I actually turned in my fourth Video Assignment for the week on my YouTube account six minutes before midnight yesterday. This, more or less, explains why the date on the video is November 10th, instead of November 11th. However, since there’s one other project left for me to do before I can really put myself through virtual boot camp, it only seems right that I try to explain how The Modern-Day Midnight Rider was made.

The assignment in question, worth yet another four-and-a-half stars, is what’s referred to as a “selfie story,” which is exactly what it says on the tin – a short story that’s told entirely through the self-portraits that people make on their cameraphones. Considering how good my previous efforts were, with regards to editing, this looked to be one of my better performances on paper. To be more specific, I had to do the following:

Narrate a story using selfies. It can be any story you’d like (crazy night out, movie night with friends, just the average day, etc). You can use a combination of selfie clips or pictures, it is all up to you. Create a one-to-two-minute video montage of all the selfies to tell the story. Try adding music or effects to keep it interesting.

I took ten of these pictures the night of November 10th, 2015, on my way to and from that night’s Newsgathering class. Since Daylight Saving Time ended last week, we’ve basically entered the part of the calendar year where I’m essentially taking glorified night school lessons. This made my choice of song for this particular project all the more fitting, especially since my teacher for Newsgathering is also a fan of the band who plays it. As if the title alone didn’t give it away, the song playing in the background of this video is none other than “Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers Band, the same group behind the seminal Southern rock classic, “Ramblin’ Man,” as well as “Jessica,” the instrumental theme to the long-running BBC motoring show, Top Gear.

Editing everything together on Windows Live Movie Maker was rather tricky, especially the opening and closing credits, to the point that it sometimes felt like the mouse, alone, had a mind of its own. Even the pictures were rather tough to deal with, at least until I noticed two “rotate” icons that helped me straighten each of them out, one at a time, and all by hand. From there, I found another button, “AutoMovie,” that pre-selected a series of transitions and effects on my behalf. After a round of further edits, with some of the selections being switched out for others, I downloaded my copy of “Midnight Rider” from; uploaded the MP3 onto Movie Maker, uncut and unedited; saved the entire product as is; and, along with your usual round of paperwork, uploaded everything onto YouTube, with less than six minutes to spare before the twelve o’clock deadline.

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