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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