Author Archives: dougthenug

Oregon Cannabis Legalization Documentary

I wasn’t really sure what to do for this project, so I looked at the project ideas at the very end of the assignment page and decided to do a short documentary about cannabis legalization in Oregon.

My wife works at The Greener Side, one of the busiest dispensaries in town, so I was able to shoot some video in there one morning before they opened, and get a short interview with the owner, Joseph Hopkins. I also have a medical marijuana card and a grower, so I interviewed him in his growroom.

I interviewed a friend who lived in Coloado in 2012 when recreational cannabis was legalized there, and then he moved here before it was legalized here. He’s been to dispensaries in both those states, and Washington, which are the only states that currently have recreational dispensaries, so I interviewed him, but I could tell soon after I started editing that there was no way I would fit everything I wanted to cover in the three minute time limit, so I never put any of his interview into my edit.

There was another segment I never put into my edit because of the max run time. It was about a local cannabis convention called Ganjacon that happened in October. I didn’t have any video from it, just a few photos, so it was one of the things I was fine cutting. Even without including either of those segments or any kind of conclusion, I still had to go back and shave off four seconds. Fitting the video into the three minute time limit was the most difficult part of this assignment for me.

Washington-Jefferson Skatepark Video

For my Image Editing project, I returned to my roots of skateboard documentation. For about a ten year period during and after high school, about 1998-2008, I did a lot of skateboard photography, and was very serious about it. My ex-wife and I self-published a small skateboard magazine, and I still have a lot of equipment for shooting good skateboard photographs on 35mm: a long lens, a 15mm fisheye, and two flashes with radio slaves and tripods.

So, for this project, I decided to see what I could get at Washington-Jefferson skatepark. I worked at Tactics Boardshop 2007-2009, so the first things I did were shoot some of my friend Scott Garrettson and contact a couple people who helped me get into contact with Caleb Grant, who is sponsored by Tactics. Once I was shooting with Caleb, a few other people who were there asked me if I wanted to shoot with them too. I also ran into AJ Liu, who had worked at Tactics with me when I was there. I shot for 4-5 hours between two days, and had a lot of fun.

So, then I had to edit all the footage I shot, which took several hours, well over the 4-5 hours I took to shoot the footage. First I had to get to know the software a bit, which took a long time because of the computer problems we were having. Then, I really wanted to try to imitate some of the techniques I’ve seen in other skate videos, because I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the editing I’ve seen in skate videos over the years, like having all or most of the tricks land right on beat and having quick clips of B-roll edited well to the music between the tricks and in the spots where it says the skater’s names. I was able to accomplish some of what I wanted to do, but I definitely did not have the time to get it anywhere close to perfect.

Besides the editing, a lot of the shots are not framed exactly how I would want them, a few of them are shakier than I would like, and there were a few problems with the audio track. The song is “The Station” by Richie Cunning, from the album Night Train. I got permission from him to use his music for non-commercial purposes.

Professional practice

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For my Professional Practice, I helped a friend, Tony Stirpe, shoot a short film for the 30th Anniversary of his old comedy group, The Farcide. I had always heard that everything moves very slowly on a film and they take longer than expected, but I was still surprised at how slowly everything moved, and he said it would take about five hours, but I was out with them for six to seven hours, and they had to come back and shoot more without me the next day.

A friend of Tony’s brought his drone to help Tony with a few of the shots, and I executed a number of shots as well, a few of which ended up in the final edit, so both of those were really cool experiences. Most of the film takes place inside and just outside of a car, so we shot it on top of a downtown parking garage, so we could easily shoot in and around the car, and the drone could fly off the sides of the parking garages to get some really cool shots of downtown Eugene and the surrounding area. Overall, it was definitely boring for a lot of the time, and long, but there were some very fun, rewarding experiences as well, and it was really cool to watch the final project and see my shots in there. Here is a short interview with Tony Stirpe about the project:

Who all was involved in the project and what are your backgrounds? The project started with myself, Tony Stirpe, Brian Ulinger, and originally Bill Cernansky. I have a lot of background in video production, editing, film and TV. Brian’s the same. He’s worked at Disney, and has been executive producer on at least two feature films, and edited many, many more. We both had a partner, Chris Hudson, who is a director. Chris and I were a producing team for Penthouse, for DB Media, and for Aaron Spelling. Bill is more of a software guy, who’s big into improv. He’s more of an improv comedian. In the end, he was useless. So, primarily me and Brian. The people we recruited to help us also have a background in the entertainment field. Scott Genovese was a part of the group. He was a musician for a long time. Lauren Fleischman plays the girl. She got into. . . she’s a consult for Pure Romance now. Scott Grey is the guy at the end of the video, with the Emmy, and Scott’s been a writer for cartoons for twenty years now.

What was the purpose of the project? The 30th Anniversary of the comedy group The Farcide.

How long did the shooting take? About 12 hours, split between two half-days.

How long did the editing take? About 100 hours. Really? Oh yeah.

What was the most challenging aspect of it? The mixing. It’s easy to lay the shots in and not care about the quality of where the cuts are, or the sound or anything, but when you really start trying to fine tune the levels and the mixing of everything. That was the most challenging.

 

Classic Hip-Hop Night at The Golden Pineapple

Originally I was going to have a friend of mine rap over one of several beats I found on freesound.org, and put some sound effects at the beginning and end, but we couldn’t quite get it together within the time limit, so I put loops of the three beats I liked the best together and recorded a commercial over that track.

I did a commercial for a classic hip-hop night at a fictitious club called The Golden Pineapple. I chose this because I love classic boom-bap hip-hop but, the last time I checked, an autotune-heavy, candy-coated kind of hip-hop was popular on the radio and at many clubs, and that stuff just is not for me. I basically just made up an ad for the type of night I would enjoy attending or DJing.

I was really surprised how easy it was to loop the beats and switch from one beat to another. The Audacity program makes it quite easy to loop or change stuff right on beat. Getting the Audacity music track I made on my PC to import the vocal track I recorded on a Mac at school was much more difficult than I expected though. It was really fun playing with the beats, but definitely frustrating at times dealing with that damn vocal track. I hope you guys enjoy the beats.

Blogging the Reel World

http://www.slashfilm.com/ is the home of a film blog called “Blogging the Reel World” that is basically an all-purpose website for fans of movies. It has news, reviews, a podcast, and trailers, and also has some content that covers TV and comics.

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The “News” section features legitimate film news like this:

http://www.slashfilm.com/tom-hiddlestons-i-saw-the-light-delayed-to-2016/

and rumors, like this: http://www.slashfilm.com/rogue-one-screenplay-chris-mcquarrie/

and it also has funny and odd little things that are connected to movies, for geeks like me, like this: http://www.slashfilm.com/batman-v-superman-1940s-trailer/

this: http://www.slashfilm.com/official-ghostbusters-firehouse-lego-set/

and this: http://www.slashfilm.com/votd-guardians-of-the-galaxy-meets-jurassic-world-in-jurassic-galaxy-trailer-mash-up/

They post new trailers very frequently, usually at least once a day, and there’s also a “This Week in Trailers” feature. Of course they put up the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer after it aired yesterday:

http://www.slashfilm.com/the-final-star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer-is-here/

What would a film fan site be without reviews? Here is their review of Steve Jobs:

http://www.slashfilm.com/steve-jobs-review/

There is some TV content in the “News” and “Trailers” sections, and they have a daily feature called “Superhero Bits” that covers everything in the world of Superheroes, including comic books themselves, and basically every type of adaptation: film, TV, and animation. Here is yesterday’s post: http://www.slashfilm.com/superhero-bits-944/

There is also a podcast called Filmcast. Here is the latest episode of that, covering Robert Zemeckis’ new picture, The Walk: http://www.slashfilm.com/filmcast-ep-337-the-walk/

Overall, I’ve been impressed with their content. I doubt I’m ever going to agree with every opinion posted on any blog, but they’re opinions I respect, presented in a professional way, and it is definitely content that interests me.

Blogging the Reel World

http://www.slashfilm.com/ is the home of a film blog called “Blogging the Reel World” that is basically an all-purpose website for fans of movies. It has news, reviews, a podcast, and trailers, and also has some content that covers TV and comics.

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 10.59.33 AM

The “News” section features legitimate film news like this:

http://www.slashfilm.com/tom-hiddlestons-i-saw-the-light-delayed-to-2016/

and rumors, like this: http://www.slashfilm.com/rogue-one-screenplay-chris-mcquarrie/

and it also has funny and odd little things that are connected to movies, for geeks like me, like this: http://www.slashfilm.com/batman-v-superman-1940s-trailer/

this: http://www.slashfilm.com/official-ghostbusters-firehouse-lego-set/

and this: http://www.slashfilm.com/votd-guardians-of-the-galaxy-meets-jurassic-world-in-jurassic-galaxy-trailer-mash-up/

They post new trailers very frequently, usually at least once a day, and there’s also a “This Week in Trailers” feature. Of course they put up the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer after it aired yesterday:

http://www.slashfilm.com/the-final-star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer-is-here/

What would a film fan site be without reviews? Here is their review of Steve Jobs:

http://www.slashfilm.com/steve-jobs-review/

There is some TV content in the “News” and “Trailers” sections, and they have a daily feature called “Superhero Bits” that covers everything in the world of Superheroes, including comic books themselves, and basically every type of adaptation: film, TV, and animation. Here is yesterday’s post: http://www.slashfilm.com/superhero-bits-944/

There is also a podcast called Filmcast. Here is the latest episode of that, covering Robert Zemeckis’ new picture, The Walk: http://www.slashfilm.com/filmcast-ep-337-the-walk/

Overall, I’ve been impressed with their content. I doubt I’m ever going to agree with every opinion posted on any blog, but they’re opinions I respect, presented in a professional way, and it is definitely content that interests me.

LCC Campus Scavenger Hunt

Media Creation Lab
Media Creation Lab
Studio with the blue cyc wall
Studio with the blue cyc wall
Equipment checkout counter
Equipment checkout counter
Main art gallery on campus
Main art gallery on campus
Art-O-Mat
Art-O-Mat
Reference counter in the library
Reference counter in the library
Large silver sculpture that sits outside the health and wellness building
Large silver sculpture that sits outside the health and wellness building
Mary Jo Kreindel's office
Mary Jo Kreindel’s office
Student engagement center
Student engagement center
Christina salter's office
Christina salter’s office
The commons area
The commons area
The flags in The Students First building
The flags in The Students First building
Construction shot
Construction shot
There are several beautiful hiking trails in the back of campus I enjoy. It's really nice to be able to be surrounded by trees with just a 5 minute walk from some buildings, like building 17. There's even a little outdoor classroom off of one of the trails.
There are several beautiful hiking trails in the back of campus I enjoy. It’s really nice to be able to be surrounded by trees with just a 5 minute walk from some buildings, like building 17. There’s even a little outdoor classroom off of one of the trails.

LCC Campus Scavenger Hunt

Media Creation Lab
Media Creation Lab
Studio with the blue cyc wall
Studio with the blue cyc wall
Equipment checkout counter
Equipment checkout counter
Main art gallery on campus
Main art gallery on campus
Art-O-Mat
Art-O-Mat
Reference counter in the library
Reference counter in the library
Large silver sculpture that sits outside the health and wellness building
Large silver sculpture that sits outside the health and wellness building
Mary Jo Kreindel's office
Mary Jo Kreindel’s office
Student engagement center
Student engagement center
Christina salter's office
Christina salter’s office
The commons area
The commons area
The flags in The Students First building
The flags in The Students First building
Construction shot
Construction shot
There are several beautiful hiking trails in the back of campus I enjoy. It's really nice to be able to be surrounded by trees with just a 5 minute walk from some buildings, like building 17. There's even a little outdoor classroom off of one of the trails.
There are several beautiful hiking trails in the back of campus I enjoy. It’s really nice to be able to be surrounded by trees with just a 5 minute walk from some buildings, like building 17. There’s even a little outdoor classroom off of one of the trails.

About Me

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This is my first term back at LCC after being out for about 7 months for a big surgery. My passions are for film, music, and skateboarding. Some of my favorite films are The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Sideways, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Dark Knight, Wonderboys, Jackie Brown, This is Spinal Tap, and Best in Show. I listen to a lot of hip hop, funk, soul, and old reggae.

I had to get a new student ID tuesday, and looking at it next to the one I got just over two years ago when I first started at LCC, was shocking, so I choose to use it as my photo, and tell the story behind the change.

When I first started going to school here at LCC, I was very sick. I didn’t know it yet, but I had a belly full of cancer. Like a lot of people, I didn’t have health insurance until the ACA took effect in January 2014. Once I got insurance I found out that I had very advanced colon cancer that had spread through my bladder.  Over the next year and a half, I had a major surgery and tried three different types of chemo. None of the chemo worked very well, and I was told for most of the time that there probably wouldn’t be anything that could get rid of all the cancer.

After they tried everything they could in Eugene, I went up to OHSU to talk to a surgeon about another major surgery. I had to do daily radiation treatments for just over five weeks just to shrink it down enough to try the surgery, and the surgeon said the chances were not all that great they’d get it all, and there was a chance of “life threatening bleeding”. After the surgery, however, he said it went as well as it could have and he was pretty sure they had gotten all the cancer. Recently I had a CT scan that confirmed that. My oncologist said it showed “no sign of cancer”.

So now I’m back in school, and I’ve switched my major from Biology to Media Arts. I’m planning to transfer to UO and major in Film Arts, probably with a minor in some kind of digital art.

About Me

20151008_013503

This is my first term back at LCC after being out for about 7 months for a big surgery. My passions are for film, music, and skateboarding. Some of my favorite films are The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Sideways, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Dark Knight, Wonderboys, Jackie Brown, This is Spinal Tap, and Best in Show. I listen to a lot of hip hop, funk, soul, and old reggae.

I had to get a new student ID tuesday, and looking at it next to the one I got just over two years ago when I first started at LCC, was shocking, so I choose to use it as my photo, and tell the story behind the change.

When I first started going to school here at LCC, I was very sick. I didn’t know it yet, but I had a belly full of cancer. Like a lot of people, I didn’t have health insurance until the ACA took effect in January 2014. Once I got insurance I found out that I had very advanced colon cancer that had spread through my bladder.  Over the next year and a half, I had a major surgery and tried three different types of chemo. None of the chemo worked very well, and I was told for most of the time that there probably wouldn’t be anything that could get rid of all the cancer.

After they tried everything they could in Eugene, I went up to OHSU to talk to a surgeon about another major surgery. I had to do daily radiation treatments for just over five weeks just to shrink it down enough to try the surgery, and the surgeon said the chances were not all that great they’d get it all, and there was a chance of “life threatening bleeding”. After the surgery, however, he said it went as well as it could have and he was pretty sure they had gotten all the cancer. Recently I had a CT scan that confirmed that. My oncologist said it showed “no sign of cancer”.

So now I’m back in school, and I’ve switched my major from Biology to Media Arts. I’m planning to transfer to UO and major in Film Arts, probably with a minor in some kind of digital art.