I went to film school when we shot on actual film! I recently went back to school to study Digital Media to start a podcast and shoot my own films.

SPRING 2020 COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO Digital Video Production. Me directing my Project #4.
Fall 2021, College of San Mateo, Sound and Synthesis Final Project. I am a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, and loved the sound design in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The irony is that he doesn’t use a lot of sound since it takes place in space, and space is a vacuum. The fear of being totally isolated is heightened in the vastness and silence of space. 

Hal is scared that Dave is going to shut him down and will do anything to stop it. When the drums kick in, I want people to feel like it mirrors Dave’s panic to shut Hal down before Hal kills him. But when the drums start to slow, they realize it mirrors Hal panic, which turns to insanity and desperation.

I used a lot of my lab and midterm sounds made in Reaktor for MUS292, for the control panel sounds at the beginning. I used additive and subtractive synthesis. I recorded the IBM computer playing and singing Daisy Bell on my iPhone from YouTube. I also recorded the film scenes and dialogue from my iphone. 

I edited the video in Adobe Premiere and used Adobe Audition to denoise the audio, and eliminated as much original sound as I could. I cut parts of the dialogue and imported them into the Independence sampler, and played them through Abelton on my keyboard at different pitches and lengths. 

I used Dave’s breathing to make a granular synthesis sound. I used it as the noise floor/background noise in the second half of the film when he’s in the emergency airlock shutting down Hal.

I made the drum pattern in Soundtrap. I used two bass loops in Soundtrap, and made the third slow bass loop in Soundtrap as a MIDI track. 

I used the IBM Daisy Bell recording in the beginning, almost like Hal is relaxing and listening to music. I found out that this is the first recording of a computer singing and Kubrick used it in 2001 for that same reason. At the end, I reversed it, lowered the volume to put it in the background while Hal tried to sing the song for Dave. I wanted it to add to the feeling of something being off. 

I imported everything into Pro Tools for the final mix. I chopped up and placed the dialogue samples, the sound effects, and used time stretch and pitch shift towards the end when Hal is begging Dave to stop on the dialogue samples. I had all the dialogue, and sounds in the second part go through D-verb to give a sense of a bigger room.

This took me a long time but I had a lot of fun making it. It used all my skills in audio production and my very beginner skills in music making.

SPRING 2021 CCSF Digital Portfolio. Here’s one of my podcast episodes I posted on my YouTube channel. I chat with Masashi Niwano, Festival Exhibition Director, about Center for Asian American Media’s annual film festival CAAMFest. I book guests, write, record, edit with Adobe Audition, mix, upload to the host site, and manage the social media (website, Twitter, YT channel) for my podcast.
Music by https://www.purple-planet.com/
FALL 2020 CCSF Intermediate Adobe Premiere Editing Cutting to a Beat. I shot all the footage in 4K on my iPhone, transcoded, and edited it. We had to add bars and tone, a countdown leader, 10 seconds of black, and a title card at the beginning. After the critiques, I added a spinning effect between the the upside down shot and the parking lot shot, used a motion graphics title card instead of plain text, broke up longer shots with additional shots of birds, wetlands and flowers, increased the vibrance and saturation in each shot to make the colors pop.
Most Happy Background Music for Videos, YouTube
Fall 2020 Intermediate Adobe Premiere Cutting to a Beat assignment. I edited this before my instructor changed the parameters of the assignment. We now had to use 4K footage and transcode before we edited. Since this was already done I posted it because it was so fun to do, and cutting to a beat was trickier with this one.
SEASON 1 SPOILER ALERT! If you love Cobra Kai and The Karate Kid, you’ll get a kick (haha!) from this video mashup. This TS banger is like Johnny and Daniel’s anthem.
DISCLAIMER: I am not the creator of the Cobra Kai, Karate Kid videos or the Taylor Swift music, it’s use is solely for educational purposes and I receive no monetary compensation.
Cobra Kai on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9D…
Karate Kid on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq9k6…
Cobra Kai on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81002370
https://www.youtube.com/user/taylorswift This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=6Z3QJ4…
Fall 2020 CCSF ProTools ADR/Foley project. I mixed all the sound and fx, recorded my voice for the ADR. DISCLAIMER: I did not create the music. This is solely for educational purposes. I receive no monetary compensation. Luchiano Michelini, Frolic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-fUGBfJHCY
FALL 2020 Pro Tools Soundscape Assignment. I wrote, did the voices, gathered all the sound for, and mixed this soundscape of Hell’s waiting room. To upload it to YT I had to add video to it. Video by Motion Places – Free Stock Video from Pexels. Sound efx from Storyblocks.
Spring 2020 College of San Mateo Video Production Final Project. I wrote, directed, acted in, and edited this commercial spoof. This was during the first months of lockdown in California. I had to write something that I could shoot with just one classmate.
DISCLAIMER: I did not create the music. This is solely for educational purposes. I receive no monetary compensation. Daniel Lopatin: https://www.pointnever.com/
Uncut Gems soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_k-UKfMe7ESDlBfvL4IrFEUWmSwcutCQ00 From the movie Uncut Gems: https://a24films.com/films/uncut-gems
Luchiano Michelini, Frolic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-fUGBfJHCY
SPRING 2020 COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO Digital Video Production Project #4 SHOOT AND EDIT A SEQUENCE. The assignment was to shoot a short sequence, like opening a can of beans. I came up with a short story called, “Dude, where’s my phone?” I did the storyboards, shot on a SONY AX2000, directed the actors, edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Music by Henry Mancini and Django Reinhardt.