Commencement video tutorial

This project was completed during the summer of 2016. The Events management office on campus had wanted help with a video tutorial for seniors, to help with commencement proceedings. Adobe Premiere and Illustrator were used to make the video. This project took about 8 weeks to complete. During the experience, I enjoyed being able to play around with a digital map of Middlebury on Illustrator and being able to make an animation on Premiere (which took a lot of effort and attention to detail).

If I did the project again, I would use a better animation program that reduces the time I took. And I would want to design my own map.

At the end of this project, I got more comfortable using Premiere animation tricks than I had been before. I also learnt the patience and attention to detail that an animation project requires.

Tutor: Ratang Sedimo ‘18.5

Digitizing Performance Tapes

This project was assigned by Christal Brown from the Dance Department. She is trying to archive all footage from her past performances into one YouTube channel in order to create a highlight reel. Over the course of the summer I digitized over 50 tapes of her performances, named them and organized them into a cloud storage drive. After that I moved them to a YouTube channel where they now reside. The next steps are now to help her with editing and finding a better way to organize that footage.

I used El Gato video capture in order to convert her VHS tapes to a digital format. Unfortunately, El Gato only captures live video, which means I had to monitor the digitization of the tapes. In other words, if the tape was two hours long, I had to wait 2 hours to digitize it. Over the course of the summer I managed to complete all the tapes and return them to her. Among her many performances, the most recent one had been “The Opulence of Integrity” which was performed in Middlebury.


Literature and Biochemistry Educational Videos

Chaucer was Poisoned!

Professor Steve Oster from the Chemistry/Biochemistry department proposed this project in June of 2016. His proposal was to use literature, particularly medieval literature, to teach chemistry. He used the stories of Chaucer’s poisoning and King Arthur’s death as a segue to teach his students. My function in this project was to transform his scripts into short three-minute educational videos. The goal was to make them educational while also being entertaining.


Aromas of Avalon – Science-y part where I had no idea what I was saying.

In making the videos, I found a lot of inspiration in a few YouTube channels I watch frequently. Mainly, I used many techniques from “GameTheory” and “FilmTheory” videos that make those videos easy to watch despite discussing relatively complex topics. Among the many techniques used, I found myself employing visual aids that relate to contemporary culture (pop icons, etc), using wordplay and humor, as well as adding sound effects in order to make them snappier. Each video took approximately three weeks to complete, including the time taken to refine the drafts after showing it to Professor Oster. Over the course of the summer I completed two videos: “The Aromas of Avalon: Experiment 1 The Synthesis of Esters” and “Organic Toxicology: Chaucer was Poisoned!”. In addition to creating the visuals, I was also in charge or narrating the videos. The first half of the videos were usually easy to do, however the latter half usually involved me talking about chemistry and biochemistry. This was the part I didn’t understand anything I was saying.

Video editing has been something I’ve been doing since High School, seeing as that I took IB Higher Level Film in High School. I continued working on editing all throughout College since I am a Film & Media Culture major at Middlebury. This project, however, was different than what I usually do. I had to implement my research skills to find pictures that were appropriate for each segment, as well as use my humor in order to make the video entertaining. I believe I succeeded in doing so, but you can be the judge of that. I am attaching below a link to both videos.

Aromas of Avalon

Chaucer was Poisoned!

Physics Lab Tutorial Video

Professor Michael Durst in the Middlebury College Physics Department proposed this project during the summer of 2017.  The idea was to begin creating a series of videos that show the professor outlining a lab for students before they are asked to conduct the lab themselves.  This project was challenging because it involved: sound recording, photographing, and video recording.  All of the footage was obtained from scratch during filming/photographing sessions.  The software used for sound editing was Audacity.  For photographing and video recording we used Canon SLR cameras provided by Middlebury College’s Davis Family Library.  The bulk of the project was edited in Adobe Premiere Pro, a versatile video editing suite. All of the photos had to be retouched and cropped using Adobe Photoshop.

Aside from creating the video itself, one of the main goals of this project was to create a template for future videos to be created for more labs in the department.  An official shot list, software list, and editing template needed to be created so that the next videographer and photographer could maintain consistency as new videos are created.

Overall, this project was engaging because it was created entirely from scratch which required me to become familiar with the equipment at Middlebury for filming and photography.  The project familiarized me with creative commons background music, how to properly credit sources on public media projects, and most importantly keep long lectures and labs concise in a 5 minute video. I love film-making and editing so this project was really fun to take part in!

Digital Storytelling Series

One of the projects I took on this summer was creating a nature series for Professor Matthew Dickerson. I pieced together a digital storytelling project titled “The Importance of Public Lands and Wild Places”, using various softwares including Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Audacity. Using raw footage and narration recorded by Professor Dickerson and a few others, I edited three short 4-6 minute videos (as seen below)–the former two-part series filmed in the Wind’s River Range in Wyoming and the ladder in Glacial National Park.

Because I had little experience with video-editing or with Premiere prior to this project, I learned throughout this process how to not only effectively navigate Premiere but also to understand the aesthetics of video-editing. There was a learning curve on creating videos at first, but with time quickly became second nature to me. This project took approximately 3 months.

2-Part Series: 

Glacier National Park: 

*coming soon!