Maria Cirino Interview – TAG Cyber

This is an interview that I worked on as part of my work with TAG Cyber, a cyber security company based in New York City which wants to grow its media branch into a 24/7 television station. I was the editor for this video featuring Maria Cirino, who is the founder of the company 406 Ventures. If you found this conversation interesting, please check out the other TAG Cyber interviews here: TAG Cyber YouTube Link

“Unbelievable” Short Scene

Through my Directing For The Camera class at Seton Hall University, I got experience in directing numerous short scenes with student actors. It was a great way to learn how to properly direct actors so that the project has the best results and how to scout for proper locations to film in. This is one of my favorite scenes that I got to direct. It’s called “Unbelievable” and it features actors Madeline Sears as Marie, Erin Neupauer as Colleen (Marie’s older sister), and Lexington Fils as the Salesperson. Unfortunately, this class wasn’t able to get good equipment to film with, so it had to be shot on a cell phone camera.

FANtastic Findings App

For my Designing for Web & Mobile class, we had to create an e-commerce application. I chose to make mine a fanfiction bookstore. For my class, we only had to make one item for sale, so at the moment the checkout flow for only one of the items is available. Once at the home page, click on “Shop All Fanfiction”, then “Character Fanfiction”, and select “Bad Blood” for the full experience.

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Bandslam – Original Television Episode

Hello! This is an original pilot episode of a television show that I created for my first television production course. I was the writer and director for this, but all other operations were handled by my classmates. As I said, it was during our first production class, so most of us were new to the equipment. We only had one chance to film each original show, so this was taken in one shot. Unfortunately, the equipment in the studio does not have the best quality, so the picture is not as clear as I would like it to be. There are also a few camera mistakes and someone forgot to switch the chyron for one part of it, but since there was only had the time to film it once, there was nothing I could do to fix that. However, I really enjoyed this experience because it was my first time seeing something that I wrote come to life.

It was also a very interesting experience for me to handle the casting aspects of the show. I put an advertisement on BackStage.com so that I could get experienced actors to audition for the project. I ended up having submissions from nearly one hundred people and called ten people back for in person auditions. It was really cool for me to see that people were actually interested in being involved in my project. Unfortunately, the day before the shoot was going to take place, one of my actors told me that they could no longer be a part of the production, so I had to have a friend of mine fill in for them. Thankfully, they were able to give a good performance. Though it was very frustrating, I am glad that I was able to have a situation like that before I become a professional, so that if it were to happen during my career I would know how to handle the situation and remain calm.

It’s called Bandslam and it is a show about musicians who are looking to join a group and have been unable to find members. After auditions, a music producer groups people up and the bands will compete to win a record deal. The part where it shows the other auditions are people who actually auditioned for my show, but were unable to do it in the end. They sent me video submissions for that part. Also, for the class we had to film a commercial to use during the project, so that’s why it randomly changes to my “Sushi Pong” commercial for a minute; the information given by the producer, Stefan, about the show is meant to act as a commercial, as well. I hope you enjoy it, even though the film quality is not the best.

Sushi Pong – Original Commercial

This is an original commercial that I created for one of my Studio Television Production classes. I wrote the commercial and I was the director for it, but the rest of the crew positions were handled by my other classmates. We were all still new to the equipment at the time and this was one of the first productions we had to work on for the class.

“Sushi Pong” is meant to be a commercial for a made up sushi restaurant called Sakura Sushi. It is set up to take place at a college party, where a group of friends start playing party games with pieces of sushi. It was pretty fun to create! I hope you enjoy it.

Bitten Series Box Set

For a package design class, I was assigned a project to make a dieline and a box to hold a product. Being an avid reader, the first idea to come to my mind was to make a box set for an original series. I am in the process of actually writing the books now. The series follows a teenage girl named Kassandra Karr. Through a series of events, she finds herself in the wrong part of town and is turned into a vampire. She is now thrown into a dangerous world where she has to battle vampire slayers and other supernatural beings, all the while having to learn to keep her own vampire instincts at bay.

For my class, I came up with the concept of the books, I created the covers for the first three books in the series, and then I created the box that the books would come in. I decided to make it a “special edition” version of the series, where it comes in a different style box than most box sets and it comes with a set of vampire fangs. The boxes are all hand made and the images for the covers were created by myself with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Let me know what you think of it!

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Bill Calabrese Interview

Here you will find a short film documentary project that I worked on as a project for my Field Production class. I worked on this with another student. They worked with the camera, lighting, and the sound, while I was the interviewer and also the editor of the film.

Bill Calabrese is the previous mayor of South Orange, New Jersey. This project chronicles his experiences as the mayor and all of the advancements he was able to make for the town. Working on this project was a wonderful experience for me because it gave me my first opportunity of interviewing someone outside of the university. It allowed me to see how much planning is necessary for an interview like this and it taught me that I have to be prepared for multiple situations that could occur while on the field.

 

Looking Beyond The Seal

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to look at my website! I wanted to share this original animated short that I created with my friend Laura for our computer animation class last year. I am very proud of the way that this came out because the both of us had only begun learning how to animate and how to 3D model for about a month prior to beginning this project. It is called “Looking Beyond The Seal” and it follows the story of two rival soda products falling in love (the labels of which were all used through Creative Commons). Through working on this project, I discovered how much I truly love animation and how much I would love to eventually incorporate animation into my career. I hope you enjoy it. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think of it. 🙂