RTF 319 Final Projects — Monday Lab Section, Fall 2012
I am very pleased to present the final projects of the Fall 2012 RTF 319 Introduction to Digital Media class. I’ve grouped the projects by style, staring with Video Projects, then Stop-Motion Animation, then Remix, and finally Web Design.
This page features 11 of the students’ projects from the Monday section, and I hope you get as much enjoyment from these as I did. I am really proud of the work done in the class, and I hope to carry this momentum over to the spring semester!
Girls and Guns
Our first video is a pure adrenaline rush crafted by Katie Sheehy. It’s titled “Girls and Guns.” Prepare to be blown away by this one!
Next up is Daniel Kim’s experimental film focusing on the amazing sights and sounds that can be discovered through travel. He uses a lot of digital editing techniques to help tell this story.
This next video ended up being one of my favorites of the bunch for a couple of reasons. First, Minerva Zapata came into this class with no prior experience. She worked very hard to learn the software, but more importantly, she found a way to tell a story through use of the techniques learned in the class. Without further ado … “Serendipity.”
Another longer-form video comes from the team of Amanda Nandlal and Issa Ramos. They collaborated on a video promo for the UT Queer Chorus. This is a story about finding one’s identity.
Our next video comes from Abel Argueta. He has imagined a new “Real Housewives” franchise based in a county we all know and love.
Speaking of parody videos, Cole Dippel takes us on a journey through his “Hometown,” guided by a familiar theme song from an HBO classic.
And now for the stop-motion video experiments. Our first is from Michael Quinn with his short, “Post-It.” You’ll note a bit of wishful thinking for better days in the UT football program, as well as some really fun homages to classic pixel-based video games. Enjoy!
The next stop-motion project comes from Ashley Pizano and Sweta Vakani. I really enjoyed this experimental claymation titled “Maturity.” The video moves quickly, but invites repeated viewing!
Play Your Part
Girl Talk played a prominent role in several class discussions this semester, undoubtedly inspiring Tyler Ask to conjure this video remix of his single, “Play Your Part.” Tyler cobbled together every video from the songs used in Girl Talk’s mashup. This is a visual history of music I never expected to see! Enjoy. [NSFW/language/sexuality]
No Time for Ugliness
We also spent a bit of time talking about the Prelinger Archive, the Free Music Archive, and some of the amazing remix projects to emerge from the digitized materials in the Internet Archive. Josh Oden answered the challenge to create a remix from Prelinger’s holdings with audio from the Free Music Archive, giving us this eerie “shock” film from footage of nuclear tests titled “No Time for Ugliness.” Chilling.
Web design experiment
A Responsive Candidate
Finally, Taylor McCaslin showed all of us a thing or two about professional presentation with his responsive website featuring his own resume and portfolio. Built on WordPress with a slick design aesthetic, this resume formats nicely on all types of screens and devices while utilizing cutting-edge HTML and CSS tricks. Try it! If you’re on a desktop/laptop, drag the window to resize it. If you have a handheld device or tablet, bring up the site on that screen. It’s magic!