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Mike Pender’s Searchers: When You Walk In The Room

Through my work with Chad and Jeremy, I’ve been fortunate to know other artists from the 1960s. In March 2015, I joined several dates of the British Invasion Tour, which included the artists: Terry Sylvester, Mike Pender, Chad and Jeremy, Billy J Kramer, Denny Laine and Peter Asher.

This video was shot on my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with a 25mm F/1.4 TV lens and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 with effects created in Adobe Photoshop.

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Can We Help You? Video for Loyola DMS

Annually, there are massive updates to the online training courses for the Digital Media Services student workers. While planning media to highlight the vast array of equipment available through the department’s Equipment Loan Program, the team of supervisors differed in their ideas for what the video in training should look like.

Alma created storyboards for the three video variations and shot the footage for all of the videos simultaneously. Then she edited the video to each of the storyboard specifications. The video below is meant to promote the use of the equipment loan program because of its equipment selection and the friendliness of the staff. While students are not supposed to remember the entire list of equipment pieces, they should walk away with the impression that we have just about anything they need.

Alma shot the video using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. She edited the footage using Adobe Premiere CS6 with titles from Adobe After Effects CS6.

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Timelapse with Tilt-Shift Effect

Video shot at one frame per two seconds on BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Tilt-shift effect added in Adobe AfterEffects CS6

The Lycee Français de Chicago is opening a new school adjacent to some property Alma has access to. She perched with her Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera up on the 6th floor and shot timelapse video (one frame per two seconds) for the entire groundbreaking ceremony.

Alma added a Tilt-Shift look in Adobe After Effects to enhance the miniature feel that was already present in the footage.

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Chad & Jeremy Collaboration

Chad & Jeremy, British Invasion Duo known for their Billboard hits Yesterday’s Gone, Summer Song, Distant Shores, Before and After, and more, reunited in 2004 and have toured since then, also appearing on several television and radio specials and PBS appearances.

Alma joined their team as official photographer and videographer in late 2013, touring with them in 2013 and 2014.

Alma’s main accomplishments since beginning this collaboration are:

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Video Competencies Online Courses

October 2012 – May 2013, as Digital Media Specialist at Loyola University Chicago

Alma planned, developed and created a multi-tiered curriculum on Video Production. Using Articulate Studio 8, the short tutorials were made of powerpoints combined with narrative media and multimedia interactions and short assessments. Alma did have the assistance of several part-time staff, one was dedicated to the project for 10 hours per week for three months. A large part of the curriculum development involved teaching those who assisted with the development of the training media.

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Snell Wedding videos and DVD

Snell Wedding DVD Cover (Mockup)Alma had never shot video at a wedding before, so to be asked by her two close friends Courtney and Andy not only set a precedent, but it set goals at a very high level. Alma was present for much of their relationship, and she wanted to use this opportunity to show them how much they meant to her.

Alma used the video camera they received as a shower gift, so they could watch the footage and continue adding footage while on their honeymoon. This added an additional need for some speedy transferring of video during the reception, but Alma was able to give them the wonderful surprise of two short (snapshot) videos and a full DVD. Alma designed the DVD case to look like a feature film, complete with a plot, guided by the story of how they met and fell in love.

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Video Short Courses

The series of video production short courses Alma developed for Loyola University Chicago included basic concepts in three different areas: preparation, production software, and special effects.

The workshop on preparation includes the different styles of pre-production documents, breaking them down and including what special needs they meet depending on workflow. Alma’s presentation on production software, or the Non-Linear Editor, is a mixture of background knowledge and workflow. This ties closely to Alma’s educational values, she has always felt that knowing why something is the way it is factors largely in how it is understood. The last presentation, on the Green Screen special effect covers how the effect works, and how it can be used.

With the increased access to high caliber video production tools, these presentations were supposed to entice the Loyola community to use video, and teach a little more about why things work (or don’t work) the way they do.

For more details on the specific topics of these presentations:

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Digital Media Specialist: Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago: December 2011 to September 2016

While working in Digital Media Services, under Loyola’s ITS department, there are many opportunities to reach out to students of all majors, faculty in all colleges and staff from all departments. By encouraging the use of digital media and technology, Alma feels that DMS encourages the development of a more well-rounded digital citizen in all members of the Loyola Community.

In addition to her regular duties, which are listed below, Alma has undertaken many other initiatives and projects detailed throughout this CV.

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The Power of Legos

A capstone project for my final Educational Technology course, Computer Uses in Education, this video was supposed to illustrate an integration of technology in education. Alma created a production guide and storyboard, below, as well as a two-column video script, in advance of shooting. The video captures ways that legos can be used to illustrate concepts that may be taught, even in higher education.

Feel free to view the final video here:

Special thanks go to Katelynd, Eric, TJ and Kurt for their participation in the video.

Legos Production Guide

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