Recent thesis updates

March 14, 2019 Thesis

It’s been a bit of time since my last update, but I’ve been making (I think) steady progress. Most recently, I did a third tech prototype for my 360 video experience. Clareese was kind enough to sit down with me over the weekend and act as a parent speaking to her child about how to protect themselves in the world. While I have a pretty good idea of how the Theta works by this point, I wanted to quickly addressRead More

Midterm Slides

March 5, 2019 Thesis

Thesis: user testing of quick prototype

February 26, 2019 Thesis

After a couple of starts and stops, I’ve managed to put a 360 video of a conversation on a viewer. This post will probably be updated (or maybe a new one?) after I get more feedback from my thesis group & other testers. Here’s the QR codes if anyone is interested in following along with this prototype. There’s a separate one for iOS and Android. It’s important to note that this prototype isn’t related to my thesis topic. It’s aRead More

Thesis: thoughts on microaggressions & racism

February 26, 2019 Thesis

Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.* As I’ve been turning over ideas for thesis, I’ve found myself remembering the microaggressions, unintentional biases, and racism I, and others in my life, have encountered. Some of them, on the surface, seem like well-intended compliments. For example, “you speak really well”, which, in my head IRead More

Thesis: Getting things up and running on Google Cardboard, take one

February 26, 2019 Thesis

So far, it seems like if I want to go the VR route, that 360 video will be quickest way to get up and running. However, what I need to figure out, is if it’s the best way/most impactful way to tell the story I want to tell. If the vehicle I use to tell the story doesn’t support/add to the story, I need to pivot to a new vehicle, and not get hung up on this one thing. IRead More

Thesis week four: Adventures in 360, production schedule freak out, and other thoughts

February 25, 2019 Thesis

So, it’s been a bit of a week. My thesis proposal was accepted, and while that was a relief, figuring out how I’m going to be able to execute it, has been a bit of a struggle. I feel pretty strongly about doing this project in VR, but have some concerns of being able to pull it off in nine weeks. A one on one with Nancy, reminded me that I could do it using sound. While it wouldn’t beRead More

Context Paper

February 19, 2019 Thesis

So far, my research has been a combination of looking at similar projects, visiting a handful of art galleries, looking up storytelling resources, and working through my reading list.   Times, The New York. “Video: Southern Slavery, Unsanitized.” The New York Times. This was one of the first 360 videos I looked at that began to give me an idea of what I could do with 360 video.  Going this route would require finding a location, cast, and writing aRead More

Production Schedule

February 19, 2019 Thesis

As with everything, I’m expecting this schedule to change as needed. Design, Development, Prototyping: Weeks 4-9: Class 4: 2/19 Small groups, feedback, etcWeek 2/17 – 2/23– Work in Unity -> check out MSI from ER for a week– Build rough prototype from tutorial– Work w/ idea of using google cardboard– goal: Have something running on google cardboard this week. Class 5: 2/26 Midterm Prep, small group critiquesWeek 2/24 – 3/2– continue prototyping– iterate on google cardboard example– midterm prep– goal:Read More

Thesis Statement

February 15, 2019 Thesis

Part I: What are you investigatingI’m investigating the experiences black children and young adults have as they learn to navigate their world. Specifically dealing with the talk, police brutality, and situations dealing with authority figures. Part II: Why? Personal StatementIn 2003, I was in Norfolk, VA for my fraternity’s national convention.  It was late, and to get some air, two of my fraternity brothers and I grabbed hoodies, and took a walk in the city.  We’d hoped to find someplaceRead More

Thesis Week 2: Brainstorming

February 10, 2019 Thesis

This week, I’ve added two books to my reading list (Target Practice, Target Practice EP, and Citizen: an American Lyric), made a list of museum exhibits I want to go see, and tried to nail down how I want to execute my concept/question. It’s been a bit of mess, really, because the more I research, the more I find that interests me. It’s a good problem to have, I suppose. I started with (what I thought) was a pretty concreteRead More