Life at UMW

Year: Spring 2015
Tools: Canon EOS Rebel T5, lavalier microphones, iMovie

For the course Communications 310: Social Media, I worked on a viral video project called “Life at UMW.” The goal for this project was to work with a group to create a video about life at the University of Mary Washington and try to spread it around the internet as much as we could. The project also included a point system where we got points for shares/retweets/reblogs, likes, and views that way we could compare our success with our classmates’ groups. For this project I interviewed students for sound bites, and edited the video.

Views Are My Own: Digital Identity

History 471D: History of the Information Age at UMW, Year: Fall 2014
Tools: Canon HD Camcorder, Canon EOS Rebel T5, green screen, lavalier microphones, iMovie, Final Cut Pro X

For the final project for the course History 471D: History of the Information Age, my group and I  decided to make a documentary about digital identities. We interviewed UMW students and staff in order to see what people at UMW think a digital identity is and how their digital identity may differ from their “offline” identity. Once we had conducted our interviews, we edited the documentary together using iMovie and Final Cut Pro in the Media Lab in the HCC (Hurley Convergence Center) at UMW. Since we had twelve interviews to go through, we could not use everyone’s answer for every question, so we picked the most unique or common answers for the final version of the documentary. We took on quite an ambitious task, and after about seven to eight hours of editing, we cut down the documentary to sixteen minutes long,

The Divergent Games

CPSC 106: Digital Storytelling,  Year: Fall 2014
Tools: iMovie, Adobe Photoshop CC (video thumbnail)

This video was created for the Computer Science 106: Digital Storytelling course assignment Movie Trailer Mashup. I decided to mashup the Divergent trailer and the Hunger Games trailer because both movies take place in a dystopian future world and both have lead female characters. To make this mashup trailer, I dowloaded both the Divergent and Hunger Games trailers from Youtube and imported them into iMovie. Next, I broke up the trailers into the scenes they featured from the movies, and tried to find similar scenes between the two trailers. I put the similar scenes together and carefully ordered them to make sure a plot line somewhat flowed through the new mashup trailer. I also wanted some of the dialogue so I made sure to increase the volume on the scenes with dialogue I thought was relevant to the mashup and mute the scenes that did not have relevant dialogue. I found a royalty free song on Incompetech to add to almost the entire trailer. In the very beginning, I simply copied part of the background music from the Divergent trailer and added it to the Hunger Games scene before bringing in my royalty free track. I kept the black transitions from the original trailers and added in transitions between the scenes that did not have them.

University of Mary Washington Then & Now

History 428: Adventures in Digital History at UMW, Year: Spring 2014
Tools: cPanel, Installatron Applications Installer, WordPress (Child Theme), iMovie, Adobe Photoshop CC, CSS

In the Spring of 2014, I took the senior seminar History course, History 428: Adventures in Digital History. In this course, we had to create websites that explored a topic in digital history. Our mission was to create and display a digital exhibit of then and now photographs depicting the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus dating from the school’s establishment in 1908 through the present time. We also did our best to provide context for each of the photos in an effort to portray the evolution of student life and campus structure. The site has a responsive WordPress child theme, which I created, featuring customized HTML and CSS elements I designed and incorporated myself. I also took many of the pictures on the site, and create some of the “blended” then and now pictures using Adobe Photoshop. View Site