Light Art


My research project was about light art. I used a ten second exposure time on my camera to capture light art made by my group. It was a required project for my art class that we performed outside in a dark open field. Our main light source that we used was simply a cell phone flashlight. We also used a laser pointer for a few shots and a colored light source for a few shots also.              

Beta Theta Pi


This was my first ever experience checking any equipment our from the Create Space offices. I rented out a 5D mark II and I was extremely happy with the material it produced. I was hired to shoot an event for my own fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. The ceremony was a celebration of the “Re-installation” of Beta Theta Pi which means that the national fraternity recognizes the Ohio University chapter of Beta. I covered this event November 28th. The event took place in two different locations so the lighting conditions changed drastically. The 5D Mark II had incredible low light abilities that saved me from digital noise. The two locations I shot in were the College Green Chapel and the Baker Center Ballroom. I loved this camera. Many of the pictures turned out extremely well even though the first setting was dimly lit church. I shot this event because it was a special night for a...

Using Flying Camera and Genie Syrp

By Hà Kin

For my second year movie project. I have this idea of having the movie title coming out from a shot which is filmed from the flying camera. The story is taken in the late winter. Jack, the main character has a very depressing job. He starts his day by driving his car on a road where everything looks cold and dead. I wanted a wide image of the whole winter scenery with his lonely car winding through. The best way to shoot this scene would be from a flying camera. Since I have no license to fly the camera, I had Nathan from the Create Space to help out. The day was so windy and it was cold. We were worried earlier about the weather, if it is too cold, the battery may die out quickly and if it is too windy it will be very difficult and even dangerous for the camera to fly. Also, in order to perform the flying camera (besides the licenses, we must ask for permission from the city to shoot...

Bloomberg Trading Room


The school of Business has many resources to offer students. We wanted to make a video to display how the trading room effects students in a positive manner. We have interviews from many students telling why and how the trading room has helped with their studies. The dean of students also speaks out to show his appreciation. The goal of this video is to produce a compelling video (approx. 3 minutes) that tells the story of Ohio University’s passion to have a trading lab on campus. The trading room will enrich Ohio University’s College of Business as it strives to be ranked among the top 25 public business schools in the country. The facility will provide students with a classroom experience that will allow them to engage in a more project-based curriculum and to graduate more career ready.        

Dark Matter Cubes


How is dark matter transformed into energy? John Sabraw’s Description class explored this question experimenting with three dimensional cubes. The class began with an ideation process, thinking up ideas for how a cube could contain the power to harness dark matter. Some students interpreted the assignment with plants processing the dark matter, others thought up cubes filled with coffee machines and mechanical arms. Students then drew their ideas in orthographic and isometric projections. Capturing the details and communicating them was a challenge and continued to be one in the next step of making 3D models. Using wood, clay, cardboard, foam and string, the isometric and orthographic projections were modeled. The next step involved translating the wooden sculptural cubes through 3D rendering software with the intent of 3D printing them. The rendering software blender, constituted a...

Energy Flow


For my structure art class the students were asked to pick from a list of contemporary artists that use structure, and eventually make a piece based off of that artist, either in material or meaning. I picked Nobuhiro Shimura, a projection artist whose work explores how the audience and surroundings can be invited into a relationship with his projections. I had never worked with projectors before, and my knowledge was more based in illustration, so I created a series of figures to project as part of an installation that I exhibited Wednesday, November 4 for a total of about 30 minutes. I rented two projectors but ended up using a super short range one to project my figures onto the back of a hanging piece of paper. There were slits in the paper between each of the figures that allowed the paper to swing freely and react to the breath and movement of those viewing it. I animated two of...

Compositing Monstrosity


It began as an assignment for an experimental film production class. The goal was to piece together video bits of the body to reshape the human. I used a Black Magic Pocket camera and a Manfrotto Tripod. Then I took the footage into Adobe After Effects. The compositing process has been a lot of fun and using video editing software has proved to be a good learning experience. Right now the material has been revolving around movement of extremities detached from the torso. However, I am interested in the possibilities away from extensive movement. The next rendition of the assignment seems to be compositing video portraiture to reflect distortion with specific physical attributes rather than physical movement. https://vimeo.com/144573588    ...

The Still Lives


As I create traditional 2d work, it is necessary that I keep quality documentation of what I make and how I made it. What I have been creating recently are pieces for two bodies of work. While I explore different approaches to making conceptually successful work, I am also working toward honing my technical skill. I am also photographing works in preparation for a small exhibition of drawings which will be held in Cube 4 Gallery on January 15th and 16th 2016.      

Getting Better

By Julia Leiby

I made a video for my Capstone Class, which is the final photojournalism class that seniors take. The video is about mental illness in college-age people, and my two subjects both live in Athens, OH. My first subject was Dylan Barnes-Trout, a 24-year-old man who has schizophrenia and was diagnosed in 2011. I used a zoom microphone, and a tripod to interview Dylan about his experiences with the illness, for example his lowest points and how he copes. He is a musician who plays primarily heavy metal and I filmed him in the studio, playing music with friends, and playing music at home. I also focused on Haley Shaw, a 5th year student at OU, and interviewed her about her struggles with anxiety and her experiences receiving help for that. I filmed her at home with her roommate Kat and at the Music and Dance Library in Glidden where she works.      

Dramatic Production: Concept to Completion


The Student Organization of Undergraduate Playwrights’ “Trick-or-Treat: A Night of Short Plays” was a huge success, however, it was no simple task. The membership had a study of how a dramatic production is put on, from the initial concept to the actual manifestation of our goal. With the CREATE_space in mind as our performing venue, our creative research began a month before the time in the space. Through brainstorming we hatched the idea of a Halloween themed show and then through workshopping we perfected our pieces. We also researched promotional materials and strategies to get the word out about the show. We used social media as our main platform for this and utilized analytics for the optimum posting time. As time until the show dwindled, the planning got more intense. We started thinking about fundraising, finalizing actors, scripts and completing our...

Fly on the Wall


So my name is John Kerfoot and I’m a 3rd year grad student in film working on my thesis project – a short titled “Fly on the Wall” and, yes, it is about a fly. This fly, like many flies I would imagine, hates all creatures because so many want to either kill it or eat it. So this dude is pretty pissed off, and it especially doesn’t like humans. All save one, Anna, a girl he sees on the street as she is meeting her Tinder-date who accused her of Catfishing. So the Fly follows them on their date into a restaurant, cockblocking the guy at every chance. Now, a couple fun factoids about flies: they see the world 10x slower than we do (which is why it’s hard to swat a fly). Also, they have a wide but very limited focal range of view – so unless an object is very close to a fly, it’s out focus. So from a filmmaking standpoint I get to do two...

Duck Video


I created a floatable sculpture cast in urethane resin. The sculpture was taken on an adventure, floating down rivers, chasing migratory geese, and waterskiing behind a canoe. The single channel video reveals a visual narrative- simultaneously absurd, poetic, and ambiguous. In this work I am using a culturally bound version of animal imagery as a stand in for the human condition as we sometimes float, hit bumps, or dragged in the rain. I use cultural and autobiographical imagery that seeks access to a collective knowledge.      

Nonfiction Wow!


When you think of contemporary nonfiction, you probably don’t think of late-1970s gameshows. But with the help of Prof. Dinty W. Moore of the English Department, and Patrick Madden and Joey Franklin of BYU (both OU grads), I set out to help change that as a way to spread the word about our most overlooked literary genre. By filming OU students talking about their literary tastes and experience, we collected questions and answers for a (wacky) gameshow-style presentation for the 2015 Nonfiction Now conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. “Nonfiction WOW,” our gameshow, has been a fan-favorite at the conference in the past, and this year it will continue to connect OU’s highly-regarded Creative Nonfiction program with the wider writing community. Camera equipment and microphone were courtesy of Create Space.      



Baggage is the first step in the development of my thesis exhibition scheduled for late Spring. For the last two years, I have been exploring the idea of the existence of an “authentic” black male experience. That is to say, what truly makes an African-American male, a man under today’s social codes. Through my research and study of the topic, I have found evidence to suggest that the criminalization and “othering” of African Americans, specifically young boys, can start as early as age 5-7. This coincides with the time that children begin to regularly attend school (kindergarten, first grade); coupled with other evidence that suggest the existence of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, the work seeks to plainly show the struggles of African American male youth in a system that not only cripples them, but also blames them for their second class status. As part...

Vaylenx GoFundme


This past week I worked with three graduate students on creating a video that they could post on their gofundme page to entice people to donate to their start-up, Vaylenx. The goal of the project was to interview each of the students and use the footage to create a short 3-4 minute video explaining what their startup was and why they needed funding. We shot in many different locations including Baker Center, the Ridges, and College Green. I used my personal DSLR camera as well as a Velbon Tripod and Zoom H4n recorder to record quality footage and audio. The Zoom H4n was particularly useful when we shot in more crowded areas because it allowed us to, for the most part, filter out any excess noise and simply focus on the student being interviewed. The filming was done over the course of two days; one day consisted of just interviews and the other simply involved taking stock...

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