With less than twenty-four hours to go from the time this is published until the end of the semester, this is my last update here at DS106 for 2015. As for what happened these past two weeks, there really wasn’t much. Sure, I wrote a prequel to one of my favorite manga and anime franchises of all time, Gosho Aoyama’s Magic Kaito, with the comedy-drama “Shot Through the Heart,” but everyone had to do one of those for our final exams, so that’s nothing new. I even created a behind-the-scenes featurette for my project, entitled “The Slug Hunt,” so everyone knows how each part of the story was told, heard and shown, and I put it in a separate post, but since the checklist made sure to point that out, I can’t really bring that up, either. On top of that, I can’t really complain about the tutorial portion of this exam, since both of my entries were made earlier this semester, as well. I am speaking of “Remind Me Someday,” which basically became a parody of mixed signals on the radio and was worth three-and-a-half stars at the time this went to press, and “Down to the Last Morsel,” or as its also known, the “Morse Code Challenge,” which managed to keep its ranking of five stars throughout the semester.
Having done everything I can do in Digital Storytelling, the question must now be asked: In the words of David Essex, “Where do we go from here, and which is the way that’s clear?” Well, I’m currently planning on wrapping up my studies at the University of Mary Washington with an English major in creative writing, which this class helped me out with in spades, and my favorite assignments always seem to fit one peculiar theme. As it turns out, the BuzzFeed personality quiz, “Shot Through the Heart,” and of all things, my fan fiction reading of “Reality” were all among my favorite assignments for this class, and they all tie back to writing and editing, the latter helping out in the making of some of my other favorite challenges, among them being the “Five-Second Movies” of Stay Tuned and Kimagure Orange Road.
So, yes, this class was especially helpful in getting everything back on track for me, and I couldn’t be any grateful for this experience; with that in mind, I would like to give thanks to Ms. Polack for letting me learn the importance of modern media, social and otherwise, in these sweet sixteen weeks here at DS106. I’ve learned a lot about who I am, in terms of creativity, during this time, most important of all being that it’s not too late to start again in life. With everything being as hectic as they were, I still consider this second chance to push my artistic limits more than worth it, when all is said and done, and the fact that all of this was done from the comfort of my own home still surprises me, here and now. I know who I am when I say this, but Ms. Polack, once again, thank you for letting me see what, for the longest time, even I never really knew existed within me: a creative ability that has to be heard, and seen, to be believed.
So, as much as I want to say “goodbye,” and be done with all of this, I’m afraid that’s out of the question now. The experience I’ve just had is too priceless for me to just throw away. Ergo, I will simply say, “Happy trails to you, until we meet again.” I’m Mitchell Eubank, and if you think that you’re seeing double… that’s probably because I post multiple videos of similar themes, just to make sure that I did everything I was supposed to, and did it right. Also, I left the inspiration tags on the media portions of “Shot Through the Heart,” for tradition’s sake, but I won’t credit them on this site, this time around, out of your blessing. Thank you for seeing, listening and helping me out if there was any trouble, and I hope to see you again real soon, preferably next year.
Also, this happened.