NPACE – Leonard Hood

This will be one of my last weeks being in NPACE considering I will be graduating in 11 days. Looking back, there isn’t anywhere else I would have wanted to intern at besides NPACE. I do not regret the time spent in there because something new was being learned each day. NPACE not only taught me different creating, recording, to editing skills, but it also gave me plenty of hands on experience with it all. I was lucky enough to use equipment I would have never learned about on my own time. Simply because a lot of the equipment was professional and pretty expensive. Only people who are making something professional and know a thing or two about camera settings would even consider paying those prices. I wouldn’t spend that much on cameras and lighting unless I was confident I was going to profit from it. I will always remember the connections I made by being in there as well. I met many students that were in my major who I never had came in contact with before. Since we ended up seeing each other everyday, we all formed stronger bonds and some became friends. NPACE showed me how much talent was walking around in my own neighborhood. All the projects I started on are finished and now I just have to focus on my classes for these next few days. After school I plan on using the skills I practiced in NPACE. Even if I don’t get a job in the communication field, I will still be keeping up with the technology and getting better. Not to finally land a communication job, but to someday create some of my own.

Doing the background work on PSA's

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Finishing What I Started – NPACE – Leonard Hood

This week has been busier than most of the others. All the projects I started at the beginning of the semester are almost finished up and graduation is only a few weeks away. I am anxious for graduation but I also feel like I am losing a little bit because soon my internship will be over. I’ve been exposed to so many new things and I had the opportunity to get involved in many projects I would never have been able to do on my own. Even besides all the cameras and editing equipment, the people I met this semester will be the most missed. I was blessed enough to work with so many talented people and make good connections for projects we may decide to do together in the future. Interning in NPACE has not only showed me what I am capable of, but it has given me ideas for projects I will work on for myself in the future. So in these next few weeks as I finish what I started, I will constantly remind myself that this is only the beginning of a bigger journey. I’ve grown in multiple areas. I’ve done a lot of work with audio production before even coming to NPACE, but every time I was in the radio room or editing something on Audition, I ended up learning something new. I enjoyed filming growing up but nothing I produced was really professional quality. I feel I have learned what it takes to produce something worth paying attention to.  I appreciate the fact that my time interning was spent engaging in things I actually enjoyed doing. All that practice adds up.

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Hands On Behind the Scenes – NPACE – Leonard Hood

This was a fun week interning because it was another very hands on week. Not only did I produce more audio for the shows that people in NPACE are working on, I helped record a theme song for “Tv Turnt Up”. The producers of the show had a student with lyrical talent,  write a short 50 second introduction to one of the instrumentals I produced, and I then recorded him and edited all of the sounds. It was fun because it reminded me of some of the things I enjoyed doing when I was growing up.  Fast-forward to today,  I was a camera man for one of the shows being produced called “iNto Columbus”. I was using a GH3 camera with extra features hooked up to it like a wireless microphone and a larger screen on top. It was fun to get that experience and I felt like I was a part of something professional. I even got a chance to record Miss Columbus, Hayley Henderson.

My perspective from behind the camera.

My perspective from behind the camera.

 

 

Music Production – NPACE – Leonard Hood

This has been one of the most exciting and entertaining weeks for me in NPACE. There are a lot of different shows and skits being put together by the students and one is called “Tv Turnt Up”. I have been making instrumentals for the show so that there can be quality music on the show without having to worry about copyrights. Producing music has always been a hobby of mine since a kid so it feels good to be able to put my talent to use. I’ve put in a lot of  hours in order to come up with good sounds, but when they are finished, all the hard work is worth it. Some of the students have also been recording one liners and discussion topics in the radio station room. I was even able to be included in one of the radio discussions this week.

Setting up cameras in the studio to record a skit

Setting up cameras in the studio to record a skit

Time to Edit – NPACE – Leonard Hood

Interning this week has made me slow down and focus a lot. Everyday has been spent editing the video footage that has been recorded over the past couple of weeks. I am almost finished editing a video for the Color Me Rad event that took place. I am also editing the “History Now” skit that was performed last week at the theater. Even though editing can be time consuming and tedious, the more time I continue to put into it, the more new things I’ve been learning about Final Cut Pro. In between editing, I have been helping other students film their projects and TV shows.

Filming

Filming

Action, action, action – NPACE – Leonard Hood

This week was very interactive and busy. I started my week out in the radio room helping people record their PSA’s. I was using Adobe Audition to record them and I also was able to pass some of my knowledge of the program on to some of the people I met. Just a few days ago Color Me Rad was taking place in Uptown Columbus. The NPACE team and I were there to record some footage for a future video we will make. It was a fun day, experience, and we were able to get some really nice looking shots.

Doing the background work on PSA's

Doing the background work on PSA’s

 

Audio Production – NPACE – Leonard Hood

This week in NPACE has been humbling for me. I did some of the things I used to enjoy doing in the past before I got too busy with school. There is a new show being worked on called “Conversations with Dave and Eric”. I was asked to create an instrumental that will be used to play in the background of the video’s introduction and credits screen at the end. I managed to finish a track that sounds nice and it will be used for the show. I am very excited about my work being used and the fact I will be seeing my name in the credits of the video. This upcoming week I will be creating audio for a sports show being produced in NPACE.

Using FL Studio to produce a track for the Dave and Eric show.

Using FL Studio to produce a track for the Dave and Eric show.

 

Producing and Editing, NPACE Center, Leonard Hood

This week was filled with a lot more of hands on learning once again. I enjoyed assisting with one of the videos that the NPACE team is working on right now about the lunchbox museum. The content for the video itself is very intriguing. The owner of the museum has a huge collection of old vintage lunch boxes and other historical artifacts such as record players. I helped edit some of the audio that was being used for the video. In video production our professor showed us how to correctly set up and use a camera dolly. I’m excited at the fact that I will be able to use it when filming my final video for class. We were also taught strategies for manipulating light sources to get the picture we want when shooting film.

camera dolly

Hands on Experience, NPACE Center, Leonard Hood

This has been a great week interning in NPACE, and I have learned a lot of new things once again. My favorite part about this week is the fact that I was able to get a lot of hands on training. I was taught how to use the Tricaster which we had 3 different cameras hooked up to. The Tricaster allowed us to edit the green screen background that was being used with the cameras and basically lets us create an entire room. With the Tricaster, we were able to input a desk, backgrounds, and even small television screens that don’t exist into the room with the computer. I was also taught the proper way to set the camera settings so that I can get the best quality footage with it. I learned about setting the exposure, color balance,  and the aperture on the camera. Mr. Hart gave an excellent lecture about lighting and how to make light do what you want it to do. It showed me how important lighting is to the quality of the film and how it can be manipulated for images to look better.

 

Learning Something New Each Day, NPACE Center, Leonard Hood

This week was very informational for me. I learned a lot of new things in the NPACE center and in my related classes. I started my intern week editing audio for the Degree in 3 video that is being produced. I was taught how to use the noise reduction feature on Adobe Audition. With that feature, I was able to completely take out the extra background noise that was in the interviews. All the humming sounds were taken out of the clips and the overall sound ended up being crisp and clear. I have been editing audio for years and I have never learned such a quick and efficient way to get that airy background noise out until now so I was excited.

My video production class was very interesting this week because the class was taught helpful effects we can use on Final Cut Pro. One thing I learned that was pretty cool to me was how to select a certain color in a video, for example the color red, then with the effect, I was able to take the other colors out of the video and have only the color red showing. Therefore everything else was in black and white. I have seen that effect used in videos in the past and I always thought it was the coolest thing to see in action. After that we were taught how to correctly use the green screen effect. After recording someone in front of a green screen, there is an effect you can apply to the clip in final cut pro. After applying that effect, all you have to do is choose the background that you want to show up and the program will replace it for you.  For something I always thought took rocket science to do, it sure was easy to do in actuality.

Me in the NPACE center

Me in the NPACE center