Archive for October, 2014

The final countdown.

It’s coming down to the wire for our MC 580 project. To my left Jason Beets is putting the finishing touches on our thrift-store owners profile, while Alex (on my right) and Achten and I have written the script and voiced the package featuring Ash and Erin, two people from different walks of life who share a common interest in second-hand goods.

The web story is up (I believe), and we’re pretty proud of the work we’ve put in as a group to get this done.

Saturday: I took a camera to T-La-Re and got additional b-roll at Misti’s store.

Sunday: Lance, Jason and I went to Fort Riley to conduct an interview with Ash, also know as Specialist Luther Washington. I locked my keys in my van holding up the interview for about a half hour and costing me $65 in the process.

Later in the afternoon Jason, Alex and I hit up Erin Bishop for an interview at her house. She’s also an active thrifter.

Monday: Jason got some extra b-roll footage at Grand Ol Trunk.

Tuesday: Cutting and editing the final videos.

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Leader of the pack

the crew

From left to right: Alex Achten, Jason Beets, and Lance Leonard cutting video and mixing audio for our video package.

At the beginning of this opening project for MC 580 our group: Lance Leonard, Alex Achten, myself and of course Jason Beets decided not to divvy up the project into smaller assignments, but instead work as a group. I’m not sure how much trepidation the other members of our crew had, but I think that the way we went about doing things has worked well for our group thus far for us.

That said, while each member has stepped up in various ways — if you want the details, just ask — I think that Jason Beets has stepped up in a major way and been a tremendous asset for our group overall by offering copious amounts of time and his editing prowess.

Some major editing and voice over rocking and rolling today.

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I’m a horrible blogger.

If you couldn’t tell by perusing the sporadic and random posts that make up the majority of this mostly dormant blog, it’s author has a terrible time with the routine of actually writing words in it. It’s not that I can’t write, or don’t want to, I’m simply too goddamned scatterbrained to regularly update the damn thing. I actually love to write. I keep a hand-written journal — again, mostly dormant — and even attempted to track my fishing exploits for awhile in a fishing journal. All that is outside of my work as a sports reporter, and hobby as an avid message board poster and tweeter.

But enough about me, our project is coming along swimmingly. Alex Achten, Jason Beets, Lance Leonard and myself have made some great progress and are now in the process of editing our audio and video. It took awhile to get the ball rolling, but after narrowing down our topic at the pleading of Sam Mwangi, and a few of our classmates, to an in-depth look at thrifting and second-hand stores in the local area.

Such a unique business model — models, really — has proven to become an interesting and thought-provoking topic. We’ve mostly been working with the owners of two stores. T-La-Re, and the Grand ol’ Trunk have both provided us with a lot of insight, as well as video interviews and some much appreciated candor.

With the deadline fast approaching, I personally am trying to lock down another interview with a woman that I know will give us an interesting take on the perspective of one who frequents these businesses and why she’s drawn to them.

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