CS 120 – Journey

I applied for the Multimedia Design course at Lane Community College in Fall 2018. When I found out that I was required to take a computer sciences class for my degree, I was, quite frankly, terrified. I looked around at all the classes available and finally settled on CS 120. I figured since I do not know much about computers, this would be the best place to start. Much to my surprise, and relief, the class was mostly about learning a number of the programs available with Microsoft Suite, and less about computer chips and router things and all of the stuff I was terrified of.

I had quite a lot of prior experience with MS Word, and PowerPoint, which helped things along with much more ease. I quite enjoyed learning Excel again, and in more depth than I had previously. I have found myself several times recently needing to create tables and charts for information and just making them in a word document and computing all of the information myself, one field and function at a time, as I did not remember how to do those things in Excel.

Excel is going to be an extremely powerful tool for my work. The knowledge that I have gained in this class will continue to serve me in my path towards a steady career, and for that I am thankful. In addition to the text book, I found several extra resources that were extremely helpful in this journey. Microsoft has videos YouTube that are great for visual learners like myself, such as this:

A day in the Wilderness

Final Project Video

For this project I decided to do lego video. I used my own legos to tell a story about a couple and their dog on an adventure in the wilderness. I used my Canon Rebel T6 to photograph each scene. The shooting took place at a near by hidden trail which granted me freedom from those wondering on to my set. Would of taken my dog to assist me on my project but she is a impatient German Shepard/Husky mix. Took a day to take my photos and to edit them. I pulled the images over to adobe premier pro and used royalty free music and sounds to add to the video. It did not take too long to complete the project and i felt it turned out well. The hardest part was staying on task since the end of the term was nearing. I hope you like it.

Cobalt

COBALT

I grew up playing a lot of video games. I remember going out to any restaurant or mall that had an arcade in it and dumping thousands of quarters into any machine I laid my eyes on. From classic games like Donkey Kong to modern games that were first released on consoles. But I’ve always been most fond of fighting games and “Beat’em Up” games. These would include titles such as Street Fighter, Double Dragon, Mortal Kombat, Final Fight, Fatal Fury, Streets of Rage, and many more.

I got into a lot of fights when I was growing up and I also was bullied constantly. And whenever I fought back I would always end up in some kind of trouble. It made me feel like an outcast and that everyone was out to get me. I always felt like I had a need to fight back but was never allowed to. A stigma that has stuck with me all through my adulthood. When I joined the military, I did it for the purpose of being a fighter. But my experience showed me that fighting was something I had to pursue on my own.

I got into fighting games as a means of escapism. Where I was allowed to go to a place where I can take out my aggression without getting in trouble. The whole point is to fight to survive, beat the bad guy, and save the day. But there’s also cool backstories to characters on why they choose to fight. In the Street Fighter series, every fighter fights for a different reason: Guile fights for revenge, Ken fights for glory, and Ryu fights to meet the next challenge.

Sprite animation is always something that I have been interested in. I get inspired by animations that I see on Youtube. There are many websites where you can download sprite sheets of videogame characters, backgrounds, and textures for your own use. Some people make their own games with them, while others make their own movies for people to watch.

This is something I’ve wanted to try and do for my Final Project. I started off using some sketches of my artwork for the Cobalt character. Cobalt is inspired by guys like Ryu from Street Fighter. A stoic protagonist that doesn’t take crap from anybody. I then started to use images of well known pop culture figures and using a the Pixelate/Mosaic filter to make them look like videogame characters. I mostly used Photoshop and Premier for this project and applied what I learned in Time-based Tools to make it look good. I also used Animate to make my own animated GIF to include in my video.

The challenge was figuring out what to draw so I just used references I got from other games. Using my own sketches was difficult and fun though. It’s something I intend to do more of.

I hope you all enjoy. And I will continue to make more stuff like this in the future.

Gym Life

Wow, time flies we already at the end of the term. But for this project, I got to do something that I really enjoy. The gym is a place where I go when I have a lot of stress, so I did my video on simple steps to stay in shape, also these workouts can get your muscles big if you work hard. This video was more complicated than what I thought. I had to find someone that goes to the gym, so he could help me do these workout for me. So I told one of my friends and he said he would do it, he told me the day and time. But he had other things that came up to his way so I was struggling to find someone. I finally found this other friend; and I told him about it and we start filming the next day after. 

I enjoyed the filming as always. The only thing I struggled with was not filming myself because there were mirrors all around me, but still I think in one of the videos I was too focused on filming that I forgot about it and filmed myself. Then it came the hardest thing, editing it, there’s always problems with the editing. It was so stressful, I had all the videos ready when something happened and they were gone, so I had to redo it all again. I didn’t include any diet or protein in there because that would take longer. But if you have a skinny body like I do then you should eat and drink a lot of protein if you are trying to get big and muscular. This is for men only because I don’t know anything about women workouts. This is what I was able to come up with I hope those workouts will help anyone if they’re trying to get some muscles or just to get rid of stress. I hope you enjoy.       

Digiorno’s Feud

For my final production I wanted to produce something mobstery, I’ve been watching a show called peaky blinders which inspired me to make an organized crime type scene but with a comedic touch. My plan was to make a cinematic film based in the 1900’s but with scheduling conflicts it was hard to get the group together for extended amounts of time. I was able to switch it up to a more modern scenario for my rough cut but did not have the other guys with me so it didn’t match when we filmed other parts. I was a bit disappointed with the final result, with the time we had for the project I feel I could have made a smoother production but like I said before its hard to get people together with school and work schedules. We got together and filmed this final cut in one night, I feel the story line is decent but could have used more angles and smoother transitions towards the second half, the lads didn’t have too much time which killed my chance of getting more angles for the scenes. I would like to reproduce something similar later on and hopefully have good time management then!

A very radical Thanksgiving

For this project I wanted to create something fun, something light and something personal! I think this was my first real taste of filming and editing! and boy oh boy do I have so much to learn still.

In this video is my brother and our dogs. We go on a lot of adventures together and I thought thanksgiving would be the perfect way to capture a day in the life of. Our entire family lives in Florida so it’s just us. My brother agreed to be in the video if I took him to the skate park. I of course obliged but decided to benefit from him being at the skatepark and got some cool shots.

I added one of my favorite songs by Mac Demarco and added a film reel onto another layer in premier and lowered the opacity. For me this video was a blast to edit even though I spent more hours than I should have nitpicking every little detail! I love capturing authentic moments and beautiful scenery. This is what I want to do eventually. Travel the world and capture moments like this!

For the location we went to Newport one of my favorite areas on the coast. I love Newport because you have amazing seafood, beautiful beaches with virtually no people on them and a gorgeous lighthouse that has such unique scenery to shoot. It’s important for me to capture places like this so other people can appreciate this beauty as well. I believe this creates a ripple effect of people wanting to conserve natural areas!

All in all i’m fairly satisfied with the video but I definitely need to start investing in equipment like a gimbal and start incorporating audio into my videos because thats what intimidates me the most! Something that really bothered me about the film I had was that I really didn’t think to get many close ups which is definitely a big no no for a videographer! Ah well, it’s all apart of the learning experience, right? Oh and something I had a huge problem with is uploading this video. It took over 8 hours. Yeah, crazy right? I have no idea what the problem is or how to fix it. Maybe it’s how I export the video? Any help on this would be much appreciated! Thanks for tuning in guys and I hope you enjoyed my video!

An end to the start of a journey

My concept was to explore how nearby colors interact and have their appearance modified through light and shadow. I began exploring this concept for my digital photography final, but I felt a video would better capture some of the details and elements.

I acquired 16 colors of card-stock. I planned to cut and shape it into various simple geometric layers or 3d forms. Each would be repeated in every color so I wanted an easy to replicate pattern. Another goal of the pattern was to generate surfaces and structures for light to interact with. This was a part of the project I had to continually trim as I wanted to go in a lot of directions with it but would have ended up spending too much time making models and not enough time taking photos or video.

I really like how this “voided cubic” form ended up. Only a few cuts and folds needed!

The other concept I wanted to explore in the video was how light in many ways resembles how we acquire and impart knowledge. Returning to school this term kept that “illuminating” concept a constant thought.

Illuminate – to explain and show more clearly something difficult to understand

Cambridge English Dictionary

I again ended up scaling back and trimming another thing from the project that may have led me further on a wild goose chase. Plus it was just a really difficult concept to try to get across in one small video.

Studio Workspace – Working at a small scale meant I could keep the project setup and jump into it whenever I found time in between work and other studies.

As I worked with my imagery and compiled it into a sequence, I started exploring more shots, trying to figure out how they might fit in or be compatible with a final project. Steadily becoming more scatter-brained my output began to resemble my internal state. I took this chaotic energy of overlapping ideas and infused it into the project.

The resulting mishmash of imagery may result in a meditative state where the sensory portions of the brain are stimulated without any concrete concept or narrative solidifying in the conscious mind. 

Kind of like dozing off in a dull class! Which I’m happy to say was not the case for any of the studies my first term in the Multimedia Arts program. I’m excited for what Winter Term will bring!

F19-P6 Final Project-Dream

For this assignment I learned a lot. At first I came up with an idea for the video. I wrote it down. One of the problems I had was the weather. The weather did not help at all. I wanted to have two actors in my video but unfortunately due to the weather it didn’t happen. I couldn’t shoot my video for several days. There were days when I wanted to shoot my video, but if it wasn’t cloudy, it was raining so I had to reschedule it for another day. The actors I wanted to work with did not want to go out due to the weather. Than I asked one of my friends to be in my video. I knew his schedule and I knew he was available the day I wanted to shoot my video. I had to make some changes in the script. This is the second video I’ve ever made and it’s the the first time that I directed. Since I had to make changes in the script I had to look for different locations. I took a lot of video to have a lot to choose from. For the video I used a Sony HDR-CX405. The quality is not the best, but it gets the work done. I shot my first video with the same video camera. In this assignment I learned how the weather plays a big role when shooting a video or taking photos outdoors. I learned I should be prepared to come up with a plan B if the plan A fails. To edit my video I used Premiere and it’s my first time using it. I learned to take out the original sound of the video and replace it with sound effects. I learned how to change the color of the background and more. I had fun shooting my video. I know I could have done a better job, but I’m happy with my work.

P6 Final Project: The Life Of Zoey

The Life Of Zoey is a short movie about my dog, Zoey, and the things she does on a daily basis. Zoey is a very happy dog so you will see many photos of her smiling. She enjoys playing games, eating peanut butter, and sleeping. Zoey is a very unique dog with a ton of personality so I thought it would be fun to make my final project about her.

 I had a lot of fun creating this project because it allowed me the time to go home to see my parents and spend quality time with my dog.I haven’t had the time to go see my parents and my dog since the beginning of fall term. This project was my favorite because I really enjoyed taking pictures of Zoey’s beautiful smile and I know that she loved spending time with me as well. We played fetch and hide and go seek together, while she did a really good job of listening to my directions.

 Originally my dad was going to allow me to use his Nikon camera to film my project, but it wasn’t allowing me to take photos on it. After getting a new battery and still not being able to figure out the camera’s issues, I decided to use my phone. I used my phone to film my P5 project and I had many issues uploading photos into Premiere Pro. I didn’t want to use my phone because I was trying to avoid the issues that I have previously dealt with. This time I had no issues uploading my photos into Premiere Pro. I had some issues with the format of my videos, but I quickly resolved them. Overall I had a lot of fun filming and editing this project. Zoey cooperated very well with everything I needed her to do.I kept a jar of dog treats with me the whole time I filmed, which definitely helped. Creating “The Life Of Zoey” was my favorite project of the term because I know my friends and family will be excited to see it as well.