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My First Music Video by Evan Curby

Where to even begin with the explanation of my final project? That is most certainly a hard place to start. I have gone through a full range of emotions in my attempt to bring something aesthetically stimulating to the viewer. I must start with the only known truth in regards to this final which is, I, Evan Michael Curby was overly ambitious in my ideas once again. As a result of my unwillingness to change my idea entirely, I have brought forth a project that is not anything I’d consider disappointing, but not wholesome to what I was trying to portray.
When it first came to concepts, the idea came to me rather quickly. I have been producing hip hop instrumentals for a while now under the alias of Alphur1, and have always wanted to make a music video for one of my songs. I knew immediately that the track I was going to make this video for was “What’s with it.”. It has always been one of my favorites and I had this idea for it for a long while now. The original concept was supposed to be an unknown, urban style, ninja humanoid would be fleeing battle with a life threatening wound. In his mind he would have visions of the beach when he was child, and his motivation to live was to return to the beach before his inevitable death from blood loss.
I wanted to shoot the scene in Cape Perpetua on the Oregon coast. In this landscape you can find all sorts of visually stimulating locations which I thought would only improve the viewers visual experience. In my attempt to make this I wanted to steal some of the best ideas I had seen previously from other music videos. In the ones that truly captured my attention, there was heavy focus on the aesthetics. I wanted to replicate that feel in this video in a concept that I would like to consider as “Visual Meditation”. That is why you will not find a lot of movement in my video, because I wanted the viewer to really have time to take in the depth of each scene. Was I able to effectively communicate that? I guess you will be the judge.
On my attempt of filming, I had my concerns due to the forecast. It had rain, but I figured it was going to be a light rain and decided to move on with the shoot. Once arriving on location in turns out that it was quite a bit more than just a light rain. It was absolutely pouring and the wind was hell bent on ruining everything in regards to the shoot. My model for the video was very patient as I tried tirelessly to get the shots I needed, but at a certain point, I had to pull the plug on it. Not only was my Canon T5i getting rained on way too much, but the weather had took a turn for the worse to the point where we were actually jeopardizing our safety being out there. I was very frustrated and had to try and adapt my original idea.
After viewing the footage, I was not entirely upset with the footage I had gotten. Not wanting to ditch my first idea entirely I decided to try to make what I had shot work for me. I had to cut the the original story entirely and sort of adapt this “mysterious protector of the coastland woods sort of vibe. I would have liked to have had about 20 more different shots to work with, especially that of my model, but all things considered I’m not upset with what I was able to produce. In my end goal, I looked to create a visually pleasing video that complimented the audio of my track, and if you can find some enjoyment in this video, than ultimately I will feel successful. In conclusion it was a good test run, and I look forward to producing my next one.


Info Interview with Steven Zeller

stevenFor my X4 project I decided to go with the informational interview option. You can say I lucked out on this project quite a bit, because I was able to interview one of my best friends, Steven Zeller. To give you a bit of back story, Steven and I have been best friends from HighSchool when I used to live in Vegas, so we have quite a history together.

Steven is currently traveling for his job with the company Cirque Du Soleil, who is touring their show Kurios in multiple cities across the United States. He works for the company under the title of Sound Technician technically, but his tasks include much more. On any given night he could be running the front of house, running backstage monitor, which is mixing the bands monitors. He is also in charge of running and maintaining video and communication for the technical tracks of the show. He also uses headset com packs to receive stage cues from the stage manager. So essentially in a nutshell he is running the whole show, under the title of Sound Technician.

Usually Cirque only does one show a night on Tuesdays through Thursdays. On these days he arrives four hours before the show to fix or maintain all of the presettings for the audio levels. On days where he does two shows he shows up 6 hours early, to test mic’s, do soundchecks for the bands, and make sure everything is operational before showtime.

Steven went to school for recording arts, working in recording studios, and then sound studios for tv and film with his focus in Automated Dialogue Replacement. Automated Dialogue Replacement is raw dialogue that you would shoot for film and rerecord it in a studio. He was study this at LMU.

Unfortunately he got broke and came back home to Las Vegas. He enrolled at the  University of Las Vegas Nevada. He was undeclared for a year, and in the meanwhile started working at the radio station on campus to continue within the realm of his interests.

In Spring of 2012 he realized he could major in theater arts/ design in technology, and learned all aspects of technical theater. He graduated in Spring of 2014, which was when he was offered a job with Cirque Du Soleil: The Beatles Love, at the Mirage hotel and casino. The Mirage is the  home to that famous tiger that mauled Roy, from Siegfried and Roy. Love is actually in the Siegfreid and Roy theater now, after they reconstructed it. He worked for The Beatles  Love for three years, until he got an offer to go on tour for the show Kurios. His favorite part of tour is getting paid to travel the country, and in 2018 the world when the show goes international.

He said it can be difficult working for an international company. Working with coworkers from other countries where English is their second language, you have to convey certain goals that you have to accomplish. Especially when it comes to high stress situation like loading in, and loading out the show.

In his spare time he played with Shayna Rain which is his band. He has gone on three tours with them, and did the mixing for their last ep. He started off playing bass and moved over to drums and programming, toured the west coast three times, and the entire country one time. Enjoyed the fact that they got share their music with complete strangers, and that music could bring complete strangers together. Unfortunately he had to leave the band in order to go on tour with Cirque Du Soleil. He feels like leaving the band in order to go on tour is the right choice, but he does miss it. In order to succeed with his goals, he does felt that it was the right choice.

Cirque Du Soleil is coming to Portland in Fall if you would like to check out the show. Posted below is a music video of his band that he directed and edited, and a promotional video for Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios.

 


W17-P5 Image Editing by Evan Curby

I just want start out by thanking my friends Martin King and Noah Gutierrez for helping me out with this project. They did a wonderful job acting out the scenes and inputting some funny concepts which I decided to add to this short.

Initially when I started this I was struggling immensely to come up with ideas. I had all these grand concepts, but no idea of how I would be actually able to implement any of them. After struggling and getting nowhere, I decided to keep it simple and stick with what I already know.

I am infatuated with the sport of hockey. I have always been ever since I was a little kid. Everything about it, from the physical act of playing it, all the way down to its culture. With it being a sport with most of it’s players being from Canada, it’s lingo is one that is truly unique. I decided to go with the five most common hockey terms that I could think of with definition. I also wanted to provide a scenario with each word to give the viewer a full idea of how they are used.

I filmed at the Rink Exchange off of 13th street. The sets included the locker room, outside the glass of the rink itself, and the parking lot. I wanted to arrange them to tell a story of the players first arriving, to playing in a game, to leaving after the game and getting ready to head home.

I filmed on a Canon EOS Rebel t5i. I also recorded the audio on the T5i as well. A few concerns I had was the audio recorded through the camera itself was going to be of poor quality and would either peak constantly or be too quiet itself. I was also worried that the initial ambient sounds of the rink itself would over power the sounds of both my actors. We actually had to wait to film the locker room scene because the Zamboni room is connected to the side of it. When we first started filming it the Zamboni came back off the ice and was making an incredibly loud and annoying sound, which lead to laughs amongst us due to the inconvenient timing.

While editing the film to my surprise, the audio turned out alright from the t5i. There is a bit of ambient noise but all of the lines projected over it perfectly fine in my own opinion. The editing process itself was much simpler than I first anticipated. Being my first time ever doing video editing I was in panic mode. Luckily Adobe Premiere was a pretty smooth program to learn. I would have liked to have used Kernkraft 400’s Zombie Nation as the in between scene music since it is pretty much the hockey anthem, but I had to settle for some free generic rock music instead due to copyright laws.

Overall this was probably the most fun I have had doing a project in this class, and I hope you enjoy it.


W17-P5 Image Editing by Evan Curby

I just want start out by thanking my friends Martin King and Noah Gutierrez for helping me out with this project. They did a wonderful job acting out the scenes and inputting some funny concepts which I decided to add to this short.

Initially when I started this I was struggling immensely to come up with ideas. I had all these grand concepts, but no idea of how I would be actually able to implement any of them. After struggling and getting nowhere, I decided to keep it simple and stick with what I already know.

I am infatuated with the sport of hockey. I have always been ever since I was a little kid. Everything about it, from the physical act of playing it, all the way down to its culture. With it being a sport with most of it’s players being from Canada, it’s lingo is one that is truly unique. I decided to go with the five most common hockey terms that I could think of with definition. I also wanted to provide a scenario with each word to give the viewer a full idea of how they are used.

I filmed at the Rink Exchange off of 13th street. The sets included the locker room, outside the glass of the rink itself, and the parking lot. I wanted to arrange them to tell a story of the players first arriving, to playing in a game, to leaving after the game and getting ready to head home.

I filmed on a Canon EOS Rebel t5i. I also recorded the audio on the T5i as well. A few concerns I had was the audio recorded through the camera itself was going to be of poor quality and would either peak constantly or be too quiet itself. I was also worried that the initial ambient sounds of the rink itself would over power the sounds of both my actors. We actually had to wait to film the locker room scene because the Zamboni room is connected to the side of it. When we first started filming it the Zamboni came back off the ice and was making an incredibly loud and annoying sound, which lead to laughs amongst us due to the inconvenient timing.

While editing the film to my surprise, the audio turned out alright from the t5i. There is a bit of ambient noise but all of the lines projected over it perfectly fine in my own opinion. The editing process itself was much simpler than I first anticipated. Being my first time ever doing video editing I was in panic mode. Luckily Adobe Premiere was a pretty smooth program to learn. I would have liked to have used Kernkraft 400’s Zombie Nation as the in between scene music since it is pretty much the hockey anthem, but I had to settle for some free generic rock music instead due to copyright laws.

Overall this was probably the most fun I have had doing a project in this class, and I hope you enjoy it.


W-17 P4 Audio

     When this audio project was first assigned I was kind of bummed to be honest, mostly because I hate the sound of my own voice. I was scrambling for ideas and I wanted to come up with a concept that was truly original. I new that I wanted to create something that was going to be comedy based, but I was not sure what style I wanted it to be. I started thinking, what would be a funny situational comedy sketch where the concept could be easily understood through audio? What type of voices or certain characters could be a good fit for this type of thing? I decided Macho Man Randy Savage would be my choice for main character. I remember thinking about all of his old wrestling promos and how well executed they were. This man was an absolute beast on the microphone and his slang and mannerisms were always over the top, and larger than life. So I had it. I had my main character, but what situation could I put him in that would come across as funny? I decided to go with him ordering at a drive thru, because it could be audibly understood what was going on, while keeping the dialogue minimal for the secondary character. I started to watch some of his old promotions, to brush up on some of his lingo. I wrote down a list of some of the favorite lines I heard him say and found a way to manipulate it into my own dialogue. I added a few sounds from http://www.freesound.org/ such as the car starting and the radio laying in the background to help illustrate the whole experience.It was a ton of fun to try and impersonate him, and I hope it does not come across as too cheesy. So without further ado here is Macho Man Randy Savage Orders At A Drive Thru.

Photo by : FreddiusMercurium

 

 

By: Evan Curby


w17-P3 Blog Search

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     For a good portion of my life I have always had an interest in street art and graffiti. Something about the diverse color palette and abstract figures and lettering has always inspired me. Maybe it has something to do with me being raised in Vegas and watching the murals roll by on train cars, as well as huge pieces done on the sides of buildings and freeways. I was just attracted to it and it’s culture all together. That is why today for this blog search I decided to go with Vandalog ( https://blog.vandalog.com/ ) . Vandalog is a blog about graffiti, street art, and viral art. It was started in October 2008. It has six current writers and contributors to the blog. Things I find particularly interesting about the blog is the amount of attention and detail you find it each article. Graffiti has a stigma that is generally negative, because when people think of it, it is usually a sloppy tag on the wall or the lame window or mirror “scribe”. What I appreciate about the blog is that they get in depth about certain topics and even provide links to the art shows for certain writers (NTEL being one specifically, https://blog.vandalog.com/2017/01/a-deep-dive-with-ntel/ ). They handle graffiti and street art as a true respected art form when a large portion of the art community undermines it, unless it’s a Banksy piece. There is just something comforting about each article when you can see that the author of the post is very passionate about the subject and they have well researched facts to back up their opinions. I would highly suggest checking it out if you have some free time, and want to see some great art, and read some well written articles about it.

(video taken from: https://blog.vandalog.com/2016/11/film-the-police/  )


Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane

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Equipment Checkout Counter
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Blue Cyc Wall
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Center For Student Engagement
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Main Art Gallery
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Art-O-Mat
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Library Sign Above The Reference Counter
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Large Silver Sculpture Outside Of Health And Wellness Building
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Mary Jo Kreindel’s Office
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Media Creation Lab
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Judy Gate’s Office
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The Commons
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Students First Building
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Look At This Turkey

Evan “Sweet Cheeks Malone” Curby

Hello, my name is Evan Michael Curby, but please just call me Curby. Curby has been my nickname since grade school and I generally won’t respond to Evan. I am a Multimedia Design Major here at LCC. I moved up to Oregon close to 4 years ago now. I am originally from Las Vegas Nevada. I did not live in a casino. I lived in the suburbs, and it was boring and hot. I really enjoy Oregon quite a bit. It seems as if everyone here is generally relaxed with chill vibes. The scenery around here is amazing, but hey let’s be honest, west coast is the best coast. In my spare time you can usually find me at the ice rink. I play in an adult hockey league for the Two Towns Cider team. I’m like Wayne Gretzky with no natural talent or skill. If I’m not playing hockey, I’m usually just sitting in my room spinning vinyl’s and painting weird graffiti styles or Dragon Ball Z characters. When I finish with the program, I’d be really interested in producing music videos. I’d love to make some animated shorts for a few of my favorite musical artists like Diiv or Flying Lotus. If i could do visual designs for a touring band as well, that would be ideal. I would like to continue in art in every perspective in general just like David Choe. Well hope that is enough information for you to get an idea as to who I am, thanks for reading.me-at-rink