The Mission of Semester 106

a digital storytelling adventure

Tag: RemixAssignments

How to find a Agent: a book remix

For my second remix of the week I did the Mashedup Children’s Book remixed with Turn Up the Cheese. Now I know we were supposed to try and have a remix or mashup using previous work done in the DS106 and I tried to do that. However it felt really uncomfortable when I tried it. Kinda like I was mocking what someone had tried real hard on. I think maybe I just wasn’t finding the right assignments or remixes to combine but I really was not getting anything that felt like a valuable re-edition to the DS106 world. So I decided that I would just try to create a new remix because I really never found a good balance that didn’t feel like an issue.

When I started this assignment I felt like this remix was a good combination because people often feel like children’s books are already kinda cheesy. (Not always but often.) So I set out to make a super cheesy over the top example of one. I decided to make it in Canva which is usually used for info graphics and the like because I wanted it to be as overly bright as possible. (Also cause this week was a real GIMP heavy editing week and I needed to switch things up a bit.)

I decided to try and incorporate my character and the class theme into this cheesy remix. I made a children’s book cover for a fictional guide to finding a agent. I tried to play on how children’s books usually have animal characters with my character’s name of Agent Fawn. So I put a cute little overplayed deer and had a magnifying class watching over her. (I feel like this is where it could have gotten dark but cheesy is not that so I tried to avoid that.) I went with bright red for the background because red still felt creepy but also overused. I also went it a in your face font size that dominated the fictional book cover.

How to find a Agent

Mission Remix

So I remixed the Movie Mash up with the 106er’s remix style. Originally I had just been planning on just doing the mash up version of the assignment but while I was doing it I had a sudden idea and decided to remix it.

So when i started the movie mash up I wanted to combine spy movies because then it still stayed in the course also stretched ideas on how to make it. Unfortunately a lot of spy movies have single large shots of one individual which made it a bit hard to find something that worked well. So I looked around and I found this poster from Mission Impossible. It was more dynamic and had a space around the plane I could play with for editing the context.

After that I tried to think what would fit into the background and thought about parachuting. The film Kingsman another spy one had a parachute scene so I decided to incorporate that into the background. The films are not as similar as the mash up suggested them to be but there are some commonalities. I found this picture from the film to sub into the background.

Next I started to combine them. I put them together in GIMP as separate layers. I decided to erase out the background around the three figures. I am very picky about pixels so I went into great detail to try and get rid of all the blue pixels from the background.

pixel erasing

One I had done that round of erasing I placed the figures near the edge of the wing of the plane. Next I decided to remove the text below the film’s title like the release date and such. To do this I used the clone stamp tool and repeated the pattern of the grass in vertical stripes. Trying my best to blend it in correctly with short spurts.

text rid

Once I had erased out the bottom text it still felt eh, so I decided Rogue Nation and Tom Cruise were phrases that needed to go as well. I repeated the same process as before using the clone stamp tool to remove them from the image. Then I thought I was done.

first version

Once I had made this image I was pretty happy except I realized I could incorporate it with a remix! I had flipped through some of the remixes and knew about the DS 106 one for remixing the course into the mash up. I thought when I saw Mission that it would be a perfect fit! Because it included not only DS106 but also missions and spies the theme of this particular section. So I messed around with creating a DS 106 in text and played around with getting the perspective to match up with the top lettering. I wanted the lettering to try and go together.


While I was working on it I thought about it and the Impossible part of the title just didn’t make any sense. The point of DS 106 is after all that nothing is impossible. So having that in would not make sense at all. I then used the clone stamp tool to get rid of the “impossible” and played around with perspective with the text till I got it right. With that I was done! I combined Mission Impossible and Kingsman into an ad for DS106 in a really fun remix.  So I really enjoyed creating this one.