Extra Extra, Turns Out People Can Act

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This week all of our Assignment Bank projects had to be out of the writing section which made me all like: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The writing it burns… “*shrivels up and dies*

I severely dislike writing.

So for one of the projects I did Extra Extra Read All About It which is worth 4 out of the 8 stars needed. In case you are too lazy to click on the link, the assignment was to watch any full-length episode and take notes on all of the extras to see if their acting skills are up to par. The show I chose to watch is Silicon Valley episode 1. I had never seen Silicon Valley but my brother recommended it and it was pretty good. I appreciated all of the programming jokes but its kind of stupid humor for a show with so much technicality. Its like The Hangover except with everybody being a millionaire (or to-be-millionaire) with really high intelligence. It confuses me but anyways- here is a list of all the extras that I kept track of. A lot of the extras were in large crowds but I did the best I could.

Drummer- blocked from view
Guitarist 1- tshirt jeans beanie
Guitarist 2- same except sub baseball hat
Guitarist 3- same sub no hat
Background dancer 1- female jacket and jeans
Background dancer 2- female belly shirt and jeans
Background dancer 3- male tshirt jeans
A lot of people in a crowd- all seem to be acting casual
Waitress- she was smiling. Waiters don’t smile.
Man with brown jacket- believable
Another crowd- they all look significantly concerned which is believable..

In the end, all of the extras did a good job walking through a doorway or casually chatting without looking like a newb. I was actually slightly disappointing by this but oh well.

Oh Slendy~

I thought the Million Penguins project was fascinating! Out of the entire chapter that was the section that most caught my eye although the whole chapter was pretty interesting.  The fact that anybody could continue the story and that parallel worlds pretty much came into existence as far as the wiki world goes is amazing.

The article on Slender Man was really interesting to read about because like most people now days I’ve heard of him, watched multiple people play it on Youtube, and even met one at a convention. Yes, like most people…  Anyways it was cool to learn of his origins, how he was based off of a child-stalker and the internet deemed him creepy enough to make viral.  I had never heard of Marble Hornets before but I am now quite intrigued and will probably watch the whole series when I can.

I think that this is storytelling in a new medium but ultimately nothing too different. I guess the fact that so many people can access them now creates a larger demand. The access upgrade also allows more people to work on a project at any given time so collabs are more frequent too but the plain old telling of scary stories in the dark will never stop. We might just be listening to them from a dark room 6,000 miles away and using subtitles.

It is always fun to see what the internet can create. Give the internet a 5 hour documentary painstakingly put together about a man who spends 100 years at sea (I’m just making this up) and the internet will take the seagull that appears for about 10 seconds and name it, build a backstory, and create a universe that revolves around Phillip the seagull who made a cameo in that one really long boring thing.

All I can say is I love the internet and the community held together by it for better or for worse.

The Horror of Dolls.

  •     Aki Ni Somaru
  •     Day and Night

(^Very appropriate music.^)

Aki ni Somaru from the anime Hell Girl

Today I watched the Living Doll, The Doll, and Amelia. Hmmm I wonder what they could all be about. -_-

Honestly these stories shouldn’t be that scary but I’m a bit of a wimp and get the sympathetic pain. For example if someone gets cut by a knife I get the ghosty feeling of getting cut too, so needless to say Amelia with the slasher doll was not my favorite.

I had seen Living Doll with Talking Tina before because my 5th grade teacher would show us Twilight Zone episodes if we finished our work early. He was pretty great :).

I think what made these stories scary is that there is constantly a scary stigma attached to dolls in media. If they are porcelain like in The Doll they are 10x creepier. The fact that their faces are constantly held in a smile (usually) creates the fear of the unknown as far as not being able to tell their true intentions or thoughts. They appear so innocent that its suspicious. I don’t have pediophobia now because of those shows or anything ba-baka T_T.

Speaking of phobias…. (That transition was flawless I know) Lets talk about my “favorite”! I say favorite in quotes because I don’t exactly enjoy people being in fear but the one I find most interesting that I know about is Venustraphobia: the fear of beautiful women. Yes this is a thing apparently. The weird thing is I can actually see why this is a thing. I’ve always distrusted men I find attractive for some reason. I guess my rational is that they know they can be charming and get away with more things than less attractive guys. I’m working on it ok? haha.

~10 Second Throwback~

For my 3rd and final Assignment Bank project for the week I have created a 10 second mashup of throwback songs! 🙂
This assignment is worth 2 stars which puts me over the 8 star requirement with 9.5 stars woot!

I already had these songs in my iTunes so I just cut them up into small pieces and put them together with the AVS Audio Editor which I love^^.

The songs used were SOS by Rihanna, Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira, and Lollipop by Aqua.

The Louvre in a Different Light

(^Some non-traditional French music to set the mood^)
(Moteur Action by Yelle)

For my 2nd assignment out of the ds106 Assignment Bank I chose the 3 star Color Changer project. I took this picture of the Louvre (Click on the picture to go to where I found it.)

and put a filter on it to create this!The Louvre

Like A Bullet Train~*

I know that this website is supposed to be a spooky place but I could’t bring myself to corner my first amv into a creative hole! -_-‘ This project is worth 4.5 stars out of the 8 I need to complete this week. There were a lot of difficult times with this amv but I’m really proud of how it turned out in the end. 🙂 Enjoy!

Greetings Young Reapers


(^ slightly spooky music provided for your enjoyment as you read ^ )

Hello~! My persona for our horror-themed ds106 is HeadReaper. Now I don’t want people to think that I chose the name because I want to reap the heads of small children or anything. I was going more along the lines of I’m the reaper in charge of this website type thing but I suppose you all can interpret what you will. I’m choosing not to share my name on this website and all of my other media platforms so that I can keep things separated but if that becomes a problem for some reason I’ll change things.

Also for those that are not involved in ds106 and somehow found this page on the interwebs… Firstly congratulations you are in a really obscure part of the internet. Digital Storytelling (ds106) is an online course that I am taking at the University of Mary Washington that involves me uploading horror-themed things onto various social medias which will be linked to below.

So in the video below I’ll just be giving a little introduction of myself, I’ve never made a video so hopefully it doesn’t turn out horribly. 😀

Follow me on Twitter @TheHeadReaper  (someone already had HeadReaper T_T)

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2mZRYEgqn533wnbu1BR7Qw

Flickr: HeadReaper

SoundCloud: HeadReaper