The Final Project

So unfortunately this is the final assignment for this class and it is a bummer because I had a lot of fun making these projects and working on the assignments from home but reviewing the work in class.

However regarding my final project, I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone when it came to editing and to shooting a montage like video because I am used to editing videos that don’t really require more than a couple minutes to a couple of hours editing.

Originally me and a couple of friends were planning on going to Willamette Pass over the weekend and shooting some snowboarding videos because it was their first time and I wanted to get some footage of that. Unfortunately because they weren’t able to get the day off that idea was shortly ruined.

So initially after finding out the news I had a tough time and I struggled with ideas of what I could do instead. So instead of doing a “first time trying snowboarding” video I tried to do a montage like video instead.

After looking back at the footage that I captured I was kind of disappointed with the amount of footage I had captured that day I went up to Willamette Pass. Regardless of the footage I did the most with what I got and overall the final video came out looking better than I had initially thought it would. And just as a quick side note, I tried capturing some go pro footage but that was tough because I had no clue how to work those things let alone even know if they were recording.

Ultimately, I am happy with the editing of the video but I think that the footage could’ve been way better if I had actually taken the time to get more cinematic and more close up shots to really have had more footage to work with. Overall though I had a lot of fun with this project.

 

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Have you ever felt like an adventurer lost in the woods?

Hello everyone who has found there way to this small part of the Web! This Term I enrolled into the MUL 101 class here at Lane, I’m sure some (if not most) of you reading this did too! Hello classmates, I hope you enjoyed the project as much as me. This was a fun challenge and I’m sure it pushed all of us in our creative minds to make something that would stand out and say that’s your piece. While I’m eager press the play button on my little piece I would like to take a short moment to talk about this video and all the successes and hurdles that mt team and I ran into along the way.

It’s hard to start a project off on an entire week of snow and little sun. My theme didn’t really revolve around snow so I had to wait out the passing storm. Also, working with more than one or two talent can be difficult to schedule around. When we finally found the time, we only had one day to shoot the video. With the shots being outside, and limited time, there were no opportunities to replicate the lighting or sound such as that sunny day in the midst of the strange winter weather we’ve had. I also learned a hard lesson that day: always pack a backup battery. This limited the amount I was able to film, however, with these challenges I, and the talent, persevered.

There was also lots of fun to be had in the making of this video. Putting together costumes and applying light makeup on the talent, as well as equipping them with their props, was a new experience for some – but they all looked great! Our original location was closed because of snow, but changing it to Hendricks Park in Eugene, OR was a perfect replacement. The light snow coverage was a nice touch which gave an extra layer of fantasy flavor. Overall, it was a great time for a hike with friends and family to produce such an entertaining video.

I plan to produce a longer version with the talent in order to share with them the skills I am learning in class to build a team and collaborate with other creatives I know. I have learned many things in this class and it will be great to share this knowledge with them so that their creative fantasies can come true too. Now I know we’re eager to press play and I’m sure this is around 500 words or so…now sit back and enjoy A Trolls Toll.

Project 6 – Krista Ortiz

For this assignment, I wanted to focus on educating and informing the audience of the video about suicide prevention. When I thought about this assignment, I initially wanted to do voice audio over the video. I planned my videos out and I had intended to get a lot more people involved in this video. However, because of strained time I did what I could. I decided, since I didn’t have as much film as I thought, to do text over the words. I feel like this was more effective in getting my message across.

I thought I would have this video be purely informational, but I decided to take it in a informational and inspirational route. I wanted to create a video that was informative to those who don’t know a lot about suicide, but also comforting to those who are struggling with their own mental battles. Overall, I feel like my video skills could be improved to create a better quality film, but I am learning. This assignment definitely challenged me to go outside my comfort zone and do a project that I normally wouldn’t have done.

When I had to find the right audio, I had a difficult time finding something that was solemn and inspirational. I decided to find two different songs and fade from one to the next. I feel like this worked to deliver the effect that I wanted. The video was a bit complicated, once I got into post-production, I realized that some of my videos were grainy and that’s because I had the ISO up too high. Trying to fix the exposure didn’t help much at al, but it allowed me to get the same look for each video clip. The other mechanical aspect that I struggled with was doing transitions for all of my pieces. One thing fades into this, which fades into this, etc. I know how to use cue points, so once I figured out that, it was smooth sailing from there.

This assignment had its ups and downs. There are definitely some things that I would’ve changed or refilmed if I had the chance. However, I feel like for my first ever project in Premiere and my first ever information film, it turned out better than I expected. I enjoyed filming something that I am passionate about and I think I finally understand why filmmakers enjoy their craft so much!

By: Krista Ortiz

Cartoon Flipbook / Starting a brand

I attempted in making a cartoon flipbook out of film from soccer season where a teammate of mine scores a great free kick goal. I first downloaded the file from a website that has all of our game footage. I then cropped the video to the desired length. In order to get the “flipbook effect” I opened the video clip in photoshop, which created every individual frame from the 10 second video. There was about 300 frames from the 10 second video, so I had to delete frames by 10 in order to get the flip book effect. I then opened each individual frame in photoshop and created them into cartoons. I then had to place the frames into movie maker to created the animation. I then shortened each image to 0.1 seconds to get the animation speed I desired to make the player look as if he was moving. The whole process took longer than a month to complete, but the video was too short. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60-hyspzQg

Lucky, I was working on a separate video during the same time with my best friend Cody Eastwood. He was in the video from the P5 project. Him and I are starting a brand called Tushei. Tushei is a word we created that means “Doing something that is extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration” For instance, you would say “That was Tushei dude” or ” That sh*t’s Tushei”.

Tushei is officially trademarked by Tushei Co. which is the company/brand we have created. Our mission is to bring back what it really means to be young, wild, and free. Doing what we love to do with no worries, because that time in our lives was Tushei.

Tushei Logo

We first started on instagram, youtube, and twitter making various videos of us having a great time and just enjoying life, really describing what Tushei was all about. Once we had a decent amount of followers, we released stickers along with a free sticker giveaway contest where to enter you had to tag 3 friends. We ordered 200 stickers of various colors and sold 1 for $1, or 3 for $2. We gave away some stickers and place them around Eugene creating a advertisement video. At the end we had 100 stickers left and sold out in a week in a half. If you do the simple math, we made close to $100 in sticker sales. Here is the video to our sticker commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUkTNkQW1aI

After the video was released, we really started to gain a following on instagram getting close to 330 followers in just 3 weeks. We then proceeded to come up with t-shirt designs for summer and just released our Origins Collection, which is the first ever clothing Tushei has dropped, hence the origins in the name.

We opened a pre-sale 3 days ago and already have close to $150 in sales. We are looking to send T-shirts out and have them available to the public buy March 31st. You can follow our journey on Instagram @tusheico

Coming Back Home – P6 Project

For this I wanted to capture a very dramatic action sequence with a rustic character. I had originally played a shoot to film it all live, but sadly that wasn’t able to go through. Even though it didn’t go as planned I settled on animating. I’m already a little familiar with animation programs, and I draw almost everyday. So not only was it easier for me, but the whole process was a lot of fun. Once I got my story idea settled everything went so smoothly and well. It’s almost perfect. I might take some free time and work on it on my own since I had so much fun with it. The story is super cliche and over done but it fits and with a lot of fleshed out drama I can bring out some comedy aspect to it. Which is was I was going for.

The Dash – Final Project

The Dash

A poem by the famous Linda Ellis

This poem was read to me on my 2nd day of impatient rehab. Waking up at 5 am and going into the breakfast hall for morning lecture and coffee. There, at the podium, stood one of the largest black guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. He played for the Raiders back in the day. He stood with his chest out and blurted out the poem. He said it with such grace, you could tell he had it memorized.

As the people in the video, who have also experienced the emotional and physical fireworks brought on from this poem, know the power of each word. The poem in itself is just words strewn together, but when you think about the meaning behind a simple line, it can change the way you look, see, and feel about the world.

For me, hearing or reading this poem brings tears to my eyes and a heavy weight to the heart. I have seen and experienced things that I wouldn’t even believe. But today, with the help of the people in the video and the community that I have and the family that I belong to, my dash is what I live for. I live to make people smile, to bring joy to those in despair, and bring light where there only seems to be darkness.

The poem also reminds me that life is not all about the amount of materialistic things that I have, the money in my bank account or any of the things that leads away from living a spiritual way of life. To help others, to serve others, to be a part of others lives, to learn, to love, to laugh, to be, not only the man that I would like to be but the human being that I need to be.

The Dash is a poem about how one lives between their dates. It shows the humanity in all of us and the evils that hide. It shares the message of community and the absence of selfishness. The Dash reminds not only me, hopefully, that there is so much more to life than just things, life is beautiful and one should live it with a smile and an open heart to all.

Plug and Play with Audio and Video

This Project was all over the place for me. I was ill with pneumonia for two of the four weeks planned for this project.

At first my plan was to go to diffrent houses I animal and house sit for. I wanted to video tape them going about their random acts of animal goofiness. However, Snow-Mageddon, my body, and my job had other plans.

The other Ideas I had played with were creating a fan video for River by Ibeyi, or an even more complicated videos.

So I went forth with a completely diffrent idea to paint some of the animals I sit for with 5 diffrent paints. I chose Yellow Cadmium Light, Quinacrine Violet, Cadmium Red, Paynes Grey, and Shimmer Paint.

I created a custom song to go along with this video. It was inspired by a YouTuber named Nice Peter, and his Monday Sunflower Song.

This was really challenging for me to edit together, because it really was my first time trying to mix diffrent audio together in time as possible with a video. The audio still isn’t where I want it to be, however I would need a brand new microphone to really solve the issues.

So have Star Light, an Original Song and Painting

Credits:

Painting, Photography, Video, and Audio by Rick Williams/Artemas Ori

They, Them, Theirs

A Little Punk from Oregon

Mental Health: Lets End The Stigma

For my final project, I wanted to bring to light an important and undervalued issue in the US today: mental health. Today, many people are suffering from mental illness and due to a stigma that they are not normal or functioning human beings, it stops them from seeking out the help that they need. The reality is that we are all unique individuals and should not be afraid or ashamed because of difficulties regarding mental health issues. Many people try to ignore or feel that they are burdening someone else with the status of their mental health, when in reality its a common and serious problem that plagues people’s everyday lives.

Personally, I know countless people who suffer from mental health issues and less than half of them have tried to get the help that they need and deserve. If this video helps at least one person than my goal for this assignment has been fulfilled.

As for the production of this project, I have had a number of setbacks that include lack of equipment and talent, and also getting the flu leading up to this date. Just when I thought that I would be well enough to begin my project, my flu turned into laryngitis thus causing my voice to be lost for an additional few more days. While I improvised and persevered, a part of me is still disappointed that I could not make my final project the one that I had envisioned. However, if this class has taught me anything, it’s that not everything is going to shape up how you thought of it in your head but you continue and make the best of your situation. I’m proud of the project I have created and it has caused me to learn new skills and think in ways that I haven’t before. I hope you all enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed piecing it together. Thank you all for a great term!

By Dom Moulton

Precious Prey Film

With this last assignment, I wanted to release my best work yet. As I edited my film, Precious Prey, I noticed with all the footage I had taken, I was well over the maximum time limit. This caused me to not only truncate my work, but to snip the big ‘plot twist,’ at the end. Nonetheless I believe the work is still sufficient, but the meaning behind my work shifts quite reasonably.

With this new ‘ending,’ the runner ( Tali Joy ), escapes from a hidden black figure that never actually exists. The figure is simply a product of her imagination, and it’s supposed to represent the problems and challenges she faces in her everyday life. With this new ending in place, Tali successfully escapes her problems, and comes home unharmed—an ending which although I am comfortable with, does not accurately represent my intention.

I wanted to convey to an audience that the things they most often procrastinate on or forget to do, can, and will catch up to them. In the last segment of my video ( the part that is edited out ), the runner ( Tali Joy ), wakes up from a nightmare-like state. As she tries to go back to sleep, a dark figure ( Iliana Barnes-Diaz ), arises from a rocking chair, and creeps toward Tali. This performance concludes the idea that at times the greatest problems you may be running from, may often be too great to outrun.

Despite this setback, I enjoyed filming this project. I learned how to better hold my hands still, how to freeze-frame a short, and how to pick up a scene from where I left off. These new practices will in time prepare me for the film industry, and I’m excited how much further I will be able to progress. But for now, I will continue to practice filming, and urge myself to try new methods with every project. Thanks for reading!

By: Gabriel Sampedro

Snow Days – Jacob Adams


“All I had to work with was a couple of ideas I had scribbled down, and an idea to tell a story of a fun time in the snow…

Eugene had quite a snow storm during February 2019. I wanted to make the most of it!

I started the week with a sledding trip close to Union Creek, located in the Southern part of Oregon. The week was then finished with a beautiful drone flight over Eugene’s Downtown area.

“I wanted to tell a story of some fun with the snow. Here’s what happened during the production.”


February 19, 2019

10:00 pm

I was invited up to Medford, Oregon to go sledding with some friends.


February 23, 2019

12:24 am

As I traveled over the Sexton Pass, I was expecting there to be snow but the temperature was a crisp 47 degrees Fahrenheit. The only snow seen was a small amount along the road.

Traffic travels at normal speed.

February 23, 2019 1:25 pm

I arrived at my destination in Medford, Oregon. I begin to unpack, charge batteries, and get my equipment ready for the next morning.

No snow can be seen on the ground.


February 24, 2019

9:45 am

Packed my equipment in my vehicle and begin the travel to Union Creek.

No snow can be seen on the ground.

February 24, 2019 11:20 am

Heavy rain on the road.

February 24, 2019 11:45 am

The rain turns into snow. Traffic slows and Plows can be seen passing.

February 24, 2019 12:15 pm

We arrived at a park close to Union Creek. It has been snowing for a long time and piles up around us. We unload and begin our sledding adventure. The temperature is in the high 20’s, and I worry that I won’t be able to get all of the shots I was wanting to get.

February 24, 2019 2:30 pm

The day of snow had been really fun. The snow is still falling and limits me to only using my GoPro. I wanted to get some aerial shots but I know it wouldn’t be a great idea to fly my drone with the amount of snow falling.

February 24, 2019 3:45 pm

We pack up and set off.

February 24, 2019 4:30 pm

The snow turns back into to rain as our elevation decreases.

February 24, 2019 5:15 pm

I arrived at the destination, transfer my equipment to another car.

February 24, 2019 6:30 pm

I set off back to Eugene from Medford. Temp is in the low 40’s

February 24, 2019 7:15 pm

I hit the first of the passes. Traffic is traveling well. Temp is below 40.

February 24, 2019 7:30 pm

On the top of the first Pass. Plows are waiting by the side of the road. 36 degrees.

February 24, 2019 8:00 pm

Hitting the next Pass. 34 degrees.

February 24, 2019 8:15 pm

Temperature drops below 32. Snow begins to appear. Traffic slows.

February 24, 2019 8:30 pm

Passing 7 Feathers Casino. The snow is falling fast. Traffic is slow. I switch my SUV to four-wheel drive to help with control.

February 24, 2019 9:00 pm

I get to the Roseburg area, the entire area is out of power. I pull off for fuel but no power means the pumps aren’t working.

February 24, 2019 10:00 pm

I hit the final pass of the trip. Few cars were on the road and the roads were covered in snow. Traffic is slow. 31 degrees.

February 24, 2019 10:00 pm

As I travel down the north side of the Pass, I watch as cars struggle to get up the South Bound side of the pass.   

February 24, 2019 10:30 pm

I get to Cottage Grove which is deep in snow. At 3 inches in the past couple hours.

February 24, 2019 11:00 pm

Arrived in Eugene, as it was also covered in snow.


February 25, 2019

10:00 am

I set out to walk in downtown, it had snowed at least 5 inches by this time. I took some b-roll of the area around. The town is quiet, and few people are out.

February 25, 2019 2:00 pm

Snow stops and I decide to attempt to drive close to Skinner Butte Park. Trees are across the road and the snow is very deep. I continue to used four-wheel drive to help with control.

February 25, 2019 2:10 pm

Following all regulations for the area, I put my drone in the air. I made sure to fly close to myself and in eyesight of the drone. I stood on a picnic bench and had my drone take off from the hood of my car because the snow was too deep for a proper takeoff.

February 25, 2019 2:30 pm

A stressful but successful fight over.


February 27, 2019

3:00 pm

The final b-roll shots are collected and post-production starts.

Final Thoughts

In all, this experience taught me a lot about how to shoot without any type of final script. All I had to work with was a couple of ideas I had scribbled down, and an idea to tell a story of a fun time in the snow…