  • 4/29 to 5/6- In-Class Presentations
  • 5/6- Project Due by 11:55 PM

4/8/15: Story Proposal

Story Proposal

  • The story I have chosen to focus on for my Remix a Story project is Scooby-Doo and Mystery, Inc. The main idea for my project is to create Instagram accounts for each of the main characters (Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma), and highlight each of their lives after retiring from Mystery, Inc.
  • While the Scooby-Doo series has been around since 1969, I’m focusing mainly on the characters and content involved in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You TV series (1969-1971), as well as some of the feature length films released between 1998-2001, including Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders, and Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase. I want to focus on the characters in the 1969-1971 series, but I will use pictures, graphics, and animation from the movies because they are higher quality.
  • For the genre I will be using, I will create a type of Photo Essay, which will create Instagram accounts for each of the main characters.
  • Three Sources:

4/3/30: Online Class Workday

What Makes A Good Remix

Elements of a good remix include the following characteristics:

  • Specific and focused–not too long or too broad
  • Utilizes at least 3 out of the 5 modes of communications in your storytelling
  • Use a story that you are very familiar with, so it is easier for you to convert and make your readers understand your remix
  • You take risks!!! Think outside the box
  • Good visuals! It’s eye-catching and visually stimulating
  • Strong content–the writing is interesting and the author chooses the best information to include
  • Based on real life content (Time Magazine, a newspaper, a Facebook page, a newscast, etc.)

What Makes A Good Digital Story

Out of all 12 project examples, my favorite by far was the The Hunger Games, Time Magazine Edition. I thought it was very creative how the author structured the project just like Time Magazine. Not only did they include quotes and facts from the story, but also images and head shots of the characters. This project was similar to another example I looked at, The Once Upon a Times, which was a project that designed a newspaper based on a fairy tale and Esmerelda. While the newspaper was more focused on the writing and the content, The Time Magazine design was definitely visionally stronger, which made the project look strong and more appealing for viewers. Additionally, the Time Magazine design used FlipHTML5, which created the virtual magazine look as you flipped through the pages, and the Once Upon a Times was just a simple PDF. Comparing the two, it made me realize that for a stronger project, I should try to use a format that is more interactive and eye-catching for readers, not just a simple PDF page. Combining the two designs, the in-depth content and writing from the newspaper and the layout and design from the Time Magazine project, one could create a very powerful project. Also, I liked how the Time Magazine just summarized the main points of The Hunger Games, and it did not try to tell the entire story. The author picked the best information, and focus on that.

Stories I am Considering

  1. Toy Story: There’s a lot of different ways you could remix Toy Story. From talking about Buzz Lightyear making an unexpected Earth landing from outer space to join the other toys, to Woody going missing, or Andy growing up and all the toys focusing on life after Andy. This is definitely my top choice for a story to remix, mainly because there are so many different things I could do with it.
  2. Peter Pan: This is my favorite story and Disney movie of all time. Similar to Toy Story, I think there are a lot of different directions you could go with a remix. The first idea that I thought of was to have Peter Pan as a public speaker, sharing his life views and philosophy on “Never Growing Up.”
  3. The Tortoise and the Hare: I think the Tortoise and the Hare is a simple story that could be easily remixed. It would be interesting to remix the story into modern times, possibly using different types of sports cars vs. hybrid/electric cars. The focus could be shifted to looking at the environmental effects of the cars.
  4. The Three Little Pigs: The three little pigs is one of my favorite fairy tales, and I have seen multiple remixes of this story. I just think it might be cool to challenge myself to remix the story in another completely new way that has not been done before.

3/30/15: Presentation Day #3

Out of all the tools presented today, I one that I could most likely see myself using was Fetchnotes, which Mackenzie presented. Fetchnotes is an online note taking tool, which allows you to use #Hashtags and groups to collaborate with others. I could see myself using this tool to share class notes and project notes with my peers. Instead of having to email each other word documents, we could just tag each other with our notes using Fetchnotes, and it would make it a lot easier. I also liked it because it seemed like a simple tool that was not confusing to use, and because it’s so simple, I could even see myself showing it to my parents so that they could use it for work between their colleagues.

3/25/15: Online Work Day

Checklist Observations

In reviewing the checklist for our essay, I realized that I needed to make some changes focusing on #2 and #4 on the checklist. #2 on the checklist discussed the integration of screenshots throughout the essay. While I successfully included many different screenshots in various places throughout my essay, the checklist reminded me that I needed to work on specifically referring to those screenshots in the linguistic text itself. Additionally, #4 mentioned embedding the presentation into the web essay. I have not yet embedded my presentation, which is in the form of a Prezi, so I still need to work on adding a link and a screenshot of my Prezi into my web essay.

What I Did

During our online work day, I spent the majority of my time finishing up my Prezi presentation. I focused a lot on applying the suggestions I received during peer review about my word choice on my slides. I still need to figure out exactly how I want to go about embedding the presentation into my web essay, whether that is with a screenshot, a link, or, if possible, directly embedding from Prezi. In addition, after reviewing the checklist, I also spent time integrating in-text references to the screenshots into the linguistic text of my web essay.

Why I Did It

With this kind of in-class presentation for our project, I knew word choice on my slides was very important. I really wanted to make sure my presentation adhered to the 1-1-5 ratio for presentations, which is why I spent so much time toying around with my Prezi and playing with the word choice. Also, after seeing that we needed linguistic in-text references to our screenshots in our web essay, it made a lot of sense that in-text referrals would actually make it easier for readers to understand and follow along with the essay. The in-text references help to tell the reader what they are looking at, and ensure that they do not get confused about what exactly the screenshot is attempting to show.

3/20/15: Peer Review of Interrogate an Interface

What I Heard In Peer Review

My peer review went very well and I got some productive feedback. I had Grace read through and edit my essay, in addition to viewing the first half of my Prezi presentation. I suggested to Grace that I really wanted my peer review to focus on finding any grammar and technical errors in my essay as well as looking at my presentation slides for word choice and if they followed the 1-1-5 strategy of organization.

Grace was a good peer review partner, and found some mistakes in my grammar that I had missed. She pointed out a couple places in my essay where I needed to check if I was using present or past tense. Additionally, she helped me focus my presentation slides and word choice to make them easier for an audience to understand. The suggestions she gave me on the first half of my Prezi presentation will help me a lot as I move forward to finish off the slides.

What I Need To Do

  • Fix grammar/mechanics errors throughout essay. Check for present vs. past tense mistakes.
  • Finish Prezi presentation
    • Focus on word choice for slides
    • Keep slides short and sweet