DePaul Liturgical Choir

My Projects

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.

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Defenseless

My Projects

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.

Box of Shadows

My Projects

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.

Come and Get It

My Projects

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.

Uncle Buck

My Projects

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.

Lonely Dreamer

My Projects
I was asked for this project to edit footage together to a music sound track of my choice create the above video. To accomplish this, I picked through a variety of footage provided to me and edited them together using Adobe Premiere Pro. The footage provided for this clip required detailed attention to be edited together match the music it was being played along to. I used a song that I own the CD of, but 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 picking just the right shots, I completed this video. Enjoy Lonely Dreamer.

Car Scene

My Projects

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.

Bud Light Commercial

My Projects

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 stick to a 30 second time limit. Since the original video did not come with any sound effects, 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 this Bud Light Commercial.

Lavinia’s Heist

My Projects

I was asked to for this project 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 scene with SFX elements such as WALLA added in to add fill out the scene. Since the original video did not come with any sound effects for these clips, I chose sounds from the DePaul University sound library to add to the video. After spending a great deal of time choosing certain camera angles, I completed this video. Enjoy Lavinia’s Heist.

Scömìche

My Projects

For this assignment, I was asked to edit footage together to a music sound track of my choice create the above video. To accomplish this, I picked through a variety of footage provided to me and edited them together using Adobe Premiere Pro. The footage in this clip was all found on the Superfruit YouTube channel and I do not own the rights to these clips, they were used for the purpose of this assignment. As well, the song I used was a song from a live recording of Mitch Grassi singing, but I do not own the rights to the song itself either, it was just used for the purpose of this assignment. After spending a great deal of time picking just the right shots, I completed this video. Enjoy Scömìche.

Need For Speed

My Projects

I was asked for this project to sound design the effects for the above video. 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. The original video did not have any sound when it was given to me, what you hear in this clip was all created from the sound library. After spending a great deal of time adjusting levels and picking just the right sounds, I completed this video. Enjoy Need For Speed.

Kill Serizawa

My Projects

I was asked for this project to sound design the effects for the above video. To accomplish this, I chose from a variety of sounds in the DePaul University music library and mixed them using Avid Pro Tools. As well, I had to record the voice over for the video with the use of a script that was also given to me. The video was provided to me for the purpose of this assignment. The original video did not have any sound when it was given to me, what you hear in this clip was all created from the sound library and from a audio recording of my voice over. After spending a great deal of time adjusting levels and picking just the right sounds, I completed this video. Enjoy Kill Serizawa.