Adventures with Flash

 

As part of my Multimedia Authoring Studio class this semester, we’ve been learning a number of ways to use multimedia to tell a story.  Our most recent tutorial was on Adobe Flash, a multimedia software program used for creating vector graphics and animations.  I’m not the most Flash-literate, but I wanted to make a short animation video that would describe to future employers what kind of worker I am, what I can bring to the table, and some of my defining characteristics.  I watched a few typography tutorials on YouTube and used them as inspiration for this piece.  Working in Flash inspired me to get to know the program a little better and I’m excited to get more acquainted with everything it has to offer.

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20 Years

 

Here it is folks: my submission for The Civil Wars video contest sponsored by  genero.tv.  My partner, Brent Edwards, and I shot the entire thing in one day at the historical Cedarock farm, which is set up to look like a North Carolina farm during the 19th century.

Our story line was simple: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy goes off to war, boy comes back but girl is dead (you know, your classic tragedy).  We had a lot of fun with interpreting the song and putting a visual along side of it and we are extremely proud of the work we created.

The Civil Wars: Create the Music Video for 20 Years

As a huge fan of The Civil Wars, I was immediately drawn to this contest as soon as I saw it on genero.tv.  Genero allows everyday people to collaborate and partner with artists and brands and produce their official videos.  For this particular video, the task is to create a music video for the song 20 Years and the winning video becomes the official music video for the song.  A close friend of mine and I teamed up for this particular video and began our journey of a shoot on Saturday.  So far, we are extremely happy with the footage and we most definitely lucked out on our location.  We are still in post production at this point, but get ready for the final video coming your way very shortly!

In the mean time, enjoy the song that inspired it all:

Live at Aloft Sampler

Paste Magazine is offering readers an MP3 sampler from the summer Aloft Hotel tour, which included artists such as Dar Williams, Young Man, Sleeper Agent and Langhorne Slim.  I had the opportunity to work on the tour during my summer internship with Paste and got to shoot 5 out of the 10 artists that were featured on the tour.  The sampler can be downloaded here and includes a song from every artist on the tour.

Make sure you check out all 10 of the Live at Aloft performances here.

Happy Birthday, Yep Roc!

This weekend marked the 15th Anniversary of Yep Roc Records, a label that I hold close to my heart.  Since their start, Yep Roc has been an important player in both the music industry and the music community here in North Carolina.  This summer, I had the opportunity to freelance for Yep Roc during my time at Paste and got to shoot some footage of Cheyenne Marie Mize for the Yep Roc 15 video series.  It’s refreshing to see how proud their artists are to be apart of such a dynamic label.  Happy Birthday, Yep Roc!  Here’s to 15 more!