For my COMM-105 Visual Literacy class taught by Professor Levin we have been posting all of our projects and class assignments on blogs that we created. So far I have posted various photographic images that show many of the concepts that I have learned so far in class! I really enjoy this class and I have enjoyed my first ever blogging experience!
- By Megan Clark
Let’s face it; we all love the Wechsler Theater on the 3rd floor of MGC. We go there for networking opportunities, guest lectures, demonstrations, and of course, film screenings. This semester, a new non-profit on campus, REACT to Film, will be showing Oscar-nominated documentaries once a month for students, professors, and guests alike. REACT to Film’s goal is to showcase inspiring documentaries and activate young people around critical social issues. Keep an eye out in March for RtF’s screening “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” a recent film that was showcased at West End Cinema…but why pay at the West End Cinema when you can watch it here in MGC for free?!
For info on “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” documentary:
For more information about AU’s REACT to Film chapter at American University, search REACT to Film - AU on Facebook.
Last semester I finally mustered the courage to begin writing for AmWord, American University’s monthly magazine. For me, being a contributor reinforces the importance of getting involved with the various communications-related publications and outlets available on campus. It’s a great way to apply the skills learned in SOC classes while simultaneously building a superb portfolio!
Here is a concert review I wrote a few months ago about the band GIVERS. They happen to be from my hometown, so this particular article was especially fun to write!
The Givers Who Don’t Stop Giving
by Madelyn Dutt
Givers are no stranger to the district. Since their formation in 2009, the band has brought their indie pop tunes to some of the city’s renowned venues, including the 9:30 Club in support of Ra Ra Riot and, most recently, to the Black Cat on Oct. 18, 2011 as headliners.
The band’s fan base remained relatively local in the months following their first show. Lafayette, L.A. served as a positive environment in which the founding members – vocalist/guitarist Taylor Guarisco, vocalist/percussionist Tiffany Lamson, bassist Josh LeBlanc, drummer Kirby Campbell and keyboardist William Henderson (who has since been replaced by Nick Stephan) – could perfect their show. Friends and family quickly became the group’s biggest supporters and exuded a special sense of community characteristic of southern Louisiana.
Word of mouth spread the genius of the Givers; everyone anticipated the band’s “big break.” It was not long before experimental indie rockers, Dirty Projectors, confirmed the buzz by inviting Givers on tour as their opener. As if that was not impressive enough, soon after came the “Givers EP,” a tour with Ra Ra Riot, a contract with Glassnote Records (to whom big-name acts such as Mumford & Sons and Phoenix are also signed), appearances at major American music festivals, a European tour and performances on late night television shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Chronicling the Givers’ incredible achievements of the past two years can attest to their rapid rise within the indie music scene.
Somewhere in this whirlwind, the band released its first album, “In Light.” Givers’ fans that fell in love with the band in its beginning stages may have had trouble adjusting to the new versions of songs like, “Saw You First” and “Ceiling of Plankton.” Nonetheless, with each listen, changes in previously released EP songs soon became less noticeable and gave way to an appreciation of the album as a whole. “In Light” stands as a polished, well crafted effort that conveys the spirit of the band.
All 10 album tracks were played at the Givers’ Black Cat show last month. The band began by launching into “Saw You First” and “Meantime,” inciting feverish dancing from the audience and deafening rounds of applause after each song’s finish. On behalf of the whole band, Guarisco and Lamson humbly expressed their gratitude, while frequently mentioning their Lafayette roots. In fact, between “In My Eyes,” (which Guarisco divulged is “about the beginning slash end of the world”) and Lamson’s beautifully delivered “Atlantic,” fans from Lafayette who were at the show were encouraged to reveal themselves. “We’ve got to keep tabs on each other, you know,” said Guarisco. About halfway through the show, the Givers slowed down with a heart breaking rendition of “Go Out at Night.” With Lamson down on her knees during the song’s instrumental break, the band’s authenticity and sincerity was fully conveyed to the audience. After this short respite, fans resumed dancing until the very end of the show. An encore of the single “Up Up Up,” (during which LeBlanc allowed people in the front row to strum the strings of his bass and bang on a cymbal), left fans with beaming smiles and extreme concert highs.
Givers will continue their globetrotting with an upcoming Australian tour as openers for Portugal. The Man. What will come after? Only time will tell, but it can be expected that their future endeavors will surely be just as impressive and well-received as those thus far.
This was my final project for my Reporting class. We had to interview a professional and then edit a video using the information we learned about the individual as a supplement to our paper. I interviewed Dr. David McDuff, a sports psychiatrist for the Baltimore sports teams.
-By Joni Agronin
This is project I worked on for my reporting class. I interviewed various people about their opinions on the WONK campaign.
-By Joni Agronin
This was an event assignment for class and we (another ambassador in my class and I) chose to film an SOC Ambassador event! It went very well and here is the video
By Jade Ryan
Making videos doesn’t have to stop at the classroom. Explore your talents AU ATV, the student-run TV station on campus! The station is open to everyone of every major at AU. Show up with a good attitude and you’ll get to help on as many shows as you want. Here is a piece that I produced earlier this semester.
Robert Gibbs at American University
To watch more ATV Special Broadcast’s visit us online at specialbroadcast.auatv.com
-Rachel Jacobs, Film and Media Arts
This semester I took Jane Hall’s reporting class. She is a huge supporter of getting our assignments published and helping us create an online footprint for potential employers to see our work.
This is an article I wrote for an assignment to write a profile on a local business owner.
I wrote about Bethesda Bagels, a well known Bethesda, MD business. My article was published on patch.com which is a Bethesda based online news source. The editor is an AU alum and and a former student of Professor Hall.
Here is the link to my article!
-Nicole Cusick, Sophomore Print Journalism Major
This video is one of the five group assignments I’ve done this semester for my production class. The challenge of this assignment was to tell a story in “real-time”- that means no cutting to other people or places in order to elapse time. Enjoy!
-Meg Kearns, sophomore, Film and Media Arts major