This has been an amazing school year and its hard to believe I'm now done year one of two years at Durham College's Digital Photography course. It's been so good that I've been contemplating a 3rd year in the video program! I've learned so much and about so many programs within each course. It's not enough to learn about a camera you have to learn photoshop. Ok fair enough I'm self taught for 4 years but I still learned a ton and had to learn Audacity, Audition, Premiere and more! This year has gone by so fast but it will be nice to get back into the habit of blogging here since I'm done blogging for social media class. Good thing about a class that forces you to blog and tweet is that you pick up good social media habits! (Thanks Tim ;))
I have to say that I have always understood the use of social media but can appreciate the fact that it is there even more so now because it gives me opportunity to do two good things. Promote and Thank. So here we go... on with promotion....
What do you get when you take your own skills and combine the talent of your own 11 year old daughter (Happy Birthday today "Bootsy-Girl") with your 2 best friends (Alchemy Unplugged)? As corny as it sounds (and frankly I don't care how corny it does sound) you get MAGIC.
When give the assignment from Mark Johnson in video editing class to do a music video my brain was kind of swirling. From the beginning I'd known that I wanted to use a song by Lisa and Daren. When talking to Lisa we both seemed to just agree on Advice About Life. Despite the fact that Daren usually sits off in the background more so than Lisa, this is a "Daren song". Written, narrated and singing lead Daren is sitting in a rare place. Front and centre. I have to say since I've known him I have always known this is where he should be so I am glad this is the song we decided to do. That being said before I continue on... future projects with AU are going to put Lisa in that spot so keep the eyes open! ;)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvTDLHEzkCY&feature=g-upl]I wasn't sure where I was going with this at first. In first semester we were given the assignment of 1000 pictures, a project of stop motion photography. BTW.. thanks Connor Spry-Jones for your help with that one. It started a chain reaction that got me re-thinking ideas and it led me here and now its going to keep me going with stop motion for sure. We were then given an assignment of a viral video for social media class and the same phrase kept playing over in my head. "Stick with what you know and things turn out better". I did that and it proved to be a good formula because my brain started churning and what started to come was the ideas for the video.
I have blogged so often about my daughter's talent and about AU that its not really a surprising conclusion but I am so happy and proud of the end results so I'll make the how to's brief. Take a q-tip, a camera, a white board and a talented kid and put it together with a heart warming, positive and simple message in a song and you get a really wonderful video. I love what we've accomplished here. I love it so much I made my daughter a Twitter account, a website and a gift shop in hopes that people will love what they see enough to help establish this young person as a serious cartoonist. (Is that an oxymoron? LOL!) Day 3 of her having a website we had an amazing dad with his own blog about a dad's perspective on autism following us and an artist in Japan following her Twitter feeds so things are looking good!
*this image is not the property of NaturallyFocused.ca*
The best thing about social media is I understand it and appreciate how it can be used. Look up the people you know and what they tweet and you can get a vague but basic understanding of who they are and what they stand for. I guess that's one reason why I got a 95% in my social media class. Social media helps us present ourselves to the world. This is me right now doing my part to embed who I am inside social media. Take it or leave it, believe or not this is who I am and who I share with people and the world. I am someone who is proud of my daughter and her talent and of my friends and their talent. I used my talent and combined us all together and made something I love in hopes that we change the world one or two people at a time. Mission accomplished? We'll see.
Ok, I had said Promotion and thanks so now its time to thank. Without getting all sappy (Ok, I'm totally sappy) I would like to thank the following people for their help, contributions, or even just emotional support on my video project:
Thanks to Maddy Lapalme (happy birthday today BootsyGirl), Jeremy Lapalme, Lisa Nicole and Daren Swanson, without your gifts I would not walk the earth as I do. Thank you to Mark Johnson, Al Fournier, Tim McGhie, Brian Stephens and Mark Foerster it's because of great teachers like you that I am thriving in school! Thank you to Kristina Brabender, Britney Binger, Jennifer Neal, Natalee Evans, and Amanda Morari (especially all that help toward the end Amanda) and everyone else in "Block B". You are all so fantastically talented! ALL of the 2013 class, we rock and we're gonna rock the world with these camera's man! Thank you to Kathy Heavrin and Curtis Heavrin. To Kathy who never sways and for Curtis who dreams big for me! To Joey Gill, who'll try as hard as I do to scratch a back (love you). Thank you to my whole family and all of my friends who are the best cheering section in the world. Not only is the school year an indication but the last 2 years is too and the future will be as well. (Cuz this video making thing is kinda fun and I think I started something).....Sincerely to you all... Thank you!