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Adventures in Multimedia: Winter Walk Around the Quad

They say there’s beauty in the breakdown – and boy, did I breakdown. All weekend long I was worried about this video essay assignment and all the criterions we had to fulfill. Like most areas in life, I went into overthinking mode and couldn’t think of an idea or topic that I thought would be the most interesting and that would hit all the requirements.

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A shot of the University of Illinois quad during winter – the main subject of my video essay.

As it was Valentine’s Day weekend, I went to Chicago. And while in Chicago, I thought about filming a billiards hall with its pool tables, bar, food and comedy shows. Pressure Billiards & Cafe was awarded Best Billiards in Chicago Reader’s Best of 2013 guide, and I thought that hit the points of uniqueness and prominence. Unfortunately, the videos had poor lighting. Plan B was to think of something back on campus, and Monday’s snowy weather proved to be an opportunity.

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The Real ‘Windy City’…


For Assignment 3, I was instructed to include the natural sound I recordered while taking still pictures for Assignment 2.  

I have several problems with my audio. I had a really hard time capturing the sound of the Construction sites up close. A lot of my audio is distorted due to the wind.

Adventures in Multimedia: Sights and Sounds


My favorite photo – I loved the natural sound of the water from the shower!

I always have a tendency to either overestimate or underestimate the amount of time something will take me – in this case, it was the latter.

I didn’t realize that I would end up spending four hours of my night in the multimedia lab to insert few seconds of nat sound, which I thought wouldn’t take me more than an hour.

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An Average Night at Bousfield

IMG_1615For this assignment, we were supposed to tell a story or show a theme through a series of photos. The hardest part of this assignment was coming up with an idea to go off of. Since the weather in Champaign did not show many signs of improvement, I again turned to my residence hall for inspiration. I decided to show the stages of doing laundry, since my options were limited as I shot my first assignment in the same location. To be honest… I wish I was able to to have a more creative shoot. As I watched last years videos, I saw beautiful pictures of snow, churches, campus etc. I’ll be the first to admit that this is not my favorite project and that I am looking forward to having projects that are much improved in the future.

For my attempt at assignment two … click here.

Adventures in Multimedia: Sleep, Shower, Sustenance


Mmm, delicious!

Welcome to part two of my adventures in multimedia!

Any photographer or journalist knows how powerful images and photographs can be when the right shot is captured. Photographs are a great storytelling tool that brings in the audience, allowing us to feel emotions, activate our senses and discover new things.

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Building a Community

IMG_6333For Assignment 2, my task was to create a photo essay. I struggled with finding a topic that I am passionate about. My original plan was to do something about diversity. After thinking for a long time, I realized that I had no idea how to capture that without taking pictures of people (the obvious).

I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to do for the assignment and finally thought about all of the construction going on around campus. I immediately thought about building a community. Campustown goes through many changes as the years progress, and it was interesting to capture some of the beginning moments and stages of these changes.

Taking pictures of construction sites is very difficult when is freezing outside!!! One major issue I had was that my fingers became very red as I held the camera without using gloves. This forced me to take a few pictures and endure the cold for as long as I could, and then go inside. What should have taken about 30 minutes, took me about 2 hours to complete because I couldn’t stand outside too long. My only issue after reviewing my photos, was that I did not get a great variety of shots.

Editing the slideshow was fairly easy, I encountered minor issues, but because I came into the lab three days before the due date, I was able to fix the issues on my own.

Here’s my attempt at Assignment 2.

Slowly but Surely- Assignment 2 Reflection

Assignment 2 has been way more fun and less frustrating than the first one. I feel that I have become more comfortable with my camera and with using FinalCut as well. With this assignment I wanted to shoot somewhere that I was comfortable and that I knew like the back of my hand. So I chose the football stadium which is where I spend majority of my time. My goal for this photo essay was to give my classmates the ability to see what I see on a daily basis. I feel like this assignment was successful for me and Im starting to get the hang of it.



At this point I am enjoying all of the challenges that comes along with being a multimedia journalist. All of these aspects that I have learned so far are things that I would have never imagined that I would be doing. And to think were not even half way yet.

Ralph Cooper- Assignment 1 Reflection

My first multimedia assignment has been frustrating to say the least.  Taking the  pictures was fun and I really enjoyed getting used to my new camera.   The hardest part was getting used to editing my pictures and creating a slide show on Final Cut.

Even though this assignment did not go as smooth as I expected it to I know theres no place to go but up from here… Right?? Cant stop now though, Ill keep fighting forward!




Adventures in Multimedia: Learning the Ropes

Learning new things in life can be a challenge, but it can also be exciting and rewarding. When I first registered for Multimedia Reporting, I didn’t know what to expect. Aside from noticing journalism students sprawled around campus with their cameras and tripods in hand, I wasn’t too familiar with the course and the kinds of assignments I would have to do. I had already had my initial taste of filming and interviewing on camera during my summer internship at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Chicago, where I created a recruiting video for the non-profit organization. Still, I knew there was much to learn, especially in terms of different angles and types of shots.

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My Journey Through Uncharted Waters: A Semester of Multimedia

Multimedia journalism was never something I thought I would be interested in but after taking Professor Collins’ J410 class, I challenged myself and now have a handful of new skills I can impress my future employer with one day. This is my journey through the ups and downs of finding those skills.

I remember walking out of the classroom after the first day of J410, I was incredibly anxious about the semester to come and I really did not know if I had it in me to succeed in this class. I had never worked with multimedia before so I knew this semester would be a challenge but I knew that I would learn a lot that would help me with my future career. Continue reading