Resources for Remediating

For my remediating project, I have settled with the idea of making a fictional messaging conversation on my topic, the Millennial Generation’s take on Hong Kong protests last year. Even before making a fictional messaging conversation, I’m collecting primary sources of virtual communication that highlight the topic from stakeholders of the protest, may it be the participants or observers. These primary sources will mainly come from my connections in Hong Kong and abroad students. To make the actual messaging conversation, I realized there is an abundance of “fake iphone text generator”, “fake facebook messenger generators”, and “fake whatsapp generator” by simply Google them. However, all of them will be in image format so if I would like to incorporate animation in the future, I may utilize PowerPoint or consult tech support (ISS) for possible software to do so.

 

University Resources

So I think I’ve pretty much sold myself on doing some kind of video. I’m still working out the kinks on what exactly I’ll be doing, but I feel like I have a general idea regarding the kind of equipment that a film is going to require. Last semester in one of my Communications classes, we utilized LSA’s Instructional Support Services (ISS) to rent out an audio recording device. We were assigned to make a podcast, so we all rented them out and also had a tutorial class that day in the library where we were taught how to use the technology. ISS is an excellent university resource, as they simply make you fill out a form when you check out the device and then make sure all of the pieces are there when you return it. I had to check it out for a few extra days, and they were very much willing to let me continue coming in and extending my time with the recorder. That being said, it was also a little annoying to have to physically go to the site (there’s one on the second floor of the MLB and one on the ground floor of Angell, to name a few) to renew my checkout, but that still wasn’t a big deal. ISS is something that I see myself utilizing a lot for this project for a few reasons.

1) As mentioned above, students have the ability to rent equipment from ISS. I already have a video camera that I have utilized for many projects in the past, so that’s not something I have to worry about, but I do imagine I’ll need to rent that same sound equipment to ensure that I can hear what my interviewee’s are saying.

2) According to their blog, the media lab also has camera lenses, lighting, tripods, filters, among many other things. These are all available by checking them out using my MCard, so I plan on using some of these as well.

3) Additionally, the ISS offers many tutorials and classes, as well as consulting for specific software. I have a pretty decent working understanding of iMovie so I most likely won’t need these instructional meetings, but it’s nice to know they’re there should I get lost or confused.

4) On a more personal standpoint, I plan to videotape some of the older dancers here at UMich that practice at the posting wall. Simply having a lot of footage of dancers in general – regardless of age – is important. Along these same lines, I may interview a few people from such groups as well. It might offer some older perspectives that aren’t my own, but also aren’t those of teachers. People my age may have some insight that I didn’t touch on.

Anyways, that’s what I’ve found on campus so far! There may be more but I’ll have to do some more digging. I’m interested to see what everyone else has found!

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R & R

“Remediation and Resources” is what the title refers to. Credit to Miles for that joke.

I plan on doing either a slam poem or a spoken word piece with musical accompaniment. For the former, I would need some decent video/audio equipment. These kinds of things can be rented from the Music Library, if my memory serves me correctly. Here’s the link: http://www.music.umich.edu/about/facilities/reservations.htm For the latter, I wouldn’t need any extra equipment as I have a guitar and my own DAW programs that I can work with to write and record anything that I may need to.

Yay! Fun things are fun.

Remediation Resources

Toward the end of class last week, we began discussing the remediation project as a whole. While the project itself will certainly be an interesting twist to some of our previous works, it also lends a rather daunting challenge: at least for me, part of the difficulty in this project comes in figuring out what to do with all this creative freedom, and I think that can be tough to do with so many different mediums available. As we traverse some of the problems that come with transferring a previous argument to a new medium, some of the resources offered by the university will perhaps be important to keep in mind.

From what I can tell in discussing with other students in the class, it appears that many of us are looking to do some visually constructed project (whether it be video, presentation, etc). For those of us pursuing this kind of a project, it might be worth looking into what the ISS Media Center (located on the second floor of the MLB) has to offer. They do all sorts of video, audio, and post-production work for LSA students, so pretty much anything you have in mind when it comes to video they will be able to help you with. In previous assignments for other classes, I’ve used them to loan video/audio recording equipment and it was an extremely valuable tool for my project. I have never had to use any of their studios or editing software, but from what I hear that is also a very valuable resource.

On a somewhat similar note, anyone looking to do a presentation/video style project can look into some of the production rooms located in the Shapiro Library. I have never used these before myself, but from the sounds of it you can reserve specialized rooms that are exclusively for editing video or recording presentations.

Obviously not all of this would be entirely practical to use, especially for those of us who already have a grasp on video production, but maybe it would be something good to look into if you are feeling stuck or at a loss in the remediation process. Hope this helps!

 

Creating my Remediation Project

Class today was very helpful. Discussing my remediation project with someone else helped give me more insight into what format is the most logical, and plausible, for my project. I decided to turn my repurposed paper, a memoir, into a podcast. A podcast can easily be very personal, almost like a conversation or confessional-style piece because I will be the narrator, talking about my own life. Additionally, I will incorporate audio clips from my performances in order to give context to my stories, and also to make it more engaging for listeners.

In order to achieve this, I will use Garage Band. Garage Band easy to use for audio editing, and I am very familiar with it. Additionally, I will import audio files from my performances, either by re-recording the audio of video with my iPhone, and/or by making the audio from YouTube videos into mp3s and importing those (using this website). After I make the track by importing outside audio and recording my own audio, I will export the track from Garage Band to Soundcloud, and that will be my final format. If anyone else is doing a radio show/podcast for their project and has questions regarding Garage Band or importing/exporting audio, feel free to comment on my post and I can try to help!