Archive for October, 2010

Carter Museum Virtual Tour

Earlier this month, I completed the  George L. Carter Train Museum promotional project with the Virtual Tour podcast series.  After reviewing literally hours of footage, it seemed to me that the only way to tackle this project would be to categorize the footage and split it into smaller projects.  The original intent was to create a 30 minute and a 90 to 120 minute documentary, but, to me at least, I just didn’t see enough “glue” there to hold together that long of a narrative.  The plan then became to cut a short promotional piece for the museum, a series of virtual tour podcasts, and, later, a short documentary on the George L. Carter, himself, and the pivotal role he played in the establishment of a normal, or teacher training, school that would later become ETSU.

Consequently, after organizing the nearly 50 GBs of footage and cutting the short promo, this was the first of the 3 part virtual tour of the museum hosted by former ETSU Broadcasting student Kodi Ledford.  In this opening episode Ledford meets with museum director and ETSU professor Dr. Fred Alsop as he introduces the audience to George L. Carter and some of the exhibits in the museum.  The second episode introduces Mountain Empire Model Railroader members Jessee Kittle and David Dowdy, who proceed to introduce the audience to the children’s room and provide further backstory on specific elements of the exhibits.  The final episode chronicles the surprise visit of ETSU president Dr. Paul Stanton to the museum.  The other two episodes are currently available on iTunes in ETSU’s iTunesU library.

As to the credits, filming was provided by Jason Jones, Josh Elliott, David Currie, Andrew Simmons of the Office of eLearning and myself.  Onscreen talent includes host Kodi Ledford, museum director Dr. Fred Alsop, Jessee Kittle, David Dowdy, ETSU president Dr. Paul Stanton, and various other members of the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders.  Additionally, I was assisted in the editing and organization of the footage by Andrew Simmons.  All other post-production duties were completed by myself with Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Cinema 4D, and SonicFire Pro.

Carter Legacy – Animation Test

This is an animation test for an overlay that I intend to utilize in the Carter Legacy video to promote the ETSU Centennial Celebration.  It features well-known American tycoons J.J. Hill, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Flagler who were some of the more well-known contemporaries of George L. Carter.

Work was done with Photoshop and After Effects.

Night of 1000 Hands

I finished this project a few weeks ago and thought I’d throw it up here.  The concept was devised by David Currie, Director of Digital Media Services in the Office of eLearning, and was intended to help in promoting the University Seminar course at ETSU.  David had the idea that, by providing clips from student essays about the course read by actual students from the class, students would become more interested in participating in ETSU 1000.  All that being said, I must say that, in staring at a half hour or so of faceless hands typing on a keyboard, the ideas just weren’t coming of how to formulate this promo.

The funny thing with design is that you never know where or when inspiration will strike you.  In talking with a friend of mine about a music video project he was working on, we watched a few examples he was referencing and one included a sequence of video with thicker than normal letterboxing, giving the video a super widescreen kind of look.  Something about that sequence stuck with me and I began to experiment with my hands source footage.  Another element crystallized when I was thinking about how I rarely ever use a close to or pure white background in my promos.  A few days later, the Night of 1000 Hands was over and the ETSU 1000 Promo was a reality.

And now, credits.  the aforementioned David Currie was the director of the project and Jason Jones, also of the Office of eLearning, produced the footage.  The talent included various students from the ETSU 1000 course and I performed all post-production duties including design, editing, and graphics by way of Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut, Audition, and After Effects.

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