Final Project

May 18, 2010

For my final project for DMC, I chose to do a documentary on the cleanliness of my dorm room.  Throughout the year I was told that my room was disgusting and had a horrible smell to it.  I thought it was fine, but decided to take advantage of this unique topic and question some of the people that complain most about it.  After completing the documentary, I found a care package under my bed when I was packing up for the summer.  Unfortunately this care package was from Finals Week… in December.  It contained apples and oranges and was rotting underneath my bed for all of Winter Term and Spring Semester.

Unfortunately, the documentary was finished before I found this extra disturbing artifact in my room, but thought it necessary to share here.

Here is my documentary:

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Media Writing Stories

May 14, 2010

Beat Story:

Students all over Elon have received their housing assignment for the next academic year.  Some are satisfied, others are thrilled, and yet some are disappointed, scrambling to find an alternate living arrangement.

Currently, students in a particular group are assigned a housing priority number that tells them when they can apply.  This number is determined by a combination of how many semesters the student has lived on campus and GPA.  This process, however, has left many first year students frustrated.

Walker Howlett, first year student, was one such student struggling to find his desired place of residence for his sophomore year.

“I originally wanted to live off campus in an apartment somewhere, but financial reasons and logistics of the paper work were too much so our group decided to go for either the Oaks or Danieley,” Howlett said. Read the rest of this entry »

Studying Break

May 14, 2010

While studying for my DMC final, I took a brief break to peruse youtube and found a couple videos that provided comical relief to the endless amounts of studying and editing I was doing in McEwen.

Freshman Year

May 12, 2010

Classes are done, and Final Exams are looming around the corner.  It is hard to believe that I am almost done with 25% of my college career already.  It is a very sobering fact to think that this year has literally flown by and before I know it I will be graduating, entering the real world.

So far, Freshman year has been the best year of my life as I’ve made so many new friends and have learned so much.  While summer is always a blast, there’s just something about college that is amazing, especially at Elon.  I often found that during breaks I would start to miss being at Elon after a couple weeks home and always looked forward to returning to school.  Even right now, with the final exams and final projects bearing down on me at the home stretch I still love it here and can’t believe my first year is already over.

Capital Loss

May 10, 2010

The Washington Capitals were the number one seed in this year’s NHL playoffs.  They were 54-14-13 with 121 points, securing the best record in the NHL and the President’s Trophy, awarded to the best team in the league.  Alexander Ovechkin was nominated for the league’s MVP award and has won the honor the previous two years.

Unfortunately, that means nothing when it comes to playoffs in the Spring.  The Capitals were upset this year by the Montreal Canadiens in seven games.  The Caps had a 3-1 series lead and failed to close out the series in three consecutive games, allowing the Canadiens to embarrass the best team in the league on their home ice.

The Capitals are now known as the best team in the regular season, but a team that cannot get it done in the postseason.  Since Bruce Boudreau became the head coach during the 2007-2008 season, the Capitals have won the Southeast Division all three years, and have made the playoffs each season.  In 2008, they were eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers in a heartbreaking seven game series.  In 2009, they were down 3 games to 1 against the New York Rangers but eventually came back in thrilling fashion to win the series 4-3.  They moved on and played the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The series was the most thrilling in recent years as the two teams traded games and the Alex Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby Rivalry reached an all time high.  However, in game 7, the Capitals failed to rise to the challenge losing spectacularly 6-2 on home ice. Then, this year the Caps were the best team in the league, and was picked as Stanley Cup favorites.  However, they lost again in a game 7, this time to a much inferior 8th seeded Canadien team.

There are many out there wondering if Boudreau and Ovechkin can get the job done in the playoffs.  One of my friends who is from Pittsburgh graciously told me this joke time after time after the Caps loss: “A guy walks into a bar and says ‘I’ll have an Ovechkin.’  the bartender says, ‘what’s that?’  The man replies, ‘It’s a white Russian without the Cup.'”

While many will blame the coach and captain, it should be noted that during the playoffs a superior goalie is more valuable to the team than offense.  That is exactly what the Canadiens have and that is exactly what the Capitals lack.

Lumen Prize

May 10, 2010

In DMC we learned about the Lumen Prize which is an undergraduate research opportunity that awards $15,000 to certain Elon sophomores to use for research.  When thinking about a possible topic, I settled on how new media is affecting the sports industry.

Twitter and Facebook have revolutionized new media and the way in which people acquire information and this is no different in the sports world.  Instead of having to turn on ESPN to find out the latest sports information, one can simply “follow” an anchor and read his tweets.  Or even follow a star player and get a closer personal look into their lives.  Facebook is quickly becoming a hot commodity in the sports world.  Many athletes are beginning to use it, including John Riggins in which he is able to share his personal thoughts and even post videos without having to condense it into 140 characters.  I am interested in the impact that this has had on the viewership of sports and the way in which the public follows them now.  Traditionally, it was through the sports page or television that a fan could receive information about the team or players they followed.  Now it is a simple mouse click away.

Final Project Pitches

April 20, 2010

Today, we presented our ideas for our final projects in a 30 second pitch.

My pitch was a 24 spoof.  There is so much good in that show, however, there is also so much to be made fun of and I couldn’t pass it up.  I plan on making a short 3 minute film making fun of many of the main characters and overall plot lines of the show.

I would give $500 to Hannah Nelson and $500 to me for the final projects.

project Halcyon

April 19, 2010

Four of my friends and hallmates formed a musical group called project Halcyon, or pH, and they have gotten better and better.  It all started when David Gwynn and Will Anderson made a birthday video rap for their suitemate Michael Soucy.  Later on Dan Enders and Greg Gentile joined the group.  They have been offered the position of musical talent for Elon’s newest show Elon Tonight.  Their first video for the pilot was ‘Ode to Smith Jackson’ and has gone viral on youtube, amassing over 2,500 views in the span of 24 hours.  pH is gaining more and more steam and we all cannot wait to see their next project.

Interview

April 19, 2010

For our latest project we learned a lot about lighting as we set up an interview with a classmate.  It was challenging to narrow everything down into a short interview because I had so much footage.  I interviewed Hannah Nelson about her blog and her internship that she has this summer.

I was also interviewed by Katherine Wise and I talked about my love for the Washington Redskins

Painting Story

April 19, 2010

One of our projects was to tell a story using an Edward Hopper painting by editing the painting in photoshop.  The very first day of class we were asked to make a quick 30 second story with various Hopper paintings.  Since then, we have put together three versions of our painting story so it has been the most time consuming and lengthy project so far.  This is the third and final version of my painting story, using two different paintings.