Lights, Camera, Action: Project 3

My project 3 is going to be a book trailer. For those who don’t know, a book trailer is like a movie trailer, but for a book. It’s a brief little clip that gives you an idea of what a book is about and makes you think, “OMG I totally wanna read this!”.

As I mentioned earlier in the semester, I was thinking of writing my own dystopian short story, but then it never happened. I am still not trying to write the entire story, but this will bring me one step closer to the dream. And hey, who knows, maybe once my creative juices have gotten to work I’ll find the inspiration to eventually write the whole story.

What I have in mind for now is that I’m going to use imovie and maybe a camera from the tech center (or whatever that place in the MLB is called) and just have a teaser of the book, which would require me to think of the general storyline premise for my book without actually writing the whole thing.

So far, I have been watching lots of book trailers to get a sense of what they’re like and trying to think of what my general plotline will be. I’m thinking something involving social media/iphone selfies going terribly wrong and causing some sort of problem in the world. More to come on that, though.

Here are some links to a couple book trailers for those who don’t know what they are:



Podcasts, Dads, Time, and Stress

Project 3 scares me. Through my Radiolab audio-podcast, I’ll be venturing into some new territory.

There are two difficulties in my project: one, bearing the recorded sound of my own voice and two, organizing and directing a meaningful conversation with my dad and others that ultimately stays true to the points I aim to make. The last part is requiring a lot more orchestration than I imagined. Recruiting friends to serve the roles of well-established psycholinguists is daunting — I feel like I need an interview process — and finding time to record hours worth of conversation with my father has been difficult.

I’ll lay out my plan:

1. record convo with dad

2. record convo with friends as well-established psycholinguists

3. find interesting parts of convo to format into a podcast

4. record my own voice as a filler from convo to convo (similar to actual Radiolab)

5. merge all of this with music and commercials and all

I’m looking forward to moving past the early stages of the project. Hopefully I can jump in soon.


Here’s how Radiolab makes their podcasts –>

The first image that comes up on Google when you search "Stressed out"
The first image that comes up on Google when you search “Stressed out”

Project 3 Already?

I can’t believe it’s already mid-November. It seems like this semester was just beginning and now there’s only about a month left. Which means this course is slowly creeping to an end…but not without a few more assignments. It’s finally time for project 3: remediation. I had a lot of fun with project 2, repurposing a past essay about my dad into several comic strips. Now, to remediate that comic into a new platform, I came up with a couple ideas. At first, I was thinking about creating a Buzzfeed quiz that would build off of my comic, Superdad. The quiz would have been titled, “Which Superdad character are you?” and would lead quiz-takers to a certain character from my comics based on their answers. But after talking with T about my options, I decided this was not the way I wanted to take this project. I didn’t think it would be very useful since my comic isn’t actually published anywhere and no buzzfeed users would actually take the quiz.

I decided I needed to go with a plan that was more broad and would be relatable to a larger audience. After looking at different kinds of buzzfeed posts, I decided to create a post that illustrated all the of things that dad’s who have only daughters have to go through (because that was the general idea in my comic strips). As of right now, I think the title of the article is going to be, “Things That Dads With Only Daughters Have To Go Through.” I know I will be able to take some of the ideas out of my comics, such as having to watch girly movies, and incorporate them into this post. I plan on creating a post with a format similar to this one:

Like to the buzzfeed article I linked to above, I want to find gifs that work with my writing and aid in the messages I’m trying to convey. Again, I think this project is going to be very fun and I’m very thankful to have a dad worth writing about.

Thanks for the inspiration, dad!