The last thing I had to do for capstone was participate with the rest of my classmates in another Titan Traverse to finish up the semester in the same way we started it. It was indoors this time and involved some new games, like "Muse." That one involved getting the whole lot of us from one platform to another using only planks and cinder blocks, plus we had to carry a bunch of "obstacles" that hindered us. The best thing about this exercise was seeing the camaraderie my class had formed. We were helpful and encouraging and when we thought we weren't going to make it in time we pulled together and we did it. Gives me hope for real life (which I have to face right soon) in that I know I will have people rooting for me and that will give me the strength to make it.
Not only that, but I now know I am able to scale a rock wall, and that's a confidence booster in and of itself.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
OfficeMax is giving you a form of Christmas cheer to give you and your loved ones a chuckle. At www.elfyourself.com, you can turn up to four people into, you guessed it, elves. Not only do you get to see what your family members look like as Santa's little helpers, you also get to see them make fools out of themselves, because these elves are dancing elves. Thaaaaat's right. And for an added bonus, if you call a number to leave a message that will accompany the elves when you e-mail them to friends. Pretty slick. And, to the benefit of OfficeMax, they are able to advertise their products without being an annoying pop-up ad on another website. So good job everyone!
Just a random example, because I am not about to subject myself to green clothes and pointy shoes:
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I hope you enjoy!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I applied for a camera operator job, and I could have had it if I had been able to start training next week. They said they would keep my resume on file, so that was encouraging.
I finished my PSAs for my capstone, and now I have to present my capstone next Thursday. I am still having YouTube uploading troubles - I might have to go home this weekend so I can upload them on a faster server.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Google is one of the most well-known sites on the web, and so movie makers teamed up with them so they could help to promote one another. Some of the movies this happened with were The Break-Up
and The Da Vinci Code, in which the movies used some product of Google, such as Google video. The latest movie that they did this with was The Bourne Ultimatum, where Google had the ultimate search for Jason Bourne, at www.searchforbourne.com. The promotion is over now, so now the website just links you to a place to watch the movie near you, but the point of the promotion was to find the website that gave you the location of Jason Bourne. A pretty neat kind of interaction, because it makes you want to see the movie, and you have to use Google to find the website, so it worked very nicely as a collaboration. I was not aware of this promotion until after it was over, but I did go see the movie and it was incredible. The movie Crank also advertises Google Earth in it because they use a shot from Google Earth that still has the logo on it in the movie, but I am not sure if they were doing it to be promotional or simply because that was the only way to get the shot they wanted.
Information from: http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2007-04-21-n50.html
Sunday, November 04, 2007
An interesting use of convergence happened when the Simpson Movie came out. They decided to pair up with Burger King to help promote each other. A website was made where one could get turned into a Simpson character, and the machine used to do this was heavily advertising Burger King by having the burger king be the model for the transformation. It has signs on it that advertise the movie and Burger King, and Homer Simpson is commanding you to "Be Yellow." It's a wonderful marketing ploy, because I have never seen the Simpsons, but I wanted to become one when I found the site. And I did, as you can see. You know you're doing a good job when you can drive people to a website like this campaign has done. Admittedly, I haven't been to Burger King in years and I have not seen the Simpsons movie, but I did visit their site and now have both of these things on the brain. The use of the web for convergence is a pretty good idea because of this generation's obsession with the internet.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
My favorite movie ever is the Princess Bride, which came out 20 years ago, and just this year I found out it is being turned into an MMO, where you can play it online with many other people and experience life in that world.
And one of my favorite television shows, Firefly, got canceled after the first season, but there was such a following for it afterwards that a movie called Serenity was made as a kind of ending for the series. I enjoy how different types of media are meshed together until you aren't sure which one came first.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The one actor asked me at the end of the shoot if I would put it on YouTube when it was finished, which shows just how much our culture is into putting things on the internet, even if they were things that, in the past, had only been meant for television. And since this is what my project is also about, I thought it very fitting that he asked that. Of course I told him yes, and hopefully I will soon be able to figure out how to actually get something that I've made onto YouTube.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Another milestone of my capstone is completed. The public relations lady at the New Castle Public Library said they would love for me to do PSAs for them, and so I now have a client for my project. I had been worried about that, because I didn't know who else I would ask if they had said no. So I was very excited about that... and I also defined my target audience. Good things.
Last week I had three radio shifts instead of two because I covered for someone, and it was actually really awesome. Also, I was asked to read the news and do the afternoon news minute on Friday. I enjoyed that shift the most of the three, and I'm starting to think I could be a deejay for a real job. Before I was not very comfortable talking on the radio, but I'm liking it more and more. Of course, the button pushing jobs are more my style, but I could do this in addition on the side.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Also this week I ran camera one for the interview segment of "The County Line." I love running camera, what with wearing the headset and doing on-air zooms. It's probably my favorite technical job, although I also like doing sound and being in charge of the microphones. Anything where I get to press buttons and move sliders and check levels is okay with me.
Other than that, I just hope to get my commercial posted later this week.
Friday, September 21, 2007
I also made a resume this week, and went to the career center today to help me perfect it. Hopefully I'll be able to get it down to one page and make it look professional. More goals!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Last week, for our capstone, our whole class had to do Titan Traverse out in the woods to bond us together as a class. We had to do a number of activities, but they all involved working together as a team. For example, we played a game where one person was blindfolded, and their partner had to use words to tell them where to go and what to do. It's very difficult to be totally dependent on someone else. Another game we played was the spiderweb game, and that consisted of getting all 12 people in our class through some rope that had people sized holes tied into it, only we couldn't touch the rope, and many holes were high off the ground. So we had to discuss our strategy and trust each other in order to successfully complete this task. This is going to be an important part in our actual capstones as well, because as a broadcasting major, it is very hard to do everything by yourself. You have to ask other people for help, work out time schedules, trust that everyone will show up when they promised, and be willing to help others yourself. Many lessons were illustrated during Titan Traverse, and it made me feel much closer to the others in my class, so I am glad we were able to do such a valuable activity.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Other than capstone, this semester I will be deejaying twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays at noon, on Titan Radio for "Lunchtime Memories." This is very exciting for me because only oldies will be playing during that time, and the classics are my favorite.
Another large part of my semester will be spent stage-managing A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is going to help me with my leadership skills. Balancing classes and everything will help me focus on my priorities.
Those are the latest updates in the life of Sky.
"Well, it's not a prybar."
Sunday, August 05, 2007
"No. Not without incident."