When I began this project, I had a variety of different ideas as to what I wanted this video to look like. In my moving image workshop course I was given the task for my final project to capture a organization of people and share what their message and vision is as an organization. I immediately thought of this group of people at DePaul who have been a major part of my college experience and who have shaped throughout this time. I wanted to capture why I love being a part of this choir in this video. As well, I wanted it to be something that they can keep and share with others. I only want this choir to continue to grow and strengthen as time continues and I think that putting this video together for them can truly help with that. I will say that what these friends of mine shared in this video was truly genuine and they are the reason this work came together as well as it did. I hope you enjoy learning about the DePaul University Liturgical Choir.
Holding the title of “World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest is an event for everyone as it has over 1,000 performances over the course of its eleven-day event. As someone who has taken part in the festival before and knows what the culture of this event is all about, I decided that it would be the perfect public event to create this poster for. This year, they are celebrating a momentous occasion as the festival is hitting its 50th year. In the first edition of this poster project, I used a variety of different elements from establishing a dominant focal point to using visual hierarchy and negative space. This first version of this poster can bring together music lovers of all types from families to single adults to see the excitement that is the 50th celebration of Summerfest 2017.
To grab the viewer’s attention, I decided to choose a vibrant focal point picture to place at the top of my works every time layout. This gives the viewer a sense of what the festival is like and sets the tone for the poster. I then put together five easily readable clusters of information through the use of negative space so the viewer can get a sense of what this celebration is about, when it is happening, who to look forward to seeing as a part of it, how to get involved and where it’s taking place. I place each of these clusters of information into a certain visual hierarchy to help the viewer distinguish the important elements of the event starting at the top left and working its way down to the bottom right. The predominant piece of information being a summary of what this year’s celebration is about which moves over to the event dates and down to the lineup of artists performing at the amphitheater. Then back over to the website where the viewer can buy tickets if they’re interested and finishing off the poster at the bottom with a logo for the event and the festival park’s address. In addition to stacking the information this way, I use different test styles to help emphasize certain pieces of information I want to stand out to the viewer to help with the visual hierarchy. Overall, I think that I put together a simple, but great works every time layout poster as it accomplishes my objective of showing what Summerfest through the tone of this poster and grabbing the attention of all music lovers alike.
For my second version of this poster, I wanted to transform what this poster is trying to accomplish. Like I said before, Summerfest holds the title of “World’s Largest Music Festival” with over 1,000 performances over the course of eleven days so it pulls in massive crowds. Because of that, I wanted to appeal to music lovers who thrive in that environment and I think that young adults are that type. In order to accomplish this, I changed things up from the first design. While I still use certain elements from the first version like establishing a dominant focal point, this version turns things on its side and gets simplified. I think overall, this version of my Summerfest poster appeals to younger generations and shows the excitement of this year’s 50th celebration of Summerfest.
To grab the viewer’s attention, I decided to choose a photo that dominates the majority of the poster to showcase the energy of the crowds at Summerfest. In the photo itself, viewers can see not only how large the crowds are, but the types of fans that someone can find in the audience which in this photo specifically, shows a lot of young adults who are the people I am trying to appeal to. Unlike the last poster that focused more on the overall perspective of the whole festival, this photo focuses on the fans who are attending a show at one of the many stages at Summerfest. Then when I was creating this poster, I decided to simplify the information that I was trying to convey. The last poster had 5 clusters of information which included a snippet about the importance of this historical event. For this poster, I decided to just split the information into two halves, one that highlights the headlining acts performing at the event and the other about the information for the event such as dates, address of the park, where to buy tickets and the sponsor for the event. Simplifying the information allows for this poster to appeal to young adults who don’t want to read too much information to get a sense of the event. I do still use the element of visual hierarchy in this poster as well, I place the name of the event at the top and work my way down the right side of the poster with other important information pertaining to the event. Then the bottom of the poster and second half of the information are the names of headlining artists. I decided to highlight that information with its own section because these are the names that young adults recognize and pick out that draw them to buying tickets and attending the event. To finish off the poster, I keep the “You Ready?” logo to not only keep things consistent, but also help split up the two sections of information. Overall, I made some big changes from the first to the second version as my target audience is changed. Through simplifying the information and restructuring the poster itself, I think that this poster can appeal to young adults interested in seeing the listed headlining acts at Summerfest’s 50th celebration.
For the third version of this poster, I decided to completely transform the design once again and change my desired audience. In this third version, I am appealing to a particular kind of audience, one that already knows about the event. With this poster, I am trying incorporate elements of two of the posters we discussed in the medium posts: The Over Nine Thousand poster designed by Daliah Ammar and the #YAB Sticker designed by Matthew Hoffman. I wanted to appeal to an audience that is already knowledgeable about the event like the Over Nine Thousand poster by providing a minimal amount of information about the event and I wanted to keep the text simple and straightforward like the #YAB Sticker.
Something I wanted to emphasize about this poster was to not rely on an image to grab the viewer’s attention. The first poster had a vibrant photo of the festival park at sunset which I used to appeal to all types of audiences as it showed the variety of things to do that the festival had to offer. The second poster was dominated by a photo of a large crowd at one of the many stages that showed not only the size of crowds these performances pull in, but the types of audience members that it does, young adults. Instead, this poster uses a black background and bright white text to grab the viewer’s attention. Unlike the other posters which had white backgrounds, the poster inverts those colors.
Instead of chucks of information like the first and second poster, this poster has three simple pieces of information: the title, the dates and the logo for the event. I decided to do this because of what we discussed in class about the Over Nine Thousand poster and how it appeals to a particular audience through a minimal amount of information and a unique styling of the title for the event. The purpose of this third version of the poster is not to be informational and get new people to buy tickets to the event, but a poster that gets returning fans of the event excited about it. They just need to know the dates of event as they would already know what it is about, where it and even who is performing at it.
The third element of the poster I wanted to emphasize was its style and shape. Similar to the #YAB Sticker, I wanted this poster to be simple in that it can get placed anywhere to spread its simple message. I did this buy designing the poster to be narrow and small in size. I also kept the font category to a geometric sans serif to allow it to be read easily. To finish off this poster, just like all the others, I kept the “You Ready?” logo in the bottom right corner to not only keep things consistent, but to tie the whole poster together with keeping the two columns of information balanced. Overall, I made some drastic changes compared to the last two versions of this poster. I changed my target audience once again by simplifying the information even more to just the basic necessities and redesigning the color and layout of the poster. I did this to appeal to audiences who already know about the event to get them excited about this year’s 50th celebration.
I knew as soon as I started this project that I didn’t want this spread to be a part of a coffee magazine and reflect those colors. I wanted these articles and sidebars to be one section of a greater magazine. I was inspired for create this magazine after I read the articles provided for this project. It only made sense after reading about fair-trade coffee and coffee farmers, that this should be a magazine that is concerned with environmental and social issues. I then came up with the title ECO-Life magazine which is inspired from Life magazine. While Life magazine concerns itself with everyday life, ECO-Life is about environmental concerns and how we can do our part to make a change for such issues. I felt that these readings would fit nicely into a food and drink section of an environmentally concerned magazine. This idea then inspired the color scheme and design that became this magazine spread project.
To start the project, I based all my design around the color scheme that I chose to incorporate in ECO-life magazine. As a lot of the concerns talked about in these articles and sidebars are about worldly issues, I felt that the colors should reflect earthy tones. The tones I chose are green, brown and blue. I picked those colors as they work well together and remind me of the dirt, grass and water that make up this earth. These colors reflect well in conveying the overall message and tone of ECO-life as an environmentally concerned magazine. This color scheme would be used throughout the magazine, but I think it also reflects well on the content I was provided for this project. I wanted to create a color scheme that reflects the work Verve Coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee Company and the Oromo Café are doing for fair-trade coffee. While Verve and Blue Bottle are doing work to help coffee farmers in countries around the world, Oromo Café is doing their part right here in Chicago. These are real people doing real work right here in our city and using earthy tones helps to make these articles feel more grounded in these real life examples for readers to relate with.
The second design element that ties into the color scheme and helped shape this magazine spread, was the visual ornamentations. These are what immediately grabs the viewer’s attention in this spread as it is seen in all of the articles and sidebars. The first and most important visual ornamentation are the green and brown boxes which can be seen around the headers, pull quotes and page numbers. These visual ornamentations help control the viewers eye and convey the importance of these pieces of information. Not only the color, but the shape of the visuals helps the elements pop up from the page and stand out amongst all the other text and images that are in this spread. These visual ornamentations also help with allowing the viewer to scan the page without reading anything, they can get a sense of what’s on each page and within the text without going to far in-depth. In addition to the green and brown boxes, I use another visual ornamentation in blue for the sub-headers and sidebars. These ornamentations help to grab the viewer’s attention and convey they are also of importance, but of lesser importance. I do this by only using two corners of the “box” to help the cut-lines stand out against the main text of the articles, but not overpower the headers with a dark color that is fully filled in from corner to corner. Then at the end of each article and sidebar, I added a dingbat to help signal to the read that they have finished an article or sidebar. This helps with breaking up the information for the reader and cuing them to the next thing to read. All together, these textual ornamentations help guide the viewer from top to bottom of the page starting with the headers and ending with the dingbat.
The next element of design that was of great influence was the columns and rows. When I began this project, I originally chose to only use two columns as that was what I was familiar working with up to this point. What I later realized was that there was too much text and information that needed to be shared for me to keep things in only two columns for this spread. I was not going to be able to put all of the text for each article in the spread and still have room for a sidebar. I decided from there to look to the layout of Life magazine for inspiration to help with deciding how many columns and rows I should choose for my design. I ended up choosing three columns and six rows, similar to many of Life’s magazine spreads. This allowed me to break up the text nicely into easily readable columns. Three columns also allowed me to find the best placement for pull quotes and images. I didn’t want the quotes and images to dominate the page, but I also wanted them to be able to stand out amongst the columns of text. Three columns allowed me to put pull quotes and images in between the text to help break things up visually. Then the viewer doesn’t need to read too far into the article before getting a convenient visual break. I think this is important because it keeps the reader’s attention and also doesn’t put too much strain on the reader’s eyes from reading too much text.
The final design element that drove this magazine spread was the images themselves. Reading too much text can be straining on the eyes, so visuals are important in helping to breaking up the text and keep the viewers attention. Most importantly however, images are significant to articles such as these. This magazine is about educating readers on environmental and social issues both in our communities and around the world. In addition to the earthy color theme of this magazine, images help with keeping things grounded for the readers. The images are the physical representations of the people and the work that is being talked in these articles. It is one thing to read about Denk and Corey, but seeing an image of them standing in front of the Oromo Café helps the viewer picture what these two men are trying to accomplish with their work at the café.
For this final project, I constructed a re-design of the website I created for my thesis project podcast. This website was originally produced through a website generator which did not allow for a well-constructed mobile website. Instead, it is simply a condensed version of the desktop website instead of a mobile-first website. While I thought about creating a mobile website, I felt a mobile application would be better. This is because the majority of podcast listeners listen to the content with their mobile phones, so I felt an application would be easier for the user to use and keep up with the podcast than needing to look up the mobile site through a mobile browser to find the content. The three main goals of this project were to create a mobile-first version of my original website with an application, keep the integrity of the original color scheme and design of the website and make the content more easily accessible and neatly organized for users to find.
After constructing this mobile application mockup, I feel that I was able to accomplish these rhetorical and design goals for this project. The design itself is a mobile application that has easy access for podcast listeners who mostly listen to podcast on mobile phones. The menu, page layout and header/footer are designed with phone screens in mind to make it easier for the user. First, the homepage sets the organization of the application. It immediately puts all the content of the app in a convenient and easy to use order which is mirrored in the hamburger menu. The homepage forces the user to choose a page to visit. Otherwise the user has access to the hamburger menu where they can choose to navigate about the app however they would like. I chose to use a hamburger menu as it helps save screen space for the content. As well, each page has a symbol associated with it in the menu. This also saves screen spaces as the user can recognize the symbols associated with pages on the app in order to keep things clean and simple. This hierarchy and organization of information helps the app stay neatly organized throughout for the user to follow while keeping mobile constraints in mind. Second, I worked to keep the integrity of the original site’s color scheme by using a balance of color and white space. The color communicates the theme around the app. But the white space creates room for the user to focus on the content itself and not get distracted. These colors also help to create repetition within the design and make a cohesive app. The headers and footers stay they same throughout, but the pages are differentiated through images, titles and the content itself. This also keeps the mobile constraints in mind as the header and footer provide the user with the necessary tools to easily move around within the application.
With this design, a particular visual hierarchy came about that made up the order of each page on the application. The content and reason why users are on the app helped drive the reasoning behind this visual hierarchy. The podcasts and information pertaining to the podcasts are the most important elements since it is a podcast app. When users come to use this app, it is because they found this podcast and liked the content I was creating for it. I chose then to keep the podcast episodes as the utmost importance element by putting that content at the top of this visual hierarchy. Then I felt that the guests themselves were next in importance as they are what made this podcast possible. Without my guests, I would not have been able to create the original idea for this podcast; it only seemed natural to put them next in line for this visual hierarchy. And lastly, would be myself, my program and my project. I didn’t want me or what I am doing to be of the utmost importance because the project and the people who were a part of it is what the listeners are concerned about. This created the order of the menu and homepage.
As for the pages themselves, their hierarchy of information is based on the header. The header works as a dominant focal point of each page and what the user would need easy access to. The information in this header is what allows the user to easily move about the application, without it the application cannot function. Next, is the content itself from the podcast episode to images to simply text. All content that is seen on each page was placed within the nine-column grid to create a seamless main column with continuous scroll on each page. For the purpose of this project, I did make some of the interactive content clickable in the mockup to give the user a sense of how each piece of multimedia will function in the actual app. While text is what dominates most pages I created for this project, the visual elements are a necessary part of each page as they are supplemental to the text. Through the use of white space and the nine-column grid, I spaced these high resolution images between the headers and body copy on each page. These images help break up the text, as well as help the reader get a visual representation of the topics discussed on each page. An example is that the bio of each guest comes with an image of that guest, so the user can see what that guest looks like. I feel as though this is important with strictly auditory content. Users can hear the guests, but putting a face to the voice can be helpful to them as they listen. Each image is placed above the text to function like a “works every time” layout to help grab users’ attention to each section on each page. Lastly, the footer is what brings the design of each page together. Here, the user can find all my external links that they would need access to. This footer sits at the bottom of each page, but is of great importance as well despite its place in the visual hierarchy. It helps continue the color scheme of this mobile application and it helps frame the content on each page with creating contrast between the white background and its vibrant color.
When I look back on the design itself, the ethos, pathos and logos of the original project helped to drive my design of this mobile application. The ethos of this project is embodied in the monochromatic color scheme used for this application that is based on the color of the logo. I originally chose purple or violet for the original logo as, according to industry and American cultural standards, this color reflects education, creativity and uniqueness. I felt that those were the three things that embodied my podcast as the topics discussed educates my listeners on issues of importance such as politics, is a creative outlet for not only me, but my guests to talk about topics they are passionate about, and is unique in that it has its own personality. Then by using a monochromatic color scheme based on that original color, I felt it did not detract that original color, but enhanced it with multiple shades of that very color that work harmoniously to give the application a cohesive look.
The pathos however, is embodied more in the boldness of this application’s theme through text and shape which helps to evoke emotion surrounding the content discussed in the podcast. It’s a rant podcast that talks about a lot of topics that are heavy in nature which is why I originally chose it for the logo. The word “don’t” helped me originally come to the octagonal shape which is most commonly known as relating to a stop sign. This word holds a lot of weight in telling the viewer to stop and really think about what is being discussed in the podcast. It only made sense to choose such a heavy font type, Impact, for the title and such a shape, an octagon, to be the main symbol for my logo. I carried this boldness throughout the sections headers by using the same font and by having the stop sign be associated with the homepage which anchors the whole application. While the text in the headers grabs the viewers’ attention with their heavy weight, I balanced it out harmoniously by using a much lighter font type that is a serif font, Athelas, for the body copy. I did this because it not only makes the text easier to read at such lengths as it is a serif font, but also does not detract from that header font type which holds an important role in tone and message that the font type is sending to the viewer.
Lastly, the logos of this project can be seen in how this application still reflects the original website. However, most importantly, the fact that it was redesigned as a mobile-first to keep within the constraints of a smart phone’s capabilities and dynamics: whitespace to help differentiate between pieces of content, a hamburger menu to save screen space for the content, and symbols associated with pages on the app to save screen space and keep things clean and simple. Both header and footer are static in the foreground so the user always has access to them. The content of the pages is in the background scroll down for easy reading. While this prototype was created for the iPhone 6s plus screen size, it can easily change for other mobile phones.
As for the grid I chose to work within for this project, I focused on a column only grid instead of one that included rows. I did this because I wanted the content to be a continuous scroll. I didn’t want the pages to be static and constrained to rows as well as columns. The design is made up of nine columns which provide for two main concerns surrounding the content and design. The first allowed for the best spacing for the header and footer. They were the most important when it comes to spacing as they are the only parts of each page that are static. I wanted each symbol in the header to be constrained to a particular size. When that was set, I just needed to find a layout of spacing that work best with the size of those symbols. I modeled this layout plan around the reading we had in week three, Grids Are Good. Where the creator based the column layout around the advertisement size that he would need to work with. The second reason I chose this grid layout was that it allowed for easy spacing of images, text, and content while also allowing for enough room for space between each piece of content and different sizes in phones. Keeping with the trends of today’s website designs, this application is organized into a main column with continuous scroll. To allow for easy reading between each piece of content, I needed to use white space. This grid allowed not only enough space for the content itself, but also the necessary white space around the content, images, and text.
As I started creating this project, there was one major thought that drove the ideas of my design: the user experience. The user was the most important element that I kept in mind with every design decision I made. As I mentioned before, since most podcast listeners listen on their mobile phones, I designed a mobile application for these users to keep up with my podcasts. This includes new listeners just discovering the podcast and wanting to learn more, and existing listeners who want to keep current with updates surrounding the podcast, as well as to listen to old episodes and learn more. The goal of this project was to create an easily accessible application that is well organized to help the user find the content they want on their mobile phones at their convenience, while still keeping to the original idea and theme surrounding the website. This mobile application accomplished that through the monochromatic color scheme, easily recognizable page symbols, use of white space, a nine-column grid layout and a visual hierarchy that helps keep everything easily organized for users to follow. This application allows users to visit and keep up-to-date with the podcast and all other content surrounding Don’t Even Get Me Started…
This is my thesis project for my graduate program in Digital Communication and Media Arts at DePaul University. You can learn more about the program I am a part of by clicking this link. For my thesis project I decided to work with my advising professor on extending the podcast I originally created for a Journalism Podcasting course. For this project, I wanted to complete a total of four goals:
- Lengthen the original podcasts to 30 minutes total with an additional 15 minute segment. As well, add five more podcasts to create a total of ten to complete the project.
- Design a logo and theme around the podcast that reflects my work.
- Create a website that hosts these podcasts as well as additional information about the works themselves and the project as a whole.
- Post these works to the website Soundcloud to allows listeners to share the content easily through formats such as social media.
The first goal for this project was to extend on the five original 15-minute podcasts I recorded for the course by editing those original episodes and adding another element to it. I decided that I would add an additional 15-minute segment to the beginning of each podcast entitled People, Politics and Pop Culture. In this segment, I would dig into these topics from my own personal perspective and give the listeners a sense of who I am as a podcaster. The second half of the episode then continued the original segment where I interviewed friends and family to talk about topics of interest to them and things that you “don’t even want to get them started on.”
The second goal for this project was to design a logo and theme around the podcast. Ultimately, I wanted this logo and theme to reflect the work I was doing in the podcast. I designed this logo with a couple different things in mind, the first being the color I wanted it to be. Before I started creating this logo, I did some research on logo colors and their purpose and message. I decided on choosing purple or violet because it reflects education, creativity and uniqueness. I felt that those were the three things that embodied my podcast as the topics discussed educates my listeners on issues of importance such as politics, is a creative outlet for not only me, but my guests to talk about topics they are passionate about, and is unique in that it has its own personality. The second thing I had in mind while creating this logo was the shape that would drive the theme of this podcast. Since this podcast was created to be a “rant” podcast and the title itself reflected that, I needed to find a symbol that demonstrates it. The word don’t helped me ultimately come to the octagonal shape most commonly know as relating to a Stop Sign. This word hold a lot of weight in telling the viewer to stop and it only made sense to choose such a shape to be the main symbol for my logo. Together, these things create the logo and theme around my podcast entitled Don’t Even Get Me Started…
The third goal for this project was then to create the website that would host podcasts and any additional information discussed in each episode. The front page of this site begins with a banner image of me and a guest I recorded with and the title of the podcast. This is meant to be the element that grabs the viewer’s attention when they first arrive at the site, in order to get a sense of what the podcast Don’t Even Get Me Started… is all about. Then, as the user scrolls down the page, the podcasts are shown in reverse order, starting with the most recent episode and finishing with the first episode. That way regular listeners don’t have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to listen to the most recent episode. I structured the front the page this way so that listeners don’t have to click around the site to get to the main content, it’s right there for them to find and listen to. In addition to the podcast itself, I provide links to additional information that is discussed in each episode. There may be certain topics my guests and I may talk about that the listener wants to look into further and these are helpful links that they can click on. The other tabs on this site include this page where viewers can read more about the project, a video and link to information about the DePaul Digital Communication and Media arts program, and a link to my portfolio where viewers can see other works I have done throughout my undergraduate and graduate years.
The fourth and final goal for this project was to put these podcasts up on a site where listeners can access and share these episode easily. Soundcloud was the site I chose as it provides an RSS feed that allows me to link these podcasts directly to this website. As well, Soundcloud allows users to easily share content through email and social media sites. That way, listeners can do more than just hear what my guests and I have to say, but can share it with the world as well.
After completing all ten of these podcasts, designing the logo and theme, and creating the website, I learned a lot about podcasting and the opportunities it can provide to me as a content creator. My most significant learning outcome from this project was discovering the different areas that I can explore for a career path after graduation. Whether I choose sound design, graphic design or website design, this project allowed me get a sense of what it is like to be a professional podcaster and the podcast itself is the physical representation of this. This project allowed me to record, edit and create a design around the theme of Don’t Even Get Me Started…While this project offered a great deal of challenges along the way, I feel that I have created a product I am proud of. It has allowed me to demonstrate my skills as a sound designer, content creator and graphic designer.
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I was asked for this project to create the ADR and Foley for the above video. To accomplish this, I teamed up with four other people to brainstorm and create the above clip. The video was provided to us for the purpose of this assignment with only dialogue by the characters and any SFX that were captured on set. We began the project by getting together as a group and watching footage to take note of SFX and dialogue. This would serve as our guide when we would enter the studio to create these sounds. After spending a total of at least 9 hours in the sound studio, we had a full library of sounds ranging from Automated Dialog Replacement for five of the six characters and sound effects for the overall scene. Afterward, we made adjustments in protools to manage levels, smooth transitions, and warp sounds to create this full project. Enjoy Defenseless.
How we chose what tools to use for sound
As I mentioned above, there was a necessary step of familiarizing ourselves with the clip to choose the best sounds for the video. We gathered as a group after the class when we were given the assignment. We noted each sound effect we would need to add in or adjust and its respective timecode. After we had made the list for the sounds, we gathered ideas about what tools we would need to recreate these sounds. Some examples were lettuce for punching sounds, celery for breaking of bones and hangers for the whipping of the air as an arm goes for a punch. Other tools we did not bring in were provided by the studio itself as it had an array of random objects to use for Foley recording.
Some obstacles we faced
The first one was getting the studio time and gathering the group together to accomplish this assignment. Nine hours of our time spent in the studio is a lot and it is all the more difficult with five different schedules of the students to plan around, as well as the studio’s schedule.
The second obstacle was making sure we completed the work in the time we had available in the studio. ADR and Foley work can be challenging and take up a lot of time to be completed, especially when we need to do multiple takes to get a sound just right. We knew what needed to be done, but the challenge was trying to get it done in the time we had available to use the studio.
The third and final obstacle was trying to pick the tools to create the right sounds on screen. We may have initially had an idea of what to use to make a particular sound, but when it came time to record it for the video, it didn’t sound right. When the sound and visual were put together, it didn’t convince us that it was the right sound to use. So we then had to go back to square one and decide on other tools to use for that sound.
What I’m Proud of vs. What I want to Improve on
What I’m proud of was the excellent work done by each of my classmates. While some had more dialogue than others, this didn’t stop them from doing their part in the studio with the equipment and Pro Tools. Because we were all willing to coordinate, we came out with an excellent product. In addition, I am proud of the extra sound designing we did afterward to fill out the clip. This made the video a lot cohesive and impressive when we shared it with the class. Lastly, I’m proud of the creativeness of the group in recording these sound effects and ADR. We mixed up gender of voice to character on screen, as well as using a lot of unique tools to create the sounds we were watching on screen.
What I would like to improve on is very little. The first being that I would like to go back into the file and bring up some of the levels even more so that all lines could be heard at the exact same clarity. The second improvement would be to go back into the studio and add even more foley and ADR. The assignment only required us to replace 5 of the 6 characters, but I think it would be even better to add ADR for that 6th character. Also, there are some sounds we did not create as we ran out of time in the studio, but were not required. I would like to go back into the studio and add those extra sounds to fill out the video even more than we did.
What did I learn?
Sound design requires a great deal of teamwork. This is something that I have grown to appreciate as working creatively on your own can be exhausting. Having other people to help brainstorm, create and edit the work can make the project so much more than I could have imagined. While working with four other people did create some obstacles in certain ways, I think that the work they did to create this video was well worth it. I appreciate the team I had and the resources that DePaul University gave us as student to create this project. Because of these things, I have created my best sound design project yet.
I was asked for this project to sound design the effects for the video below. To accomplish this, I chose from a variety of sounds in the DePaul University music library and mixed them using Avid Pro Tools. The video was provided to me for the purpose of this assignment with only dialogue and any SFX that were captured on set. There were elements of the original clip that needed fixing, so I also adjusted the levels of the characters voices in addition to adding SFX. After spending a great deal of time adjusting levels and picking just the right sounds, I completed this video. Enjoy Box of Shadows.
How I chose what sounds to use
While there were certain guidelines for this assignment that I had to follow, a lot of the sounds I chose were supplementary to what I had to do. To best pick the sounds, I watched the video provided a few times over to get familiar with what was happening in this scene. Then when I went in search of sounds, some I looked for specifically because I knew I wanted a certain sound, but some inspired me when looking for certain sounds. One example of a sound that inspired me was the grandfather clock. I was looking for the sounds of cogs turning for the box and I found this grandfather clock which become a soft of theme for this scene. Then when I warped it in Pro Tools, it seemed to fit well with the eeriness of scene.
What I’m Proud of vs. What I want to Improve on
There are quite a few elements that I am proud of for this project. The first one being the grandfather clock and how it plays a role in setting a sort of theme in this short clip. It’s reoccurring and gets tied to this box as to let the viewers know when the person inside it is coming in and out of this other dimension. The second thing I’m proud of are all the sounds I ultimately ended up choosing for the box as they all sort of play off each other. Instead of just one or two simple sounds, there are many going at once and that is because you can see many elements visually moving all at once.
One thing I would like to improve on are a couple of sounds that I sort of settled with. I didn’t love the choices for a couple things like where he moves through the wall or down the hall. I would have liked to choose different sounds there, but I couldn’t quite find the sounds I was envisioning in the sound library. So I would either record the sounds myself and use them or keep searching. I know that when we watched these assignments in class, some of my classmates chose those specific sounds I was looking for so it is possible that I can find them within the DePaul music library.
I was asked for this project to edit footage together to create the above video. To accomplish this, I picked through a variety of footage provided to me and editing them together using Adobe Premiere Pro. The footage for this clip required detailed attention to be edited together to create a coercive fight scene with SFX elements added in to add to the intensity of the scene. Since the original video did not come with any sound effects for the fight scene, I chose sounds from the DePaul University sound library to add to the video. The music added to the clip was found on YouTube, I do not own the rights to the song itself, it was just used for the purpose of this assignment. After spending a great deal of time choosing certain camera angles and picking just the right sound effects, I completed this video. Enjoy Come and Get It.
How I chose what shots to use
One of the most difficult challenges as an editor is to pick certain shots and tie them together to make story. For this assignment, I made a lot of unique choices when it came to telling the story of this fight scene. But ultimately the choices came down from what perspective do I want to tell this story. Is it about the bad or this girl or the guy who comes in to save the day? Once I knew that I wanted the focus to be on this bad buy and how he plays a part in it all, I could choose the best shots that emphasize this.
What I’m Proud of vs. What I want to Improve on
There are a few things that I am proud of that I did for this project. The first thing would be that I chose the cleanest shots I could find in the footage provided to tell the best story I could with my editing. As well, I am proud of the elements of slowing down and speeding up that are inserted into this fight scene. It helps with the intensity of what is happening on screen.
For the things I would like to improve on, my biggest concern is the audio. I do not like working on sound design in Premiere Pro, I feel that it is very limiting. Unfortunately, for this assignment I only had access to Premiere Pro to create this project and accomplish the tasks assigned such as adding music and SFX. If I could fix this project, I would scrap the audio all together and begin fresh in Avid Pro Tools to create the best audio I could for this video.
“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”
We use it every day for every little thing that is a part of our lives. Technology can be both an amazing and troublesome thing. It all depends upon your point of view. While the locomotive transformed ways of travel in incredible ways, computers have completely transformed the ways in which we communicate. As technology continues to evolve and time continues to pass, technology slowly changes the way we approach life. Over the years, technology has significantly changed the methods in which we interact with each other and how we pass the time. What we don’t realize is just how much technology has come to consume our lives. Everywhere we look, there is another piece of technology that is revolutionizing the ways in which we approach life day to day.
I began this project when I discovered an artist who explored other forms of human nature. Brian Ulrich has photographed many works in his time, but I was fascinated by his work that explored American consumerism. He documented the ways in which we, as human beings, are consumed by the need to buy. That idea motivated me to then explore how we have come to be consumed by our use of technology as it has evolved over time. Combined with an idea from a former assignment that explored how we pass the time by using our smartphones, I began to explore how all different kinds of technology were once or are still currently playing a part in our lives.
What I wanted this photo essay to evaluate was the different perspectives you can take with the technology that we have in our lives. While technology has made our lives easier, it has also consumed our lives in many ways. We may fail to realize that technology can have a negative impact. While many technologies in our past may have brought us closer together, many modern technologies have allowed us to put up a barrier and isolate ourselves from those around us while consuming technology. I hope this photo essay serves to be a lesson learned about how we interact with our technology, rather than just a negative perspective on the technology we use today. We should re-evaluate the technology we currently use. We can reminisce about the technology in our past and recapture how it brought us closer to those around us. We should also consider how newer technology can still be a communal experience in addition to a solitary one.
I was asked for this project to pick a scene from a movie, television show or a full song and create the typography for the words. I chose to animate the text to a scene from on of my favorite movies, Uncle Buck, where he meets the vice principal of his niece’s school which takes an interesting turn. In addition to adding to the text, I added images and animated those images using Adobe After Effects. I used this clip from a copy I own of the movie, but I do not own the full rights, it was just used for the purpose of this assignment. After spending a significant amount of time animating the text and images to the audio clip, I completed this project. Enjoy Uncle Buck.
Why I chose certain animations
Since this assignment was open ended for me to choose exactly what I wanted to do, I decided that the best way to animate what is happening in this scene would be through different variations of text to match the characters. In this scene, Uncle Buck and the Vice Principal have completely different perspectives on expectations for children in school which can be show in the texts I chose to match these personalities. Then I felt that there needs to be emphasis on certain words as they are said. So that helped me decide on how to arrange the texts and what size they should be to show their importance. Lastly, I felt that there needs to be more than just text to push the intensity of this scene. To do this, I then animated images to add to the text. The most important animation being the quarter that he takes out of his pocket and flips onto her desk. This is the defining moment for Uncle Buck in this scene as he goes from the one being attacked to standing his ground.
What I’m Proud of vs. What I want to Improve on
I am incredibly proud with how the project turned out, especially as someone who had very basic understanding of the After Effects software. What I am most proud of in this video are the animated images and how their animation helps drive home the points being made in this argument. As well, I am proud of the text come together as a sort of puzzle. These texts are not just appearing on the screen in order like subtitles, the size and font are grabbing your attention to show emphasis of what these characters are saying.
While I am incredibly proud of this project, there are a couple things I would like to improve on. Mainly these are the elements that my professor shared with me as feedback on this assignment. The first thing I would like to improve on is perfecting that quarter animation. I would have like to animate it in a way that seems to closer to a realistic interpretation of a quarter being flipped. The other thing would then be adding more animation elements. In the beginning of the video, it is mostly just text and I would like to add more animated images like the end of this video.
I was asked for this project to edit footage together to create the above video. To accomplish this, I picked through a variety of footage provided to me and editing them together using Adobe Premiere Pro. The footage for this clip required detailed attention to be edited together to create a coercive car scene with difficult elements outside the car that effected the choices made for these shots. After spending a great deal of time picking just the right camera angles for each cut, I completed this video. Enjoy Car Scene.