Wrap-up Blog Post

  1. My favorite project this semester was the logo project. I enjoyed using Adobe Illustrator because I found it interesting, easy to use, and loved the designs I was able to create. I am proud of my final logo and I am excited that I now know how to create something like that. It was fun making it too, I am a bit of a perfectionist so I was happy I was able to manipulate it until I felt satisfied.
  2. I feel this whole course has prepared me with skills for the future. I think knowing the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, and Premiere will prove to be valuable skills, especially in a career focusing on graphic design or even just computers. This course also taught me about the legality of using pictures and audio from the internet and the requirements that associate with using them legally.
  3. I hope my future career path encompasses computers in some way because I love being able to work from my laptop and I understand software well. This course has only enforced my choice to pursue a career with computers because it reminded me how convenient it is to be able to do my course work from wherever I am because all I need is my laptop.
  4. No, I think everything was pretty much covered in this course because we worked with audio, video, pictures, etc. and I think that covers all the bases. I liked how we were able to explore so many mediums and how to manipulate them to our benefit.
  5. No, I think the sources the course syllabus and course schedule provided are sufficient in helping me complete my assignments. The amount of research in sources other than the ones provided were minimal, therefore the only sources I needed were provided for me.
  6. I do not have any additional comments for the course, except I think the extra credit opportunity through the Murrow College Research Studies should be advertised more, it is hidden in a syllabus students may or may not read. The extra credit could help a students’ grade, and help the Murrow College by having new participants.
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Final Video Project

VIDEO:

Page peel.

0:00 – 0:05 Still frame picture of my family, still title “Shumaker Family Thanksgiving 2014”.

Gradient wipe.

0:06 – 0:19 Panorama of Turkey Trot, still title “Spokane’s Turkey Trot”.

Cross dissolve.

0:19 – 0:28 Various shots of walking in Turkey Trot with Additive Dissolve at 0:23.

Slide Transition.

0:29 – 0:40 Panorama of my mother in the kitchen beginning to prepare food.

0:35 – 0:47 Crawl title left to right, start off screen: “Thanksgiving preparations”.

Dip to white.

0:41 – 0:52 Panorama of my living room including family members watching the parade and additional preparations in the kitchen.

Dip to white.

0:53 – 0:56 Shot of our two turkeys with my dad in the background.

Dip to white.

0:57 – 1:04 Panorama of prepared food – some of which is covered.

0:57 – 1:04 Still title “Ready to eat!”

Film dissolve.

Title transition: cube spin.

1:05 – 1:10 Still title “Go Seahawks!” Title Transition in: cube spin Title Transition out: Iris Cross.

1:05 – 1:16 Shot of fireplace and TV – watching Seahawks game.

Iris round.

1:17 – 1:22 Crawl title “Passing time”.

1:22 – 1:29 Still title “Old-school video games” Title Transition out: Band slide.

1:17 – 1:30 Shot from behind of my brothers playing Sonic the Hedgehog video game.

Band slide.

1:30 – 1:38 Roll title, credits.

AUDIO:

0:00 – 1:38 “Down the Empty Street” by Passionate Imperfection found on Creative Commons page of Sound Cloud.  https://soundcloud.com/passionate-imperfection/down-the-empty-street

0:06 – 0:12 Personal narration: “For the past several years…”

1:08 – 1:13 Personal narration: “We love watching the Seahawks…”

For my video project I chose to film my family during Thanksgiving break to show my viewers how my family celebrates traditions in untraditional manners. The Turkey Trot is a walk my family participates in every year through Spokane to help raise donations of canned food for needy families. This year we had thanksgiving at our home for the first time as we usually go to Seattle. There were many things that needed to be done so we all helped out a lot. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before eating our delicious meal. We had two turkeys this year, one deep-fried and the other baked traditionally. The Seahawks played after our dinner, so we were able to watch the game as a family. Whenever my older brothers come home for holidays we all play random old-school video games, this week we played Sonic the Hedgehog.

My video is played in chronological order following the activities we participated in in order of when we did them, this helps show how the weekend progressed and makes the most sense for the order of the clips. My family is very important to me, and my topic is “about me” so I wanted my project to reflect this aspect of my life because they have made such a significant impact. We are not able to be all together at one time very often, so it is special when my whole family gets to spend time together. Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so I did not want to miss my opportunity to document our time together (via video). My video project was pieced together with Adobe Premiere and filmed with my cell phone while at home over Thanksgiving break. I used transitions like “dip to white” because it made sense to move the story through time chronologically and was not too distracting to the story. I narrated parts of the video to incorporate my voice to make it more personal and connect with the audience better. My voice was recorded using the webcam on my laptop. I made all the narrations in one sound clip and used the razor tool to space them out. I used the still photo of my family in the beginning because it unites us together and serves as a title for the video ahead of the weekend. The music I chose is from Sound Cloud Creative Commons, I thought it would be a good fit because it is slow and our holiday was pretty mellow. I think it really brings the story together well. From my first draft I moved the transition between my family’s still photo and the Turkey Trot to overlap the footage better. My narration is new in the Final Draft also. I changed the color of my title, “Thanksgiving Preparations” to white from teal so it can be seen easier. Overall I think my final draft is more complete than my first draft.

Draft Video Story

VIDEO:

Page peel.

0:00 – 0:05 Still frame picture of my family, still title “Shumaker Family Thanksgiving 2014”.

Gradient wipe.

0:06 – 0:19 Panorama of Turkey Trot, still title “Spokane’s Turkey Trot”.

Cross dissolve.

0:19 – 0:28 Various shots of walking in Turkey Trot with Additive Dissolve at 0:23.

Slide Transition.

0:29 – 0:40 Panorama of my mother in the kitchen beginning to prepare food.

0:35 – 0:47 Crawl title “Thanksgiving preparations”.

Dip to white.

0:41 – 0:52 Panorama of my living room including family members watching the parade and additional preparations in the kitchen.

Dip to white.

0:53 – 0:56 Shot of our two turkeys with my dad in the background.

Dip to white.

0:57 – 1:04 Panorama of prepared food – some of which is covered.

0:57 – 1:04 Crawl title “Ready to eat!”.

Film dissolve.

Title transition: cube spin.

1:05 – 1:10 Still title “Go Seahawks!” Transition in: cube spin Transition out: Iris Cross.

1:05 – 1:16 Shot of fireplace and TV – watching Seahawks game.

Iris round.

1:17 – 1:22 Crawl title “Passing time”.

1:22 – 1:29 Still title “Old-school video games” Transition out: Band slide.

1:17 – 1:30 Shot from behind of my brothers playing Sonic the Hedgehog video game.

Band slide.

1:30 – 1:38 Roll title, credits.

AUDIO:

0:00 – 1:38 “Down the Empty Street” by Passionate Imperfection found on Creative Commons page of Sound Cloud.  https://soundcloud.com/passionate-imperfection/down-the-empty-street

For my video project I chose to film my family during Thanksgiving break to show my viewers how my family celebrates traditions in untraditional manners. The Turkey Trot is a walk my family participates in every year through Spokane to help raise donations of canned food for needy families. This year we had thanksgiving at our home for the first time as we usually go to Seattle. There were many things that needed to be done so we all helped out a lot. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before eating our delicious meal. We had two turkeys this year, one deep-fried and the other baked traditionally. The Seahawks played after our dinner, so we were able to watch the game as a family. Whenever my older brothers come home for holidays we all play random old-school video games, this week we played Sonic the Hedgehog.

My video is played in chronological order following the activities we participated in in order of when we did them, this helps show how the weekend progressed and makes the most sense for the order of the clips. My family is very important to me, and my topic is “about me” so I wanted my project to reflect this aspect of my life because they have made such a significant impact. We are not able to be all together at one time very often, so it is special when my whole family gets to spend time together. Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so I did not want to miss my opportunity to document our time together (via video). My video project was pieced together with Adobe Premiere and filmed with my cell phone while at home over Thanksgiving break. I used transitions like “dip to white” because it made sense to move the story through time chronologically. I used the still photo of my family in the beginning because it unites us together and serves as a title for the video ahead of the weekend. The music I chose is from Sound Cloud Creative Commons, I thought it would be a good fit because it is slow and our holiday was pretty mellow. I think it really brings the story together well.

Final Audio Project

This soundtrack includes two interviews, one with Jenny Ahn, my randomly-assigned roommate whom I met this year. The second is with my friend Natalie Robertson who I met here at Washington State University during the week of sorority recruitment because we were in the same Rho Gamma group. Even though we pledged different sororities we have stayed friends because she is also my next-door neighbor in my dorm and we spend a lot of time together. I asked them both what their first impression of me was and how they see me now to prove a point that first impressions are not always accurate and people often turn out to be different than you initially expected. It proves you need to get to know people before you will have opportunities to make lasting memories with them like the ones mentioned in these interviews. If these two people had not taken the chance to really get to know me, their view of me today would be different and we would not have had the chance to make these memories together. From the raw footage, I used Adobe Audition’s Razor Tool for most of this project to take out the words “like” and “umm” and even some of the ambient noise in order to make the interviews more professional. I used it to cut between phrases so I could move them around to make the story make sense. I also switched some phrases from their original order to make the story-telling process more effective. From my draft, I changed the chronology of the interviews. I begin by taking what they both thought upon meeting me, then what they think now that we are friends to make the flow chronologically. I add what their favorite memories of me are to show we would not have been able to make them if we were not friends. I wanted to ask these questions during my interviews because I know I can come across as a shy (or even mean) person sometimes when in reality I am nice. My shyness has affected me my whole life so it is hard for me to make new friends. This story looks into the process of how these two strangers came into my life to be two of my best friends since moving to WSU. After the feedback on my first draft I also added narration of me speaking in order to tell the story and convey the message of proving you should never be too quick to judge a book by its cover. I also used the fading tools to fade in and out the audio footage from my friends. (I would also like to apologize for the sound of my voice as I have been sick for the past week or so).