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Things I’ve Learned Second

 

This video was probably the hardest one for this class. The last video, I had a specific topic to focus on, but this one, I was all on my own. I had a few ideas at the beginning, but my mind would go blank once I started thinking what resources I could use. My original idea was to make a video about “Things I’ve Learned Backwards”, but I didn’t like how it had a bad sounding connotation to it. As I was falling asleep that night, the thought of “Things I’ve Learned Second” came to me. It was sort of like saying “backwards” but in a different way. Afterwards, it got easier. The whole video I taped, recorded, and edited. Luckily, I had a wonderful sister who worked with me through thick and thin and offered to act as my look-alike and I certainly used her to do all the dangerous stunts for me (especially the bike part!).

It was hard to fit all of my thoughts and ideas into a 3-minute video. Because once I had all of my resources together, I just started cramming media into my project nonstop. In the end, my video was 6 minutes long. I had to cut, copy, paste, and rearrange a lot of things. It finally went down to 3 minutes. The editing part was really frustrating for me. There was so much to do, and so little time. I would work on a part of it, and then without any warning, the video would jump back and my whole timeline and soundtracks would be messed up. I then had to start over and realign everything back to the way it was. It happened at least 7 times. The day before it was due, I stayed up until 1:02 in the morning, trying to get the program I was using to behave with me. I did what I could for as long as I could, and then when I couldn’t take another step, I did the next best thing, I backed up and gave it a rest. I exported what I had, went to bed tired, exhausted, and worn out. 6 hours later, I checked it one last time before dragging it onto my drive. My video didn’t export the media correctly and then all hell broke lose on my computer. My whole video crashed and I had to use every bit of strength and grit in me to crank it out one last time. I was sweating and panicking through the whole process. I finally got it exported correctly, and crossed my fingers that it would play back correctly. To my relief it did…finally!

Overall, I enjoyed the project. I like things that challenge me but not to my limit. Especially when it’s due 3 hours later. I was so close to calling it quits but then before I thought about giving up, I thought about why I held on for so long. It was difficult waiting for the right idea and time to come, but I think regretting something I didn’t get done would have been a lot more difficult. Also, my family always falls in love with a stubborn heart who won’t give up, not matter what.

 

Resources:

Magnetic Letters:   https://www.google.com/search?q=magnetic+numbers&client=firefox-b-1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwirsILO7fjeAhVRLX0KHZ2BCKMQ_AUIDygC&biw=1366&bih=604#imgrc=RvnSVuglldPoWM

Play-Doh Numbers:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76IWtiganwc

Number Flashcard:   https://www.twinkl.com/resource/esl-number-picture-flashcards-to-30-t-n-2307

Red Mustang:   https://freeplaymusic.com/#/?q=red%20mustang

F18-P5 Image Editing – 5 Facts About Vietnamese Names

 

When I heard about this assignment, I was excited and eager to start, but once I started thinking of some possibilities, I started to dread the idea. Every thought that came into my mind didn’t seem to work, or I found fault with. It took longer than I expected. I had several ideas in mind, but the hard part was coming up on how to do it. I wanted to do something that was relevant to me in my personal life, without it being too personal. In the beginning I was thinking maybe doing a movie about what my five favorite puzzles were. I could easily picture that idea. I brainstormed ideas for several days until I had a pretty solid committed idea. Coming up with “5 Facts About Vietnamese Names” was quite the challenge for me but it was fun! It was like with Audacity, it was fun but challenging at the same time. I was lucky to have a mother who had all the camera gear and lights I could possibly want (plus more!). She helped me get my “studio” ready, and for several hours I was in full business mode. It took me 13 hours to get the whole project done. I was actually surprised that I made all of my information fit into that little time span.

At the beginning my video was about nine minutes long. Not what I wanted to see! I used iMovie instead of Premiere Pro just because I have made tons of videos with iMovie before, and I didn’t want to miss the deadline by working with a program I’m not yet comfortable with. I tend to relax more with ease when I’m working with something I’m familiar and comfortable with. After I had my images, videos, music, and recordings finalized, I disappeared into my bedroom, got myself all cozy with blankets and pillows all around, and didn’t come out until I was done with the project. Success greeted me with open arms and I was content with what I had accomplished!

Holt International Interview

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Holt International Children’s Services

I chose Holt International Children’s Services for my informational interview because it was the agency my parents chose when they wanted to adopt. They chose Holt International because their first priority is to serve the children in their care. They work to support birth families and children so they can stay together, and if needed, they help find adoptive families for children in their birth country. Only then is international adoption an option they consider for a child. As an adoptee, I thought it would be interesting to talk to someone who works there.

Before I contacted Holt International, I explored their website and blog for various media. I found many articles, videos, and photos that talked about different adoptive families’ stories. I liked how the written articles told the stories and then in the video, the child or family would talk about the story from their own point of view. They were very professionally done, and very meaningful.

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Photo by Holt International

On October 30th, I interviewed Brian Campbell. He works at Holt International as a manager in the multimedia department. Travel is a part of this job because Holt provides services in many countries. As I interviewed Mr. Campbell and asked him my questions, he told me some interesting stories about his trips. One story he told me was when he was in the Philippines. He saw a group of young boys and wanted to take their picture. The youngsters followed Mr. Campbell and as soon as he turned to take their picture, they instantly started smiling, laughing and dancing for the camera.

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Photo by Holt International

Mr. Campbell also told me about when he was in Thailand and had to cross a lake to get to the other side. The only way he could get there was to walk on this very “dodgy” bridge. He told me it was not very wide and when several people were walking on it, the bridge started to waver and bend. He couldn’t afford to get the camera wet, so he handed it over to his assistant before carefully balancing his way across. I enjoyed hearing about his experiences in other countries.

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Photo by Holt International

When Mr. Campbell goes traveling it’s not always with the whole crew. Sometimes it’s just himself and the writer. He takes the photos and videos while his assistant writes the stories. Afterwards they bring their work back home to the Eugene office and do their production work with the rest of the team. In Eugene, on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Campbell prioritizes current tasks and also plans ahead for the next week. Like most people, I didn’t know how much time, effort and work goes into making everything look professional and presentable. It takes a good amount of time to get all of their work done and finished by a certain deadline, which is one of Mr. Campbell’s daily challenges. One of the biggest opportunities in the department includes digital marketing for social websites like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mr. Campbell mentioned they’re always open to offering internships because their job requires many hands and their work is very intense. Holt’s staff also looks for employees who are motivated to help children and families. They care about why people want to work for them.

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Photo by Holt International

 

Audio P4

 

When I was heard about the Audio assignment, I thought it would be a struggle and a battle. It was a new project and I had to work with a new program I didn’t have much experience with but I was surprised! When I opened up Audacity, my gears inside my head started clicking and going. I actually enjoyed the project and once I started, I couldn’t keep my hands and eyes off the computer. It was literally like chewing gum for my eyes. I enjoyed making the project so much!

I had a little difficulty finding a story I could read and add effects to. Since I am bilingual, I was thinking of reading a story bilingually, but it didn’t go too well and it sounded too choppy. I finally decided on reading a story in one language. I also wanted to do a story that most people didn’t know. I came to the decision of reading a story about why the sea is salty. I recorded myself reading, picked my music and sound effects, then I was silent for the rest of the weekend. I had an idea in my brain that I was trying to get down into something people could listen to. I wanted a really short but good story, and sound effects that could really add a strong mental picture in the audience’s minds. I’ve listened to audio recordings that were full cast with sound effects, and I could almost feel myself in the environment, and that’s what I wanted to convey.

In the end, I think I accomplished what I had in my head, into something audible, which is pretty cool. I’ve realized it’s not about being perfect about everything, but rather be content with what you have and when you step back and look at what you’ve accomplished, it will probably look better than you imagined. There’s a quotes that goes, “The harder the workout, the greater the feeling of accomplishment”, which is exactly what I felt. I also felt a bittersweet moment when I finished the project. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and now I often wish myself back to the beginning. What an amazing journey I took!

 

 

Blog Search

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This blog, My Modern Met was almost exactly what I was on the lookout for. I wanted a blog that didn’t look to flashy or crazy. I was looking for something that looked simple and clean, yet professional at the same time. I stumbled upon this blog and my mind instantly went, “That’s mine.” I started exploring the blog and it had more than I bargained for! One thing I was counting on was Photography. Photography was the one expectation I wanted, and this blog had more than photography. The cool thing is it’s not just articles that talk about a certain specific thing, it also has amazing beautiful photography that go along and add more meaning than just the text itself. I think it would be a good site to explore because it covers so many topics. It has topics on architecture to crafts, crafts to technology, technology to science beyond the universe, and so much more. It has articles on almost everything you can think of. You name it, there’s probably has a topic related to it. It even offers online classes that teach about different kinds of arts. I always feel smarter after I leave the site, knowing I know more about something I didn’t know about before. For example: I found an article about how a photographer captures the scale-like patterns on a butterfly’s wings, using a specific camera lens that creates almost a “non-existent depth-of-field”. The photos of the different butterfly’s wings are absolutely gorgeous and stunning to look at. The creators of this blog did a really fantastic job of producing its information and they’re always adding and updating the blog. The quality of the information could be a little more into details and depth, but the nice thing is, the text isn’t all cut-and-dry, and the pictures that follow the text is the best part. When I was reading about the butterfly wings, I read the two paragraphs expecting more, but that was it. The photos told the ending of the article which was really nice. Pictures can tell more than a thousand words.

https://mymodernmet.com/

 

 

Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane – Scavenger Hunt

1 Equipment Checkout Counter
Equipment Checkout Counter – Bldg 18

My first stop was at the Equipment Checkout Counter in Building 18. I had to wait quite a while for the perfect shot, because it was closed most of the time. This is the only one photo I have with the window open!

 

2 Blue Cyc Wall
The Blue Cyc Wall – Bldg 18

Across the counter was Studio A with the “Blue Cyc Wall”.

 

3 Student Engagement Center
Student Engagement Center – Center Bldg

My next stop was the Student Engagement Center. I like how everything is tidy and organized. My kind of place. I was quite intrigued by the popcorn machine and it’s intricate gears!

 

4 Art Gallery
Art Gallery – Bldg 11

My next destination was in Building 11 with the beautiful Art Gallery. The soft faded lights made this place feel somewhat nostalgic.

 

5 The Art-O-Mat
Art-O-Mat – Bldg 11

Right around the corner was this cool machine. I didn’t even know a machine like this existed. Drop in five dollars and it can give you pocket-sized artworks from paintings to sculptures to poems, or any other art related pictures.

 

6 The Library
Library – Center Bldg

The library is one of my favorite places to relax and study at the same time, so this place was easy to find. What wasn’t easy was trying to get a photo without students being uncomfortable with their picture being taken, so I decided on this shot. It was the only way I could take a picture of the library without interfering with anyone.

 

7 Silver Sculpture
Large Silver Sculpture – Outside of Bldg 31

This was my favorite photo to take. I had my camera tilted upward with myself leaning against the sculpture. I love how the blue-grey clouds and trees are reflected in the sculpture like a mirror.

 

8 Ingrams's Office
Ingram’s Office – Bldg 11

I had an interesting encounter before I took this photo. I knew this was the room I needed to photograph, but I didn’t know would Mr. Ingram be comfortable with me taking a picture of his office without his permission. I had this whole conversation with one of my classmates and didn’t know that the man standing across from me was Mr. Ingram himself! He was standing there listening to every single word. That was the worst mistake I made that day! He walked over to me and casually introduced himself to me. I laughed nervously as I explained what I had to do for the assignment and he was just fine. I took one shot, thanked Mr. Ingram, and left before any more awkward situations could happen.

 

9 Media Creation Lab
Media Creation Lab – Center Bldg

I liked taking this photo of the Media Creation Lab, because it was totally empty. I could play around with the lights and shadows. In fact, I was the one who arranged the chairs to look this certain way. The black squares against the simple background, plus the added angle makes for a good abstract look.

 

10 Judy Gates's Office
Judy Gates’s Office – Bldg 11

Judy Gates’s office is one I’ve trip I’ve made several times. Here she is busily working on her computer.

 

11 Teresa's Office
Teresa’s Office – Bldg 18

On the way to photography class, I snapped this photo of Teresa’s office. How I wish my office looked this tidy!

 

12 Flags Building 1
Flags – Bldg 1

This shot was random. I was busy arranging myself to take this photo, so I put my camera down and it clicked. I happen to love this shot. It is the perfect angle and view!

 

13 Turkey Back Tail
Wandering Turkey – Campus

I had to chase the silly turkeys around campus before I got this shot. It seems like this turkey knew I had to take a photo of him, so instead of behaving nice, he turned his back on me. Well, at least the pattern on his tail is highlighted against the nice black pavement.

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone,

I like working with children and I have volunteered for several community groups that involve youngsters in active learning. Japanese taiko drumming is my favorite group. For more than a decade, I have been playing the drums and now I mentor the younger team members and teach them how to perform. As part of my teaching, I have made instructional tutorials for them that they can practice from their home computers while online. I enjoy how each child has their own different way of learning and yet we all come together as a team. My interest in taiko took a different turn this last summer when I started learning how to build the drums out very large, old, oak wine casks. It is a fascinating process with many steps that take a long time to finish.

I have almost completed my transfer degree and, like several others in my family, I’m starting the one-year certificate in Multimedia Design as my area of focus. I’m not quite sure what kind of job I’d like to pursue but I’m looking forward to finding out more about the multimedia field during this year. My experiences creating homemade video tutorials for teaching taiko drumming have increased my interest in learning more about teaching with multimedia.

By H.M.

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Hello Everyone,

I like working with children and I have volunteered for several community groups that involve youngsters in active learning. Japanese taiko drumming is my favorite group. For more than a decade, I have been playing the drums and now I mentor the younger team members and teach them how to perform. As part of my teaching, I have made instructional tutorials for them that they can practice from their home computers while online. I enjoy how each child has their own different way of learning and yet we all come together as a team. My interest in taiko took a different turn this last summer when I started learning how to build the drums out very large, old, oak wine casks. It is a fascinating process with many steps that take a long time to finish.

I have almost completed my transfer degree and, like several others in my family, I’m starting the one-year certificate in Multimedia Design as my area of focus. I’m not quite sure what kind of job I’d like to pursue but I’m looking forward to finding out more about the multimedia field during this year. My experiences creating homemade video tutorials for teaching taiko drumming have increased my interest in learning more about teaching with multimedia.

By H.M.