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Assignment 1 Welch

After completing my first assignment for multimedia reporting, I’ve felt slightly overwhelmed with how quickly things are moving, but I’m definitely more prepared to take on the remainder of the semester. I’m learning how to navigate throughout Adobe Premiere while working efficiently and accurately. I’m grasping the concept of making the best work in the least amount of time, which is something I find pretty challenging but I’m determined to be able to work significantly faster with a better quality of work by the end of the semester.  

Being a full-time student working an unpaid internship in addition to a part-time, I’m a little overwhelmed and anxious for completing my work to the best of my ability, but I’m excited for the challenge and look forward to the rest of the semester. 

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Assignment 1 Kaufman

This assignment has opened my eyes to a new form of media, photography. Writing is a skill I have developed throughout my education, but taking photos for my work is new. I was brought out of my comfor
t zone as I attempted to navigate the new cIMG_4325amera functions. Once I was able to use the camera, I had to decide the most interesting angles for my photos. Reflecting on my project, I am motivated to find new locations for more interesting picture opportunities. My photos this week (see photo on right) were taken from up above, looking down. I chose to shoot my pictures from my balcony and now I want to venture out on campus. My new goal is to immerse myself and take more action based photos. I look forward to gaining new skills throughout this class.

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Assignment 1 Crittenden

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Our first assignment in Professor Collins’ multimedia course was both nerve-racking and insightful. Our generation is defined by social media. Being a millennial means you should know  how to take pictures, or more specifically, selfies. With the advent of smart phones and social media sites like instagram, it seems anyone can be a photographer…or a journalist. I no longer believe this to be true. Have I used camera that is more sophisticated than an iPhone before? Yes. Have I used one for a specific assignment where I have to shoot specific angles with stills and videos? No. I now have a new appreciation for photographers and journalists who work to get “the perfect shot.” It takes a lot of patience and hard work to get what you want, especially in a photo. Any small movement or change in lighting can dramatically affect a shot. It was interesting and frustrating to try to capture the angle I was going for a lot of the time.

I finished my assignment and uploaded it. Its not perfect, but I am happy with what I was able to accomplish in a short amount of time, especially while having very little experience working with media in this way. I am excited to see what else the class will have in store for our class.

 

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Assignment 1 Hilton

 

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The garden outside of Nugent Hall (Photo by: Jade Hilton)

After this assignment I have learned to use my camera in so many different ways. This first assignment required me to get creative with different camera angles. I tried to use subjects with good texture, color, or action to make the picture interesting.

This was my first time using Adobe Premiere so I am happy I now have a better idea of how to use this program. This will be useful for the rest of this class. I am extremely excited for our upcoming projects. It will be interesting to discover how I can use my camera to tell my stories.

You can checkout my Assignment 1 on YouTube.

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Assignment 1 Stephens

Today we finished editing and turning in our first assignment. I’ve never used Adobe, nor have I uploaded a video to YouTube before. I’ve also never used a camera like the ones we were given to take the pictures and videos. But it was still fairly simple to take the pictures and videos; and we were given a step-by-step lesson on how to upload and edit the footage we got. My media wasn’t very high quality, but I completed the assignment.

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Assignment 1 Muno

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Phew! Where do I even start? I have so much more appreciation for photographers, video editors and producers now because I didn’t realize the hard work that goes into this! I did not have much experience taking pictures with a professional camera before so I was starting from scratch. I learned that I need to realize there is no such thing as perfect- which is hard for me since by nature I am a perfectionist. When taking my pictures I would take multiple of the same shot because it never seemed good enough for me, but I realized that being this way made everything much more difficult. When I was uploading it took me twice as long to get started so I was behind from the get-go. Then when I was starting to edit I had so many clips to filter through and we were on a deadline, so this contributed to the pressure and gave me anxiety. But this was the first assignment and it was a learning experience so now I know what to expect and how to improve for upcoming assignments so I can have a smoother experience in the future.

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Assignment 1 Olin

After completing Assignment One in Multimedia Journalism, I feel slightly relieved but also excited. Assignment one required that we go out and play with our cameras. I think that was my favorite part of the assignment. I have never used a camera like this, so it was fun to experiment. I definitely need to teach myself how to properly use this camera because I want to get the best possible quality for each assignment.

 

 

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Alice Campbell Alumni Hall

 

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Assignment 1 Eaglin-Daniels

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Future meteorologist Matthew Eaglin at NBC 5 Chicago’s weather room.

This first assignment was a great tool to help us, as students, become more connected with our cameras and other equipment. It was very interesting learning another camera compared to the ones I use at IMPACT Family Center, a non-profit on Chicago’s South side that teaches digital multimedia to youth. I experienced the shakiness that easily comes with the added weight from a better quality lens. I’ve worked with different cameras throughout my life, but none ever had different lenses. I see that I need to get used to using different lenses now to become a better photographer and journalist.

Also, I was reacquainted with Adobe Premiere during the exercise. Learning some of the regularly-used softwares in the Adobe suite was part of the curriculum at my high school, Perspectives High School of Technology in Chicago, IL. By the end of the assignment, I had a nice little stress headache, but every second of the exercise was worth it!

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Assignment 1 Henke

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I had a lot of fun getting to know my camera. I have never had the opportunity to work with this advanced of a camera, so I went a little overkill with it. I took over 200 pictures and videos of people and places. My friends were getting really annoyed with me, which only made me want to take more. It wasn’t very fun though when I got to class, though. I had a hard time sorting through all of the footage, and I was constantly falling behind when Professor Collins was giving directions. It all worked out though, and a link to my published work can be found here.

 

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Assignment 1 Most

My first assignment for Jour-215 got off to a bit of a rocky start. In an effort to save money, I had my parents send me a family owned SD card in the mail, and a long delay had me receiving the package just a day before my assignment was due. But like any journalist, I got out and worked with my deadline. I’ve taken a photography class before, so I have faith in my ability to know how to shoot pictures, but I found myself, a previous video editor for my newspaper, struggling a bit to shoot video.

I didn’t come into the assignment expecting myself to shoot perfect video after a year or so not touching a camera, but I was a bit frustrated and critical of my g abilities. I had some ridiculously shaky videos that I deleted from my phones. Some of it was to blame on nervous and shaky hands, but I also can’t wait until I have a little more expertise with the tripod. Being a relatively tall guy, I found the handling of the tripod to be a little awkward and difficult. I hope that over the coming projects I work out how to tripod with more expertise.

As soon as I started editing though, I started to give myself a little bit more credit. My camera work will improve, but with a good amount of video experience and a couple photography classes under my belt, I think I showed an ability to capitalize on negative space and focus on movement and action. The end result are some pretty nice shots, both pictures and videos that despite a little shaky camera work, I am proud of.

Editing as well, felt smooth. I used to make and edit videos quite frequently in high school, but I’ve had limited access to cameras and applications that would let me edit on a computer at a high level. I can’t wait to learn the ins and outs (no pun intended) of Adobe Premiere like I did with other applications like Final Cut.

I enjoyed this project very much, looking forward to working hard on my photoessay.

-Will

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Assignment 1 Boyd

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I spent my entire summer learning how to work with cameras, and also how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to bring multimedia projects alive. Honestly speaking, I thought that I wasted a lot of time learning how to work behind the scenes, instead of covering a beat and writing about it like how I do here at school. My internship with Village of Romeoville Television included hours of time in the room I dubbed, “The Dungeon.” I edited all sorts of videos for VORTV like Police Department PSAs, Fire safety videos and even a goofy green screen video for the Romeoville Recreation Department. My boss, Kevin McHale is the media coordinator for Romeoville, so he taught me a lot about basic video editing, and the rest I pretty much learned from Lynda.com or trial and error.

All of that being said, I felt very comfortable completing my first assignment for JOUR 215. Using the tripod, zooming in and out, importing media into Adobe Premiere, all of those things are still fresh in my mind from the summer. I kept telling myself that it would be smart to learn how use multimedia to tell a story, and in now in this class, I’m doing just that.

I’m looking forward to our next assignment, and although it may be tougher than this one, I don’t feel any pressure when it comes to trying something new. My old track coach used to always tell me, “You need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” So that’s exactly what I’ll strive to do in this class.

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Assignment 1 Maurer

Having taken photography and art classes before, I thought that this assignment would be a breeze. However, I quickly found out that creating a cohesive video is much more difficult than I had previously thought. Having to keep the camera steady while focusing the lens and thinking about composition was challenging, and I think that showed in my shots.

I chose to do the assignment in my room because it is a place very familiar to me, which I thought would challenge me to think creatively about composition, as all of the objects are fairly mundane. I found that I became drawn to certain contrasts and textures in my room that I had not paid closed attention to before.

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While the assignment ended up being more challenging than I thought – and in turn, did not turn out as well as I had hoped – it made me very curious about videography and the possibility of including it in my art. I think that as I progress throughout the class I will come to appreciate, and even like, video. It is my hope that this course will continue to challenge me in ways that I have not been challenged before, making me even more comfortable around a camera and expanding my skill set.

All in all, this assignment has made me excited to experiment with the equipment we have been given for this course and left me feeling inspired to take chances with my art.

The end result of my video is here.

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Assignment 1 goethals

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I definitely felt out of my element when I started working on this project.  I’ve never used a camera other than the occasional disposable camera in grade school or a quick selfie on my phone, so I was nervous to get started. I didn’t realize how hard photography and videography is until I was looking through the lens wondering what I should shoot. However, I got more comfortable as I continued shooting, and even  came out with two or three shots that I really liked.

I was confused on the video portion, though. It didn’t occur to me to put action in my videos; an idea that now seems obvious. I was so concerned with following the assignment exactly and making sure I had all the right elements, that I think I left creativity by the wayside a little bit. Now, having used the camera and editing software, I think I will be much more comfortable and creative in the next project.

My video is here.

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Assignment 1 Smith

Still image of a building across the street from Krannert.

Still image of a building across the street from Krannert.

In preparation for assignment one, I was really excited: I had new, fancy equipment; and I had total freedom to capture whatever stills and videos I wanted. Professor Collins first talked about the assignment the first day of class, August 22nd and shortly after receiving the equipment, I went out to complete it. I decided to capture video and stills at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts . Once I got there, I realized there were so many different images I could have shot, so many different angles to capture, and buildings to record so of course I was eager to bust out my equipment to practice shooting.

Once I set up the equipment on Krannert’s steps, the first thing I noticed was a pretty building right across the street and another one adjacent to where I was standing. I began to shoot videos and stills of them. Many sequence shots and stills later, I had about 34 total saved to my SD card.

Completing assignment number 1, I think I am off to a really great start in this class, and i’m excited to see what else is in store for me this semester when it comes to multimedia. As of right now, I already have my first video on Youtube for class 🙂

 

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Assignment 1 Leahy

IMG_3238Leaving the first day of my new class, Journalism 215 with Professor Collins, I was intimidated and nervous. As a sophomore, this is all new to me. I received my equipment and camera and was sent out for my first assignment.

I had no idea where to start.

I took my camera and just started walking around campus. Our assignment was to get to know our camera and take some specific shots and video. You can watch my final product here, but this is just a snippet of what I learned with this assignment.

I was nervous to approach the quad and set up my tripod, but I realized that to be a journalist and get the story, you can’t hesitate to worry about people looking at you. I began just taking pictures of people on the quad. We’re lucky to have such an amazing campus!

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Assignment 1 Okonkwo

I am very grateful that I took TV-production 1 prior to this class because it gave me prior exposure to Adobe Premiere. If I hadn’t had that previous experience I would have found this simple assignment a lot more stressful than what it needed to be.

Looking at my classmates’ videos I definitely could have been more creative or taken advantage of this weekend but of course I was kind of last minute with my footage.

 

 

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Assignment 1 Pugh

Our first assignment from Dr. Collins in multimedia reporting was about getting to know our cameras. On paper, getting the ten still and video shots looked simple enough. But looking at the DSLR camera in my hands, it was clear that I had a lot to learn before shooting. I spent one night watching how-to videos on Youtube. The next morning I went to a park down the street to find something moving that I could film and ended up with maybe five usable shots. In class that day we got a lesson on using our equipment. So I kept going out, taking shots, and asking friends for help. IMG_3852

Take a look at my completed first assignment.

My camera is no longer completely foreign to me. I was anxious before I started, but I am glad Dr. Collins had us jump right in and practice the skills we will be using all semester (and beyond). Taking well-composed photographs and video is harder than I thought. I am starting to understand why photographers have that intense focus about them while they are working. It takes an attitude of initiative and thoroughness to try multiple approaches to get a good shot. I hope to tap into more of that intuition.

-Kelsey

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Press Pass Journalism Summer Camp at the U of I !

It is with great Joy and Pride that I announce that I have led and completed my Press_Pass_Picfirst journalism summer camp at the U of I!. Great students from 13 years of age to 17! High school students who have never put a newscast together. Six days later, they shot, wrote, produced, reported, edited, and anchored their own 5 minute newsbreak!….using equipment for the first time! They even did the studio work, technical director, teleprompter, studio camera, playback…and on and on. I couldn’t have had a better group of students. They were truly awesome! They are my Magnificent Seven! Hugs….
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Thank you to Dr. Jan Slater who put the idea of a camp into my vision, Rhiannon Clifton for your Directorship, Thomas Warren for assisting with the organization, and Ken Erdey for setup. I’d like to also send a special thank you to Casey Ludwig and Kyle Potthast who kept us going each and every day, John Paul for the impromptu text messages and visits to the Richmond Studios to help me put out fires, Rich Martin for your continued support of my projects-assisting with their success, Susan Conrad for helping me stay organized and ready, Jane Dowler for making sure all of the important behind-the-scenes bolts and screws were tightened and ready just in time for camp, Walter Stroganoff who brought your engineering magic, Taylor Judd and Meghan Smith for getting us set up online and with equipment, Dexter Smith who helped make sure we had the kits to get the job done, Anisa McClinton, Jessica Corso and Elizabeth Jassin for your mentoring and guidance for the students as Interns, Steve Bardwell for the impromptu phone call assistance, and to the parents-who trusted us to give their loved ones an experience of a lifetime. It was a wonderful, intense, 7 days! Best to Everyone! I’m so proud of my students and I look forward to seeing you all go on to do great things!

Sincerely,

Dr. Collins

Students Final Projects On YouTube for Viewing!

 

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MediaPalooza 2016! NewsBreak Time!

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Once again, I had an awesome time working with awesome students AND their parents for Mediapalooza 2016! There were some real stars in the making! It was exciting AND fun to see these students learn and experience what it is like to take a class in the College of Media at UIUC! I threw them, well, softly encouraged them with intensity (smiling), into the task of producing their own short news break! The room was filled with the same feeling one would find in a professional newsroom…Deadline…Technology Problems….Stress….Deadlines….and Running out of time. In other words, Deadlines! Lol…

With great attitudes and lots of support, they gave it their best and believe or not…in less than one hour they helped put their break together. They had no preparation, had not worked in this class lab before nor did they choose their subjects…Yet, still, they were ready for the challenge and I COULD NOT be more proud of their efforts! They literally had about 15 good minutes to put something together. I knew their stories would not be perfect, but their efforts and attitudes were! Two key ingredients towards being successful! We laughed together, worked together, and made something happen. It was so much fun! I’m really hoping to see them in one of my Multimedia or Broadcast classes in the near future!

A special thank you to my student volunteers who helped make this project possible as well as fun, Omoyele Ajayi, Fangyi Liu, Alicia Lee, and Hyun Jun Lee! In all sincerity, I COULD NOT have done this without them. So, thank you! Taylor Judd for his online assistance, Mike Bohlmann and Meghan Smith and their assistance with equipment!

A special thank you to Stephanie Drucker who was leading the march (Great Job!) and Shalayne Pulia who offered assistance just when I needed it (Whew!). Thank you.

Finally, a special thanks to Megan Tucker Zwilling who amazes me each year she pulls a rabbit out of her hat, purse, and laptop bag called called MediaPalooza.

Now….(Drum roll please….rrrrrrrrrrr…..). I present to you …. 15 minutes of FUN at MediaPalooza covering Music and Politics with Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kanye and Free Kesha!

Have a great day!

Professor Collins

 

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Success at IJEA Once Again!

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Once again, IJEA News breaks were a success! I had some really awesome High school students who were eager and ready to learn and make it happen! In 3 hours they wrote, shot, reported, edited, and produced a News Break! This is hands-on experience at its best! In addition, I had THE BEST U of I student volunteers who helped our aspiring journalists every step of the way! With the valuable hands-on assistance and expertise from my right hand…Ken Erdey and my left hand…Mike Bohlmann…we did the almost….nearly….impossible in 2-hours!

Journalists for a Day!

Journalists for a Day!

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Assignment 1 Avilez

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“Why won’t this start recording?” I asked myself as I repeatedly pressed the photo shutter button. It took me two days to realize there is a separate button to take videos. That was however the purpose of our first assignment. It was meant to allow us to get acquainted with our camera equipment.

When we first received this assignment I wasn’t too worried about it because I own a Nikon DSLR so I’m familiar with the basic settings of this type of camera. I won’t lie I thought I was ahead of the game. Needless to say this assignment was a humbling experience.

Getting the still shots went pretty smoothly, but the videos took some work. After watching a few youtube tutorials I finally found the video record button. I also had some problems with focus when working with the record function. I particularly had difficulty with the pan left and right shots. My focus kept going in and out and you could hear my tripod moving in the recording. Once I got the hang of everything finding places with good light to shoot was fun. I took some shots around my apartment to practice and then I walked to a nearby park to get some natural light shots.

The editing process was much more stressful to me than the actual shooting. I had never worked with Adobe Premiere before and I am kind of a slow worker. I started to get stressed because most of the class was way ahead of me. I worried that I wouldn’t finish the assignment by the end of class especially when I noticed some of my shot were not the correct size. With the help of one of my classmates however I caught up.

After completing assignment one I feel much more confident in the editing process. Now I want to work on my focus issues when filming for assignment two. I also want to plan better for the editing process by choosing the exact shots I want to use before getting to class. I look forward to seeing my progress in these blogs throughout the semester. My video can be viewed here.

Assignment 4 Boyd – Illinois volleyball is in Seventh Heaven

Opposite hitter Naya Crittenden attempts to spike the ball.

Opposite hitter Naya Crittenden attempts to spike the baIl.

It has been an up and down season for Illinois volleyball. The team won the Illini Classic tournament to start the year, but went on a four-game losing streak shortly thereafter. Following a blowout loss to Oregon, Illinois finally bounced back with a win against Belmont.

Since then, the Illini are now on a seven-game win streak with their latest victory coming against Rutgers. Freshman Jacqueline Quade and senior Naya Crittenden logged 12 kills and 11 kills respectively to lead Illinois to victory.

Illinois will face now face No.1 Nebraska at home Wednesday night. The Cornhuskers have won 27 consecutive matches dating back to last season and will look to put an end to the Illini’s win streak.

To hear more about Illinois’ most recent victory, check out my audio package.

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Since signing at the University in April, local businesses, the Athletic Department and students have experienced a change in school spirit. After speaking with Gameday Spirit retail manager, Cory Shumard, it is clear that sales have increased drastically. Especially, sales of the Lovie T-shirt released by the athletic department.

The Illini nation has been gobbling those up and it feels like those items almost seem to go out the door as fast as they come in,” Shumard said. “So, We have been very happy with keeping up with that and we are going to ride that horse as long as we can.”

Marketing assistant in the Athletic Department, Stephanie Bailen explained the day Lovie was hired the department sold 35 thousand dollars worth of tickets.

“It definitely brought a lot more notoriety to U of I sports because when I came here as a Freshman I didn’t even consider the football games,” said Louis Sagan Junior in LAS.

To hear the audio story click here.

Black Producers

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I kind of took my time on this fourth assignment simply because I wanted to find something both timely and well as something that resonated with me as a person. I feel that Black expression is so commercialized and distorted these days. I feel as if White America likes the IDEA of Black expression but the REALITY of it is another story. It seems that the White dominated industry cannot co-exist with the Black expression, whether it be musically, athletically, academically, etc. without attempting to own a stake in it.

Collectively Black expression is painted as threatening mostly because it is misunderstood. I remember when I was in seventh grade we had a substitute teacher, a White lady, who said that we could play anything o the radio except for rap. It seemed that she had previously had minimal exposure to rap music and had found the content unfavorable and thus instead of seeking to diversify her exposure to other forms of rap or artistry she simply labeled all rap as “unacceptable.” At the time I knew that she was implementing a very uneducated bias but at the time I lacked the ability to voice the  critical analysis that was taking place inside of my 14-year-old head.

This event was “right on time” so to speak because it embodied so many of the elements that I love as well as served as a networking experience and a chance to build common ground with some young artists in the area.

I so love and admire BLACK PEOPLE and I am so proud of the way that we still mange to raise our voice in spite of all that is waged against us as a people.

The audio and visuals could be improved however my personality type is a far cry from perfectionism. I’m more of a just-get-the-shit-done personality type and then connect the finished product to a greater collective awareness. Sometimes timeliness is better than perfection.

The audio was crappy because I didn’t have a mic outlet and I didn’t get to feature all the producers that I interviewed but I felt that Lateef, being the young buck that he is, stood out the most. His demeanor is to calm and mature. He has a quiet confidence about him that I didn’t even remotely possess at his age.

 

I hope that my piece did him justice. 

~Namaste~

 

Pygmalion: C-U Made Fest

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Icon for the Pygmalion component, Made Fest.

Over the weekend, I attended Pygmalion Music Festival, which was also running it’s craft fair extension called the Made Fest.

I decided to interview some students who had attended the fair, as well as a local artist who was selling his artwork.

This project definitely had me a little flustered because I am completely inexperienced with audio, or really any type of broadcast, but it was definitely fun to get out of my comfort zone and talk to random people!

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Career Fair Video Essay

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There were signs in my peers that career fair season is upon us. I watched my roommates prepare their speeches and documents, people bike riding in suits, and more students scurrying under umbrellas to keep their hair dry. Career fairs can conjure up feelings of anxiety, competitiveness, confidence, and more for attendees. For this assignment I filmed at the Business Career Fair, and interviewed some students after their visits.

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Nature and Amenities at West Quad- Assign 3 Muno

I chose to focus my video essay on the West Quad apartment complex in Champaign. I think I did my project as more of a sequence of great pictures, rather than a story so I think thats my own biggest critique on my project. Also, in retrospect I should have had a stronger initial statement video rather than my shot of the pebbles. I wish I had taken a wide shot of the apartment complex or something that fit better with my title. I’ve always thought the architecture and designs at West Quad were pretty so I thought it would make for a “cool” video essay. I’m starting to notice that I’m gaining an artistic eye. When I’m behind the camera I see things differently than when I’m just walking around doing day to day things. I’m becoming more observant. It’s really fascinating to look at life from this new perspective. I’m seeing how beautiful things are that I would usually take for granted. I did notice that videos are harder to take than pictures. I need to practice taking videos without my tripod to get more comfortable. I did not experience much hardship with this project, so overall I think it ended up really good! I’m excited for the partner critiques to see what I can work on for the next project.

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Hands of an Artist

This project was super fun! I had a ton of ideas that I wanted to do, but I ended up going with the story of my friend Maddie and her life as an artist who has unique struggles. Not only do I feel like I challenged myself creatively, I also feel like this project allowed me to learn more about my friend, as well.

This is Maddie putting in lightbulbs at her job at Cream & Flutter.

This is Maddie putting in lightbulbs at her job at Cream & Flutter.

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“A Day in the Life of Grace”

Rev. K. Edward Copeland in Pastor Davis' office after the three night revival at Grace Fellowship Church.

Rev. K. Edward Copeland in Pastor Davis’ office after the three night revival at Grace Fellowship Church.

Assignment 3 was great! I had the opportunity to show off my church’s revival. This time it was kind of challenging because I wanted to do more, but the time constraint for 1:15-1:30 kind of limited me. Also, I play a main role in my church, so it was a lot of back and forth between the drums and my camera. I tried several things, but I see I need to study Adobe outside of class. I chose this because the message was The Power of God. I think the world needed to hear this message or at least see scenes of it. This is how a standard church service looks like.

The Life of an Athlete

Assignment 3 taught me a lot about using my camera to make videos. For this assignment I decided to film some of my fellow student-athletes. I used a variety of tight and wide shots to show what an athlete does each day.  I decided to use music to make the video more interesting.

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Jonathan Wells on Men’s Track and Field preparing to sprint.

Filming sports was definitely interesting as you can be so creative with your shots. A lot of the time I had to get on the ground just to get the perfect angle. It also took a lot of time just to meet up with each athlete so they could show me their sport. I did see some extreme athleticism throughout this project. Overall I am really proud of my work. I have never done a project like this before so I am happy how it turned out! You can check out my project here.

Hair Cleansing: The Ritual

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When I was in high school, on my first round of loc’d hair, I noticed that Black but particularly non-Black (i.e White people) had this faulty perception of natural Black hair, especially loc’d hair, that it was somehow synonymous with uncleanliness. Their ignorance would especially come through whenever they spoke about the iconic prophet Bob Marley. One White classmate claimed that he had over seven hundred different species of insects in his hair upon death.

At the time I was not knowledgeable enough about Bob Marley to give an educated rebuttal, but what I failed to realize in my 16-year-old mind, was that her statement encompassed a belief that people with loc’d hair do not wash their hair.

It wasn’t long before I became a target of her ignorance. One day on the bus this same individual leaned behind me on the school bus and recoiled and cuffed her hand over her mouth, claiming that my freshly washed and  maintained dreadlocks “stank.” Naturally…I WENT OFF.

I’m not sure if she mistook the fragrance of the menthol shampoo for the “smell of filth” or what   but I most definitely checked her and went off on her ass. My classmates had to suggest that I “calm down.”

In hindsight, I know that it was societal stigma mixed with ignorance, fascination, and pure ignorance that created the entire exchange. It’s so funny how choosing to film myself washing my hair brought that whole memory back up so strongly.

I think that Black hair, whether natural, dreaded, braided, or whatever is a source of mysticism and mystery for a lot of people who are not of African dissent and have no exposure to African-textured hair. Hopefully this video can facilitate open discussion and education.

Also, I couldn’t get a thumbnail from my video on there so I just took an image from Google and credited the photographer. Hope that’s chill!

 

Namaste 🙂