Media Depot administrator Kirk Laird and UK Media Arts student Kevin Angel (l-r)
The Media Depot is the University of Kentucky’s new multimedia production service center for students who need a place to make video projects or practice presentations for classes. Housed in a basement tech-services area of U.K.’s W.T. Young library called “The Hub,” Media Depot administrator Kirk Laird has assembled an excellent set of multimedia production resources in an accessible and supportive environment students should find fun and useful.
I met Kirk when he attended our annual KET Multimedia PD Days event for educators this last July. Soon after, he sent me a link to an interesting test video made by the lab to document a dramatic UK science experiment — not to be tried at home. Their video utilizes slo-motion features of the GoPro Hero camera (cue to 1:20 min. for the hot stuff), a popular ultra-portable camcorder many use for stunt and special videography. Justin Allen, a KET video producer, also used a Hero cam suspended from a quadcopter to capture an aerial intro shot for the 2013 Fancy Farm political speech event TV special that aired on KET this last August.
One of my favorite things to do for the MediaWorks blog is to feature schools doing interesting and innovative things in media production, and it was a pleasure to meet with Kirk Laird for a tour of the new UK Media Depot. An unexpected bonus from my visit was also meeting Kevin Angel (pictured above and below), who happened to be checking-out the new resources for himself. Kevin, a Media Arts student at UK, quickly impressed us as a young man focused on moving toward a career in media production. His business card has a link to his Angel-Vision.com website, which displays some of his generation’s interests in an example reel of some creative and understated video projects.
UK’s Media Depot is a good resource for students like Kevin who are looking for an excellent campus media production facility in which to build class projects or prepare for in-class presentations. See the Media Depot website for more information and how to schedule its use. From the online introduction: “The Media Depot is funded by the Student Technology Fee and is a collaboration between Academic Planning, Analytics and Technologies (APAT) and UK Libraries and is in support of the QEP, Presentation U.”