Category Archives: Past Student Work

P6: Final Project

By Kahu Ekalani 

 When I started this project I knew I didn’t want to spend too much time on a script and storyboard because one of my favorite things to do is drive around and see what I can find and film to throw together. It’s a personal challenge I like to give myself, but it doesn’t mean that not a lot of time and effort went into this project, it was very time consuming.

Shooting and editing the surfing scenes was my favorite part of this project. My least favorite part was not having a gimbal to use while filming. Something I wanted to do that I didn’t get the chance to was film one more day of footage which I had planned to do around a campfire, I also planned to capture some footage of cows but that didn’t work out either. During the editing process I tried to keep an appropriate pacing and match alike actions to create continuity. Overall I’m happy with how it turned out given the materials, staff, and time frame I had to produce it. A piece of advice I’d give someone just starting this project would be to schedule as much time as you can to get as much diverse footage as possible. 

STARRING… Michael Feigen, Beach Folks, & Kahu Ekalani

Written and directed by… Kahu Ekalani

Edited and Produced by… Kahu Ekalani

Music… “Run Wild” by Twain and The Deslondes

P6: Final project

I chose the topic related to beauty because one of my dream when I was a kid is becoming a Beauty Blogger/ YouTuber. This is the chance for me to look at my childhood dream again after a long time. “MANI 101: How to give someone a manicure!” is the idea came up with on my mind first because I feel the manicure in the US is kind of expensive compare the Asia area, that’s why if people know how to do a basic manicure for their lovers, it will less cost. This is the video about “How to” so it will be directed towards tutorial. Whether you’re practicing for your new salon business or just having a sleepover, knowing how to give someone else a manicure can help them feel relaxed and beautiful and help you hone a skill. Put on some music, grab your nail kit, and let’s get started.

By: Zoe

Final Project

I loved this assignment! It was an extremely healing experience for me. After my accident I knew I wanted to make a video about it and I wasn’t sure when or how. The only reason I was able to make this video was because I went back to school and now have an understanding of different adobe softwares and proper terms in this field. I learned the basics of how to animate an object in premiere pro but I want to learn more advanced techniques in the future. The first part of the video I created was the audio. The sound sculpture recreates and sets the scene without having visuals. Then I added dialogue, aka my thought process at the time over the sound sculpture. Now I needed a visual and I thought it would be hard to try to recreate that in live action so I did my very first animatic. It is extremely beginner level but I am glad I added it. The accident really had a huge impact on my life and taught me a valuable lesson, to live life to the fullest because you never know when it will be your last. Don’t take life for granted.

created/directed by: Ana McCartney

Final Project

By: Allisa Olsen

My brother was not just a big part but a defining presence in my life. Reflecting on the process of making this video, I got emotional watching it back while editing. It’s not necessarily the arrival of a new baby in our family that makes me emotional, but the profound love and happiness this baby will experience.

When I think about my childhood, I am privileged of growing up with the best brother anyone could ever hope for. From my very first sentence, ‘Where did Sam go?’ I looked up to him, to say the least, and it was evident. 

Through the ups and downs of life, my brother taught me valuable lessons, staying strong, and how a man should be. Even when faced with difficult challenges, he remained a rock for me, showing me that no matter how difficult the circumstances, He would be there with me to overcome anything. In my eyes, my brother is not just a sibling; he is my true hero, an inspiration, and a role model of what a gentleman should be. He has steered me toward becoming the person I am today.

As I actually meet this baby, I am overwhelmed with a mixture of emotions; happiness, love, and a sense of pride. Knowing that this baby will have, hands down, the best father out there. Raising the baby to become the protective, caring, and wise man his father is. To be embraced by the same love, experience fun-filled times, and grow in the strength and support that my incredible brother, Sam, has always provided.

I can definitely say I’m a proud younger sister. My heart swells with happiness as I anticipate the wonderful life the baby will have. I am forever grateful for the impact my brother had on my life, and now, I hope you enjoy seeing the process it took to meet his bundle of cuteness for the first time! 


When this project was initially assigned, I knew this would be a great opportunity to try something I’ve always wanted to do. I really love short cinematic designer advertisements and the use of story-telling to sell a product.

A few months ago I thrifted a beautiful red gown which my friend and I always called the “running through a field dress.” I immediately knew it was meant to be.

My process began with a vision board on Pinterest where I accumulated all pictures I found inspiring for my video. 

My friend Cara always generously volunteers herself to star in my projects, and like most of our previous shoots, we went into it with just a general idea of what we wanted to capture. We find that this leads us to build upon original ideas on the spot.

I used a Canon r8 and recorded in high-frame rate, a.k.a slow-motion. Cara and I went to this spot out by Churchill that is beautiful at sunset, I found lots of beautiful flowers on our walk which really inspired me too. 

I enjoyed the whole process, especially seeing how my ideas developed throughout every stage of production. This whole thing was experimental as I’ve never done something of the sort and I feel like I learned a lot. I definitely want o make similar content in the future.


I have always liked doing little animations in my free time, so when we first heard about the project I was very excited to do this. 

While I use Blender’s 3D aspects regularly, this was my first time really getting to use its 2d animation functions. I think that combining the 3d and 2d aspects of this project was a fun challenge. The hardest part of combining the two dimensions were the shots of Fox carrying the blocks because I had to manually select all the points of the arm that I wanted in front of the block and then fiddle around with them until they looked right. Despite the funkiness of the dimensions, this project was really fun to do!

I don’t know if I should have put the after credits sequence before the credits, as I think that with where it is right now it may make the credits take up too much of the run time. Also, I had plans to make the credits a lot more complex, although I ultimately decided not to. 

I had a really great time working on this project.

-Violet Marier

Final Project: Insomniac’s Reverie

By Jacob Bates

I started out this project by thinking about what I could do with my Video8 camera in conjunction with my DSLR, and how that could work thematically. The thing that immediately came to mind was making the VHS style footage a dream. From there, I took inspiration from my girlfriend telling me about how she started seeing things because she was losing so much sleep, staying up late to study for midterms. It sounded really frightening to me and I wanted to try and make a video that exemplified that. I believe in the end I really accomplished that.

Planning went smoothly and it was the first time where I actually made a whole storyboard from start to finish and it was extremely helpful. Every video I made before this was me just winging it shot by shot and it made filming such an insanely easier process. My girlfriend was the actress in this and I think she did great, but it was pretty difficult to convey what I wanted to her. I did make the storyboard, but seeing as there wasn’t much dialogue I didn’t think to write any kind of script. Setting up shots was easy but getting what I wanted out of my actress took quite awhile.

After filming wrapped, I realized editing was the true challenge. A lot of what I wanted to do required skills I didn’t have in Premiere Pro yet and I had to learn a bit. I also did a lot of outside the box editing to try new things, making everything more dynamic and streamlined. I believe I accomplished this very successfully, after many, many, many iterations and a lot of people giving me constructive criticism.

This was a great experience overall. I didn’t have a lot of issues and having a relatively short film made it a lot easier for me to get it done and just try new things, get creative with it. I look forward to doing more projects with mixed media after I have done this.

Final Project, Mason Perkins

This project was a lot of fun but animating something on your own is hard, not to mention this is my first animation over 3 seconds long. I had to learn some things about animation in order to complete it, and my existing knowledge was put to the test. while I think I did well, especially for the timeframe, there were some things I know about animation that I either couldn’t do or forgot until it was too late to go back. I don’t think anyone but animators would notice those things though so I’m more shooting myself in the foot for saying anything.

I’m going to keep animating although its a hell of a pastime, literally the time passes faster than I can make meaningful progress. This experience has helped me feel out animation and how I want to steer my career accordingly to my likes and dislikes while working on an animation.

I’m continuing work on this animation including some reworking along with around 30 seconds of new animation. In the future unless I’m working with people and animation speaking characters I’ll stick to a single music track for the whole animation. I possibly will make it a part 1 and 2 and finish 1 first then move to part 2 which will be Jester finally getting that bag.

P6 Final

By George Hendrickson

My experience with this project was as usual, a rocky start that ended with aspects that I’m happy with and proud of. I wanted to do something silly and fun with a kind of “shit post” quality if anyone is familiar with that. I also wanted to advertise a modern product through the lens of post-World War 2 ‘40s-‘50s America, and the strawman that was made of the Communist ideology during the Cold War. With all I’ve learned after this class and this project specifically, I’m actually excited about going back to this and other ideas to do them even better. I’ve also learned that there are several aspects of the directing chair that I enjoy, but I have a long way to go as far as things like thinking about how the camera shot will actually look, and how long it will actually take. I also learned good lessons about having a solid script to start and go off of, and balancing that with improv. So, I can let my actors have fun and put their own twist on the role I have provided for them. I’ve decided that there are aspects of both production and post-production/editing that I can have fun with. However, there are plenty of aspects with both that I do not enjoy, and I’m sure time will tell where I fit best with creating video content.