What is Design Thinking?

Digital Media & Learning Conference (2012)

Role: Video editor
Software: Final Cut Pro

An introduction to a panel on Design Thinking in Museums at the 2012 Digital Media & Learning conference. Created on behalf of the Pearson Foundation using footage from Pearson Foundation sponsored workshops at the Smithsonian Institution with music composed by a teen, Marquis, from the ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum.


Garden of Memories

Wexner Center for the Arts (2011)

Roles: Story, Designer, Animator, and Editor
Software: Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop

Created in fulfillment of an MFA Thesis at the Ohio State University.
Garden of Memories is a short animated film based on recordings of my Grandmother’s childhood stories told through the flowers she remembers. Using animation techniques such as rotoscoping, cutouts, stopmotion and 3D computer animation to re-imagine my Grandmother’s life as a young girl while using filmmaking to discover my own past.
Music composed and performed by Amy Eisenmann


Stained Pane Collective

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (2011) and Lycoming College (2011)

Roles: Animator and video editor
Software: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop

From 2011-2012, Stained Pane Collective created living stained glass windows through the use of a physical installation, projections and interaction with visitors from the community. The Collective is made up of three collaborative artists: Samantha Hookway, Jane (Drozd) Levy, and Benjamin Schroeder. The content of each of our living stained glass windows is a narrative derived and inspired by the locations for which each window is made.


Synchronous Objects for One flat thing, reproduced

Wexner Center for the Arts (2009)

 
Roles: Cue annotation animator and explanatory video editor
Software: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere

In collaboration with world renowned choreographer William Forsythe, ACCAD and the Department of Dance developed an online interactive score project for the choreographic work of Forsythe’s, One Flat Thing, reproduced. The team of Ohio State research faculty, graphics researchers, and graduate students constructed a new way of looking at dance, one that considers both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary ways of seeing. The final product, an interactive website was launched on April 1, 2009. The site illuminates underlying structure and mechanics of a complex choreography, exposes modes of perception and attention of both performers and audience, and enables new and multiple readings of this work and consequently the viewing of dance in general.


Kitten Needs a Job

Save Ohio Libraries Website and YouTube Channel (2010)

Roles: Video editor, narrator, and kitten wrangler
Software: Adobe Premiere

This video highlights how a library can help you find a job through the eyes of an adorable kitten. Watch Kitten’s story to learn how she used the library to help her choose a career, create a resume, prepare for interviews and more!

When the Ohio governor proposed a 50% cut to funding for public libraries, social media mobilized under the hashtag #SaveOhioLibraries. Mandy Knapp created http://saveohiolibraries.com/ as a resource to support this social media movement and share what you can do to help save libraries in Ohio. As part of this effort, we created two videos to help promote libraries and support the efforts of http://saveohiolibraries.com.


What is a Library?

Save Ohio Libraries Website and YouTube Channel (2010)

Roles: Animator, editor, and paper prop maker
Software: Adobe After Effects

This short stop motion animation uses playful paper cut outs to describe how a library is so much more than just books and to explain how your tax dollars help to make it all happen.

When the Ohio governor proposed a 50% cut to funding for public libraries, social media mobilized under the hashtag #SaveOhioLibraries. Mandy Knapp created http://saveohiolibraries.com/ as a resource to support this social media movement and share what you can do to help save libraries in Ohio. As part of this effort, we created two videos to help promote libraries and support the efforts of http://saveohiolibraries.com.


Thurber Dogs

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus at the Southern Theatre (2009)

Roles: Textured and animated scent trails, Animated bird transformations from an aerial to front facing view
Software: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop

In partnership with Promusica and Thurber House, graduate students at the OSU’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) animated the Thurber dog illustrations that originally inspired the music. The final animated illustrations were projected during the concert while the orchestra was performing Schickele’s work.

Peter Schickele’s Thurber’s Dogs – Suite for Orchestra performed by ProMusica at the Southern Theatre on January 10-11, 2009.


Shelved Souls

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (2010)

Roles: Team Lead, Designer, Story, Animator, video editor
Software: Motion Capture, Autodesk Motion Builder, Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop

This animated short takes place in a large walk-in closet filled with conservative work clothes and shoes. Among the items are two pairs of old fancy dance shoes, one for a man and one for a woman. When no one is around, these pairs of shoes relive the dances that they used to perform when the couple was younger and full of life. Although these shoes remain in the closet, they go unused and are a reminder of what the couple once used to love and a memory of the dances they used to share.

This film was completed in the Animation Production course at ACCAD. Students from the design department collaborated with computer science & engineering students to create procedural elements in the animation.