Your Story Starts Here: A look behind the scenes

Since 2011, the Learning Studio has offered ACU students and faculty the tools, spaces and training necessary to share your story with the world. We keep our gear, facilities and tutorials up-to-date so that your next project can have the same polish as the pros.

We wanted to make it easy to get to know the resources we offer at the Learning Studio, so we decided to do what we do best: We made a video.

It may seem simple, but this one-minute video really involved our whole team in its creation, along with several student actors, and seven film shoots over the course of four weeks.

We started with a script, storyboarded the whole thing using Adobe’s great mobile tools on iPad Pro, and then we rounded up our actors and gear and started filming. We edited the finished product using Adobe Premiere Pro, along with After Effects for motion design.

Do you have a story idea? Develop it with us here at the Learning Studio. Our media staff is available every day at the Learning Studio’s front desk if you need help or get stuck. And if you’re just getting familiar with what we have on offer, you can check out our Start Page for a quick rundown.

Your story starts here.

Video Storytelling for ACU’s Presession

For this year’s ACU Faculty Presession, the Learning Studio was tasked with spotlighting Summer Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre, and the NEXT Lab in the Department of Engineering & Physics. The resulting short videos gave our faculty audience a window into a couple of the campus’s recent successes.

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.

Introducing Lightboard

Since January one project we’ve been excited to share with the campus is our new Lightboard in the main studio. We’re currently piloting the tool with faculty in a few classes, and look forward to making it more broadly available in the future. Join us next Thursday in the Adams Center for a quick tour.

 

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If you find yourself regularly describing key ideas visually through diagrams, outlines, or images on a whiteboard, we’d like to introduce you to Lightboard. This spring we’re piloting a new video tool in the Learning Studio that gives faculty the ability to create video content with annotations quickly and easily. Join us for lunch and a demonstration of the newest addition upstairs in the library.

Lightboard project page