Alex’s Final Project With Grant

The first piece of advice that I want to give to anybody reading this is not to wait. Once you have an idea, don't wait to execute because with time comes change and when your plans start to change too many times close to the due date, it definitely calls for a little extra creative thinking. These things will often be out of your control, like when the Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) center pushed back the date of the event that we planned to cover, "refugee day".  Some things, like this,...

Independent Study: Unity Script Language

For my Independent study, I decided to learn something about the Unity Script Language. During Unity studying experience, I encountered some problems that I solved with java script. I thought it was a pretty useful tool, so that I decided to learn something more. It actually also helped me to finish one of the assignments, which required us to embed sounds in when a particular action happened. Coming from a TV & film background, I have dealt with art my whole life. I know that coding is a rather important technique...

Grant and Alex Final Proj

When we first conceptualized our final project, the focus was going to be a 360 video on the Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) center’s plans leading up to a big event called “refugee day”. Unfortunately, the date of the event was pushed back until June, so we could not continue with plan A. Plan B was to film 360 videos in RISE and use audio from Grant’s capstone to explain the work they do there. The footage at the refugee center did not end up telling the story we wanted...

Times Square

The concept of this project is to tell a story about Times Square in general and One Times Square in particular. The storyline is divided into 3 main scenes: A 360 view of Times Square, a virtual environment of the place with One Times Square being highlighted and lastly, the building One Times Square with different facades thoughout the history being peeled off. In the first scene, I want to capture the busy urban environment, characterized by crowds of people and traffic. The scene is constructed from a sphere with...

Final Project: Clockrift Existence

This project follows the story of a persona who is experiencing phases of life through four quadrants. In each of these quadrants, there are four houses. Each house represents a section in their life, where they revolve around each other. Evidently, each house portrays a different message, and can be reflected on the quality of each house, as well as the backdrop for each house. The overall meaning of the project becomes pretty abstract at this point, but personally it is seen as the cycle of life, the theory of...

Final Project

It was a long and winding odyssey, but I present to you the screencast of my final project (Note: Without the audio, this does not have nearly the full effect. If someone knows how to take a screencast w/audio, I would love to redo this): If you have the chance, view the full file on Unity in the Innovation Lab, as audio plays a huge role in the story. *I do not own the rights to any of the music and as such this is for personal use only* The reason...

Panos Final Project: Laurence Segal Profile

I first met Laurence Segal while at my retail job at Destiny USA, a nearby mall. He was dressed head to toe in breast cancer related clothing and was eager to talk about his efforts in raising money for breast cancer research when I brought up the topic. It was clear to me from the moment we met that he was passionate about finding a cure, and has made raising awareness and funds a priority in his life. After speaking further with him, I found out that he makes daily...

Panos Independent Learning

As a Public Relations major, all of our projects this semester were very new to me. In addition to the subject of virtual reality being a new, the software we used was very foreign to me as well. This independent leaning project was really helpful for me as I prepared my final project. The last time I edited a video in software besides iMovie was freshman year for COM117 in FinalCut Pro, so taking on projects in AutoPano and Adobe Premiere Pro was complicated and confusing for me most of the...

An interview with NYT’s Life on Mars co-producer Niko Koppel (extra grad project by Wasim Ahmad)

In this day and age, perhaps one can start to consider me an “old school” video journalists. I was shooting on tapes at newspapers in 2006. While I enjoy video that puts me there, such as this video of Rio Carnival, I’m still all about having some sort of narrative thread behind the video. So when I saw Life on Mars: Preparing for the Red Planet, and watched as these scientists conducted this interesting NASA-funded social experiment of living in close quarters for 8 months to simulate life on mars,...