Making Ackerley’s Journey

For the video portion of my final I did a variation on the Where Do You Want To Go? assignment. I decided to keep the theme of a montage of places, but instead I wanted to show his journey using images to show the passage of time. I chose to pick videos of the different areas of forests he had to travel through and set it to appropriate music, the theme I created earlier in the project.

To do this assignment I used OpenShot Video editor. I first had to import all my clips, music, and title cards into the project. To do this I used import files in the top bar.

Once everything was imported, I dragged each clip down to the bottom and lined them up in the order I wanted. Once they were in order I dragged them to their desired length.

Once I had all clips and audio dragged in I had to add a fade between each clip using right click on the clip > fade > entire clip > fade in and out (fast)

Once I watched it through I was able to export it as an MP4 video.

Lyric Video

Create a lyric video for a song. Try and be as creative as possible. Use multiple fonts, colors, backgrounds, and transitions. Try not to be super plain and try to deliver the lyrics clearly and correctly.

(Video Assignment Create A Lyric Video)

For this assignment I honestly have just had this song stuck in my head for weeks on end and decided I wanted to make the lyric video for it. Apparently the theme of the week for me is things I missed out on due to covid, as I was supposed to see Alec Benjamin in concert back in May 2020 and sadly couldn’t.

I did struggle to make this the most unique video due to the limitations of the windows video editor I used. There isn’t a lot of personalization available, but I tried to use all moving clips to make the background video so that it still had some good movement and interesting aspects.


To make this video I used the windows video editor that came with my computer. I started by importing all my clips that I found on various free stock footage sites.

Then I clicked add in the project library and added in all my clips. Once they were in I dragged them down to the story board or right clicked add to storyboard.

Once all my clips were in I cut them down to the desired length by using the split tool. I divided them up by lyrics as I needed to add more than one section of lyrics to each clip. I would split the clip, then add the lyrics in to each part of the split as needed.

When Adding text, I selected the portion of the clip that had the lyrics I needed and clicked the text button. Then I used the text settings to type the lyrics in, choose a font, and select a layout.

Then I added in my audio and made sure it lined up with all the timings I added.

I added the title and end cards using the add title card button.

Then I added the text the same way I did with the lyrics.

Once I was sure I liked the video I exported it!

Where I’d like to be

Where is somewhere that you have always dreamed of going? I really like travelling, and I often think about where I would go if I had all the money in the world. Do a video montage of images and/or video of the places that you would like to go, and add music that is native to the that area or just something fun. 

(Video Assignment Where do you want to go?)

For this assignment I made a short montage of places in Italy I would like to see. The reason for this is I was supposed to go on a trip to Italy and Croatia in May of 2020. I had been looking forward to this trip for a long time when covid hit and I watched the weeks tick by as more and more trips got canceled and borders closed until finally they canceled my trip in April. I was sad as we were going on this trip to celebrate my moms birthday and we had even scored business class plane tickets extremely cheap making it even more exciting. I still really want to go and even though it may not be for awhile, we are already looking to plan the trip again!


To start out I had to import all my images into the windows video editor. To do this you need to click the add button below project library.

Once you select the images or videos you want, you must drag them down to the story board or right click and click place in story board.

Then you must select the duration of each image you added. To do that click duration, then either click a preset or type it in the custom box.

The next step would be adding title and end cards.

Once you add the title card and move it where you want, you must add the text.

Once you click add text, you can type the words you want, select a style, choose the layout, and add it to your title or end card.

Then you have to add the audio over the entire video.

When using custom audio, click the custom audio button then click add audio file. Once it has been imported, extend the bar to cover however much of the video you want the audio over.

Then watch through your video to be sure you like it and export!