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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

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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.

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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!

Week Four: Audio Narrating In A Visual Age

This weeks assignment for digital storytelling is to explore the art of creating and manipulating sounds to express and replicate specific emotions and expressions.  Sound drives stories in many ways, though many of us may not realize how closely we attach certain noises with human emotions as triggers for our own formulated reactions.  May this be the crisp crack of opening a refrigerator door that, like the sound of Pavlov’s bell, ignites an anticipation and salivation or the clacking of a stacked heel on linoleum tile which crescendos as is draws closer to you, we associate our own experiences with sounds.  Noir, as a genre, is very distinct in many ways.  Most notably the color scheme but what may be initially overlooked is the fact that the directors utilize silence and sound more artfully than arguably any other genre of film.  The suspense, passion, anger, you name it, are all emphasized by the stark contrast, as if they were paralleling the black and white visual with sound.  This was my favorite realization from this weeks assignment.

http://freesound.org/people/pboix/sounds/155302/

http://freesound.org/people/cmusounddesign/sounds/84707/

Our next task was to produce our own radio bumper.  This took me awhile to come up with mainly because i was unsure about what exactly i should incorporate and how concise to be with my wording.  I guess when all else fails, placing some classic Bossa Nova in the background can make anyone sound smooth and polished, even me.

https://soundcloud.com/caroline-cotto-2/01-the-girl-from-ipanema

Then we were asked to create an audio story using only sounds of objects, naturally the first thing to come to my mind was to quench a thirst, since I am always drinking water.  so first came the crack of the fridge, followed by a pensive pause and then some rummaging, a liquid pour and a satisfying gulp finish off the narration of a person enjoying hydrating amenities.  Feelings everyone can relate to: craving, indulgence, and finally satisfaction.

Brainstorming radio show ideas for the upcoming project was slightly difficult because I wanted to be original in my suggestion while I could only think of programs that I had hear my local broadcasting stations do; interviewing celebrities, some kind of open pole done on the topic of a new product or current affair (in a trashy way), or interpersonal dialogues among radio DJ’s. It may be interesting to try and mix the celebrity component in with the noir character association by asking listeners to call in and suggest what modern celebrities should play the parts in classic noir films or what movies they’d like to see adapted into noir.

Getting acclimated to editing and manipulating audio recording was by far the most difficult part of this weeks assignments.  As a self proclaimed technological amateur, to put it lightly, I rely on trial and error to get me through utilizing and building my comfort with many of these platforms.  Audacity has a very user friendly introduction to their system which sifts through alot of their different functionalists, which are not unlike many desktop recording programs.  This does allow you to play with layering sounds much more, which will be interesting to play with as we progress with our radio show.  The freesound website was a bit of a mixed bag.  I liked that it acted as a conduit for almost any sound you could think of but the con was that there are many search results for common sounds which means the sorting becomes mandatory and tedious.

Reflecting On The Visualization of Noir Narratives: Character Development

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I have never had an eye for photography, but I do consider myself to be a very artistic person.  I try to photographic things with intricate detail or anything that evoked an emotion or memory for me.  When I travel I like to be completely present in my experiences and to stop that stream of consciousness for a photographic, breaks my connection.  To successfully replicate a moment for eternity in the form of photographic entails a lot of forethought.  Lighting, angle, perspective, distance, sharpness, and motion are all components that must be taken into consideration when before a snap can happen.  I think i could definitely improve upon my awareness of lighting, because noir is so strongly reliant on the tension yielded from shadows and dramatic lighting, I could bring more of that manipulation to my photos. The photo about is one I found in a vintage photo album online,  this man is what I picture Thaddeus (my noir character looking like).  His posture, facial expression, styling, and the context of his surroundings paint a picture of a curious enough character that you are not as concern with what his subject is and more drawn to what his story is.

Ctrl + Alt Ending

As a contributing member of the film consuming society, I know I am not alone in my feeling of dissatisfaction with the dissolution of many films, novels, and tv series. Conflict over whether one should respect the creative licenses of the writers and directors who tire over their craft, or demand a further explanation.  Hemingway is a distinguished author who wrote “The Killers” , previously entitled “The Matadors”, resolves his character Nick in a way that left me wondering where he might go and how he truly felt about the news he received.  I’d Like to see Hemingway deliver an insight into Nick’s inner thoughts as a monologue as he leaves town.  In this explaining his unresolved feelings on the tension filled events that proceeded this flight.  This monologue is a popular technique used in many noir productions to debunk the mystery of the main character/ voice of the story.

Week Two: Must Read Noir to Know Noir

Well it is a surprise to no one, especially not me, that this whole digital storytelling has been a struggle to pick up.  Being that the topic of Noir is the overall theme of the semester it has taken me awhile to acclimate and peak my own interest in the genre.   To me, if executed improperly the plot can lull and even stagnate given the subdued nature of the dialogue and the common character roles that reoccur.  The history of the acclaimed directors and actors who have partaken in these productions inspired me to look closer into this timeless theme.  It’s ability to be applied to almost any story no matter what film type; sitcom, period piece, drama, satire, etc. is noteworthy.  So Given the prompt of developing a character of my own, I wanted to really analyze what personas are fundamental to these types of tales!  Of course there’s the ‘femme fatals’, ‘villains’, and the classic ‘anti-hero’ but I feel the ‘Snitch’ is the persona Id’d like to delve into.  One of the most influential ones to my memory was ‘ Willy the snitch” from seasons 2-4 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.  Being that BTVS was my favorite tv series growing up, this character seemed to be one that never had a elaborated story line but at his surface, cam across multi-dimensional in his story.  One who could be amalgamated with a noir character fairly seamlessly

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