U is for Under Quarantine (2020)

Featured Projects:

Mobile Videos:

  • Pat’s Quarantine Journey + Cool Hand Luke by Pat McCabe (mobile video)
  • Mobile Media Makes Magic by Jane Vitelli (mobile video)

Remote Filming Projects:

  • #JasonBlakeIsOverParty (trailer)
    by Katherine Autenrieth, Jade Rainis, Erika Ramirez-Lorenzo, Tiara Robinson-Makidi, Anna Rodefeld, Alexa Rae Vernice
    (project trailer and producer conversation)
  • iNFLUENCE
    by Kenza Bousseloub, Kevin J. Conley, Tori Delhagen, Eric Leidelmeyer, John Daniel Pierret, Alexandra Sannino
    (project and producer conversation)

360° Video Project:

Curatorial Statement:

These featured projects come from three different courses: MSP 4701/5701: Producing and Directing (Fall, 2020) with Prof. Laura Zaylea; MSP4741/8741: Emergent Media Production with Prof. Laura Zaylea (Fall, 2020), working in collaboration with MSP4446/8446: Psychological Process of Media with Dr. Matthew Lombard; and MSP4541: Mobile Media with Dr. Shaw and Prof. Zaylea (Fall, 2020).

Making creative media in 2020 during the pandemic-related restrictions was no easy task. In this selection of videos, student media producers took a range of approaches to safely film during an extremely challenging time. Videos were filmed over Zoom or with actors/interviewees self filming and sending in videos. Some projects jumped right into the heart of pandemic-related issues (20/20 Vision: Behind the Mask), while some avoided it entirely (#JasonBlakeIsOverParty, iNFLUENCE).

Narrative video #JasonBlakeIsOverParty and TV pilot iNFLUENCE are not about the pandemic at all, but use remote filming techniques to tell the stories related to cancel culture and the pressures of trying to become an influencer. 20/20 Vision: Behind the Mask is a documentary style, 360-degree video in which five student producers tell stories about what they have been doing, learning and feeling during the pandemic. Each speaker was prompted to focus on lessons learned, which gives the documentary-style project an uplifting feeling. This project was created in Emergent Media Production (with Prof. Zaylea) and was also part of an original research study designed by students in Psychological Processing of Media (with Dr. Lombard); the two classes worked in a semester-long collaboration focused on learning more about the potential of 360-degree video.

Finally, as explained here, the mobile media students were asked to make videos entirely on a mobile phone or tablet, ideally filming and editing on the same device, if possible. The goal of the project was to express what it means to feel mobile, specifically considering the themes of freedom, safety, and hopefulness. These two videos in particular reflect on and use mobile filming technologies to overcome the restrictions of life during a global pandemic.

A note on watching 360° videos:When you watch a 360° video, you will be able to look in any direction at any time. The way you experience the video is up to you! You can watch the video with a head-mounted display or on a smartphone, tablet or computer. On a phone or tablet, move your device around to look in different directions within the moving image, or you can navigate by touching the screen with your finger and scrolling in any direction. If the image shows up as a wide rectangle and does not allow you to change your angle of view, you may need to use the YouTube app rather than a web browser. On a computer, you will see a navigation arrow in the top left corner. If you wish to use a head-mounted display, make sure to click the viewer icon in the lower righthand corner of the image (and the image will appear into two side-by-side boxes).

 

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