This semester I had the privilege of editing The Asbury Review. The publication comes out ever semester with a new student editor each edition. The booklet contains art from the student body collected into one space. It is then formatted, designed, printed, and bound.
I edited and designed this semester's edition. I am incredibly proud to have been apart of this project. It was a wonderful learning process for me; it was the first time I've edited or designed such a piece. I come away with wisdom, appreciation, and a fondness for creativity.
Although I cannot impart a physical edition to you, please enjoy this digital copy and the words and images of the students of Asbury University.
I've been working on a concept for a stop-motion film idea I'd like to experiment over the Christmas break. As I began designing a concept, this little guy emerged. He isn't much, but I hope he lends a smile for you like he did me.
When one attends a smaller university in an even smaller town, the population of said university tends to linger on the romantic comings and goings of the residents. For the most part, it's as fickle and harmless as kindergarten valentines. However, as I've aged, I've found a more brutal side to the romantic scene.
As if people become steered by their mortality and awareness of their faults, they seek another soul to weld to their own. It is a pursuit for affirmation, companionship, etc. - all of which are not bad things. However, humans often use this assimilated limb as a double-sided shield, a force field to protect oneself from the outside and to take the hit of any negatives leaving the atmosphere.
In the wake of this "use and abuse," souls break.
We forget love is meant to be a complete selfless pursuit and to trust the other person is attempting the same. Thus, one cares for the other so that no one must ever look out for his or herself.
Instead, we create expectations and then don't hold up our end of the bargain. We forget words like "grace" and "mercy" should be treated as verbs. And what is left is fractured, disjointed; a weak point waiting for a breath of pressure to put it out of its misery.
I speak not only to romantic pursuits. But friendships. Familial relationships. Interactions with those you meet on the subway for 0.2 seconds of your existence.
It is out of being the victim in the aftermath of relationship wreckage and being the cause that I created the above design. The word "love" comes out strong, inspite of all the words that represent its murder.
Asbury University offers documentary course where students group into teams of three and create an eight minute long documentary on their chosen subject. The class draws a combination of students from the Media Communications and the Communications departments. The Communications students bring journalistic skills and PR insight. The Media students bring technical knowledge and visual creativity.
A friend of mine who is from the Media program was paired with two students from the Communications program. Because of this, he asked me to assist on some of their interview days to help gather b-roll and run camera so he could focus on sound/teach his partners about the equipment.
Out of some of the footage I gathered, I created a video for A Cup of Commonwealth, which can be found on my video portfolio page.
Even though I did not take the class, I've had so much fun learning about the genre through helping with this project.
I was asked to create lower thirds for the documentary based of their specifications. It was a simple request, and I enjoyed making a simple digital coffee cup for their use. I look forward to doing more projects like this and seeing how their handwork manifests in their documentary Coffee Culture.
I've posted about my work as producer and director of Asbury's sports webcasts. I wrote an article about what we do and how it started to present the project to campus in case others want to get involved. In addition, it shares others in the process so they know what we're accomplishing when they see us with our funny looking equipment at their sporting events.
Below is the link to the article. Hopefully it provides you with some interesting back story as to how it all came about.