Thursday, March 31, 2011


I'm not sure if we're filming, or if we're just going to put our voice into the video - I'd rather just use a microphone and record my voice than be in an actual video. 

I just got back from the filming session. We didn't film - we decided to just put our voices into the slideshow, because first, we didn't have an animal to "abuse", so there wasn't anything we could really do.
We also have to make a script - that will be pretty simple, except for the part where it has to be in Spanish.

I have three projects going on at the same time - one for choir that we have to present today - we'll have to sing a song in Swahili that we were supposed to make up...great. I don't even have it memorized, and I have to create a magazine by Tuesday for my world geography class. Joy. 

44 days :) 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Animal Cruelty Project

My group members & I are continuing with the public service announcement project. If we don't know how to say things for our project in Spanish, I wonder if it's okay to use Google Translate...
We're working on our storyboard, and soon we'll start filming. I don't want to film, but I'll probably be filmed because I'm the only one in my group who REALLY knows Spanish. The other two group members dropped out of their Spanish classes. We're going to rehearse first. There's also a collaboration rubric that we have to look at, and that's about how well we work in our groups. 

I like to work in groups sometimes, but most of the time I prefer to work alone because often, and I mean REALLY often, I get stuck with the people who refuse to do anything, and they take credit for MY work. I hate it. Or, which is even worse, when we get to pick our own groups, I'm with people I can work with, but then I'm moved to a group with people who don't want to do anything. 

46 days :) 
And yes, I'm only counting school days in this countdown, not weekends.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Project: PSA

Today, we started creating our video on iMovie - we used all free-stock photos of animals being abused. We're wondering if we have to film, or can we just use images off the internet and talk into a microphone or something? 

We also started sketching out our storyboard, but we're not done with that. I've been so tired today - I don't know why. 

I'm so happy its Friday. This week has felt like one of the longest this year for me. 

48 days :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

PSA Project

So, I found my group. I'm glad that both of the other people in my group have taken at least one Spanish class at school. It helps a little. We did some research on animal abuse & on PSAs. It made me so sad, watching the videos and photos of poor, helpless animals being neglected and being beaten by people. 
Animal abuse needs to be stopped because animals don't deserve to be treated unfairly. I know that people abuse animals as a result of being abused themselves - therefore, they take out their frustrations on the animals, and animals often die from being tortured & neglected by humans. 

We filled in a design cycle worksheet, which helped organize our ideas. We looked at the SPCA & PETA websites that gave us information on animal cruelty. Even though countless websites put information on the internet about animal cruelty - how animal abuse can be prevented/avoided, how we can detect animal cruelty if it is going on around us, how to stop animal abuse, and why people abuse animals, but nevertheless, animal abuse still occurs every day and thousands of animals die from this abuse every year. I find it sad that so many people take their time to spread the information and post information online about animal abuse, and yet so many people are still cruel to animals. 

I read an article online on how several hundred animals are killed in U.S labs each year. I don't think I can be proud and happy to be a part of this country if animals are being tortured in our labs for "experimentation". I could never use products that have been tested on animals. 

I read on Yahoo that a truly amazing film legend has died today. RIP Elizabeth Taylor :( 

50 days :)

Monday, March 21, 2011


A PSA, or public service announcement, is a type of advertisement featured on TV, radio, print, or other media. Unlike a standard advertisement, where the objective is to market a product, a PSAs goal is to benefit the public interest, by raising awareness of an issue, affecting public attitude and possibly stimulating action. 

Yes, some PSAs are more successful than others. I would believe that the stronger the effect a PSA has on a viewer or reader or listener, the more successful that PSA is. PSAs that prompt actions are definitely more successful than others that audiences may listen to and completely forget about within the hour. 

My next project in this class is to film/create a public service announcement. Of course, I'll be in a group, but that is the next project. I don't like to film, but maybe this will be fun. I'm thinking of what type of PSA I can do. There are thousands of options, so this might be a little difficult. 

I kind of have a group, we just need one more member, and hopefully someone who is taking a Spanish class like I am, because surprise, surprise - our PSA has to be in a different language. Make that double the difficulty. The point of this being in a different language is unclear. I don't understand why my teacher thinks this needs to be more difficult than it sort of already is by kicking the difficulty level up a notch. I'm not even that great at Spanish, and my partner isn't in a language class, which doesn't help, so most likely I will end up doing most of this project by myself, so the point of groups is unclear as well. I thought this was Multimedia class, not Spanish class..... 
Don't get the two confused - that's my opinion. One of our ideas for our PSA is animal abuse. 

I'm not even going to be sarcastic about being glad to be back at school. I just want this school year to be over - 52 days...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reflections: Mid-Semester 2011

I think some new skills & knowledge I've acquired so far this semester is basically Adobe Project Rome. I've learned how to use it and how to manipulate images and make them look interesting. I could use Project Rome with classes whenever I have a project where I have to create a poster of some sort. I've found that Rome can sort of be used as like, a poster on a computer. My level of effort was high this semester compared to the Photoshop phase last semester. I'm proud of myself for that. I've gotten a lot done this semester, despite being absent some days. 

This has absolutely nothing to do with Multimedia, but I'm excited for tomorrow...I got this book a month or so ago, and I read it, and then at the end discovered I had to wait a month until the final chapter of the story goes online..and tomorrow is when the chapter goes online. I'll probably put the widget up here on this blog, but I'm not sure...I'll have to take it down once the chapter goes online. 

Only 2 days till Spring Break!! 

Rome Projects

Here are my Adobe Project Rome assignments. Hope you like them :) 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I worked more on my posters with Adobe Rome. I have to say, though, that my work on Adobe Rome is much better than the work I did on Photoshop. My posters aren't perfect - I'd say that they were perfectly average. I can't believe spring break is only four days away.
Just four more days. I think I can get through this week, only for spring break. Then it'll be a week or so until April, and then I can start my countdown till the end of the school year :) 

Friday, March 4, 2011


So today I worked a little bit on my Project Rome project. I learned that I could use IPhoto for any photo manipulations, which is good. I'm so happy its Friday. 
All I really did in class today was work on my project, and I searched the web a little. 
Bye! :) 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Project Rome, Again

So, I still like Adobe Project Rome. 
Even though my projects aren't as creative or as cool as my other classmates, I tried, and that's all that matters.
Our final project with Rome (insert sad face here) is to create a fictional movie poster and to create a poster for a humanitarian/environment effort. It's going along pretty well, I guess. Its a fun project, and its not too difficult, except apparently this is supposed to take us until spring break, but I doubt that it'll take that long for me. I don't really go overboard with my projects. Like, I don't freak out if its not absolutely perfect, like some people I know...I won't mention them here. 
I have aerobics next, and I highly doubt we'll be doing much...unless the other gym teacher decides to make us suffer today.