Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Christy Tuohey
Professor William Coplin
Broadcast and Digital Journalism
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Broadcast and Video Studies
Statement of Concept: The concept of my creative project was use pictures, film, and music, and to create short yet visually inspiring promotional videos for the John Dau Sudan Foundation (JDSF), a non-profit organization started by former Lost Boy of Sudan, John Bul Dau. These videos were made to serve a variety of purposes for JDSF including: helping John Dau in acquiring speaking engagements, assisting JDSF in raising money for the clinic, raising awareness on the inadequate healthcare and struggles for Southern Sudan, and serving as web content for JDSF’s website.
Context of Work: I have been working with John Bul Dau via my Policy Studies major since sophomore year. It was then, as the Visuals TA for an introductory policy studies class (PAF 101), that I was responsible for putting together a presentation for the class to educate them on John’s life story and create a PowerPoint presentation John could use as he spoke. I found that there wasn’t much available that was short enough to show audiences that may be unfamiliar with his life story and the problems he tackles. So I decided team up with JDSF to create videos that could be used for similar purposes. In doing this, I was asked to travel with John to film a speaking engagement in New York City and provide JDSF with copies to be sent out.
Medium/Processes: To create my project I used a combination of pictures, video, and music to create a short video and a recording of a speaking engagement. This included filming my subject with V1U cameras from Newhouse and editing using both Avid and Final Cut. The V1U cameras I used recorded video and interviews onto mini-DV tapes, which I ingested into computers in the non-linear Avid editing suites. I then edited and exported this video from Avid to a Quicktime file that could be burned onto a DVD using Final Cut Pro and iDVD. In my project, I used Quicktime files of video taken and brought back from Sudan by John Dau and jpeg files given to the JDSF by a professional photographer. I edited these together with music to make the multimedia video using Final Cut Express.
Conclusion: For my creative project, I used pictures, film, and music to create a short emotion-evoking video would be useful to former Lost Boy of Sudan John Bul Dau and the John Dau Sudan Foundation in raising money and awareness in their efforts to transform healthcare in Sudan. I also traveled with John Dau to New York City to film an honorable speaking engagement as a featured storyteller at a club called The Moth and provided JDSF with DVD copies. I used both Avid and Final Cut Express to edit the videos and a variety of sources for background research and specific information.
Giger, Amanda, "Southern Sudan Health Care" (2009). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 420.
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