PROJECT GRAD

I approached the Virginia Tech admins to make a graduation video as a way of thanking the community. With over 700 submissions and 5 months of tireless work, the project was nothing but everything I've dreamed of.

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CONTROL

Originally meant for Instagram TV, I wanted to experiment a bit with the vertical format. Even though it looks horrible on desktops, watching it on your phone without having to turn it really is a blessing.

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ENCHANTED FASHION SHOW

Rachel and I got asked by a couple students in the fashion school to work on the promotional video for Virginia Tech's fashion show. The theme this year was "Enchanted," highlighting the light and dark aspects of it all. Since the plant life was still dead, we wanted to balance that with the models who breathe life into the world. We wanted a moody, yet ethereal glimpse into what the show has in store and this is the result of that.

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SMILES FOR MILES

I was asked to develop a homecoming campaign video for an acquaintance I knew of, highlighting positive mindsets and emphasizing positivity first. With my work on Humans of Virginia Tech, I wanted to adopt more of that format rather than creating video that seemed like a sorority recruitment commercial. The goal was to strip away their names and public recognition and put them being human first. The product was an organic and real film that was supported by the strong campaign.

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PRISM REEL

During the middle of the summer, I was approached to start developing ideas for the next PRISM reel. I didn't realize that our group made one every year to show to the top agencies in New York. From there, three months of my life would be spent on executing this vision and pushing the student-run advertising agency into a new direction. Initially, I pitched the idea of being inspired by Apple's "iPhone 7 in 107 Seconds" commercial where it was a rapid, edgy recap of their press conference. I wanted to present PRISM in a completely new light, but ran into some trouble with keeping the brand image intact. Two months later, the reel evolved into a fusion of the snappy elements in the Apple commercial and the professional image of PRISM. The video highlights the mission and vision for the organization while honoring our past work and lasting impact on the nation.

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32 REASONS

To commemorate the 10th anniversary for the April 16th shooting, my friend and I wanted to make a piece where we highlighted 32 reasons why people loved Virginia Tech. The number was chosen in memory of the victims. Our decision behind making a Tech love letter was to show that even though this tragedy had occurred, the institution has grown and become stronger as a whole. One shooting does not define us and this visual was proof of that. The video was posted through Humans of Virginia Tech where it generated a 600,000+ audience reach, an outstanding feat that I never could imagined I could accomplish. 

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LIFE OF A HOKIE

During the Spring 2017 semester, my current Director of Videography in PRISM at the time wanted to do a dream project before he graduated. The short film would highlight key events in a Hokie's four-year college experience and it would premiere during the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business graduation. This was a project PRISM was unaccustomed to due to its cinematic quality and immense creative freedom. The project took us nearly a semester to finish, where I acted as a producer in achieving my director's vision through filming, editing and doing behind-the-scenes work in terms of scheduling and casting. I'm really proud of what we accomplished and it ended up being recognized as one of the best graduation videos the university has ever seen. 

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X-FACTOR

One of my good friend's roommates wanted me to film a video of her singing, but my extra self decided to interview her and this ended up being the product. I really need to say less.

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KEEPING UP WITH VISUAL MEDIA

For my Visual Media course, we were given one prompt: make a video that incorporated interviews. To my professor's surprise, the result was a Kardashian parody; it was brilliant.

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WE FOUND LOVE

After making the DC video of my friends, my extra self wanted to make a sequel for five months. After the school year ended, I was anxious to make another "feel-good" type of film. We were going to Gay Pride DC and I thought it was the perfect venue to spread the love.

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LOVE AND DC

This was the first in a long time that I decided to make a video out of my free time. I was hesitant at first after overworking myself throughout my senior year of high school where I constantly tried to work on five videos at the same time, attempting to make it better and better. I took a short break but eventually got back in my groove after being more open to my friends and letting myself be vulnerable. Inspired by Kim and Kanye's tweet, this video was an homage and a thank you for their constant support. I wouldn't be where I am today without them.

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CARDS AGAINST

This was one of my first serious film projects back in high school. Inspired by Jumanji and Zathura: A Space Adventure, I wanted to create a comedy centered around the game Cards Against Humanity coming to life. Editing was critical to pulling off the effects with no budget, along with two actresses that knew each other well for authenticity purposes. The film was a success and it still remains one of my favorite projects.

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