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Dreams and the Time-lapse

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Rich Robison – Me

I decided to team up with a classmate for our final project.  After watching his last video, I was quite impressed with the quality of it and his knowledge of maintaining continuity and proper lighting.  Though younger than myself, Alden Elias has years of experience with filming, lighting, and editing.  It was awesome to work with him and though at times it was difficult to keep up, I feel that it was an invaluable experience which I learned a great deal from.  I am brand new to the Multimedia Design field and lack much of the basic knowledge needed to develop and produce quality video and film.  Alden showed me some basic tips for shooting video on my new Canon T5 and also introduced me to lighting equipment.  He had some great insight to share when it comes to good shot framing, and completely blew me away with his mastery of Final Cut Pro.  Alden films many skate videos and is involved in a small, local production company (https://www.youtube.com/user/Damageproductions25).

We thought we would switch it up for our final project and go for something other than funny.  Initially the idea was to create a meaningful message for the viewer to ponder but this idea became lost as the focus shifted more to creating powerful, visual images instead.  We flexed our artistic sides, traveling around Eugene to various locations such as Skinners Butte, the Ruth Bascom Bike Path, Franklin City Park, and others.  We did some pre-planning for the house scene by creating a storyboard, but all of our outdoor time-lapse shots we did on the fly.  We knew we wanted to get some visually compelling shots and had a few ideas of where to go, which was all we needed really.  Alden did have some previously shot footage that came in handy here and there, but most of it was all new.

The video doesn’t tell a story, however it leaves much to the imagination of the viewer which is unique.  Different stories and ideas will sprout from each person that watches it.  Maybe it will inspire them.  Perhaps they will relate to it in some way.  It could possibly challenge them to try filming something similar with their own unique twist.  I know every time I’ve seen the time-lapse on video I wondered how they did it.  This video was challenging, and an absolute blast to be a part of.  I plan on shooting some more random footage of my own and learning how to mask it, and change speeds on my own editing software, Premiere Pro.  My biggest realization during this project was the never ending list of infinite possibilities and variations at my creative disposal.  I’d like to thank Alden for his amazing contributions to the project, as well as his professional attitude and work ethic.

Also a big thanks to Yung H33M for allowing us to feature his music in our video!  Hear more at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUzcAmvxszP5JGuF2R4Nhw

Two Aspects from Hollywood

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I attended a Q & A session at Lane Community College hosted by Acting Coach Leigh Kilton-Smith, and Film Director Omar Naim.  The event was held on the bottom floor of the Media Arts building on April 24th 2015 at 11am.  I don’t usually attend events such as this and it was an interesting change for me.  Both Leigh and Omar are from Los Angeles, California and have been involved in show business most of their lives.  It was good to actually hear from people with a lot of professional experience and insight.  The event lasted about an hour and a half and was being filmed and photographed by several people, students I assume.

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Leigh Kilton-Smith is a professional acting coach, who has been involved in many major productions, and coached many well known actors such as Jennifer Aniston, Sam Rockwell, John Leguizamo and others.  She has a very spunky, in your face personality that is both charming and at times off putting.  She told a story at one point, of a particular actor who was having a very difficult time nailing the shot.  She grabbed him, slammed him up against the wall saying, and I quote, “I am gonna fuckin’ nut punch you!”  Her methods are unconventional, her styles are unique, and her attitude is compelling.  She also mentioned that her and her husband own an orphanage in Tijuana which I thought was wonderful.  I liked this woman almost immediately and I can see how her personality and beliefs have made her successful at what she does.

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Omar Naim is a Hollywood Jack-of-all-Trades it seems.  He is best known for his screen writing, having written and directed the major motion picture “The Final Cut” starring the late Robin Williams.  He has had his hands in many films at different levels, such as:  Cinematographer, Director, Gaffer, Photographer, Sound Designer, and Producer.  Though not near as fiesty as Leigh, Omar has a very pleasant and intelligent personality.  He is very passionate about what he does and enjoyed sharing the methods of practice he used with the audience.  He is obviously a very patient, and focused individual shown by the fact that his current film is on it’s 30th revision.  As I listened to him I began to see a very creative man, full of ideas and holding the knowledge to express those ideas craftfully.  He highly recommends storyboards, noting that some of the best directors of our time are adamant on building solid, detailed storyboards.

After the two had introduced themselves and laid down some of their background, they opened the floor to the audience.  I’ve never heard Crickets indoors before but at that moment I swear I did.  Apparently, they have both seen this before and immediately started calling on people.  Though unorthodox, it was quite an effective way to stir the pot and get things cooking.  Leigh gave some insight into what it’s like working with actors.  She describes them as being extremely generous, loving, all around awesome people which isn’t what I expected at all.   Both Leigh and Omar believe that 90% of acting is all body language, though Omar also noted that good lines are extremely important for a film.

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I admit, a lot of the information I heard was unfamiliar due to my lack of knowledge and experience.  However, I was able to glean some useful facts simply from observing their demeanor’s and attitudes.  The universally known fact is that show business can be tough.  Making a name for yourself takes time and perseverance.  Getting ahead may mean toughing up and not letting anyone take advantage or walk all over you.  Watching these two showed me a good example of how to conduct oneself in the business.  I enjoyed listening to their stories, and would definitely attend a similar function in the future.

The High 5

This assignment was a very slow starter for me.  The idea of creating something about “5” was abstract and I was over complicating it greatly.  Eventually some ideas started filtering in but they were all very elaborate and difficult to accomplish.  Time was running out and I hadn’t even started filming anything or familiarized myself with any editing software.  What can I say?  I was at a loss.  I only had a week left and I hadn’t started a single thing.  I asked around, seeking advice from my instructors and other people whose opinions I trust.  I continued to hear the same thing over and over.  “Step back from it, stop over complicating it, don’t try to force it…”  I must have finally caught on because suddenly it came to me.  The first thing that had crossed my mind the moment I heard “5”.  Simple, fun, and definitely achievable…

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I didn’t bother with a storyboard.  Time was short and I needed to start producing something I could use.  I grabbed a camera, tripod, my friends, bought some editing software, and got to it.  Though I have previously produced one short video, the difficulties involved in the creation of this one were by far more involved and challenging.  I spent hours watching tutorial videos for my new software, Premiere Pro.  It’s part of the Adobe Creative Cloud bundle  ( https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html?promoid=KLXLR ) and is a very complicated program for anyone who is new to editing software.  The video you are about to see is actually unfinished.  I had a few more tweaks I planned on making such as added sounds effects and music, background and unwanted noise elimination, and removal of the more “risque” material that initially seemed a grand idea.  Unfortunately while attempting to use Adobe Audition to fix the sound issues I accidentally saved the changes I had been trying out.  The whole thing became a mess as I continued trying to back track and clean up my mistakes.  Luckily I did export a usable copy before the changes so that is what I will be presenting for you.  With only hours left until the deadline I’ve decided it best to let go of my perfectionist tendencies and submit what I have.  So without further ado, I present to you “The High 5″.

As mentioned above, I planned on removing the background noise as well as that horrible creaking sound the tripod made on a few of the shots.  I also wanted to add some music I had chosen on Freeplay Music to cover up some of the longer, quite scenes and make them a little m ore interesting.  The world of editing is vast, complicated, and unforgiving when you make a critical error.  There is so much to learn and I have no doubt that once I’ve gotten a good handle on this program a new update will come out and push me back to square one.  The very last shot was filmed on my new camera, a Canon Rebel T5.  I was completely unfamiliar with it and consequently, the shot came out in wide screen.

Though it is undoubtedly rough around the edges I believe it was a great start in the world of editing.  As you saw I made full use of video effects, on screen text, and even a bit of special effects.  I learned some valuable lessons that I will take with me and implement into my next attempt.  Watch out world, here I come!

Special Thanks:  High5 Thanks

ZOMBIES!

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At first my reaction was to avoid this assignment and focus on other work.  In the past, anytime I was faced with learning a new software program I would always give up at the first sign of difficulty or confusion.  I’m not going to succeed in this line of work with that kind of attitude, so I stepped it up and enmeshed myself in the assignment.  It turns out that not only is Audacity an awesome program, its confusing interface and multitude of options is covered thoroughly in a way I could understand in the online manual.  The first hour of work was full of speed bumps as I developed a concept I liked and tried to get organized.  Once I finally had a solid idea and laid some foundation tracks (music, narration, etc.) I was off and running.  It was almost like being possessed.  I had such a fun time creating this project that I plan on spending more time familiarizing myself with Audacity and all of its functions.  I decided to go the “funny” direction as I often do.  I spent some time tossing around ideas and the word “Zombie” kept popping in there.

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I almost went soft and did a fable but I couldn’t stand the thought of producing a half measure when I could really have some fun with it.  I decided to do a radio advertisement for a new Zombie movie being released on Halloween.  Radio ads tend to be very short so I decided to break advertising tradition and stretch it out to roughly 1 ½ minutes.  There was a multitude of zombie groans, growls, and shuffles on freesound.org at my disposal so I spent some time sampling and comparing.  I didn’t plan out the entire project before I began.  Instead I simply developed a beginning idea, then came up with more sections as I went.  I’m sure in a larger project it would be beneficial to plan all of it ahead of time, but I found shooting from the hip was stimulating to the creative process.  All in all, I downloaded 25 sound files (implementing them all), and inserted 8 tracks that I personally recorded, cutting and rearranging them into 2 different tracks.  I used several of Audacity’s effects, such as:  amplify, auto-duck, bass and treble, pitch, echo, fade out, reverb, and vocoder.  This is just a smidgeon of the effects available so I still have some exploring to do.  Though I do love the gratification from someone else enjoying my work, I can honestly say that I am very proud of myself for having done such a good job, especially for my first time working with audio.  I am very excited for what comes next.

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Let’s Talk Art!

Initially I had a hard time finding a blog site that I found credible, useful, and most importantly, not riddled with advertisement fodder.  After quite a bit of hopping around, I finally found a site that was extremely visually appealing, well organized, easy to navigate, and chock full of great information.  My chosen site represents the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is located at http://www.walkerart.org/.

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The Walker Art Center is an Institution of Education and exhibits all different forms of art ranging from music, dance, theater, film, paintings, sculptures, photography, and others.  My specific area of interest and focus for my search was blogs about film and directing.  I found the related information I sought more specifically at http://blogs.walkerart.org/filmvideo/.

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What a beautiful website!  The homepage launched a really awesome video when I landed on it and all of the different buttons that link you to blogs and articles have animations and pictures.  I tried my best to detach from my love of shiny things and approach this website with some scrutiny but it was very difficult.  There is just so much cool stuff to read and learn about.  The Walker Center constantly has events going on as the calendar on the website shows.  The film blog has some great posts on it, all with attached images and video.  Some posts were very brief blips about a new independent film being shown, and others were extensive college level conversations discussing a films deeper meanings and complex natures (whatever I just said).  All of the blog authors are noted and most of their names are direct links to Bio’s on each of them.  The websites entire blog section is very expansive and well organized (as shown in the image above).  Some blogs have direct titles that are self explanatory of the content, while others have titles that are not immediately recognizable without giving some thought or clicking and exploring.  I believe the website itself to be an excellent resource and source of inspiration as well, however some exceptional resources worth noting are it’s library database link, thousands of high quality images, and plethora of historical art information.

Support and Hot Spots Around LCC Campus

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This is Teresa Hughes’ office, located on the bottom floor of the Media Arts Building (Bldg. 17).

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This is called a “Blue Cyc Wall” and is used in different forms of media production.  This resource is available to students on the bottom floor of the Media Arts building (Bldg. 17) in the studio.

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Students can check out the latest and greatest video and audio technology at the Equipment Checkout counter (Also located in Bldg. 17, bottom floor).

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There is an Art Gallery on our campus, featuring local student works, located on the ground floor of Building 11.

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This little guy is located near the main entrance to the Art Gallery mentioned above (Bldg. 11) and dispenses miniature works of art at an “oh so affordable” price.

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The Library has temporarily relocated to the top floor of Building 18 due to the construction going on at the Center Building.  Please visit the Reference Desk if you need help from our Library’s friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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There are many interesting and unique pieces of art scattered throughout our Campus, such as this one, located in front of the Health and Wellness building (Bldg. 30).

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The Arts Division Office Specialist’s name is Mary Jo Kriendel, and her office is located in Building 11, right next to the Art-O-Mat show above.

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No car?  No worries!  LTD has an excellent public transit system and has placed one of their main stations directly on campus, located in the West Parking Lot.  Please visit their website for bus schedules.  https://www.ltd.org/ridingltd/routesschedules.html

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Are you currently enrolled in a Media Arts Program here at Lane or want to learn more about the program?  Christina Salter is our advisor for the Media Arts Program and can answer any questions you may have.  More info at http://www.lanecc.edu/counseling/counselor-christina-salter

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Another excellent resource for Media Arts students is “The Commons” on the 2nd floor of Building 17.  There is also a Indy lab here at your disposal.

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Thinking about registering for school?  This is a good place to start.  The Student’s First building is where you can get assistance with registration, applying for FAFSA, academic advising, and financial aid.  There is also a “Snack Shack” located on the second floor.  Yum!

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WARNING!  Be advised that there is construction currently underway on campus, mostly focused on the Center building.  Pathways are frequently being detoured or blocked off entirely so plan ahead, know your routes, and avoid being tardy for class.  You wouldn’t want to get stuck like this little guy (shown above).

Hey there! Nice to meet you.

My name is Rich Robison.  I am a first year student at Lane Community College and am earning an AAS degree in Multimedia Design.  I was born in Pendleton, Oregon but I’ve lived all over the nation.  I’d like to tell you a lot of really interesting things about what I do with myself but honestly, there isn’t much to say.  That’s why I’m in school now trying to change my life in a positive way and learn how to do something I feel passionate about.  I’ve spent most of my life working jobs that I got no enjoyment out of and had no future in.  I’m 31 years old now and it’s time for some change.  I still go to a dead end job everyday that I don’t like but I am bolstered and renewed by the knowledge that in just a couple of years I will possess the skills and knowledge to finally move on to something better that I will actually enjoy doing.

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I chose media arts because I have always loved film and wanted to be a part of it.  I’ve gone through a big range of “What do I wanna be when I grow up?”  I’ve daydreamed about being a comedian, an actor, a video game designer, a director, the list goes on.  About a year ago I took a non credit course at Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon and for the final project I created a video.  I had an absolute blast on that assignment!  I got to see how fun and challenging it is to organize, develop, and produce something like that.  I also saw how it brings people together in an immense and impressive team effort, as all of my classmates, co-workers, and friends contributed to the project.  Though it is extremely amateur at best, it has led me into this program and I am extremely grateful for, and proud of it.  Here’s a link if you’d like to check it out.