Dead Day Karaoke

We love rock ’n’roll, and what better way to celebrate the final countdown before you beat it than by showing the campus your true colors.

This Dead Day, we’ll host 1980s video karaoke upstairs in the Learning Studio, filmed in glorious Standard Definition. All you need is a USB thumb drive and a favorite song from any decade (air guitar and backup dancers optional).

We’ll kick things off with some rock star professors who are bringing big vocals and big hair back into fashion, so stay tuned.

We know it’s a manic Monday, but we’ll be rocking upstairs in the library, with or without you.
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Don’t Adjust Your Set

For the week we’ve upgraded the High Definition video you expect from the One Button Studio in Stage 1 with an old-school VHS camcorder to capture all your 1980s moves in glorious Standard Definition (that’s SD instead of HD). So if the recordings we’re sharing this week look a little funny, just pop in a videocassette mixtape of your favorite MTV music videos and sing along.

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Faculty Highlights

Watch: The Wisdom of Lettering Artist Simon Walker

In the third installment of On Design, the Learning Studio’s joint collaboration with ACU Art & Design, we sat down with the lettering artist and designer Simon Walker.

You’ve probably seen Simon’s work—his eye-popping lettering adorns the cover of a recent Brené Brown book, as well as plenty of magazine spreads and many of the food and drink labels you’ll come across on a casual grocery store run. Before going into business for himself, Simon got his start as a designer at the Austin agency GSD&M.

Following a recent lettering workshop with ACU Art & Design students, Simon was kind enough to sit down and share his wisdom with us.

Learn more about the On Design series »

On Design: Randy Hunt

On Design: Jeff Rogers

Behind the Scenes with the Big Purple Marching Band

This semester marked the first ACU football season in the brand new Wildcat Stadium, and among the first students to set foot on the turf were members of the Big Purple Marching Band. We followed them all season, from summer rehearsals in the August sun through their halftime performances at center field during ACU home games. Take a look inside ACU’s Big Purple Marching Band in our latest video, above.

We also followed the band through a complete Game Day experience in the new stadium in one of our 360-video projects this semester. The video is best viewed in a Chrome browser or using the Vimeo app on a smartphone or tablet. The project was filmed with an insta360 Pro camera that combines 6 wide-angle lenses stitched together into the final video.

Enjoy the full Game Day experience at Wildcat Stadium.

On Design: Our New Video Series

Jeff Rogers

Jeff Rogers is a Brooklyn-based designer and ACU grad, known for his hand-lettered graphic design work for a long list of clients that includes Diet Coke, Fast Company, McDonald’s and the New York Times. Jeff recently visited ACU to leave his typographic mark on the new student lounge in the Department of Art and Design, and he was generous enough to let us capture his creative process and interview him while he worked. While Jeff is the first to admit he’s not done learning, he had plenty of rich lessons on tap for us from a storied design career. Take a look, in our second installation of the On Design series, our storytelling collaboration with the ACU Department of Art and Design.

Randy Hunt is vice president for design at Etsy Inc., a global online creative marketplace with offices around the world. On a recent trip to Abilene, Randy sat down with us to discuss his design philosophy, as well as the value of training designers in a liberal arts environment like ACU. In a workshop with students in the ACU Art and Design department, he challenged them to use found objects to design a series of posters on creativity. Our cameras were rolling for our first episode of the On Design series, our storytelling collaboration with the ACU Department of Art and Design.

How to Shoot Video with a Canon 60D


So you just checked out one of the Learning Studio’s Canon DSLR cameras, and you go to shoot your first short film. But the process is a little trickier than you expected.

DSLRs were originally built for still photography, but today many of them also shoot video, and they’ve been prized by filmmakers for the quality of the images they produce. Yet shooting video on a Canon 60D isn’t quite as intuitive as shooting photos.

In our first installment of the Gear Up series, the Learning Studio’s Nathan Driskell gives you a three-minute checklist to get you up and running with video production using the Canon 60D.

For more advice on shooting with your DSLR, stop by the Learning Studio and ask a Media Assistant for help on your next project.

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DSLR Filmmaking on Lynda.com

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 12.59.59 AMOnce you’re comfortable with how to set-up the camera, check out a course on Lynda.com to continue to develop your skills.