The Text

This week is all about mashups and remixes. Prior to this week I never really knew the difference between the two and typically linked them together. Since reading our weekly assignment post I now know the difference between a mashup and a remix.

The assignment page stated that a remix is usually a creative edit of one form of media. While a mashup refers to the mixing of media/content of from disparate places. Going into the weeks assignments I was glad I finally had a solid understanding of the two.

Granted I could certainly confuse myself later…

That being said this week we’re assigned 10 stars of mashup assignments from the assignment bank. So with that I wanted to start the week off by starting my mashup assignments. I decided to start with a 5 star assignment called Storytelling Through Text. This assignment asked that…

Chances are you’ve probably seen those creepy ads on YouTube which tells horror stories through text. Now it’s your turn to tell a story. It can be horror, comical, or serious… it is up to you! Grab a friend (or two phones and text yourself back and forth) and text each other to tell a story. Before you start texting, make sure to turn on the camera so you can record the story or download an app to record your screen.

I felt this would be a fun and creative assignment to do, similarly I always liked the ads that relied on text to tell a story. This felt like a great opportunity to put my mashup skills to the test. Likewise I wanted to connect this particular assignment to the secret agent character I created and have built upon this semester.

I completed this assignment by simply using my phone and my friends phone. All I had to do was just hit the screen recording button on my iPhone and from there I proceeded to send text messages back and forth from my friends phone to my phone to tell a story. Once I finished the text story I stopped the recording and the video saved to my camera roll. From there I sent the video to my camera and imported it to iMovie. This allowed me to create it as a movie and ultimately speed up the video a bit so it wasn’t too long and easier to watch. When it imported fully I just sped up the video x2 and proceeded to save and upload it to youtube.

The story I told within my texts was one that involved my character princess/secret agent Juliet Stones. Essentially I staged it so that her brother Harrison who is a fellow agent texted her needing help. From there the story consisted of Harrison and Juliet going back and forth about what had happened to him and what is to come. I don’t want to spoil it for you so take a look below to see what happens!

I was inspired to tell a story that was intriguing, but wasn’t too drawn out and confusing to follow. Ultimately the screen recording ended up being 8 minutes, but with speeding it up my video turned out to be 4 minutes. This I felt was the perfect length and captured a perfect story. This was a super fun assignment and I certainly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good mash up assignment to do. Likewise it was a fairly easy process to put together. The one thing I recommend is that you plan out what you want to say in your texts ahead of time, so you aren’t wasting time while recording trying to come up with content.

I essentially planned a script which really helped the recording process and made the text exchange so much easier. I am so glad I did this, it also allowed for me to really put together a concise, but exciting story. Hope you all like it!

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