Let the good times roll…

September 28, 2007

Quick post…I’ve completed several more projects, and thought they would be worthy of posting!

Click here to check out a quick Flash/Video Project I completed for class… This project challenged me in the respect that I am not used to exporting video for flash. I was blown away by how quickly it loads! Not to mention this also wrapped up my first adventure out to Ft. Riley… I took less of a News Angle for this project, and wanted to “treat” it with more of an entertainment feel… It didn’t turn out EXACTLY how I wanted, but it did expand my aptitude for Flash & Flash Video…

The Aggiefest documentary is moving along quite nicely… We’ve got a TON of excellent footage of some really good music… We plan to start in on heavy interviewing/editing this weekend… The Production schedule for this project is being bounced around because of all the other projects we have going on right now… but hopefully we can get things rolling fairly quickly…

We’ve begun work on the JMC Recruiting Video! For those of you who may not know… Mark & I are producing a recruitment video for the school of Journalism & Mass Communications here @ K-State… We’ve begun interviewing candidates and have HIGH HIGH hopes for the outcome of this video… One interview wound up lasting almost 4 hours! (Due mostly to scheduling conflicts, but still… we got a LOT of solid B-Roll out of it!)

Finally, the 4 Olives Commercial is complete, and will begin airing this weekend! Scott has purchased spots on almost all of the large cable networks during their morning shows… (In a local commercial block of course) So If you happen to be tuning in to Good Morning America, or the Today Show keep an eye out for the 4 olives commercial!

We have also uploaded a compressed version to YouTube, so feel free to check it out below!


Into the new week…

September 25, 2007

It just does not stop!

For those of you wondering… my last post was generated solely to help enhance a webcast presentation I gave last week. I had to give a 45 minute presentation concerning using YouTube & Flickr to share photo & video via the web. This was sponsored by K-State’s “TechBytes Series” (if you remember, this is one of the websites I helped design). The presentation is now archived on the TechBytes Site under Current Series… so if you feel like watching my THRILLING presentation on uploading & sharing photo and video… feel free to head over… www.ksu.edu/techbytes

Immediately following my presentation (quite literally 5 minutes later)… I was in the car heading out to Ft. Riley, to cover the soldiers’ CLS (Combat Lifesaver) training. This was also my first trip out to Ft. Riley… EVER. I’ve been here at K-State for almost 6 years now, and NEVER have I gone out to Ft. Riley. It was definitely an interesting experience. Unfortunately for us, by the time we arrived, they were just finishing up their day’s training. Due to having an extra “four tables” they were able to get through the training faster than previously thought. However, they were kind enough to “simulate” training for us to get our footage/story. My particular portion of the project will be to construct a multimedia element combining video, audio, and print; to be shown from the web. I’m thinking of doing an “inside look” at CLS, but utilizing video clips in a flash navigation based web element. Should be a good challenge for me!

Over the weekend, Mark & I did quite a bit of shooting. This past Friday & Saturday, Aggieville changed from its normal bar district scene, into a full fledged music festival, “Aggiefest 2007”. So we of course got the idea to shoot a documentary! I mean, hey… why not? After running from bar to bar every 15minutes or so to grab different footage, taking a one hour dinner break, and getting some completely random “end of the night” footage (you wouldn’t believe what some people do when they see a camera roving around)… we were 12 hours in… and tired. Over the next week or so, we will begin shooting our interviews… Really try to grasp how aggiefest affects each level of the community… venue owners, festival coordinators, bands, and most importantly, audience members. The interviews will be slightly removed from the festival, but should still provide some good material.

Other than that… I await my nice large rebate from Sprint, so I can upgrade my cell phone & plan to something far more robust than what I have now… But for the time being… I just play the waiting game…

Intro Promo Video

September 20, 2007

Here is a quick “Intro/Promo” Video I threw together for a YouTube project.

The Texas Weekend Wrap-Up…

September 18, 2007

Where to begin…

Wow.  Overall… the festival as a whole was a BLAST.  Withstanding the heat was challenge enough, but it was well worth it.

Of course I was unable to make it to EVERY show, and even had to pick between artists I wanted to see, but every show I did see I was very pleased with, if not completely blown away.

—– Day 1 :: Saturday, September 15, 2007 —–

Saturday marked our first day at the festival, and we started out by watching Paulo Nutini at 2:30pm.  What an amazing voice!  Talented songwriter, great performer, but oh my gosh, you could not understand almost a single word he said!  Originally from Scotland, and here it comes, suprisingly enough, ONLY 20 YEARS OLD!  There is definitely a future for this young songwriter.

After Paulo, we made our way to the water refilling area, to stand in line and listen from afar to The Cold War Kids.  I wasn’t nearly as impressed with this group, but they still had a solid performance.

We then made our way back to the “AMD” stage, where Paulo had played, to watch a bit of a local Texas-spawned group known as Blue October.  VERY interesting stuff.  We stuck through for a few songs, but were overtaken by the overwhelming need for food!

BTW, the selection of food (all local vendors) was fantastic!  Everything from Greek (Lamb & Beef Gyros) to interesting drinks (Organic Cactus Juice/Agave Lemonade) to some GREAT Texas BBQ (The Salt Lick).  The food both days was FANTASTIC.  Especially when you’re starving.

We then made our way to the larger stage to “hang out” for the rest of the evening.

The first act we watched on the big AT&T stage was Damien Rice.  I had never really heard Damien before, but WOW.  I was completely blown away!  He is an extremely talented performer, songwriter, and his backing band was phenomenal.  One of my favorite highlights of this show was a drum solo battle between his backing guitarist (who jumped onto a broken down 3-piece set) and his main drummer.  The main drummer definitely won out.  In fact, he has easily become one of my new favorites.  Mr. Brendan Buckley.  Tasteful, skillful, and very versatile around the set.  Excellent musicianship as well.

We chose to hang around the stage after Damien was done to ensure good seats for that night’s headliner (and one of my favorite bands), Muse.  And let me say, there was definitely no disappointment from this group.  WOW.  For one, I’ve obsessed over the band for the past few months, which helped the experience for me, so I may be a bit biased, but overall they were absolutely AMAZING.  Their performance was dead on, if not BETTER than their recordings.  Their live show was mind-blowing.  Synced lighting, bizarre video work, as well as plenty of improvisational rocking out.  I can’t even begin to explain how spectacular this show was.  I HIGHLY recommend seeing Muse live.

We rounded out the evening by heading to “The Spider House” a local bar/hangout with some very creative drinks, delicious food, and a DJ spinning.  Definitely a SOLID Day.

—– Day 2 :: Sunday, September 16, 2007 —–

After being sunburnt and exhausted from the day prior, we were a little slow moving this morning, but none-the-less, got around and made our way back into the heat…  Fortunately there was quite a bit more cloud-cover and a nice breeze…

Day 2 for us began with watching Ben Kweller.  Definitely a solid performance, but I was not nearly as engaged with his act as the others.  Plus I was still experiencing “after-shocks” from Muse the night before.

We parted ways with the rest of our party for the next couple of acts due to taste differences.

Jenn & I made our way to the “Dell” stage to watch Common.  WOW.  This guy knows how to work an audience.  Great message, and solid hip-hop.  His backing band was right on par as well… featuring a drum solo, keys solo, and turntable solo.  A nice change of pace from the rest of the festival.

We opted for food over Bloc Party & Lucinda Williams, again, hunger winning out.

After our delicious lunch, Jenn & I headed back to the “Dell” stage to watch Amos Lee.  What a voice!  Amos was another artist that I wasn’t particularly familiar with before the festival, but now definitely have an appreciation for.  Soulful, bluesy, and talented.  Again, the backing band was awesome.

We left during Amos’ last song to snag a beer, and make it over to the AMD stage for Wilco.  Unfortunately we didn’t leave early enough, and the crowd for Wilco was already MASSIVE!  We stood in the back for awhile, but the sound was not too great… so after a few songs, we mosied over to the AT&T stage to catch the end of My Morning Jacket, and hang out for the BIG HEADLINER… Mr. Bob Dylan!

Wow.  My Morning Jacket is definitely eccentric.  The guitarist, who used to have extra long super 80’s hair, has since cut it down… so instead he wore a long straight platinum blonde wig.  Musically they were eccentric as well.  I recognized a couple of songs, but they always managed to throw something completely out of leftfield into everything they did.

Once they wrapped up, we spread out to help save space for our party to convene for Mr. Dylan.

We all gathered around, and were nestled in the middle of what had to be tens of thousands of fans, all awaiting Bob’s performance.  And then it began.  The entire crowd stood up, cheering, and excited, but were soon to be disappointed.

Bob’s voice has always been a bit gravely, but good lord… it sounded completely shot.  I dare say that Paulo Nutini & his scottish accent were easier to understand than anything Bob was singing.  This was also accompanied by some poor lighting for Bob, and apparently a rider in his contract, stating that there were to be no close-up camera shots.  The jumbotron dissolved back and forth between a wideshot of the full band, and a medium three to four shot of Bob with his core players.  Unfortunately you NEVER were able to see his face.  A middle-aged woman behind me even said, “How do we even know this is him?  This could be anybody!”

Needless to say, the crowd began clearing out after about the second song.  People slowly drizzled out of the crowd with die-hards, or hopeful first timers sticking around to see what else Bob might have up his sleeve.

Unfortunately, this venue was probably not best suited for a “classic” Dylan performance.  We found ourselves leaving after roughly 45minutes into his set, exhausted from the weekend and disappointed with the “finale”.

While I completely respect Bob Dylan for all that he has done, and what he stands for, this performance made me feel left out of the true “Bob Dylan” experience.  Earlier in the day Common said, “I’m for the people.  Just like Mos Def is for the people.  And Bob Dylan is for the people!”  Well I can’t say that I completely felt like Bob was there for the people.  Perhaps the generation gap was just too great, or I missed the bus on seeing Bob in his hay day…  either way the closing show was definitely a bummer.

After leaving early, we headed to a local hangout called “The Draught House”.  AWESOME.  Roughly 70 beers on tap, and all sounded fantastic.  Chilled out atmosphere and good company made for a excellent wind down to the weekend.


This morning, we packed our things, said goodbye to our wonderful host & hostess, and hit the road…

I am currently writing this in the car on the drive back to Manhattan…  We’ve made it into Winfield, KS, and only have a couple of hours left…  then it’s back to the grind.

Everything’s bigger in Texas! Even the road construction…

September 15, 2007

For those of you who may not know… I’m currently in Austin, Texas.

This weekend is the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and should prove to be a much needed vacation.

img_8667.jpgWe started our journey a couple hours late. Leaving Manhattan around 1pm, but we did make excellent time. I slept on and off for the first major leg of the trip, catching up on sleep from my all-nighter the night before. My first conscious jump back into the trip was at our first stop… Braum’s in Moore, Oklahoma. The Limeade was phenomenal, but apparently their ice cream & shakes are really where it’s at.

Once arriving in Texas, we started to mosey towards Austin. We also encountered some INTENSE road construction. Mind you this was around 11:30pm. The road condensed from 3 lanes to 1. We managed to crawl through at a snail’s pace, even to a complete stop at several points.

After a quick pit-stop at a Valero gas station… (which btw gas was only 2.65 a gallon. a nice change from the 2.91 I paid before leaving Manhattan) I took over the wheel to finish out the last leg of the journey.

We pretty much arrived and crashed out immediately.

Today has been far more relaxing and enjoyable… Not to mention serendipitous and random.

We grabbed lunch around 1pm at Shady Grove, a neat little eatery near the ACL music fest. After lunch we waited around to meet up with some other KS buddies who were heading to the festival. We traded numbers, got some coffee, and went our separate ways.

Jenn and I took a nice driving tour of the city of Austin getting confused and lost with all the traffic and one-way streets along the way. Eventually we managed to make our way to Whole Foods (located at 6th & Lamar!).

We spent almost two hours parousing the store, but had a wonderful serendipitous experience while there…

As we wandered through the wine section… we noticed they were featuring the Rolf Binder wines. We had their 2005 Riesling on the menu at 4 olives, but have since run out. In any case, the salesperson working, Kristen, informed us that Rolf himself was there. We turned around and sure enough, the wine maker and owner, Rolf, was standing directly behind us. Rolf has been involved with wine since a VERY early age, and has a very unique and elegant style to his wines. After a short meet & greet with him, and discussing our involvement with his product, Rolf took a picture of Jenn and I, and informed us to check his website within the next few weeks. Very exciting!

We then picked out a nice selection of foods to prepare our dinner: Lime & Cilantro Chicken, Saffron Orzo, Fresh Zucchini and Fresh Squash, but what were we to drink? Ideally I wanted to hunt down a nice viognier, but a riesling did just the trick. We picked up a bottle of Rolf’s riesling, and I also decided to make an investment and purchase a bottle of his 2004 Hanisch Shiraz. While a little pricey, it has received excellent reviews & ratings from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. I also made sure to have him sign the bottle. This is a wine I probably won’t “pop” for at least 5 more years.

After that, we came back to the house (which belongs to Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Sturich) made dinner, and enjoyed a nice relaxing evening in.

Everyone else just got back from the festival a couple hours ago, and we sat and enjoyed some more wine out on the deck, a 2003 Campo Viejo Rioja. Also quite nice.

This is definitely turning out to be a nice relaxing, and much needed vacation!

Quick & Dirty…

September 13, 2007

That’s what this post is…

Just like the Britney Spears performance on the 2007 VMAs… oh wait… that wasn’t nearly “quick” enough. (sorry, had to get one Britney comment in!)

Here is a link to a Flash file I recently created titled:

Little Jimmy goes to the State Fair

Starring me… Music by Me… Photos by Mark Hanson

and a quick link to my most recent convergence endeavor… Thanks to Andrew Reece for the video footage from the fair, and Nicole Johnston for the “Print” work! (I’ll post a ton more later!)

Food Safety @ the State Fair

Busy is as busy does…

September 7, 2007

Gosh… I can’t even begin to tell everyone how busy I have become! This semester is CRAMMED with projects and all kinds of fun stuff but GOOD LORD I haven’t a drop of spare time!

tbss.jpgI recently completed a new redesign of the K-State “TechBytes” website… it can be found at www.ksu.edu/techbytes This redesign was to convey technology, yet still have an approachable clean feel. TechBytes is is an educational series showcasing many of the leading multimedia and information technology tools available for students/faculty/etc… on the K-State campus. I have been involved with this series for over 2 years, and definitely believe it is one of the hidden gems here at K-State. All of the sessions are broadcast streaming via windows media player over the web, and are archived for future viewing. If you’re interested in technology, definitely check this program out!

ktvss.jpgI also did some web-work for our campus tv station: K-State TV. They needed a “quick & dirty” site design up in a VERY short time. This was my first foray into incorporating Javascript into a website. Only recently had I discovered CSS, and now Javascript… So exciting! I ran into a few complications, but got them ironed out. This site is DEFINITELY still under construction as it is more of a placeholder for now than anything else… I have also turned over maintenance to the multimedia pros at the TV station. For the time being they will be using my design, but I still thought I should post a link: www.k-state.tv

img_0137.jpgMyself and the guys over @ RSB Productions are finishing up the final touches on the 4 olives wine bar commercial. The commercial was shot in all high-definition, has original composed music, as well as some fantastic voice over work by a friend, Mrs. Sarah Nightingale. This commercial will be the first element of a multi-medium ad campaign. Hopefully we can throw in some more fun video work, maybe some viral videos, or short mini-doc on the history/mission of 4 olives… We’ll see. For those of you who may not know, I also did a majority of the design work, and all of the photography for the 4 olives web site (I also maintain & post on their blog). Website: www.4olives.biz Blog: 4olives.blogspot.com (sorry wordpress!)

Within the next week I will also begin packaging my pitch for a show to be produced and run on K-State TV. The show will be tech-centric, but will rely heavily upon user/audience input via YouTube & the web. Should be exciting!

I am also participating in an on-campus radio show entitled, “Dead Air”. The season premiere will air on Sunday, September 9, 2007 @ 5:00pm-6:00pm. If you’re in the Manhattan, KS area, tune in on KSDB 91.9, or visit the website to listen online @ www.wildcat919.com

Some other websites that I have worked on in the past can be visited via the following links:

  • The Canvas Music – This site was designed for a friend’s band, and is still under construction. More to come
  • Personal Portfolio – Originally this was created as a class project, as a way to showcase my multimedia portfolio… One of those things I’d REALLY like to get updated…
  • NCAS – An endeavor for Moonsuit Media. My partner Tray did a majority of the design/flash work, but I still helped out with the site overall

Other than that, my convergence reporting class will be covering the state fair taking place over the next week, so tune back in soon to see video, multimedia, and print elements from the fair concerning food safety!