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A Dream Not Come True

My brother Brendan and I worked together on this final project. To start, we had numerous ideas on what we wanted to do the project on, but ran into problems with each idea. Plus we wanted to come up with something different enough than our previous projects. After a LOT of thinking, my brother finally came up with the idea of creating a stop motion animation. I had done one of these a few years ago for my high school video production class and had a lot of fun with it. We both agreed on coming up with a story that we could create a stop motion on. As luck would have it, our aunt Lisa had been wanting to get some yard work done that weekend. The first thought that came to mind was having a lawn mower cutting the grass all on its own! She was also wanting to get one of her apple trees trimmed, so that’s when we thought of having the tree cut itself. Once we had came up with this idea, the rest of the process ran fairly smooth. The filming of the stop motion is a process, because it involves stepping in and out of the frame moving the object in small increments at a time. We weren’t thrilled with the quality of the camera we were using either, however it was the best one we had to use besides our Gopro’s. Once the filming was done, the editing went pretty quick and was relatively easy. The music is always one of the hardest steps for me, finding out a tune that will flow good with the screen action. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the final video. Why is it called “A Dream Not Come True?” You’ll have to watch it and find out! ūüėČ

Last Friday Artwalk in the Whiteaker Neighborhood

For those of you who’ve already read my brothers post, history’s going to somewhat repeat itself, sorry! I had a hard time coming up with something to do this assignment on, and am a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to find something better. Water under the bridge I guess. Friday, February 27th, was the last Friday artwalk in Eugene. As some of you probably already know, this event takes place the last Friday of every month. This month, most of it took place in the Whiteaker area in west Eugene. The event was scheduled to run from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. My brother, and some of my other family, left right around 5:30 to head over and see what we could see. It was the first time I’ve ever been through there, that I can remember. It takes up most of the residential area over¬†around Blair Boulevard. It was pretty dark by the time we got over there and found a place to park on the corner of 4th and Blair. Since it was the very first time any of us had ever attended a last Friday art walk and didn’t quite know what to expect, we decided to walk some of the streets in the area and observe some of the neighborhoods interesting features. I thought to myself as we were walking along, for it being an “art walk”, I’m sure not seeing a lot of art,¬†as far as paintings/drawings.¬†There was a really interesting mosaic sculpture made up of colorful shards of glass¬†right on the corner of¬†Van Buren¬†and Blair¬†that we stopped to take a look. It was four figures all standing back to back of each other. I snapped a picture of my brother giving one of them a high 5, and then we moved on! Further up Blair Blvd. was a Serbian Orthodox church that I thought had unique architecture with its onion domed roofs and arched windows and entry¬†ways.¬†We also walked past the Ninkasi Brewing Company building which also had an interesting design, especially the big gates which had the logo branded into the steel. Must have just been built within the last couple years, because I went on Google Earth to find out where it was located and as of September 2011, the only building that was there was a garage. We then retraced our steps and cut across W 3rd Ave. to Van Buren St. At a tattoo shop across the street, there was a guy twirling a flaming baton, which was kinda cool to watch. Before heading back to where we parked, we wandered up Blair in the opposite direction of where we had parked. I finally spotted the first painting that I had seen on the trip, though it was difficult to make out all of the details, because by then it was completely dark. As best as I could tell, it looked like a landscape mural. That was pretty much the last place we looked at before heading back. We wanted to stop and get a bite to eat at the little Papa’s Soul Food place there on the corner of 4th and Blair, but we would’ve been hard pressed to even get in the front door! Not a bad trip, but¬†never was quite sure where all the art was!

Standing next to the mosaic sculpture on the corner of Van Buren and Blair.

Standing next to the mosaic sculpture on the corner of Van Buren and Blair.

5 Places in Oregon to Ride Before You Die!

I had a lot of fun putting this video together! After finding out that the goal of the project was based around 5 related things, I knew right away what I wanted to do it on. Over the past couple years, I’ve captured a lot of video footage with my GoPro Hero 2 camera of the places we go ride and explore. Out of all the cool places I’ve been to, it was a bit challenging to come up with the top 5. I created the video with my own software, Sony Movie Studio. I’ve used this program quite a bit for making other videos that I’ve posted on Youtube, and it works very well! All of the footage was taken with a GoPro Hero 2 camera, that I had mounted on top of my ATV helmet. Probably the toughest part of this project for me, was finding music that flowed well with it. I ended up using a tune called “Minnesota” by the band Three Against Four. I had originally found the song through Free Play Music.com, where it was called something totally different and had a nasty computer virus attached to it when I downloaded it. I later found the same song on amazon.com and got it from there. I’ve used it for some of the other videos I’ve made on the Bohemia mining district. Hope you all enjoy watching this video as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Adventure Awaits!

First of all, sorry for my less than enthusiastic announcing voice. I sure¬†don’t have any intentions of becoming a narrator any time soon, LOL!¬†Anyway, it took me a while to come up with an idea for this assignment. My brother and I went on a hike in the woods the other day, and we were both thinking of something that we could do for the assignment while we were there. He came up with the idea of doing his on a Bigfoot encounter, so we both got really absorbed in creating¬†that scenario. It wasn’t until we got home later that day that I¬†realized I still needed to come up with an idea for mine! So, I eventually¬†decided that I would do¬†some kind of advertisement or public announcement on the same area that we went hiking. I figured you¬†should probably hear something about the area that might be¬†a little more comforting than being eaten by Sasquatch!¬†For any of you that aren’t familiar with it, the area we were in is most often referred to as the Bohemia Mining District or Bohemia Mines and is roughly 30 miles or so southeast of Cottage Grove.¬†You might have also heard of the Bohemia Mining Days festival that takes place every July in Cottage Grove.¬†It has,¬†without a doubt, become¬†my favorite area to explore. I’ve gone up in there for almost as long as I can remember! There’s so much to see and do! For anyone who’s interested I will post a couple links on here to sites with more info. on the area. Hope you enjoy the video!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemia_Mountain

http://bohemiamineownersassociation.webs.com/history.htm

Photography of Dave White

 Website Title: dwhite

Professional Blog pic

http://www.davewhitephotography.com/

A lot of you may know by now that photography is one of my biggest hobbies, especially taking photos of the places I explore. Being as big of an outdoor photographer as I am, Dave White’s work has really stood out to me. Dave is a local photographer and has taken numerous pictures of well known¬†outdoor locations around the state of Oregon. I first encountered his photos through Facebook as a recommended page that I might like. He had also shared some of his photos¬†through the Statesman’s Journal which is the¬†daily newspaper published in Salem.¬†I recently discovered that Dave had his own website where his photos can be¬†looked at and purchased. It’s a very simple website without a lot of information or resources, which I found to be a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, it’s visually pleasing and the simplicity of it makes it easy enough¬†to navigate. Clicking on the Browse option in the main menu takes you to a page where Dave has categorized his photos into different folders based on subject or location. You also have the option of doing a quick search by keyword(s). And he has a link to his Facebook page where you can see even more of his photos. Again, it’s not a very¬†extensive site as far as information or resources go, but it accomplishes its goal as a personal photo website and could be very inspiring to anyone who enjoys this type of photography.

Places of Interest for Media Arts Students at Lane

Teresa's Office Door

Teresa’s Office Door

Studio with "Blue Cyc Wall" in Building 17.

Studio with “Blue Cyc Wall” in Building 17

Equipment Checkout on bottom floor of Building 17

Equipment Checkout on bottom floor of Building 17

Main Art Gallery

Main Art Gallery

The "Art-O-Mat"

The “Art-O-Mat”

Reference Counter in the Library

Reference Counter in the Library

Inside the Silver Sculpture outside of the Health&Wellness Building

Inside the Silver Sculpture outside of the Health&Wellness Building

Mary Jo Kreindel's Office Door

Mary Jo Kreindel’s Office Door

The Bus Stop

The Bus Stop

Christina Salter's Office Door.

Christina Salter’s Office Door.

Door to the Indie Lab in Building 17

Door to the Indie Lab in Building 17

The Flags inside Building 1

The Flags inside Building 1

Construction of the new Titan Store

Construction of the new Titan Store

About Me

At Fairview Peak Lookout; July 2013.

At Fairview Peak Lookout; July 2013.

Hello, my name is Ian. ¬†I¬†was born in Eugene, Oregon and spent the first twelve years of my life there until my family and I¬†moved to Grants Pass in 2005.¬†After graduating¬†from high school in 2011, I moved back to Eugene to further my education at Lane Community College.¬†I¬†began taking classes at Lane in 2011 focusing on an AAOT degree in Media Arts. I have also worked in the Titan bookstore on¬†campus since the time I began taking classes.¬†Some of my personal hobbies include: Spending time with my family, four-wheeling, hiking and exploring new areas, hunting/fishing, photography, making short videos of some of the cool places I’ve visited. By the time I leave Lane, I hope to have improved my skills enough to draw me even closer to a career that I will enjoy.¬†Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and find out a little bit about me!

BTW: I have a twin brother that also attends Lane, so don’t be surprised if you see 2 of me wandering around!