Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2006

Capstone Advisor

Peter Moller

Honors Reader

Tula Goenka

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Film and Media Studies | Radio | Television


The Heart is a Muscle is a video shot with a Sony HVR-Z1U and manipulated to create a visual hybrid between an old Super 8mm home movie and the crisp HD picture of the newest technology. I achieved most of this manipulation by layering filters and de-interlacing the video to slightly blur the image and make it appear softer.

Conceptually, the video centers around the idea that a muscle must break down/apart before it can get stronger and grow. It then takes this fact and applies it to the heart (which is also a type of muscle), and explores the idea that the heart must also break in order to get stronger.

Overall, the video took about 5 months to organize, shoot and edit, and an additional month to script and conceptualize. One of the reasons for the slow production process was that there was only one person working and organizing the details (most films or videos have at least two or three people working on these things), and I spent nearly 8 months jumping from idea to idea before settling on this one (which is rather out of character).

Nonetheless, despite the one person production crew and the switching of topics, I think the final product is one many can enjoy and make their own

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