Senior Thesis Final Wrap-Up

Bio: My name is Kristen ‘Kiki’ Cascante and I am a Senior Interactive Multimedia Major. I have enjoy working with social media, photography, website design and video.

Project Summary: A series of interviews from therapists and tattoo artists all based on the topic of Art Therapy. I wanted to get their perspectives on what they believed to be art therapy and whether tattooing could be a form of art therapy as well. The project was suppose to be a documentary but ended up being a website instead.

Creative/Technical Challenges: The tools I used where simple for this project, at first. I used a Canon DSLR camera and tripod to capture the magic of the conversations I was going to have. I was able to get good quality sound and film, luckily, from each interview. The sound was clear and the visuals of the therapists and the tattoo artists were great. The hard part of it all, was the editing. I was using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the clips of interviews, but it didn’t go so well. 
 The problem was that I didn’t give myself enough time to edit. In the middle of the semester, I had gotten so bombarded with life and school, that I had a null in my interviews. Consequently, I wasn’t able to get all my interviews done till the middle of April. I was still very new to the whole editing world because this was my first solo project doing a documentary. I grew very frustrated that I was not able to get the techniques and tricks down. With the Senior Show coming up in only a few days, I had to make a backup plan instead. I created a website for all the interviews that I had done. I was able to write all the interviews as blog posts on the website, complete with pictures that represented each individual. Luckily, I was able to get this done in time.

Advice to Future Students: If I were to do this all over again, I would master my editing skills first. I would YouTube and study all that I can in the right amount of time so I wouldn’t feel so rushed. I would be able to learn and make mistakes without losing valuable crunch time. After getting that done, then I would do the interviews. What I found was that I was doing all the fun stuff first and leaving the hard stuff for last; when I should have done the opposite. The hardest part about interviewing someone, is just setting up the appointment. The rest, is just a conversation being video-taped. 
 I would tell future students to not be afraid to ask questions. Lots and lots of questions, if they do not know what they are doing. I was too ashamed and afraid to ask for help when it came to editing because I thought I could do it all on my own. But I know now that there is no shame in asking for some assistance with something that you actually enjoy. You should not be dreading to finish something that you love and if I could do this all over again, I know I would have enjoyed it even more. However, I do not regret the journey and getting to know so many wonderful people in the process.