The Day is Saved: The end of DS106

The final week of this semester is finally upon us, and with it brings a multitude of digital works from the students of DS106: from The Beast and his crisis of losing his powers, to Weather Woman and her reports on Global Warming, the students of DS106 have each saved the day in many different styles. Some submissions stood on top of the others in my opinion, and while i'd like to see the full movie adaptation of those stories in the future, me putting them in the spotlight here will have to do for now.

     The adventures of Mellow Man and Tech was something that I enjoyed not only for it's story and it's time traveling theme, but also for the custom drawings that the creators put the effort into creating for their heroes. This project was one that gave me the clearest image of what the students envisioned for their characters, and I was taken aback with how much more I wanted to see of the duo.

    On a more serious note, the audio diaries of Weather Woman taught…

Jasper Regan's Long Day

Below are the Submissions for my Final Project:

Part One:


Part Two:

Part Three:

Jasper Regan's Big Day from Mike Macleay on Vimeo.


Week 14 Summary

For our super Final Project, I decided to make a little bit of a story on how my hero eventually saves the day, and also took the opportunity to give my character some background on how he operates.

    First I made a short little newspaper front page using a simple little generator I found here and used the chance to give my hero a little bit of character, as well as tell a little bit of his story and history from a journalist's perspective. It wasn't very taxing to make, but it was enjoyable to write and really brainstorm some points about my character's history.

   Next, I did an audio piece where the government reaches out to my hero for assistance. It was a recording of a friend and I that we had practiced once before, but it turned out much better than I expected in the end. Improvisation was a key factor for some of the one-liners in the piece, but I don't believe it took any of the quality away from the final result.

    Finally, I ended up making a short …

Week 13 Summary

This week I started to make the foundations for my final project; I decided to have my superhero try to save himself, and played around with how to approach the idea of a character who has unlimited power save himself.

   I first thought that my character could be chased by a secret organization that wanted him destroyed for some greater goal, but I thought it was a cliche idea and had a different thought: what if the hero's greatest enemy isn't an enemy or force that he needed to defeat, but instead his own satisfaction? So I started working on the idea that my hero's only true wish was to be loved by everyone and everything around him, but he also stands as an enemy to all mankind, because of a common opinion that he is evil for having his powers.

    After deciding on this, I started to work on a story that I could create to illustrate this scenario. Now I'm somewhat at a crossroads in my story, as going in one direction or another determines whether my final wi…

The Land Before Gantz

For this assignment I was tasked with taking a movie trailer and mixing it with another trailer in whatever ways I could. When I saw this assignment I immediately thought of the 28 Days Later mashup that I had done before and was eager to do something similar. On a side note, doing the 'Bad and Sunny' was noticeably harder to complete due to the PC I was using at the time, and not wanting to spend time dealing with bad (but free) software I downloaded a Trial for Sony Vegas video editing software. The software is honestly the best I've used so far - better than iMovie even - so this video turned out pretty good.

But it's bad. Really bad. Not for anyone too young or the faint of heart. Seriously.


Senpai SuperPAC

This assignment is something that the Remix Generator threw at me that I thought was pretty unique. I had to create a fictional SuperPAC as well as translate it into another language. Seeing this as a go-ahead to poke at whatever culture I wanted, I decided to go with the Japenese this time, and the final product seems to do it justice. The basic idea of it is that our hero Kawaii is running for Emperor in 2018. Some of his policies are also scattered about. The original character comes from Adventure Time.

Have fun translating!

Emo-Style Angel

For this Remixed Assignment I was tasked to change the 'mood' of an image, and the "Go Emo" requirement. Since the mood of the assignment was already decided, I decided to try to take something that'd be challenging to turn emo. I stumbled upon a drawing of a "Seraphic Angel" when looking for angels, and figured that it'd be a good pick to play around with. I don't think I was able to truly go emo on the photo, but I did darken it a good amount overall. 

Original Photo: Here