Student Highlights this Spring

We’ve put the spotlight on faculty creativity this week but didn’t want to miss the chance to share some strong projects from some of our graduates this spring. Whether they were spending hours in the Media Lab perfecting an illustration or they were attending advanced media training in Stage 1, students of all majors this semester took advantage of the tools, spaces, and training on offer in the Learning Studio to produce work that they could be truly proud of.

“All ACU students should take advantage of the Learning Studio regardless of their major. Learning how to create and share ideas has made me a better social worker, but it has also made me a more effective communicator. The AT&T Learning Studio is a prime example of ACU’s commitment to innovative learning.”  – Hannah Sims

The Learning Studio helped these graduating seniors and grad students leave campus with the skills to share stories with the world that matter. We can’t wait to see what these creators do next!

Student Projects

Year-Round short film
John Greer (senior, Multimedia)

We were excited to have 13 student films premiere at FilmFest this year, but one film caught our eye. For his 4th consecutive FilmFest, John Greer wrote and directed Year-Round. He also shot his film on one of our Canon 6D DSLR cameras with carefully composed shots that won the Best Cinematography award this year. You can find more winners from this year or John’s previous films on the FilmFest blog.

Wichita Mountains photos
Nicholas Cromwell (senior, Accounting)

In short afternoon training or weekend workshops, students are developing more confidence with their cameras. Nick has been doing the important work of any photographer–shooting as much as possible–and taking pictures wherever and whenever he is is paying off. Over spring break he kept shooting with friends on some hikes in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, and this last year his portfolio landed him a job shooting for The Optimist

Fostering Brighter Futures video
Hannah Sims (grad student, Social Work)

This spring Hannah worked with the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards on a video project to improve perceptions around foster parenting. She filmed the spots in the One Button Studio and finished them with skills she picked up in Social Work classes producing media assignments. It’s exciting to see how skills developed for one project build the confidence to try the next one. Read more about Hannah’s project on the ACU Today blog.

ARAMARK Employee Appreciation video
Abbie Hamilton (senior, Marketing)

Lots of the projects we see are connected to media projects in classes, so it was fun to see Abbie’s music video produced with the staff of the World Famous Bean. The playful look of the project hides just how much work went into the editing, sound, and on-screen titles. Great way to end of the semester!

Outer Space infographic
Christi Lim (senior, Graphic Design)

As they approach graduation, graphic designers take a portfolio class where they get ready to share their best work with future employers. Christi spent hours in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop this semester polishing work like her infographics on the solar system and Frank Lloyd Wright for Ryan Feerer’s Information Graphics class. See the final product in more detail.

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

Student Film Critiques with Brent McCorkle

Brent McCorkle is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker and musician, best known for his work on the films Unconditional, Woodlawn and the just-released I Can Only Imagine. Earlier this month, Brent touched down in Abilene and set up shop in the Learning Studio for two days of film editing critiques with ACU students participating in this year’s FilmFest competition.

During the sessions, Brent looked at late-stage edits of each film, giving each team notes on pacing and construction. The face-to-face meetings helped student filmmakers plan a roadmap for success and get a taste of the kind of critical review they’ll face when Brent returns as a FilmFest judge for the April 6 black-tie gala at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Learn more about ACU FilmFest »

ACU at home in Germany

This week ACU opens a new home base for students studying in Leipzig, Germany. You’ll hear more about the exciting history and location of this property in the future, but we wanted to give you a first look. The following 360 photos and video were taken during a digital storytelling workshop with Study Abroad students last spring, so the facility has already changed a lot but this will give you a virtual visit to the new ACU villa.

Germany is an exciting place to study right now, with dynamic modern cities like Berlin and Leipzig, and historical centers like the city of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther published his 95 Theses 500 years ago this month. The ACU in Germany 360 video gave us a chance to explore a little more of what immersive experiences can do.

The videos are best viewed in a Chrome browser or using the Vimeo app on a smartphone or tablet. All video was shot on a Nikon Keymission 360 4K camera that uses two fish-eye lenses pointing opposite directions and then stitches the two together. Come see us in the Learning Studio if you’re interested in shooting some 360 video of your own!

 

 

Introducing: Media Suites

It’s never been easier to start your next media project in the Learning Studio. This semester we’re introducing our brand new Media Suites—three reservable spaces focused on media creation, from filming and editing video to recording and editing audio.

Two of these rooms are located in our former Studio rooms. Studio 1 becomes Media 2: home to our redesigned One Button Studio, with upgrades to lighting, video quality, and with added curtain options. And Studio 2 is now Media 3: a professional audio suite with an upgraded digital interface and two studio mics connected to a 27-inch iMac. Whether you’re recording a quick video or launching a new podcast, these updated spaces are the place to start.

And first but not least is Media 1, a brand new space set to open later this year. Media 1 is geared toward student filmmakers, with a production-grade Mac to handle video up to 4K, along with a large flat-screen TV for playing back your creations at-scale.

The Learning Studio has always been a campus home for creators at ACU, and we can’t wait to see how you maximize our new Media Suites to make and share messages that matter.

Reserve a Media Suite, or any of our other group rooms, for up to two hours at a time up to a week in advance, at acu.edu/ls.