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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • Video / Web

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

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


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.


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

Check the Resume Foo!

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by josephleenovak

Using a couple of sample resumes, today in class we abstracted the descriptions of a sample production and a place of employment. For work experience, common descriptions are highlighted in common colors:

Work Experience Breakdown2

Green amounted to a description of different interactions with people at the workplace. Yellow spoke to maintenance activities. And blue spoke to job specific skills activities. Create a work experience example that includes all three of these types of activities.

For the production examples:

Production Examples

Green was a description of the time, name, type of production, and location. Pink defines the person’s role(s) in the production. Yellow defines the length (scope for non-time based media) and a simple story/purpose summary. Blue gives some description of how it was made. Camo-green describes where the production can be found or was presented.

In class you began the process of creating a resume based on the guidelines abstracted and using the samples linked above. For next class please complete your resume and bring a printed copy as well as a digital copy to class 9/23. Daniel Phelps the internship coordinator will be reviewing your resumes and will be speaking about the internship process.

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.