My stop motion video is finally done!

I putted a lot of effort on this, but I am glad that I experimented and did this project. I am happy with the final version, although I will fix somethings and I will post an updated version later on. Maybe I’ll do another of these during this summer!

Let me know what you think!

Portfolio presentation with some pieces that I did on previous jobs/projects as a graphic designer.

Open Door Final Friday

On April 30th, 2010, a group of four students, Tiesha Stewart, Bryanna Hanschu, Jessica Morton, and Renata Britto, hosted a final friday for the nonprofit organization The United Methodist Open Door. The goal was to increase awareness of Open Door amongst the younger public. Final Friday was a part of their project for the class 626 - Integrated Marketing Campaign - at the Elliot School of Communicatio - Wichita State University. The project also consisted on: engaging Open Door on social media, with the creation of a facebook page (UM Open Door), and a twitter account (@umOpenDoorICT); updating their website http://www.umopendoor.org/ with more information about the event and the social media profiles; and developing print material to advertise the event.

The event was hosted at Open Door’s new building, on the corner of 2nd and Topeka, from 7pm to 10pm. Art pieces were sold and money was raised for the organization. But most important it informed the public about the organization’s mission, their new location, and how they can help.

I also used this project to develop a video about the Final Friday for my 609 - Interactive Media - class. I recorded the event, took pictures, got interviews, and putted it all together to document how the event was and .   I   recorded images, took pictures, and putted it all together to document how was the event and to informa a little bit more about the to inform people more about Open Door.

Final Friday Video

Finished my Final Friday video today! But Bill kicked me out of the lab before I could put background music and convert the video.

Anyways, I didn’t find the perfect song yet! Just need a happy but calm background song… But I didn’t know that was so hard to find!

Does anyone know wherelse can go to use Final Cut during the weekend? I want to finish it and go back to my Stop Motion video… Don’t want to wait till monday to use the ESC labs… Or should I just install Final Cut?

Can my day have 36 hours?

I know everyone is as busy as I am with finals, presentations, projects, and everything else. Don’t you wish your day had 36 hours at least during the month of May?

I was almost done with my Stop Motion video, but had to stop it to start the Final Friday video. Actually I just have to put the last pictures on the Stop Motion video and check if the music goes with the video, and I’m good to go! But since I have to present the Final Friday video next monday, I had to stop the Stop Motion and start this one.

I have a lot of different shots of the event, with the arts, people looking at it, people buying, eating, chatting. So I started putting everything together already, and my plan is to piut some shots of the place, then have the Executive Director of Open Door talk a lit bit about the organization and its services, with some pictures to illustrate, than some shots of the art pieces and people at the event, than have the WSU group that did the event to talk about how it went. I am watching some youtube videos to have some ideas about what I can do to make it more interesting. But I guess I can’t go crazy and experiment too much on this one, cause I have toi present it to Open Door and Lisa Parcell.

I am also looking for a song to put on the background. Just something calm, but exciting at the same time, to give a little life to the video. But I am not even close to find what I want…. Any suggestions?

Stop Motion video almost done!

I already finished shooting all the pictures for my stop motion video. I edited the music, and everything looks great! But I have one scene to finish yet. In one of my last scenes the girl talks to a photo, so I have to change the picture that is in her hand for every different picture. Remembering that I am using one picture per frame, and each second has 30 frames. So you can imagine how many pictures I have to work with for each second of this scene. And this is one of the pictures that I am having to edit. But hopefully when I am done with this, I can finish the video!

I really enjoyed doing this project. It was a lot of work, more than I imagined, but I got to try a different type of video and experiment some stuff. But I am not 100% satisfied with the video. Because although I used tripod to take the pictures, everytime I pressed the camera button, the camera would end up moving a little bit. If you look at the pictures you almost can’t see. But when you put everything together, the scene keeps moving. It is something that I noticed in almost all stop motion videos that are not professional, but if I have time I will try to fix it, by reframing all the pictures in the same position on photoshop. Maybe it wouldn’t be in time for the end of this semester, but I will definetly try!

FINAL FRIDAY

Everything is almost ready for Open Door’s Final Friday that is going to happen this month. So I finalized everything we need to print and just sent it out. We are doing 8,5x11 posters, 11x17 posters, 1/4 of page flyiers and 24x36 foam board posters. These are the final versions of the posters and fliers.

We are also updating the website with information about the event, and I also did a banner that appears in the website with the pictures. I’ll do the final updates for the website today, so you can check it out later today at www.umopendoor.org . So here is also the final version of the banner.

Hope everyone likes! And come over to check our Final Friday on April 30th at the corner of 2nd and Topeka! I’ll record my final video there, so I could use some suggestions!

Stop Motion

Since the Final Friday that I am going to do the video about is only 4 weeks from now, I am doing a Stop Motion video. It is a video composed by a lot of pictures that recreat the motion of a real video. And since you can actually stop and change the scene, my idea is to play with these possibilities.

My first attempt was pretty successfull considering it was my first time ever trying to do a stopmotion video. I am doing the video about a day in a girls life. So last week I shooted her waking up, going to the bathroom, and brushing her teeth. It sounds easy, but its more complicated than I thought. I took more than 400 pictures for these two scenes, and when I putted them together on Final Cut, it ended up being only like 12 seconds of video! I am using every picture as one frame. I tried to make every picture be two frames, but it doesn’t look good. So I learned that I need looots of pictures, and the movement change has to be very slow and short between one movement and the other.

Another thing that I learned is that the camera has to be on the same place all the time without moving. Because if not, when you put the pictures together, It looks like you are shaking a lot. And for me that has been the biggest issue. I dont have an tripod for my camera and I am still looking for an affordable one. The ones that I’ve been looking are like 150 bucks, and it is not worth to buy it for a small Sony DSC-T90. By the way, if anyone has one that I could borrow, it would be awesome!

So I am improvising, got a tall night stand that I have, and have been moving it all over the place with the camera. Its better than holding it, but I can’t change the inclination of the camera, and sometimes when I press the bottom to take the pic, it moves a little bit.

A good thing is that my camera has more stuff than I thought. So I found an option that when I press the button, it keeps taking pictures really fast, so I dont need to take one, and wait for the camera to process before I take another one, what usually happens with small digital cameras.

Today I am redoing the bathroom scene, because I was moving too much, and the pictures need less movement between one and the other. So I already have the waking up scene, where she turns off the alarm, but does not wakeup, and the alarm walks to her to wake her up, she throws it away, and than the blanket moves and falls off the bed. Than she goes to the bathroom, washes her face, and the toothbrush walks to her and brushes her teeth without her using her hands. Than she had breakfast, made the cereal, milk, and everything appear in front of her. For the eating part I did a little video, and I am going to make it pass faster during the editing. Than she goes watch TV, and I took pictures going around her.

Right now I am waiting for my camera to charge, and Ill take pictures of her changing and going outside. But so far, so good! Hopefully it is looking better now! I’m learning a lot everytime I do a different scene!

Open Door Final Friday

Me and my group for comm 626 are doing a marketing project with United Methodist Open Door, that consists in doing a Final Friday on their new building and develop a strategy plan for social media. Both ideas are to increase awareness amongst younger audience 18-30. The Final Friday is going to be on April 30th, and I’m finishing today the poster and fliers that we are using to advertise it. Also I am planning to do my final video about the Final Friday, but I am afraid I am not going to have enough time to edit it. So I am looking for other ideas that I could maybe have as a back up if the video for Final Friday doesn’t work out. Any suggestions?

I am going to post the new poster later today, so feel free to comment and give me some hints!

For my poster project I did a poster for a Final Friday for the non profit organization Open Door. They are an organization that helps homeless people with food, day care, clothes, and shelter. Open Door launched a Capital Campaign last year to raise money to buy a new building where they can locate all their facilities together, instead of it being spread around downtown. They bought the building but now need to raise more money for renovation and moving. A Final Friday is an idea to develop an event that would present the building to the public, increase awareness especially amongst young public, and raise more money. I followed the Capital Campaign visual identity, and “re-did” the heart and house that are used. Hope everyone likes it! Give me opinions and ideas because this might become a real poster! And to check more information about open door and how to help them, go to www.umopendoor.org

For my poster project I did a poster for a Final Friday for the non profit organization Open Door. They are an organization that helps homeless people with food, day care, clothes, and shelter. Open Door launched a Capital Campaign last year to raise money to buy a new building where they can locate all their facilities together, instead of it being spread around downtown. They bought the building but now need to raise more money for renovation and moving. A Final Friday is an idea to develop an event that would present the building to the public, increase awareness especially amongst young public, and raise more money. I followed the Capital Campaign visual identity, and “re-did” the heart and house that are used. Hope everyone likes it! Give me opinions and ideas because this might become a real poster! And to check more information about open door and how to help them, go to www.umopendoor.org