David Mercer

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Eagle Nation Big Project

Eagle Nation Hype Video


The Big Reflection

Rationale

I  collaborated with Brian Goulet for The Big Project. We exhibited a tour of campus in two fashions through song and video. Our song is about the campus and the overall experience students get while attending UMW. The video is a showcase of a variety of students showing off their talents in a number of on campus areas. This will help to show just how many places there are to be on campus and it shows that we have people with many different backgrounds, who all love UMW. Both of these aspects display a plethora of attributes constitutive to the diverse makeup of the university. The purpose of this project is to promote the university and the talent that exists here. The audience is members of the UMW community who will be able to view their fellow eagles showcasing their talents and then share it to their friends and associates. It matters because it will create a sense of pride and and unity among the UMW community and at the same time, advertise the university to potential new students.

Risk and Rewards

The things that went well were definitely filming each of the students as we got to experience them while they show their passion. One of the major things that went well was the final stages of editing both video and song. I  think this is evident through the final version of the video that was produced. There were a couple of things that went wrong, but not so much that our video was damaged. The hardest part of the entire project was trying to get the students out to record. It was just  hard to find a time that worked for all parties tat needed to be present. The beginning stages of recording the song were pretty rough as Brian and I both put in hours upon hours work in the recording booth trying to master our voices. Then, once we were through recording, we struggled a bit at first trying to edit the vocals. It all came together nicely though. If I could do it over, I would definitely try to put more effort towards knocking the song out quickly so that the time constraints for filming the students weren’t so significant. That about all that I would change.

Resources

The resources that were most helpful to the success of our project was my microphone, Logic, which was on the computer in the recording studio, Brian’s camera, and the camera equipment from the DTLT. These all definitely made this project a success and with different resources, I don’t think we would have achieved the same quality for our project. We are very grateful for any outside equipment that we had the opportunity to use, because it helped us to create this wonderful project.

Schedule

As the semester began to wind down, Brian and I definitely fell behind our target dates. We spent so much time recording the song that we fell out of posting updates because we were both a little frustrated with how things were going. It definitely was not an easy task trying to even record the song, much less, to stay on schedule. The majority of our time was taken by recording the song and we were limited in the amount of time that we had to film each of the students. Filming each of the students, took way longer than we expected, but it helped by giving us a lot of options to choose from. In the end, I think the pressure of having to have the finished product completed so soon really made us focus the majority of our attention to the project.

Outcomes

According to the assessment section of my Final Project Proposal, The success of our project is hour clear both, the song and video are, whether or not the video portrays UMW at its core, and the synchronization of the song and video. For the first statute, clarity, I think that we were successful in our efforts as you can clearly hear the words we are saying in the song and that the video is not blurry unless the effect was intended. Both, the song and video were clear, therefore, we satisfied the first requirement. The second statute, representation of Mary Washington’s core, I also think we achieved. I think showing the people who are not always represented or presented by the school, we were able to show what UMW is really about. It’s not all of the flashiness of the varsity programs, but more of the passion that lives inside of the students. The final statute, synchronization, was definitely achieved as the cuts for the video match the beats of the song. When the song would have hard hits, the video had jump cuts that added a serious tone. The overall synchronization of the song and video was superb which added to the entire success of the project and the positive assessment of the project.

Executive Summary

All in all the Eagle Nation song and video created by Brian and I was a success. We were able to show the talent that goes unnoticed on campus while also showing places on campus where people spend a lot of time. At the same time that we were showing of the talents of our fellow Eagles, we were exhibiting pride in our University and from the reaction on campus, we definitely enhanced the pride of UMW. While there were both ups and downs while conducting this project, Brian and I definitely learned a lot about how to work together and how to be more time sensitive. We used all of the resources necessary to bring forth a project that will help to raise the pride throughout Eagle Nation and to show that we are more than what meets the eye. As we did fall behind schedule, we were able to put a lot of effort into the video at the right time in order to show off our project. We successfully provided UMW with another means of esteem for our university to be able to display and be proud of.

The Big Progress Report

The project that was conducted by Brian Goulet and I, was one that took a lot of attention and effort and we both were putting more than we had originally expected it would take. In the beginning when I was making my proposal for the final project, I drew up a schedule that I thought would work. I was in for a pretty big surprise. Because we were so consumed by working on our project it slipped my mind at least to create progress report. Partly because I was a little taken back that it wasn’t going how we had expected, but more because I was exerting the majority of my effort towards the project itself. As I said, I did create a schedule and I will now explain where we were during the days and weeks that I had written before we started working.

November 17th – Have an instrumental picked and lyrics almost completed.

On November 17th, Brian and I did have our instrumental picked, but writing the lyrics was a bit of a struggle as we were trying to figure out how to say what we wanted to say to send the intended message.

November 22nd – Have song recorded and map out video.
On November 22nd, we were in the process of recording the song as I had written out the lyrics that we would be rapping. This was probably the most tedious and arduous part of conducting our project as we were struggling to get the sound that we wanted and to have the song be clear, so that our listeners weren’t turned away by a bad song. We did not have the song recorded.

November 31st – Have individuals for video chosen.
On November 31st, Brian and I were still in the process of recording and editing the song, and we had two of the individuals for the video selected

December 1st – Have video recorded and begin editing.
On December 1st, we had finally finished the full recording of the song and were trying to finalize editing the song so that is sounded as good as possible. We had not started recording, but we had three of the four individuals who were going to be in the video selected.

December 6th – Have video and song edited and put together as one.
On December 6th, Brian and I had selected and recorded each of the four individuals who were going to be in the video but we had not yet edited the video and added the song to it. It was on the 7th, that we were able to finish editing the video and editing the song, just so that it matched with the video the way we wanted it to and we combined the video and song as one, so that they could be presented on the 8th.

This project was not an easy one and it took a lot more effort than one would think to be able to have a finished product be so clean and clear. As we did fall behind schedule while working on the project, I think Brian and I took a lot away and learned about how to work with more than just one person and at the end of the day enhanced us both as students and workers.

Final Project Proposal

Rationale

I will be collaborating with Brian Goulet for The Big Project. We will be exhibiting a tour of campus in two fashions through song and video. Our song will be about the campus and the overall experience students get while attending UMW. The video will be a showcase of a variety of students showing off their talents in a number of on campus popular areas. Both of these aspects will display a plethora of attributes constitutive to the diverse makeup of the university. The purpose of this project is to promote the university and the talent that exists here. The audience will be members of the UMW community who will be able to view their fellow eagles and then share it to their friends and associates. It matters because it will create a sense of pride and and unity among the UMW community and advertise the university to potential new students.

Risks and Rewards

The only thing that I think could go wrong with this project is the video might not include enough of the campus’ hot spots due to time constraints. I think its more about the university than it is about Brian or I gaining a reward. The campus will get a little bit more positive exposure and better advertisement of the university.

Resources

For this project we will be using microphones, cameras, and apple computers for features such as Final Cut or iMovie. It wil require a good amount of time in order for it to be more than just a song and a video and rather a successful project.

Schedule

By November 17, we should have an instrumental picked and lyrics almost completed. By the 22nd we should have the song recorded and be mapping out the video. By Monday, the 31st we should have chosen the individuals to be included in the video. By December 1st we should have the video recorded and should start editing the video. By the 6th, we should have the video and the song together and be ready to present.

Assessment

The criteria that will determine success or failure should be clarity of both the song and video. Whether or not it seems to portray UMW at its core. If the song and video are synchronized and match each other. Each of these factors should decide how successful the project is.

Executive Summary

The Big Project being conducted by Brian Goulet and David Mercer for Applied Digital Studies for the fall semester of 2016 will be a song and video exhibiting the UMW campus and a variety of the talent that is encompassed on the campus. It shall serve as a means to provide pride on the UMW campus and to act as an advertisement to prospects. It will be a task to make sure that both the song and the video are cohesive and act as i have previously mentioned. Through the use of audio and visual tools, we will be able to express the potential of students on the UMW campus. Working diligently and on time will be important to the success of the project as we try to provide UMW with another means of esteem for our university.

A revised Programmer’s Guide

As a Communication and Digital Studies major, I have had time to reflect on the endeavors that I will embark on after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree. Across a variety of fields that I could potentially engage in, one that would be in demand for programming would be International Communications. This is why I want to learn how to program. It is important to me because I would want to be able to apply my programming skills to perform my job at the best of my abilities. Whether it would be helping specific companies for various countries create and manage websites or simply repairing or revamping their already established sites. There are many things that cause anxiety when thinking abut programming. There are so many little things that eventually lead to bigger ones. In this instance, one small flaw could lead to a host of other mistakes which could have a lasting effect on not only me working on the project, but also my image as a programmer, or someone who claims to know something about programming. Where I stand right now, I would just like to understand the information. I want to build my foundation over the course of the second half of this semester and then I want to try to further my learning in code and programming.

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My Coding Environment

To set up my coding environment, I first downloaded Anaconda and the Python launcher. This was the main part of my configuration of my coding environment.  I thought that my computer would be the best place for me to hold all of my programming work. Since I use my computer every day and there aren’t that many things taking up memory, I felt that my computer would work best as the home for all of my coding work. Once I had downloaded both Anaconda and Python, I really didn’t know what to do. I was lost in a new world. I launched Jupyter notebook and tried to see what was what. Then I figured out that within Jupyter notebook I could save my notebooks and each session to the files tab. I thought this would be the best and most obvius way for me to find and return to my work.

For the purpose of showing off my work, I am going to be taking screenshots of my work in Jupyter notebook and posting them to the Applied Digital Studies page that you are currently viewing. I was lost with how to share my work straight to slack, so I thought this might be the best alternative for me to put my work out there for the world to see. This is my coding environment

Programmer’s Manifesto

As a Communication and Digital Studies major, I have had time to reflect on the endeavors that I will embark on after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree. Across a variety of fields that I could potentially engage in, one that would be in demand for programming would be International Communications. This is why I want to learn how to program. It is important to me because I would want to be able to apply my programming skills to perform my job at the best of my abilities. Whether it would be helping specific companies for various countries create and manage websites or simply repairing or revamping their already established sites. The only thing that would make me anxious about learning programming is the possibility that I would forget something small that would inhibit my progress. In this instance, one small flaw could lead to a host of other mistakes which could have a lasting effect on not only me working on the project, but also my image as a programmer, or someone who claims to know something about programming. In order to fix my mistakes and get over my anxiety, I would just work harder to remember the small things and keep persevering. The only way for my learning to remain consistent with the aforementioned values would be for me to work hard to become better at programming. I will have to be diligent and devoted. I would really love to be able to apply whatever programming skills I learn to future jobs and other professional engagements. In the end I think it would be truly rewarding if I could create a website from scratch that is interactive and more than just a display. I would also like to know how to make minor repairs to websites or at least be able to identify problems. I will judge my success by my progress. If I feel that I have made considerable advancements in my programming efforts, I will declare myself successful.

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