Oper-uhhh

The rape of Lucretia was a very interesting opera, and also served as my first one. I learned a lot, but ultimately believe my first will also be my last.

By: Daniel Corry

Truth be told, I have never seen an opera before, and only think of big women in large viking hats whenI think of the word. I also thought they were solely in Italian, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear english, as well as see the words projected on the screen.

Upon finishing the show, I can thankfully say I was more impressed than with the interpretive dance from our last event. There was a coherent story, and I actually felt emotion for Lucretia. The narrators were probably the two characters who pulled me most out of the story. They were from a different time period, and rather than pushing the story along, the simply seemed to push christian values into the story in an inorganic manner.

My favorite part; as odd as it sounds, was probably the actual rape of Lucretia. I genuinely felt rising tension and disgust, but with a larger message of the disgusting predatory actions men genuinely committed hundreds of years ago, and still commit to this day.

If I were the director, I would have tried to make that connection more obvious through those two narrating christian characters, but overall I thought they did a good job! Again, I simply think the style of opera is not for me, but it was still an enjoyable performance and night!

A fantastic quartet and…guests?

A night of amazing orchestral music, distracted by a confusing medley of Tai Ji and group movement.

Before we saw the performance, we watched a video in class showcasing the quartet, and then another video about Chungliang Al Huang and how he incorporated dance with Chinese characters, and I was very excited to see these two combined.

However, after seeing the performance, I must admit I was rather unimpressed. The quartet performed very well, and hearing them play was a real treat. Chungliang however simply seemed off on Thursday evening. Or I could admittedly just not understand the culture behind his dancing, but it seemed not connected to the music at all, or that he was off by a few beats, but wanted to be on beat. I couldn’t tell if it was a heavily choreographed performance, or if it was a dance that was made up on the spot. Either way, I feel that if his performance could be misconceived as the other, then something was off.

As I said before, I really did enjoy the quartet, and actually throughly enjoyed the tango that occurred at the end. It felt very clean, and tightly rehearsed. It went very well with the music and both the dancers and the members of the quartet seemed to compliment each other very well. This kind of symbiotic relationship was what I was hoping to see with Chunliang, and was unfortunately disappointed.

If I were the director, I would have tried to make the quartet and all of the dancers truly compliment each other, rather than simply performing at the same time.

Assignment 1 Ramirez

The entrance to Hallene Gateway in Urbana, Illinois

What’s up! My name is Demisha Ramirez. I introduce myself as Demi like Demi Lovato; it just helps people remember it. I have been studying Broadcast Journalism for the past 2 semesters and I absolutely love it. I really haven’t used a camera ever before (except selfies, but that doesn’t count).  Whenever someone would ask them to take a picture I would just say no because I thought I was a horrible photographer. So actually having a camera and having to go out and take pictures and video is completely out of my comfort zone!

Assignment one was easier than what I hyped it up to be. I just wanted my shots to be clear and straight, because I do not have a steady hand. I went out and started walking around campus on one of the most beautiful days. The sun was out and I felt like an actual photographer.

I took photos of everything on campus. I even brought along one of best friends,  Quan Trimble, and started taking pictures of him until he got annoyed with me and I had to stop. I started taking pictures at the Ike, but wasn’t getting any shots so then went to the Quad. I figured there is always something happening on the quad so I would have plenty of inspiration. I got some pretty nice shots of the quad (see one below).

Davenport Hall on the Main Quad of The University of Illinois- Urbana, Illinois

I felt like I could do better, so I decided to go inside the Illini Union. Lucky for me, there was an event called  “Festival of Maidens, Daughter of the Dragon.” Think ‘Game of Thrones,’ but without the blood and death. There were no real swords, so they fought with a stick wrapped in a silver, shiny material that mirrored a sword. I got some great shots of all the matches and also some medieval merchandise the sponsored organization was selling.

A participant of The Festival of Maidens

 

Next, I just decided to practice my shooting inside my room with some items I had laying around. I live in Bousfield and the rooms are pretty big for being a dorm room, but still. I had a limited space to shoot in. I shot some stuffed animals I had so I can practice my close-ups. I also practiced on some old flowers I saved and I was extremely happy with how they came out. I was excited for class so I can do the next step.

A pink dead rose I’ve had since February 2016

Next step was editing and putting my pictures into a video. I have never used Adobe anything in my life, but I have used I-Movie to edit 2 videos. I figured it couldn’t be that complicated. Man, was I wrong! I don’t mean complicated in a bad way, but it was a little overwhelming seeing and trying to use all the effects and buttons correctly. I got the hang of the program after a few minutes of playing around with it. I also kept asking my  classmate sitting next to me for help. It was also hard to decide the order of the pictures in the video and deciding what pictures to actually use. I am happy with my final project, but I am more excited for more projects to come. Then I will actually have some experience and hopefully they will be better.

Check out the video of the fun I had all over campus here!

 

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 “Fear and Hope in Gymnastics”

Multimedia Comes to an End

12189163_126536414373085_406327895107191868_nInitially before the class was even in session I was nervous to see what would come ahead of me. Professor Collins initial email had me worried I would be pilled on with more work than enjoyment. I felt as I had it really cut out for myself for taking up Multimedia and Television 1 in the same semester. However now as we have come to an end I was completely wrong, Collins is one of the best teachers I’ve had at the University, she taught me so much in so little time that had sharpened my skills across the board. Through the semester there were a series of assignments that were completed at a gradual pace, adding one element after another until we combined it all in our final project.  Continue reading “Multimedia Comes to an End”

Assignment 3 Reflection

For assignment 3 we were told to create a video essay similarly to the photo essays previously done . The first story topic I had in mind for this project didn’t fall through so I had a plan B of doing a story on getting around campus in various forms of technology. I thought my video and shot angles have improved some, however I believe that I have to learn to become more steady when I’m doing more of my creative shots.

Additionally I have learned that each story must have a clear focus because if not then the viewers can become confused on what the message and purpose of each shot choosen. All in all i’m looking forward to more improvements along the semester.

Assignment 1 Dinh

Dusk

I found this first assignment fun, but time consuming. I went out to the quad and it was neat how many different activities were going on. It made my videos more interesting. I have background experience with photography, so it was fun going back out and shooting. The video part was a little more difficult, because I had to foresee what was going to be able to know when to shoot. My favorite part was talking to the people I took videos of. There was a group of hula hoopers, “historical swordsmen” and jugglers. All of which who tried to rope me into trying it out with them and, despite me saying no, were all really nice and pleasant to talk to as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this assignment because it got me up and going and I enjoy more hands on work.

You can find my first assignment here

Chicago gets its annual auto show on the road

I’ve never gone to the annual Chicago Auto Show even though I’ve lived in the city for most of my life.

But assignment four gave me an opportunity to experience the event, and that was the best part about this assignment: It took me to a place I wouldn’t have gone otherwise.

Continue reading “Chicago gets its annual auto show on the road”

Reflection 4: Handling disaster

Espresso Royale on Daniel Street in Champaign, Ill., about 30 minutes before closing time.
Espresso Royale coffee shop on Daniel Street in Champaign, Ill., about 30 minutes before closing time.

When Professor Collins said “anything that can go wrong is going to go wrong,” I didn’t know just how serious she was.

After completing my entire project on snow removal on campus, with footage of the trucks, workers and shovels scraping away day and night, something went wrong. Continue reading “Reflection 4: Handling disaster”