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.