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INTRO

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My name is Patrick Gaffney and I am a student of Freestyle Academy in Mountain View. At Freestyle, I take Digital Media, Design and English. The week is split into two different days, one with a full day of Digital Media, and the other with English and Design.

The projects that I work on in each class are connected, and we use different programs and techniques to express our ideas and bring them all together. On this page you will see the projects that I have worked on in Freestyle. Here I have been able to develop new skills in graphic design, website creation and music production. My mastery of these skills are displayed in these Projects

Conceptual

Conceptual

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This was the first project that I made in Freestyle. It introduced me to the basics of website making, such as navigating and organizing content. This project also pushed me to express my thoughts and ideas in ways that I never have. I created a song in ProTools using a multitude of digital instruments, and used Adobe Animate to visualize a haiku that I wrote

First Narrative

First Narrative

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The goal of this project was to visually tell a structured story. Throughout the project, I grew a new set of skills while also expanding the ones I had previously learned. I used Adobe animate to create an animation of my story, making my short story that I wrote in English come to life. I then used my knowledge of website design to create a website that showed the process of the project.

Documentary

Documentary

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This project entails portraying an important person, place, group, idea or issue in the community in an honest way. My Documentary focused on someone that I knew personally, a pastor at my church. I focused on the life of a pastor and the current issues surrounding the United Methodist Church. My goal was to present this information in a professional yet captivating way. I was introduced to new ways to present information, such as a magazine and one minute commercial.

Explorations

Explorations

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Our final project of junior year had us find, explore and expand our passions. I took this as the perfect way to dive into something I was interested in but have never done: songwriting and production. In a span of three weeks, I wrote a song, recorded, and produced it using the resources provided to me at Freestyle. Though it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, the project showed me a new passion, and I have pushed myself to become a better songwriter and producer.

Reflections

Reflections

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This project approached the question "Who am I". Building off the conceptual unit, I worked to improve my poetic skills by writing a lyrical essay. I also wrote a personal essay, exploring my core values and passions.

Second Narrative

Second Narrative

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The second narrative project takes a step further into storytelling. Unlike the last story, I created a dialogue-driven story. This allowed me to write a more in-depth story that goes deeper into the background of the characters. Having diagogue also allowed me to show the emotions of the characters, giving each one their own personality.

Zenith

Zenith

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The Zenith project was our ultimate freestyle project. The goal of the project was to use the 21st century skills that we have developed at freestyle in order to effectivley execute the project. This included writing a paper on and researching our subject, which for me was songwriting and production. I talked to song writers and producers in order to grow my own skills and get an idea of what it was like to be invovled in the music business

Portfolio

Portfolio

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The Portfolio Showcase was made in order to demonstrate my growth at Freestyle. I received feedback from community professionals, giving me an idea of how I can improve my work in college and beyond.

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