“About This Guy” by: Emmett Crass

IMG-2106.JPGMy name is Emmett Crass and I’m 19 years old. I currently live in an apartment with my cat, June, and occasional roommate, Ernesto. I work in a group home for disabled adults during the nights and attend school during the day. I’m going for an Associates in Multimedia Design as well as an Associates in Graphic Design. I know I want to work on animated films and cartoons, but I’m not quite sure what position I want to work as. Good news is I have plenty of time to figure it out and explore!

Some background on myself is I grew up in the deep south of southeast Texas near Beaumont and the border of Louisiana. I moved to Redmond, OR in 2015 and then moved to Eugene, OR in 2017. I went to 3 high schools and graduated from Ridgeview High School March 2016. Afterwards I started going to Central Oregon Community College and moved out on my own. This proved to be more difficult than expected so I spent the last 2 years or so of college just trying to find my way and I believe I have finally found it in Media Arts.

On another note, I enjoy binge watching shows online, cooking, drawing, meeting new people, and sleeping. My cat is the light of my life and I really like going on road trips and long drives.

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“To Be a Man” by Emmett Crass

 

Link: https://youtu.be/nkmvThWt_gA

So I thought it would be fun to try my hand at a rough animation of a young transgender guy doing his first testosterone shot. Only problem is he has a fear of needles. So “To Be a Man” he must be brave. (Also I just thought the title sounded cool to be honest.) I decided on this idea when doing my own shot because, even though I don’t personally have a fear of needles or shots anymore, I remember what it was like to be afraid of shots as a kid. Regardless of how exciting it is to finally start hormones, it would probably be pretty nerve racking if I had carried that fear along with me.

Making this small short was fun! I started out with some notebook sketches, moved on to some quick thumbnails, and then tried to flesh out the animation more in Photoshop because I saw a friend do it. Fun fact: Photoshop is not the best for animating even if it technically has the ability to. Sometime after I got a tip to try out Toon Boom’s software so I learned to use Storyboard Pro 6 and redid all of my frames and put it all together.

The audio editing was challenging but I like to think I’m improving. It was a little weird having to search for and edit the sound of someone breathing though. I’m also still uncomfortable using my own voice for these things but eventually I’ll be fine with it. I used Audition to edit all of the audio and upon doing so I also learned to change the pitch, stretch out sounds, and more. To get the right sounds in the right places and time everything right took a lot of editing, importing to the project, realizing it was off the mark, writing down exact times to keep track of things, re-editing, re-importing, and so on until it was acceptable.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy it!

“Let’s Learn About Web Design!” by Emmett Crass

 

In my interview I chose to go ask Mr. Thomas Burton some questions about his career in Web Design. I chose him because after he came to talk to our class I realized I still had a lot more questions for him as his class presentation had piqued my interest in Web Design as a way to makMrBurton-e a living. During our conversation I learned that freelancing with Web Design can be like freelancing with any other field of Multimedia as sometimes are better than others and you need to learn to be smart with budgeting. Web Design is a mixture of animation, graphic design, photography, and web graphics/production. Mr. Burton told me that there is normally enough work to go around in the Web Design field which helps with finding jobs and building a good client base is also extremely important. I also learned something very interesting throughout our interview which is that even Web Design can be effected by the seasons and times of the year. If you are working for a retailer than you might have to work more so during the holidays to help display all of the sales and holiday specials. On the flip side you could also not be busy as your clients might be busy celebrating their own respective holidays.

 

 

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

““Why did you decide to go into Web Design?” – Emmett
“Let’s see, I was studying Graphic Design here at L.C.C. and I was introduced to the web and I found that it had the perfect combination of my interests in graphic design, computer graphics, and a little bit of animation and it was an interesting new field and I think I was also kind of drawn to the challenge of doing something different.” – Mr. Burton

“How long have you been working in Web Design?” – Emmett

“A little over twenty one years.” – Mr. Burton

“That has many years. Have you ever gotten bored with the it?” – Emmett

“I’ve had cycles where I’ve kind of started to feel a little burned out. But usually found that some point something came along whether it was an interesting project or some new technological capabilities that that reinvigorated my interest.” – Mr. Burton

“Has it been stable work or is it like “We’ll see how it goes?”” – Emmett

“It’s been pretty stable. At the beginning it was kind of, my former business partner and I were just kind of seeing if we could make a living doing it because we weren’t sure we’d be able to find enough people who needed it and very quickly website became something that any business needed so once I built up a good client base it’s provided pretty steady work and there’s a natural kind of cycle to, you know, busy times of the here and less busy times of the year but if I have enough clients with steady work then it usually works out pretty well for the whole year round.” – Mr. Burton

“Is it like throughout the years or like more busy times or is it just like, is Christmas a high time for you?” – Emmett

“Yeah, like holiday times can be. Back when I had a few on my retail sites that I was managing there was oftentimes things that they needed in preparation for seasonal sales and specials and things like that. What I found is summer is usually pretty slow here and fall, it kind of starts to pick up. Around the end of the year things slow down again because people are busy with holidays and things like that. But usually about the first half of the year is pretty busy and things drop off a little bit during summer.” – Mr. Burton

“What do you do during summer when there’s no work?” – Emmett

“I usually have some work to carry me through or you know when I know the summer is coming up, I might see if there’s, you know, usually there’s some kind of project that comes in. But that’s kind of something that I haven’t had to worry about too much until recently and so kind of re-strategizing.” – Mr. Burton

“That is fair. Because I’ve noticed with a lot of freelancing they’re usually “Well sometimes it’s really good, sometimes you know, you starve for a few weeks but it’s okay.” I wasn’t sure if like Web Design was the same way.” – Emmett

“It can be. I mean it depends on how you do it. You know, I mean if if I were working at a larger business, you know, like a web agency that had somebody involved with sales who was constantly bringing it work and keeping that flow going it would probably be a different kind of a situation. Just say I’m doing it on my own and I’m responsible for all aspects then it can be more of that freelancer kind of ebb and flow.” – Mr. Burton

“Why did you choose freelancing over going into like a company?” – Emmett

“It’s a good question. In the beginning, I always had it in my head that I wanted to have my own studio, my own business. Didn’t really have a real concrete reason for that. A lot of it had to do with I kind of wanted to deal with things my own way; I didn’t want to have to answer to anybody else. I want to I felt kind of like that was attached to the creative freedom and being able to engage in my work in the way that I wanted to. And that it’s continued to be something that’s a strong part of me and I have a hard time thinking of doing things differently.” – Mr. Burton

“So you don’t like working for the man?” – Emmett

“I have had a few jobs. I mean my job here working for L.C.C. but it also, you know, there’s a certain degree of freedom that they allow us in how we approach our classes. But yeah, for web design, I think also it being a new feel was something that kind of made it exciting to do it on my own because it was all being it was a pioneering field.” – Mr. Burton””

 

“The Sacrifice” by Emmett Crass

I’ll be honest, I had a really hard time figuring out what to do for my project. I thought about maybe doing a video composed of how my voice has changed on hormones recently since when I think of “5” I think of the five years I waited to start transitioning. I’m pretty sure being in our own video is against the rules though so I cut that idea. Then I decided it would be fun to animate the 5 favorite things my cat likes to do which are 1. Sleep 2. Play 3. Run 4. Eat 5. Sacrifice Souls. This lead to three days spent working and figuring out my computer wasn’t strong enough to do what I wanted and it would take me far too long to finish.

This is when I decided to switch up parts of the project I had planned. At first I wanted to do the whole thing as an animation, but then changed it to being mostly snapshots with some animation to be able to finish everything in the time I was given.

This entire project had me in Animate, Illustrator, Photoshop, Audition, Premiere Pro, and Media Encoder. I’m honestly only truly used to using Photoshop and Animate so I felt like I was trying to learn a lot of programs and figuring out how to piece them together to my best ability.

I really like how “The Sacrifice” turned out in the end. Even though I was jumping around in new programs for hours and my cat often refused to act out the scenes as I told her to, it was really fun to make. Figuring out the audio and pairing it with the story was my favorite part and I enjoyed making the title sequence.

There was a lot more I wanted to do with this project and I will probably go back and fix it up more.

I hope you all like it!

“Who’s out there?” by Emmett Crass

This past week I went on a search for a professional blog to write about and to share in class. This proved harder than expected as I either couldn’t find professional websites that interested me, were more than just the first Google Search result to come up when typing “Professional Animation Website Portfolio”, and were in English.

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Eventually I located Zac Gorman’s website. I found Zac Gorman interesting because he was one of the Storyboard Artist’s website from “Over The Garden Wall”, a Cartoon Network mini-series about two brothers and the paranormal. I also found out that he works as a writer and artist for “Rick and Morty”, an adult cartoon about a genius grandfather and his grandson’s adventures through the universe and different realities.

Just as I enjoyed a couple of his shows, I really like how fresh and organized his blog is. I am a big supporter of minimalist style choices for websites used for work because it looks clean. Less is more is a pretty good rule to follow.  His first page layout is easy to

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follow and he only has color on the preview images in his portfolio to direct attention to his work. The pages on his work show are creative as well. He mainly did storyboards for “Over the Garden Wall” so that is what he displays and he shows a few pages from the official “Rick and Morty” comic he created. The “Great Lakes Avengers” didn’t take off

as much as the other projects he worked on so he doesn’t spend a lot of time on this page but he does provide a creative introductory illustration of the main characters and some background information.

 

His “About/Contact” page is where I think he could have improved a little. It would have been nice for him to include a small picture of himself and his statement “For some reason, his webcomic Magical Game Time was archived by the Library of Congress.” lacks confidence. Perk up, man! You can’t sell yourself short on your blog, this is where you’re trying to sell yourself.

As far as resources I think it’s nice he gave an email for himself and his agent to get in contact with him. You can also see where to buy his work at his “Buy My Books” page.

“Resources for Media Arts Students at Lane” by Emmett Crass

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1. Sign of the Equipment Checkout counter for Media Arts students to access gear and equipment; located in Bldg 18

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2. Worm’s eye view of the “Blue Cyc Wall” and studio ceiling/lights; located in Bldg 18

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3. The Center for Student Engagement’s greeting table at the entrance; located on the second story of the Center building

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4. The lights in the main Art Gallery in Bldg 11

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6. The knobs of the Art-O-Mat; located in Bldg 11

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6. Bookshelf in the upper level of the Library; located in the Center Bldg

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7. Bottom of the larg silver sculpture at night outside the Health & Wellness building

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8. Mary Jo Kreindel’s, The Arts division Office Specialist, office wall and decorations; located in Bldg 11

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9. Media Creation Lab TV hanging on the wall; located in Center building through the Library

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10. Judy Gate’s office sign and door in Bldg 11

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11. Statue men escaping Professor Teresa’s office in Bldg 18

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12. Flags on the ceiling of The Students First Building

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13. Turkey flapping away on school grounds