Lyceum Theatre Multimedia Exhibit Closing Reception, May 4th 2012
One beautiful night in Downtown San Diego, Platt College students had the opportunity to showcase their work at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. The Lyceum itself is home to 3 stages for the San Diego Repertory Theatre and an art gallery where they exhibit art year round to celebrate the beauty and culture of art in all forms. Friday night Platt students were able to share their digital media design work with friends and family at an early evening closing reception that was complete with food, music, student films, and wonderful company!
With over 120 different digital and traditional art pieces there was something for everyone to enjoy. When first entering the gallery guests were immediately drawn in by traditional art pieces, followed by innovative creations from the 3D Animation program, beautiful photography, and a variety of graphic design digitally created masterpieces!
Archie Acosta, a presenter in the exhibit and is currently working on his Graphic Design Degree at Platt, had 18 pieces on display at the exhibit. He is a talented digital media artist with a passion for photography. Although, this was Archie’s first exhibit his display of photography was professionally delightful! Ranging from pets, to portraits, and even landscapes he has a skill for capturing beauty in the world that surrounds him. When asked what type of camera he uses he explained that it was a combination of film and digital cameras, which allows him artistic versatility with his photos. Archie’s goal is to travel after graduating and continue with his passion for photographic art.
As a Graphic Design student at Platt, Archie is learning new and innovative ways to incorporate his talents through new media platforms, thus expanding on the graphic design services that he may offer to clients. In his current class he is learning how to make downloadable publications for mobile devices. Like Archie, Platt students are not only learning how to produce traditional print magazines but also downloadable digital magazines, brochures, etc. Using traditional graphic design tool like photoshop, illustrator, and indesign, students are given a hypothetical client to design and produce both printed and digital brochures. They learn new functions for mobile devices; such techniques as, pinch and zoom, swipe through a photogallery or text, embedding videos and more directly into a downloadable publications. So for Archie, who works with clients to photograph their special events this new skill set will expand his industry knowledge with the latest graphic design technology and ultimately give him the ability to offer new services to his clients. He is exploring how he could possibly use it as a way to display his portfolio to prospective clients or even by designing apps for his wedding photography. Imagine having your whole wedding album in an app you could share with your friends and family!
Another Platt student featured at the exhibit, Felix Honda, had 6 pieces of his vector illustrations on display for the first time. One piece in particular is a portrait of the actress from tv’s Fringe, Anna Torv, and with a first glance at this piece you would think it was a real photograph! In reality it is a highly detailed vector piece made using Illustrators gradient mesh tool which he first learned how to use in his Intro to Vectors class at Platt. When asked about his vector work Felix explained that each piece was a learning experience as well as a challenge, and when creating new work he always tries to exceed normal expectations, which has given him a great sense of accomplishment. After finishing his Associates in Graphic Design, Felix plans to continue into Platt’s Bachelor program for 3D Art and Animation to continue to improve his skills as a designer and find new artistic challenges.
Andrea Gonzalez, a web design student at Platt, also had her work on display. Despite her passion being in web design she discovered she also had a passion for photography once she started school at Platt. She said it all began in a one week class in her first term where she learned the basics of digital photography, and has only been taking pictures for a year now. It is apparent in her work that she knows how to capture inspiring photos! One particular piece in the exhibit she took while traveling around Chiapas, Mexico with her father, she expressed that this trip was very inspiring to her as an artist. As far as editing her photos she explained she doesn’t like altering them more than needed, if she does anything to them it is usually cropping in Photoshop. Andrea’s goal is to have her own web design firm while still pursuing photography on the side after graduation.
As an added bonus to the end of the evening, Platt teacher Jodi Cilley presented 3 student short films each with a unique style of directing. The first film shown titled Lonely Boy produced by Vanessa Robbins is best described on the films website as, “A story of self discovery and realization. Caught in the secluded world of digital entertainment, Jace finds it hard to connect with people in the life outside of his living room. When the power mysteriously goes out, Jace‘s life takes a dark and lonely turn.” The second film titled Night 6 directed by Adam Padjen is a very dark film about a detective who is out to catch a serial killer on the loose. It keeps you guessing until the end! And the last film shown titled Ten, by Berlin Kerney is about a muay thai fighter who attempts a comeback despite several major concussions and a warning of the price he may pay if he continues to fight. It was very apparent that these 3 films were crowd pleasers and will do very well when submitted to the San Diego Film Festival!
Get a sneak peek of the films through the links below:
Lonely Boy – http://lonelyboy.myplatt.com/
Night 6 – http://night6.plattvideo.com/
Ten – http://ten.plattvideo.com/
Platt College has given all of its students a wonderful opportunity to put their creative art on display for many to see and appreciate. Hopefully those who had a chance to view this wonderful multimedia exhibit will leave feeling inspired and with a new idea on the many different types of art that exists now thanks to what the ever changing world of technology has to offer! If you missed this exhibit be sure to visit our facebook fan page often for future event notifications.
Photography & Blog By Natasha Englehardt