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Race Against Domestic Violence

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Runners get ready to start their race

The starting line of the annual Women’s Fitness 5k was a collage of bright colors as runners rallied together to show their support for victims of domestic violence.

204 runners showed up for the 5k race, which was held at Crystal Lake Park. Click here for live coverage of the event.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The race kicked-off a series of events and activities dedicated to eliminating violence and abuse in the community.

All the proceeds from the run went to two local groups, Courage Connection and the Crisis Nursery. At the end of the race the organizations were each presented with $1600 checks.

This is the 30th year for the race, but this year the help couldn’t have come at a better time. With the state budget stalled at the Capitol, Courage Connection is struggling to keep its doors open. Meanwhile, the Crisis Nursery is looking to expand. Last year, staff had to turn away 600 people for lack of space.

If you interested in donating to the Crisis Nursery or Courage Connection you can find more information on their websites. Also, if you would like to be apart of the race next October you can sign up on the Second Wind Running Club’s website.

Reflection l Assignment 3 Avilez

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Alarm goes off in the morning

For our third assignment we had to do a video essay. Initially I wanted to cover some type of sporting event on campus for my video essay, but I ended up being sick all weekend and wasn’t really up to leaving my apartment. I wanted to capture something more “newsworthy,” but I’m happy with the outcome.

I am also very happy with how my audio compliments my video this week. Last week in my photo essay my audio was not very distinctive and did not really help tell my story. This week all my sounds push the story along.

It was also a new challenge to learn how to film myself. Learning to focus while I was moving in and out of the frame was difficult at first, but I got the hang of it. I also discovered that I could flip the display screen on the camera so that helped.

I wanted to try some unique camera shots this time. For example, for some shots I wanted to use the camera to appear as if I was looking into a mirror while getting ready. I also used doorway to capture depth.

Overall, I’m pleased with my third assignment. My planning of my third assignment made the editing process go much smoother. This time I had the order of shots I wanted all written down before I even got to lab. For our next assignment, I want to step out of my comfort zone a little and try to capture some content that is “newsworthy.”

You can view my video essay here.

Neutral Cycle Operations | Assignment 3 Dinh

Neutral Cycle

Champaign – Urbana’s very own bike shop.

Neutral Cycle is Champaign-Urbana’s very own bicycle shop that offers a variation of services. This year, they are offering bike rents to students at $69 a semester. The $69 package includes free maintenance as well. That way, there’s no need to worry about storing your bike while you’re away on holiday breaks. Aside from the new offer, Neutral Cycle is well known for their quick fixes. The shop has a continuous stream of bikers coming in looking for an affordable fix up. They have a team of specialist who know what they’re doing and can fix your bike up in no time. For any bicycle enthusiasts, check out their webpage here. Neutral Cycle doesn’t stop at service. They care about their community as well and recently they’ve filed 11 FOIA requests to see where the most bicycle thefts have occurred. The results helped them identified C-Us “hot spots,” which are known as locations where the most bike thefts occurred. To see them in action, click here.


Assignment 3 – Avilez

A Typical Morning Getting Ready for class at the University of Illinois

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University of Illinois student grabs breakfast

Every morning there about 32,000 undergraduates at the University of Illinois on the move getting ready for the day. As children we often hear from our parents, “Eat your breakfast.” But as we get older and our lifestyles become more hectic many of us fall out of the habit of eating breakfast. This goes especially for college students many of whom are living alone for the first time and don’t have anyone to remind them to eat the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast might be the last thing on the mind of someone when they wake up an hour before class in the morning, but students really should make the extra 10 minutes to take a bite even if it is just cereal. The benefits of breakfast include improved grades, increased concentration, and weight maintenance. Check out more on the benefits of breakfast here.

You can see my video here.

Assignment 2 Reflection Sims

A little dash of sugar

A little dash of sugar

Let me start by saying my camera and I have had our fair share of each other. After the first assignment I had to learn how to change the image quality of my pictures to make it easier on myself. Of course that was good ol’ plan C. After getting that figured out the assignment pretty much went smooth sailing. I’m really getting a feel for my camera and love the different angles we were taught in lab because it really makes the photos speak a thousand words. Assignment 2 has showed me this class is challenging but I enjoy it thus far because I know it’ll only advance my skills in multimedia!

Making A Quick Bite to Eat Assignment 2 Dinh

Annisa Rodriguez enjoys a bite of her quick fix snack, Naan pizza.

Annisa Rodriguez enjoys a bite of her quick fix snack, Naan pizza.

This photo essay was a fun project that follows along with the process of making naan pizza.

Follow Annisa Rodriguez as she creates a simple quick snack called Naan Pizza. Topped with cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and more cheese.
Note, you can add whatever toppings your heart desires. Once you’ve added all your toppings, pop it in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes then enjoy!

To view the original video without sound, click here.

Assignment 2 Reflection: Labor Day at the Beach – Avilez

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91 degree day at the beach.

When we had first got the assignment I wasn’t sure what I wanted to shoot for our photo essay. My plan A was to shoot my friend’s birthday party in Champaign over the weekend but at the last minute I decided to go home to spend some time with my family. On to plan B.

I love shooting outside and my family was heading to the beach so decided to capture the day. I was really happy with the shots and audio I got. I ended up taking over 200 photos, which I think ended up being a bad idea ultimately when trying to match my sounds to photos. Also narrowing my shots down to the 12 that told the story the best was difficult. Overall, I am happy with how the photos captured the atmosphere of Labor Day weekend at the beach.

Editing this time around was much less stressful. I wasn’t so far behind the rest of class like during assignment one. A problem I had however, was that I did not record enough sound to cover my entire video. I had about 40 seconds of sound to use for about 68 seconds of stills. I should have planned better. Also, much of the noise at the beach was overpowered by the strong winds so it was hard to get a variation of distinctive sounds. I could have done much better at finding powerful sounds to tell the story.

All in all things felt much easier this time around. Moving forward I want to try to plan better so I am prepared during the editing process. I also want to take more shots in difficult lighting because so far I’ve had excellent natural lighting. Maybe next time I will try to take some night shots.

You can see my photo essay without sound here. You can see my photo essay with sound here.

Assignment 2: Labor at the Beach – Avilez


Beachgoers enjoy a 91 degree day.

For our second assignment we had put together a photo essay that had a constant theme and told a story.

On Sunday, I decided to take my camera to the beach because I knew there would probably be a lot going on there given that it was Labor Day weekend.  I wanted to show how people were enjoying one of the last weekends of summer. I was really happy with the shots I got. I ended up taking over 200 photos. Narrowing down my shots down to the 12 that told the story the best was the hardest part.

In my first video there is no audio, then I added some audio to the second video. The sound I added helped to capture the atmosphere of the beach. It was very windy so a lot of the sound is of the strong blowing winds. The wind overpowered much of the other natural sounds. However, I did also get some great audio of the water hitting the shore.

You can see my photo essay without sound here. You can see my photo essay with sound here.

Assignment 2 Reflection Dinh

A close up of the naan pizza as the cheese melts in the oven.

A close up of the naan pizza as the cheese melts in the oven.

Assignment two was difficult at first, because I couldn’t figure out what to shoot. Eventually I realized I was overthinking the assignment. I decided to take pictures of my friend making one of my favorite snacks, Naan  Pizza. I decided to order the shots as the process of making the pizza actually occurred. I didn’t talk at all while I was taking pictures, because I wanted my friend’s reactions to be genuine. In doing so, (I feel bad, but) I ended up watching my friend burn herself while reaching inside the oven without an oven mitt and was able to capture it with the sound as well. So you can actually hear a soundbite of my friend saying “OW!” You can listen in and view the whole video here. Getting a variation of photos was probably the most difficult, because I wanted to get wider shots but then i’d have too much empty face – losing focus of what was going on. I chose to take the majority of my shots close up, because I wanted to capture details. However, I was still able to capture a couple wide and tight shots along the way.

For reference, HERE is the link to the video without sound.


Assignment 1 Avilez


Simba Pillow Pet

“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.