Award Animation created for the WIRED Best Business Website Design award for Dagnabit Animation.
Crossey Receives Adobe Award for Digital Storytelling
(Asheville, NC) – Technology offers unlimited global reach for personal storytelling and experiential sharing via digital tools and social media platforms. Gary Crossey, CEO, Irish Guy Productions (www.irishguy.us), an Asheville-based business, has been recognized by Adobe Education for Digital Storytelling curriculum design.
“We live in a world where students have unlimited resources to create, revise and share their unique stories with students and teachers around the world,” notes Crossey, a native of Northern Ireland. “I am honored that Adobe has recognized me for my work utilizing current digital trends to connect Asheville students with global audiences.”
Crossey received his B.A. from AIU of Atlanta. In 2009, AB Tech Community College honored him as the Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year. In addition, Crossey has received Adobe Education Awards for Animation, App Design Training, Digital Creativity, Digital Imaging, Digital Storytelling, Graphics & Illustration, Publishing, Teacher Training, Video Editing, and Web Design.
Digital Storytelling Projects
Crossey Honored As Adobe Education Trainer
(Asheville, NC) — Gary Crossey, CEO, Irish Guy Productions (www.irishguy.us), has been honored as an Adobe Education Trainer. This award adds to his long list of achievements.
A native of Northern Ireland, Crossey received his B.A. from AIU Atlanta. He has taught computer classes for faculty and staff at UNC Asheville, AB Tech Community College, and other institutions. In 2009, AB Tech honored Crossey as the Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year.
Adobe Award for App Design
WOW – Even for me, that was a difficult class. I am glad that I have the experience of advanced programming During the Adobe App Design class I utilized by knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS, and ActionScript.
Asheville Video Edit Samples
VIsually I wanted to create a mirror image of the music – using colors, tones, and contrast to create the more involved parts of the music. In Premiere – I am a big fan of the blend tools… which I used on ALL OF THE FOOTAGE – nothing got spared! The Blend Tool (same as found in Photoshop)… simply blends the content of layers together.
Using 3 pieces of footage, I copied each piece of footage – and placed one on top of the other. I then flipped the top layer, and applied a blend – which creates a low tech mirror effect. The patterns that go across the screen are the wipers on my car. I did slow the footage a bit, so that the wipers would match better with the beat.
Asheville Video Editing Award
Asheville Video Editing Sample
The background is a great example of LOW-TECH. The water effect was shot with a $20 digital camera – the video is water from an over flow. The main effect of the shining water is that the cheap camera got wet. The footage imported in at 420 px x 240 px (cheap camera). I placed the video footage in After Effects, and copied the layer 8 times, each layer with a blend to pump up the color saturation. Once I got something I could work with, I copied all of the content, flipped and aligned with the original (making my video footage twice the width).
The second piece of footage that I used – was an old stained glass window with lead. Using my smart phone (build in camera) I aligned the lense with the lead of the window and recorded moving along the lead. The center of the window has a purple and red tulip, that I placed a desk lamp behind to highlight the colored glass. (I added a screenshot of the window).
The third shot – was again captured using my smart phone. The image circle image is the inside of a purple bottle. I placed the lense right over the opening while moving a desk lamp around the outside of the bottle – created an awesome color blend.
Asheville Video Editing Award
Winning Website Design from Asheville
A coding pleasure that WON FIRST PRIZE for BEST BUSINESS WEBSITE from WIRED Magazine. The Dagnabit website was my introduction to Flash and ActionScript. Before DAGNABIT I had not used Flash. I had no idea at the time that the website would be considered, let alone win the Best Business Web Site award from WIRED.
The website houses an extensive collection of work. From elaborate storyboards, animation samples, video reels, and skills (lots of stills). Everything for the DAGNABIT website is custom built. I wrote all the ActionScript. The website has a treasure of hidden features or events.