Spielberg’s Secret Revealed

Magazine Cover Edit


                                                           November 24, 2015

Exclusive eyewitness accounts and hidden camera video reveal a secret that Steven Spielberg has kept from Hollywood and the world.   Earlier this week, Spielberg was seen entering Esmerelda’s Chamber of Truth located at 100 Cemetery Lane. Our eyewitness followed him in and has provided a detailed account of what happened.  TIME Magazine has confirmed Spielberg’s visit to the Fortune Teller. According to our eyewitness, Spielberg was there seeking a crystal ball reading from Esmerelda, the Fortune Teller.  He requested the crystal ball reading to help him cope with a fear that has been haunting him for years.  If you dare to uncover the truth of his secret for yourself, you can read the eyewitness account and see video of the actual crystal ball images seen by Steven Spielberg and captured on hidden camera footage.  WARNING:  VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES.

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Words of Wisdom

Reflecting back on my own trials in this class I will leave you with three parting suggestions that might have made things go a little smoother for me.

  1. I wish I had made myself a cheat sheet for the simple things I kept forgetting.  It would include the following:
    • Post the weekly work into Canvas.  I would finish the weekly blog with a sigh of relief that it was done, close my computer and walk away.  Only to realize later that I never posted the blog link into Canvas.  Ugh!
    • Post video from Flickr not directly from your own computer.  I would spend hours trying to upload video from my computer into the blog with no success and plenty of frustration.  Then I would finally have an ah ha moment and upload it to Flickr then post it into the blog from there and success was mine.
  2. For the Group Project, share all of your work with all of the group members. This will allow group members to step in and help in the end if someone can’t do their part.  Otherwise you are scrambling around in a panic trying to get all the data from everyone.
  3. Beware of Downloads.  If you aren’t a strong computer person get someone to download software applications for you.  Otherwise if you blindly click, like I did, you may get a virus that wipes your computer out!  Ugh!

Well that’s it.  Good Luck!

TDC Idea

Find or take a picture of someone who can be recognized even when showing only one body part (that is not their face).  Such as Santa’s hand reaching for cookies, Ronald McDonald’s feet, Big Birds tail . . . you get the idea.  Tweet and share your image.


Merry Christmas!

Week Fifteen Summary

Well it has been an interesting endeavor to say the least.  After frustrating myself trying to learn how to do something new, I took the advise of a fellow classmate who commented that I should look back at what I had already done and build from there.  That was very helpful and my story idea developed quickly.  I found a TIME Magazine cover and edited it for my story idea as an exclusive expose.

Creating the project was something else.  I first started by downloading and editing movie trailers, then I wrote a script, then I had my family play the parts of a news report and I filmed them.  I added my family film to the movie clips and created a news report.  This was very similar to the audio radio show project but was a video version.  I had my host character Esmerelda, the fortune teller talking with Steven Spielberg during a crystal ball reading where she introduced the movie trailers one at a time.  The movie trailers were Spielberg’s thoughts which were seen in the crystal ball reading.  The audio of Esmerelda and Steven Spielberg was not good; so I muted the sound on the original film clips and had my family record their script parts in audio only which I added to the film clips.  But I hated it.  It seemed uninventive and kind of boring to watch the whole things.  So I started over.

I decided that since I was using the TIME Magazine cover for my inspiration that I would write a magazine article rather than a video news report.  In order to use the video images I crafted it as an online magazine article/report.  This allowed me to combine a written article with embedded video clips.  I was also able to use the magazine cover as an opening page with an intro and a “read more” link which takes you to the blog post with the article itself.  I was much happier with the outcome of this version of the project.

I was really happy with the design editing features I found right here in the blog for my written content.  I used the Blockquote feature to make the magazine article introduction and closing which set it apart from the article content and gave it an appearance that looked like a magazine article heading.  I used simple bold and italics for the article content itself and embedded the video into the article.   My host character did not introduce and close the article but she did open and close the crystal ball reading session.  The article was introduced by the magazine author, which I used my name for.  The entire story is considered an exclusive expose article that is told by the articles author based on an eyewitness account of the events and hidden camera video which the eyewitness was able to record of the crystal ball images.  I edited the movie trailer clips even more than what I used in the video project.  Then I found a crystal ball video which I added to the front of the movie clips and used some video editing to shatter the image as it transitioned to from the crystal ball to the video images.  After I finished I had two blog posts.  One for the magazine cover introduction and one for the article with video clips.  When I was done I selected an option under the publish tab to have the magazine cover blog post be the first post in the site and when I viewed it there was a “feature” tag at the top.  This looked like it was intended to show the magazine cover as a “feature story”.  I think this version of the project turned out very good.  Also I feel like there is likely to be a lot of video storytelling for this project so going with an old school written project with some video incorporated will be a little different.  Hopefully you like it.

My project includes writing, design work, still photography, and video.  I wrote the story/article, designed the still photography magazine cover, added still photography images of Steven Spielberg and Esmerelda, and edited the video clips.  There is audio in the video clips, but I did not record this audio nor edit it.  I am happy with the final project.  I think it is a neat and tidy presentation of a story . . . discovering what Steven Spielberg fears, and it is a good use of my host character.

In other news . . . besides the project this week I also posted my assignment ideas and tutorials.  Better late than never!  And that’s a wrap!



Second Tutorial Idea

Making a comic strip using an online software can be fun, but challenging.  I made one using bitstrips.com.  Here’s how I did it:

Choose create strip, select the number of panels layout, then using the tabs across the top of the screen to chose a scene first.  I selected a three panel strip and inserted a bedroom scene, a campground scene, and a swimming pool scene.  Then select a character.  I just used a stickman figure for this strip.  Place him in each scene one at a time and use the options to position his arms, make him sit, etc.  Then at the bottom of the strip there are options you can use.  My favorite is the “layer up and down” options.  With this option I can “layer down” my stick figure character in the swimming pool scene so that it appears like he is in the water.  Half of his body will be under the water and half above the water.  This was a very basic strip but you can add text, insert additional props, and explore other features.  Have fun!

Comic Assignment Idea

First Tutorial

This is my tutorial for editing a magazine cover in a fun and interesting way and posting a before and after image.  Go online and find a magazine cover and right click on it and select “save picture as” using a JPEG document type.  Then go to your picture and right click on it and select “open with” [an editing software]. . . I used Microsoft Paint.  For my cover I used one with a lot of black background because it was easy to edit.  In Microsoft Paint I selected an area, cut, and then filled the area in with black.  This allowed me to remove some of the data on the cover.  I removed the last line of the title on the lower left side and the text paragraph on the lower right side.  Then I added data by inserting a text box and using white ink so it would show on the black background.  I didn’t need to add anything to the title so I simply added a paragraph on the lower right side of the page.  Then I circled it in white to draw attention to it using the shapes option.

Here’s the before and after snap shots:

Magazine Cover Edits

Assignment Idea

Exclusive Expose


ELLEN WINDLEY                                                                                       November 24, 2015

Steven Spielberg requested a crystal ball reading to help him cope with a secret fear that has been haunting him for years. Here is an eyewitness account and video of the actual crystal ball images seen by Steven Spielberg and captured on hidden camera footage.

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg


Esmerelda:  Welcome Steven, I’ve been expecting you. 

Spielberg:  Esmerelda, please you have to help me!  Every time I attempt to turn on my TV or watch a movie I am stricken with fear that I can not overcome.  Can you help me figure out why I have this fear and if it will ever go away?

Esmerelda:  Yes Steven, we can look into my crystal ball to uncover the truths that reside deep within you.  But heed my warning, the anguish will be yours to bare.  Now please sit, take a deep breath and relax.  Look into the crystal ball and let’s see what it reveals to us about your fears.


Spielberg:  Esmerelda, I told you of my fears why would you show me such horrifying images?  I do not understand!

Esmerelda:  Steven, I do not bring these images . . . . this darkness already resides within you.

     Let us look beyond these images for something good.  Please once again take a deep breath and relax.  Look into the crystal ball and think about being at home with your family.


Esmerelda:  I am sorry Steven.  I have never seen such darkness in one man.  The television is something that truly haunts you.  We must find something within you that is happy and good.  Look once more into the crystal ball and try to imagine that you are at the beach, where there are no televisions, you are simply enjoying a day filled with sunshine.


Esmerelda:  Well, this is very serious.  Please we must keep digging deep within you until something good can be seen.  Perhaps if you imagine that you are in a desert, far from any shark filled waters.


Esmerelda:  Steven please!  I fear you are not trying.  When I said imagine the desert I meant someplace with dusty dirt, not a cave with falling rock and daggers.  Try again; but this time without the giant boulder chasing you.  You must think happy thoughts only.

No Boulders

Esmerelda:  Well that’s better . . . I knew we could find the good within you.  Let’s try it one more time to be sure.  The Thanksgiving Day parade is happening in a few days.  Look one last time into the crystal ball and try to imagine you are at the parade watching the floats and balloons pass by.


Spielberg:  Esmerelda, thank you!  You have helped me overcome the dark images that haunted my thoughts.  

Esmerelda:  You are welcome Steven.  Now you may go forward and share your happy images with the world.

What’s next . . . will Steven Spielberg now share only happy images with the world?  Has Hollywood lost its’ greatest creator of horror films?   Will Esmerelda become the Fortune Teller to the stars?  To explore these questions TIME Magazine will publish future articles featuring interviews with some of Hollywood’s top movie producers and an expert psychologist on phobias.