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Carter Legacy

I finally got the time to get this one finished – at last. Carter Legacy a mini-documentary that tells the story of how East Tennessee State University was founded and the role its benefactor, George L. Carter, played in making the school’s founding a reality. John Fleenor, Media Collections Manager at ETSU’s Archives of Appalachia, provides narration of a story by Ned Irwin, University Archivist. David Currie, Josh Elliot, and Jason Jones assisted with the live action shoot and all still photography was provided by the University Photo Lab, the Archives of Appalachia, and the website Johnson’s Depot. Thanks & props also goes to ETSU Digital Media Services who produced the project and aided in the distribution. I served as director, editor, visual effects artist, and producer utilizing Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Audition on a Mac & PC.

This project required a massive amount of Photoshop & After Effects work for the 2D/3D shots which I’ll go into a little more in a future post. It will be featured during ETSU’s Centennial Celebration next month. Check it out below.

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Brainstorm VFX – Revisioning Atlantic City

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Boardwalk Empire, but, I’ll have to admit, they slipped in more visual effects shots of old Atlantic City and the Boardwalk, itself, than I realized. Check out all the work that went into digitally re-creating the sights and sounds courtesy of Brainstorm VFX.

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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.

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