The Evolution of Dance (Rough Cut)

Time for some dancing!!


For my final project, I decided to show how dance which compiles several clips that show different dances between the 1920s and 2013.  Its a mixture of clips found on YouTube and my own footage towards the end:

For another part of this project I created a mash-up of songs from different decades; each song is an example of what people listened and dance to during different time periods:

Final Project Proposal

Our CT class is coming to an end so that means final project time!

For my “transmedia storytelling” project, I want to show the “Evolution of Dance”.  Dancing has really changed over the years.  Dances like waltzing and ballet were the styles hundreds of years ago, then it moved on to other things like swing dancing, jitterbugging and moves like the “Charleston”, all the way to today where it seems like “twerking” is all the rage.  I love to dance and because dance has changed so many times in so many ways, I think that this is a good idea for a final project.

The three elements of my project would be a video, a timeline, and a gif.  The main part would be a video, composed of all different styles of dance so viewers can really see how the styles now are so different from the styles back then.  Then the two smaller components would be a timeline (made with Timeline JS) showing various decades and what style of dance was popular during that time and a few gifs (made in Photoshop) showing off some cool and interesting dance moves in a continuous loop.

The World of Hello Kitty

The semester is winding down and it’s time to start thinking final projects.  During Monday’s class we talked about transmedia and looked at Popcorn Maker, a program that allows you to present videos with other media, such as pictures, music, text, and maps.  We messed around with it in class and over the weekend I finished this piece, which is a short history of Hello Kitty:

I have a bit of an obsession with Hello Kitty (lol) and decided to make this video about the origin of her, as well as her successes over the years.

Popcorn Maker is really easy to use.  You can search media right from the application or drag in your own.  I used the application to add three Google maps: one of New York, one of Spain, and one of Tokyo.  Most of my images came from Google.  I also used YouTube to incorporate a song, “Hello Kitty” by Avril Lavigne.  I think this came out good for my first time using it.

Abby’s Big Break

During Monday’s class we were given a group assignment: think of an event that could be life changing: winning the lottery, graduating, becoming famous, any thing along those lines, and film footage of that event and how it changed someone’s life.

I worked with Jocelyn and Abby on this, and Abby was telling us about how her life changed when she got offered to showcase her designs during NYC Fashion Week 2013.  We thought this was really cool and decided to reenact the events leading up to Abby showing her designs.  We filmed various scenes, such as Abby sketching, Jocelyn (who played the fashion director) looking at Abby’s work, and Abby getting the phone call about the good news.  After filming our scenes we all sent our videos to one another and we each have to separately edit them in to a short film, then compare them next class.  Here’s my version :)

I made the video in Windows Movie Maker, which is kind of like a version of iMovie, but for Windows.  I started getting the hang of it within half an hour, so it wasn’t too hard to make.  The hardest part about making this was the phone conversation because I had to make sure I was cutting and putting things together well so it would flow.  I added a few transitions, title cards, song pieces, and credits at the end to make it feel like an actual movie.

Credit to both Abby and Jocelyn for providing me with their videos and to Abby for sending me pictures of her preparing for Fashion Week :)

Song: Glam by Christina Aguilera

This assignment was 5 out of 5 stars.


Get to Steppin’!!

More video assignments…yay!!! The first assignment I did for this week is called “Supercut It”.  For this assignment we had to create a montage of overused dialogue, themes or motifs for a TV show, movie, character, or public figure.

My all time favorite TV show to watch is “Martin” because it’s hilarious and always keeps me laughing, and immediately I knew I could make a montage of something on the show. Martin has a slight problem throughout the series and tends to kick people out of his house if they irritate him or say something he doesn’t like, always saying  “Get to steppin!” or something along those lines before he slams the door in their face.  He’s done this in a lot of episodes, so I chose just a few moments to show.

Martin Kicking people out from Janae Hunter on Vimeo.

I got all the clips from YouTube and downloaded them to my computer (the qualities are a bit off since this was a show from the 90s).  I opened them in Movavi Video Editor and cut the clips to the parts where Martin is kicking someone out (and maybe a few seconds before and after the fact).  Then I added title cards to the beginning and end, and used Audacity to play parts of the theme song at the end and beginning.  Doing this assignment wasn’t too difficult and it was a lot fun since all the clips were funny and I got some good laughs putting this together.

Episodes and Sound Clips:

Martin Theme Song Seasons 1 and 2

“I’ve Got a Secret”–Season 1, 1992

“Beat It”–Season 2, 1993

Compilation Video–Multiple seasons

“Baby It’s You”–Season 2, 1993

“Ain’t Nuttin’ Goin on But the Rent”–Season 3, 1995

“Boyz R’ Us”–Season 1, 1992

“The Night He Came Home”–Season 1, 1992

“Beauty and the Beast”–Season 1, 1992

“Arms are for Hugging”–Season 2, 1994

“You’ve Got a Friend”–Season 2, 1993

This was worth 5 out of 5 stars.



Play it Backwards, Janae!

Finishing up my 10 stars for this week, I did “Play it Backward, Jack“: take a video of something, and reverse it.

I chose a scene from the movie “Bad Grandpa” and reversed it in iMovie.  There’s an effect that will reverse the clip for you so this assignment was really easy.  I just played the video normally, copied it, then reversed it.

Video Clip: Bad Grandpa, 2013

This is 2 out of 5 stars.

The Great Gatsby Murder!

This next assignment was called “Mash Up Trailers”.  We had to take clips from movies or TV shows to create a fake trailer.

Since I love the 1920s, I decided to mash up the movies “Chicago” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger and “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Both movies take place in the 20s and showcase everything that what going on at the time: smoking, parties, jazz, flappers, and crime.  I’ve seen “Chicago” hundreds of times and although I haven’t seen the most recent remake of Gatsby (I’m dying to see it!!), I’ve seen the version from the 70s and loved it.

I got most of the songs and clips from YouTube and got a couple of sounds from  I started making this in iMovie, but finished it up in Movavi Video Editor.  First I imported all the clips and trimmed off just the parts I needed and put them together in a timeline.  Then in Audacity I trimmed the songs that I used so I could match them as close as possible to the clips.  Then using a text box I added some words on to a picture from “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack.  Finally I saved it for web and here is the finished product!

I was starting to get used to using this program, so I think I did a good job of telling a story.  I think it could still use some tightening up though, like matching up the audio with video in some places, but overall I think it’s good.  I wanted to add the green ratings screen at the beginning, but I don’t have anything to edit it with, so I’ll try and put it in another time.  Ignore the watermark and enjoy!

Movie Clips:

Chicago (2002) Trailer

The Great Gatsby (2013) Trailers and death scene

Sound Clips:

Fergie ft. Q-Tip and GoonRock: A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)—”The Great Gatsby” soundtrack

Catherine Zeta Jones, Mya, Susan Misner, Denise Faye, Deidre Goodwin, and Ekaterina Chtchelkanova: Cell Block Tango—”Chicago” soundtrack

Gunshot provided by martian on

Jail door provided by TurtleLG on

This was worth 5 out of 5 stars.


The Meanest Girls in 20 seconds

So we are finally on the video assignments this week! I’m a little nervous because putting together and editing videos just seems like a lot of work, but we’ll see how this goes :)

The first assignment I attempted was “One Archetype, Five Movies, Five Seconds”.  We had to create a five second clip that showed one archetype from five different movies.  The archetype I chose was mean girls!  I went over five seconds, but overall I think it came out good lol:

Mean Girls archetype from Janae Hunter on Vimeo.

I made this using a program called Movavi Video Editor.  It’s a bit like iMovie but for Windows (I tried Windows Movie Maker at first but it was a little difficult).  I got the clips from YouTube and downloaded them using a Firefox plugin.  Then I imported all the clips then dragged them in to the timeline so I could cut out the parts I wanted.  Finally I saved the movie for web and uploaded to Vimeo.  Using the program wasn’t difficult but because it’s a trial version there’s a watermark on the finished video.

Screenshot (7)

Movie Clips:

Mean Girls (2004)

Hairspray (2007)

Carrie (2013)

Easy A (2010)

Bring it On (2000)

This is worth 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Aaliyah’s Greatest Hits

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This next assignment I chose was called “So and So’s Greatest Hits”.  We had to take our favorite singer/band and create a piece that consisted of at least five songs which we considered their best work.

I listen to a lot of music and have quite a few artists that I really like, but I would have to say that Aaliyah is my all time favorite.  She made music during the 90s and early 2000s, so being that I’m only 18 I was really young when she was making music but I remember absolutely loving any song that she made.  Aaliyah had such this amazing voice that it was hard not to love her.

Unfortunately, Aaliyah died on August 25, 2001 in a plane crash at the age of 22.  It sucks that the music industry lost such a talented and beautiful girl because she definitely was going places in her career.  It would have been amazing to hear what she would be putting out today, but at least we have all the great music she put out before she died to listen to.

Now even though Aaliyah only made three studio albums and contributed to a few movie soundtracks, she still had A LOT of hits.  If I put them all together we would be here for days, so I ended up using nine of what I considered to be her best songs:

I made this using Audacity by importing the songs then cutting about the first minute or so of each song to use for the compilation.  I arranged the songs so that one would start playing while one was ending and used the fade in/fade out effects so that while one song was fading out, the other would start fading in.  The only song I used in its entirety was the last song, Miss You, since it’s a pretty sad and emotional song for Aaliyah fans.  This was pretty simple to do because Audacity has been becoming really easy to use.  Hopefully this is something that Aaliyah would be proud of :)

Song List

Back and Forth: (ft. R.Kelly) Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, 1994

I’m So Into You: Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, 1994

Are You That Somebody?: (ft. Timberland) Dr. Doolittle soundtrack, 1998

I Don’t Wanna: Next Friday soundtrack, 2000

The One I Gave My Heart To: One in a Million, 1996

At Your Best (You Are Love): Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, 1994

One in a Million: One in a Million, 1996

Rock the Boat: Aaliyah, 2001

Miss You: I Care 4 U, 2002 (Posthumous Album)

This was 3.5 out of 5 stars.




Wheels on the Polyphony

To start off this weeks 10 stars worth of assignments, here’s “Row, Row, Polyphony”.  The idea behind this assignment was to combine two similar melodies and play them at the same time, but starting at different points.  Think back to elementary school when half of the class would start singing a song, then a few seconds later the rest of the class would start the song.

I’ve done this countless of times as a child, either in school or with my mom, so I thought that this would work best with a children’s song.  The song I chose was “The Wheels on the Bus”. I found this really cute version of the song and here’s how it turned out:

I got the song off of YouTube, and converted it to a mp3 file using the website  Then I imported the song twice in Audacity.  I cut out the beginning part and just went straight to the lyrics, and just had one start playing a few seconds after the other.  Since I’ve been working a lot with Audacity lately this was pretty simple.

This is 3.5 out of 5 stars.