For my Capstone I wanted to create an educational CPR and First Aid tutorial for everyone at SLA to use while also conducting classes for around 10 to 20 kids to learn in real life. The video was made in order to cover the SLA population that didn't come to my classes in person. I saw the need for such material after seeing multiple people at this school fall unconscious or injured with no medical assistance immediately available. I know that for some, the first response in these situations is to panic but as we all know that can make things even more dangerous for your surroundings and the victim. My goal is to create a school setting where kids can feel safe and more confident in themselves due to their ability to possibly save one's life. Knowing these skills will definitely have a positive effect on not only the SLA community but Philadelphia as a whole. Aside from police, lifeguards and medical professionals, not a lot of people are aware of specific methods to save one's life and I feel like it would have a positive effect on the community if this knowledge was made more available to the public. At the moment I have conducted 5 lessons and at this point, I hope to conduct about 10 more in the next two weeks and have finished a prototype tutorial to study the camera angles I want to use and the speed in which I can explain these explain some of the procedures. The video should not take much editing but it is essential that I relay the info at with time efficiency in mind and due to that factor I have another video in production at the moment.
For my capstone, I planned to create a video essay type media. The whole focus of this was to detail the issues with the current school system in place, the potential solutions, what's stopping us from achieving that, and what SLA does about it. I had this idea after deciding that I had enough of word requirements and wasting time. Ironically, I couldn't finish editing the video because it would about 2 months to edit it with the same amount of effort I put in the first two minutes. I have the first 2 minutes edited, and you can contact me to view it, but as it stands my capstone has turned into a podcast. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pUKY-QoiDgijo-noR61I9TACqy95tzsj
For my capstone, Becca and I created WANDERING EYES, an interactive photography exhibition/fundraiser celebrating the work of refugee photographers who have gone through a ReFocus photography and media workshop in Lesvos, Greece during their wait for asylum. After traveling to Greece last summer as teaching artists for the workshops, Becca and I knew we needed more people to get a taste of the hands of experience we were lucky enough to have in order to give people a personal connection to a pressing crisis that often feels distant. For our exhibition, I wrote and designed large informational posters that lined the walls and gave viewers a look inside the refugee crisis and the situation in Lesvos, smaller directional signs to guide viewers through the experience, 8 detailed artists cards to connect viewers to the artists and their work, and postcards for sale and business cards distributed at the event. In addition, I edited together interviews of the teaching artists and artists found on the artist cards and put them into a website for a projection room at the end of the exhibition. I also managed our email and newsletter, handled poster distribution, and made connections with local businesses that supported our project and printed our photos and cards for a fraction of their original costs. I took on a lot for this project and lost a lot of sleep, but I learned so much about graphic design, networking, marketing, and my personal work ethic and I am more proud of this exhibit than anything I have ever done before. Over 100 people attended, and the feedback we received made it clear that we gave our community a better understanding of the conditions refugees face and the power of art amidst crisis, and raised hundreds of dollars for the workshops and helped show Americans what refugees are capable of.
For my senior capstone, I created My Philly Love Letter, which is a news blog that focuses on promoting small businesses in Philadelphia. I created a website on wix that operates as the heart of where things are ran. From the wix website, anyone would be able to access my interviews with small business owners from the YouTube channel, the Instagram and twitter accounts, as well as any blog posts on the site. For the social media portion of the capstone, I used pixlr to make my YouTube banner and account logos. I edited my video in Resolve and I used the wix blog post feature to make blog posts. I wanted to interview people who were involved in their community in some way shape or form as well as people who grew up in the Philadelphia area. I felt it best to interview people I was close to, to avoid any awkward moments between me and my interviewees, since I’m still an amateur interviewer. I interviewed two people at once who’re running a small business together who are very focused on community outreach. Through my capstone process I learned that I should schedule as many people as possible. Before this, I never thought about how my plans with some interviewees could fall through. Some minor takeaways that I learned were to allow my capstone to change as I went along the capstone process and to use a different video editor because I wouldn't know when Resolve would randomly crash on me. Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MV1XyVneaJs5Rr7XYHz0r8nEybw2Kty31J1l1DZPFys/edit?usp=sharing Wixsite: https://editor.wix.com/html/editor/web/renderer/external_preview/document/f00dafaa-3a26-4605-a854-833fce1a311a?metaSiteId=6269736d-6ae6-46b5-9210-fe0f377e751c
Coming from a culturally diverse background one of the recurring themes in my life is how many family and friends have come over time to the U.S. based on preconceived notions. I wanted to create a document that would not only make their lives easier when it comes to adjusting to a new country, providing more insight on what to expect, while simultaneously helping their kids along the way as well by providing stories relatable to different age groups. This document has many layers to it which includes my personal story about adjusting to a new culture given parents who both come from two different countries and backgrounds, explanations of different aspects of culture shock, specific locations and regions as to where a certain group of people is located in the U.S., and the stories of people of different age groups in order to not only help those deciding whether or not to come to the U.S. but what the reality of it all is. One of the most common themes in my document is religion, not only for the educational purposes for those coming here but to create a better understanding of the culture shock. In general, this document is to be a guide for those who are coming from abroad and for anyone else who would like some insight into the lives of immigrants and their stories, while doing this project I learned more about the different obstacles that people face coming to the U.S. and the reasoning behind why they choose to make the big move.
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For my senior capstone, I took my time to get to know some of the refugee youths from my church and I decided to share their stories. On Wednesdays, we have a weekly youth meet up aside Sundays at church so on certain Wednesdays, I kept one or two people behind after our meetings to interview them about their lives as a child/teen growing up as a refugee in Philadelphia. In the final documentary, I only included certain people to get a variety of ages and years that they’ve been in America. Doing this allowed me to get personally closer to the youth group as a whole and understanding where they come from when they are struggling with certain things. Having the opportunity to share the stories of people from my community that didn’t grow up to have the same opportunities that I did, being born and raised in Philadelphia, made me feel confident and proud to be able to share their lives with the public through my documentary. It also creates a personal accomplishment for me to be able to do something like this for the people of my culture, the Burmese people. The main struggle of this process was only the fact that since it is portrayed in a documentary format, some shots I took of certain people’s stories were not the best, but it had to do because scheduling just one interview was already complicated enough from the process of filming and making sure the lighting and the filming area was the same. Bibliography: Bowles, Edith. “From Village to Camp: refugee camp life in transition on the Thailand-Burma Border.” Accessed on January 23, 2019. https://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/camps/bowles.pdf Dave, Matt, Michael Slowe, and Matt. "How to Make a Documentary: 7 Steps For Making a Breathtaking Documentary • Filmmaking Lifestyle." Filmmaking Lifestyle. November 02, 2018. Accessed January 22, 2019. https://filmlifestyle.com/how-to-make-a-documentary/. Dwe, Eh Taw, and Cook, Tonya. “Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: An overview for torture treatment Programs.” HealTorture Presentation. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://healtorture.org/sites/healtorture.org/files/PowerPoint%20Karen%20Refugees%20From%20Burma%20webinar.pdf Fazel, and Stein. "The Mental Health of Refugee Children." Archives of Disease in Childhood. November 01, 2002. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://adc.bmj.com/content/87/5/366?FROMPPV=true. "Refugees from Burma." Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center. Accessed January 22, 2019. http://www.culturalorientation.net/learning/populations/burmese. United Nations. "Forced Displacement Worldwide at Its Highest in Decades." UNHCR. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2017/6/5941561f4/forced-displacement-worldwide-its-highest-decades.html. United Nations. "Refugees and Migrants – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)." UNHCR. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/news/latest/2016/3/56e95c676/refugees-migrants-frequently-asked-questions-faqs.html. Paw, Largay. “My American Dream.” February 13, 2019. Accessed on January 25, 2019. Christ, Hser Nay. “My Childhood.” February 13, 2019. Accessed on January 25, 2019. Soe, Christ. “I was a Baby.” February 13, 2019. Accessed on January 25, 2019.
This year, I created a video essay for my Capstone. It's about 8 minutes in length, and is about one of my favorite pastimes - Magic The Gathering. In the video itself, I explore my relationship with the game, the creation of the game itself, and the seemingly infinite amount of entertainment it provides to me and millions of others. My goal for this project was to create something for YouTube specifically. I grew up watching a lot of YouTube, and I still do. For a while, being famous on YouTube was something I aspired to, in the way that lots of kids want to be celebrities or famous athletes. Recently, I've re-thought about being on YouTube - not as a YouTube star, but just as a content creator. I looked through my list of subscribed channels - among them many channels creating video essays or something similar. Inspired by many of their styles, I took a stab at the same genre. Some of my biggest inspirations for this included Rhystic Studies, who does MTG card and artist studies; and Jon Corpora, who hosts a video series called "Pretty Deece" about MTG. There are lots of other inspirations - I consider my intro - where I start with a hook about a tangentially related subject - to be very inspired by Michael Stevens of VSauce. My other goal with this capstone, besides creating the video itself, was to set myself up to continue creating content for YouTube. I hope to get some feedback on this video and make more video essays throughout college - be they on Magic or not. Here's my bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ySxj-BXNheZnRtcDHVQvIL5YtcZN0S9yqbARyNGwel4/edit?usp=sharing
For my Capstone, I collaborated with a fellow peer, Bronwyn Goldschneider. She approached me two years ago with the idea and we have worked on it ever since. the final product was the Celestial Gala. Bronwyn plans to study fashion in college, while I will be studying marketing. When designing the event, we wanted to make sure that everyone who came felt included, as this is something that often lacks in mainstream fashion houses and media companies. We didn't want to use token diversity, as we recognized that it doesn't fix the issue, it only capitalizes on it. Instead, we had students, teachers, and parents from all over Philadelphia join to naturally represent the diversity we see in our city every day. Models in the show represneted nearly different spectrums in race, size, hieght, age, and backgrounds. I took pictures, made posters, and helped organize the final event. I also began my own production company named RoVe Productions. We took a lot of time networking with Braskem and figuring out logistics like how to fund the event. We participated in a shark tank in order to receive some of this funding. We were able to secure $1,000 to help supply catering, decorations, live entertainment, and other additions. The venue and seating, however, we were able to secure for free. I learned many things about scheduling, budgeting, collaboration, and the work process. To see each resource we used for the project, a viewable link to the google drive is below: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13gxB9aRZ_DWPm1p-QsaJaJbYQyvMGZ08?usp=sharing