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BWA at Work

This week we began our case files for the BWA which included me updating on my personal blog as well as our BWA blog.

While we were investigating the disappearance and possible catnapping of NoirCat. I updated you about our progress 4 times.

1. Beginning Our Work  2. Evidence   3. Updates  4. And End and A Beginning

I also updated the BWA website including these posts:

  • Help Find Noir Cat: a post including flyer I made in the beginning of our search for her.
  • Evidence 3: a post including a design I made of the box that deactivated NoirCats’s tracker
  • Scenes and Leads: a post including pictures from downtown Fred that I took .
  • Evidence 5: a post including pictures I obtained or designed for the soft paws
  • Piece of Mind: a post including a couple designed objects I did as well as some Grandma made.

 

I also with the help of my friend Aubrey Howland, submitted a  Assignment Bank Assignments which can be found here and here. I used the first assignment to make the “MISSING” poster for Noir Cat to help us find her in our Agency’s assignment. And I used the second to design the box that deactivated Noir Cat’s tracker.

Here is her helping me submit the assignments:

Flyer

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designception

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here is the flyer I made:

missing noir cat

and here is the designception picture

opened box w/ chip and magnet in

 

 

She also helped me submit two daily creates. One in which you draw a cell. The trick is it can be any kind of cell, plant, animal, jail, etc. And you only have 20 seconds!

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The other daily create is one where you sing “Old MacDonald” but with more exotic animals than you ay find on a farm. This picture has it as “video” but I switched it to “audio” right before submitting it.

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With both of these Daily Creates, I just wanted to spice things up a little, so I thought I would put a little twist in each one. I think they’re pretty fun!

 

Edie

Updates

Our search for NoirCat has drastically improved these last fews days. We found an abandoned building she was in for a short period, lots of evidence, and now a message from someone about her. We even almost had a run in with her but she got away. How is her catnapper doing all of this?

Our most recent break in evidence was the collection of soft paws we obtained. Each one had a letter on it spelling out a message “Don’t find me.” Although we could figure this out, we have yet to figure out what this message really means. Who wrote it, who left it, etc.

Below is a picture of the soft paws with the letters on them. The message is out of order, but you get the idea.

wood table and soft paws

 

I personally am very curious to finish out this investigation. I can’t wait to find NoirCat, and figure out who did this to her and her family. I also wonder how involved both Groom and Daphne are. Was it them who catnapped her? Together? Separately? Was it someone else entirely? The BWA still has a lot of work to do. Piecing together our evidence and finding out how this really happened and why. So for now, its back to the agency and back to work! To view more of our updates, visit our website here and click on “blog”

#BWA

-Edie

Evidence

Over the last few days, our evidence has increased in number. Now, in addition to the ransom note, we have NoirCat’s tag and collar which were found a good distance apart. Also, the collar had Maggie’s name scratched out. We also found a device at Groom and Daphne’s that we believe was used to deactivate NoirCat’s tracker. Below is a picture of the device. And here is a link where we discuss our finding of her collar and tag. The link includes pictures as well.

opened box w/ chip and magnet in

 

In addition to this, Jewel interviewed Daphne. This came back with some interesting results. To listen to the interview, and read the dialogue, you visit our website here: Daphne Interview.

So far most of our evidence leads us in the direction of Groom and Daphne as the main suspects in the catnapping. However, we have yet to rule out any suspects and more searching must be done in order to find the truth behind this crime. We will continue our investigation this week. Stay posted.

Edie

Beginning Our Work

This week the BWA received our first case. As excited as we were to get started, we were disappointed to find out the details. Who would catnap Noir Cat?! This crime against all things noir definitely fired our passions and we got to work. We were grateful to Maggie Black for filing a Missing Cat Report with us; however, this does not rule her out as one of our current suspects. Because Noir Cat has disappeared not only from our lives but also the digital world we were really concerned. Who could have done this? So my cousin Jewel set out making a suspect board. Our main suspects include: Maggie Back, Jim Groom, Daphne (Groom’s dog), and Joan Crawford (the doctor who installed Noir Cat’s tracking chip that is conveniently no longer working). Jewel also collected the pieces of the ransom note that Daphne had partially eaten. Daphne is looking very suspicious currently, but that may be too cliche. Her owner, Jim Groom was also very quick to blame her which makes me wonder about him. Either way it’s too soon to tell. All we can do right now is study our evidence, look for more evidence, and look for Noir Cat.

Personally, my first thought was to get the word out that Meowdred Pierce, our beloved Noir Cat was missing. So I designed this flyer to raise awareness and hopefully aid our search.

missing noir cat

 

This case is very important to us and I’m glad the the BWA is on it because we will find whoever has Meowdred.

You can follow our progress and see Jewel’s suspect board on the BWA’s website here.

#BWA

Edie Waz

return of the maNOIRpulators

My cousin, her friend, and I have been accepted into the agency! Can’t wait to be a part of the BWA in WIDOW!! Grandma would be so proud that we are following in her footsteps. Here is their announcement:

 

From the desk of Britta Hensley CEO and chairwoman of the BWA&WIDOW

Public Service Announcement: 

The Black Widow Agency would like to announce the return and official certification of the maNOIRpulators into the WIDOW Organization. As new members of the BWA in the WIDOW this women are expected to uphold the responsibilities set upon them. Most importantly, we require them help protect, serve, and aid any woman under threat of violence or wrongdoing. (This policy has been expanded upon to include children and anyone threatened inexcusably by the malice of another.) Congratulations Ladies. We are thrilled to have you join us!

Ms. Britta Hensley

Ringing Again

For my video essay, I chose the movie “the postman always rings twice.” I chose this one because I had read the script for this story before and thought it would be nice be able to see what I had read come to life. Before watching it, I read Ebert’s “How to Read a Movie” and watched 4 of the videos on filmmaking. Those videos included:

The Top 20 cinematic techniques

Camera angles and technniques

Star Wars Continuity Mistakes

and Tarantino// from Below.

In order to make this video, I screenshotted some images from YouTube and Google and put them together in iMovie. I recorded myself in Audacity for one part and added that to iMovie. In another part, I did a voice-over straight into iMovie. I also used the 4kvideodownloader to download a video from YouTube of “the Postman Always Rings Twice” in order to add a clip from it into my video.

But, since this is a video essay, I don’t want to get too much into it, so I’ll let the video do the talking!

 

 

this video essay gave me a lot of trouble this week. I had a lot of problems trying to get the clips I wanted to use. I actually didn’t end up using my first choice because I could not get the clip. The next problem I had was getting the clips I downloaded into iMovie. I was finally able to get it all done, but its a little rougher than I intended.

Inspire Me-Ow

For my last inspire post, I chose Stephanie Henderson’s In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle. Below is what I posted with on Inspire for it:

This post is a short story written by Stephanie Henderson. She used 10 random words and an animal to make it and had to find ways to make them all relate. 

I found this story inspiring because it well very well written. The dialogue includes banter between characters that makes you feel like you’re there. I actually felt like I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds, or CSI or something. Even with the short story, I could imagine the chemistry between the characters. I also liked the inclusion of the noir cat. 

While reading the story, I actually imagined the noir cat knowing what happened to the man and returning later in the story. But, the story was short and ended so I guess I’ll never know if the noir cat came back!

I also found this picture on google to represent the story. It was hard to find it to add here because Google was just a link to pinterest where I had to find the picture again. Then, this was a link to another website where I had to locate the picture one last time. I think its a good image for the story!

noir cat tree

the inspiration of character

I was also inspired by kkroehl this week. As I described in the post on the Inspire sight, I love reading everyone’s characters and learning about them, so I had to post about someone’s character. They’re all inspiring to me and I thought Sasha Kellogg would be a good example! Here is what I said on the site:

One of my favorite things on everyone’s websites is their characters. I love reading about the different personalities they give to them. I think its really interesting to read all of the individual basckstories and see how these characters develop throughout the new posts. So, while looking through these posts, I decided to post one on the Inspire page. 
Sasha Kellogg is a very different character from most of the ones I read. She was brought up in luxury at first, but her whole world turned. Now she is pretty traumatized and seems to not be able to trust anyone.
I was inspired by the information on this character because of the development Sasha went through. Everything that was described about her made sense, and you can almost picture a time-line of her emotions. Being consistent in character development is very important, and I think Sasha Kellogg is a great example of that consistency.  

Sasha Kellogg was a different character than many of the other ones I’ve read about. You can read about her here!

cupcakes are pretty inspirational

For my second INSPIRE post this week, I shared a post by Amanda Layton. Her post Let’s Get Blitzy was her photoblitz design assignment. Below is what I wrote about why it inspired me:

I was inspired by Amanda Layton’s “Let’s Get Blitzy” post which includes a bunch of pictures that describe certain concepts in art. She chose to do the words color, topography/form/unity/balance, message, proportions and rhythm, and minimalism. 
This work inspired me because of the way she used perspective in all of the photos. Four out of five of the photos were of cupcakes (or something related), but she used them to express different concepts. This is inspiring to me because it gives me a new perspective. It showed me how you can find different meanings and messages in very similar things. I also liked how she used the concept of color to emphasize that color can be used to make a small intense statement, and not overwhelm or just be colorful. Still, my favorite part of her post was that she used cupcakes in general! They were cute and looked delicious, plus anything done with food gets bonus points in my book!

This is a picture of one of the cupcakes she used. It was chocolate-covered cherry flavor and represented the concept of color in her post. It was also used in her representation of proportion and rhythm along with another cupcake. This cupcake looks absolutely heavenly and I’m very jealous of whoever ate it! It would definitely inspire me to have one ;)

amanda cupcake

A Trip and a Fall

 

3 stars: I worked with July Laszakovits and we combined not only our characters, but also our assignments. We created a story map to depict the traveling that occurs during this story assignment that includes 10 random words and an animal of our choice. The ten words and the animal are underlined (the first time their used) in the story.

Eden Waz after learning and rectifying the death of her husband by murdering the man who took his life, was fed up with bad men. She kept hearing on the news the stories of the robberies and murders occurring in Andorra, a small country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. She had been researching and trying to figure out who it was and how she could stop it. She read online of a famous Scientist who isolated a poison from the Aconite flower and set out from Philly to New York to seek this Scientists help.

After arriving in New York City, she finally met the woman she had been waiting for, Isabelle Franklin. The women grabbed lunch at the Irving Mill Restaurant and discuss Ms. Franklin’s techniques. However, Edie was unable to be discrete and Isabelle quickly picked up on her intentions. Fortunately for Edie, Isabelle also deplored the freaky violence that was ensuing in Andorra and pledged to help her. She even offered to pay for Edie’s flight since she could afford that and more. Edie, already gracious for her help, thought this was a bit excessive, but she accepted the offer as she remembered the dwindling state of her bank account. So the two set off and flew into France, the closest airport to their destination.

They spent a few nights in France researching the crimes. This serial robber and murderer had killed 31 people already, at least that was how many bodies had been found so far. The women were even more appalled when they went closer to the source to gather info. It seemed that someone had been going to great lengths in attempt to cover up details of the killings, but some information still surfaced.

Huge craters were left in the hearts of the families of the victims, especially those who were set up to find their loved ones. Edie and Isabelle wanted this to end. They had deduced that the murderer was royalty, for who else could have access to the poison from the blubber of the lilotee fish, a rare and expensive fish found only in remote bay off Madagascar. The poison was not meant to kill the victims but to paralyze them, so they could still see and feel what was happening to them, their slow and agonizing dismemberment, but nothing could be done about it. That’s why these murders had to end.

Upon their sleuthing around the kingdom in Andorra, Edie and Isabelle came across one of the Prince Jasper’s mistresses. She knew what he had been doing, but feared for her own life as well as her young son’s if she should tell anyone of it. Isabelle, offering the young woman and her son safety and an escape back to America to work in her home, was able to coax the information from her.

With the help of Andrea, the mistress, the women were able to come up with a plan to end the murders– with one final one.

Andrea who could not bring herself to do it, snuck Edie into the Prince’s home and showed her what to do. Isabelle had injected the Actonite poison into the bedtime snack of the Prince, who every night engorged himself with mini-franks and horseradish. Edie carried the snack up to the Prince, pretending to be the newly hired help. After the Prince had eaten about half the platter of food, she told him that he was caught, and he was done. But this wasn’t enough. She wanted him to feel the pain of everyone he had hurt. So, she unveiled every cloaked mirror in the narcissists bedroom. And made him look into the reflection of his own eyes as the poison slowly took effect.

The poison of the flower being nearly untraceable was not found in the Prince’s system. And the lack of heirs to the throne caused the monarchy to crumble. Edie, Isabelle, Andrea, and her son returned to the US with clear consciouses, but heavy hearts.