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GW Zimmerman Week 5 Summary

GW Zimmerman Week 5 Summary

A long time ago in the magic Kingdom of Bahrain a super saluki was born. He was the son of champions. He was a true son of the sands. His ancestors were famous hunters sought after for their stamina and hunting prowess. He was given […]

Saiph – Welcome to America

Saiph – Welcome to America

Saiph the Super Saluki’s Personal Story.

This 3 Star assignment was lots of fun.

The primary program I used was MovieMaker on my Sony Laptop. Using my photo and video gallery on OneDrive, where I had uploaded all of my photos and video from my iPhone, I spent a bit of time organizing the various pieces of media so that I knew the order I would insert them in. All told, my initial video had 26 images/videos.

Once I had the sequencing down I trimmed the time that photos were displayed in half. I then edited the videos. The saluki hunting scene was edited to remove the actual kill and the video of Saiph walking by himself was cut significantly. I left the video of him walking near the trash can intact because I wanted to show just how “rough” the lives of animals can be in the Middle East, especially in the cities.

Once I trimmed the video to the point that it was under 3 minutes. I added a Title Page and Credits. I then added the SALUKIZIM production logo at the end.

My next task was to find a musical sound track. Using the Add Music tab in MusicMaker I was able to go to and find music with a Middle Eastern flavor that had just the right sound for the video. Once I selected the music, Movie maker inserted it into the video.

My next task was to use the Record Narration function. I wrote a script and added the narration into the video.

Throughout the process, at each step I saved my project…I didn’t want to start again from scratch.

My next step was the most critical: File>Save Movie>Apple iPhone. This saved my movie as an MPEG-4 file.

Once the movie was saved I uploaded it to Vimeo and the rest is history.



SALUKIZIM Productions

SALUKIZIM Productions

SALUKIZIM Productions needed a snazzy logo. For this 3 Star assignment I downloaded a saluki sketch from online, placed it into a PowerPoint, added Text and saved it as a JPG.

Saiph Missing at Dulles Airport

Saiph Missing at Dulles Airport

Wouldn’t you know it, Lufthansa misplaced Saiph’s crate and he was missing for 1/2 an hour. For this 3 1/2 star assignment I spun my wheels for 1/2 an hour trying to find a free missing person template on line. […]

Saiph’s 24 Hour Day

Saiph’s 24 Hour Day

Saiph’s 24 hour trip to America.

I started this 3 1/2 Star assignment first at and searched for sounds that would tell my story without vocals. I downloaded the files and then imported them into Audacity. After a bit of editing I was able to create a sound track that starts in Bahrain with a car door closing, the trip to the airport, airport departure sounds, the noise of the plane engines, airport arrival, car trip home, and the sound of dogs barking…Welcome Home Saiph!

I saved the project and then exported it to an MP3 file which I uploaded into soundcloud. I also uploaded a picture I had created of the flight track from Bahrain to Frankfurt, Germany.

Hello Bahrain

Hello Bahrain

A little coordination goes a long way especially when confirming overseas flights. For this 4 1/2 assignment I wrote a short script with me talking to the gentleman in Bahrain who was taking care of Saiph and was shipping him to the United States […]

Super Saluki Billboard

Super Saluki Billboard

Saiph was welcomed to the United States with a giant billboard: For this 4 star assignment I went online to the internet and found an image of a billboard and downloaded it and saved it to a PowerPoint slide. I […]

G W Zimmerman Week 4 Weekly Summary

G W Zimmerman Week 4 Weekly Summary

Week 4

Fueled by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, vast quantities of black coffee, and one or two adult libations (dirty martinis) I powered through this week. I refused to get frustrated by software and programs that were not senior citizen friendly. Years ago when I was an electronics technician on submarines I discovered that there are more ways to solve simple problems than you will ever know, you just need to keep looking for the workaround. If nothing else, this week provided me with ample opportunities to prove to myself that the holes in my sieve like brain are not as huge as I thought they were.


I think that Ebert’s basic visual strategy is very interesting. I do not watch a lot of movies or television so I am not grounded on the intricacies of videography the way he is. However, as someone who has studied photography and photographic composition a number of times, the 20 some odd points he mentioned in his article on  video composition made a great deal of sense to me.

I believe that Ebert’s 20 points can be distilled to the following:

  • the right side of the frame is the power side
  • the left side of the frame is the weak side
  • the center of the frame is neutral
  • the top side of the frame is dominant over the bottom frame
  • objects in the foreground of the frame are dominant over objects in the background

For this assignment I watched two video clips:

  1. “The Shining//Zoom” where the cinematography gave the viewer a perspective that the world was out of balance thru movement and placement of film clips and photographs.
  2. “Tarantino//from Below”  where the video was taken from the submissive position of a weak victim looking up from below at  strong antagonist to the stronger.

Reading Movies

Look, Listen, Analyze

For this assignment I chose a vignette from a movie I have never seen “The Good The Bad and the Ugly”…the  Cemetery Scene.

I found it fascinating to see what your eyes see without sound and what your ears hear when you you listen without the interruption of sight.  I am a very visual person who has an acutely tuned sense of hearing. For me this assignment was extremely interesting. By turning off the sound and watching the visual effects my mind was not distracted or focused by the soundtrack of the movie. By closing my eyes and listening only to the soundtrack the cinematography did not distract me. When I played the video clip for the third time, with my eyes open and my ears listening, my mind process the visual and sound effects more critically than if I had watched the movie for pure entertainment purposes.

Look, Listen, Analyze

Video Assignments

1.) Where My Shoes Took Me

This four-star assignment was great fun. It provided me with significant challenges and opportunities to excel.

I took the video while out on my 0600 morning walk with my pup Nelly. I used my iPhone to record two separate video clips. It took me no time at all to airdrop the two videos from my iPhone to my iPad. Initially I attempted to use iMovie’s to work with the video and to download the video that I produced into Vimeo. That didn’t work. Eventually, through dogged determination and the process technically known as “dumb luck” I was able to move the two videos from my iPad to my Sony laptop where I was able to manipulate them and combine them.

I then ran into trouble when I couldn’t get Vimeo to upload my MovieMaker video project file. Again, perseverance paid off when, by shear luck, I  discovered, while doing my other video assignment, that by saving my movie to a Apple iPhone format, MPEG-4, in MovieMaker (File>Save Movie>Apple iPhone) Vimeo would happily sucked up.

Where My Shoes Took Me

2.) Mr. Z Important Things in My Life

This 4 1/2 star assignment captures one of the fundamental aspects of my personality.

I drew inspiration for this video from an assignment posted by Jenna Wood entitled “How I ended Up Here”. The tutorial she posted got my creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of my first year of college or even my first year at UMW. Paging through the assignment bank I found the assignment, I ended up doing, entitled “I am me”.  It fit perfectly.

Who am I:

I am a saluki hound aficionado. I have had saluki hounds for over 55 years of my life. I received my first saluki as a child, growing up in Saudi Arabia, from one of our Saudi neighbors who acquired the pop from a Bedouin friend of his. For the last 20 years I have always had at least four salukis in my house. On Sunday the 18th my new pup, Saiph (Sword in Arabic) will arrive at Dulles, by air, from Bahrain.

Putting this video together was relatively straightforward. My two primary tools were my trusty fallback, PowerPoint, and MovieMaker. When using PowerPoint the trick  to remember is that everything you create needs to be turned into a “picture”, JPEG format, if you want to use it in a blog or, in this case, a video.


The second most critical step in the entire process was the next to the last and is the one I discovered accidentally:

1.)  Save the project file using the “Save Movie” drop-down, under file, and selecting save for Apple iPhone.

This saves the movie as a MPEG-4/H.264 Video File. Once the MovieMaker software converts the file and that conversion is saved Vimeo will upload it to your Vimeo account.

Mr. Z Important Things in My Life

Comments on other blog posts

I decided to do 5 blog comments this week. As of Saturday at 1pm I received three comments from classmates on my blog assignments.













Daily Create

For this daily create I found an old map of Northern Virginia that has Stafford County, where I live, marked on it, My house is actually located in the vicinity of the “T” in Stafford on the map.

My favorite quote is from C.S. Jarvis, who was the British Governor of Sinai in the 1930s. One of the books he wrote about his experience is entitled, “Three Deserts”. The quote, in the chapter “Masterpieces of the Obvious” is about the stupidity of General Headquarters, in the U.K. He complains:

Headquarters in those days struck me as being extraordinarily dense, not to say silly. It was necessary to explain to them that water would not run uphill, that sand blew in the same direction as the wind and did not get up and fight its way against it; that the sun was hotter in summer then in winter, and other masterpieces of the obvious of this description. It never seemed to occur to them that we men in the desert were the reason for their existence…Headquarters… regarded themselves the center of the universe and us as troublesome beings who always required something they were not inclined to cede, and imagined what a pleasant place headquarters might be if only they were not worried to death by insistent creatures who lived in the desert…

This assignment was lots of fun. My eldest sister served as the photographer and after I had done a bit of staging and run through the placement of my hedge clippers and rake we managed to take the picture in one shot. Pretty cool.

While in the military and as a government employee my jobs required periodic polygraphs. Trust me, there is nothing fun about the experience. I thought that this Simpsons cartoon perfectly captured the experience.

Weekly Summary:

On the whole, I think  that once again I did a passable job completing the requirements of this week’s assignments.

I got to play around with iMovie and MovieMaker. Two programs that a week ago I had no idea existed. I took my own counsel and started work early in the week. I’m glad I did. This course and summer classes in particular do not lend themselves to procrastination.


What I enjoyed again this week, was learning something totally new. I had no idea how much fun it is to play with video. The challenge of putting everything together next week will be exciting.

I think that it might be of use to students to have a chat room open, online, at least one evening early in the week where they can “Talk to the Professor/Teaching Assistant” and ask dumb questions and  go over the weeks requirements and some of the finer points in using that week’s technology.

All in all, this was a fun week.



Where My Shoes Took Me

Where My Shoes Took Me

This four-star assignment was great fun. It provided me with significant challenges and opportunities to excel. I took the video while out on my 0600 morning walk with my pup Nelly. I used my iPhone to record two separate video clips. It took me […]

Mr. Z  Important Things in My Life

Mr. Z Important Things in My Life

This 4 1/2 star assignment captures one of the fundamental aspects of my personality. I am a saluki hound aficionado. I have had saluki hounds for over 55 years of my life. I received my first saluki as a child, growing up in Saudi […]