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Inspirational People

I was not always into photography. I enjoyed randomly taking pictures to have memories of friends or family, but I never took photos just to take them until I took a mandatory photography class for my Multimedia major and once I got started, I got hooked. It was around that time that Andy To was really starting to flourish, he was going out and doing videography as well as doing photography internships.

I had known him from working at a office supply retail store and it was nice to know someone at school, but when I saw his work I was amazed. Even more amazing was his work ethic and dedication. He was always working, barley ever sleeping and here I was with my one part time job and three classes a quarter. His drive drove me and made me seek out photographers that were wiling to take me on as an intern. I was scared and unsure, but knew that this was something that I wanted to do and Andy made me realize that it was something that I could do. 

Looking back, even while he was working on his senior project I waved hello in passing and he stopped me, motioning for me to come over. That day he taught me how to do time lapses. He had taken the time out of his own project to teach me and that taught me to always be open to helping others. You are never too busy to help someone else.

After that other people joined the group of who was inspirational to me. Photographers: Dorean Raye with her love of making beautiful memories for her clients, Erika Jones and her business savviness, Nikki Walker-Vaughn and her familiar willingness to help, as well as Robert J. Lopez and his obvious love of the craft.

These people drive me to never quit and to keep faith in myself.

– Kandice Chandler


The Love of Cosplay


So for my senior project I made a documentary about myself about making a costume for a convention from the start to the very end. I been making costumes since 2006, and I do this for a hobby I love. I choose this idea, because I wanted to make an excuse to work on a costume, as well as combine it somehow with my multimedia major for senior project. So I just combined the two ideas together and started working on the project after approval. What really helped me with my video project was getting feedback during the mid term, and the direction of my movie was going towards. I wasn’t thinking of my film as a movie, as from people have told me my film was more like a youtube video. I had to rethink my approach at this film, and after watching a few movies I finally realize what I was doing wrong. From there I redid my intro, showed it again to everyone, and got a much better response. So since then I been taking footage of myself working on the costume, and editing all the videos in After Effects to complete the film. I think the hardest part of me was that since I didn’t have a second person helping me with the camera I had to rely on a few things like images, and friends filming me with their iphones. Other then that I am pretty happy with how the film is turning out so far. By the time this posts goes up, I would be nearly done editing the film together, and shown to the class for the Final. The reason for choosing for documentary style film, was that I have done short films before in this style. So I stuck to what I know, and just used me in this film as the main center point.

Short Film I did

I think taking up the task of making a costume, and filming at the same time was not probably I should do again in the future. Having a month to complete a costume, on top of working on the film, and editing was very hard. But if anything this will help me prepare myself for the work world out there for deadlines pushed on me. If it were an easier costume I might of been able to complete the costume way in advance, but nope I decided to take on the harder route of making a difficult costume. After a good amount of work though, I feel that this film shows the ups, and downs of working on cosplay. From the very highs of being excited to the very lows to nearly throwing my sewing machine. In the end this was a great learning experience, as well as a challenge for me. My inspiration for this film, was no one in particular. Only thing I wanted to do was show how much love I have for this hobby through artistic means of film. I can point out that I really enjoy videos I see on youtube of people being able to create these great special effects using After Effects, or the Epic Rap Battles of history, but overall I just wanted to show off the process of what a cosplayer has to go through.

Creative Problem Solving And Design Inspiration

My design inspiration for my senior project is derived from nature and a need for making my life simpler. My idea is to come up with a product that could actually do something besides just hold pencils or key. As a result, my Pen & Pencil Holder design would have a sharpener and a pencil trash can attached to it. I always look for creativity in problem solving. Most of my work involves brainstorming and sketching ideas as many times as possible then select the best one.

Please check out this video to learn about creativity:


My Senior Projects and My Inspiration

For my Multimedia Senior Project I wanted to do something special, something what I can really enjoy during the all process. I love to draw, so the choice what I made is requiring a LOT of drawing. I decided to do an animated story, and I was ready to stick with the framing, illustrator, and the flash for a long time. I like to see how simple drawings can be transferred into moving characters with specific human-like qualities. I get my inspiration from watching animated stories on Youtube, and I am learning a lot from it.

For my Graphic Design Senior Project, I am doing a branding for a chocolate company with all the attributes such as a logo, a packaging for a product, and mini informational booklet of the product. I get a lot of inspiration from I discover so many wonderful and original packages! Please see my Inspirational Mood board! And good luck for everyone! Thanks, Madlen

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