Student Explores 3D Technology with Intel
Posted July 18, 2012
When Rachel Jones, a student in the Integrated Media program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), picked up the Fujifilm W3 3D camera Intel had provided, she had no idea how to use it. She spent the next six months researching and teaching herself the basics of filming and producing 3D videos and providing feedback to Intel engineers.
Jones was one of eight students selected for the Digital Media Commission scholarship, five of whom were from MHCC’s Integrated Media program. This new and exciting scholarship was made possible through a partnership between Intel and the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA). Thanks, also, to Janet McIntyre, then Dean of Integrated Media at MHCC, for working with OMPA to inform students about this opportunity. Chris Maier, Graphic Design instructor at MHCC, served as project manager for the eight scholarship winners.
Assignment: Produce an Experimental Project
Intel showed the students technology that is still in development and gave them digital tools with which to experiment and produce assignments. Intel designed the project as a way to brainstorm and collect ideas from people who work in digital media, according to Jones.
“We were told to explore possible future applications for personal media data, and come up with something interesting to show for it,” Jones said. “Through most of the program I suffered from varying levels of confusion, but I had moments of inspiration that helped me to finally succeed in the assignments.”
Jones was faced with the challenge of learning and understanding a complicated technology, and producing a compelling video for an intelligent audience. She produced three videos throughout the six month period.
Her three-minute, 3D video highlighting the pros and cons of the current 3D technology, was shown to Intel’s engineers. She shot, edited and presented a 90-second video in one afternoon for the OMPA Final Cut Classic golf tournament. And Jones’ final assignment was a video, played at the Governor's Office of Film and Television annual meeting, which showcased her conceptual ideas regarding the application of 3D technology.
“The experience helped to broaden my perspective of media, and the people I will be working with,” Jones said. “It helped me to define where I fit into the creative industry.”
Jones found that the experience enriched her understanding of technology through interacting with others working on similar projects and figuring out the W3 camera. She also benefited from researching current and developing media technologies, as well as discussing the possibilities and limitations of her ideas with dozens of Intel engineers.
Though she has no immediate plans to utilize her newfound knowledge of 3D movie-making, she is excited to see how the technology continues to develop and hopes to again use it in the future.
Building a Rewarding Career
With this Intel experience and a degree from MHCC on her resume, Jones is well-positioned for a rewarding career. Immediately following commencement in June, she began producing videos full-time for fishwire.net.
What’s next for this accomplished 21-year-old? “Depending on how the next year unfolds, I may continue with fishwire.net, pursue becoming a director of photography, further my education online, or do something yet to be discovered! It's all an adventure!”
For information on MHCC’s Integrated Media programs (Broadcasting, Graphic Design, Photography and Video), please visit mhcc.edu.