2012 Matches

2012 Matches:
Elyse Leyenberger (Photography '12) : Andrei Jackamets (BFA Photography '83)

Ryan Berardi (Sculpture '14) : Anthony Visco (BFA Sculpture '70)
Kaylyn Gray (Multimedia '13) & Michael Knaub (Multimedia '13) : Michele Kishita (BFA Painting '97, MFA Painting '10)
Diane Meck (Dance '13) : Geoffrey Kershner (BFA Acting '00)
Kennedy Dickerson (Photography '14) & Michael G Malloy (Photography '12) : Nancy Eichenbaum (BFA Photography '87)
Megan Beck (Illustration '13) & Lydia Guadagnoli (Illustration '14) : Veronica Cianfrano (MFA Painting '11)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kennedy Dickerson: Archival Extraordinare

I apologize to everyone for the extreme delay on all of my posts. My weeks are hectic commuting back and forth between New York to Philadelphia and life has kind of gotten in the way, so without further adieu I give you the past three weeks of my life.

Week Two was very slow in photography respects. Monday started off very quietly. Justina was out for the day and there was not much work to be done around the office. Instead, I was given the task to watch the pilots of the upcoming television shows that will be airing within the next couple of months, in order to familiarize myself with the look and feel of each show. Needless to say, I was the happiest girl in the world. If there is anything you need to know about me it is that I absolutely LOVE movies/television. If photography was not my number one passion I would be involved in films, critiquing them, making them, watching them ALL THE TIME (which I already do for the most part), etc.

I started out watching Made in Jersey, which set a really good mood to my day. The premise is about a 20 something woman named Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) trying to make her career at a law firm in New York City. The premise was very similar to that of Drop Dead Diva, minus the fact that Martina didn't die in a freak car accident and press the "return" button in heaven, haha. The dynamic that Martina shares with her very large and very Italian family is, as to be expected, hilarious. I have never seen Janet Montgomery in anything before, but really enjoyed her performance and the personality, most notably the sass, that she brings to Martina Garretti.

I watched Elementary next, to which I was very pleased. The only information that I had known previous to watching the pilot was that the overall premise was a modern development on Sherlock Holmes. I was asked by the Art Director of the show from LA (more on him later) as to what my "hot or not" perception was on Jonny Lee Miller, to which I replied that Miller has a certain charm and charisma that makes me not want to turn away, suffusive to say that he really isn't that bad looking, either. I told him that Jonny Lee Miller suits Sherlock impeccably. Opposite Miller is Lucy Liu who adds a soft, yet edgy feel to the production. The pilot was fantastic and only made me want to keep watching.

Vegas, pictured below Elementary, is set in 1960 Las Vegas, Nevada. It is focused on Dennis Quaid, who plays the local Sheriff of the vicinity and his relationship with Michael Chiklis' character, a Chicago mobster. This show was not exactly my cup of tea, but Quaid and Chiklis' performances were not be unnoticed. I would like to watch more of the show to see if the plot pulls me in as the storyline progresses.

Partners was the last of the shows that I watched for the day, and I definitely saved the best for last. Not only does this show have a fantastic cast of people, but was also genuinely funny. When the pilot ended I found myself wanting to click next just as much as the others (doesn't help that I am also a television fiend). 

On Tuesday the universe was trying to tell me not to leave Philadelphia. For starters I began the day off by waking up 20 minutes before my bus was scheduled to leave. I quickly got ready, but could not find half of the things that I needed in order leave. When I had decided that I might not go in, I call my mother who tells me that it would not be under the smartest of my decisions. I gather my things and head out the door to attempt to buy a ticket for 9:00 am, only to find that it has been sold out. Instead, I buy the 9:15 ticket that takes 30 minutes longer and stops in Newark, New Jersey. I get in line, everything going smoothly until it is my turn for the driver to collect my ticket who promptly stops me and informs me that there might not be anymore room. At this point I am just about to give up when he comes back from the bus and tells me that there is only room for two more. In the back of my head I am preparing myself for the bus to crash due to the luck that I had been having that day. To make matters worse, even though I grabbed a camera with a fully charged battery, I had forgotten an SD card. Thankfully, the rest of the day went off without a hitch, I returned home and promptly set my alarm for 5 am.

The end of Tuesday and all of Wednesday was full of archiving and editing.

Here Michael and I are trying to decide which of the Big Brother photos we like the best that will appear on the CBS Press Express website.

And here Michael is editing a photograph of Jeanne Tripplehorn that was taken in a gallery for the newest season of Criminal Minds. 
It is actually amazing how much editing goes into each and every photograph. Tim, a photo editor and one of the main employees that retouches all of the shots to go in and out of CBS taught the three of us what we should look for in order for the photograph to be acceptable for billboards, websites, etc. All of these rules were prevalent particularly in women: Erase wispies from hair lines, odd shadows under chins, eyes, etc., hide wrinkles. Bring in the waist, soften the curves, eccentuate the breasts, the list goes on and on. Surprisingly, Jeanne Tripplehorn did not need that many revisions. 1. Because she was sitting down and 2. She looks incredible for her age. That being said, there was still a huge difference between the before and after products.

Archiving is a HUGE part of what I do at CBS, and as most of it is considered "grunt work" I really enjoy doing it. The photographs that have been developed over the years at CBS never cease to fascinate me. I have developed a great relationship with Dave Lombard, the man responsible for the whole archival department. This particular project I was to go through all of the photographs on a disc and describe the subject matter, photographer, etc.

Thursday was the busiest day of the week. Upon walking in we were told there was going to be a conference with CBS Sports on the upcoming SuperBowl plans. CBS is partnering up with photoboxi to create a social media outlet for the fans and supporters when attending the big event. 

 This is what a photoboxi looks like. The top is a monitor that has a touch screen so that you can easily select all of your preferences, such as background, skin, text, etc.

These are test strips that were taken at CBS' Upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall on May 16, 2012. They used these to demonstrate what they would like the product to look like for the 2012 SuperBowl. The main topic of discussion in the conference was how many skins should be available to users, what the text should say, if you should be able to pick the text that you desire, etc. We discussed if the photographs should be able to be uploaded to facebook or twitter, photoboxi only allows one option. The list goes on and on. 

Very soon after that we had a conference call with Matt from the LA office about the locations and other logistics for the upcoming photoshoot that we would be doing, tune in for details. :)

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