Another Day At Work

This is my first of two video assignment this week. In this assignment we had to create a video of just our shoes that tells some kind of story. I chose to do this assignment for one of my assignments this week because I thought it would be a fun assignment to do because I could just take videos at any point throughout my day to show what a day in my shoes look like. I thought it would be a good idea to show what I do every weekday by recording some of the things I do at work. I wasn’t able to record a lot of the stuff I do at work by just recording me feet, but I was able to get enough footage to make sure everyone got an idea of what my work day is like. I knew it would be easy to get videos of me walking because I do a lot of walking at work everyday.

I started off with me waking up and getting out of bed in the morning. This is obviously something I have to do every morning so I thought it would be a good idea to add this part to my video. I also showed me getting into my car and driving to work. Everyday I get to work, I start off by changing into my boots because those are very important when you are working at a lumber yard. I showed a little bit of me driving a forklift and me cutting corners with a saw that we use for deliveries. I also had to add my favorite part of the work day to this video, my lunch break. This is when I can sit down, relax, and get out of the 90 degree heat. I added another video of me riding around on the side of a forklift that was driving by because I was tired of walking throughout the lumber yard. The last video of me finally getting off of work and being free for the rest of the day.

I added the song “I’m gonna be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers to the background of my video because I thought it fit this assignment very well. I also chose this as the background song for all of my fellow “How I Met Your Mother” fans because whenever I think of this song, I think of Ted and Marshall’s road trip. I also used some techniques that we learned about earlier this week from two of the required videos in my assignment (video 1, video 2). I used slow motion and fast forward techniques throughout the video to help add extra detail to my assignment. I put me throwing my lunch away in slow motion because my least favorite time at work is when I have to end my lunch break and go back to working. I also transitions that had examples in the videos like jump cuts and wipe transitions. I used other transitions in my story that we didn’t have examples for because I thought they provided a good transition between two events at work.

Assignment: Where Do Your Shoes Take You?

Stars: 4

I got the music for my video by transforming a youtube video into a mp3 sound on

Step 1: After finding a video you want to convert, copy and paste the url for the video into the section that says “paste link here.”

Step 2: Click the “START” button in the middle of the screen.

Step 3: Click the “DOWNLOAD” button on the right to save your song.

I created the video on iMovie.

Step 1: Click the “New” button at the top and select no theme.

Step 2: Click the “Import” button at the top to import a video or sound (do this step until all of your videos and sounds are imported).

Step 3: Click on the first video you want to add that you already imported and then click the + button in the bottom right of the video to add (repeat step until all of the videos are added to the bottom).

Step 4: Click on your song and add it to your video by clicking the + button in the bottom right of the song.

Step 5: Edit your videos.

Highlight your unwanted footage and click the delete button on your keyboard to delete that part of the clip.

Highlight a portion of your video you want to fast forward or put in slow motion and then click edit at the top and then your desired action.

Step 6: Add transitions or titles by clicking transitions or titles in the bottom left.

Step 7: Click File -> Share -> Email to email it to yourself and save it.



4 thoughts on “Another Day At Work”

  1. I really love the song choice! I think you did a great job letting the viewer know what was happening throughout the video even though we could only see your feet. Your tutorials are also helpful; the version of iMovie you used looks very different to the one I did on my phone, and it was interesting too see those differences.

    The only suggestion I have would be to make the video clips themselves quieter during certain parts. For example, during the points when you’re around people talking, it feels like too much conflicting noise with the song and it got a little distracting.

    Great work!

    1. Thank you for your constructive criticism. I never thought about lowering the volume on the actual video clips, but now that you pointed this out, I also feel that it is a little distracting. I will be sure to keep this in mind while I am creating future assignments for this class. Thank you.

  2. Great video, I think it’s very helpful that you outlined what you did every step of the way, how long did it take you to complete the assignment?

    1. Thank you, I usually try to make my explanation as detailed as possible so future ds106 students can look at my assignment if they need help creating theirs. Creating, editing, and blogging about this video probably took me 2-3 hours, but that isn’t including the time it took me to record all of my footage while I was at work.

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