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Instructable Video: How to make a laser cut box

We completed our video teaching people how to make a laser cut box. I am quite pleased with the result.

I enjoyed our Video and Sound class a lot. I definitely got a lot more out of the experience than I thought I would. Most importantly, it has given me the confidence to actually use the video and sound equipment in the ER. Previously I was intimidated by the idea of using the cameras and afraid of breaking something. Now I see the amazing things that can be created with proper equipment and I will take the initiative to use it.

I also want to thank my fellow students, Caleb Ferguson and Yeonhee Lee. They are both talented and creative. We worked well together and I am happy to have been in a group with them. Their enthusiasm for this project means a lot.

Instructable Filming

This week we did the filming for our instructable video on making a laser cut box! Many thanks to my group members Yeonhee and Caleb. Before we started I was pretty apprehensive about filming but we worked thoughtfully and efficiently through each stage of our filming. There are about 9 scenes in our video so we did a lot of lugging camera equipment around. We even took everything to Canal Plastics to film in their store. The store owners were kind enough to let us film there.

In total we have at least 40 to 50 GB of video. We did multiple takes for each section, sometimes using two cameras at the same time. We also created two laser cut boxes, because the assembly step involves using acrylic welding and obviously that can only be done once. Two boxes made the success of each shot less critical.

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Instructable Storyboards and Ira Glass

Laser-cut Box Instructable

For our video project we will make an instructable video on making a laser cut box. The video has a few stages:

  1. Sketch box on paper
  2. Design box using makercase.com and Adobe Illustrator
  3. Purchase materials from Canal Plastics
  4. Laser cut acrylic
  5. Assemble parts with acrylic cement

Note we've already cleared this with ITP Shop Staff. We make sure our video is factually accurate and properly observes shop rules.

We made some storyboards to clarify our thinking.

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Tisch Soundwalk and The Machine Stops

Tisch Stairwell Soundwalk

Our class project was to create a Soundwalk within the Tisch building. I worked in a group with my fellow students Chian Huang and Ella Chung.

Our idea was to record the audio of ourselves walking from the main entrance of Tisch up all 12 flights of stairs to the top of the building. We added sound effects to our recording that were inspired by the departments or activities of each floor.

To go on this soundwalk, enter the Tisch building located at 721 Broadway in New York City. Present your ID to the guard and walk to the stairs to the right of the elevator. Go through the door and walk up all the steps.

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Soundwalk and Week 1 Readings

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

A Soundwalk is a directed walk with a focus on listening to sounds instead of viewing sights. I went on The Gaits Soundwalk, a soundwalk commissioned by the High Line park in NYC. This is an above-ground park built on raised railway tracks abandoned years ago.

The Gaits Soundwalk is experienced with a phone app that only functions when the user's phone is actually on the High Line. I actually thought the app was broken when I arrived at the beginning of the High Line on Gansevoort St. It began making bell noises when I started to ascend the stairs.

For the first five minutes or so the Soundwalk consisted of only intermittent bell noises that would slow down or stop when I stopped walking. As I moved along, the walk got more interesting. The bells sped up, and then an organ was added. I heard water churning at several locations, and while at sections of the walk with seating for viewing parades or other city activity, I heard applause. There were also birds chirping in the section of the walk with a lot of trees. Unfortunately there was construction and scaffolding covering everything so there were no actual birds to be seen. Still, I do appreciate the synchronicity to the environment.

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Video & Sound

Video & Sound, taught by Gabe Barcia-Colombo.

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