Category Archives: Video

The Cellist

As my four years at Eastern come to an end tried my hand at producing a more intricate multimedia piece than I’m used to.  I decided to take an independent study during this last semester, and the result was a multimedia piece on a Shannon McElmeel, a cellist at Eastern. The video was put together with three different parts. The audio from the interview, photos from practice, and the video of her playing.

Aside from scheduling problems, since we both had very busy semesters, putting the video together wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Part of that is because I switched from Final Cut Express to Adobe Premiere Pro.

Treetop Adventure Park

I was able to spend the day at Granlibakken’s Treetop Adventure Course a few weeks ago. This was the first time this summer that I had the chance to shoot and edit some video. I was also able to play around with the newspapers Go Pro for the first time. All of the 1st person shots are done with the go pro. I would have liked to attach it to my helmet but I didn’t have the right gear, so it’s attached to my chest.

Lending a Helping Hand

After a week of building, Habitat for Humanity volunteers managed to make headway on their Charleston, Ill., home. The build week started on Saturday, March 10, 2012 with a blitz build day. The interior walls, exterior walls, beginning stages of electrical and half of the trusses were put up by the end of the day.

Monday March 12 started the first full week of building that continued through Saturday March 19. Building will continue every Saturday until the house is finished.

On the Mat

This is the second video in a series on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Andre “Maneco” Leite. I have been putting this video together for the past week and realized how different the style was from my last video on striking. They both have the same general layout but I had to approach shooting the Jiu Jitsu differently. It was a lot harder to get a good shot of the Jiu Jitsu than it was to get good striking shots, but I welcome the challenge. It made me try harder and look for better ways to work the scene. I also got to test out my new Zykkor shoulder mount, which, for the money, I thought worked pretty well. Just like the last video everything was shot at Torres Martial Arts. Unfortunately, this also marks the end of my winter break and it was last time I will be heading into the gym to work on Jiu Jitsu until the summer.

Spring 2011 Delta Zeta Tugs

Since things have been a little slow while I’m finishing up what is left of my winter break I realized I never posted the first video I worked on. This was from the spring of last year during Eastern’s Greek Week. The fraternities and sororities host different competitions around campus with the goal of getting points. One of these competitions is tugs, a massive game of tug-of-war. Campus Pond is turned into a muddy battleground for a few days to see who will emerge as the tugging champions. I went and covered the Delta Zeta sorority.

On another note, my second video on Andre “Maneco” Leite will be up this weekend. It will focus more on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Over the past few weeks I have been working on a video for my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Andre. This video is the first of two videos that will hopefully be finished before I go back to Eastern in a week. The focus of this video is on striking and the next video will focus on Jiu Jitsu. The video was shot at Torres Martial Arts in Hammond, IN. I shot the video mostly with a 50mm 1.8 but for a few shots I used the 28mm 2.8 and my 5d Mark II. I really like the look of the 28 in the video and realized that I have definitely under used it in some of my previous assignments.

Christmas in the Heart of Charleston

This was my first night shoot with the 5d Mark II. It didn’t turn out as well as I would have hoped, but it was still good practice. I used a 50mm 1.8, shotgun mic and a tripod for the whole event.

It was also my first time going to Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. As one of the women mentions in the video, the Square seems to have lost its charm, especially for college students. Getting students to experience Charleston off campus is something that Eastern should continue to focus on.