Little Legs, Big Dreams!

As Lenny the dachshund was strolling through the campus of UMW, he came across a poster that caught his attention:

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“Whoa!” he thought. “I should enter in this race! I bet I have a great chance of winning the trophy!”

Here is a picture of the winning trophy:

Lenny trophy


Determined as ever, Lenny got to work on his training regiment.


“Whew!  That was tough.  That’s enough training for today,” he exclaimed and collapsed on the cold hardwood floor.

Tired Lenny


“I’m feeling pretty confident that I can win this race and I should probably just reserve all my energy.  Besides, a nap sounds good right about now.”

Nap Lenny


Before he knew it, it was race day.  “Oh boy!” Lenny thought, scoping out his competition.  “I’m definitely the fastest dachshund here.”

Here is how the winner will be determined.  Each participant will run the length of the track, which is approximately twenty-five feet in length, in groups of four.  The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the champion.  Lenny was assigned to heat number three.


And the winner is…..


Hooray! Lenny won the dachshund race!  He knew he could do it!  Here is a picture of the champion with his winning prize.



So Much to Do, So Little Time


This video is to fulfill video assignment #2030 entitled “Where do your shoes take you?”  It is worth three stars.  The requirement is to depict a video story using only the viewpoint of one’s shoes.  This version, however, shows a day in the life of Humpty Dumpty.  From the moment he awakens, his day is filled with various chores that need attention.  The idea is to show that he does not have the time to “sit on a wall.”

This video was created with the iMovie application on the Apple iPhone.  Various situations were filmed throughout the day, and combined into one video clip in iMovie.  The original video clip is topped at three minutes and eleven seconds.  In order to reduce the length, the speed was increased to 4x the normal speed.  The final video is a little over one minute in length.  The sound effect titled “Acoustic sunrise” was added in the background to indicate a “happy yet eventful day” for our character.

The Making of Humpty Dumpty


This video is to fulfill video assignment #1925 entitled “#SixSecondArt.”  It is worth two stars.  The specification is to produce a six second video of a creation of art.

This assignment was chosen because it partly relates to the nursery rhyme character selected for the mid week assignment.  The video shows the construction of Humpty Dumpty, the nursery rhyme character who will be depicted in the alternate ending of a nursery rhyme video assignment.  This video was created and edited using the iMovie application on the Apple iPhone.  The original clip is forty two seconds long.  In order to shorten the length, the speed of the video was increased to 4x the original speed.  The sound effect called “cartoon ascending” was added to the background to indicate a rushed or hurried period of time.  The final product is eleven seconds in length.

Walking it Out


This video is to fulfill video assignment #1537 entitled “Exercise and Socialize.” The requirement is to film a personal video of a stroll around the neighborhood.  It is worth two and a half stars.

This video was created with with iMovie application on the Apple iPhone.  A video of the afternoon stroll was recorded, than uploaded as an iMovie project.  The original video was recorded as a continuous clip, topping out at five minutes and twenty-six seconds.  The speed of the clip was increased to 8x the normal speed, which brought the movie down to two minutes and forty-three seconds.  The Apple sound effect titled “Playful” was added as a background accompaniment to indicate an easygoing afternoon stroll.

Lake Views

This video is to fulfill video assignment #1654, entitled “Time Lapse.”  Multiple one to two second clips of the same location were captured, then combined in a single video clip to highlight the differences seen throughout the day.  This assignment is worth four stars.

The location of this assignment is a man-made lake within the neighborhood. iMovie on MacBook was utilized as the preferred video editing application for the creation of this short film.  The individual video clips were highlighted and selected to be merged together into a single movie project.  A “cross dissolve” transition was placed in-between each clip to create a gradual transition from one image to the next.  Each image is played in realtime, and the actual sounds of the lake can be heard.

The Lenny Movie

The video below is to fulfill video assignment #2234 entitled “Pupper Appreciation.”  It is worth 2 stars.  Since the blog is entitled “Adventures in the life of a dachshund,” this assignment is a personal favorite.  Basically, the directive is to create a short video montage of a favorite pup, and Lenny the dachshund was selected as the star of this short film.

The video was created using the iMovie app on MacBook, where the photos were cropped using the “Ken Burns” style to create the “zoom” effect.  The “standard lower” option was chosen as the title theme to highlight “Lenny” on the bottom lefthand corner of the first two clips, indicating the name of dachshund.  The song playing in the background is “Just like Heaven” sung by Katie Melua.  It was chosen to compliment the video montage and indicate a “happy” and “carefree” mood.


The Dark Side of the Moon

Scary noises, such as creaky doors and howling wind, could possibly trigger an apprehensive or uneasy emotion to the listener.  A conceivable conclusion is that the listener may feel threatened or simply just afraid of the unknown.  The audio assignment below is a compilation of undesirable sound effects, designed to create an environment of distress and panic for the unaware victim.  This assignment is worth three stars.


A Positive Attitude Changes Everything

How you begin your day can affect the outcome.  Getting up on the wrong side of the bed is a figure of speech implying a grouchy or irritable state of mind, especially when the day’s activities are not in line with one’s normal disposition.  Your attitude and actions can have a strong effect on your entire day.  By taking the time every morning to initiate calmness in your mind and gratitude in your heart, can make all the difference in the world.

The audio assignment below is a collection of favorite sounds.  In particular, some of these sounds may be heard first thing in the morning, providing a state of calmness and relaxation.  This assignment is worth two stars.

Vamos a Mexico!

Vacations typically start out stressful.  Ensuring necessary items are packed, meeting flight departure schedules, and accounting for unforeseen traffic delays can cause anxiety to even the most prepared and well seasoned traveler.  However, arriving at the destination can be a rewarding experience despite all the hassle that previously occurred.  Below is an audio story using only sound effects, depicting a long and chaotic travel day to a tropical destination.  This audio assignment is worth four stars.

Freedom Towers – April 4, 2023

What if the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 never happened?  What would the World Trade Center Twin Towers look like today?

These are the questions selected for the Alternative History assignment.  A proposed alternative – if the Twin Towers were never demolished in the terrorist attack, would there be a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary since the dedication of the World Trade Center on April 4, 1973?

The World Trade Center held the title of the tallest building in New York City, surpassing the Empire State Building, with the completion of the 110-story North Tower in 1970.  The South Tower was completed in 1971.  Currently in 2018, the One World Trade Center stands as the tallest building in New York City, the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the 6th tallest building in the world.

The audio story below is a hypothetical dedication and renaming ceremony of the World Trade Center Twin Towers to the “Freedom Towers”, taking place on April 4, 2023 – fifty years after the dedication ceremony.  The Freedom Towers will also be dedicated to the men and women of the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department, who have lost their lives while in the line of duty.  This renaming ceremony is a tribute to their sacrifice, service, and honor to their country.

This audio assignment is worth three and a half stars.