Motion and Sound with After Effects

Second year students in the Graphic Design and Communications Intro to Multimedia course recently completed an assignment where they used After Effects to incorporate movement and sound to introduce themselves. Students worked diligently using what basics they knew to incorporate some advanced techniques inspired by more popular television intros. All in all the results were impressive. Here are just a few.

2017 Halloween stop motion animations

Each year the freshmen students learn a tiny bit about stop motion animation through a collaborative project that focuses on Halloween. The groups of students have a little more than an hour to come up with an idea, then execute it with white board markers, taking a photo each time the action changes. Check out the videos at the links below.

Group 1 video

Group 2 video

Group 3 video

Group 4 video

Can I get you something to drink?

The sophomore Graphic Design and Communications students just wrapped up beverage photography with impressive results. The project requires planning ahead and plenty of editing work after the shooting is done.

One story, two tails

The past few years the sophomores have worked on a small group project in their Current Imaging II class illustrating a short story using photography.

The goal of the assignment is to get the students thinking critically about what kind of images to create to match the text and make them apply skills learned in the classroom to outside situations. On top of that, it gets students reacquainted with classmates.

The results are always interesting, they often make the viewer look at the short stories, words that almost everyone has heard, in a new way. The following pieces are well done and very interesting – they showcase the same story in two different ways.

Looking for alumni work

Bismarck State College’s literary magazine, More Tales From the Wasteland is looking for alumni art submissions to publish to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication. Submit artwork to: publishthis@figmentsofimagination.org. The submission deadline is March 19, 2017.

Groovy movies

One of the best parts of being a teacher in the Graphic Design and Communications Department is watching students grow.

The sophomores are only a couple months from graduation and they have really figured out how to apply all of the pieces of their education. The movie posters they created based on real or fictional films are exceptional. The main photo for each piece was shot by the student and they handled the design as well.

It never really happened

The idea of green and blue screen special effects is common in movies, but it’s widely used in the world of photography as well. It sounds easy, but it is a very tricky undertaking. It’s difficult to match lighting scenarios, perspectives and even the relative size of subjects to the backgrounds.

The subjects in these photos were shot in the BSC Graphic Design and Communications photo studio against a green screen, then inserted into the image.

GDC on display

The sophomores finished up the redesign of the display cases outside the Graphic Design and Communications classrooms the week before the holiday break.

Each fall for the past four years the sophomores have undertaken the group project. The work involves serious doses of the creative process, collaborative work and production skills. It allows the students to dig into concepts like large format printing and working with three dimensional objects.

One group of sophomores chose to illustrate the creative process by showing the steps that a small candy company might go through in creating a new logo while working with a design agency.

The other group focused on the history of consumer photography from about 1900 to the present.

The results speak for themselves – each year the displays get more elaborate and look better.

Reality: Illustrated

The first year students recently completed one of the most time-consuming and technical assignments of the first semester: the vector product illustration. Success of this particular assignment hinges largely on the reference image as well as the quality of the path construction. Sampling colors and building custom gradients contribute greatly to achieving photorealism.

hammersmark_animation

Patrick Hammersmark

decoteau_animation

Meggan Decoteau

pfaff_animation

MiKayla Pfaff

wit_animation

Witney Nielsen

schaefbauer_animation

Josh Schaefbauer

emmil_animation

Courtney Emmil

murphy_animation

Jackson Murphy

If you weren’t hungry before you started reading, you will be

Food photography has been a staple of the BSC photography curriculum for quite awhile. Food is a tricky subject – it takes a lot of preparation and planning, but it never complains, argues or gets nervous. The intensity of shooting food and beverages makes it a perfect preparation for other studio photography.

This year’s sophomore class created some amazing food images, the bar is set high for the next class.