What a Sale

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Over the past few weeks I have been assisting on creating buzz about the flower sale at the Columbus Botanical Garden. By creating a list of outlets to market ideas for the Gardens this finally gave us the chance to use it. However like many first times using something, things went wrong. For example the time period was much too late to create and also print all of the flyers and news articles so much of the attack was by social media.

By using mostly social media, there was a larger turn out for a younger crowd but I personally felt as though more individuals should and could have come and joined in the fun.

One of the days I assisted with the flower sale, I realized that there was no way that attention was being drawn to the location and also to the flower sale itself. For that matter I suggested that we have the volunteers that helped simply stand by the street and wave at individuals passing by. This immediately increased turn out because of the ability to draw attention to the Garden and people realizing that there was something going on.

All in all the event was a success and also allowed for the Garden to use different ways of drawing attention and marketing themselves. Hopefully this will continue on with the next event and also help with many more events to come.

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Shooting For Intro

photo (1)On Sunday I went out into the Columbus Area to shoot different places to eat and things to do. I discovered many eating places as well as clothing places to shop in the local area. The places that I went to will feature on future segments of iNtoColumbus. I was joined by one of the co-host Brandi Phillips as she assisted me in setting up the camera and tripod. We visited The Landings located on Airport Thruway and the Strip Mall located in North Columbus. The staff of iNtoColumbus is looking for new locations to produce segments and my job was to go out and find those interesting places to shoot. Different settings will give the show a different feel that no other show produces. We want a new and modern feel so we can attract a broader audience. I enjoyed venturing the Columbus area and took a break to grab some frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog(located in the landings).

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A Cause Far Greater than Themselves

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my participation in the Sue Marie and Bill Turner Servant Leadership Award project that the Pastoral Institute came to NPACE for help with. I was tasked with writing the narration for the video that was shown at the awards banquet on October 21st. Now that the video has been completed and the Schusters have received their award, I though I’d share what I wrote:

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What is “Servant Leadership?” Is it loving your neighbor as yourself? Is it serving the needy? The downtrodden? The lost and broken? Is it giving your life to a cause far greater than yourself?

In two-thousand twelve, the Pastoral Institute established an award honoring Sue Marie and Bill Turner, a couple embodying the true essence of servant leadership. The Turners loved their community, actively working to improve it through their service to the Bradley-Turner Foundation and their founding of the Pastoral Institute forty years ago.

The two-thousand fourteen recipients of The Sue Marie and Bill Turner Servant Leadership Award exemplify this same caring and loving commitment to the broken and needy in their community. Ruth and Marvin Schuster have spent their 56 years of marriage living out the heart of servant leadership. They feel a special draw to serving the homeless and helpless here at home, using their time, talents, gifts, and service to lift the spirits of those in need.

In nineteen sixty-seven, Marvin established the family-owned business, Schuster Enterprises, Incorporated. Since then, it has grown into one of the most successful and respected franchises in the Burger King Corporation. Their legacy lives on through their son, Todd, current owner of the family business.

During this time, Ruth has helped provide physical and spiritual nourishment throughout her twenty-eight years of volunteering with Meals on Wheels—delivering food to shut-ins and those with limited mobility—while also bringing hope to the lonely through the Widow’s Ministry at Edgewood Baptist Church. The couple are strong supporters of our local United Way, Columbus State University, and the international ministries of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as well as Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Schusters are truly living for a cause far greater than themselves: the love and care of their neighbors. Their commitment to these principles has made them excellent candidates for this year’s Sue Marie and Bill Turner Servant Leadership Award. They are an inspiration to us all.

iNto Columbus: The Server, Part II

IMG_20141024_094810_176Once again I found myself helping out with The Server. I had a friend join me so that he could learn about setting up this particular shoot. The Server is a two-camera, 4 mic set-up, meaning we set up two cameras from two different angles and then mic all four hosts for the best audio quality possible.

I helped set up the mics this time since I had learned how to do it during my last shoot. We checked to make sure that each mic was on the same frequency as its receiver, and then attached the receivers to the cameras so that the audio on the SD card came from the lavalier mics. I did not work as much with the cameras this time, but did show my friend some basics: zooming in and out, focus, the SD card slot. (Like I said, very basic.)

Generally I don’t know much about the topics the hosts discuss, but during this segment, they began talking about the newly released (leaked) Avenger’s trailer.

I think this is something most superhero movie fans, and movie fans in general, can relate to. They talked about how this story relates to the Marvel comics the movies are based on and went into the history and origin of Ant Man and later Ultron, who will appear as the supervillain in Avengers: Age of Ultron in May.

It was a pretty interesting shoot today, actually!

Intros and Outros Practice

Today (October 27th), myself and my co-host, JT Fellows took some time out to practice doing intros and outros. You can NEVER get too much practice, especially in this industry we are willing to head into.

Today, our camerawoman, Ventrine Parham, got the camera and audio together. We were struggling for almost an hour because my mic was hard to hear. The NPACE professionals, Jasmine A. and Eric B. came to the rescue and we were able to continue with our practices.

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As far as footage, we went to the rooftop of a garage near Dillingham Center and the Riverwalk. I watched some of the footage in the NPACE and I am pleased with how well I am progressing in front of the camera. My plan is to master everything behind and in front of the scenes.

iNto Columbus Interview With Essential Oils Boutique

On October 20th, I had the awesome opportunity to interview Twanna Moore, the owner of Essential Oils Boutique. She was very relaxed and calm. I enjoyed the interview. Also, her boutique is amazing! I bought a few items right after I interviewed her.

I am looking forward to meeting with her again in the future to help with the marketing and advertising of her business. Her boutique is located on 3470 University Avenue Columbus, Georgia 31907. She have a variety of items for every race/ethnicity, gender, age group, and so on. I was very impressed with her boutique and I am happy I got the chance to even meet and interview her.

Nevertheless, I am starting to get the hang of being in front of the camera and SLOWING DOWN when I am talking because I have a natural habit of talking fast. I am looking forward to this new episode of iNto Columbus!

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Photoshop: Looks Easy, Isn’t Really

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The picture above is one of Mary Frances Bowley, the Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Wellspring Living. Wellspring Living is an organization which “Helps DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) victims and the vulnerable develop the courage to move forward and confidence to succeed. Mary Frances Bowley has been fighting against sex trafficking since 2001. She has a heart for stopping the crime of sex trafficking and has agreed to come speak at a gala hosted by the Micah’s Promise Board. This gala is to be held in April 2015 and will be include dinner and speakers to promote support for Micah’s Promise. This event will be incredibly important for Micah’s Promise to gain both support and funding from the community.

I have had the pleasure this week of creating a poster/flier for this event. I have had to work in Photoshop to create this poster, and if no one else tells you then I will, Photoshop is hard. I know that Photoshop is not hard for everyone or to people who have been using it for a while, but for someone who has absolutely no experience with this software, it is truly difficult. However, I am glad I get the opportunity to learn this software. Although it is difficult, it is another communication channel through which I can express my creativity. Working on this poster has been a lot of fun for me and I definitely plan on using this software in the future. I would definitely recommend learning this software if you do not have any experience with it.

If you are interested in attending this gala in April, please email me at chandler_amelia@columbusstate.edu

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