Archive for Month: December 2015

My video has helped raise $16,000 to female athletics

Okay, I know the headline is a little on the “sensationalistic” side, but it’s actually true ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a known fact that women’s sports often get a little overshadowed by football, baseball, wrestling, men’s basketball etc, but Augustana is trying to change that. And you know how bad I am at coping with gender inequality, so I thought it’d be an interesting project and accepted the request to help out with the 200 for 200 campaign led by Bryan Miller.

I have, over the past few weeks, been working on eight short videos that will help promote the female athletes here at Augie, and here’s one of them:

The response has been pretty overwhelming so far: Within just a couple of days people had donated almost $7,000, and it’s not over yet, so please visit 200 for 200 to donate.

This project was very different from anything I’ve done in the past, because usually my focus is solely on telling people’s stories, and not on trying to persuade the viewers to do anything other than to just watch and listen.

And in the past I’ve always been 100% in charge of everything — everything from camera angles, audio, composition and storyline to lighting, location and interviewing. This time however, I was given specific instructions beforehand, and the producer (Bryan Miller) took care of the interviewing and locations, which was a whole new experience for me. Quite frankly, I thought it would make my job easier than usual, but I was wrong — I don’t think I’ve ever struggled this much with making a video look the way I wanted it to look, haha.

Even if I’m no longer an athlete here at Augie, it makes me happy to see the support people are showing to the ladies who actually are representing the teams.

Oh, and I was just reminded the other day that the video I made earlier this fall was aired on regional TV a couple of weeks ago. I had completely forgotten about it, but I got an e-mail with a screenshot of the end credits and I suddenly remembered. I didn’t actually see it though, but I’ll try to find an online version.

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But this is the video that was aired.

So that’s what’s new.. as far as video production is concerned at least.

Have a wonderful evening,
Maria

Christmas Vibes, 7-Minute-Acting and such

Phew, this is pretty much the first time since thanksgiving I’ve had half an hour of “free time” so I’ll challenge myself and see if I can write a blog entry before I have to go to acting rehearsal in 15 minutes.

After a very enjoyable break in Huron, we drove back to Sioux Falls on Sunday and not surprisingly, the entire city was covered in yet another layer of snow. It’s kinda extreme actually. You dive into your homework for an hour, and when you look out the window everything has suddenly been buried under 10 inches of white fluff.

But at least we got a nice run in on bare roads last week.

Out on the prairie ๐Ÿœ @karenjsendal #running #PostTurkeyWorkout ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฐ

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So what’s new since last time? Well, in Monday’s acting class I performed my longest scene yet: a full seven minutes. Haha, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but in the past I haven’t really had to memorize anything longer than my phone number, sooo seven minutes was kind of a big deal lol.

Yup, I played a hung-over 30 year-old woman who had just gotten back from a funeral — hence the all-black outfit and messy hairdo.

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Photo by: Mike Shafer

After two more classes, two theatre rehearsals and some homework I spent pretty much all afternoon working in the yearbook office.

With some of the hardworking imdividuals in our yearbook publication @narasgp @rachjohnston23 #eddayearbook

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On Tuesday the Norwegian Student Association arranged a Scandinavian-style Christmas workshop.

 

As you can see, the porridge wasn’t exactly perfect, but we all had fun! And as the vice presidents of the organization, Karen and I both agreed that the event was a success. Our lovely president, Elin, agreed as well. So yes, we were proud – but most of all, we were proud of our fancy titles.

On Wednesday I finished up the eighth and last episode of the fundraising video project I’ve been working on for the Athletic Department here at Augie. I will post the intro tomorrow, so y’all can donate to support the female athletes here at school, yay!

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Earlier today I skyped with my sister for two hours <3 Then later I got to tag along and observe how professional video company people work. It was comforting to see that I don’t do things that differently from them. They were super nice and including, and I totally fell in love with all their awesome cameras (which probably cost twice as much as my car)

Wups, I should probably get myself down to rehearsal before I fall asleep — 9 p.m. is usually close to bedtime for me, but oh well.

Bless ya,
Maria

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