Just in case you forgot..this is me and this is my reflection on the Spring 2018 Semester in Multimedia Production. In the beginning I wanted to learn more about videography and photography and I feel as though I have done that. More than that, I learned more about many more facets of production in technology. I now have a basic, working knowledge of many useful skills. I learned the best way to interview someone in order to get useful information while getting unique and interesting information at the same time. I found that I really enjoy the audio and video aspects which were something I had never tried previously and I think I would like to pursue something in these areas. I would not have been able to do either of these tasks without some of the knowledge I acquired in this class. My favorite assignment this semester would be a tie between the audio and the video they were fun and challenging in their own rights and I enjoyed those challenges. My lease favorite would, unfortunately, would have to be the photography assignment. It is this one because I was not completely clear on the instructions and the shots we were supposed to get and I did not enjoy the ones we were supposed to take. If I were to tell myself anything, it would be to be a little more on the ball about assignments and not put them off. Overall, this class allowed me to explore a variety of different skills and I enjoyed being able to do that.
First, let me ask you this…Who, of you, does NOT absolutely love, adore, live on ICE CREAM?
All of you? That is what I thought. Oh, whoops, I am so sorry to those of you who are lactose intolerant and/or choose not to partake in this amazing concoction. I truly am so so sorry.
Well my friend, Jamie, and I love ice cream so decided that it would be super neat to look into the Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop and see what makes them amazing and truly unique. We took a somewhat promotional angle on the subject because this shop truly deserves to be known. We want to be the ones who have the honor of really getting their name on the map. They were amazing to work with and interview which made this project an amazing experience.
It was so much fun to go into the shop more than once in one week and have a valid reason to eat ice cream for lunch. Shooting the interviews and B-role was a blast; however, editing gave us its own set of issues. The owner, John Schutterle and the store manager were great to work with and the free scoop of ice cream did not hurt 😉 They were super nice and easy to shoot. The store is beautiful and gave us some great shots to use. Editing was fun but challenging. It was fun to put together but difficult to fit it together and make it flow well. Overall, it was a great experience.
I was slightly surprised at the fact that B-role was as difficult to shoot as it was. The thought of it seems simple, but in reality it was pretty hard without the proper equipment. Have a nice Canon camera helped a ton. There was some miscommunication between iMovie and Youtube because the quality of the iMovie was amazing but when it transferred to Youtube the quality decreased substantially because it ended up so blurry which was not the case when editing it in iMovie. So if I were to change anything it would be the quality of the final posted video.
Video is an amazing way to tell any story, if you have read my previous posts you would know that I love my family and want to do my best to preserve our story. It is an awesome way to show the next generations a little bit of the life that was lead before they came and the life they lived before their memory develops.
I now have more of an understanding and respect for Youtube stars and others who do this on a regular basis and create an awesome video and experience for the viewers.
Colorado has some pretty famous sports teams, the Colorado Rockies (MLB) and the Denver Broncos (NFL) are both very well known. I am a sports fan, more specifically, a Rockies fan and not so much a Broncos fan. I am comparing these two because I am curious as to how the two match up. I also want to see how baseball and football on the national level compare. I am going to compare the two, more specifically their presence on social media
to see what is working well for each of them and what is not.
Without further ado, I am going to look at their Facebook accounts. Based on the number of likes each team has the Broncos are more popular with 4,366,914 likes whereas the Rockies only have 920,278 likes. Based on the number of people who like Rockies and Broncos and also follow them they both have a loyal following with 92%. Both of these organizations use Facebook effectively. They post multiple times a day to keep them relevant and updated on their followers feeds. Facebook has the most users of any platform but this is seems it might not be the best place to reach the most people.
Instagram is the second most used social media just after Facebook, so it makes sense that both of these teams have a large presence on IG. Rockies have a decent following compared to it neighbor the Broncos. The Rockies following is 294K which is a big number but then there is the Broncos with a following totaling 1.1M. However, content-wise the Rockies have the Broncos beat with a post count of 7,246 versus the Broncos 5,663 posts. Both of their profiles are interactive with their fans and followers because they utilize the hashtags; the Rockies have their 25th anniversary so their current hashtag is #Rockies25th and the Broncos’ is #Broncos.
There is a substantial difference between each of their followings on Twitter as well. The Broncos have their highest number of followers on Twitter than any other platform so this is the best way for the Broncos to reach the most people. They have a total of 2.65M followers. This is also the case for the Rockies, their follower total is 527K. Both teams use this site the most out of all of them, the number of posts proves this point. The Rockies have posted 87.1K times over the last eight years, but the Broncos have posted 47.6K times int the last nine years. They are very interactive so they have a good reputation with their followers. Here are their twitter websites so you can see for yourself!
Colorado Rockies: https://twitter.com/Rockies
Denver Broncos: https://twitter.com/Broncos
Pinterest is a fairly new platform for social media purposes. However, the Broncos have a substantial lead on this platform over the Rockies. The Broncos have 14,374 followers as opposed to the Rockies 2,995 followers. The Broncos have many more boards than the Rockies do. Pinterest reaches a different demographic than other social media platform seeing as about 71% of their users are women, women are not typically the diehard sports fans so they can use this to draw them in a little more. They can target women more with the content that they post and make it more feminine or Do It Yourself (DIY) for product or activities focused around the franchise.
Snapchat is a little difficult to navigate. While searching for each organizations account it is hard to find if they have not updated or added to their story very recently. They do both have one and I had followed the Rockies prior to writing this so I can attest to the fact that they do update their story very often. Whether it is game day or otherwise there is always something they are doing that the fans who see their updates are interested in learning about. I have not been following the Broncos I did add them on Snapchat; however, it might have been at the fault of Snapchat but I could not find them on there. I will continue to follow them and see what comes from them when the season is in session.
When looking into each teams LinkedIn it is quite interesting because the Rockies have a larger following than the Broncos. They both have a good start on this platform with an interesting About page. The Rockies have 5,533 followers while the Broncos have 3,249 followers. However, the Broncos have been more diligent in updating their content. The last time the Broncos posted was 4 hours but the Rockies have not posted in 2 months and have only posted a grand total of 3 times. The Broncos have posted 326 times. LinkedIn has grown in popularity recently so this is an important place for them to keep updated which the Broncos have done a much better job of doing.
The Rockies use social media effectively because they update it multiple times per day, as well as keeping fans interested by interacting with them using hashtags, and they are on most if not all of the most popular social media sites so they are reaching as many people as they can. They are consistent across all media platforms and are very personable through the internet. However, they could use some help getting a bigger following on the sites where they are lacking. They can have promotions or give aways to promote interaction. They can advertise more to draw more people into the “family”. They can update the lesser used sites to reach the people who they may not reach on other platforms. On LinkedIn they could post more to be more relevant on an up and coming site.
The Broncos are also very successful in their social media presence. They are also consistent across their platforms and have millions of followers on several different sites and they are active on most of their platforms. They update most of them on a regular basis to stay relevant with their fans throughout the year. They do a good job of including their fans on their media sites, Instagram, for example, they have posted some pictures fans have submitted onto their page. They could make their Snapchat account more prominent by posting more often from what I noticed and could find, they have not. They could do more to promote the players through social media. They do a good job all around in staying up to date and in touch with their fans.
The presenters I have heard in class have given some great advise when dealing with social media and being in the public eye. They have told us to how to manage a social media page effectively by not posting too much but also not posting too little. There is a balance and they enlightened us on how to do this. They just brought out the fact that I had not thought about, it was how annoyed we can get if we are seeing too much content from one person or organization and how it is ineffective when trying to promote something or someone.
Cody is located at the East gate of Yellowstone National Park in Northwestern Wyoming. Cody is full of history from Buffalo Bill Cody to the Buffalo Bill Dam to the Rodeo Capital of the World. There are lots of reasons to visit Cody and as if you need another reason to visit the historic western town, here is one more, the food. There are many western themed restaurants in Cody and this map shows the five of them that I like best. I have also included the top two “after dinner sweets” places that are “must-go-to’s”. Whether you are coming into town from Yellowstone or Billings, Montana or from the South through Meeteetse, there is so much to do when you arrive but first you have to fuel up your bodies.
My map is organized from West to East coming into town from Yellowstone. Most Cody traffic comes from this direction. I spoke to a local, my mom, Deanna Schuebel who enjoys eating out at a variety of restaurants and has lived in Cody for her entire life, 59 years. She told me that her favorites in town are the Proud Cut Saloon and Pat O’Hara Brewing Company.
The first stop is Our Place on W Yellowstone Ave. Our place is a tiny old-fashioned place that serves classic American food, 25 cent coffee, and breakfast all day. So if you are looking for a classic American Western place to eat and want that old time feel this is the place to go. If you need more information see them on Tripadvisor at https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60442-d1086670-Reviews-Our_Place-Cody_Wyoming.html.
Next up is Bubba’s BBQ, it is just a little way down the road toward downtown. This is the place to go for classic BBQ. They have a variety of options and I think they have the best ribs in town. They have amazing barbecue sauce that they put on many of their dishes. One of the favorites on their menu is the pulled pork sandwich on Texas toast. They have great prices and great service. The decor of Bubba’s screams Wild West. They use horseshoes for the napkin holders, wall and booth separators. You can find more information on Bubba’s at https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60442-d514653-Reviews-Bubba_s_Bar_B_Que-Cody_Wyoming.html.
After that comes Buffalo Bill’s Irma Restaurant and Grille on Sheridan Avenue or Main Street. The Irma is the essence of Cody. It is located in the Irma Hotel which was created and built by Buffalo Bill and it is named after his daughter, Irma. The Irma serves steak and burgers like many of the local restaurants in town. It is good food and a good experience eating in the historic hotel. See more on the hotel and restaurant at http://www.irmahotel.com/.
Next on Main street is the Proud Cut Saloon n’ Steak House. The Proud Cut has some of the best burgers in town. It also has interesting decor that captures the history of Cody and some of the well known locals and places. They have the best home fries which are home made fried chips. Schuebel said “It is a saloon so not exactly a family place but they do have a room in the back during the winter and in the summer they have a very nice back patio where families can sit and eat”. They have very good pricing for the amount and quality of the food they serve. For more information visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60442-d514649-Reviews-Proud_Cut_Saloon-Cody_Wyoming.html.
Lastly, there is the Pat O’Hara Brewing Company. According to Schuebel, “this is my favorite place in town, they have great food but they also gave roses out on Valentine’s day”. They have delicious food including steak, burgers, pastas, and much more. Their brewery includes a variety of beers and other drinks made in house. Visit their website at http://patoharabrewing.com/.
Then, there is the “after dinner sweets” potion of the map. These are the places to go after you have filled up on all the wonderful western cuisine and need a sweet little something to top it all off. These are two of my many favorites around Cody, and I thought I would share the wealth with you.
The first of these is Annie’s Soda Saloon. This is a new old-fashioned soda saloon where you can buy a variety of old-fashion sodas, shakes, ice cream, pie and more. It has a great atmosphere, they have an old silent, black and white movie playing on the wall as well as other old western decor. This is Schuebel’s favorite after dinner shoppe. You can find more on their website, http://www.anniessodasaloon.com/.
The last is Peter’s Cafe and Bakery. If you want a classic ice cream cone and a variety of flavors to choose from you will want to head to Peter’s. They have many flavors and they are not the typical ones so you can try something you have never tried before. They also have a full menu of good eats. But, the ice cream is the best in town.
I interviewed a close friend, Emma Meyer. Figuring out and using the audio recorder was fun and easy. All I had to do was press start and end. It was good because it was not obnoxious and we could have more of a conversation and there was less pressure. It was a really cool first experience being able to interview a friend and someone I am comfortable around.
Editing was fun and easy-peasy. It was cool to arrange it how I thought it sounded the best and and come across as logical even though the order was different. It was cool to learn to use a new program and to create something cool in that process.
The thing that surprised me about this project was how simple it was. Audio recordings always seemed so daunting to make but now having made one and being remotely successful on the first real try was amazing and makes me want to record everyone’s stories. I think it would be a neat project to record my family stories and to compile them in a way that they can live on and be told the same way they always have been. It can be a way to bring my family together and around the holidays to get them out and listen to them for years to come.
If there was one thing I could change it would be how nervous I was. Even though I was interviewing someone I know well, it still got to me a little bit. In the raw interview I think you can hear that. It does not really matter in the long run because my voice is edited out but I want to be more calm around the person I am interviewing. Other than that I think the interview went smoothly as well as the editing, I did not have any trouble with the editing as far as I can tell.
This is Amelia, Gannett and Blaire Stidolph playing in the snow. These are the kids I babysit every Monday and Tuesday. When this summer hits, I’ll be with them at least four days a week. The rule of thirds applies here. They’re not perfect thirds but they are off center enough that it would apply. There is also contrast between all of the white snow and the house with the pink and red of their coats. I learned that kids do not want to have their picture taken but once you take it, they cannot wait to see a picture of themselves.
This photo was taken at the home wrestling match against Northern Colorado on February 10. This wrestler is different than me because he is a student athlete. Student athletes have a rigorous schedule and are very dedicated to what they do. This photo is a sports action photo as they are actively competing. The main creative device used in this photo is the rule of thirds. There is the floor where the cheerleader is there is the mat where the wrestlers are competing and there is the seats above the mat. There is also viewpoint from the stands because you see from the stands the match but you can also see the wrestlers teammates watching. I had not been to a Wyoming Cowboys wrestling match and wanted to go and it was a great photo opportunity. I learned how difficult it can be to capture a great and engaging photo of the event.
These two photos were taken in Elk Mountain. Sledding down a small hill with some family and some friends on my Aunt and Uncle’s ranch. These are feature photos of a day of sledding. These contain the creative devices of contrast in the second photo with the sun in the background and the shadows. Also the rule of thirds applies to the second photo because there is the sky, the people and the hill. There are some leading lines in the first photo because of the sleds pointing toward the corner of the photo which is down the hill. I learned how difficult it is to take photos of the juxtaposition category.
Have you noticed anything new about Downtown Laramie? Have you noticed how some of the store walls aren’t blank anymore? That’s because they aren’t. All thanks to the Laramie Mural Project and Downtown Laramie.
The Laramie Mural Project is a nonprofit organization that works on beautifying Laramie and bringing the community together. Volunteers add so much to the project because it brings the Laramie community together.
There are so many people to thank for the murals. Trey Sherwood is one of them. Sherwood is a director of both the Laramie Mural Project and Downtown Laramie Wyoming.
“It’s evolving, it’s become a beast on its own,” Sherwood said of the project. “It has grown beyond what we’d ever imagined.”
The project now has a five year waiting list of businesses and walls who have the desire to be included in the movement. When the project first began they weren’t as willing, but as they are seeing the effect the murals were having on the community they are eager to have a part in it.
For some business owners five years is too long to wait. Several have hired artists to paint their business buildings so they could join in and magnify the beauty that is the Laramie Mural Project.
If someone is driving on 3rd street or Snowy Range Road, they’ll notice something new. The “Laramie” mural of the walls of Hot Power Yoga. This new and geometric mural was designed and lead by local artist, June Glasson. Glasson is an artist that has designed and worked on several of the murals around Laramie.
This location is what inspired Glasson to design the mural that is seen there today. Glasson enjoys including the the community and with such a large canvas she needed some help. She made it a “paint by numbers” so everyone could participate and have ownership.
One of Glasson’s favorite parts of being involved in the projects is being “interested and excited by collaborating with people, hopefully that mural [Laramie] celebrates our creative community.”
Glasson invited all the art classes in Laramie to come out and help paint, as well as organizing community paint days for anyone.
Glasson describes it as a “welcoming point for Laramie” those coming into town from the West and “adds to the visual landscape.”
“We live in a selfie moment”, she created it with the fact in mind that “this will be a great selfie spot.”
In the technologically advanced age we live in, it is important to consider just how widespread anything like a photo can get on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. There is a tremendous amount of attention that can come from a project like the Laramie Mural Project. Laramie is a fairly small town that can benefit from the attention something like the “Laramie” mural can bring.
With Laramie, or as the locals call it, Laradise, being a rural, college town, this could inspire potential college students and make them fall in love with what Laramites call home. When their families come and visit the murals are something they can go see while they are walking around Downtown.
Kayla Foos is a current University of Wyoming student, Laramie resident and an admirer of the art that graces Laramie’s Downtown.
Foos shares, “I’ve always loved Downtown Laramie, but in the two years I have lived here they have added murals and they have made Downtown so much better.”
As these murals continue to “pop up”, it keeps the community on their toes because they never know what might appear and where it might appear. There is at least one mural in the process now.
There are already more than 20 murals and during the summer months Downtown Laramie organizes and conducts mural tours by either walking or riding bike. Anyone can get the full mural experience by participating in these tours., which is another way the murals are bringing the community together.
“After coming back to Laramie after a summer away, it was awesome to see the new ones,” Foos said, “and seeing people out there actually painting them, it made them a lot more special and to see a little bit of the process of what goes into the creating of them.”
For people who are just visiting and shopping downtown, the murals enrich their experience and like Glasson’s “Laramie” mural, it gives them a place to document those memories.
During this upcoming summer of 2018, Laramie will turn 150 years old. This is a very important occasion. An art project may be something to look forward to and watch out for.