Keystone Multimedia Workshop

This past weekend was the Keystone Multimedia Workshop. This is my second time attending the three day workshop in State College, Pa. This year I presented myself with a personal challenge. I wanted to create three diverse and unique multimedia pieces in each of the three days. Being a prior attendant to the workshop, I knew that pre-planning would be essential to develop the stories I wanted to create. I wanted to make an opportunity to continue the Veteran Voices project. I began researching veterans who wanted to tell their stories and with a little help I was introduced to Joe Pletcher and Zada Magoun. The time afforded during the workshop only allowed for one multimedia piece to be produced. You can see Joe’s piece below. Zada’s will follow the coming week and will be included in the Veteran Voices project.

Thursday night of the workshop is the opening of the Special Olympic Pennsylvania Games. I wanted to cover this story in a way that reflected where my film and journalism work has been going lately, time lapses. I am interested in exploring the the compression and the manipulation of time through photograph. I used a wide shot to feature the the ball field as it filled and emptied interspersed with key moments from the event.

The final day produced the story with the most fun, honey bees! The Centre County Beekeepers Association were gracious hosts to me at a local bee farm. Their I saw first hand what it takes to keep bees and make honey. It was a sweet gig!

Venus Transit 2012

Venus Transit 2012, Venus, Sun, Transit, Planet, Astronomy (Christopher Rolinson/StartPoint Media, Inc.)

In case you missed it, this is the 2012 transit of the planet Venus in front of the sun as seen from Pulaski, Pa. The last Venus transit happened in 2004, It will not happen again until December 2117. It is likely that no one living now will be alive to witness it again. There is an eight year gap between transits followed by a period of over 100 years between transits.

Diana

I tried out this cheap plastic toy Diana lens to make nature photos. I was skeptical of how this lens would function, would it help or hurt?

I used it with no expectations but got a great dreamy result as advertised, but it didn’t function well in high contrast situations.

This lens will certainly be helpful in situations where the artistic purpose is to remove the viewer from this reality and firmly place them somewhere else. This lens will also provide a unique effect in the creation of short films where the purpose is the creation of an alternate reality or time.

Enjoy!

Veteran Voices Howard Pfeifer

This is another installment of the Veteran Voices Project.

In this episode Howard Pfeifer, Merchant Marine, tells the story of his last night of liberty while on a convoy in the Russian Arctic.

The project is dedicated to capturing, preserving, and sharing the voices, images, and experiences of Pittsburgh area veterans of all branches of service and eras, including peace and war-time service. The Pittsburgh area includes all of southwestern Pennsylvania.

For historical and scholarly purposes, every veteran’s story is carefully preserved and archived in its entirety with the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.

 (Christopher Rolinson)

Veteran Voices

Recently, We have begun to document the storys of World War Two veterans in partnership with the Veterans Breakfast Club and the Social Voice Project. Together these organizations along with StartPoint Media have created the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh non profit project.

The project is dedicated to capturing, preserving, and sharing the voices, images, and experiences of Pittsburgh area veterans of all branches of service and eras, including peace and war-time service. The Pittsburgh area includes all of southwestern Pennsylvania.

This emerging initiative transcends traditional oral history presentations by incorporating an innovative transmedia approach, whereby historical narratives are told across multiple media channels and platforms such as radio and television broadcasting, Internet podcasting, web videos, mobile devices, social media, print media, museum exhibits, creative artwork, educational channels, etc.

We use dedicated audiographic, videographic, photographic, and literary techniques to represent veterans’ stories to share with the public. The project’s transmedia design enriches these important life stories so that they become memorable and meaningful living history “experiences” for current and future generations.

Fo historical and scholarly purposes, every veteran’s story is carefully preserved and archived in its entirety with the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 (Christopher Rolinson)

ATSHTF

ATSHTF, After The Shit Hits The Fan, is a view of a post apocalyptic world where there are three types of people, those who have, those who need and those that survive. This is the story of a lone survivor living in the shadows of those who have while avoiding the golden hordes of those who need and have already fled the destruction of the inner cities.

This short film experimentation stars Billy Ritter, a Cleveland based artist whose work is often based and created on found material.

His work can be seen here:

http://billyritter.weebly.com/index.html

 (Christopher Rolinson)