Ok, you’re all ridiculously talented, once again. So lets go!

Sylvia: You explained the project to me so many times but I never quite understood how it would all come together, UNTIL I saw it in class. You may have thought the idea was “corny” but I saw it as really thought-provoking and aesthetically pleasing. “The light within” is a very touching concept, one that I feel a lot of people can relate to. You clearly demonstrated your immense talent as a photographer and I thought you did a wonderful job! 

Celeste: STAR FILMMAKER! For one, I loved the topic, it was so timely and interesting. So much attention has been turned on Social Media in the past few years, but I loved hearing what everyone else had to say about their usage patterns and how it impacts your identity. The editing was very seamless and simple, making sure the viewers focused on the message at hand. Overall, I thought the video was fantastic and I was honored to have been a part of it! 🙂 

Kat: DAMNNNNNNNN. Ok. Wow. I was honestly speechless when I saw your video. You packed so much meaning into such a short time, it was almost too much to comprehend. The music was perfect, the aesthetics breathtakingly beautiful. It was so heartfelt and introspective, and you clearly dedicated so much time to making sure everything was perfect. I really thought the video was flawless, something I can see you expanding upon and maybe even entering into a film festival. I was fascinated the entire time I watched your video, beautiful job. 

Jenn: You’re such a talented artist! I didn’t know the extend of your abilities, however, and it was wonderful to be able to see them first hand. The art of the self-portrait is definitely a lost one and I am so glad you chose to use that medium to show your identity! That drawing took time and effort and that is obvious in the outcome The “spliced” image with your photo and self-portrait was so interesting as well. I am so glad you shared you’re talents with the class! 

Karen: Ok, the whole “dorm room” video was SO NOT CHEESY so I have absolutely no idea what you were talking about. It was so relatable to all of our lives here as college freshmen. I loved the interplay and juxtaposition of the pictures, you really showed us many different insights to how people live here at michigan. I loved the idea that you can make such a temporary place home, and I think your video was the perfect way to showcase this idea! Great job! 

Erin: Other than my appearance during my interview (so sorry about that, by the way), I absolutely LOVED your project. It was cute and uplifting, and you managed to get some really incredible stories in there. The editing was fun and fast-moving, and I think you showed excellent judgement in where cut and lined up the interviews, and it was overall just a really enjoyable work! From one shoe-lover to another, I was so happy while I was watching your video, great work! (All the creepy filming of people’s feet was so worth it!) 

Lindsay: You are 1. a wonderfully talented dancer and 2. so introspective, and both came across in your video. We all got a sense of how important dance is to you, and I really liked how you organized and narrated the video! The interplay of your videos and the theme of a “show” made it really easy to follow and understand your point. Definitely keep dancing and pursuing your passion, I know it will get you so far! 

Carrie: you are so, so brave for sharing your video. There were many “heavy” topics in there, and it was a privilege to gain an insight into some of your personal thoughts and experiences. However, the medium “Draw my life” kept the video from having to somber a tone. It obviously took a HUGE amount of time and dedication, and I was both entertained and emotionally amused by your video. Good luck at DePaul, I wish you success in everything you do. 


First day of projects

WHATTTT. Ok. I am, as always, completely in awe of the talent and creativity that my classmates possess. WHY ARE YALL SO COOL. On a serious note, I feel like we saw so many different and thought-provioking ways to consider identity today, and each was legitimate and special in it’s on way. SO. On with the comments! 

Vik: Well, sir. You are no doubt a natural conversationalist and performer. I appreciated the balance of professionalism and humor, and found myself relating with nearly everything you said. The topic was perfect and timely, and I think your delivery was flawless. You kept the audience engaged and atmosphere light, and it definitely gave us insight on who you are as a person and how you view the Michigan community. Wonderful job!

Matt: Wonderful! I loved the idea of combatting with your identity, being controlled by the thoughts you try to control. I thought that your video was very funny, and I give you major props on the difficult film editing. However, it was not just entertaining, it proved the point that you are, ultimately, the master of your own identity. But, it didn’t beat around the bush and delivered this message in a light and humorous way. 

Justin: I know you said your project was crude, and I completely disagree. The use of stick-figure stop motion is such a unique art medium, and it was incredibly entertaining while portraying a very inspiring message. Also, I thought the music was wonderful and I have a lot of respect for you for taking control of all facets of your project. It was, to me, almost like a short film they would play before a pixar film (that’s a compliment!) Great job! 

Marlee: Wow, I had no idea that you were such a talented poet. Your talent for cinematography clearly came through, and I loved seeing the different clips of you throughout your life. I feel like the music, poem, and images worked together beautifully and seamlessly and gave the entire class a very endearing glimpse into who you are. It was truly a beautiful piece of art, and I was very impressed. 

(I went next but if I had to critique my own work it would go something like “why don’t you ever wear pants? It’s below twenty degrees. Also, stop online shopping and do your homework.”) 

Alix: I LOVE the medium of collage, first of all. Therefore, I thought your project was great! You made a very crucial arguement: there are so many things about people that we can’t tell by looking at them. I loved the interplay of your inner and outer self, how what is on the surface impacts the internal and vice versa. Your talent for art is apparent, as it was wonderful to look at! Lovely! 

Rachel: The mosaic was so cool, I distinctly heard Vic say something about how much he hates cool people. Anyway. You showcased a very smart perspective on life: yes, it would be wonderful if our lives were just mosaics of the fun, exciting, and enlightening times we’ve had, but that isn’t what life is about. I liked how you included the bad times too-experinces you’ve used to learn and strengthen yourself. I thought your project was aesthetically interesting, easy to understand, and poignant. 

Diana:  From one fashionista to another, I just want to say how much I admire your style and confidence. You carry yourself unlike anyone else i’ve ever met. I think that your outfits really did capture your identity- who you were, how that has shaped you into who you are now, and how that will impact the woman you become. It was a simple yet incredibly effective way of documenting your life journey. I loved all of the outfits that you put together, and I thought the structure of the piece was perfect. WORK IT, GIRL 😉 

Abbie: Love. Love. Love. Love. I wasn’t sure how you were going to portray the vast idea of “carpe diem” into a 90 second video, but it was fantastic. You are obviously an incredibly talented photographer, and you seemed to have captured authentic and beautiful moments of life. People being happy, people being themselves, people just living. I feel like the quote was perfect, and the music and cinematography were perfect matches. Wonderful job, girlie! 

Eric: Your project was, to put it plainly, such a feel-good piece. I mean, obviously. The song was named “Happy.” I loved the idea and concept, and I believe that you were correct- the way you interacted with the music really did show who you are. It was fun, lively, and energetic, and filmed in a very interesting way. Great job! 

(If I forgot anyone someone correct me! But I LOVE YOU ALL EVERYTHING WAS SO FABULOUS YAY.)