Pitchfork explores the evolution of “Dad Rock” in this animated short.
Pitchfork explores the evolution of “Dad Rock” in this animated short.
Thank you Gina for your kind words.
This semester has come and gone in what seemed like a blink of an eye. I guess four months isn’t such a long time after all. In this past 16 weeks, you have managed to teach us much, not only about multimedia, but about ourselves. Your class made it worth waking up at 5 a.m. to drive 66 miles for an 8 a.m. class (I hate mornings).
I came into this class not knowing how to do anything but stare at Photoshop in confusion and wonder why anyone made this software so complicated. I came into this class asking myself “WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE THIS?! Why was I required to take this broadcasting class when I was a Public Relations major, why did I have to know how to pan and tilt, why did I need to do a chroma key, why did I have to shoot a news feature, WHY??” As I sit here today writing this, I understand why. I understand the importance of being well-rounded. I understand the importance of exploring hidden abilities you may have. I understand the benefits of knowing the software.
A month and a half into the semester, I volunteered myself to produce and edit a video as a part of a public relations campaign for our media kit. I volunteered because I was confident enough that with your class, I would be able to do it; thank you. Also, after a few hours of editing and your help, we were able to finish the video in its entirety and the client loved it. We got many compliments on the video and on my news feature. We were given presents and certificates of appreciation, again thank you.
So what did I learn this semester? I learned to step out of my comfort zone, I learned how to work with classmates to reach a common goal, I learned to believe in my ability to learn new things, I learned how to successfully put a story together in video, but mainly I learned that there’s something worth learning anywhere you end up in life.
Thank you for a semester full of surprises and challenges.
The quote was made famous by the 16-time World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair. Over the years, I have had many students write glowing reviews about me, and their experience in my classes. They are greatly appreciated, and I am always quick to post them on my blog or on social media. In the case of Alexis Ramos, it’s a little bit different.
It’s one thing to gain knowledge and experience from a professor; it’s another thing to follow through with a polished project. Not only did Alexis make me blush when I read her retrospective of the course, but she also scored a 100% on her feature report. Since I have been teaching at FIU, I have given less than ten perfect scores on this particular project. Truth be told, I’m looking for any reason not to give a 100%. A perfect score means I could not find one thing to penalize, especially since the majority of my students had never shot or edited video prior to taking my course.
Below is her retrospective and her project. I would recommend Alexis without hesitation.
It is officially the end of the semester. Usually, this is a time when the students are crunching in study time and relieving themselves of a stressful semester. For the first time, this week isn’t a sigh of relief. It is actually accompanied by a bit of sadness.
I have absolutely LOVED this class. Despite having to wake up at 6:30 a.m. in order to make it on time, I actually really enjoyed coming to this class. I have learned so many valuable things in this class. Like I spoke about in previous blog posts, I was denied an internship opportunity because I was not experienced in using Adobe Premiere Pro. I am so glad that Professor Sandhouse taught us how to use this software-and taught it so well!
Professor Sandhouse has been absolutely amazing! I have never had a professor that has cared so much about his students and has put so much time into helping them. He is so knowledgable about the subject, and I am so glad I chose this class over any of the others.
I am a broadcast major, and I want to work in production after I graduate so this class has been so helpful for me! I am so excited to crush Multimedia Production 2, and I am very confident in doing so because I feel like this class has prepared me very well.
I will be quite sad to leave Professor Sandhouse’s class and hopefully he decides to teach Multimedia Production 2 in the Fall so that I can be with him again!!! HE IS AMAZING!!!
Anyone who follows me on social media knows just how much I am into photography. My friends often make fun of me that I’m always “packing” a camera whenever I go anywhere, but this article published in the Wall Street Journal provides a good case for my antics.
Smartphone-makers, touting photos of models frolicking in the sun, have been on a campaign to convince us they’ve got the only camera we need. They’re wrong.
Phone cameras have made photography everyone’s hobby. But even owners of the fanciest smartphones would recognize the many genres of disappointing phone-ography: The blurry runaway toddler. The lifeless landscape. The grainy candlelit dinner. The ghoulish flash portrait.
We need to save personal tech’s most endangered species, the stand-alone camera.
On a recent vacation in Paris, I ran an experiment that only the family of a tech columnist would tolerate: I took all my photos twice. I snapped once with an iPhone 6 Plus, the current giant of camera phones that costs $750 without contract, and then again with the $1,500 Samsung NX1, a breakthrough camera that combines interchangeable lenses with the smarts and simplicity of the mobile revolution.
When I look through my Paris photos, the majority worth printing, posting or showing off came from the dedicated camera, the NX1. What makes them better? They tell stories. They capture drama in low light and can zoom into the action. The details are crisp, and the backgrounds are soft, so your eye knows just where to look.
There’s no arguing with the fact that smartphones are the most convenient way to capture a spontaneous moment. But my Paris experiment convinced me that dedicated cameras, whose sales have been in a tailspin since the rise of smartphones, have the potential for a resurgence among the legions who have gotten hooked on photography and now want their shots to look better.
After years of ignoring the smartphone threat, many camera-makers have new models that, like Samsung’s NX1, are easier to use, touch-screen operated, lighter weight, weatherproof and (finally!) connect to the Internet so you can share shots instantly. For new parents, vacation adventurers and globe-trotting retirees, there’s good reason to spend $500 or more on a camera that’s not your phone.
In full daylight with nothing in the foreground, my iPhone and Samsung shots weren’t dramatically different. But in other circumstances, I witnessed the difference between capturing the fact of a scene and the emotion of it.
This matters when you’ve climbed 400 steps to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral, like I did last week. Once you’ve caught your breath, you can get up close and personal with some pretty gnarly gargoyles keeping watch over Paris. When I dangled the iPhone 6 Plus over the ledge, I captured what I’d describe as an awesome snapshot of a creature in a vista. But the image is flat—it’s hard to focus on the expression of the gargoyle amid the detail of rooftops and the sparkle of the Seine.
But my shot from the NX1 looks, as one friend commented on Facebook, like that gargoyle is about to come alive and dance around with the Hunchback. The creature’s mottled skin and snarl are in sharp detail, but the Paris vista behind him is in soft focus. His gaze captures just enough Eiffel Tower to suggest sinister designs. If my vacation had its own movie poster, this would be it.
The iPhone 6 Plus may capture all the facts of the room, but the NX1’s shallower depth of field gives the chandelier a soft background, making it the star.
Inside the temple of excess that is Versailles, my flat iPhone shots suffered from the same problem as me: What do I look at here? But seen through the NX1’s intentional background blur, your brain doesn’t have to work as hard to decide between chandeliers, paintings and mirrors. The photo is about the chandelier, which feels close enough for a swing.
Camera geeks call this effect a shallow depth of field. It’s produced by better lenses and requires a camera sensor that’s large enough to capture it. (The smaller the image sensor, the less you can shorten the depth of focus.) The NX1, which has an APS-C sensor like entry-level Canon and Nikon DSLRs, makes it easy to put just a few inches of a portrait in sharp focus. A phone in the same situation just can’t.
The larger sensor also made a difference in capturing the City of Light after dark. A portrait I took of a friend at dinner in a dim brasserie looks blotchy and a little hazy from the iPhone, but rich and vibrant from the NX1. Both cameras use a relatively new technology called backside illumination to make them more sensitive to low light. But the NX1’s sensor is nearly 13 times larger, allowing it to drink in more light. It’s the difference between collecting rain in a Dixie cup and a bucket.
The technical challenge in daylight photography isn’t detail, it’s conveying depth. The iPhone 6 Plus version looks like a snapshot, while the NX1 photo belongs on the menu.
The impact was even more evident when I stepped out onto the street to photograph the Eiffel Tower at night. With the NX1, you can read the words in a nearby neon sign while still making out the tower’s steel beams. (Cameras like my favorite pro model, Canon’s 5D Mark III, have even larger sensors called full-frame that can photograph in the near-dark.)
So why don’t phone-makers just put bigger sensors in their cameras? A few, including Samsung, have tried. But bigger sensors require bigger lenses—and once you’ve done that, your camera, I mean phone, doesn’t fit in your pocket very well.
A few weeks ago, Apple bought camera-technology company LinX Computational Imaging, which has a sensor-array technology that the startup said offers the quality of a stand-alone camera without the bulk. That sounds intriguing, but Apple typically takes a while to integrate technologies it acquires into its phones.
Sensor size aside, the NX1’s shots bested the iPhone’s because its powerful lens took me places I couldn’t get on my own. Zooming on most phones makes images get blurry quickly. You can improve phone photos with snap-on lenses, but even the best of those can’t compare with the wide-to-telephoto zoom lens I used on the NX1. Atop Notre Dame, I couldn’t frame my favorite shot of the trip—an angel shushing a gargoyle—without a wide-angle lens. The iPhone only captured half of that conversation.
And there’s also the issue of motion. The NX1’s extra-fast autofocus and mechanical shutter—up to 1/8,000th of a second—helped me capture action scenes, like a busker creating giant bubbles I happened across in front of Hotel de Ville.
Now to address the elephant in the room: Who wants to lug around a pachyderm-sized camera? After all, the only reason I got another favorite Paris photo—a father and daughter sharing a late-afternoon stroll—was because I could pull my iPhone out quickly. By the time I hauled out the NX1, the moment had passed.
I was glad to have the iPhone camera for spontaneous or intimate moments that might have been ruined by a big lens. But these days, it isn’t a camera that brands you a tourist—it’s a big, honking selfie stick.
An iPhone 6 Plus took this photo in Paris—in part because it was easier to pull the phone out and shoot quickly than it would have been with a full-size camera.
The good news is that cameras are getting smaller, easier to use and smarter. The NX1, winning rave reviews among photo pros, is a prime example of the ascendant “mirrorless” category. They lack the internal prism and mirror that makes traditional SLR cameras chunky.
Samsung’s NX1 is particularly noteworthy because it was designed and built by the company’s mobile division—and borrows a number of phone technologies that make it more fun to shoot. You can tap a spot on its touch screen to focus and snap. It has lots of different knobs and dials for the pros, but plenty of automatic modes that help capture the split second your little leaguer’s bat hits the ball. (The biggest downside is that all these bells and whistles required me to recharge its battery each night).
And there are cameras designed for other purposes and places a phone can’t handle—be it exploring a coral reef or zooming in on Fluffy hiding under the sofa. And the newest pro-level point-and-shoots look less conspicuous than traditional cameras, but let you capture beauty no smartphone ever could. My colleagues and I tried out more than a dozen of the newest models, all of which now include the ability to transfer photos via Wi-Fi.
If you can see the difference in the photos I’ve talked about here, then it may be time to graduate to better tools. What you lose in having to carry around more bulk, you gain back in the ability to turn your world into art.
Dear Liz, I read your columns and they give me a lot of encouragement. I have noticed that when I don’t feel good about a job opportunity, if I ignore my gut and take the job anyway it never works out. That’s why I’m being much more sensitive now to the signals that I pick up on job interviews. I went on a job interview last week with a local high tech company. They are not a startup. They have about 500 employees. The company’s reputation is that there are some smart people there and you can learn a lot, but also that they don’t do a great job of valuing either their employees or people who apply to work there. This was my first experience visiting the folks at “ABC Inc.” They told me my interview would start a 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. and they would provide lunch. The interviews started a half hour late, but I have seen that kind of thing before and it didn’t faze me. At noon I was in a conference room with three managers. We were having a great conversation about executive decision-making tools. That’s what they were considering hiring me to create for them. One of the interviewers asked the others, “Did anyone order lunch?” and no one knew. The main interviewer left the conference room and came back in three minutes later with a plate of old bagels left over from a morning meeting, with cream cheese smeared on the plate and wet napkins. He put the plate of old bagels on the table and said, “I guess that’s lunch!” One of the other fellows picked up a bagel and said, “They’re stale, and there’s no cream cheese or anything to put on them,” and that was that. There was no more mention of food. My stomach grumbled during the meeting and that went unremarked. I should have spoken up but socially I wasn’t sure how to do it. The disgusting bagel plate that should have been in the trash sat in front of us throughout the 90-minute meeting. Then at 1:15 p.m., when we were wrapping up that meeting, the two other interviewers said to the main interviewer, “We’re going out to lunch now. Do you want us to bring anything back?” Foolishly I thought they were taking me out to lunch. The two interviewers left the conference room without asking me “Should we bring you something back?” and the primary interviewer got on his phone to check messages. We sat there like that for 15 minutes — me sitting like a lump in my chair and him checking messages. Then the main interviewer left and another woman came in and said “I will introduce you to your 1:30 p.m. interviewer now.” I said, “Gee, I’ve been here since 10:00 a.m. Is there a way for us to grab some lunch?” She looked at me like I was crazy. “Your HR person’s email told me to expect lunch, so I didn’t have much breakfast and now I’m hungry,” I said. “Let me ask my manager,” she said. She walked away and left me standing in the hallway. After five minutes she came back and said, “I don’t think I can place an order for delivery for just one lunch.” I thanked her for her time and I walked out of the building. I haven’t heard a peep from “ABC Inc.” since then. I hope you will agree that I did the right thing in leaving. I don’t want to be a prima donna (male version) in my job search, but I can’t imagine working around people who would behave so rudely. What do you think? Thanks, Nevil
Dear Nevil, A lot of people are not tuned in. They are not tracking with the activity around them. For your purposes it doesn’t matter whether we call the interviewers’ shocking behavior rudeness, cluelessness or a combination of the two. You can’t work with these people, and you did the right thing getting out of that recruiting pipeline! The funny part is that work itself is a problem-solving activity. The idea is that we run into and surmount bigger and bigger problems at work all the time. Your interviewers ran into a tiny problem (someone forgot to order lunch) and they were incapable of solving it. Somebody could have told your 1:30 p.m. interviewer to do the interview over lunch. Somebody could have called the deli at noon and ordered sandwiches. Somebody could have run down to the corner store and picked something up for you. Whether it’s bad manners or merely a severe case of disconnectedness from the real world, your interviewers behaved abysmally. You were mistreated that day and had no reason to keep standing in the hallway waiting for more abuse to be piled on top of you. You deserve better. Thank God those people showed you how they operate before you took the job, rather than after you started! Lots of companies are well-run and happy places, but lots of others are full of confused and misguided people who couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag. The image of the leftover bagels with cream cheese smeared on the plate sitting in front of you during your 90-minute discussion is so horrific that I hardly know what to say. By walking away from that undeserving crew, you have invited something much cooler and more interesting into your sphere. Write and tell us what it is when it shows up — I predict it won’t take long! Best, Liz
What intrigued me when I first saw this article was I actually walked out of two interviews as well. It is important to remember that when looking for employment, it is a mutual relationship. Although the perspective employer may hold a bit of an upper hand (since they have to make you an offer before you choose to either accept or decline), you have to feel comfortable in the decision as well.
My first departure took place while I was working at PAX-TV. Working for a broadcast network, especially while it was first starting up, was an invaluable experience that has helped to mold me into the producer I am today. I loved all the people I worked with, but this type of production was not really my calling in life. PAX-TV was located in West Palm Beach, and of course all the other broadcast networks were based in L.A. and in New York. It seemed as if being a Network Writer/Producer automatically put you on some kind of telemarking list. I was getting several unsolicited calls every week for broadcasting jobs all over the state of Florida. I would go on some of these interviews from time-to-time, but the risk/reward of switching jobs was never worth it. On afternoon, I got a call from one of the famous three-letter cable networks that is in the business of selling merchandise on the air. They were located in Clearwater, and were looking to hire a producer to launch a new sports division. The salary was actually a little more than what I was getting at PAX-TV, and they offered to put me up in a really nice hotel for the night. Not that I really wanted to move to the west coast of Florida, I decided to make the trip anyway.
I took Glenda and Lindsey with me, and we decided to make it a very brief mini-vacation. I got to the “campus” at 7:30 am, and proceeded to have a series of very enjoyable tours and interviews. My family was stuck at the hotel without a car, but made good use of the pool and the shopping nearby. I was treated to a great lunch, and was really feeling good about this place. It was now around 1:30 pm, and I figured we would be wrapping things up. I mean, what else was there to do? A representative from human resources told me that the president of the company wanted to speak with me personally, and he would be there shortly. We obviously had different perspectives on the term “shortly,” as I sat in a waiting room for more than an hour, and still no president. Glenda called me to find out when we would be leaving, as she and Lindsey were getting bored. The HR person who had been showing me around finally waltzed in to tell me that the president could not see me until 4:30 pm. I let her know that it was a four-hour drive to get home, and had to be at work early the next day. She apologized for the inconvenience, and said she would check if the president had an opening he could fit me in earlier. She returned 45 minutes later to inform me that he needed to push our meeting back to 5:30 pm. This only added insult to injury, and I decided to cut my losses. I told her that I truly appreciated the opportunity to interview for this position, but it was not fair to my family to keep them held hostage at the hotel any longer. I was never told at any point in time just how long the interview process would take. Her face got really red, and her tone took a turn for the nasty. She said to me “Well… you know…If you don’t speak with him today, it really hurts your chances on getting this job. Especially since we invested so much time and effort with you.” I politely thanked her, and said I could not wait around any longer. As I made my way to the parking lot, she came running after me to say that the president was able to “conveniently” clear his schedule, and he could see me now. I met with the guy for around ten minutes, but the damage had already been done.
My second exodus took place when I was about three years into my tenure at Miami Dade College. I was not looking to leave the school, but a job posting in the “newspaper” caught my eye. It was for a public education television network, located in Broward County. They were looking for someone to direct their television shows. Since I was currently teaching “TV Directing” at MDC, I figured why not apply? If they would be willing to pay me on the high end of the salary range, it would be worth the jump. In addition, the State of Florida was the employer for both this job and my job at MDC, so my benefits would transfer over.
I got to the interview early, and was greeted immediately with the information that the interviews were running TWO HOURS LATE! To make matters worse, I was asked to sign a piece of paper acknowledging that although a salary range had been posted, the network was looking to pay more towards the low end. I learned a valuable lesson that day in terms of the educational system: The most qualified candidate is not always the person they hire if they can get someone for less money. Once the sticker shock sank in, I knew I could not afford to take this job. I decided to stick around and go through with the interview, since I really had nothing else to do that day. The waiting room started to fill up with perspective hopefuls, but many of them bolted and did not want to invest in a two-hour wait. As we struck up conversations, it became obvious (to me as least) that I was the most qualified candidate in the room. I assured my compadres that I had no intention in taking the job.
I was eventually called into the interview, and was greeting by a committee of eight people. The interview was going well (as almost all my interviews do), and I was enjoying the opportunity to brush up on my interviewing skills without the usual pressure. However, this all came to a crashing halt right at the end. As we were wrapping up, one of the interviewers asked me, “Do you think you are qualified to direct our TV shows?” I thought this was a really stupid question, but responded politely by saying “Yes I do, especially since I teach TV Directing at Miami Dade College.” HIs comeback almost knocked me out of my chair. Feeling full of himself, he said “With all due respect, directing shows at a community college is nothing like directing shows at this network.” What a pompous idiot! Even if I really wanted this job, I knew right than and there what I a low opinion they had of both the educational program at MDC and of me as a director. With nothing to lose, I stood up, stared the guy directly in the eyes, and said in my best badass voice, “With all due respect, I work with a crew with little or no experience. Since your crew is filled with seasoned professionals, directing a production at Miami Dade College is infinitely harder than anything you could ever throw at me.” It goes without saying, you could hear a pin drop after I delivered that pipe-bomb. I thanked them for their time, and walked out of the room.
Needless to say, I was not offered the position.
Written by some of my students this semester:
Here we are at the finish line. I feel as if I ran and a marathon. I wrote this before and I’ll write it again: in my opinion, this has been most important course that I have taken at FIU. I feel ready for the Campaigns class.
At the beginning of the semester I felt overwhelmed and lost. Today, I feel that my money was well spent. Every single assignment that we worked on, equipped us with the knowledge necessary for the next assignment. I feel like this class has been very well thought through. I have never used any of the programs that we used in class before, so I thought at the beginning that there is no way that I will learn how to use this, or another program, after listening to the lecture. Apparently it is very doable as we applied our knowledge in class working on projects.
I started renting equipment for the News Feature assignment a month ago and feel less stressed and very comfortable putting it all together and editing. All that a student needs to do in this class is to follow instructions and remember that “creeps” do happen. For example, I never thought that I would be kicked out from Merick Park shopping plaza for using my tripod. On another hand, one place that I thought would kick me out, Fairchild Botanic Garden, gave me green light on using my tripod. In one of my interviews I forgot to turn the microphone on; unfortunately for me, it was the best take and my subject was in the zone. I’ve learned and grown from that experience and for that I am very grateful. I’m going to wrap it up now, even though I have more to write and be thankful for. I would not change a thing about the class and very happy that you were my professor, as there are many people with wealth of knowledge, but don’t know how to deliver. We were very fortunate to have, you. Thank you very much.
I’m a bit saddened to write my final blog for Multimedia Production I class. Although, I’m beyond excited about this semester coming to a close; I’m going to miss multimedia class. We did a lot of fun projects. I really enjoyed all the projects, but I loved doing voiceovers, the Chroma key project and the news/feature story. And I love to blog—so having to write two blog posts weekly was a great discipline. My goal is to continue that.
What I enjoyed about the news feature report is that it took me out of my comfort zone, and it was an invaluable learning process. From writing a script and being your own talent to recording and editing, there is so much effort that goes into pre-production, production and post-production. I have a new respect for it and the process. I view video differently now—I see it through a rule-of-thirds lens—always noticing it and good shot composition. Now I just need to apply it when I’m shooting.
I’m completely confident using Adobe Premiere Pro even if I am only a beginner. It’s a great program and it’s user-friendly. I giggle thinking about my recent iMovie days—Premiere Pro is the way to go. I want to become more versed in Adobe—I’ve not mastered Photoshop yet, but Rome wasn’t built in a day—unless it was built in Photoshop. At least I’ve been exposed to it, and I’m more confident about it than I was prior to this course.
Multimedia Production I was a great experience—but having a professor who can teach you the tools-of-the-trade and knows what’s industry standard because he’s lived it was even better! I had been hoping for a class like this—one where the professor teaches you the interface of multiple programs and is always available to help—and truly wants you to grow. Jay actually wants you to get a job. He says that often and it’s true. He cares and wants to see his students succeed.
I can’t believe I completed the following in one semester for one class.
It’s been a great course!
Before taking Multimedia Production I had no idea of what the class was about or what was covered in it. The only thing I knew is that there were a lot of sections, and all of them with different professors.
I admit that I’m one of those students that go to ratemyprofessors.com. I don’t look for easy; I look for good professors.
I was so happy when I got in the section with Jay because he had the best reviews. I usually need to fight my way in by stalking the panther soft for days or some times even weeks.
From my experience in the class and after talking to other students that have taken or are taking the class with other professors, I’m happy to say that I chose the best one.
Jay Sandhouse does not only know A LOT about the class material, he is also funny and cares a lot for his students. What I really appreciated is that he gave a lot of class time to work on the projects and was always available to help.
I didn’t know how to use any of the Adobe programs before this class. This semester I also took a class of PR editing and design, where everything you do is on Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. That class didn’t help me at all. I’m very grateful that I learned Photoshop in RTV. It helped me understand those programs.
Learning how to use Premiere Pro also helped a lot with one of my other classes. As I’ve said before, I’m in a PR class that we are an agency dealing with real clients. My client has a video-subscription service about assessing youth mental health. They asked for video teasers of those videos, and thanks to my recently acquired knowledge of Premiere Pro, I was able to do them.
I would definitely recommend taking this class with Jay. There is a lot to do and learn, but you are given plenty of time to do the work.
At some point in most of our lives we’ve lived with a roommate and for many of us, it wasn’t always a pleasant experience. I once had a college roommate that was so jealous of my relationship with my girlfriend (soon to be my wife), he called her mother and told her that my girlfriend was spending too much time in the apartment. Not only that, he also stole my high school graduation ring. Little did we know that what we were actually living with was a Batman supervillain.
Take a look at these seven types of roommates put together by Willie Muse and Nathan Yaffe for College Humor and tell me you’ve never lived with Two Face, The Joker or Poison Ivy.