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That’s a Wrap! End of Semester Reflection

Time to check out all the hard work from this semester and reflect!

I cannot believe the semester is almost over. This has been by far one of my favorite classes and I feel sad that it’s over. Professor Collins made this class so enjoyable and I know what I’ve learned in her classroom, I will use in my career.

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EveryDAY Should be a SunDAE – Schmitt

How to Make an Ice Cream Sundae

A sweet frozen treat with a combination of your favorite ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice cream sundaes never get old. They are the perfect frozen treat for any time of the year, and you can make one yourself with a few quick, easy steps. The best part is you can personalize your ice cream sundae however you’d like! That’s right…no ice cream sundae is the same. Choose your favorite flavor of ice cream or feel free to combine them, add toppings of your choice, and share your creation with friends and family. This recipe is entirely dependent on what you’re in the mood for or what happens to be in your pantry, but here’s my favorite combination of ingredients. And, let me tell you, I think it is better than ANY ice cream parlor around.

Follow along with my guide to make the sweetest, most sumptuous sundaes…in less than 3 minutes! Are you ready?!

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You Are Welcome

Muslim immigration ban protesters gather at the Alma Mater

 

Fear. Hope. Excitement. Afraid. There were the words Assignment 2 had to revolve around. I was extremely excited to go out and film. I feel like I work better when there is some sort of structure and instruction as to what a project has to be about. For example on assignment 1, I had to get specific shots, but what I shot was completely up to me. So I loved the fact that I had something to go off of. Now, deciding what to shoot was hard. At first I wanted to film my best friend, Carolina, going to an animal shelter and adopting a dog, because I figured there is a lot of emotions happening. But I forgot my camera, so that topic was a no go. A day later, I got invited to a march on the quad to protest the Muslim Immigration Ban and I knew that was the topic I had to film.

 

When I got to the march I just started taking pictures of every one in the crowd. It was said there was almost 400 protestors at the march. I then started taking pictures of signs that people made. There was so many signs and they were all equally invoking emotions. From signs that said, “Melania is an immigrant too” to “White Apathy Kills,” emotions were running high and I wanted to capture that.

Protestor holds sign in opposition to the Muslim Immigration Ban

When people started chanting, “No hate no fear, refugees are welcome here,” I knew I had to start filming and not just take photo’s. So I added that audio to my project. My favorite audio that I got was a speech from a muslim immigrant student saying, “and I refuse to be bullied into leaving this country.” Those were extremely important words and everyone in the crowd was cheering strongly.

Protestors on the Main Quad carrying a cloth saying “Resist”

One of the hardest things about shooting this event was trying to get pictures while everyone was marching. They moved really fast and I  wanted to make sure my shots were blurry. Most of my shots came out clear though. I took over 100 pictures and it was extremely hard to narrow it down to just 12. I decided to use the pictures that made me feel the 4 emotions: fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement.

I am extremely happy with this project and it was a lot of fun shooting this event and learning about it. I felt all 4 of the emotions and I hope you will too.

You can see my video of images from the protest here!

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My Inspiration and Original Idea

When we were given this assignment, I knew right away that I wanted to tell a story about a person. And, more importantly, I wanted to give them power in the piece – the power to use their voice. Additionally, because this was a video essay, I knew I needed interesting b-roll. My friend recommended that I talk to one of her Architecture classmates who was working with robotics in one of his courses. Architecture and robots? I was instantly sold on the idea and contacted her classmate right away.  Continue reading

Fear and Hope in Gymnastics

Gymnast Rae Balthazor mentally prepares to begin her bar routine at the Pink Meet on Jan. 29.

Hi there! This assignment challenged me in many ways, but my biggest struggle was coming up with a story idea. I will admit, after I finished Assignment 1, I peaked ahead to look at this upcoming project. I was so excited to see another opportunity to take still photographs in a photo essay. However, when I arrived in class, I quickly learned this assignment had an additional requirement that was announced by Professor Collins.  Continue reading

Assignment 1 Schmitt

Assignment One is officially in the books, and I cannot wait to see where this Multimedia journey takes me! I really enjoyed this project because I was given the creative freedom to take pictures and videos of whatever I wanted. For me, I was able to shoot all of my images in my apartment building, which has 24 floors. I felt as an artist that there were enough objects and scenes to explore right at my doorstep. In my high school television class, I was able to use a camera very similar to the one I was given in this class. With that being said, this project gave me the opportunity to brush up on my past skills, and learn new ones, as well. I am by no means an expert photographer or videographer, but I love learning and cannot wait to continue to develop and improve. Continue reading

Assignment 1 Williamson

I’ve always liked to take pictures, even though I really haven’t ever known that much about it before. It’s been an entertaining hobby that I picked up on when I was little, watching my dad fiddle around with the camera on family vacations. We often joke with my dad that his grand-kids won’t know what he looked like while my sister and I were growing up, due to the fact that he was the one taking so many pictures, rather than being in any of them. If you’re reading this and have any interest in seeing the video I made for my assignment, you can check it out here!

I was really excited for the class after our first meeting, especially upon finding out the teacher was fun, but could teach me a lot, and also after receiving the nicest camera I’ve ever held in my hands. The first assignment worried me, however, as I was learning a lot. There was a new camera, with new focusing options, as well as new software programs, a new computer system, and other things. I was worried my nervousness and inexperience may have hindered my ability to take really good pictures and videos for the assignment.

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How to do laundry like an Adult

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-4-49-26-pmAre you that struggling college student who secretly doesn’t know how to do their own laundry? Or that freshman who put hand soap in the washer instead of detergent? Or just have no clue where to begin?

I’m here to help.

I’ve found that so many of my friends and fellow students in their attempt to be an “adult” actually do laundry all wrong. For a simple how to on the subject, watch my video hereContinue reading

Coffee Break

Tis the season of midterms, cold weather, and warm coffee.

Here at the Illinois campusscreen-shot-2016-10-13-at-10-30-02-pm, coffee is all the craze. No matter what coffee shop is your favorite, you can find most students rely on their daily cup. Whether it’s because we’re busier or because new types of coffee have become more popular, young people are drinking more coffee than ever before. If I’m getting you in the mood for a warm latte, watch my video package hereContinue reading

You are Not Alone: Rally Against Rape Culture

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Photo courtesy of The Daily Illini.

Illinois students are stepping up to send a powerful message.

The Rally Against Rape Culture was held Friday on the Main Quad where speakers talked about ways to end rape culture and sexual assault on college campuses. They also spoke about supporting survivors and how to report a sexual assault.

You can listen to my audio package here.   Continue reading