The All in All

The end of the semester is here and half of the academic year is over.

For Final Project:

a) My group (JCC & Myself) has been given permission to register for Final Project Spring ’15.

b) We are going to create portrayal of some of the skills and talents of Dr. Gregory H. Hopkins. Dr. Hopkins is a tenured Professor of Classical Voice at Howard University holding degrees from Temple University and Curtis Institute of Music, and he has served as an Artistic Director and Music Minister for over 20 years.  We will be crafting a website to showcase him along with shorter length videos of about 2-3 minutes long that would compliment the different content on the website rather than a single 10 minute documentary.

c) We currently have access to numerous articles of Dr. Hopkins that he himself have collected over the years along with pictures. We have access to Dr. Hopkins himself for any interviews, but clearance to access any recording of him performing has to be planned ahead and requested. We already have a domain name for the site and cameras, microphones etc. are available.

d) Our timeline is currently as is:

December 2014: Collection and study of given articles from Dr. Hopkins to determine the uses of these pieces.

January 2015 : Christmas break. Continue organizing documents, and planning dates to meet with Dr. Hopkins and for upcoming events that he has.

FEBRUARY:

  • Video

To record one or two interviews of Dr.Hopkins, and footage of Dr. Hopkins in rehearsals and performance as he conducts the choir. We will also be collecting stills of Dr. Hopkins as he works with the choir. Collecting data and begin to building the website with stills, narratives and possible audio.

  • Web

Start the wireframing process for the websites layout. Begin to sketch out content layout.

  • Site name
  • Drafting navigation menu
  • Amount of pages
  • Color scheme
  • Overall user experience

MARCH:

  • Video

Compiling footage to create the best narrative from what we have recorded into a 5 – 10 minute documentary. This will be inclusive of recorded and interview and B-Roll footage. Continuing to build website.

  • Web

Finalization of site layout and any additional customizations needed to enhance the user experience.

  • Link social media
  • Organize interview(s) and pictures according to page content
  • Begin to edit and transcribe all videos
  • Enhance picture quality of photos if necessary and format for all device users

APRIL:

  • Video / Web

Applying finishes to both the website and documentary with any retakes if necessary.

We intend to wrap up by May 8th, 2015.

INTERNSHIP :

a) I do not have an internship in place as yet, but I do plan on doing one during Summer 2015.

b) I have my resume ready to go in several formats, with a large master resume and then smaller downsized resumes for different companies e.g an audio project edited resume for radio stations, and a video projects resume for a company such as Viacom.

PORTFOLIO:

I think I kind of struggled in this area the most out of all. Not in terms of having the content and describing work or organizing it, but just my vision of how I would like to layout items. My resume is a part of my About Me page. Although I have my contact information up, I am still struggling a bit with the social media links.

Richard’s Masterplan……. Yeahhhhh right!!!!

First off let me say, this class has certainly pushed me to get all my “Ducks in a Row” as my father would say and has told me many times before.  Which means, Procrastination is not my friend.

I have registered for the Final Project course but have yet to be approved by Michael Smith.  Hopefully, after this little “Speel”, I’ll get permission:

1. My Final Project Proposal is to shoot, star in and edit a short film called “Down & Outta here“.  It’s the Story of a talented person but gets sucked into drug addiction.  After a long rehabilitation stint, he returns home to his wife but finds that she has been cheating on him while he was away.  Despite his teachings while away, he slowly, and very comically is sucked back into his old ways of doing things.  With help from his friends and family, he manages to pull himself out of the gutter and overcome his demons.  It’s a real cheer for him type of story.  We as the audience will feel his pain.

I have written a script for the short already but it has to be tweeked a little bit for the screenplay but nevertheless, the story is solid.

I have one camera of my own and am certain I may borrow another when necessary from the CT lab.  Sound will be handled via zoom recorders and external mics on the DSLR’s.  I can always tweek my sounds with Pro Tools.I have perfect locations for each scene already in mind and those special scenes like a bar, the people have been notified and I may use it when ready. I used to work at one of the locations and I have unimpeded access.  All of my actors haven’t been put into place yet, but I’ve gotten plenty of offers and before I commit to any of them, I’ll need permission to enroll in the course, then Production will begin.  I have a total of 7 roles in the movie.

My time for shooting the entire film would take me 2 to 3 months and editing another 2. In case of setbacks, I can allow only one other month for the entire project to be finished.

I do not have an internship planned yet, but I’ve recieved an offer for one next semester and really don’t want to accept it because I’m really dead-set on doing my final Project in the Spring.  Also, I’d much rather do an summer internship, hopefully “paid”.

My Portfolio is looking really good and I have linked my resume to my Bio page.  Daniel said I should add more to my resume, but as of yet, I’ve yet to do that being as busy as I am.  But, what I have will surfice because all of my production is on the site. Why read about it when you can see it first hand.

As such:

Richard D. Holmes’s Portfolio

Give Me a Little More Time…

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For the final day of Black Book we will be showcasing your portfolios as well as hosting an event around the GIF the Portrait project. Think of the day as an unofficial CT party. Something that we should have been doing already.

A final post as well should be written and published for that day which will provide a final report on your progress toward creating a final project proposal, preparing for the internship, and creating a portfolio/online digital presence. Here are some guidelines to consider in your final written post:

  1. Final Project Proposal
    1. Have you been given permission to register for the final project class? If not do you have a semester in mind to register?
    2. Give a clear description of what you are going to make. This is a paragraph that would give some technical detail as well as illustrate the ‘story’ of your work. That narrative is possible to write whether it is an actual traditional documentary, or a website, or a set of GIFs, or an animation, or an abstract music video. There will be structure to your project that you should be able to articulate in writing.
    3. Describe what assets you have to complete the project. These vary of course to the project. Fiction films need scripts, actors, locations, crew, and more all set. Websites need domain names, web hosting, web applications. Animations need characters, backgrounds, music, tools for animating. What resources, pieces, tools, etc. do you have in place to complete your project by the end of the semester.
    4. A timeline for finishing your project based on major milestones. Define so key things that will need to be made throughout your project and nail a date down for completing them. Put these together in a list format. Check them for feasibility.
  2. Internship Plan
    1. Do you have an internship in place and approved by Daniel Phelps? If not do you have a semester in mind to register?
    2. Is you resume ready to go. Have you written a cover email to an organization of interest? Do you include a link to an online presence/portfolio?
  3. Portfolio – The choices you’ve mede you should in your post example where you are with them. Which allows to recognize you need to do work.
    1. Work Example
      1. Description and additional meta data
      2. A method of work organization and presentation
    2. Contact Info – choices of kinds of contact info based on privacy concerns
    3. A clear organization/navigation of the site
    4. Resume/CV/credits/clips/external links
    5. Social Media Links and/or embeds
    6. About me/artist statement/who am i/ WTF do I do?
    7. REAL NAME
    8. A Domain name and/or URL (this may or may not be connected to a service)

Taking your advice and remembering to ask for help


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We’ve got five weeks or so left in the semester and three remaining meeting days. The three main goals for the class – internship preparation, final project proposal, and online portfolio are in various states of readiness. On the last class you are going to report out on all three and present your online portfolio too.

What I thought would be a good idea today would be for you to review your own advice first. Ask yourself which of these pieces of advice do I need to take to heart myself and why. Which things could you be doing more often even as you are about to finish school.

And finally recognizing it’s not always about knowing what you should do but asking for help where you need it most. So I’d like you to ask me what can I do in these last few weeks to help you accomplish the three goals in this course. Or anything else!

Would you like me to review, help edit an about page on your portfolio? Give feedback on the pieces you’ve selected to present? Jog through some final project ideas? Help frame some steps to be taken toward your final project? Talk about approaches to contacting a company you’d like to intern with? Anything else?

Let me know.