Breaking Bond was a tough assignment, as it should have been, but it was a lot of fun. Megan Carey, A.K.A. Agent Annabella Smith, and I made an awesome final. We basically organized our final as a story with different journal updates throughout the semester. The premise we chose was that Professor Bond was up to some kind of espionage, and our spy characters were going to get to the bottom of it. In week one we decided on a few specific assignments to put in our final as pieces of “evidence” or “intelligence” to support the story (whatever it was going to be).
Most of the work was trying to come up with a solid story to fit the premise. It took a surprising amount of thought. It’s a long story as to how we got there, but we decided that the plot of our story would be our agent characters (our covers being students, of course) investigating Professor Bond and finding out he was at the head of an illegal pure maple syrup operation, sort of like Breaking Bad. We got together and sort of storyboarded the journal entries and what types of assignments we would put into them. We both worked together on making a promotional poster parodying Breaking Bad, which took a little more time than expected. I took on the responsibility of writing the journal entries and creating a Google MyMap interactive map tracking the locations of Professor Bond’s mysterious private jet. Megan took on the responsibility of creating Professor Bond’s fake Canadian passport and in taking the “lab” photographs. The assignments took about a week to complete, especially amidst a lot of other preparations for finals and papers and presentations for other classes. It took a ton of thought and work and time, but I hope you find it as cool and as funny as we both did in making it.
The same kind of went for my group’s radio show, which was the topic of my advice to future ds106 students: