7 05 2013


Final Project – Photo Documentary

7 05 2010

So this is my final project for Digital Media Convergence. It is a photo documentary about Danieley Center’s 10th Annual Chick’n Pick’n competition. My partner, Jacob, and I had a more difficult time with this project than others; making sure the correct audio was lined up with the right pictures (and to make sure we used the best pictures we had) took a lot of time.

This class has been extremely informative and I have learned so much. The most useful part of the class was the variety of projects; they pushed me to reach new levels. I enjoyed experimenting with different equipment and programs. Looking at examples from previous students was a good source for inspiration.

Project #8 – Silent Film

26 04 2010

This project was really helpful in improving my camera work. My partner, Jacob, and I tried to make sure each shot was smooth. As far as directing actors, we did not have too much trouble. One of the actors was slightly moody and did not appreciate the long hours (that is, a mere 30 to 60 minutes of filming/day). We had to work with the said actor and make sure we told him when we were starting and ending production. There were also a couple times we had to re-shoot because the actors would go out of the frame, but other than that directing was fine. I think our silent movie turned out great! I am happy with the results.

Pan Area Carnival Documentary – Project #7

19 04 2010

I really enjoyed creating this project. My partner, Jacob, and I documented an event called Pan Area Carnival. It’s a campus-wide carnival that all the Governors, including myself, put on with the help of RSA. We took footage on three different days and interviewed three people. One of them was the Governor of East area, another was apart of the Danieley Area Council, and the other was the Vice President of RSA, who helped oversee the planning process of this event. Surprisingly the interviews were not difficult to film. Jacob and I had a pretty firm grasp as to how to work the camera. The hardest part of interviewing was getting a good soundbite from people. A couple times we had to ask the interviewee to restate what they had just said because they would say ‘um’ a lot or it their statement was not concise enough.  Other than that, it wasn’t too bad.

While this project certainly took up a lot of time, I really enjoyed documenting something that is so personal to me. Hopefully it can be used next year for an RSA/Area Council promo video to show new students what sort of events the organizations plan.

The Purse Snatcher – Project #6

7 04 2010

The Purse Jacob Attempted to Take

Making a photostory was a creative project that took me back to the days of simple plots with one protagonist and one antagonist. The concept could not be overly complex because the viewer has to be able to understand the conflict through photographs. To achieve this, I created a storyline of two good friends walking outside and one of them gets robbed. When I thought about who would play the characters, I decided on two of my friends that have a height difference. Kristen would play the victim of the robbery and Rachel, who is substantially taller, would play the protagonist.

To make it more obvious who my characters represented, I had them dress femine and girly. Jacob played the antagonist. I had him dress in darker clothing; he also wore sunglasses to appear more mysterious. When completeing this project, I set up the music to allign with the storyline. For example, when Jacob was stealing Kristen’s red purse the fast-paced music kicks in. This provides the viewer with cues to how they should be feeling toward the characters.

To conclude, I am very happy with my photostory. I think there is a definite protagonist, antagonist, conflict, action, and resolution. There are a variety of shot sizes too.

The Making of a Website – Project #5

29 03 2010

Personal Website and Design Portfolio

First off, I’d like to say making a website with Dreamweaver is an incredibly tedious task and I have a new found respect for web designers. When we were initially given this assignment, I was very excited about having a personal website to display my portfolio and resume on. I figured it would be a fantastic resource for future employers to see what I have created in one place. I really enjoyed most of the process of making my website until I began working with Dreamweaver. In my opinion, I feel it’s a bit repetitive to create a mock version of your site on Photoshop and transfer it to Dreamweaver. The program was very fickle and did not allow a lot of control. It reminded me of calculus, actually: it requires a lot of patience, time, and research to fully understand the program.

The end result is what you see above. I am thrilled with the final results! It looks put together and organized, which is the kind of image I want to portray. As I mentioned, I plan to provide the link of my website on my resume for future employers. This project could not have come at a better time; I am going to Los Angeles this summer for Elon in LA, an internship program, and this website will help me stand out in the application process. I don’t think many interns can say they made a website of their own, and I believe that shows a lot of dedication and effort to becoming more familiar with various aspects of technology, media and communications.

Check out my website at http://student.elon.edu/lludlow

Energize Your Taste Buds With Gatorade!

8 03 2010

Project 4 involved creating a print advertisement for a product of our choosing. I decided to use a picture of a Gatorade bottle that I took for the last project and did not use. I used the magic wand tool to cut the bottle out of the original picture and turned it into a colorful, abstract advertisement. Being a beginner at photoshop definitely made for some difficult challenges; however after playing around with the program and browsing the Internet for tips, I was able to get a better understanding of the program.

The three tools I used most were:

1. The Paint Brush –

To create the circles, I used several different brush sizes and opacity levels. For example, when I began painting the circles, I used a brush opacity around 60%. Once I created the first set, I added another layer. I then changed the color to something more saturated and changed the size of each circle. Manually creating each circle was slightly tedious, but it gave me more control over the layout. I also frequently used the paint bucket and eyedropper to get the same shade for various circles.

2. Layer Effects –

I played around the layer effects to create dimension. I used the inner shadow, drop shadow, and outer glow tools on the text and bottle. It was fun to see what each effect had on the layers and learn what each effect does the image.

3. Burn and Dodge Tools

I used these two tools on the Gatorade bottle. Initially, the bottle appeared flat  due to the way the picture was originally taken. I wanted the advertisement to look like it had several layers to it. I used the burn tool to darken the left side of the bottle and the dodge tool to highlight the natural curves of the bottle.

In addition to those tools, I also used text and the outer glow and drop shadow effects. This project was definitely challenging, but I am thrilled that I created an advertisement that actually looks legitimate. After receiving feedback in class, I did go back and edit my project. I did not realize when you enter the size of the image you want to create, the outlined space that appears is that dimension — I thought you had to manually create another box to indicate the desired layout space. After realizing the mistake I made, I went back to photoshop and filled in the empty space with a background color, more circles, and increased the text size. Now it looks like it could be a full-page advertisement!