Hello faithful readers that I’m sure exist in an alternate universe. For this next installment of my blog I will be talking about my favorite project that I’ve ever had to do in college.
My favorite project I’ve done in college would actually have to be my very first project in college, which was to take a children’s book and animate it. I remember thinking this was a daunting task because I had never done a multimedia project to this extent before, so I instantly felt overwhelmed. Thankfully, I had the best professor David Smit, who was thorough in his explanations and was always willing to answer any questions we had. I only had David for one class and he’s still one of my favorite professors I’ve had in college.
So, for the project I had to do a lot of scanning, selecting, and clone stamping to be able to move the characters around the screen. This project was a real crash course in a lot of the programs I would be using for the rest of my college career including photoshop, premiere, and audacity. This was a true multimedia project encompassing design, sound, and video. Despite the quality of the video (I didn’t grasp the quality/exporting concept back then) I am really proud of how it turned out. I had a lot of fun producing it and gaining experience in multiple programs.
The book I used for this project was Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. The book was full of colorful artwork and a lot of different speaking jungle animal characters. The greatest thing about this project was when I presented my project to the class, my professor asked me which of my classmates I recruited for all of the animal voices. I told him that I had done them all myself, yet he still didn’t believe me. But, it was true! My professor asked me how I managed to get all of the different voices and I told him that I used the very program he had taught us about in class–audacity. I sat in the little studio that we had at the back of the room and read through the book without changing my voice to act like different characters. I was able to manipulate my voice to what I wanted using only audacity. He still didn’t believe me…
I am forever grateful of having done this project because it taught me about time management when trying to produce a massive project as well as expose me to a variety of programs and their capabilities.
‘Til next time!