Giving Thanks

Being that it is the holidays the Liberty is hosting numerous events to where they are giving back to the community. This past weekend the Liberty held their recital for, which was a partnered event with the CSU Schwob school of music. It was pretty successful. I was given the task of created the program for the event. I can admit I got pretty excited about being able to put my name on the handbill as the graphic design artist!

Here are a few photos from this weekends event:

Our costumer did an amazing job on the dresses!

Tomorrow will be hectic, because 98.3 the beat will be hosting their annual Turkey give away at the Liberty. We have been receiving many phone calls for the past two weeks. This is great for the Liberty, because it means more awareness for their organization.

On Thursday we will be hosting the Thanksgiving dinner and clothing drive for the community. We are expecting over 200 people and we are very excited!

Strolling for a Cure!!

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(Us ladies with the event Host Brandon Todd)

I love Greek events, so when prompted with the opportunity to film and interview at NPHC’s Annual Strolling For a Cure Show, I jumped on the chance to be apart of it. Initially, my place was just to attend the show but then I found out I could film and became even more excited because not only could I see the show, I could also get a backstage look at the event. The event highlighted different Greek groups at Columbus State who participated to raise money for sickle sell awareness. Not only did I film, I also assisted with interviews of participants, guests and judges. The event itself was so much fun; it was interesting seeing how different fraternities and sororities choose to perform, step and even stroll. It gave an inside look at some of CSU’s Greeks. After the event they raised over $2,000 for the Association of Sickle Cell Lower Chattahoochee Region. It was also good to see different Greeks, IFC, NPHC and NPC come together for a great clause. I can’t wait to see next year’s Strolling for a Cure!!

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(DJ Brad Event DJ)

Being Well Rounded

NPACE provides a lot of equipment and time for one to perfect their craft. I’ve been working on CPR so long, that I’ve snuck off and got myself interested in some other things…camera production.

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Eric Barnhardt is one of the staff members in NPACE, and he is very hands on with the camera equipment, so who better to learn something from than him. He’s constantly showing me the fundamentals of the camera , and the different angles that I can use to take great video. Today we shot a mini commercial for another intern in NPACE. Although it was just practice, the work that went into it was very real.

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We started from the bottom from setting up the camera, and diffusers, and then it was time to film! Brandi Phillips was a great test subject! I was able to be her “hype-man” and really get her into the swing of things. The bright lights is one of my favorite parts about everything.

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It wouldn’t be right if I did not give it a try myself. You never really know what you’re capable of until you’re forced to give it a try. I must be more than radio. I have to be well-rounded.

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Editing, Editing, Editing

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I’ve learned so much about editing and Final Cut Pro this semester interning at NPACE and taking Video Production I with Chris Robinson, director of NPACE. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I did video production in high school, so I have shooting and editing experience coming in. Interning at NPACE has only increased my knowledge and hone my skills even more.

Editing The Server has been one of my duties this semester. While editing, my job is to listen for references to video games, movies, books/comic books, or whatever else they talk about and add a logo or interesting picture in. It is slightly harder than it sounds. Not knowing about half of what the hosts talk about, I was having to guess and research what logos and pictures I was using. For example, World of Warcraft apparently made a tribute to Robin Williams in their ‘universe.’ I felt that the topic was important enough to have a picture, so I had to find out what the tribute was, what it looked like, and then had to find a good picture of it to add to the project timeline.

I’ve also learned better shooting techniques. I have definitely learned to frame my shots–head room, lead room, and variety of shots and angles–better and control the lighting and audio more efficiently. I can tell the difference between footage I filmed a year or two ago and now; that’s awesome!

Overall, very productive and educational semester!

Dr. Mescon’s Last Interview at Columbus State

Today, I helped out my peer, JT Fellows, with the interview of Columbus State’s fourth president, Dr. Timothy Mescon. JT did the interview, while I handled the audio part. JT asked some great questions and I took mental notes of how sharp and straight-forward the interview was. From this interview, I have learned to attach and detach the portable lights, the audio equipment, and pack up when it’s all over.

All in all, this interview they conducted was great and Dr. Mescon will be missed at CSU!

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View This Video – Amelia Cox – CCC

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This week I have attempted to learn how to make a short 1-2 video clip for a class featuring Micah’s Promise. One of the Staff Members here at Christ Community Church (CCC), Robert Williams, is allowing me to borrow his camera and tripod and has told me a few tricks about recording and editing video. I have been playing around with recording different objects and I have learned a few things thus far. 1) It is super hard to keep your hand still when you do not have a tripod and are trying to focus on one object. 2) The littlest bit of sound travels. For example, the air condition or people talking one room over can cause your “quiet scene” to become very loud. 3) Plan out what you want to film before you film it. If you do not do this, you will probably waste a lot of time and memory on your SD card.

Tonight I am filming parts of the Micah’s Promise Board Meeting in order to capture what it is they do. I am excited about this opportunity, but extremely nervous because I do not know much about filming at all. I am scheduled to record two interviews this week for the video and am hoping to have complete silence in order for the sound to be good. On the bright side, I have registered to take Video Production 1 next semester and am hoping that will increase my recording abilities.

Amelia Cox – CCC – Style Guides and Grammar

APStyleThis week at Christ Community Church (CCC) I have been creating a simple Style Guide for the staff to use. Before this past week, I had never really heard of a style guide and did not realize all that goes into creating them. Style guides contain a lot rules on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and more all custom made toward each organization/company that has one. Every style guide is different from another. Chances are, no two style guides for two separate companies are alike. These style guides tell each person at a organization what is and is not ok to put into their writing or communications. The way one would write a phone number is defined. You either have, 706.555.5555, with periods or dashes, 706-555-5555. It is all up to preference of the organization and everyone has to follow that guide. It is really neat, but when creating one, you have to be careful to adjust it correctly for your organization. Before I put anything into the style guide, I have to run it by Al to make sure it is what the church wants because their writing is a reflection of them.

 

Filming at Legacy, Part III

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This past Sunday I had yet another opportunity to film a performance by the Schwob School of Music in Legacy Hall. NPACE has now received our 3rd Sony 4K camera, which we used for these performances. The film team consisted of me, an employee of NPACE, and one of the anchors from iNtoColumbus. None of us have really have a lot of experience with camerawork, especially with the Sony cameras, but this was our opportunity to hone our skills.

zshdsc09364-1We were supposed to use the manual settings on the cameras, so we had to figure out how to set them that night. We set the ISO/Gain, focus, white balance, and shutter speed. For editing purposes, we obviously had to make sure all of the cameras were on the same settings. The manual settings on this camera are relatively easy,  honestly. You hit the manual button, hit the button you want to adjust, and use the scroll bar to the left of the manual button. These Sony cameras are easy and great to use.

This shoot was a choral concert with a small philharmonic consisting of a violin, violas, cellos, a bass, horns, and a harp that all joined in later. There was even an organist! They really sounded phenomenal. The Schwob School has amazing performers, I must say!

Because of the addition of the philharmonic halfway through, we did have to adjust the shots, but overall if was a pretty easy and beautiful shoot!

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CPR: Girls Say What?!

CPR Radio has different segments of the show which are Music, Entertainment, Politics, and News. “Girls Say Whatttt” is the title of the entertainment segment. The hosts of this amazing segment are Sophie Jones, K’Niqua Browne, and Aliyah Anglin. These three girls all have different personalities, that allow them to come together as one, and produce a great segment.

K'Niqua A.K.A. Diamond K

K’Niqua A.K.A. Diamond K

K’Niqua is 1/3 of “Girls Say What,”  when we first started she was so shy and not too fond of her voice because it is so soft, but now she has progressed tremendously and is taking the lead to become better at her craft.

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Aliyah Anglin is 2/3 of the group and although I love to be in there with everyone while they are recording, with students like her, there’s no need for me to be. She can record her group’s segment and edit it all at the same time. Things like this make me very excited. I teach the girls that it is very important to be well rounded in this field.

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The last member of the group is Sophie Jones. Sophie has a dynamic radio voice that is energetic and captivating! When I heard Sophie live for the first time I was immediately blown away. There’s so much talent inside of her and all of the girls that I sometimes sit back and watch them work together in amazement. They are all dedicated to what we do in NPACE and its quite refreshing.

Being Creative

Since I have been at the Liberty Theatre I have been given many design opportunities to build my portfolio. I am currently working on the November/December newsletter. I am someone who is big on cohesiveness and making sure everything connects so I made our newsletter for this month resemble the presentation as well as brochure that I created or them.

I must say have definitely progressed within theses short about of months in getting better at graphic design. One thing I’ve learned from the department is that the eye always wins and the best way to catch someones attention is by making something graphically appealing, nut still readable and simple.

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Here is a sample of the brochure that I created.

Also for the newsletter something new we are incorporating are actual interviews with board members, directors and entrepreneurs. We have a few amazing events coming up fairly soon, like our play the Black Nativity. We are also starting to promote for next year. The Liberty Theatre will be hosting a Women in Business Expo to celebrate women who are entrepreneurs. I am excited that I will be given the opportunity to interview someone about the entrepreneurial ventures.