Hello! I am Fiona Householder O’Neill, a member of the Freestyle community. I am an English, Design, and Digital Media student. This page provides links to examples of work I have done in all three classes, throughout four different units. I have learned to use a variety of different applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Pro Tools, Reason, Premiere Pro, InDesign, After Effects and Dreamweaver. As well as these applications, I have had access to a unique tool box of equitment on the Freestyle campus. I learned to use a DSLR camera, speedlights, reflectors and, a wacom tablet in design. In Digital Media, I have had access to several recording stations with high quality microphones and speakers, as well as several smaller contraptions, such as an M-Track for processing audio and a keyboard for use in Pro Tools and Reason. Througout my learning experience, I made sure to make use of all of the resources available to me.
In this assignment, we were asked to choose a subject to investigate, which would be the subject of our project. In English, we wrote an expository essay and research paper about our subject. In Design, we designed a book or magazine article in InDesign, with visual elements, and the text from our research paper. Meanwhile, in Digital Media, we created a video in Adobe After Effects, to introduce our audience to the topic, as well as a website. Looking back on the documentary project, I am so glad I chose a subject that I am passionate about, because it took a tremendous amount of time, thought and effort to complete. I had to be pragmatic, and thoughtful about my actions, as a lot of times unexpected obstacles would pop up. In the end though, I am satisfied with how it turned out. I am happy I was able to practice real world problem solving skills, and independent work. I also greatly value this opprotunity to flex my creativity.
For the explorations project, we were instructed to create our own project, in order to develop our 21st century skills. The 21st century skills are visual literacy, technological literacy, creativity, self direction, high productivity, teaming and collaboration, social and civic responsibility and risk taking. I chose to develop my teaming and collaboration skills, social and civic responsibility and self direction, by creating an After Effects commercial for the Liberal Action Club in my school. I’m not part of the Liberal Action club, so collaborating with another entity outside of Freestyle was a fun new experience. It was also the most independent project we’ve had at Freestyle so far, so it was interesting being able to decide my own deadlines, and make basically all of the decisions regarding my project.