This year has been a crazy rollercoaster of responsibility and opportunity. I’m just now recovering from what’s been the busiest school year of my life.
First on the To-Do List… My studio art roommate urged me to participate in the local ADDY Awards this year with her. She suggested I submit the video spot I did on Josiah Vogel and his pyrography, so I grit my teeth together and paid the entry fee, hoping I wasn’t going to have to eat Ramen the next six months for nothing (kidding, guys, kidding. I only eat Ramen…often…ish….)
So this spring when the awards were announced, my roommate and I eagerly looked through the winners’ names, slightly disappointed we couldn’t find our names. We shrugged as we put my laptop aside, trying not to let each other know how disappointed we were.
Then the next day my classmate congratulated me.
“For what?” I asked, slightly bewildered as I gathered my things to leave after the bell. My mind ran through the things she could possible be referring to, but none of the options seemed big enough to warrant a congratulations.
“Your ADDY Award,” she explained, the slightly flicker of doubt crossing her bright eyes. “You did that video on Mr. Vogel, right?” Continue reading →
For my Digital Multimedia Productions class, I had to film and edit a promotional video for an on-campus activity, a product, or a self-promotional video. I chose to highlight my college’s literary publication, Fountains, which is written, illustrated, edited, and distributed by the students.
This video was actually a last-ditch effort after I had to suddenly change my previous plan of creating a promotional video for my collegian (PCC’s version of Greek Life). With only about a week and a half to create this, I’m very proud of both my grade and the final product.
I grew up having dyslexia, and as a result, I struggled reading simple words like “cat” because of the dozens of spelling variations that came with it. Though, while I struggled, my mom read every book she could find on the so-called disability and helped me understand that it wasn’t as hindering as people make it out to be. Now I study professional writing in college and hope to publish my own novel one day.
This video was created for my Digital Multimedia Productions class. The goal was to create a one minute kinetic typography video in After Effects explaining a complex topic.
I gained research from my all-time favorite dyslexic experts, Ronald D. Davis, who wrote the book The Gift of Dyslexia. A dyslexic himself and considered autistic, Davis was nonetheless a genius and practically the one who discovered what dyslexia truly is and how to use it to our advantage. Everyone who is either dyslexic or has a child who’s dyslexic should buy a copy of his book!
This video also one an Excellence Award for my college’s commencement contest.
Josiah Vogel has been woodburning for a little over a year after a friend of his gave him a woodburned lion as a gift. Intrigued and wanting to try it out for himself, Vogel bought himself an entry-level woodburner and began practicing small pieces in his free time. His first project was of a small penguin, and after that a wolf. As he continued investing in his hobby, Vogel upgraded his equipment, bought multiple different nibs for his woodburning “pens,” and began selling some of his work to the campus’s residents.
Vogel’s most notable pieces include a portrait of Groot from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and a large 4×3 ft burning of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. He is currently working on a burning of Edmund Leighton’s The Accolade, which has already taken him forty hours.
For information on commissions and pictures of his other pieces, visit Josiah’s Facebook page and watch for his upcoming YouTube page.
I had the wonderful privilege to help my video team film Pensacola Christian College’s first ever music video, featuring the men’s ensemble, One Accord. Late on Halloween night, I clocked into work at 4:30 pm and worked until 11:30 that night with thirty or so wonderful guys, the video team, and some others overseeing the project.
I mainly did go-for tasks such as run to grab Tim Parsons much needed water bottles after hoisting a thirty-or-so-pound Ronin cage, or run with Kim Palmer down the chapel aisle and jumping onto the platform with a tape measure to decide when and where we should focus the camera. But regardless, participating in the filming, makeup, some technical aiding, and other miscellaneous tasks was incredibly interesting and such a fun experience (and I got to run around all official-like carrying a two-way radio like a boss).
The video can be downloaded and the MP3 purchased here.
As I’ve occasionally mentioned in the past few months (admittedly, quite sporadically), I’ve had the tremendous opportunity to work at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. as a video editing intern. Going into the program, I had little knowledge about what I was going to be doing, who the people were, how I was going to like them, and frankly, how I was going to cope with losing the majority of my summer to a 9-5:30 job.
But for anyone who might be thinking about the intern program, or have already submitted the application and been approved, I decided to do a full review of the goods, bads, and uglies (but trust me, they’re mostly goods) of Heritage’s program.
This past summer has been the busiest summer of my life. The Heritage Foundation offers a paid internship practically on the steps of the Capitol in Washington. With an only 14% acceptance rate and hundreds of applicants, I wasn’t sure what would become of my resume and application.
After my interview with Heritage’s VP of Communications Rob Bluey for my journalism class (which you can read here if you missed it), I received an acceptance email from Rob and an offer to join him for the summer at Heritage.
I said yes.
Since then, I’ve been working every day to help Heritage’s multimedia news outlet, The Daily Signal, produce conservative videos and Facebook Lives for their website and social media pages.
My first project was editing a promotional for Heritage Action’s Sentinel Summit, which required me to learn Adobe Premiere within a week’s time. And yes, I loved every minute.