Jeremy Statum – Gearing Up and Buckling Down for Artbeat of Columbus

I welcome you all to the deceptive and uneasy calm before the storm better known by the name Artbeat of Columbus. Its a good thing storms are my favorite type of weather. The NPACE center has been gearing up to record, capture, catalog, edit, upload, and share every exciting moment of one of Columbus’ newest arts festivals. I had the pleasure of working on Artbeat last year, and I am truly looking forward to seeing what the College of the Arts has to offer next month. Last March was indeed a challenge, mainly because Artbeat was a brand new idea. All the lines of communication had to be built largely from scratch, but that was one of the main ideas behind the festival in the first place, to foster the growth of a healthy relationship between the individual departments in the College of the Arts. To be as politically correct as possible, we are a community consisting of a sizable amount of, shall we say ‘opinionated’, people. It’s good for us to get out of our comfort zones and see what others are up to in our university. Artbeat provides the perfect chance to accomplish this goal, and I believe the Communication Department has a responsibility to use the resources at its disposal to aid in spreading this message. We stepped up to the challenge well last year. Personally, I was able to work on a short documentary with Christina Kleehammer over two weeks showcasing the process Art student Mark Priest went through in crafting the metalwork sculpture “Sleeping Swan”

This year promises to be even better, and our department has many more tools at our disposal thanks to the growth of NPACE than we did 12 months ago, and our team of interns and student assistants have the advantage of experience and training…and did I mention experience? I can’t wait to see what Artbeat holds for us in then next month.

Jeremy Statum – Etc., Etc., Etc.

The past two weeks have been ones for the record books in my life, and as a consequence, lo siento for the lateness of this post. I plan on making an extra couple posts this week to keep the updates on my internship and semester caught up and flowing. In my last entry, I talked about getting my car back and getting my business underway in an orderly fashion once again, but alas, the stars don’t seem to be in alignment for that. I did get my vehicle back, and it has been an immense boost for me, but literally the day after I was on the road again I was informed that my father was having surgery when he was already in the operating room, and my roommate informed me that he would be moving out by the end of the month. The stress of that situation aside, I am thankful that my father is recovering. And when I haven’t been at the NPACE center or in class, I have been scrambling looking for a place to live, asap.

The interviews with local businesses have been slow-going so far in regards to actually getting anything laid down and recorded concretely, but that will change shortly, and I should have a few videos posted in relatively quick progression. Jud’s schedule at the coffee shop has been understandably hectic. Only within the past few weeks was the paperwork finalized  to make him the official owner of the establishment. Last weekend, the Thespian Conference was underway and every business downtown was overrun with masses of astoundingly exuberant high-schoolers. The same happened again this weekend with the Vocal Conference for the school of music. Its been great for business, but management and staff alike have been running non-stop. Fortunately, during this time I have talked to a few other business owners about my internship project. The managers/owners of The Foxhole (formerly Eighty-Five) bar, The Vault, Brothers General Store, and when it opens the new sushi restaurant, have all agreed to let me interview them.

I am also starting preliminary work on my documentary dealing with a select few people and their experiences with our countries university system. This short film will have facts provided for backdrop, but the aim is to tell the story of these individuals and their opinions on the subject while explaining how they reached these conclusions.

Lastly, I am extremely happy with how wonderfully the grand opening at NPACE went Thursday. I took what can only be described as an absurd amount of pictures throughout the day, and its taking me a while to go through them. I can’t wait to post all wonderful moments I captured. To close out I’m taking a cue from Zack Jamieson and posting a video of the week. I personally find the musical composition and the cinematography of this video to be beautiful. It captures the feeling of finding harmony in the midst of chaos in a way that I not only strive to be able to do in my own way, but also hits quite close to home with me as of late.

Disclaimer – There is nothing inappropriate shown and no cursing in this video, but it is designed and composed to be uncomfortable. Some may have issue, so fair warning:

the pAper chAse – Said the Spider to the Fly

Jeremy Statum – Checking Things Off the List

This week has been about planning and preparing. The first interview I will be doing for the bi-weekly videos is going to be with Judd Richardson, the owner of Fountain City Coffee. Also, I will be filming it on my brand new Canon Rebel T4i DSLR camera.

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I also bought myself a new Mac book pro to do my editing and other school related tasks (youtube). In the midst of scheduling for shooting time and getting prepared for discussions, I can’t help but be excited about the things I will be producing this semester. I’m looking forward to posting my first video.

Jeremy Statum – Planning for an Exciting Internship with Casual Fridays Design

The first two weeks of class have been very exciting for me. I am doing my Junior Internship with Casual Fridays Design, a local media solutions company. Over the course of this semester, I will be filming a series of bi-weekly videos interviewing local business owners about their establishments, what they do for the community, and how they would like to see their businesses grow. I will be actively trying to garner new business for the CFD team, hopefully filming and airing some commercials on the local television stations, and I will also be putting together a 20-30 minute documentary with the help of the crew. Along with being in Video Production II with Professor Hart, it will be a smart move for me to buy a camera, which I plan to do this coming week.

I have been looking forward to interning with this company for quite some time, namely because I have worked on a couple projects with them in the past. Below is a video I was involved with a while back that CFD put together in a project for a high school senior who was doing her own internship with them at the time. Hope you enjoy how ridiculous it is. And a hint if you don’t know me, I’m the monk…