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Passion Works Studio Gallery Grand Opening: ‘BIG IDEAS’

Please join us in support of the celebration of the Passion Works Studio Gallery grand opeing this Thursday.  Contributing works were created during the Ohio Arts Counsel (OAC) sponsored residency with Patty Mitchell. The Aesthetic Technologies Lab is proud to support ‘BIG IDEAS’ and the people behind it. Details: February 11th 5-8PM 20 East State St. (Behind the BP on Court St.) Catered by Purple Chopstix For more information, visit:...

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Passion Works Studio Gallery Grand Opening: 'BIG IDEAS'

Please join us in support of the celebration of the Passion Works Studio Gallery grand opeing this Thursday.  Contributing works were created during the Ohio Arts Counsel (OAC) sponsored residency with Patty Mitchell. The Aesthetic Technologies Lab is proud to support ‘BIG IDEAS’ and the people behind it. Details: February 11th 5-8PM 20 East State St. (Behind the BP on Court St.) Catered by Purple Chopstix For more information, visit:...

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Strictly Casual

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I’m John Kerfoot, 2nd year MFA in film, and I was Director of Photography for Josh Hanesack’s short film “Strictly Casual.” For me, the film is kind of an anti-romantic comedy. It’s a junior May/December romance that lasts all of a couple of days. A couple that in the moment get to know each other over a weekend, but years down the line will be living happily/unhappily ever after with somebody else. This is not a love story or a bitter-about-love story; this is strictly casual. The film was shot over 3 days during Spring Break. Mostly indoors in a duplex but also on the go around Athens. Josh has been influenced by the Mumblecore style – low-budget but naturalistic in production value and style. Hey, we’re student filmmakers damn it, why pretend it’s not low-budget?! But we also want it to look nice. Not pretty, but nice. And even have a couple rare stylized moments. This story is not glossy, pretty and stylish. It wants to be at times, but it’s just not. The look should match that. The film was shot with my Sony FS7, the newest camera from Sony that has a Super 35 sized sensor and is also made for the documentary style shooter. It shoots 4k, the look is yummy, and it does high-frame rate shooting (smooth slow mo)…but also it’s made for quick, run & gun style. I have to say – I get off on shooting high frame rate video. Got to do this a few times for those rare moments of style. Looks coolio. The camera has the ability to use various lenses (with the metabones adapter for canon lenses that was kindly thrown in when purchased). This allowed us to use some nice Canon Zeiss lenses, and my main man Nate from the At-Lab hooked us up with 35mm and 50mm primes. Great in low light, with some good bokeh. A couple stills have been included. One, in the kitchen and another with the actor in bed. Both were lit with daylight balanced LED’s by lighting stud Kyle Kruse. Quick and easy, and natural looking. Dig it. The rest of the crew that Josh assembled were stellar: Vinay Choudary, Sam Stewart, Natalie Hulla, Luke Porst. Overall, the film shoot went quite well. I’m looking forward to what Josh puts together. And, a thank you to the CREATE_space for lenses. I know I will be hitting them up in the future because there is a lot of great equipment over there that can do amazing things. Oh, and yeah, it’s free. Dig it.  ...

Athens Brew Week Photography

By Elana Caple

In Athens, toward the middle of this July was Ohio Brew Week. In 2014 it also served to showcase local talent. From Honey of the Heart on Central Venue to the College Green, a parade of huge puppets quickly made its way there and back to a marching tune performed onstage by Shouts & Whispers. Despite all the draw of these fun activities, without the invitation and encouragement of the late Bob Winters, I would have been home in bed. A series of fortunate events transpired in the invitation to an exclusive group of talented OU-Com graduates, in a theater photography course, which was an offering of the heart from Bob. He truly enjoyed working with the many decades of the students who received training and support from him. As an individual with a serious medical issue, the treatment I receive is very tiring. Without special effort, or investment in my cause; to live, learn, and be happy; none of these photographs would have happened. Bob made me feel important, like someone valued my opinions and sought my input, and he did. Thanks, Bob. I used a steady stick in order to gain an advantageous point of view for the celebrated Athens Brew Week finale, a parade of giant puppets down Court Street and a performance by Shouts and Whispers, along with civic awards and information about the local art community in Athens, confirmed to have brought in $14 million to the Athens area. The steady stick was quite heavy, but I was able to use it for the shot of the puppets lined up outside Central Venue. In action shots, which required me to sprint after the puppet parade, I only took my Nikon D5100. I daresay I looked rather silly, but what’s the point of art if it isn’t fun? I tried to blend in, and had a great time, and found a few creative uses for the steady stick. The first was balancing atop a wall and making sure the skyline was perfect, as you can see. The second was the ensure I could actually photograph the puppets as they were moving. As intricately crafted as they were, I wanted to ensure as much clarity as possible. Photography is a joy and one skill I take great pride in. Using new and unfamiliar equipment is just one more step in honing my craft.        ...

Obstructed

By Carlos Pacheco

Obstructed is a series of live abstractions recorded from live webcams in which various environmental factors and the camera’s own mechanisms disrupt the camera’s function as a tool that aids in global voyeurism. http://www.carlosrenepacheco.com/obstructed.html  

Athens Hip Hop Documentary Cont.

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This weekend of filming was focussed on the B-Boy aspect of Athens Hip Hop. More commonly, and incorrectly known as breakdancing, the B-Boy presence on campus is second only to the MCs. What is also relatively unknown about B-Boying is that it is more about a certain attitude than dancing ability, and that is what I am really trying to bring out with this documentary. I had a chance to capture some footage of a couple of B-Boys dancing, but due to rain and scheduling conflicts I didn’t get as much as I hoped for and will have to get interviews at a later date.  

Athens Hip Hop Documentary

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Throughout this semester I will be creating a documentary that explores the relatively unknown hip hop scene in Athens OH. Each element of hip hop (MC, DJ, Graffiti, B-Boy) will be characterized by one of the prominent members in the Hip Hop community, in hopes of familiarizing the audience with hip hop within and outside of Athens. Using the Canon 5D Mark II and Zeiss lenses I captured footage at Hip Hop Shop at the Union. I have done this many time before, but only with a 60D and a standard lens. The Union always has a noticeable lack of lighting during this event, which often gave me trouble with my own camera. However this time I found much more success with the equipment I rented, the 5D was great in low light and allowed me to maintain the atmosphere at Hip Hop Shop. The second shoot was an interview with an Athens MC who goes by Jean P the MC, and has had relative success within the industry. The Zeiss Lenses allowed me to really separate the subject from the background in a location where I did not have much control over the lighting. Overall the first weekend of shooting went well, and the equipment has been very beneficial to me....

Passion Works Studio Gallery Grand Opening: ‘BIG IDEAS’

Please join us in support of the celebration of the Passion Works Studio Gallery grand opeing this Thursday.  Contributing works were created during the Ohio Arts Counsel (OAC) sponsored residency with Patty Mitchell. The Aesthetic Technologies Lab is proud to support ‘BIG IDEAS’ and the people behind it. Details: February 11th 5-8PM 20 East State St. (Behind the BP on Court St.) Catered by Purple Chopstix For more information, visit:...

Passion Works Studio Gallery Grand Opening: 'BIG IDEAS'

Please join us in support of the celebration of the Passion Works Studio Gallery grand opeing this Thursday.  Contributing works were created during the Ohio Arts Counsel (OAC) sponsored residency with Patty Mitchell. The Aesthetic Technologies Lab is proud to support ‘BIG IDEAS’ and the people behind it. Details: February 11th 5-8PM 20 East State St. (Behind the BP on Court St.) Catered by Purple Chopstix For more information, visit:...

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