A Little Bit About Me

This is the post excerpt.

Being a college student is rough. From studying to volunteering to maintaining relationships, it seems like there is hardly any time to be ourselves. As I work on my undergraduate degree at Brown University I continue trying to express my individuality through art and cultural expression. The following website is a compilation of my works, both old and new, that demonstrates my growth as an artist and person.

Hyperlapse

This video was just supposed to be a hyperlapse, oops. Anyways, I thought making a music video would be more fitting and challenging for me; besides, I really think hyperlapses are fairly boring. I liked the fact that doing the hyper-lapse allowed me to edit and publish in 4k but that’s about it. The main critique I have with hyper lapses are that they look very choppy and jittery, even with stabilization. Personally, I don’t like this style but in no way am I saying that it totally sucks, some people might really like the way this looks.

Rejected (Location Transitions)

I get rejected from Harvard. Could this be a satirical video on affirmative action??? Who knows. (it’s not) This skit was the first I’ve been the protagonist with my new team. This was very odd since I’m usually the one working the camera, so I felt very anxious with how the final product would look. I’m pretty ok with it except for the extremely shaky camerawork, thanks a lot Carlos!

Fall Rally 2017 Vlog

Wow! So this was my first ever Fall Rally and it was amazing. I’m really fortunate to have shared it with all the wonderful people who were there. This day was crazy and I hope I properly encapsulated its best moments in these 12ish minutes.

Music:

Song 1: Elektronomia – Vitality [NCS Release]
Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/IS9azbb9hSA
Download Link: http://ncs.io/Vitality

Song 2: Au5 & Last Heroes – Lush (feat. Holly Drummond) [NCS Release]
Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.
Watch: https://youtu.be/0FWsl37Mcak
Free Download / Stream: http://ncs.io/LushYO

Song 3: Icehunt – Hover (feat. Helen Tess) [NCS Release]
Music provided by NoCopyrightSounds.
Watch: https://youtu.be/j51Bixo4ZBE
Download/Stream: http://ncs.io/HoverCr

Flashback

Ok, so we tried something a little different this time. Instead of wasting our precious time, because we are very limited on recording time, on writing a script and developing characters through word we just decided to film without saying anything. This gave the opportunity to make some very creative sounds post-production and gave us lots of creative freedom to alter the image to create any effect since we didn’t have to match the voice to it. Nevertheless, I felt we did a very good job creating a short and entertaining piece in under two class periods. One thing I would’ve liked to do is get into how the protagonist meets himself in the future and what he learns from it, but this was really out of our control since we ran out of time and the locations were later occupied.

 

Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout

Google defines education as “the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university,” and this is very true, obviously; but, it gives another, more realistic meaning to this word, simply defining it as “an enlightening experience” (Google).

We usually associate knowledge and the art of learning to only be held in schools rather than observing it throughout life and all the obstacles it throws at us.

Dr. Rick Rigsby explains in his speech of the lessons he learned from his father, a third-grade dropout, and describes him as having the utmost wisdom on basically everything. His message is not that one could get by in life with having a low education and whatnot, but to persevere through life’s challenges and use them as a lesson, to utilize the mistakes one makes to build better upon.

Furthermore, Rigsby teaches his audience to have big dreams, that “it’s better to reach high and miss than to reach low and hit” (Rigsby). This really hit home for me because it’s the problem I’m having right now. This post will be submitted in November, so that means college apps!

I’ve always seen myself as good, yet at the same time, I can’t help to think of myself as mediocre. This mentality has inhibited me from doing a lot of things I’ve always wanted to do. Sometimes I feel I miss out on the wonders of life because I think I’ll fail if I try. Nevertheless, I’ve begun to break from this attitude and began to finally experience life, and what a time it’s been!

Ok, so getting back to the college thing. When I first began the application process I limited myself the schools I’d apply to because I was scared of failure. I only chose the universities that seemed easy to me, but I wasn’t too happy.

When I scored 30 on my ACT I felt proud of myself and got the confidence to finally apply to UCLA, only to have someone put me down saying that I have no chance of entering that school since it was such low score. I’m not going to lie, this really hurt and made me feel basically hopeless. Rigsby explains that one mustn’t let themselves be taken down by obstacles and to continue to reach high, and that’s what I did.

I’m continuing to apply to UCLA and have expanded my college list to Berkeley, Columbia, Stanford, and even Harvard. Now I know my chances of getting into those Ivy League schools are slim to none, but what’s life without risk; and, what use is it to live comfortably but wonder what could’ve been?

Rigsby only further inspired me to continue taking risks and not let myself down. I’ll live every day and ask myself: “How am I living” (Rigsby).

Film Challenge

 

A sort of (but really) dystopian view on America and its oppression on minorities. I tried to make this video portray, on a very extreme level, the effects of racism/nativism. Although unrealistic, this is a good satirical representation of how toxic and deadly we treat each other as Americans. Hopefully, this could spark come change. I modeled this “trailer” after the movie series The Purge. Unfortunately, I only had 2 hours to complete this video, which is reflected by its poor editing.

Saved by the Bell

Kindof using the same storyline as Saved by the Bell we made an episode that depicted saucy drama between teenage boys. This has been by far the most developed assignment we completed but I still feel it’s lacking. Personally I believe we failed to include any jokes into the script, Saved by the Bell was a comedy and ours honestly seemed a bit bland. Aside from the last scene where the image is overexposed I’m quite satisfied with the way the project looks, again if I were to redo this project I’d be sure to add more interesting dialogue with jokes/references. I’ll be sure to do this with upcoming projects.