Reflections over Media Production I


Before this course, I had a very limited skill set when it came to technologically communicating, and not even a basic understanding of some of the programs we learned. My skills have greatly expanded thanks to the tutorials and habitual use of the steps necessary. I now can operate final cut pro, adobe media encoder, garage band, photoshop (for editing photos), wordpress, switch, and much more.

Being able to maneuver through these programs to create slideshows, podcasts, HD videos, blogs, and projects is a useful and wanted skill in the professional world, one that I hope to make use of in the future.

Visually, I can now better conceptualize, while in the planning process, how projects should turn out after taking this class. The five shot rule guides me in video project creation, so my video will flow better and make more sense to the viewer. Angle and lighting are also two factors I have learned to take into account in order to complete a project to its highest potential.

I now understand the compromise of high quality pictures and high file size. Of course, we would all like the most high definition possible, but not if it takes four minutes to load. The transitions recommended in the tutorials ensure that the viewer is not jarred or taken aback by quick cuts, but rather has an enjoyable experience when going over my material.

There is no doubt that I have grown in my interpersonal communication this year while completing the assignments of this course. I needed contact, schedule, interview, get up close and personal while shooting, and properly thank all those who agreed to help me. This of course is sometimes nerve-racking, when conducting interviews with those who are not close to you. This course helped me learn through trial and error the most effective and stress free way to communicate with those who are the subjects of a project.


Scene On Campus: Turkey Fry



Follow STMU student Cinthia around as she enjoys herself at the annual turkey fry, on Thursday, November 17th, was held at Saint Mary’s University, and hosted by the young alumni of San Antonio.

The Charity that benefitted that night was the miracle on 36th street, who received donations of canned goods, toys, and monetary funds.

Watch the video on YouTube here!

See my live-tweet of the annual Turkey Fry @ STMU

Last Thursday, I attended the annual Turkey Fry at Saint Mary’s University. While I was there easting turkey to my heart’s content in Pecan Grove, I was also able to listen to live music. The admission, collected by the Young alumni of San Antonio, was a new toy and five canned goods.

These donations benefitted The Miracle on 36th street, and the local community. Over five large boxes of donations were collected by the end of the night and everyone I talked to enjoyed themselves immensely.

Here is the group photo from the end of the night.

See my Twitter for the live tweet.



Breaking News! Podcast announcer Sydnee Hodge.

Interested in the current news; Trump protestors, rabbit conventions, and children saving their mothers from abduction? Do you want to hear the scores from the most recent NBA games? Are you just dying to hear the weather for tomorrow? Then you’ve come to the right place, stay and listen to this news brief Podcast and become informed. Click the link above to listen.



Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes By Mary Jo Chamberlain 

Videography and Production by Sydnee Hodge

Watch Mary Jo Chamberlain make fried green tomatoes on Youtube


Mary Jo Chamberlain is a donor of St. Mary’s who loves to cook recipes she learned from her family in Mississippi. She made fried green tomatoes, a feel good food from the south a couple of weeks ago. In the video, Mary Jo begins with a bit if history and ends with revealing a few tricks for making the best possible meal, and how to enjoy what you are creating in the kitchen.


  • 4 or 5 large green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • up to 2 quarts of vegetable oil


Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
Beat eggs and water in a shallow bowl. Place flour and cornmeal in 2 separate shallow bowls. Season cornmeal with salt.
Dip each tomato slice into flour, then dip into egg mixture. Press tomato into cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Transfer tomato to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tomato slices, arranging tomatoes in a single layer.
Heat about 1/4 inch canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until oil begins to shimmer. Fry tomatoes in batches until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel-lined plates. Repeat with remaining tomatoes.

A walk through Stephan Rogers’ Law firm


Stephan B. Rogers, who works and operates his own law firm in Boerne, Texas is a graduate of St. Mary’s Law School. This slideshow gives you a peek into the day to day life of a lawyer, while the recording will reveal a personal explaination of Mr.Rogers’ thoughts about his career. Mr. Rogers begins with his morning routine and ends with why he loves his job.

Yihui works a typical shift at Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

This Sunday, I practiced photographing with one of my co-workers, Yihui Wang. She works at Shanghai Chinese restaurant and this slideshow will reveal some of her day to day tasks.

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Yihui Wang is seen here picking out a fortune cookie for the customers who have just finished eating, and have requested their check.


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Yihui must cut the lemons in the kitchen for the iced tea and water every morning before her shift starts.


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Yihui is seen here (center not seated) serving some of the regular customers who come by every Sunday after church.


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Yihui is seen here making the wontons for the soup. These are made every Sunday after the lunch shift.


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Coworker of Yihui, Sydnee Hodge, is handing her some green tea to serve to the next patron of Shanghai chinese restaurant

Sara plans for the future



This last week, I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with one of my classmates, Sara Jauregui. The recording linked below features some clips of Sara speaking of her current plans and hopes for the future. She ends the interview by telling me of someone who always is able to cheer her up and help her in times of need.