Sharing Methods = Necessary for an online community!

            Sharing methods, used by companies such as Holiday World and Scott’s Miracle-Gro, would be the most beneficial for the QFS online community. “Sharing metrics-measurements of how often your helpful information is forwarded to a friend, tweeted, shared on Facebook, or other behaviors of similar type and circumstance-are another straightforward way to quantify online information. In almost every case, the platform you utilize will either count sharing and reviews natively, or you’ll easily be able to calculate them yourself.” (Baer, p 177) Because the Quinnipiac Film Society is such a large community made up of current Quinnipiac students enrolled in the Film, Video and Interactive Media program, alumni and faculty, sharing methods are a great way to view the analytics of the behavior across the community’s various social media platforms. It is common for the same individuals to post on the social media platforms daily, but viewing shares, likes, retweets, and comments can help easily detect if the effort of this community has amounted to someone or our brands.

 

Return on Investment:

  1. Sharing: QFS members sharing, retweeting and reposting other community members work, ideas and thoughts. Measurement of comments posted on each share and parent post.
  2. Views: Views, hits, likes and shares on tutorials, workshop videos and recordings of Google+ hangouts posted across multiple social media platforms showing what the community finds useful and which videos can be removed.
  3. Compare amount of followers and likes to the amount of individuals who participate in weekly discussions and collaborations.

 

Works Cited

Baer, Jay. Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype. New York: Penguin, NY. Print.

Two Week Campaign: This is for you QFS Seniors!

After graduating Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Video and Interactive Media in May of 2013, I was excited to enter the real world. However, I was unaware of how difficult it is to obtain a career, especially in such a competitive field such as the film industry. I wish that I had attended resume workshops that were offered to me, that I had made more connections via professors and Quinnipiac alumni and had better prepared myself for future interviews and experiences for the real world.

I created a two-week campaign for the current QFS community to run to better prepare QFS seniors for the real world. This campaign will enable all QFS members, both a part of the on-line and off-line community to participate, collaborate and communicate with each other via the community’s multiple social media platforms. This campaign will help QFS seniors prepare for their first interviews in the real world with mock interviews resume and E-Portfolio workshops and professional advice given by faculty and alumni who are currently employed in the production field.

Take a look at my presentation: CampaignPresentation

 

For all FVI Seniors!

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All Film, Video and Interactive Media students are required to complete a capstone project during the senior year. The capstone project can be a documentary, narrative or script. During the first week of May, all senior project groups schedule screenings to share their documentaries, narratives and scripts with fellow classmates, peers, friends, family and professors. Finals week is just around the corner, therefore all seniors are currently putting their last minute touches on their amazing projects! As an alumni and former FVI major, I want to give advice to the soon to be graduates for their completed projects. I ran into numerous issues during the production and post-production phase of my documentary, and hope that what I learned from my experience can help you all! Simple adjustments such as focusing a shot or increasing the volume of a talent’s microphone can completely change your outcome of your project. You should all want to share these projects across multiple platforms such as Vimeo and YouTube so that you can get recognized for your hard work! Here are some tips:

 

8 Tips for Senior Projects:

  1. Make sure all shots are focused! If they are not, do not use them!
  2. Make sure all shots in interviews are leveled.
  3. Adjust audio on interviews so that each response is clear.
  4. If audio is unclear, do not use it!
  5. Choose a score that will add emotion to your piece.
  6. Make sure to have an overwhelming amount of b-roll to break up the interviews or scenes!
  7. Add a background to lower thirds fonts so that they stand out more.
  8. Be sure to thank the “little people” in your credits!

I wish you all good luck with your senior projects and congratulations on graduation! Everyone should come out and attend our FVI seniors’ script reading panels and screenings of their amazing documentaries and narratives during finals week!

Here is a link to my senior project entitled “Whatever It Takes”, telling the story of district schools, charter schools and struggles of urban education in New Haven, Connecticut. http://vimeo.com/66914612

Sundance Film Festival

Every January, twenty three FVI students along with two professors are given the opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival. This experience of a lifetime was created by the first President of QFS and has been enjoyed for eight years with the organization so far! The students and professors who attend the festival view independent films, attend panels and make connections in the film industry. I was lucky enough to attend the festival three times, and I cannot stress how amazing it was. If you have the opportunity to attend the festival, I would take it because it is truly an opportunity of a lifetime.

New Leaders = A Fresh Start

            This week at the final Quinnipiac Film Society meeting of the year, the organization held elections for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director of Promotions. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for undergraduate students, alumni and faculty to think of improvements for the organization to have a fresh start in the upcoming school year. I began to think of my experience in the film program at Quinnipiac University. Although I was able to learn a great deal because of what Quinnipiac has to offer, I wish that I could have started taking film classes earlier. I began my first film class during my sophomore year, and I believe that if a student has a declared major as an incoming freshman, that they should be able to take film courses starting with their first semester. It can only benefit the students in the long run and enable them to create more projects, write more scripts, become more comfortable on camera equipment and editing software and show their creativity earlier in their undergraduate careers! I think that the newly elected E-Board is more than qualified and will have a great impact on this organization as a whole. I hope that they can help improve the film program for future film majors at Quinnipiac!

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Avid Editing Software

Hello everyone! This year, I began working at NBC Sports as a National Hockey League sub-clipper. I log live hockey games, create shot lists, team clip reels, player clip reels, and sub-clip melts using Avid Interplay Assist. As a Film, Video and Interactive Media Major during my undergraduate years at Quinnipiac, I was taught to edit on Final Cut Pro 7. I also took a production course in my graduate years at Quinnipiac in the ICM program, where I was taught to edit on Adobe Premier Pro. Although I was comfortable and talented at editing on those two softwares, the network that I worked for used Avid so I had to learn how to edit on a completely new software. I cannot stress enough how important it is to learn how to edit on multiple editing softwares, especially if you are planning on obtaining a career in post-production. As an undergrad, I remember students expressing their desires to learn how to edit on Avid, but Quinnipiac could not grant those wishes due to budget purposes. My advice to you all is to at least become familiar with the Avid editing software whether it’s downloading a free trial online and playing around with the software, or watching YouTube tutorials just to familiarize yourself with the software! Many major networks use Avid in today’s production world, and it will look great on your resume if you know how to use it!

 

I found a quick tutorial on how to make basic edits on the Avid editing software on YouTube, check it out!

QFS Blog

The Quinnipiac Film Society is a online and offline community that promotes the creative process of Quinnipiac filmmakers, writers and movie buffs. The offline community is made up of the undergraduate Film, Video and Interactive Media students that meet once a week to watch movie trailers, give tutorials on equipment, produce shorts and show projects to receive feedback from fellow students and peers. The online community is made up of QFS alumni and faculty who discuss what needs to be improved in the Film, Video and Interactive Media program regarding curriculum, equipment and editing software at Quinnipiac via social media platforms such as the club’s Facebook group. This “Quinnipiac Film Society 2014” blog will be used to discuss recommendations for improvements to the FVI program at Quinnipiac University. I will use this blog to share my stance on what needs to be improved in the program from my experience with a career in sports production. Through my experience in various internships for major networks such as NBC Universal, NBC Sports, NESN and Viacom, I am fully aware of what editing software needs to be taught to undergraduate film students, and I will share my concerns and wishes for improvements in the film program for the near future. Sharing my own thoughts on what needs to be improved such as a specific concentration in the major which will affect what courses a student needs to take, will hopefully register with undergraduate students who can voice these suggestions. I hope to inspire and give great ideas to undergraduate students so that they can improve themselves as filmmakers and the FVI program as a whole at Quinnipiac University.

I will share my favorite works of undergraduate students’ and compare it to my own undergraduate work, showing how the FVI program has improved since I completed my undergraduate degree. Sharing my favorite undergraduate works will hopefully give confidence to students and enable others to share more of their work, enabling them to improve their projects to full potential and fix any lighting, continuity, audio or camera. Giving feedback and criticism to undergraduate projects will allow them to improve their filmmaking abilities and to enhance their creativity, making them better filmmakers as a whole. A section of this blog will allow undergraduate students to ask me questions about their current projects, resumes, interviews and production careers. I want to give as much as advice as possible to undergraduate students regarding careers and internships in the production fields. I will stress the need to make connections, and hopefully create as many connections on my own with undergraduate members of QFS. Sharing my story on how I received every internship and career opportunity through previous connections I made will hopefully leave an impression on these students. The “Quinnipiac Film Society 2014” blog is where I will share my own beliefs on what needs to be improved in the film program since I graduated last May. Sharing my own suggestions and concerns with the film program can give ideas to undergraduate students who are the current voice for the FVI program and will have the biggest effect on any changes being made regarding curriculum, editing software and equipment. I also hope that whatever cannot be changed in the FVI program due to budget reasons, that the E-Board of the Quinnipiac Film Society tries to teach and inform their members of so that they are fully prepared for whatever comes at them when they get to the real world. Even a quick tutorial on a new software will go a long way! I will give advice, feedback and criticism to undergraduate students which will hopefully inspire and motivate them to become better filmmakers.

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