DS 106 Assignment #1: 30 second story

Right now I am taking Jim Groom’s open course DS106- Digital Storytelling.  I am excited for the challenges that the course will offer me.  Oftentimes as a teacher I feel hypocritical for making my students create digital media around certain parameters while I feel like I don’t rise to the same challenge.  Our assignment this week was to create a 30 second story talking about something that happened to us recently.  Honestly, I couldn’t think about a story that had happened to me recently (which made me realize that I need to write some more of this stuff down) so I spent about an hour or so humming and hawing about what I would tell.

Finally, I decided that I would give some kinetic typography a try.  After Effects has become pretty hot recently in terms of advertising storytelling, so I thought I would give it a shot as a quick experiment.  The end product ending up being much shorter than 30-seconds and not even really a story, but somehow it captures much of my feeling at this moment.  Please enjoy!

  • http://www.timmmmyboy.com Tim Owens

    I tried the kinetic typography thing once and 7 seconds took me roughly 2 hours to finish. Mad props to you! I love this format.

  • http://bavatuesdays.com Jim Groom


    This kinetic typography is awesome, would love to know how you did this. And it makes me want to play with after Effects. What’s more, congratulations, 106 days until fatherhood, amazing. In fact, my first brush with fatherhood more than 6 years ago led me to blogging and socail media, in fact, I made my first mashup using Duck and Cover from the internet archive:

    Having a kid for the first time was still the greatest high I have ever experienced. Good for you, all the best, and keep sharing this kind of awesomeness.

  • http://ryanbrazell.net Ryan

    Yes this IS a story … and a well-told one at that. Congratulations on both the kickass video, and on becoming a father! Sleep now while you still have the chance.

  • Audrey Williams

    This was great! I would love to have some time with After Effects to give that a try. Maybe after DS106….. 🙂

  • http://robnyland.com/blog robnyland

    Tim- This was really meant to be my first try in kinetic typography. It was really fun to do, but it does take a while — and I really don’t know if there is a way to cut down on the time that it takes to complete.

    Jim- Thank you for your kind words. I’m really worried that most of my media creations are going to involve my children, which I think is great for my children and future me, but maybe not so for the rest of the world. My wife and I watched your video and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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