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We Made It

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Me performing at the Krannert Center For Performing Arts

 

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Me competing as a Fighting Illini

I can’t believe the semester is over! When I first started Multimedia, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have had some experience with Digital SLR cameras, but I have never really produced any video news packages before this semester. This class has given me a new love and appreciation for journalism and media. I think overall my work has definitely improved from day one.

 

The first project required us to take a variety of shots. This allowed us to get to know our projects. The Sigma 17-70mm lens let me take some great shots… I knew it would be a good semester after using this camera. When I exported my finished product I didn’t select “maximum render quality,” so I realized after what the video quality should have been.

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A picture I took of a cow on the University Dairy Farm

The next assignment was the photo essay. This was one of my favourite assignments. One of my teammates is an Animal Science major, so she took me out to the Illinois Dairy Farm to get some pictures. I named my photo essay “The Story of Dairy.” I got up close and personal with the cows and tried to capture how dairy gets from the cow to your refrigerator.

The third assignment was the video essay. I can truly say this was my favourite project of the semester. I created a video sequence of some of my athlete friends playing their sports. The end result was great. Initially I took out the natural sound from the video, but I realized after I should have kept it in. I released a video on Faccebook of the same video but with natural sound. I got a lot of attention on social media. This project made me see I could do something with media in the future. Check it out here!

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My freshman year roommate Emily Osoba taking the field

Assignment Four was an audio package. I did my story on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra coming to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. I love classical music and the theatre so I knew I would have a lot of fun with this. Luckily one of my friends is family friends with two of the violinists in the orchestra, so I got to listen to them play a duet and I got some great interviews with them. It was such an honour to listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! Check out my piece here.

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Krannert Center : Courtesy of Kwain Photography

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Larry Neuman and Qing Ho with us during intermission

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next assignment was a full news package. It was just the beginning of the fall season when I shot this package, so I thought a fall theme would be great. I decided to write a story on Curtis Orchard and how they get the most business during the fall season. I got some great shots in the pumpkin patch, and some interviews with the manager and a few locals. This was one of the first few packages I have ever done, so it was definitely a learning experience. Looking back, I think I could have incorporated an interactive standup… but overall I was happy with the finished result. Watch my news package here!

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A little visitor at Curtis Orchard

Our last assignment before the final was a how-to package. I once again decided to go with the theme of fall. I made a video on how to make pumpkin pie. I got one of my teammates to make a pumpkin pie at her apartment, and then I documented the whole thing. This assignment was not only fun to make, but the finished product was delicious to eat! Initially I wasn’t sure how I would frame my shots, so I just experimented with a bunch of different angles. I put some ukelele music in the background to make it more enjoyable. Watch my how-to piece here! 

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The final product of our pumpkin pie

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A spokesperson at the Freedom Forum

The final assignment was the real test of everything we have learned this semester. I worked in a group with Matthew, Anatta and Anaja. We were given the topic of “Student Protests,” so we had to produce five elements that tied into that topic. I worked mostly on the news package, how-to package, and the website. Overall, I learned a lot about finding sources for the stories. I had to find away to bring everything back to student protests, so that required a bit of planning. I also got to work on communication and teamwork skills with my group. In the real world you have to be able to work and compromise with people… so this project was a good test for that! Checkout our website here! 

I had such a great semester and I learned so much. I was heartbroken returning my camera today. I actually started looking up Sigma lenses I could potentially purchase for my Nikon SLR just because I enjoyed that camera so much. Thank you Dr. Collins for you kinda words and guidance… I have learned so much from you and this class. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

–  Jade Hilton

Twitter + Instagram : @jadehilton21

Social Injustice Crittenden Assn4

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With the Fall sports seasons in full swing here at the University of Illinois, you may think most athletes aren’t focused on what is happening outside of school and competition.

But for one soccer freshman, that is not the case. Lauren Smitherman is very invested in issues going on outside of herself, specifically dealing with social injustices that are running rampant in our country right now. She is a woman of color and she worries sometimes for not only her own safety, but her family’s too.

Lauren wants her voice to be heard. To learn more about her experiences and thoughts, check out my audio package here.

How-to make a three-pointer

Patty Mills celebrates after hitting a three for the San Antonio Spurs (Photo courtesy of The Brian Method)

Patty Mills celebrates after hitting a three for the San Antonio Spurs (Photo courtesy of The Brian Method)

As basketball has adapted to analytics over recent years, players have begun to embrace a new style.


 

There have always been boundaries to the game of basketball.

In the past, if a kid wasn’t tall enough or strong enough, he or she would usually not have a chance moving forward in the game. In recent years, there has been a different trend evolving in the game. Continue reading

Assignment 3 Reflection- Wright

Ball is Life

Lower courts at the ARC (Cunningham)

Overall I was really happy with my video essay about my friends playing basketball. I really enjoyed my editing of this assignment and I believe it was the best aspect of it, just as it was in my photo essay. I liked working with a topic I enjoyed and the entire process was a pretty good time. I received a lot of positive feedback from the class and I feel a lot of my classmates shared in my liking of my work.

This time I came in around 9 p.m. on Monday to get a head start on my editing which helped A LOT with the shortened deadline on Tuesday. The entire process was easier having spaced it out and it was a lot less stressful.

The biggest thing that I learned this week is to watch out for the automatic focusing on the camera. In my opinion it was the biggest flaw in my video, but now I am sure I will not let that get in the way of any future videos.

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Campus rec is back in business

School is back in full swing at the University of Illinois and the campus recreation centers are booming with activity as students have settled in during the first month. For senior Tim Szklarzewski and junior Jason Man, this means that nearly every afternoon from today until the school will be filled with hours upon hours of basketball.

Lower courts in the ARC at UIUC (Courtesy of Ray Cunningham)

According to Szklarzewski, he and many other students spend the majority of their afternoons at one of the UIUC campus recreation centers: CRCE. The student population has been making the most of the 15 basketball courts, 2 indoor soccer courts and the wide variety of multipurpose rooms.
Students are spending their time playing pick up games and also competing in the many intramural activities at the campus recreation centers, consisting of basketball, soccer and volleyball, among others.

My video essay can be viewed here.