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Archive for the month “December, 2014”

The Unwanted Life

For my final senior project I decided to create a documentary of a person who is a witness and victim to the war in Afghanistan. At first I didn’t know what I was going to do my final on, but after talking to my peers I decided work on something that had a strong and deep meaning. I decided to make a documentary about a prisoner who has went through war. For this project I had to go watch a lot of documentary type videos on youtube to get an idea of how to create it. After countless hours, recording and comments from my friends and family I put together a small documentary.


Maryam Haider


Acts of Kindness

I chose to create a film on acts of kindness based on personal experiences that I had and the kindness that I’ve noticed around me. What really drove me to stick through with this video was the constant reminder to myself that because my day isn’t going to well, I can always cheer someone else’s day and make their day a little more special by talking to them or buy them a cup of coffee.

The one thing I try my best to do is surround myself with positive people and keep the vibe around me positive. I want others to look at the positives in life and not so much of the negatives. I hear people speak negative to often that I want them to open their eyes to the helping hands of others.

So my multimedia senior project is about acts of kindness. Whether these kindness are to people you know or complete strangers, an act of kindness can spiral and cause a ripple effect. Opening up our world and sharing it with the people that are around us are what makes life a beautiful joy.

The video linked below is one of the many videos that have inspired me.

– Laura Meas

Video Editing Inspiration

I am interested in Video Editing and I love seeing videos that are very creatively and technically done. I lean towards videos that edits in slow motion to fast speed with some what of a documentary style. I like how it conveys emotion and the style technique can be so effective that it will spark an interest.

I like the style of how this video was edited.

-Laurie Meas

Short Animated Films

I have always been interested in making short story animated films. Watching some brilliant animations at  is really inspiring for whoever is in this field. You can see the power of multimedia how fantastically combines all the tiny movements and details all in one short glance. From my own experiences, creating animation takes a lot of creativity, practices, and patience. I feel fortunate for being introduced to some degree with animation process during my studies at CSUEB, but I would love to enhance this skill to accomplish more.

Creating animations always consumes time to a really high level. Some of the Disney animations took the production team years of hard work and creativity. Rendering is another issue that requires a good amount of time. I am most interested in After Effects animations since you can play with the graphics and text at the same time. However, After Effects rendering consumes a long period of time. So if you ever want to make an animation with After Effects please be ready and manage your time accordingly.

Palwasha Safi

Parallax Scrolling Websites

I love parallax scrolling websites and wanted to share some details here.

Parallax Scrolling is one of the latest trends in web design. The trend began with the very first parallax website for Nike “Nike Better World” in 2011. It is growing in popularity across the internet, bringing the user experience to a new interactive level of online viewing. Parallax scrolling has taken hold as the new frontier of user experience as it provides engaging visuals.

Parallax Scrolling was originally created for the video game industry as a “special effects” technique to give the audience an illusion of depth.

In parallax scrolling websites, the background moves at a slower rate compared to the foreground, creating a 3D effect as you scroll down the page for an impressive visual effect that allows for countless creative applications for online storytelling and create the illusion of depth. Parallax design gives websites a great opportunity to:

  • Impress viewers with page depth and animation
  • Make users stay longer by engaging the visitors to scroll through the entire page.
  • Provoke curiosity
  • Direct visitors to calls to action

A few more things to keep in mind when you’re designing a parallax website are:

  •    Keep it simple, don’t overdo it.
  •    Use it to tell a visual story
  •    Make it fun and engaging with depth using layering
  •    Emphasize calls to action when directing the visitor through the site
  •    Plan and target the browsers and mobile browsing

You could create a parallax website through pure JavaScript or CSS. However, it is better to use a library for easier implementation on an existing project. Here are 3 libraries you should check out first.

Some of my favorite parallax sites:

A great place to find inspiration from different  various artist.


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