I am exhausted and so happy this week is over. I just took my LSAT and fell super behind.. Enough Said! Happy Spring Break.
This is a radio bumper I tried out for my groups show, I’m not sure how I like it though! The other beginning and end voice is the Joker from The Dark Knight, played by Heath Ledger. It’s one of my favorite lines and the Joker is my favorite super villain so I wanted to incorporate that. Then I used a small part of the emergency alert sound to cut to the other sound because that’s the sound they use to alert the public via radio. I wanted to use the show name, obviously, but I wanted it to sound like it was a witness speaking and the voice is distorted. Finally it cuts back to the Joker. Still not sure how I feel about it..
The theme of the radio show my group is doing is 1980’s crime and are going to be discussing different crimes serial killers active in the 80s. The idea behind this logo was supposed to relate it to crime and anytime I think of crime and serial killers, my mind automatically associates blood. I didn’t want to just make the logo look like letters written in blood because it felt too obvious. I was looking for different images of blood spatter or crime reports and came across a clipart image, the bloody hand clutching the paper splattered in blood, which seemed perfect. Then, of course, I had to decide on a font to put the show name on the paper and found this font that looks like fingerprints inside the letters. I always associate fingerprints with crime scenes so I wanted to incorporate that somehow, and what’s better than fingerprint font! I felt like I should use font and illustration that could be easily associated with the crime theme, so if someone who didn’t know the theme were to see they would be able to get a general idea of it.
Week six has been a rough one and I was sick so it took me a bit longer to get my assignments done, but I finally did and throughout the week I explored many more of the photoshop tools. I have been using the Adobe Photoshop software for a bit now but I took this week to really dive in and explore all the different tools available. The missing poster assignment was a little bit weird to make, but I worked really hard on it, using different tools on photoshop, trying to make the poster look worn and older. While exploring the Abode software this week, I feel like I really learned different ways to apply the effects and tools together. Unfortunately, I fell a bit behind during week six from not feeling well but now that I’m finally back to 100%, I am really excited to start working on the radio aspect of the course.
The reason I chose to use the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is because my older brother, born in 1987, loved TMNT. The cartoon was very popular in the 80s and in the cartoon they turtles love pizza so that is how I came up with the idea!
“- Judge: The word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in the US Constitution.
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Nor does the word ‘freedom’, Your Honor.”
This quote and image is from the movie “On the Basis of Sex.” I chose to use this image because this part of the movie is based in the mid-late 1970s. The case this portrays is what kicked off the constitutional movement for gender equality under the law and gender equality was, and still is, important socially. The movement’s for gender equality and women’s equal rights played a big role in cultural attitudes towards women, so I feel that is important to recognize that role during a semester that discusses the 1980s.
During the week of design assignments, I chose to make a missing poster for myself. Originally, I felt weird making one for myself and I was going to make one for my dog but it made me too sad. The reason I chose to design the assignment the way I did was because I looked at several missing posters from the 1980s and found that the style I chose was used frequently in real missing posters. When I was writing the description for the “last seen” portion, I tried to describe what I was wearing in a way similar to what someone in the 80s would wear. Different styles were prevalent in the 80s but I found that Levy’s was a big brand name and my dad told me that checkered vans were also a big trend. I tried to edit the photo to make it look distressed.
So here is the final product…
This week was really long but I’m glad I explored and figured out Audacity, even though it took me quite awhile. The sound effect story was a lot of fun to make and I worked really hard on it, trying to find the perfect sounds. Since I live in the loft of an old house I made sure to capture that with the old creaky door and steps. The other two audios I made this week were also fun! I definitely learned a lot from the exploration of Audacity and I think it will really help during the rest of the semester. Another thing from this week was the radio tweet along, the escape music and the scared tone of the characters voices, really creeped me out though.
When I think of the best stories, I think of the ones that make you feel like your there. They engage each of your senses. A person is more connected to a story when you perceive it in multiple ways. When multiple senses are stimulated, people will not only relate to your account but be more easily moved by it. When a story is told, the purpose is to make an impact or for people to remember it. But to trigger this kind of response, you can’t merely concentrate on visually presenting the events, characters, and setting features; you have to form a more profound connection. Sound is crucial because it can tell us about spirit, time, and atmosphere. It’s important because it tells us and influences us in ways visuals can’t, and because specific sequences of sound and visuals can provoke a response that neither can do solo. It’s also important because it can help to determine the way we perceive an environment through our other senses. The use of sound is a unique mode of storytelling, and it is widely known for its mood-altering characteristics, the ability to affect behavior, and perception of events. There are strong bonds within sound, emotion, and memory, and our own backgrounds and choices define the nature and magnitude of emotional response we have to various sounds.
I’ve been thinking a lot about radio show ideas and I have had some trouble, probably because I’ve been doing homework all week and my creative juices aren’t flowing!! However, I took my dog on an evening walk and I started thinking about ways to incorporate the 1980s theme into some kind of radio show. My idea is to have a show that discusses how culture, trends and music from the decade is coming back today or how it still effects society/young adults in this decade. A lot of important events happened, and great movies came out in the 80s and I know they have to be impacting us still. Obviously, the idea is super bare and I need to think about it a lot more but this is what I’ve come up with for now!