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  1. 1. S C A D AT L A N TA S S T U D E N T M A G A Z I N ES P R I N G 2 0 10 » VO L . 2 , NO. 3
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS » APPS WORTH THE TIME 06 Three new apps to make life simpler and more fun » OF MAN AND MACHINE 10 The evolution of new media opportunities » ART AND DESIGN GOES EAST 13ABOUT THE COVER A preview of SCAD Hong KongBy drawing inspiration from the work of Étienne-Jules Marey, we set out to document the natu-rally entrancing shapes that the body makes » FASH FORWARD 14during movement. This reflects the theme of the Futuristic fashion in a new age of digital mediaissue: moving forward through new media. Wedigitally captured the movement of a dancerby utilizing a slow shutter speed and a strobe » TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES 18flash. Other than a simple duotone overlay, no The impacts of being plugged inelaborate Photoshop techniques were exercisedto create the images. In one shot, each imagerevealed the results of what happens when light » SHOWCASE 20and motion combine. In a world that places Spotlight on the School of Film and Digital Mediaimportance on rapid progression, sometimes wemust pause to appreciate the simplistic beautyof what moves us every day. » » WORLD TRENDS: CHINA 26 Highlights of the countrys alluring landscapesPHOTOGRAPHY Sean Wright MODEL Sarah Burroughs S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 1
  4. 4. STAFFEDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jennifer Mestre COPY EDITOR Alexandra Sowers P.R. DIRECTOR Lawren McCordMANAGING EDITOR Mark Ziemer PHOTO EDITOR Sean Wright ILLUSTRATIONS EDITOR Arthur BallART DIRECTOR Brittany Kron NEWS EDITOR Cheryl Montgomery WEB ASSISTANT Jake BurkASST. ART DIRECTOR Renée Dunn LIFESTYLE EDITOR Allie Jemison AD SALES REP Shantay Robinson (NOT PICTURED) CONTACT US SCAN Magazine Office » 404.253.2738 SCAD Atlanta Fax » 404.897.4888 1600 Peachtree St. » Atlanta, GA 30309 » SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  5. 5. CONTRIBUTORSSARAH BURROUGHS GRAY CHAPMAN BRETT MIOTTI MATT BRADDICKM odel, Cove r Wr i te r, O f M a n a n d M achine I llustration, Wr iter, Ar t and O f M an and M achine D esign G oes EastMANDIE MILLS MICHELLE NAPIER COLLEEN CAMERON ASHLEY DAMONDPhotogra p h e r, Fa s h Fo r wa rd H a i r, Fa s h Fo r wa rd M odel, Fash For ward M odel, Fash For wardCASEY SMITH CARLEY-BETH CULPEPPER DEBORAH CONTON XIAOYAN FANPhoto As s t. , Fa s h Fo r wa rd S h o o t As s t. , Fa s h Fo r ward M akeup Asst., Fash For ward D esigner, Wor ld Trends: ChinaABOUT SCAN MAGAZINESCAN is the quarterly student magazine of the Savannah College ofArt and Design in Atlanta. All editorial content is determined by studenteditors. The opinions expressed in SCAN Magazine are not necessarilythose of the college.©2010 SCAN Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine maybe reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.Printed on recycled paper.Please recycle this magazine or pass it along. » S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 3
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  7. 7. Today, technology runs rampantand convenience is the nameof the game. With that comesa surge in the popularity of cellphone applications. Whetheryoure looking to keep in touch,stalk on the down low, or locate APPSthe nearest water polo class,“there’s an app for that.” Thefollowing are a few apps we feelare worth your time.WRITTEN BY Cheryl Montgomery Matt Braddick WORTH THE TIME  AND  PHOTO BY   Sean WrightiPhone Android BlackberryCARD STARBy Mesa Dynamics LLC » GOOGLE SKY MAP By Google » GWABBIT » By Nobex Technologies Inc.Never have rewards cards when you Say you skipped Astronomy class one Keep your contacts updated withoutneed them? Card Star has the solution. too many times and have no idea what’s doing a thing! This free app scans yourThis free app lets you easily store and what when you look skyward. Try this incoming e-mails for contact informationquickly retrieve loyalty, reward and club stellar Android app. It uses your phone’s and turns them into contact records inmembership cards. The information is camera, time and day, and GPS coordi- your address book. Gwabbit supports allthen scanned directly from your screen. nates to help you locate planets, constel- current Blackberry devices and makesCard Star is compatible with the iPhone, lations and any other landmarks worth capturing contact information fast, easyiPod Touch, and iPad. noting in the night sky. Simply open the and hassle-free. » application, point it at the stars and you’re a regular Galileo. S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 5
  8. 8. WRITTEN BY Gray Chapman ILLUSTRATION BY      Brett Miotti6 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  9. 9. Jonathan Justice leans toward the glowing Wacommonitor, scrutinizing the movements of a smallgreen dinosaur that follows his cursor. “Its a plesiosaur,” “ THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF CONTENT, TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH EDITORS, DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS, PROGRAMMERS, AND PRODUCERS “he explains. He watches the aquatic carnivore follow every flick of hiswrist, maneuvering around a small yellow floating life preserver, and IS CRUCIAL.then sits back with a look of satisfaction. “I think Ill put a person in the — JASON PARKER, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGERlife preserver... maybe have him get eaten,” he muses.Justice, a third-year interactive design and game developmentstudent, specializes in game design — the more abstract facetof game development, where the designer conceptualizes the With a desire to work in the digital field also comes a requirement forproject. The plesiosaur hes currently poring over is an exercise in flexibility. Justice, whose plesiosaur represents a departure from hisFlash programming. “Its just another thing I want to be proficient conceptual game design track, recognizes this need for a “jack-of-all-in before I graduate,” explains Justice. “Im happy to be a generalist.” trades” approach. “Thinking about different perspectives and know- ledge of how other people work is essential in this field,” he says. ThisThis flexibility is arguably a requirement for anyone in digital me- concept of versatility was reinforced in a recent interview betweendia, a field constantly shifting with every technological innovation. Parker and Scott Dadich, Creative Director for Wired magazine. WhenWhile difficult to define because of its constant metamorphosis, the asked what SCAD students need to know about forging careers inbackbone of digital media is communication — specifically, digital the digital field, Dadich articulated the need for a designers abilitycommunication. As television channels are replaced by Hulu and to speak “multiple languages.” “A multidisciplinary approach is key,”best-selling novels show up on Kindle screens, traditional modes of asserted Dadich. “The ability to produce a variety of different kindscommunication slough off their one-dimensional flatness in favor of of content, to have a conversation with editors, designers, engineers,interactivity and multimedia experiences. The fast-paced environment programmers and producers … the ability to speak in all thosenecessitates a “roll with the punches” attitude from its professionals. languages is crucial.”“Whats digital media?” asks Jason Parker, social media manager With that in mind, students in SCADs School of Film and Digital Mediafor SCAD. “Everything. Mostly we use it, though, to describe anything are not only learning to adapt to the digital evolution of their trade,we use a computer to do or see,” he says. “Its media created and but theyre also taking the necessary steps to build a comprehen-consumed by digital means — so whether its photos, video, text, sive skill set in order to enhance their versatility in the digital, whatever, if its created or consumed with the help of digital Chelsey Cline, a fourth-year animation student, recognizes the fieldstechnology, its digital media.” constant state of flux. “Film and digital media are changing in order to be more adaptable to multiple outlets,” she remarks. “Now, its notAs communication is constantly reinventing itself in the digital media only the television or Internet, but mobile phones as well. With therealm, hundreds of students like Jonathan Justice are also bent over introduction of 3D television, I can only imagine where it will takecomputer screens, working to integrate technology and art. The world this industry.”of digital media is so broad that the career tracks are exponential. Ananimation student could become a character designer, working with Michael Cooke, a third-year television production student, says thatPixar to create the next "Nemo" or "Wall-E." A visual effects student the constant changes of the digital media field have made branchingcould specialize in those incredible Michael Bay-style explosions. out into multiple disciplines easier. “It’s becoming easier and easier toAn interactive design and game development student could be the do everything yourself,” says Cooke, who concentrates on film produc-brains behind the next hot iPhone app. tion, but also works as a freelance digital photographer. “There are so S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 7
  10. 10. many user-friendly apps, software and tools to make your The seemingly limitless possibilities that a digital media own films without the need of a giant budget.” Jennifer student can enjoy is certainly a perk. Then, there is the Chandler, another fourth-year animation major, enjoys the prospect of employment; as the digital media world versatility that this field necessitates. “I try to dabble in a shifts and grows, so do its career opportunities. In 2008, lot of things,” she says. “One of the strengths of the anima- Forbes listed “Multimedia Artists and Animators” as one of tion program is that we learn everything from concept Americas top 20 growing careers, at a 12 percent gain in to production. I like having the foundation to jump into jobs between 2007 and 2008. Digital media is an area that animation one day and storyboard the next because I’m is growing in spite of the recession, an advantage that never limited.” appeals to students. Cline cites the “many career options in the industry” as a benefit to choosing digital media as Matt Canei, a fourth-year interactive design and game a field of study, saying that eventually she would like to development student, describes digital media as “a work for a major animation studio and begin production constantly evolving field, due to technologys devel- on her own animated series. opment and rapid growth. Its always getting more complex and the envelope always pushed a little bit Digital medias fluidity is also conducive to overlap — further in hopes of innovating.” Though the possibilities meaning that animation students like Cline, for example, for specialization within the major are many, Canei have a myriad of opportunities within animation, but are concentrates on environment design — but, like not limited to careers within this major. “We find that Justice, Cline and Chandler, has developed a variety animation is a broad degree that also allows students to of other talents within game design. also explore the visual effects area, animation for games, motion media, and so on,” says Tina OHailey, associate Parker, who has worked in digital media for more than chair of animation. “ The entrepreneurial student will find 20 years, gives a professional perspective of his own that animation shows up in everything from cell phones malleable role within the digital media field as a story- to doctors offices, even casinos.” OHailey has seen her teller, combining the written word with multimedia to students go on to work with industry giants such as Pixar, give information to readers. “Its just the means of telling Disney and Cartoon Network. Yet, she adds, the constant the story thats changed,” he says. “For me, I think its transformations within the digital field make for an ever- essential to be as broad as possible, while choosing a adapting classroom. “Digital media itself and the tech-“ focus area. My focus is on visual media, delivered by niques we use continue to evolve as we continue to push means of the Web.” the desired look and functionality of our craft,” she says. “All things keep pushing and changing and that keeps the digital artists in a constant state of evolution.” DIGITAL MEDIA ITSELF AND THE Evolution, adaptation, fluctuation — whatever you call TECHNIQUES WE USE CONTINUE it, the realm of digital media is never static. This field demands agility and ingenuity from its professionals, TO EVOLVE AS WE CONTINUE TO but grants them in return the chance to be part of a field marked by perpetual innovation, where the way we PUSH THE DESIRED LOOK AND listen to a song or read a magazine can change and will FUNCTIONALITY OF OUR CRAFT. change at the drop of a hat. Assuming that students can prepare for such an unpredictable field seems fallacious, ALL THINGS KEEP PUSHING AND but SCADs digital media students are doing exactly that: CHANGING AND THAT KEEPS THE DIGITAL ARTISTS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF EVOLUTION. — TINA OHAILEY, ASSOCIATE CHAIR OF ANIMATION “ learning to create, innovate and ride the perpetually shifting tides where technology meets art. »8 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
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  12. 12. ART & DESIGN GOES EAST A Preview of SCAD Hong Kong WRITTEN BY Matt Braddick Little more than a year ago, SCAD turned plenty of heads, announc- ing that the institution would be expanding again. SCAD would open an entirely new location in the bustling, historic port of Hong Kong. Now, the university is in the final stages of preparing for its first quarter in one of Asia’s largest metropolitan areas. Starting in September 2010, SCAD Hong Kong will open its doors to students and usher in a new era for American arts education. Being the first American college with a chance to open facilities in The People’s Republic of China adds a lot of pressure, so what can students expect? Photos courtesy of SCAD10 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  13. 13. SCAD Hong Kong’s goal is to place a specificfocus on digital arts and media studies.Students wanting a first-class education inadvertising, animation, illustration, interac-tive design and game development, graphicdesign, photography, motion media andvisual effects will find state-of-the-artresources and experienced professors at thisnew location.The marriage of cutting-edge digital mediaeducation with an Asian environmentmakes perfect sense for the university. GivenSCAD’s growing popularity among Asianstudents (China is the third most represent-ed nation at SCAD), growing facilities where transferring, and other details can see that can expect the “same environment withdigital media is a fast growing enterprise Hong Kong is really just an extension of student organizations, student media, SCADcould lead to success for all parties involved. the SCAD they already attend. Classes in galleries, signature events, and communitySCAD Atlanta Dean of Student Success Art Hong Kong are just as accessible as those in and corporate partnership opportunities.”Malloy notes that “the emerging technol- Savannah or Atlanta. Scholarships and loans Students at the new location will haveogy market is in Asia. It would give students are also available; any student aid can be the opportunity to form clubs, participatestudying graphic design, visual effects, and used to pay for tuition and housing at SCAD in sports, and work on their own studentmore a chance to study in a vibrant city Hong Kong. newspaper and radio station.without paying any more [for tuition].” Hepoints out that SCAD Hong Kong would be Yet, the college experience is more than just Also vital to the life and growth of a univer-a more familiar location for Asian students taking classes. Being a part of a university sity is the establishment of its own identity,who want to get their own SCAD education, means being involved in clubs and meeting and Rowan is confident Hong Kong willwithout having to deal with the expense of new people, going to special events and accomplish that. “Our vision for SCAD Hongtraveling to the United States. enriching your educational experience with Kong is to make it the pre-eminent site for extracurricular activities. Will SCAD Hong the study of digital media in Asia, welcom-SCAD will do its best to provide a strong Kong have the student life opportunities ing a diversity of students from Asia andand lively student life, but what about the that other SCAD locations have? The answer throughout the world.” Rowan assured thatcity itself? Hong Kong has a history that is yes. Director of External Communications information on student housing and diningspans across centuries. Located in southern Elizabeth Rowan, who has been living in would be coming “very soon” and thatChina at the end of the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong for several months preparing for students should stay tuned for officialHong Kong is a massive city, totaling close SCAD Hong Kong’s debut, says students details in the coming eight million people. With such a largepopulation, students will encounter peoplefrom all over the globe, not just from China.The city also has adapted some Westerncustoms and views, while still maintaining “OUR VISION FOR SCAD HONG KONG IS TO MAKE IT THE PRE-EMINENTits vibrant Chinese identity. SITE FOR THE STUDY OF DIGITAL MEDIA IN ASIA, WELCOMING AThis “best of both worlds” scenario gives DIVERSITY OF STUDENTS FROM ASIA AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.”the city a balance between local Chinesecustoms and culture and Western ideas.   - ELIZABETH ROWANStudents concerned about admission, S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 11
  14. 14. WITH ALMOST 50 DIFFERENT GALLERIES AND STUDIOS ACROSS THE CITY, STUDENTS INTERESTED IN A GALLERY HOP WONT BE DISAPPOINTED. international film stars and directors. Many are synon- ymous with the Hong Kong film industry, including John Woo, Bruce Lee and Yuen Woo-Ping. Students Hong Kong’s openness to Western integration stems of motion media, visual effects and animation will be from its colonial history. The city and its outlying areas able to find many opportunities to work and grow as were a part of the British Empire from 1898 to 1997. artists. For interactive design and game development Therefore, the English language and lifestyle have majors, Hong Kong is hard at work establishing its become part of the culture. Though Chinese rule over place in the video game industry with businesses like Hong Kong returned in 1997, the British influence still M-Inverse, a new and burgeoning game design and survives. English-speaking students will likely have an programming company. easier time of communicating with the locals than one might think. While Cantonese is the main language Hong Kong’s large size affords many of the same spoken in the province, English is just as widespread amenities and attractions that one might find in any in Hong Kong. Furthermore, all SCAD Hong Kong other city in the world. Museums, extravagant hotels, classes will be taught in English. brilliant temples and plentiful parks are many of the worthwhile places students will be able to explore. Hong Kong’s location and community make the city With almost 50 different galleries and studios across a great place for a school devoted to teaching digital the city, students interested in a gallery hop wont be media art. The metropolis is bursting with opportuni- disappointed. Beyond the established and popular ties for students. Hong Kong is a major city for film Hong Kong Museum of Art, many lower-key galler- production in China, featuring not only popular action ies like Hanart TZ or the Kwai Fung Hin gallery offer a stars like Jackie Chan, but also many other major more intimate art experience. Rowan explained that12 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  15. 15. Hong Kong’s art scene has many opportunities Setting up shop in a city as bright and unique asfor students, including a nearby art and design Hong Kong seems to be the right move for thebookstore called Page One, as well as the Jockey future of SCAD. What started as a small college inClub Creative Arts Center, which houses more than Savannah has now grown into a renowned univer-50 artists in residence and an art supply store. sity with international ventures. Students in Hong Kong will not only continue to receive SCAD’sHong Kong offers plenty of other special and top quality education, but also will acquire theexciting places to have fun when students are life-changing experience of studying and learningnot busy with midterms and class projects. For in a city full of culture and opportunity. SCADa real taste of Chinese culture, try a night out at Hong Kong is the next chapter in the university’sthe Sunbeam Theater, which is devoted to the full and prosperous legacy, but the excitement isperformance of various Cantonese operas, a dis- just beginning for the multitude of studentstinct Chinese artform. Sports fans can check out destined to be the new generation of artists. »the Hong Kong Football Association for a rousinggame of soccer. Shoppers can get their bargain-hunting fix browsing the different shops in theimmensely popular Western Market, housed in a FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:four-story restored building. Everything from silkto food to furniture to delicious cuisine is available WWW.SCAD.EDU/HONGKONGhere and is an experience not to be missed. S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 13
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  20. 20. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WRITTEN BY Allie Jemison  ILLUSTRATION BY  Arthur Ball “You are going the wrong way. When possible, make a U-turn. Recalculating, With my throbbing head and the honking of horns, I was ready to recalculating.” By the fifth recalculation, throw Nuvi out the window. Despite my irritation with my GPS Nuvi, my Garmin navigation device, had device, I was at least glad that paper maps were almost obsolete. I hated trying to drive while squinting my eyes to read the darn my head hurting. “Nuvi,” I yelled, “shut things. They say texting and driving is bad; try being a lost tourist. the heck up.” In the raspy voice Id cho- As Nuvi continued to growl her orders, I began to wonder: if Nuvi sen for her, Nuvi barked her directions. or my phone died, what would I do?18 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  21. 21. “ “PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED THAT EFFICIENCY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SIMPLICITY. THEY WOULD RATHER BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING IN FIVE SECONDS THAN SPEND A MINUTE DOING IT.” - CLIFF LUMMUS “So often, society does not sit and think about how anyone used global scale." Thus, a senseless waiting game as to when societysto behave without technology. What would we do without the downfall should occur looms like a giant yellow caution sign. Noavailability of robotic surgery or the pacemaker? Where would we data was lost in Y2K, but new fears pop up all the without the iPad or Skypes video conferencing? Brandon Marshall Todd, a graduate writing student with a loveSociety has ingrained in us that these technologies are everyday for tech-savvy ways, shares his thoughts on being held hostagenecessities, causing us to take them for granted. Durrell Lyons, by touch-screen devices: “Technology has come full circle froma technology support analyst for SCAD, challenges this notion. George Orwells “1984,” except we now willingly give our informa-He says, “[Word processors] have created such a novice manner tion online through credit cards, Facebook and other transactionsto write a scholarly paper, one forgets the bare essentials for the and communications. On one hand, they are very instrumentalEnglish language.” Lyons thinking goes along with many who tools, in terms of staying in contact with people. But, on the otherwonder if computers really will take over the world one day or [hand], technology is replacing human contact. We dont com-cause society to lose vital knowledge. municate with each other the way we should and we dont keep up unless something out of the ordinary happens. I think we canSydia Bell, fourth-year writing student, enthusiastically expresses use technology, but we shouldnt let it overwhelm our necessityher take on the technological world: “The question always seems for true interpersonal [relationships].” Ironically, society acts moreto come down to whether technology is good or evil? Do the connected, but realistically, lacks true interaction.positives outweigh the negatives? Were we better [off ] beforethis entire technological boom? We are in control of our phones Graphic designer Cliff Lummus explains this paradox best:and MP3 players. It isn’t the other way around. Our need for “People have decided that efficiency is more important thansimplicity sometimes overshadows common sense reality and, at simplicity. They would rather be able to do something in fivetimes, it just makes more sense to grab a pen and piece of paper seconds than spend a minute doing it, even if that five second[instead of ] that touch screen or GPS system you have over there.” solution breaks down every other week and takes two hours toAs students surround themselves by wireless routers, laptops, fix ... they still see that as a better answer than the old fashioneddesktops, iPhones, Blackberries and a host of other technologi- by-hand way of doing everything.” The simple written letter,cally sound devices, Bells train of thought is not hard to follow. which many waited so patiently for in the past, was a dynamic method of telling someone with words how much you really“Technology has made everyday life so convenient that the care. Now, we have chopped our words into text: “G2G! C U l8r!"fundamental mind is almost deceased,” Lyons continues. John Society has given way to the texting generation.Seabrook’s New Yorker article “Fragmentary Knowledge” identi-fies that “technology changes how we do things and what we There is no doubt that the computer has changed our, but it doesn’t change human nature; it amplifies it.” In other Evolving over time, these machines rule our world. With thewords, adapting to technology improves our lifestyles, not hin- plastic surgery of the computer and the economic change in theders them. Author Matthew Stein states in his book "When Tech- world, weve developed our technology to make life simple. Yet,nology Fails," "Ready or not, life as we know it is going to change weve forgotten how simplistic life can be — walking down theradically over the next decade. I doubt that well see technology street seems prehistoric in the age of cars and Segways. Evenfail completely, but Im certain that increasing environmental and turning the page of a book in this hyper-linked society seemspolitical instabilities will create disruptions in the flow of electric- dated with the invention of the Kindle and iPad. We house every-ity, goods, and central services to huge numbers of people, and thing in cyber world and, at any given time, we could lose it all,that America will not be spared from societal disruptions on a returning to the era of actually doing everything ourselves. » S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 19
  22. 22. SHOWCASE JAGUAR MCGUIRE Animation Clint Donaldson, Jason Walling, Brent Mellecker, Andrea Sipl, Alberto Huang, Sandee Chamberlain, Alfredo Brown Jr., Dan Murdock, Adam White, Bobby Miller, Chelsey Cline, David Beach, Mario Biera, Shani Vargo, Miranda Bradley and associate chair of animation Tina OHailey ABOUT “Jaguar McGuire” is a 2D/3D hybrid film, born out of the group project animation course at SCAD Atlanta. The project began in the summer of 2009, with production stretching out over several quarters. More than thirty students have helped in the process; from animation to sound design, students from several majors pitched in to make the project happen. Under the supervision of producer/instructor Tina OHailey, students undertook the task of merging the mediums of 2D, or “traditional” animation, with CG imagery. The result is a seamless blend between the two styles. Director Clint Donaldson and Art Director Jason Walling co-wrote the story, which focuses on a high-flying stuntman grounded in a body cast after a stunt that went wrong. All he wants is peace and quiet; his cat, on the other hand, has something else in mind. »20 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  23. 23. SHOWCASE MELISSA FENNELL M.A., Motion Media Design ARTIST STATEMENT I truly believe “the medium is the message” and only by understanding how to manipulate the medium can we further communicate the message. I am a creative individual who, for a long time, did not have the right medium to illustrate my skills. When I discovered broadcast design and cinematography, I fell in love. With motion graphics, I enjoy the conceptual visualization of what the piece is and how the visuals will communicate to the audience. I like to see the development, from the first stage to the final project, and all the changes made along the way. Cinematography gives me an outlet for what I see in my mind, from the way a shot is set up and executed to filming and post-production. Although there are trends in motion media that we all latch onto, reverting back to organic processes is important. I enjoy developing, building and filming graphics from raw materials like smoke, water and ink, then making adjustments in After Effects. By going back to the raw graphics, we learn and understand their movement and how we can manipulate them. Eventually, when we use only the digital plug-ins, we are able to mold them into more realistic materials. »22 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
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  25. 25. SHOWCASE ANHEX Interactive Design and Game Development from left to right: Gable White (fourth-year), Lee Jones (fourth- year), Jonathan Justice (third-year), Daniel Plemmons (third-year), and John Garcia (fourth-year, not pictured) ARTIST STATEMENT In the design process of AnHex, we wanted to make a game with a few key design concepts. First, to make a game where the player pieces rely on one another to navigate, we looked toward symbiotic relationships between objects in the world. We mainly focused on viruses and cells and how one feeds or manipulates the other to gain what he desires. The second design concept was to make a game where each object has its own properties. Lastly, we wanted to make a game where the player has to think about his or her actions before they are implemented. Throughout the design process, we modified the play experience to achieve a balance between active and passive play. Keeping our target audience in mind, the pre-teen online gamer, we wanted to keep some level of casual gameplay. In order to stress that the player must think about their shots, we constricted the feature so that to get a higher score, the player must use the least amount of pulls and collisions to the walls. Working on the game was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Most of the time, the group stayed up late at night trying to get every aspect finished, so that the next person could implement their part. As for the group dynamic, we became a sort of family, hanging out with each other outside of the workplace, sharing good times, as well as getting on each other’s nerves. »24 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
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  27. 27. WORLD TRENDS: WRITTEN BY Jennifer Mestre DESIGNED BY Xiaoyan Fan PHOTOS BY    Xiaoyan Fan AND    Dingkun Tang With a rich history, alluring landscapes and culture as abundant as its people, China has captivated Far East travelers for generations. From brightly-lit metropolises to quaint towns steeped in tradition, a multitude of adventures await. Yet, to truly experience the richness of China, one must veer off the beaten path and take in the varied sights across the states of this vast and diverse nation. »26 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
  28. 28. A sparsely populated region, Xinjiang’s picturesque landscape lends itself to a unique gastronomic experience. Here, sheep are the meat of choice, while a wide variety of sweet fruits, such as Turpan grapes and Shanshan Hami melons, are enjoyed for their seductively sweet taste.NORTHWEST Home of the original Terracotta Warriors, the city of Xian is the oldest capital city in China. In order to fully appreciate Chinese culture, a visit to this historic region is a must.NORTHERN Traditional Chinese homes dot the small village of Zhouzhuang. A river weaves through the village, commonly used by locals as the main route for transportation.SOUTHERN The holy land of the Qinghai-Tibet state offers more than just monks and monasteries. Rich architecture adorns the lush, mountainous terrain, providing the curious traveler with a breathtaking sight worthy of a snapshot.QINGHAI-TIBET S P R I N G 2 0 10 » SCAN MAGAZINE 27
  29. 29. FRAGMENTED REALITY WRITTEN BY Carlos Alarcon M.A., Visual Effects Ever since I was a child, I have been amazed When filmmaking was still in its infancy, visual effects innovators like George Méliès and Ray Harryhausen had one thing in mind: to shock and surprise by the astonishing images presented on film. the audience. Their mindset still resonates with visual effects artists today Historic events, giant monsters, evil cyborgs, and, without a doubt, has influenced my work. and futuristic spaceships created a question The basic workflow for the digital shots involved capturing the actors in front in my mind: How do they do that? of a green screen using a high definition camera, replacing the backgrounds, adding 3D elements, and color correcting the shots in the computer. This project gave me an opportunity to combine my interest in film with visual effects; for the filmed special effects, a thin piece of sugar glass (candy made to resemble glass) created the illusion of the actor breaking through a window. Finally, I edited the trailer and added music to complete the piece. » BEFORE28 SCAN MAGAZINE » SPR I N G 2 0 10
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