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Final Project” by cliff service

For my final project I wanted to do something that  brought attention to  a larger cause or situation,  but i also had to tell a story and  keep it under three minutes. for days i wondered what i would  go with when  i remembered my girlfriends brother had passed away under terrible circumstances. after asking for her permission to bring light to his situation and final days, i had found  the story i wanted to tell.

having met her brother Chris only a few times before i had a bit of creative trouble on what was going to be included in the story. i wanted it to be emotional but  educational about how not all homeless people are the same  but at the same time a project the his sisters and family would find a suitable tribute that defined him.

I went out to find actors for my live footage and shot many different dialogs and interactions. mostly surrounding A typical assumptions around homeless people. it wasnt until after Chris’ sisters gave me photographs of him through out his life to use that the real picture of what my story was going to look like  came together.

at first i wanted the project to be all film shots but after adding the pictures i knew that it was going to have to snap away from the beginning to end narrative. there was plenty of shots as him as a kid and i wanted to add those to humanize him and remind the audience that every one was a kid at some point.

I regret not adding more about how he was a homeless youth before he was a homeless adult  but also a lot of my original film shots included his stories of what he did do with his life. He  did alot of odd jobs, traveled more than most people i know and had an impressive story about being in a homemade airplane a random encounter made and flew back to Oregon from one of the center states. that part would have been great to  put in because it reminds people  just because you see a person on the streets acting stagnant  and  unmotivated  doesnt mean  they havent lived fulfilling and exciting lives.

Over all it was a very motivating project to work on and I wish i had more than three minutes to tell the story. there are many lessons to be learned from the events of his life and it was heart breaking going through his old photos knowing how it all ends.

 


Informational interview with Pipeworks game developer!

http://pipeworks.com/terria

For my  informational interview  I decided to go with game developers pipeworks studios! this company has been located downtown eugene since 1999 and has worked on, developed and been involved with some pretty well known video game titles!

I managed to get an over the phone interview will  lead developer PETER KING that was pretty cool and informative. I had a few questions written down  and will give you his response to them (in a nutshell) in a Q and A format.

Q: how do you go about choosing the next project to work on?

A: It’s normally a business decision between two company’s, a publisher like Microsoft might reach out to developers and pay them for there time or for a certain task like converting controls to different consoles or starting and finishing an entire project. which is great for us because we have a clear picture a to b  of what we need to do and when. compared to us creating  a game where it’s out time and our money on the line.

Q: How often does the tech/software change and where do you think its heading?

A: Alot! Almost yearly we have some new software to learn about and with new consoles coming out we always have something new to learn. This is cool because things never get stale and the job doesn’t get repetitive as easily. Basically every month we take time to catch up on new technologies.

Q: How do you feel about ” pay to play” games

A: referring to downloadable content at a price for free games I feel its up to the user how to spend their money. we have a poker game that’s free to play but you can pay for additional  content. most people rationalize about there spending habits especially when it comes to entertainment. paying 1 dollar for something small like this isn’t much different then renting a movie. It has been an upward trend lately and i don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Q: Whats the hardest part about finishing up a project?

A: The final collaboration between departments and debugging the programs to ensure a clean product can take some time. everyone enjoys working on there craft but is looking forward to completion. If we are working for a client sometimes there is disapproval of the final project in a certain area and going back to fix that for them can be tedious. but in both situations ( working for a client or creating a project)  sometimes getting started can be more difficult then finishing.

Q:What credentials do you look for in new hires in development?

A: For development in general its really about the portfolio. we look at what kind of schooling you did and previous work experience but for the most part its the level of art skill you have and a demonstration of what you can create and if your a good fit for the position (easy to work with availability etc.)  Our engineering  dept. on the other hand is the opposite, they deal with server issues and the software we use. Technical Engineers are in high demand, normally someone with that skill set we will welcome with open arms at any opportunity.

Q: What different teams make up Pipeworks?

A: Our developers are the artistic talent. they create how the characters, environment and other visuals like text/interface look and work together. Our design crew has a senior and Jr. department that makes decisions based on the software and gives information at the beginning and the end of a project like the original treatment and final look. Engineering  deals with the back end of set up and technical support with servers both our own facility’s and for when the game is launched to the public. Our production team  also has a senior and jr. department  that is tasked with debugging  the game and over all quality of the finished product.

Q: Whats your favorite game that pipeworks has created and your favorite type of game in general?

A: Terreria and our poker game is the most fun for me personally but since that’s my day job, games I enjoy  are adventure games like uncharted and currently I am setting up a virtual reality head set and cant wait to see what that has to offer.

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Afterwards I thanked  him for his time and told him that it was cool  that so many creative company’s can be found in our relatively small town.  He agreed and said that he loves to hire local and rarely has to search else ware for a specific individual.

Overall  I really enjoyed the interview and learned a fair bit about what goes on behind the scenes. Its a great reminder that if you want to learn more about something you can go further then just google. most professional company’s get requests for interviews or field trips on the regular and our more then happy to answer any questions you may have. I recommend  learning as much as you can about what interest you have!

Thank you for reading!

Cliff Service-

 


F17-p5 image editing

 

playing around with video editing is great! with a max of 2 minutes to work with I decided  to do a quick slideshow about thing that you can do around Oregon.  with plenty of things to actually choose from I wanted to cover a few of my favorite things and a joke at the end about the new legalities of pot shops. I would have loved to create a new theme instead of a top five slide show  but with the time I had it seemed to work out fine. I really wanted to remind people about the natural beauty of Oregon  and a few touristy  spots as well. obviously I could have added snowboarding or the beautiful eastern desert landscapes or camping and river activities  not to mention music venues and art galleries but my top five for the sake of this theme landed on the basics.

retrospectively I don’t travel enough at all to enjoy all those other things and my list has a 2 hours from Eugene minimum  kinda thing going for it which I think is well enough because  you’re  two hours from the coast desert or mountains anyway.

I had a bit of fun making this. and got more familiar with premier editing  along the way. hope you enjoyed the music and imagery!!thank you!

 


cliffs blog search. (themovieblog.com)

Screen Shot 2017-10-11 at 11.28.15 AM.png the one thing that I am truly addicted to is film. film gossip, film trivia, behind the scenes or stories of preproduction I love it all. if theres a title above a blog that says something like. “8 things you don’t know almost —– these movie” I’m almost certainly gonna click that link.

the movie blog .com is basically what I would want from a film blog if I were to search for one (which I did) I choose it because of its various topics regarding how well a film is doing or fun facts about popular names.

I feel like this blog started more humbly but has gone to more popular attention grabbing subjects. already from checking out the page I have found out about speilbergs bipolar wife, scenes in the movie goodfellas that actually happened and why the new blade runner movies hype is exceeding itself. (all things I found I had to know about)

the quality of the blog is great. its clean and easy to navigate and like the film industry always has new material to bring to the table. who ever is running the blog …..


about me again

Hey there! my name is Clifford. (cliff, cliffo, is fine) Born somewhere in the South Pacific, I’ve been living in Eugene since I was six and have really embraced the culture. :P. I’m a multimedia production student at lcc.

I really enjoy media in general.  I love movie’s, music, its hard to choose a favorite movie, band, show etc. with all that’s out there I like to  find out what you might previously enjoyed and recommend from there (which im happy to do or talk about at anytime). I love to collaborate on projects, when I finish the media arts program I would like to continue to find like minded artist and bring them together for  brainstorming/colabrative work. I love nature and sight seeing and have a big todo list but seem to fill up my time with basic day job and responsibility stuff yada yada etc.

I love to collect books but I am really falling behind on reading my ever-growing collection and I don’t know how to handle this compulsion.

making people laugh and working in a team are my strong points…. most days. looking forward to learning and sharing.  hmmmmmmm. yup! that’s all! see ya later!pic


About the big dog. (Clifford service)

picHey there! my name is Clifford. (cliff, cliffo, is fine) Born somewhere in the South Pacific, I’ve been living in Eugene since I was six and have really embraced the culture. :P. I’m a multimedia production student at lcc.

I really enjoy media in general.  I love movie’s, music, its hard to choose a favorite movie, band, show etc. with all that’s out there I like to  find out what you might previously enjoyed and recommend from there (which im happy to do or talk about at anytime). I love to collaborate on projects, when I finish the media arts program I would like to continue to find like minded artist and bring them together for  brainstorming/colabrative work. I love nature and sight seeing and have a big todo list but seem to fill up my time with basic day job and responsibility stuff yada yada etc.

I love to collect books but I am really falling behind on reading my ever-growing collection and I don’t know how to handle this compulsion.

making people laugh and working in a team are my strong points…. most days. looking forward to learning and sharing.  hmmmmmmm. yup! that’s all! see ya later!