Billy Steel

Monologue of a “Household” Tool

This assignment is worth 4.5 stars and the instructions can be found here.

I am the “household” tool that Billy Steel loves the most. I put household in quotes because I don’t think the average person would consider me an everyday item. Anyway, I am very involved in Billy’s life. He is always carrying me around, just about wherever he goes. Sometimes he conceals me under his jacket, other times he holds me out in the open. I suppose I can be pretty intimidating. Dangerous, too, if you give me ammunition. I mean figuratively of course. Or do I.. Anyway, I am rather bulky, but at the same time short and stout. I also have a handle, and a spout.If you see me in Billy’s hands, you’re going to want to walk the other way.

I wish Billy would take better care of me. I usually just get manhandled. He doesn’t seem to appreciate me for the valuable piece of equipment that I am. After all, it is I who always has to do the dirty work. Trust me, I do not enjoy it. Unfortunately, it’s in my nature- it’s what I was made for. I definitely feel like Billy overuses me though. You would be horrified if you knew how much work I’ve gotten in the past month alone. Sometimes I’m not even used the way I’m supposed to be. Whatever it takes to get the job done, I guess. I’ve definitely seen some things you should hope you never have to see. Can you guess what I am?

You’re a Pinteresting Character

For this assignment, I had to create a board on Pinterest representing me, Billy Steel, and pin 20 things to the board. I have the following things pinned on my board:

  • 3 pins about shotguns- shotguns are my weapon of choice, so I pinned things to my wall including the “Super Shorty Shotgun”, the “10 Greatest Shotguns Ever Made in America”, and instructions on how to properly choke a shotgun
  • 1 pin about robotic weaponry- shotguns may be my forte, but I am intrigued by all sorts of weapons
  • 1 pin about “The 9 Most Famous Prostitutes in History”- I cheated on my wife Jackie many times with prostitutes, so you could say they turn me on
  • 2 pins about the city of Detroit- it is my hometown after all
  • 1 pin about the “Top Attractions in Indianapolis”- I needed something to do when I escaped from police custody and went into hiding
  • 1 pin about “The 22 Best Whiskey Bars in America”- I’m pretty sure this goes without explaining, who doesn’t love whiskey?
  • 1 pin from Alcoholics Anonymous- for when I indulge in too much whiskey
  • 1 pin about Ford’s assembly line- so everyone can understand how shitty of a job that was
  • 1 pin about a 1950’s gang in Brooklyn- you may know about my, er, obsession with gangs
  • 3 pins about carpet cleaning/stain removal- these came in handy after I murdered my wife in cold blood
  • 1 pin about “Dealing With Trials in Marriage”- I really did try to make it work at first
  • 1 pin about “How to Escape From Handcuffs”- this helped me escape from custody after NNTF
  • 2 pins about overcoming stage fright- I needed this big time before I made my television debut on NNTF: The Reunion
  • and finally, 1 pin about curious cats- I admit, I have a sweet spot for curious cats

Here is the link to my board. Enjoy!

Billy Steel’s Resume

Billy S. Steel

318 Industrial Drive

Detroit, VA  48202

313-444-9876

 

 

Key Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Multitasking and completing work on time and accurately
  • Proficiency with weapons, especially guns
  • Evidence concealment
  • Undetected relocation

 

Experience

Lincoln High School              Graduation:  n/a

  • 2 years completed
  • State wrestling champion in 125lb weight class

 

Employment

  • Technician at Baldwin’s Bicycles
  • Time of Employment: 3 years
  • 45 hours/week
  • Duties: Bicycle repairs, cash register operation, shipment orders
  • Employment terminated by employer for “suspicious behavior and inventory disappearance.”
  • Factory Worker at Ford Motor Co.
    • Time of Employment: 13 years
    • 50 hours/week
    • Duties: Operating assembly line, restocking inventory, cleaning floor and machinery
    • Resigned employment due to relocation.

 

Other

  • Guest star on Noir NOT The Father radio/tv series (2 episodes)

 

PROFILE

Determined individual who will consistently do whatever it takes to get the job done. Will go the extra mile and make decisions on his own to achieve the objective. Occasionally receives complaints for not listening to instructions and stepping beyond his boundaries. Very independent.

Noir NOT The Father: The Reunion

Noir NOT The Father is here! Stella, Blair, Mick, Jack, and I spent MANY hours filming and editing on Friday and Saturday, and then Blair put in several more hours putting the finishing touches on the show. Finally we have finished. I have to say, I am very excited to make my television debut, but I’m most excited about getting to make fun of Mick on tv. In addition to starring in the episode, I also created one of the commercials that airs during the show (Blood Be Gone!). Let me know what you think of our show!

Billy Steel: The Interview

The major assignment that I had to complete this week, outside of my group’s video project, was to create an interview of myself, Billy Steel, answering some of the questions put forth by the Noir 106 professors. This was challenging in two aspects. First, it required thinking about my past as laid out in previous blog posts, as well as things about me that haven’t yet been blogged about. Secondly, I had to use some moderately difficult video editing techniques to splice the videos together.

As far as the creation of the video goes, I first recorded myself with my computer’s webcam responding to seven of the interview questions. I chose to answer seven of Burtis’s questions. I did this in seven different clips, which were recorded on Windows Movie Maker, my video editing software of choice. The next thing I had to do was download the video of Burtis asking the questions. I wasn’t sure how to do this at first, as the video was on YouTube, but I googled it and ended up using a website that converted the YouTube link into a downloadable MP4 file. I then uploaded this file to Movie Maker, split it after every question she asked, and inserted the appropriate clips of my answers in between her questions. Coincidentally, I think it came out very well! I have posted the finished product below. Make sure you check out Burtis’s face after I answer the last question!

PROGRESS UPDATE- Noir NOT The Father: The Reunion

This week my group and I, Billy Steel, are continuing and hopefully finishing our video sequel to our radio show “Noir NOT The Father”. We are planning on meeting twice this week, with the first meeting already taking place on Tuesday. At this first meeting, we checked out each other’s trailers that we created last week, and hammered out the script for our video. I would have of course gladly appeared on the show with no script, but I have been known to suffer from stage fright, so I figured it would be good to have my story down on paper before I went on tv. We decided to do our show in the following format: we will start with each person telling the viewers their personal backstory, and reminding them what happened last time “Noir NOT The Father” aired on the radio. Then everyone will be brought out for the live portion of the show hosted again by Stella Vaughn, where we will discuss what we have been up to since the last show, and I suspect some new secrets will be revealed!

After we met on Tuesday, we were each tasked with recording the audio for our own backstories. I have recorded mine and I am sure it will keep you on the edge of your seat! I have posted a little sneak peak below!

The Future Life of Billy Steel

The last assignment I did this week was called “Tell Us About Your Future Life” for 3 stars. The instructions can be found here. For this assignment I actually told the story of the future life of my character, Billy Steel.

Here’s what you know about Billy already: he was born in 1905 and lives in a bad neighborhood in Detroit. He works on the assembly line at Ford, and has a wife Jackie who hates his guts because he frequently cheats on her, and his only son was kidnapped and murdered at the age of 6. Steel is an alcoholic vigilante of sorts who targets gang members to get revenge for his son’s murder. On the recent radio show that aired, NOIR Not The Father, it was revealed that Jackie had been murdered by Billy out of jealousy and contempt, as he suspected her of having affairs of her own.

After the show, Billy escaped from police custody with the help of crime scene cleaner Blair Morgan. Blair had been a huge flirt ever since she drowned her husband in their pool, and she and Billy ended up having an affair during the production of NOIR Not The Father. When it was determined that Billy was the culprit in his wife’s murder, Blair couldn’t sit by and watch her lover be taken away for life. So she helped him escape. Unfortunately for her, Billy immediately ditched her and fled to Indianapolis to live in hiding.

In Indianapolis Steel tried to turn over a new leaf. He didn’t completely abandon his vigilante lifestyle, but he did try to work more in cooperation with the local cops; without their knowing it, of course. He also tried to cut down on his drinking, but everyday was a struggle. That’s the future life of Billy Steel, until……… you’re going to have to stay tuned to find out!!!!

Noir Not The Father is here!

After two weeks of hard work, my group’s radio show “Noir Not The Father” is done; courtesy of myself, Cuyler Matteson, Mia Boleis, Kelsey Roach, and Philip Dorch.

Last week I explained how we had formed our group, come up with the concept for our show (a Maury style talk show), and outlined what we were going to do and who needed to do what. This week we put it all together! My individual job coming into this week was to make one of the radio bumpers that we would use for the show. I put a lot of effort into making this bumper and it was definitely the best audio work I have done thus far in ds106. I layered three different sounds on top of each other in this bumper. It starts out with music- the song is called “Higher Ground” by TNGHT. The music fades in until it is at full volume, at which point my voice comes in to remind listeners of what they’re tuned in to. Then the music cuts off abruptly and is replaced by a raucous crowd cheering enthusiastically- a sound that I pulled from an actual Maury show. As the cheering sound slowly fades out, the music fades back in to full volume, and then my voice comes back in on top of that to tell listeners not to go away. Finally, the music fades away as the bumper ends. Take a listen!

Cuyler and Philip were also in charge of making bumpers, and they did a great job. Mia and Kelsey had the job of making the commercials for the show, and Mia also made our theme song, which is so cool I just have to include it separately to show you all.

Once we had all these components, we were ready to hammer out a script. We met twice at the convergence center as a group; on Monday evening for two hours and then on Wednesday for a whopping five hours! We took full advantage of this time to create a script that is equal parts funny, witty, entertaining, and noir-ish. We ended up dividing the actual writing up fairly evenly, as most of us did all the writing for our own character. Everyone in our group worked very hard and exceeded their individual responsibilities. It was a joy to work with my group. The final thing we did was record the show. This was the most fun part of the entire process. I wish that we could show you all of the bloopers and outtakes from our recording session, because they were hilarious. In the end, we had created one hell of a radio show. Without further ado, here it is!

Inflate your language

The last assignment I did this week was called “Inflate your language”. It was worth 2.5 stars. Here is the assignment page.

For this assignment, I used inflationary language to tell the story of how my character, Billy Steel, met his wife Jackie. Inflationary language is a style created by comedian Victor Borge in which you find numbers embedded within words, add one to those numbers, and then replace the new number within the word. For example “someone” becomes “sometwo”, and “before” becomes “befive”. As for the story, I decided to use the anecdote of Steel and his wife meeting because it is not such a dark tale. Most of the stories that we hear in noir are dark and ominous, as is my character, which is precisely why I told a lighter story to mix things up. Also, the inflationary language style was created as a comedic style, so it wouldn’t make much sense to tell a depressing tale using a comedic style. I hope you guys enjoy this!

Steel’s City – Original Poem

The second assignment I did this week was create and recite an original poem. This assignment was worth 3.5 stars. Here is the assignment page.

I wrote my poem about my character, Billy “Saw” Steel. More specifically, it is about Steel’s home city, Detroit, and the neighborhood in which he lives. This is the first time I tried to make a poem that doesn’t have any type of rhyme scheme. I am kind of worried that it came off more as just a story instead of a poem, but let me know what you guys think!