Final Summary

Final Case Work:hollywoodland

 So my final case I’ll be writing to you about takes place in an unfamiliar place… California, more exactly, Los Angeles.  Now I wouldn’t normally under any circumstances travels so far west… heck, you’re lucky if you can drag me out to Poughkeepsie.  But I was persuaded by my employer to do a favor to his daughter, out is out there trying to make it big on the silver screen.  You see, Melvin Groverman has been my boss for years, he puts up with my unorthodox antics and allows me to rent the space above our bar for cheap.  So when he brought me this case I didn’t mind doing it for him (as if I had a choice).

Photo Safari

 

Assignment Ideas: Depending on the theme of the next course I would like to see an incorporation of other multimedia platforms such as vine or snapchat.  If a professor were to create an account for the class to submit a story to on snapchat with a certain objective and students could upload their observations and findings in real time.  With vine the element of editing for timimg is a constraint and would add an element of difficulty.  I’d like to see more mixed media and scavengar hunt assignments:

– License plate games (photogrpahs)

– Collectables; collect things throughtout the week that remind you of a certain book, word, emotion and have them create a story. Ideally stop motion.

 

Daily Create Ideas:  I think the Daily Creates, were by far my favorite component of the class.  Not only wehre they short and sweet and to the point but they allowed my brain a break in between the monotony that surrounds my life.  Allowing myself to get as reflective or topical as I wanted.

– Whats under your bed?  use the items found under your bed to represent your greatest childhood or adult fear.

– Hummer;  take a video of yourself or a friend humming a song and see if others can guess the tune.

 

Tutorials:  possibly filming your progress while you go to show growth in strength and flexibiltiyIMG_2436

I am very into fitness and finding new ways to make my workouts more dynamic so for me learning how to do a pistol squat took alot of dedication.  Pistols demand a combination of leg strength, core strength, blance, and flexibility.

1. Initial Flexibilty test: See where you stand by creating a bench mark.

2. Utilize a stable verticle pole to act as a fulcrum for your rope, elastic, tshirt, or whatever material you please (the stretchier the better) to support your arms as you slowly squat into place and to help you back up.

3.  Gradually decrease your reliance on this band to help you lower and raise yourself from the position, one leg outstretched, parallel to the ground.

4.  Practice this at least twice a week along with your regular workout routine and I promise you will see and feel results.

5.  Flaunt your new trick in front of friends and dare them to try the same!

Summary:

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I very much like the idea of creating a persona in which you can express and discover a different point of view and explore a storyline.  This class has pushed me in ways no other course has.  My weaknesses are the components that matter the most in this module.  The ability to persevere and be patient with new and unfamiliar programs is something I may not have appreciated in the beggining, but now I’m able to overcome my innate discomfort alot quicker.

One thing I found I am still uncomfortable with is having my thoughts, photographs, voice recordings and even video edits readily available and accessable to total strangers in a way that is very foreign to me.  As a person who is creatively inclined I consider my work to be very perosnal and find it difficult knowing my private thoughts are permanently engraved in zeros and ones.

Things that I wished I had done differently…. How do i count the ways.  Since there is not enough time nor digital stamena to fuel that kind of elaboration, I will just say that I appreciate the feedback and attentiveness of Professor Bond and the dedication shown by my peers to the cultivation of their characters and I know this method of learnign may have not been right for me in my life right now but I would love to come back to this and attempt these assignments again.

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Weekly Summary: 13

ON THE CASE:  https://vimeo.com/125423627

When a woman from my past who lives in my mind comes to call for my services… the most predictable sequence of events occur.  These do allow me to come to terms with some ghosts I have been to afraid to face and also help me realize a dream I have is not beyond my reach.

Many late night walks and glasses of whiskey later.

Process:  I wanted to capture the story of my past and embody the elusive nature of my lovely Carla.  This was best done through a compilation of narratives, music, and black and white photographs. I allow for a pop of color to represent the promise of my dream.  That not lying in the person you think it will but rather a place.

Backstory:  To understand why I am the way I am you must first know my past.  This I only reveal pieces at a time, but if you pay close enough attention… you may peel back the right amount of layers.

Dissolution:  The relationship between Carla and I may seem to be over, for now but believ me when I say, she is a woman of habit.  She’ll be back.

Saga? Prequel?  This story leaves room for both.

Daily Create: Face a Fear: With No Face

This sketch done in sharpie is meant to depict a dark room in which I am standing over a table being approached by a gaggle of spider/crawly insects.  As someone who is both afraid of the dark and bugs I found a way to take the edge off the phobia by adding a reason for the directional.

Week 12: UPDATE

Hello all!

Great news this week, my private investigator business is official with the introduction of my website.

It was not the most simple of tasks to perform, as some of you who know me may be aware of, old Thad here is not the tech wiz in the least.  Funny enough I used a program called ‘wix’ to build and launch my site with much ease.  Still working out some simple kinks  but all the important information is there.  If you’s can’t find me working at The Watering Hole bar, I’ll be right upstairs in my office for clients to come in for consultations and what nots.

The name of my company is called Backdoor PI.  Simple, to the point, for the people, by the people.

Your favorite Neighborhood snitch has gone corporate… or whatever that means.

– Thaddeus Rupert Privy

http://ccotto5x5.wix.com/thaddeuspi

Week 10: Video Assignments + The Interview

Video Work: Since I decided I work best alone, My video assignment this week is to complete 15 stars, a difficult feat, but not impossible.  I thought it’d be cool to see what an avatar would look like talking as me, Thaddeus, so I made one.

https://cmcotto.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/week-10-video-assignments-the-interview/

The Interview:  

Changeover: https://twitter.com/ChattyThaddy  

Is the link to my new twitter, There I can give and receive the latest scoop without risking the danger that the snitching business provides.

Organizing:  Given that I am a lone wolf and have been my whole life, I feel it would be best to venture into next weeks agency projects alone.  Especially since my line of work requires me to be anywhere at a moments notice, and you never know who to trust.

Daily Creates:

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Monday March 23rd:  Breakfast Selfie

– I enjoyed taking the time to play with my food.  They say you are what you eat and this suspicious looking oatmeal really reflects my paranoid mood.  Who knows what the day will bring… but I’ll be waiting and prepared with my protein packed sustenance.

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Wednesday March 25th: Words of Wisdom

–  A theory I believe in that has always re-calibrated my own insecurity in my individuality is the fact that we all find magic and answers in different things.  The more magic we appreciate, the more we are willing to put into the world and accept others.  As a child, you have an overwhelming ability to see things others can’t and it is a travesty that as adults we can no longer pull from that creative head space. I encourage everyone to open their eyes to the unknown and embrace it with a positive POV.

Talking to a stranger

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 29, 2015 12:06 pm

“Yesterday I ventured to the library in hopes to get some schoolwork done. I took my boyfriend with me to show him where I spent countless hours getting lost in different magical worlds as a child. I hadn’t been back there for almost 15 years and everything of course seemed to shrink. We found a table inside the childrens books enclave because that was the only place that had outlets available. As we sit down to open our respective laptops we are joined by two little blonde girls in tutus and their father. Seeing daddy daughter dates is one of the most adorable sightings, in my opinion. The older one sat and read to herself while the other picked her books up and made herself comfortable at our child-size table. She was quiet and unsuspecting at first, but then gradually began to make playful eye contact with me and my boyfriend before she built up the courage to ask me my name. Olivia’s eyes were so big and blue, her pink cheeks swell when she smiled. She then whispers to me that she can’t read these words in her book and I oblige to help her read as long as she flips the pages. We go on giggling softly and reading a couple stories before her father tells her they are leaving. We say our goodbyes and she thanks me for helping her. I can’t help but feel a smile cross my face and then radiate throughout my whole body. Getting to relive the joy of library visits and the most fearless curiosity through our encounter was simply heartwarming.”

– I think this may have been my favorite daily create this week.  Reflecting on the many people I encounter everyday is something Id like to do more often.  I started a section in my personal journal entitled “Stranger Ties” to log my serendipitous meetings.  My boyfriend always say he is never alone, he is always with friends, though they may not know they are friends… yet!

Commenting:

Week 10: Video Assignments + The Interview

Video Work: Since I decided I work best alone, My video assignment this week is to complete 15 stars, a difficult feat, but not impossible.  I thought it’d be cool to see what an avatar would look like talking as me, Thaddeus, so I made one.

Vintage educational movie:

http://youtu.be/uEvQq4t9u84 

The Interview:  

Changeover: https://twitter.com/ChattyThaddy  

Is the link to my new twitter, There I can give and receive the latest scoop without risking the danger that the snitching business provides.

Organizing:  Given that I am a lone wolf and have been my whole life, I feel it would be best to venture into next weeks agency projects alone.  Especially since my line of work requires me to be anywhere at a moments notice, and you never know who to trust.

Daily Creates:

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Monday March 23rd:  Breakfast Selfie

– I enjoyed taking the time to play with my food.  They say you are what you eat and this suspicious looking oatmeal really reflects my paranoid mood.  Who knows what the day will bring… but I’ll be waiting and prepared with my protein packed sustenance.

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Wednesday March 25th: Words of Wisdom

–  A theory I believe in that has always re-calibrated my own insecurity in my individuality is the fact that we all find magic and answers in different things.  The more magic we appreciate, the more we are willing to put into the world and accept others.  As a child, you have an overwhelming ability to see things others can’t and it is a travesty that as adults we can no longer pull from that creative head space. I encourage everyone to open their eyes to the unknown and embrace it with a positive POV.

Talking to a stranger

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 29, 2015 12:06 pm

“Yesterday I ventured to the library in hopes to get some schoolwork done. I took my boyfriend with me to show him where I spent countless hours getting lost in different magical worlds as a child. I hadn’t been back there for almost 15 years and everything of course seemed to shrink. We found a table inside the childrens books enclave because that was the only place that had outlets available. As we sit down to open our respective laptops we are joined by two little blonde girls in tutus and their father. Seeing daddy daughter dates is one of the most adorable sightings, in my opinion. The older one sat and read to herself while the other picked her books up and made herself comfortable at our child-size table. She was quiet and unsuspecting at first, but then gradually began to make playful eye contact with me and my boyfriend before she built up the courage to ask me my name. Olivia’s eyes were so big and blue, her pink cheeks swell when she smiled. She then whispers to me that she can’t read these words in her book and I oblige to help her read as long as she flips the pages. We go on giggling softly and reading a couple stories before her father tells her they are leaving. We say our goodbyes and she thanks me for helping her. I can’t help but feel a smile cross my face and then radiate throughout my whole body. Getting to relive the joy of library visits and the most fearless curiosity through our encounter was simply heartwarming.”

– I think this may have been my favorite daily create this week.  Reflecting on the many people I encounter everyday is something Id like to do more often.  I started a section in my personal journal entitled “Stranger Ties” to log my serendipitous meetings.  My boyfriend always say he is never alone, he is always with friends, though they may not know they are friends… yet!

Commenting:

Week 10: Daily Creates

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Monday March 23rd:  Breakfast Selfie

– I enjoyed taking the time to play with my food.  They say you are what you eat and this suspicious looking oatmeal really reflects my paranoid mood.  Who knows what the day will bring… but I’ll be waiting and prepared with my protein packed sustenance.

image1 (5)

Wednesday March 25th: Words of Wisdom

–  A theory I believe in that has always re-calibrated my own insecurity in my individuality is the fact that we all find magic and answers in different things.  The more magic we appreciate, the more we are willing to put into the world and accept others.  As a child, you have an overwhelming ability to see things others can’t and it is a travesty that as adults we can no longer pull from that creative head space. I encourage everyone to open their eyes to the unknown and embrace it with a positive POV.

Talking to a stranger

Written by Caroline Cotto on March 29, 2015 12:06 pm

“Yesterday I ventured to the library in hopes to get some schoolwork done. I took my boyfriend with me to show him where I spent countless hours getting lost in different magical worlds as a child. I hadn’t been back there for almost 15 years and everything of course seemed to shrink. We found a table inside the childrens books enclave because that was the only place that had outlets available. As we sit down to open our respective laptops we are joined by two little blonde girls in tutus and their father. Seeing daddy daughter dates is one of the most adorable sightings, in my opinion. The older one sat and read to herself while the other picked her books up and made herself comfortable at our child-size table. She was quiet and unsuspecting at first, but then gradually began to make playful eye contact with me and my boyfriend before she built up the courage to ask me my name. Olivia’s eyes were so big and blue, her pink cheeks swell when she smiled. She then whispers to me that she can’t read these words in her book and I oblige to help her read as long as she flips the pages. We go on giggling softly and reading a couple stories before her father tells her they are leaving. We say our goodbyes and she thanks me for helping her. I can’t help but feel a smile cross my face and then radiate throughout my whole body. Getting to relive the joy of library visits and the most fearless curiosity through our encounter was simply heartwarming.”

– I think this may have been my favorite daily create this week.  Reflecting on the many people I encounter everyday is something Id like to do more often.  I started a section in my personal journal entitled “Stranger Ties” to log my serendipitous meetings.  My boyfriend always say he is never alone, he is always with friends, though they may not know they are friends… yet!

Week 9: Web Assignments

Web Story Telling:

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The web story telling has proven to be the most difficult part of this weeks assignment pool.  The initial link given for mozilla was not functional so I in turn attempted to download firefox and used the firebug application which was cautioned to make link codes disappear.  The kinks of this are very finicky.  I attempted to take the Domino’s interface and manipulate it into the fictional business my friend and I have jokingly developed.  This pizza place serves anything you can ever want, on a pizza, ‘no matter what is the guarantee!’. (We even have a jingle) I am still working on developing this.

Character Resume:

The character profile I created is below, in the form of a resume of a fictional character based off of the culmination of women from Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I feel these ladies have the most sass and their dialects and slang terms are so different from the language I am used to speaking. They make fascinating character studys’. Ms. Rubella is a recent divorce who is lookin’ to make an entrepreneurial debut with her settlement money, honey.  She is bold beautiful and has very little actual work experience but comes from a very artistic background and education.

Rubella Jones

3452 Rubarb Way

Atlanta, GA 40926

 

Objective:

To find and implement my specialized skills gained from being the most fabulous housewife in The South

Skills and Strengths:

Shopping

Event Planning and Attending

Interior Design and Décor

Singer/ Songwriter

Education/Awards/Honors:

Savannah School of Design

Work Experience:

Housewife

Rubella Jones

Pintrest Vacation Board:

It has been a long time dream of mine to live in Hawaii so naturally I had an easy time finding inspiration for my first trip there.  Everything from the hairstyle to the car I will be driving are in my board.