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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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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!

Assign 2 Smith

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Juicy strawberries that I used to create my homemade parfait

Assignment 2 was all about the image–we had to create a photo essay using a specific theme and of all things, I chose mine to be centered around breakfast ūüėÄ

For me breakfast is very fundamental to the start of my day because without it, I would be a hangry individual (cross between hungry and angry) and I wouldn’t be able to focus on my studies because all I would be able to think about is my stomach growling. With that being said, I took images as well as videos of some of my favorite things I like to eat in the morning whether I’m on the go, or I have a little more time to cook. My completed video without sound can be¬†seen here.

If you actually want to hear the sounds of me cooking as well as my explanation of why I choose the items I eat everyday, then check this out.

I enjoyed doing this assignment because I really like breakfast. I didn’t run into many problems, except now looking back I was kind of shaky when capturing footage of the food. For example, when I titled the camera to film the chocolate chip pancakes, it was pretty shaky because I was holding it by hand. I will now work on controlling my camera.

 

International competition for Starbucks in the C-U

©Caffe Bene

©Caffe Bene

Caffe Bene, a very popular coffeehouse chain throughout East Asia opened its second outlet in campustown on Green Street. The first outlet is full almost every day and so they hope that a second location dead center of campus will help them reach out to more students. The new outlet will certainly add to the diversity of choice to students on campus who want to eat out or find a place to study.

Watch my video here.

Preparing for #1 Penn State

Filming gymnastics presented many challenges.

Filming gymnastics presented many challenges.

I can’t even begin to explain my relief in completing my assignment 4 video. There were so many things about this assignment that I did differently¬†which made for a much easier editing process than the last assignment.

I now feel like I’ve settled into a groove and have become exponentially more comfortable with Adobe Premier. It also doesn’t hurt that the software on the classroom computers worked with me this time instead of against me. Continue reading

W.O.R.D.

Listen to the Spoken Words

By, Senait Gebregiorgis

Swallow Your Words, or Let Them Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five years ago, two students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus had a vision for an organization¬†where students can enhance their skills in their writing and performance abilities. Together they came up with the organization “W.O.R.D.” —¬†writers organizing realistic dialect. Since then, W.O.R.D has remained to be one of the only spoken word organizations and clubs¬†on the U of I campus.

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Alicia Lee Assignment 2 & 3: A Day at UofI

An Average Day of the Average Student

 

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For assignment 2 and assignment 3, I decided to capture an average student’s day at UofI through picture and sound. After completing assignment 1 in such a rush, I wanted to do better on assignments 2 and 3. But after realizing that my life was pretty boring and nothing interesting was happening around me, I decided to capture my everyday life for this assignment. Because these pictures and sounds are ones that most students at UofI see and hear everyday, I wanted to bring them to life by capturing quality pictures and sounds.¬† Continue reading

Adventures in Multimedia: The End of a Journey

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This Canon became my best friend for the semester! | Photo taken with Instagram

The Best (Class) I Ever Had
Life is a process of trials and tribulations, and with each challenge presented, you grow from the lessons learned.

Likewise, my time in multimedia has been incredibly worthwhile. Not only did I learn the basics of shooting, editing and writing for multimedia, but I also was able to go through this journey with encouraging and talented classmates.

Before I get all sentimental, let’s rewind to the beginning.
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Plunging for a special cause: Annual Polar Plunge raises $2 million for Special Olympics Illinois

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Polar Plungers make a splash in Illinois in 2013.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Illinois.

In the usual wintry months of February and March, thousands of people are seen diving and splashing into the deep freezing waters. But they aren’t facing the bitter temperatures just for fun. They’re plunging for a special cause – the Polar Plunge, which raises money for the¬†Special Olympics athletes.

This year, there were 20 different locations in Illinois for the annual Polar Plunge event, and over $2 million was raised for the Special Olympics Illinois athletes by more than 7,000 participants.  In the last 15 years, the event has raised $10.2 million with more 40,000 people taking the plunge.

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Adventures in Multimedia: Sights and Sounds

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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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