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P6 Final Project

(Media will be added soon).

I really enjoyed this project. Getting to work with Brian Ross & Hannah Koppes was the first instance I’ve ever had in the collaborative process of working with others on anything art related. I liked that the experience gave me the chance to be with others just as driven and determined to get this project done. Originally I went into this final assignment with absolutely no idea or direction as to what I was going to do. Then I overheard Brian talking about how he was pitching the idea of a music video and how he hated storyboarding. I thought to myself: “That’s perfect, because I love doing storyboarding.” So I joined up with Brian to help take part in his vision. He chose to cover the song to a band I had never heard of: “Why?” and their song, “For Someone”. He gave me a listen and after explaining to me what he had planed on doing, where and at certain times in the music he wanted specific things to happen in the video, he gave me a good scene of where this was headed. He told me he had an actress lined up for us (a friend of his) but after we found out that she wasn’t going to follow through for us we enlisted the help of another classmate, Hannah Koppes. (who was his original choice) and the project would have not been possible without her involvement. (no actress, no music video). After we got the okay from Teresa to have her on the team I felt good about the project, good, but not too clear on how it was suppose come together. Brian had given me bits and pieces of information as to what he had planned, but I felt that it didn’t come together into a linear story. So I decided to work on a hand drawn storyboard for us. That way we would have a better feeling of being on the same page when it came time to shooting the shots for our video/s. After showing it to Brian he took a few pictures so that we could always have it on us without needing to carry around the big cumbersome portfolio that it had been drawn on. When we went out to our locations the weather was perfect for the work we were doing. (It was almost as if god knew we were in a tight time crunch to get video). After we got the rough draft shots for what we needed I kept in contact with Brian to see where we were at with the editing. After he had pieced together our rough cut video and had a complete copy, he sent me what he had. I was ecstatic and ready to get my hands on the color-sequencing shots. After our work came together the way it did, I felt I left this assignment with more experience and knowledge under my belt then I had before it began.

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When I was originally given the task of making a video, with “5” as the main theme to this assignment and what 5 meant to me, I thought it was a pretty broad and open topic. I had no idea where I planned to go with it, it didn’t take long however before I decided to approach it “the way I would” under normal circumstances. I thought, it’s a pretty random theme, so the video in turn should be as well. (while still keeping 5 as the main point of focus). In short, what I ended up going for was a mix-mash of videos with “5” through the entire length of the clips, with an overall light comedic feel as the base. With help from my brother (Taylor) and best friend (Eric) The clips where all shot using a “cisco – flip video & iPhone 5. With sound files from: “FreeSound.org” & video effects from: “Movavi Video Editor 10″. which I had found to be the PC equivalent to the Mac’s iMovie video editor. (for those who don’t own a Mac). This was the first video I had ever made with any real level of editing done and I have to say, I had fun with it.

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Take 5

When I was originally given the task of making a video, with “5” as the main theme to this assignment and what 5 meant to me, I thought it was a pretty broad and open topic. I had no idea where I planned to go with it, it didn’t take long however before I decided to approach it “the way I would” under normal circumstances. I thought, it’s a pretty random theme, so the video in turn should be as well. (while still keeping 5 as the main point of focus). In short, what I ended up going for was a mix-mash of videos with “5” through the entire length of the clips, with an overall light comedic feel as the base. With help from my brother (Taylor) and best friend (Eric) The clips where all shot using a “cisco – flip video & iPhone 5. With sound files from: “FreeSound.org” & video effects from: “Movavi Video Editor 10″. which I had found to be the PC equivalent to the Mac’s iMovie video editor. (for those who don’t own a Mac). This was the first video I had ever made with any real level of editing done and I have to say, I had fun with it.

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Into the Unknown

This was originally part of a soundtrack to an animated mini series called “Over the Garden Wall” I had done my own reinterpretation of it by using audio from a YouTube clip of a piano player’s tune, who “played-by-ear” to get the sound to match the original. Along with my attempt at singing the melody. I was very captivated by the show for it’s use of music and animation.      – Derek Watson

P3 Professional Blog Search

A Blog by: Derek Watson

Website Link ->  http://ryanwoodwardart.com/info/about-2/

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I chose to cover: Ryan Woodward, a Storyboard Artist and Animator. He has worked in the industry for a number of years and has played a significant part in some large scale move productions and other major projects. Projects such as: The Spiderman franchise, Marvel Entertainment’s – The Avengers, and – Where The Wild Things Live, just to name a few..

Ryan’s Website; showcasing his work, offers info about his earlier years in school and all of the work he has been apart of to the present day. His art; in a mixed media of fine art sketches and cartoonish animation gives viewers quite a variety of things to look at ranging from both ends of a creative spectrum.

The majority of his work (on his website) is primarily Concept sketches and character designs.

He has an online store, offering people the option of buying past pieces that catch their eye. Or going into submitting their own personal request/s for commissioned work.

Overall I’d say that the website does a very good job laying everything out about the Artist in question. His past educational and working experiences are well accounted for and documented.

Before this assignment, I personal didn’t know much of anything having to do with “Ryan Woodward” as an artist. His was a name completely unknown to me, and yet..many of the things he has been apart of are well known among a large following of people today. Which made me realize that the name “Ryan Woodward” like so many others in the creative field who play their parts in and on big production projects is a name that most might only see at the end of the movie in rolling credits.

What I liked about doing this assignment was the chance to learn a bit more about an artist that might have otherwise remained unknown to me with no way of ever knowing his name…

“Ryan Woodward”

Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane

This collection of pictures below is part of a class assigned scavenger hunt around the campus.

by: Derek Watson

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1.) First up on our list, the front door to the office of the woman who made this fun little scavenger hunt possible. (Teresa Hughes) 🙂

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2.) Next up, a shot of the “Blue Cyc Wall” in the Building 17 Studio room. Something personally I’ve always wanted to see, along with the rest of the building. (I feel the scavenger hunt helped with that.) I hope next term to take some classes in there.

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3.) Next, we move on to a shot of the Equipment checkout area; where students enrolled in Media Arts classes can go to checkout gear. (I’ve always wondered where this was..)

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4.) Now we move on to a place I was very familiar with, the main Art Gallery. A place where students, teachers, and other faculty members can showcase and even sell their work. This is a very cool place where things are always different and you can see a lot of different forms of art. (some you may not have even thought of at first as art.)

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5.) Just outside the Art Gallery we find this, “The Art-O-Mat” a vending machine-like dispensary unit that, for the low price of $5 will give you a chance to own a piece of art from a local artist. (I once bought a sonic-cow from it, and gave it to a friend my first term at Lane.)

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6.) Here we have a shot of the “Reference Help Desk” located in the Library. (and like any help desk you happen to find – there’s never anyone in the chair.) lol :p

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7.) Another place I was very familiar with was the Health & Wellness Building, and the Large Silver Sculpture just outside of it. (I always thought this looked like a giant bobby pin stuck in the ground.)

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8.) Number eight on our list, we have located just off to the right side of the Art-O-Mat, is the office of: Mary Jo Kreindel. (The Arts Division Office Specialist.) I can recall her giving me help my first term at Lane while looking for a class, she was very nice. 🙂

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9.) Next we move on to a place I frequent more then any other at Lane..the bus stop. (No explanation needed.)

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10.) Probably the toughest thing personally for me to find on the whole list was the office of: Christina Salter (Advisor of Media Arts) The reason this was so hard to find was because the first person I had asked about where to find her office told me that I could find it in Building 10 (or the Media Arts Building) It made sense at the time.. :p but later I found out that she was actually in Building 1 (as far away as she could be from where I was at the time on the campus.)

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11.) In at number eleven on the scavenger hunt we have the common area of the “Indie Lab” found on the 2nd floor of Building 17. (I’ve never been in this room until the scavenger hunt assignment, much less this building, but I’m assuming it’s where students can go and get art-related class work and other things done in their spare time.)

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12.) Next on our list is a place where any and all new students at Lane start. “The Students First Building” or – Building 1. (When you first walk in you get a real sense of united pride with the flags of many nations showcased, as they hang like banners from left to right along the top of a high arched ceiling.

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13.) Last on our list is the seen of a both a distraction to many and yet, a sign of progress; for the College, the teachers, students, and future students. That is to say,”The Construction” outside the new remodel of the Lane Library Building.

My Career Declaration

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Just a little bit about myself,

My name is Derek Watson, I’ve lived in Oregon all my life and can think of no other place I’d rather be. I’m 25 years old and have be drawing ever sense I can remember.

I’m an aspiring Cartoonist and Animator hoping one day to own and operate my very own studio, a studio that will give others with their passions and ideas; dedicated to anything and everything animation oriented a place to develop and grow; a collaborative work shop of people who work together on group projects, who help one another to realize their talents and showcase their creations to the rest of the world.

My goal is an ambitions one and is likely to fail before it would even start, but to create a company of my own from the ground up has been a dream of mine for at least 8 years now. The feeling I get in making this dream a reality is a strong one to say the least and one that I am very passionate about.

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With the brand name of the company itself in mind: “Cartoon Platoon Studios” and with what I like to refer to as “The Radio Man Logo” (seen above) as my banner for the future company to be.