Portrait Documentary Projects

Below are a couple of the portrait documentary projects that I was previledged to direct and produce which includes Camera and Lighting Exercise and Portrait Interview. Camera and Lighting Exercise I was opportuned to work on this Camera and Lighting Exercise as a Director,  Producer and Editor. I used a Panasonic HMC40 camera to take …

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Below are a couple of the portrait documentary projects that I was previledged to direct and produce which includes Camera and Lighting Exercise and Portrait Interview.

Camera and Lighting Exercise

I was opportuned to work on this Camera and Lighting Exercise as a Director,  Producer and Editor. I used a Panasonic HMC40 camera to take a shots of an Academic Core Building – Panning Right, Video clips of the street – Panning Left, A Flag Pole – Tilting up, A Tree – Tilting down, A School banner – Zomming in, A Student Sitting by the table – Zooming out.

Portrait Documentary Interview

In this other project, I work on this Portrait Documentary Interview also as the Director,  Producer and Editor of the film. I also used a Panasonic HMC40 camera to shot the interview Samuel Dedier and Mohammed Alnefaie taking a Medium shot, Close-up, Extreme close-up, and Over-the-shoulder shot.

 

Cross CUNY Campus Collab ZINE Project

Project Title – “Cross CUNY Campus/Course Collaborative ZINE”

We will have a full lab session to work on and prepare our zine collaboration project this week and next during our class time. This project is a collaborative exploration with CUNY BMCC MMA100, Foundation of Graphic Design students.

Design Project Specifications – You have been selected to contribute 1 page to a collaborative magazine that produces a quarterly publication in both a DIY – Do it Yourself printed edition and an online digital version.

Your submission to the publication will creatively communicate:

“How technology and creativity are powerful learning tools for inspiration, digital storytelling and design.”

You have the creative freedom to produce and generate your contributions with full autonomy as to how you experience or define them, however, your final submissions should display an integrated composition of imagery (use of layers and opacity) along with descriptive verbiage typeset creatively.

***Size Requirements – 8.5 X 11 inches vertical, please.

Usage of Imagery – Students should NOT randomly use images that are found on the Internet, especially with-out proper attribution to its creator. Please refer to this resources page and work from the numerous repositories of public domain and creative commons sources – go here – https://bmccmma100.commons.gc.cuny.edu/course-resources/

Software Skill Showcase – Over the past weeks we have toggled through learning various techniques and methods working with both adobe photoshop. All image related composing and manipulations should be generated in photoshop, saved as both a .psd file (photoshop format – so you can edit the file if you need to later) and File-> export -> save for web/legacy as a .jpeg file. (for the web)

Completed Submissions – 

1. Students will publish their completed pages along with a blog post describing the process and meaning of the page. You may write the post as a tutorial that maps your process from start to finish.

2. Students will save all of their work and submit one high resolution jpeg. image for the digital zine publication on the CT101 website as well as a printed copy for the print version of the Zine. (E-mail this file to me – rseslow@york.cuny.edu)

The works will also appear on the BMCC MMA100 website on the CUNY Academic Commons (much like the Gif the Portrait Project) you will later be asked to comment on the works of the BMCC students.

**Due date – All Submissions must be in no later than Thursday May 3rd.

***I will give a demonstration on creating this project in class this week.

The Gratification of Digital Storytelling Immediacy

The Gratification of Digital Storytelling Immediacy

On a fine wintery morning in early March of 2018 I took expressive action!

I had to. (I promise I took this photo from a red light) As a digital storyteller, this is my duty right?!

Here is the published outcome taken from Instagram below , and this was my series of steps:

Realize the impulse, feel, express, broadcast, reflect and further express and assert, publish again.

“One of those strange surreal wintery commutes. When the anticipation of delays and slow motion gnaws away at your thought projection. However to the however, something told me to avoid the train and drive. To my surprise, everyone else must have done the opposite. Door to door in 23 minutes, magically seamless and visually quite beautiful. Timelessness and stillness were the co-pilots, both present as I happily listened to Murakami’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” on audiobook. (Thank you @port.manteaux for the suggestion!)”

We are all digital storytellers really, but some of us don’t think of our day to day snippets of experiences as worthy stories to tell. Sadly, this is so far from the truth! We are all humans sharing the same card catalog of emotions, feelings, sentiments and urges. We ALL share so many of the same exact day to day “things”. Illustrating these daily life activities in short bursts of expressions shines the wonderful inter-connectedness and reminder we always need.

I love teaching my CT101 Digital Storytelling course at CUNY York College here in NYC. As the fearless leader of the course I need to lead by example and continue to share the regular practice of Digital Storytelling! Today was the perfect opportunity for me to weigh in.

A digital storyteller uses the Internet and its tools as a platform to share, teach, express and connect! An image, a video, a meme or a GIF can be used as a visual source of communication to support your sentiments and means of expression. Hyperlink to relevant spaces on the web to further communicate and share! This is only one example :))

Give us context and publish!

Most of all, have fun!