Slideshow Idea

I haven’t had much time to pursue new projects (nor old!), but I put together this short slideshow of pictures from my daughter’s showchoir camp. I liked the idea of focusing in on one or two people in a different way from the overused Ken Burns zoom. Okay, so some of it is a little trippy.

completed assnmt #9

In one day –believe it or not– I managed to put together this video of my “studio.” And it’s only Tuesday! I hope to have several more renderings of my studio space before the next assignment comes. Enjoy!

Ack! I realized I used one clip twice. Will have to remedy that, but for now this is staying up.

Project nearly complete for assnmt #6

Right after posting the last assignment, I heard Nina Hagen’s “New York New York.” I had visions in my head of an awesome graphic poster for it. I’ve never been terribly successful at rendering what I envisioned, though. I decided to make a few graphic elements that were part of the poster and put it into a simple animation using After Effects. Here’s my 7-second video. I plan to add audio. Had some software issues that kept it from happening.

Part of final animated short

I have one section left that I wanted to include in the tribute to my mother. It’s another animation, only this time it’s all After Effects. I am part of the way done and I thought I’d post what I have so far. It’s all one big experiment. It could certainly be refined, but for now, this is what I have. (No audio on this one yet.)

Sound design project

I almost forgot. I wanted to share my final sound design project. I audited a sound design class at IU in the fall. It kept me from doing much in the way of video, but I learned a lot. Why did I take sound design? Because it turns out that audio is just about the most important thing in any video or film! It took me some time to realize that.
So let me explain this project. I have been working for a year and half on a video tribute to my mother who died in March of 2010. I put together this stop motion animation — in fact, I think I posted it here before! But for audio, I just settled for a piece of classical music that I had no connection to, nor as far as I know, did my mother. But there was no copyright infringement, so I could use it. Honestly, I preferred watching the video with the sound turned off.
So for my final sound design project, I decided to make new audio to go with the video. I took audio that I had recorded before I knew the importance of carefully-controlled sound recording, so unfortunately the sound was terrible because of the intermittent beach winds where I was recording. Most of my work on the project was in trying to improve the quality of the recordings — a miserable and frustrating business if ever there was one! From the feedback I’ve received so far, though, it would seem that I mostly succeeded.

Stop-motion project

I have been working on a video/tribute for my mother for quite some time. It will consist of several short projects. Here is one (nearly) finished section of it.

I was going to put it up earlier, but the audio I used wasn’t allowed. In the meantime, I’ve found a nice site,, that has public domain music. I wasn’t always able to listen to it before downloading it, but it’s a good site to remember for future projects.