Final Project: I have not been given permission to register for the final project class, I’m planning to register for final project in FALL 2015.  My final project will be on my character Calvin the cactus. I’m planning on making an interactive video (animation) using After Effects, Photoshop,and the program Treehouse ( Tree house gives a time limit for every clip. If you reach a scene, and they are giving you two choices (to go left or to go right). Those two clips has to be exactly the same time length. It’s about precision when it comes to this program. It also makes the viewer feel involved while they’re watching. I have the backstory of Calvin the Cactus on inkle writer.

I plan on following that format. It’s based on a cactus that received his spikes when he turned 25 years old, and he did not have an idea of how to live his life with them. Based on the decision  he makes, it re-directs his life. If he decides to stay and face his problem. Then he will find the solution, and continue to live his life. If he decides to run away, he will find out his history,and why he received his spikes so late in life. I am going to simplify the story, so visually it could make more sense. This animation will be around 5 minutes long. There will be multiple characters: in One scenario

  • The boss
  • The employees in work space.
  • Bob the balloon
  • Calvin the cactus

In Another scenario: some characters will be shown in multiple scenario’s because of importance they have in calvin’s life.

  • Calvin’s mom
  • Calvin’s 3 brothers, and 1 sister

Calvin’s dad ( the one who raised him) This scenario kind of tells you his the whole backstory. What happened to him as child. The power of his spikes. There is two messages to this story. One is to face your problems, and to embrace your uniqueness. There would be dialogue in a form of text, but they will have no voice. There will also be background music playing along the whole video. (The Fray- Look after you soundtrack). I will draw out the background in Photoshop and bring them into After Effects :

  • The office, the street, His house, the Dessert. I will use the background in multiple frames, but it will consist of close up, medium shots, instead of having an establishing the entire time.

This is an example of the storyline, but instead of Jpeg it will be drawn out. And instead of it starting in the office. The scene will start on his 25th birthday. It will also not be themed on a holiday. The ending of one scenario will not end with a picture of a cotton ball, but of the balloon placing the cotton ball on his spikes. And a tear drop of calvin face, while he is saying thank you .This was my 1st time using After Affects, so the quality isn’t the best.

I am going to have a printed written proposal ready by the beginning of next semester.

Internship Plan:

I do not have an internship in place and approved by Dan. I am going to take an internship this summer. So during the winter break. I will do more research on the places I want to intern in. Once that’s figured out I’ll send them my cover letter, and get my internship approved my Dan. Also, resume got approved. So I’ll just have to tweak it up when I send my resume to an internship.


I have created an online portfolio. My domain name is organized my site in different categories. Photography, Sound production, video production, Home, and About Me. I will continue to update my portfolio, as I continue on with my work. It’s pretty easy to navigate. I put my contact information on the about me page.  And you’re also able to comment on my page, and leave your contact information. If you want me to contact you. I don’t have any social media links. But I’m planning on making an Instagram page with my domain name, to show all the photographs I had taken, and will take in the future.

I will not put up my resume on my site until my last semester here at York. There are still a lot of production classes I have not taken yet. And I would like it to be reviewed again by Dan when my last semester is about to be over. So he’ll be able to tell me what else I need to improve more on my resume.


            In the site, one advice that i need to take into concentration is what you make outside of class is as important as what you make for class. I take my classes more seriously than I probably should because it obtains to my goal. I’m trying to get into a good masters program, and the required GPA has to be a 3.5 or higher. But i should also focus on outside projects as well. Yes it means something to have an A in a class, but what exactly do you have to show for it.

One thing I really need help with is finding an internship. I don’t want to just work in place to gain experience. I want to be apart of something that’s making a difference, an organization that deals with media but it’s main focus is ending a crisis. Media is a tool being used to bring out their message, and for me that takes a lot of soul searching.

I would like my online portfolio to be review, and any feedback would be appreciated.I feel like i’m in the right place with my online portfolio but improvement is always necessary. I have an idea for my final project, but I do need advice on how to format it. I have the storyline, I know the program I want to use, but what else?


The GIF of Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol is an artist known for pop art.Pop art challenges traditional art, and that’s what i was trying to portray in this GIF. This was an assignment for Meme Friday. Basically we had to cut out other images  to our portrait.Then we scanned our images, and worked with it in photoshop using the timeline tool.

The seven week plan

In class, we were assigned to work on our resumes, and things that entitled us to prepare for future employers. So far, I have worked on my online portfolio. I have chosen assignments that I have done in class, and outside of the classroom. This included sound production, photography, and video. It was difficult picking a theme for my website. It had to relate to my personality, and show professionalism as well. Hopefully, I did just that. Outside of the classroom, I have been taking photo-shoots, since cinematography, and photography is an area that interests me the most. I have also been attending meetings for an honor society program to make connections. My goal to become apart of their Publicity Chair committee once I get inducted.  I already know what my final project is going to be based on. What I am trying to figure out is what kind of media I am going to use to tell the story(video or anime). My goal to make an interactive animation based on a character I created(Calvin), but I am also trying to be realistic.

This is an example of what I want my final project to be: Heavy Seas of Love.It’s ambitious but I’m willing to put in the work.

For the next few weeks I plan on contacting more models to pose for my photo shoots. I also plan on putting water marks in order to get recognition(chosen rosel).


                       It doesn’t seem like much but once the work is being put in, it is.

Week 1:

  • 10/28- Photo shoot with Brenda ( fall outfit)
  • 11/1- Photo shoot with Jose( skater)

Week 2:

  • Edit the pictures
  • Search up internships

Week 3:

  • 11/15- Photo shoot with Damaris

Week 4:

  • Work more on my resume/CV

Week 5/6/7:

  • 11/27- 11/30- Photo Shoots with Taysha, Chrisann, and Maria.
  • 12/5- Edit the pictures, and add the brand.
  • 12/10- Inducted in the Honor Society, and become apart of the publicity Committee.
  • 11/1 -1/1- Work on Final Project

The Eleven Day Challenge

We had an option to either create something everyday for 11 days(ds106), or write 750 words for eleven days. I decided to do 750 words a day for 11 days.


It does seem like the duller choice but honestly, it helped. There were days I only wrote 400 words. A journal is to help me clear my head so I don’t need to be as detailed oriented as if someone else were to read it. This challenged helped me organize my thoughts, remain focus on the thing at hand since I already vented out my issues on a piece of paper.

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On the 20th of this month, I had a reunion with some of my old church members. This is a section of my 750 word paper.

“When the pastors wife died and got remarried. Everyone left and eventually so did my parents. I needed to see the people that I haven’t seen in 9 years. I needed that closure.”


A person needs to reevaluate or make amends with their past in order to move on. Which made me realize what I want to do as my Final Project. It’s a character that I’m working on visually in my Graphics class, and the characters history in my Production Topics Class. I used my own life experience to make the character how he is now. Before he was just a cactus, now he traveled a journey to discover his past. This is just a draft, I am planning on improving the character.

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The Pro and The Ambitious

Arlen Konopaki is a multitalented individual and is currently pursuing his masters in New York University Tisch School of Arts. His online profile contains 6 sections, one of which includes his contact information(email). His blog is good starting point but it’s a bit plain, and there are repetitive work. For example, he acted in a short movie and produced it, so that same video shows for the section performer, and the section filmmaker. However, I believe if he had more work then this wouldn’t be an issue.

A few weeks ago, I was reading my classmates blog post and I came across Tim Tadder. I never heard of him but what caught my attention was the picture of the basketball player shooting the basket. I clicked on his page, and he’s work is amazing. He had a technique with the water balloons and how he was able to create those affects using After Effects and balloons is astonishing. He is extremely creative.

Although they have their differences, they have a few common traits on their blog. They both contain contact information, a short introduction about themselves,  work that they have done in the past, and a website that has their full names. Tim Tadder contains more of a portfolio design because he has more experience, but with some work done to Arlen web design there’s potential.  In my opinion Tadder is trying to create a business so he is more of an entrepreneur, and Arlen is still a student trying to get recognition to get a job in his field. So there design are bound to be different, but Tadder set the goal. Arlen has potential and when he gets hired to get more experience, his portfolio might even look better than Tim Tadder’s.

For my portfolio I would like a layout/design on my web portfolio. I want it to be easy to navigate, and ideas that I have for my design is still unknown. I have my CT101 blog and I plan to continue upgrading it with my work.

I do plan on including social media to my portfolio such as Instagram in order to show my photographers.

The Learning Process

A portfolio could include anything that is relevant to your field. It could range from a video you created or a photograph you took, it mainly depends on what you’re applying for.

Since I would like to become a cinematographer/photographer something that I would included in my portfolio, would be a documentary I did for my Studio Production Class. It was based on Kwame Clark , a production Manager in the theater department. I would also show a blog post I wrote for my Introduction Class to Communications Technology(CT101). It wasn’t just an assignment I was actually apart of the backstage crew.

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As I get more advanced with this major I would like be able to include more to my portfolio, like a fictional character I created( graphics class), and a more in depth documentary (my Cinematography Class).However, in order to make great work you have to learn from great artist.

Daniel Nahabedian is someone I find very talented. Although he’s blog is not eye catching he is an amazing world photographer. He’s blog is called Canvas of Light Photography. I find his work captivating because  he is doing exactly want to do in the future, travel the world and show society the different cultures and customs the world has to offer.

Here’s some of his work.