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Movie scenes that changed my life

Assignment: For this assignment, select scenes from 3-5 movies. These scenes should represent scenes that changed your life or made some sort of dramatic, traumatic, lasting, or emotional impact on you. When you have selected those scenes, create a video that shows the scenes and includes audio/video of you describing what it is about the scene that made a significant impact on you, what you are fond of about the scenes, what scares you, what you remember thinking when you were a child, etc. Feel free to be liberal in your interpretation of the instructions. Keep in mind, however, that the primary point is to recall 3-5 movie scenes that have made a lasting impact on you (whatever the reason for that impact may be.)

Process: Well I have no experience or any knowledge of how to put scenes from other movies into a short film with nothing but my own commentary on the background. But I felt that this assignment was too special to passed up. So I have chosen 5 trailers from 5 movies that has greatly impacted my life, in no particular order.

1. Pursuit of Happiness

This film is one of the most inspiring films I have ever seen. This film has taught me to stop at nothing to achieve my goals. Not only is this film dramatically inspiring, I belive it was one of Will Smith’s best acting ever done on-screen.

2. Marley and Me

Marley and Me was the first movie (and maybe only) movie that I have ever cried watching. I didn’t cry from laughter, I cried because the ending was just too sad. I have a dog too so this movie really got to me. This movie changed my life because it made me realize, I should cherish every moment with those I care about most, because were all gonna die someday.

3. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump… not much to say about this movie. Probably the best movie made in all time. This movie taught me that you can do a lot in one life time, taught me that anybody you meet might be famous one day, and it has taught me that life is a box of chocolates. It wont last long for fat people.

4. The Truman Show

I’m not sure what this movie taught me, but this was one of the first movies that popped into my head when I started brainstorming my most inspirational movies. I remember being insanely paranoid after I watched this movie as a kid. I would try to run in the middle of the street and see if a car would stop if I held my hand out.

5. The Matrix

The Matrix didnt teach me to dodge bullets or anything, but I did learn what the future holds for the new generation of action movies. But that’s a topic for another blog, this movie does depict what I believe the future of the cyberworld will look like. I believe that the internet will become such a large majority of our lives that we will eventually find a way to upload our brains into the cyberworld. At first, this seems like a good idea, until robots destroy our world, then we prefer to live in a fake world because we know that reality sucks. Much like video games.

Sources: I have embedded all videos from YouTube.


Fresh Prince on Google Maps

The Assignment: “Use Google Maps to tell a story! It can be the story of a trip you took, a trip you would like to take, a strange occurrence, a war, anything you like! The only rules are that you have to use Google Maps proper in order to tell your story ”

The Process: I used google maps for all the images. Instead of creating my own story, I decided to use google maps to depict the story of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. My favorite show as I grew up, and yet still one of the best all time comedies. Please enjoy.


Now, this is the story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air





In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground was where I spent most of my days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
And all shootin some b-ball outside of school


When a couple of guys
Who were up to no good
Startin making trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
She said ‘You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air’


I pulled up to the house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabbie ‘Yo homes smell ya later’
I looked to my kingdom
I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air


The Lyric is “The Fresh Prince of Bel air” written by Willard Smith and Jeffery Townes.

Photos taken from Google Maps, and lyrics taken from Lyric freak

 For old time’s sake, please enjoy the video below.

Go pikachu…. I mean Vannever Bush.

Assignment: Create your own Pokemone card using a pioneer.

Process: I uploaded a prime card into photo shop. I then erased all the characters aspects. I continued to create multiple layers to add the photos and the text.

Story: Vannever Bush’s Hp is 80 because he lived to be 84 years of age. He evolved from MIT because he graduated there. His first attack is a refrenece to the power of the atomic bomb. His second attack is based off of memex. If you take a closer look on the top-right corner, you will see a small image of magneto. That image is there because i believe they look alike, and it has no particualr refrence to anything relevant on the matter of this pioneer.

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The Elite 8

Assignment: Create a Minimalist travel poster based on a movie using the pioneers.

Process: I used photoshop to create this. I used a total of 20 layers in photoshop to complete this project. the first ten layers were used to upload each and every individual picture. i then cropped and erase the pictures to allow them to fit. the next ten layers were used to create the words using text. nothing fancy, just time consuming.

Story: The inspiration that lead me to create the elite 8, was from my indescision to pick a single pioneer. so i decided to use all the pioneers and our professor (mainly cause he asked me if he could be in the project.)

Source where pictures were taken from: Google… Vannevar Bush. Alan Turing. Norbert Wiener. JCR Licklider. Doug Englebart. Ted Nelson. Alan Kay.

Triple troll Quote


The assignment was to create a triple troll quote. This is a project where you take a photo of a pioneer, then add a quote from another person, but label the quotee as another person. The thing is, you can’t just pick any name, you must relate all the names together somehow.


Using photo shop, i uploaded the image of Norbert Weiner. I then created two more layers. On the second layer i created the gradient background using colors black and white. The last layer, i created the quote using text. Simple photo shop steps, nothing fancy.


I used a photo of Norbert Weiner, Bill Gate’s quote, and Marco Casalan’s name. I chose Norbert because he is a pioneer of cybernetics, and he is a famous childhood prodigy. I then chose Bill Gate’s quote, “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll be working for one.” I chose his quote because he is a genius that a lot of people work for, and he has changed the world today by his ingenious innovations of technology. I chose Marco Casalan because he is another childhood prodigy. Marco is currently 9 years old and he is the youngest Microsoft systems engineer in the world. He ties into Bill Gate’s quote, because I have a feeling I might end up working for him.

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