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Sweet Dreams

 

Wow, what a ride this term has been. When I first started to brainstorm on what I wanted to do for my final project I was leaning more towards a remake of the scene in The Devil Wears Prada. I wanted to reenact the scene wear Miranda’s character (Glenn Close), interviews Andy (Anne Hathaway) for the job of her assistant. Needless to say it was an epic fail. First off the location I used for the interview was the library, on a Saturday afternoon, right after family story time (one of the busiest times at the library). It was impossible to get my opening shot without a ton of people getting in the way and after about 10 takes my daughter was just not into it any more. When a 4 year old is done, that is it. End of story.

After my experience with my first attempt I knew that I would need to shoot my project at home, where I knew my daughter was most comfortable and I did not have to worry about strangers getting in my way. My husband really loves horror and so does my 4 year old so I stepped out of my comfort zone and jumped in feet first. I am happy with my finished project, even with some of the editing glitches, because I know how hard I worked on it.

Thank you to all my classmates who made this such an enjoyable class and good luck to all on future endeavors.

 


Maker Expo

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For my X4-Professional Practices assignment I attended the Maker Expo: See & Do at the Eugene Public Library. The Eugene Makers is a non-profit community focused on introducing technology, science, art, and culture to everyone ages 1 to 101. Really, they want to include everyone, and they want to build an environment where like minds come together to collaborate and contribute. They have a home base in the warehouse district in West Eugene, and every Tuesday and Friday from 6pm to 8pm they host an “Open Hack” night where anyone can bring a project to work on or share.

When I attended the free expo at the library I had no idea what to expect. First of all, I had my 4 and 1 year old with me, and you never to know what you are getting into with them tagging along. Most the time it is great, however, a change in the wind direction can cause unprovoked fits of terror. After walking into the conference room, I could not believe what I saw. There was a 3-D printer, green screen photo booth, synthesizer, embroidery machine, littleBits customizable electronics, wood working tools, robots, and so much more. My 4 year old immediately spotted the Eggbot art robot and asked if we could get one to decorate our Easter eggs this year. It was super cool, but for $195 I told her we would be decorating our eggs the old fashioned way.

Honestly, at this point I could not believe I had never heard of these people before, especially as a multi-media major. They offer so many resources for learning and networking and it’s all FREE. Not only do they have the main home base in West Eugene, coming spring 2016 the Eugene Public Library will offer Maker Hub rooms with access to a digital lab with state of the art audio, video, design equipment and software, and all you need is a library card. How cool is that?

Unfortunately, I did not get to speak long enough to any one person representing the Maker’s due to chasing around little ones, however, I did not need to. The conversations I did join in and picked up on made it clear that this fantastically diverse group of people came from all walks of life. Students, professionals and hobbyists, all innovators and creatives wanting to contribute and expand their own knowledge. They are a wealth of information and very friendly and interested in your thoughts and ideas. I never once felt out of place, even with the kiddos running around. In fact there was so much going on, the girls were having a great time. The “Makers” had something for everyone, even my 1 year old was encouraged to be hands on with the robots. I look forward to visiting their main headquarters soon and can’t wait for the new facilities to open at the library this spring. I highly recommend anyone in the Multi Media field to check them out and make some time in your schedule to pay a visit.

http://eugenemakerspace.com/about_us/


KLCC Brewfest 2016

For my image editing project I decided to feature the Iron Brewer collaboration at KLCC’s brewfest. There were five ingredients divided among ten groups of two breweries. They had to work with ginger, lemongrass, juniper berry, peppercorns, and maple syrup. It was a lot of fun filming. Bonus: I got to taste some tasty brew.

As fun as it was filming at brewfest, it was also just as challenging. In a crowded room it is very difficult to get the money shot when quarters are so close, and I had no idea how the noise would affect my audio. Not to mention my husband was as sick as a dog. I felt so bad for him, but he was a trooper. Now that I think about it, I’m sure he was feeling pretty good around the fourth taste. Beer is apparently great for colds.

After gathering all my footage and resources for my project I was really excited to put everything together. I have worked with several adobe creative cloud programs, but never premier pro. As I sat there staring at my computer screen, occasionally hitting a button or two to see what happens and fantastically failing, Tuesday could not come fast enough. I needed guidance!

Thanks to my wonderful husband by the time Tuesday arrived I was in full-blown sick mode. Where were my medicinal beers? They were no where to be found as I tried to absorb all of the wonderful premier pro tips during class. I could not focus on anything but the need for sleep. I had been waiting for this important information and here I am feeling a little like egor with spittle running out the corner of my mouth. Needless to say I took in as much information as possible and hoped for the best.

When my head cleared and I was finally able to get down to real work things started to fall apart. I quickly realized all my audio was shot. Between the ambient noise and my husbands constant sneezing it all had to be scratched. Bring in the music! It took me quite a while for me to find a royalty free song that I thought went with the feeling I was trying to convey. That is not to say I don’t have issues with it. I do. However I am content with the outcome.

Showing up to class on the day it was due with only half of it complete was a bit scary. I really wanted to have a fun presentation, however I still needed help. Thanks, Teresa for the tips. This project was really enjoyable for me, and I hope to continue creating with premier pro. There are just so many things to learn and I want to know them all.

I really think everyone did a great job! It is amazing to see such talent and I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for the final.


Fox and Monkey Mac

 

For my audio project I chose Aesop’s fable, The Monkey and the Fox. This is my first time working with audio and I had a great time exploring this wonderful world of sound manipulation. I wanted to have fun so I created my own background picture and added some techno to the track.

It took me a while before I could figure out how to successfully combine the tracks and edit the sound effects. I have to admit I was nearly in tears before things started coming together. Trying to record audio with an active toddler and noisy dog was a challenge. I must have recorded at least fifty times before I ended up with the final result.

Overall I am happy with the way it turned out. It is by all means not perfect. I didn’t even touch on a fraction of the editing options audacity offers and  I look forward to exploring in the future.

What I take away from this project is that I am not passionate enough about audio to pursue a career in it, but I did have a lot of fun and I will be using my new found skills in future projects.


David Airey – Graphic Design Blog

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David Airey is a graphic designer and writer who specializes in brand identity design. He works with several high profile clients, such as BBC, and the Yellowpages, and has writen several books about brand identity. He also has an incredibly informative blog filled with practical information for the new designer, as well as fun visual breaks.

David’s latest post is a great example of some of the practical information you will find on his blog. Titled, “On late client payments, sticking to the brief, and the value of design,”this is information all freelancers in the creatives field should know about. I also garnered some very useful information from this post as well.

http://www.davidairey.com/advice-for-design-students/

David’s site is very easy to navigate and you instantly get a sense of his style. It is very clean and well written, with interesting posts regarding everything from design pricing formulas to art installations at the Smithsonian.

David’s blog is definatly one I will continue to follow because his posts are very useful to the beginning designer, and really anyone in the creatives field. I also like the fact that he is consistently adding new posts, which reflects his commitment to his craft. Here is a link to his blog so you can check it out.

http://www.davidairey.com/

 

 


Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane

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Equipment checkout counter, located on the bottom floor of Building 17

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“Blue Cyc Wall” Located in Room 111, bottom floor of building 17
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Center for Student Engagement, located on the second floor of the Center building
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Main Art Gallery, located on the main floor of building 11
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The Art-O-Mat, located across from the main Art Gallery, located in building 11
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The Reference counter in the Library, located on the second floor of the Center building
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Large Metal Sculpture located in front of the Health and Wellness building.
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Mary Jo Kreindel’s office, located in building 11, room 101A
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Media Creation Lab, located on the second floor of the Center building, Room222 (inside the library)
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Christina Salter’s office, (Media Arts Advisor) located in building 1, room 103G
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The Commons Area, Located on the second floor, building 17
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Flags of the World, located in building 1
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Just another day at Lane Community College for this long time resident.

Me, Myself, and I

About me… My name is Kimberlee and I love all things creative. I am currently pursuing my degree in Multimedia Arts at Lane Community College. I love photography, cooking, drawing, reading, museums, art galleries, theater, and traveling… Actually there is not much I don’t enjoy. My dream vacation is Italy.

I worked many years in a medical office feeling like I was going no where professionally. Overworked and underpaid it was really taking a toll on me. I was lucky to meet someone very special who helped to convince me that I was strong, talented and worthy. I took a leap of faith and here I am.

I feel my studies at Lane have helped me to learn a lot about myself. There have been many highs and some lows, but, no matter what the situation I have always walked away with new found knowledge. Learning is a passion of mine that I would like to pursue for the rest of my life.

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

Anthony J D’Angelo

I am still not sure where I will end up, however, I am not too worried. I know as long as I strive to be the best I can be and always have the desire and determination to do better everything will be just fine.

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