On Sunday, June 19th, Friends of the Arts in Brighton (FAB) hosted their second annual Arts Day at the Market in coordination with the Brighton Farmers Market. Along with wonderfully warm weather, market-goers enjoyed student instrumental and vocal performances, Mr. Baldwin's TCMS Jazz Band, student dance routines, and much more! Visitors of all ages made drawings and colored with chalk. Near the end of the event, Dr. Michael Liener, Dr. Kevin McGowan, and Mr. Baldwin cut a cake to celebrate the eighth consecutive year that Brighton CSD has been chosen as a Best Community for Music Education. In all, this community celebration of Brighton Arts was a resounding success! Click the button below to see more pictures that both I and my friend Athan Marzen took.
NOTE: All of the photos shown below were taken by me.
As part of Junior year at Brighton High School, every Junior is required to prepare a research paper on a controversial topic of their choosing. For my project, I decided to tackle the enormous task of arguing that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is flawed. It was a difficult journey-- spending hours digging through swaths of legal jargon to backup my claim that the system we have in place in the United States to protect our creative works doesn't always work the way we want it to. It was no walk in the park, as one might imagine, but by the end of all of my research, I had come out knowing more about copyright law in the United States than I thought I ever would.
As a result of all of my research, my English teacher, Mrs. Shomper, awarded me the "Most Thorough Research" award to signify my struggles but ultimate success on my paper. Only a handful of awards were given out. It is a great honor to have been recognized for my efforts.
On May 24th, I was awarded the RIT Innovation & Creativity Award for my, "..accomplishments as a student, your [sic] involvement as a member of BHS and community and your [sic] creative and innovative talents"
See the presentation of my award by Mr. Mitchell (an Assistant Principal at BHS) on The BHS Morning Show below: (Starts at 26m54s)
I had the honor of taking some portraits and group shots for two fantastic a Capella groups at my high school: Macapella and Baronettes. We went to the Highland Diner on South Clinton Ave in Rochester, NY. They were going for a Grease-themed look this year, and boy, did they deliver! Come see them in concert, June 10th, 2016 at Brighton High School.
If you would like to download the photos, click the button below to get HD copies. Enjoy the photos!
Below are some group photos from both singing groups combined. I played around with some filters and things just to spice them up a bit.
Over Spring Break, my friend Athan and I decided to go on a bike ride along the Erie Canal. Along the way, I took some video to make a short opening video for The BHS Morning Show. I also tried my hand at making animated titles for the video in After Effects by hand. (It was no small feat- That took 3 hours by itself to create) As you have probably guessed, I am very new to After Effects, but I do hope the end product is enjoyed as much by you as it was by me. :)
I learned the liquid masking from this Youtube video:
My hobby has been growing it seems. This time though, I decided to make a time-lapse of my creating a bookmark to create a new opening video for my school's Morning Show. In the process, I ended up making two separate videos (one longer and one shorter) to fit the time limits on the Morning Show. But I also wanted to have a cool video that goes through the entire process. There are some slight differences between the two videos, but both have the entire time-lapse. Enjoy!
Final product in all of its glory:
Ah, another break a few more bookmarks to make!
This time I tried experimenting with more stained glass patterns. I also tried to control my use of warm vs. cool colors and using bigger shapes with more intricate connections between the shapes. It worked better for some than for others, but they all turned out great in their own way.
I had to do a little bit of photoshopping to make the colors stand out the way they do in real life, since my scanner was picking up some of the colors incorrectly; especially the highlighter yellow.
I don't know how many I will make over the course of this break, but here's what I have so far!
Way back in the fall of 2015, my good friend Stefan Korfmacher and I went around Washington Grove park in Brighton, NY to explore the area and check out some of the beautiful graffiti art being done around the water holding tanks. All the pictures below were taken by me.
To kick off homecoming celebrations for the 2015-2016 school year at BHS, A pep rally showcasing each class' efforts ans skills at a variety of events from dance competitions, to short skits and so much more. The night was loud and crazy, but unforgettable as a great start to the new school year.
In the summer of 2015, my mom and I went to one of our local libraries to do a StoryCorps interview about her immigration to the United States. For about 45 minutes, she and I went through her entire journey of immigrating to the United States, from the expectations she had of this new country beforehand, the moment of arrival at the airport by her then-husband, and of course the experience once she arrived in the United States. It was a lot of fun and I hope to someday be able to do something similar again. The StoryCorps Project was sponsored by the StoryCorps @ Your Library Project. Our full interview is preserved in the Library of Congress. Here is the link to a portion of the 45 minute-long interview: democratandchronicle.com
What is this...blog?
Here, you'll find everything from videos I've made, to photos I've taken, to random art, to just completely random stuff related to me and much, much more! Have fun! Also, this will be updated sporadically, so be patient or bug me to make new stuff. Either way. ;-)
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