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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Filming at Legacy, Part II

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This past Sunday, I was on the crew filming concert at Legacy Hall for the Schwob School of Music.This concert was a trio of professors: one on violin, one on cello, and the last on piano. It was a beautiful concert, so I am glad I helped out with it.

We used NPACE’s new Sony 4K cameras in order to get the best footage possible. The set-up was three cameras: one at the very back in the center and the other two on the sides. We tried to get a shot focusing on each person in the trio. The camera in the center was focus on the piano, but still captured all three. The camera across from me, on the left of the audience, was focused on the violinist while still capturing everyone. And my camera focused on the cellist.

Chris Robinson, director of NPACE, showed us how to set the Sony’s manual settings, set up the tripods, and make sure our shots were not crooked. We learned how to precisely white balance–which helps the camera adjust the colors more accurately–and also how to focus manually. We definitely learned quite a bit from this shoot.

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Filming at Legacy

Filming at Legacy Hall

Filming at Legacy Hall

Thursday night I had the unique opportunity to film a student concert in the beautiful Legacy Hall located in the River Center. We were a team of four, working with three cameras to capture the performance from the front, left, and right.

We were lucky in that we were able to use NPACE’s brand new Sony 4K Handycams for this shoot. I had never used them before, but they proved to be pretty awesome. They were very intuitive; the picture looked great and only required minor adjustments to the ISO and focus.

I was located at stage right in the balcony, looking down over most of the performers. My job was to film the left half of the stage. It was a relatively easy shoot, but surprisingly fun. We set up our cameras, let them roll, and adjusted the shot as the performers came and went between pieces.

What I most enjoyed about this shoot was the music, honestly. We really do have some awesome, dedicated musicians at Columbus State’s Schwob! I was aware that CSU students had the opportunity to go to these concerts for free, but I just never took much interest in them or tried to find out when they were. Well, I was missing out!

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Legacy Hall in the River Center

Having grown up going to my sister’s orchestra concerts, and later my own, I always enjoyed instrumental music. I haven’t been around it much the last few years, however. Filming this concert reawakened my interest in this type of music, so I have already volunteered to film more concerts in the future. Hopefully I’ll get to use the Sony cameras again, too!

Jessica Word – Schwob and Facebook

Today, Kern suggested that I work on the Department of Theatre Facebook page. She sent me several pictures from the Cat in the Hat production that needed to be added to the online Facebook photo album. Also, she sent me a congratulatory blurb that needed to be added to the page.  Congratulations were given to Kimberly Faith Hickman, this year’s Hazel Hall Brennan Distinguished Alumna award recipient, and Jackie Titus, chair of the Theatre Angels Committee and recipient of the Neal Fenter award for service to the department. Within an hour, the post had received several likes illustrating the great support for the music department and its faculty.

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I was also tasked with a little bit of investigative work. Kern asked me to go to the Schwob School of Music faculty directory and find their professional Facebook pages as well as any  other Facebook pages for departments within the School of Music. So, I searched for every faculty member listed on the website on Facebook. This was a tedious process but I was able to find a majority of faculty members on the social media website. I believe the intention is to update Schwob School of Music website with more faculty information, including links to their professional Facebook pages.

Jessica Word – Nearing the end

While we are nearing the end of the semester, I am nowhere near the end of my internship. Next Friday is the last day of classes, but my internship will extend two weeks beyond that to make my minimum 100 hours for my senior internship. I am actually excited by this opportunity so I can focus all my time and energy on helping the College of the Arts and preparing for the upcoming fall semester. Kern tells me that there is much to be done and I will never run out of things to do.

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This is great news because I like to stay busy, especially if I am making a difference in the College of Arts and its various departments. I am continuing to work on the social media pages for COA, Schwob School of Music, Department of Theatre, and more. (Not to mention, I will also be running the social media pages for the Communication Department and the NPACE Center). Furthermore, I will resume working on FANFARE magazine, postcards for the Department of Theatre, and more! It’s thrilling to think that I will have had a hand in creating all of these amazing things for the greater Columbus area.

Jessica Word- Double Internship

This summer, I am completing my senior internship via a double internship through the College of the Arts and the NPACE Center. This will be my second semester working with the NPACE Center, and I am looking forward to picking up where I left off. I will continue to work on the NPACE Center and CSU Communication Department’s social pages as well as managing the CSU Intern Blog. As part of my Interactive Media course, I will be revamping the Intern Blog (so look out for some exciting new updates!) which will hopefully draw more attention and a larger audience to our blog and our department.

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This week, I started working for the College of the Arts. I am working closely with Kern Wadkins, the Marketing Coordinator, and assisting her in any way that I can. I am told that I will be working on promoting upcoming events for the theater department and the Schwob School of Music. Also, I will be working on various social media outlets for the various departments in the College of the Arts. Yesterday, I worked on a mass mailing to be sent out which will promote upcoming events. It was long and tedious work but I know it’s important to let people know about our upcoming plays, shows, concerts, etc.!

Today, Kern has asked me to begin working on updating FANFARE, a publication of the CSU Schwob School of Music for 2013-2014. Overall, the publication could use a little updating to give it a fresh, more vibrant look that might be more appealing to a mass audience. I’m thinking that it would be wise to incorporate social media elements into the publication as well. By simply adding Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to the publication, it would make it much more accessible and more appealing to a younger audience. I have so many ideas on how to improve FANFARE. I can’t wait to get started!

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Dan Quigley – NPACE & CSU TV

Well it’s the photo(2)end of week three already this semester and things are busy as ever here at Columbus State. My internship with NPACE & CSU TV already has me doing cool things all over the city of Columbus. At the end of the first week I had already found myself video taping The Elixir of Love at the River Center. The opera was put together by our fellow friends at the Schwob School of Music. I was able to practice my live recording skills and try to capture the months of hard work by other students in the College of the Arts.

photo(3) I would be lying though if I didn’t mention that one of my favorite parts (besides listening to the harp player practice before the show) was the Front of House audio mixer they had in there. Luckily, I was able to grab a shot of it so I could share it. This is a serious piece of equipment and I wouldn’t have been able to see it had it not been for the opportunity from my internship. Not to mention it was hard not to think about how nice one of those would look in my living room.

So, Jazmine and I were able to get a lot of material from the show even though there were only two of us and three cameras. The show itself was a great thing to record. At first, I was a little wary about having to sit through an opera and film it but it turned out to be a great performance by the actors/singers, and orchestra. I was certainly glad I was able to go and the footage we got turned out really nice.

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After we packed up and headed back to NPACE, a look in the window revealed some of our other interns getting their NPACE on as well. Friday Night Sports Focus was in full effect doing what they do best on the airwaves. I grabbed a sneak shot of them as you can see here. This is the NPACE Radio Station that is blooming out of nowhere thanks to people like them as well as our partners at PMB. On Febuary 14th, we’re going to be having our big kickoff down for the radio station so be sure to keep an eye out (or an ear I should say).

Not only am I interning at NPACE but also at the very soon to be CSU TV which is headquartered up on main campus. Formally known as COEHP.tv, I have worked here for two years and am now getting to do part of my internship as the project  has a metamorphosis into the television station for the entire campus. As you may or may not know NPaCE also has a studio built on the same model as that of CSU TV. I’m looking forward to helping both of these projects collabphotoorate with each other and build another outlet for the Communication Department as well as the University as a whole. In this last picture, you can see the set from one of our shows TWiSS which stands for This Week in Space Science. The show is hosted by CSU’s own Dr. Shawn Cruzen, director of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. All week I worked on making this set work for our recording on Thursday. As you can see from the picture, there are NO WIRES on the ground. That’s a major accomplishment if I do say so myself. Also we were able to do the show with no green screen which in my opinion made it look extremely clean. Dr. Cruzen came in and put on a great show which should be up right after we edit it. He talked about all of the exciting things they are doing down there at the Space Science Center (just a stone’s throw from NPACE) and believe me they are exciting. Not to get to into it but one of the topics was the transit of Venus that happened this past summer. The Science Center sent teams all over the world to capture and document this once in a lifetime astrological event. You’ll have to tune into the show to get the rest of the details.

Anyway, a lot has gone on in these last few weeks and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I can’t wait to watch both NPACE and CSU TV grow over the course of the semester while being able to be involved. This is going to be a big one for both of them in Spring 2013 so keep tuned!