Author Archives: Alasia Laureano

About Alasia Laureano

Video/TV Concentration Major

Alasia’s CT 399 Post On Internship, Final Project Proposal, & Digital Presence

During the course of this class i must say that I have learned a lot on what “researching” actually is, and discovering new things every single day. From the beginning of the semester until now, I have learned a lot about myself in terms of my career and the steps i will take to achieve it. I learned the difference between applying for an internship and actually going out to get one, which i finally have and will be starting in the Spring (CT490) that has been confirmed by Daniel. I will, be interning for a with a Multimedia Production company doing plenty of production work such as filming videos off and on set with my employer, editing, and even doing some broadcasting work. I already started completing some hours for my internship, i started on November 29th, and my first job was helping to film a concert for a caribbean music singer named Sanchez, who i also got a chance to interview on camera and i did plenty of behind the scenes work with the video production crew i worked with on that day.   I am really looking forward to achieving both great work, and my digital presence. As of now, my digital presence is mainly my YouTube and Vimeo channel. I post all of my animation work and videos and all of the projects I have completed in my current and previous classes/semesters in the hopes that everyone would see my work and give me feedback on it. I kind of am currently using YouTube as a “backup portfolio” until i start reclaiming my old website domain which was and maybe sort of using that site to have all of my work under, and more professional. When it comes to my final project, I do have my plan, but i have not yet proposed it to Prof. Smith because i am planning on taking the Final Project class in the Fall of 2014 in which will be my last semester at York, and since it would be the final project of my year i would rather spend more time on that, rather than fitting it into my crazy schedule for next semester. In one of my blog posts i talk about my final project idea, which is a documentary on a  transgendered male. After taking then CT 210 class, i noticed that I have more of a passion for filming and making individual pieces that have a story behind it.


Alasia’s “Internship Oppurtunities” Post

Internship 1
1.Name: Viacom

2. Location: 43rd street between 6th and Broadway, Building # 1515 on the 52nd floor New York, NY 10036
4.Human Resources Manager/ College Relations at Viacom/ Intern Coordinator: Andrea Sabia
Description Of Company: Viacom is short for Video and Audio Communications, and the CEO of Viacom is Philippe Dauman. Viacom was founded on January 3rd in the year of 2006. Viacom produces shows such as Jersey Shore, MobWives, and SpongeBobSquarePants and plenty more of your   favorite shows. Viacom produces all types of shows and films for both infants, teens, and adults. Viacom is the type of company full of diversity and uniqueness which is definitely a place where I can see myself working in. Viacom believes in having everyone’s voices heard and allows everyone to be themselves when allowing their inner creativity to come out. The size of Viacom is huge, they own a variety of entertainment businesses such as Paramount, Insurge, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, VH1, Comedy Central, B.E.T. and a lot more. They expect their employees to give their all, being that the entertainment industry is a very competitive business both business and salary wise.
The Kind Of Jobs They Have For Internships: Currently at Viacom they are accepting Production applicants for Spring 2014. They have internships for all sorts of departments such as, Development, Production Management, Programming Scheduling, Production, Digital Media/Online Production, and Talent&Casting. After reading the descriptions of each and every department in which they are hiring internships for, I believe that I will fit well inside of the Talent&Casting Department, Digital Media/Online Production, Development, and Production Departments. The Talent&Casting Department is in charge of booking talent for the channel and they must have video editing skills in Final cut pro, Avid, and Imovie. The Digital Media Department is in charge of the digital presence of shows they produce and work close with social media and blogging in order to bring in a bigger audience. The Development Department is in charge of switching shows from pilots to pitches, and the Production Department is in charge of transcribing footage, doing production runs, edits, research, for both shows and radio.
Examples Of Work They Do That I Like: [youtube][/youtube]

Internship 2
1.Name: B.E.T.
2.Location: 1500 West 44th street and Broadway on 2nd floor New York, NY 10036
3.Telephone: 212-205-3000

4. Human Resources Administrative Assistant/Internship Coordinator: Briana Strachan
5. Website:
Description Of Company: BET is short for Black Entertainment Television and they are best known for their award shows like the BET Hip Hop Awards, and Urban music. They also produce live shows such as “106 n Park” where they do the top 10 music countdown for the audiences favorite songs, and other TV shows like “The Game”, and some reality shows as well. BET is all about fashion, music, celebrity life, and African American culture and news. BET was founded by Robert L. Johnson on January 25th 1980, and is now owned by Viacom. BET was blocked by Nickelodeon in 1980 due to criticism on the channel, and it didn’t become independent until 1983. The CEO is now Debra Lee, once Robert Johnson retired he passed his title for the channel over to Debra in 2005. The shows, films, and movies BET produces is mainly for a much mature crowd, preferably 16 and up based on some of the content on the channel. BET has other sister channels such as BET gospel, BET Hip-Hop, and Centric. BET is committed to providing its employees with both a diverse and inclusive work environment, and its interns real life experience.
The Kind Of Jobs They Have For Internships: BET has internships for the Spring, Fall, and Summer semesters. Currently BET has no internships available on their website, but the Fall application link will soon be posted on their website. However, they do explain to you the step by step process in sending both you resume, and cover letter and internship application to the website. It says college credit is not required, but the company will provide your college with credit documentation. Also, interns are paid at a standard and competitive hourly rate, and must commit 10 weeks, 35 hours per week maximum with the company.

Examples Of Work They Do That I Like: [youtube][/youtube]

Internship 3
1.Name: Comcast Entertainment Group
2. Location:1500 West 44th street and Broadway on 29th floor New York, NY 10036
3.Telephone: 212-575-3560
4.Internship Coordinator: Dahvi Shira
5. Website:
Description Of Company: Comcast is the home and producers of E Entertainment, Style Network, and G4 TV. This entertainment company deals with both the hollywood life, fashion, technology, and entertainment news. Comcast Entertainment Group is based in Los Angeles, California and is a 24- hour network. Comcast was founded by Ralph Roberts, Daniel Aaron, and Julian Brodsky on June 28th  1963. Their total assets came out to $164.971 billion in 2012, and their net income came out to $6.203 billion in 2012. Comcast is said to be the largest mass media and communication company in the world by revenue, and largest cable and internet service provider in the U.S.
The Kind Of Jobs They Have For Internships: Comcast has internships for all departments such as Editorial, Public Relations, New Media, Production, Casting, International, Program Planning, Finance, Marketing, Music, and Graphics. Interns must complete 16 hours a week for at least 3 months, all majors are invited but everyone must receive academic credit for it. The kind of jobs that this company gives out to its interns are jobs for those who love technology, animation, style, gossip, and horror movies etc. Comcast promises to give all of its interns an amazing experience both inside and outside of their company. The website does not have any internship opportunities posted as of now.

Examples Of Work They Do That I Like: [youtube][/youtube]

Alasia’s “Cultivating Your Real Name or Not” Post

When people type in my name on Google, I wold like all of my work to show up in the results. By that I mean that I would like my television production work to show up, any documentaries I have done, any audio recordings, animations done in aftereffects, or classwork I have done to show up as results publicly. Basically all of the work, videos, writings, and projects that I have posted online I would like each and every one of them to show up. As of now, when I type in my first and last name on Google search so far all of the work I have posted online from my current and previous classes are visible. I also have pictures of my modeling portfolio website and other websites that I am on as well. However, I want the most important thing people to know me for is my production work. I would like more of my work to be showcased online, and I think that one way I can start working on that is by maybe beginning to create my own website. Somewhere where instead of my work being all over the place, it could instead be in one safe and secure place for the world to see. I would just think of it as my own online website portfolio, and have my contact information where people could see what i have done and they will contact me for any booking inquiries once they have seen my work and are interested enough to hiring me for whatever they need me to do. I would like my website to be very creative and have amazing designs, fonts, and even photography/video work that will really make people want to click on it and have them very impressed. This to me I think is a great way to get myself out there and sort of freelance myself and have my name known as a person who is very serious in becoming apart of the communications technology business.

Alasia’s Final Project Idea

For my final project I came up with the idea of kind of doing a documentary on one of my mothers closest friends, whom happens to be a homosexual and a transexual. His name is Myron, and he is one of the most courageous and sweetest person i’ve ever met. Myron use to work with my mother in retail and is now a firefighter. I met him when visiting my mother at work, and he did a great job in hiding his inner self because I never would of expected him to be this type of person. Now I know they say to never judge a person by how they look on the outside, but my first impression of Myron was that he was a normal guy meaning that he was attracted to the opposite sex. However, as I grew to know him I later realized that that wasn’t the case. Myron later mentioned during a conversation with both my mother and I that he wanted a “sex change operation surgery” and that is when I thought to myself, “wow he is homosexual and is also a transgendered who really wants to become a women”. I have nothing against this at all , but I must say I was shocked, and that you can never judge someone at first sight because you’ll be surprised what you find later on. Myron sends both my mother and I before and after pictures of him transforming himself from a man to a women, and he really hides it well. Myron puts on makeup, women’s clothing, and wigs when going outside on a normal day off, and he actually looks like a female and he even says to my mother and I that when he comes outside dressed as a women even men that are attracted to only women try to approach him. I chose to do my documentary on Myron because Myron has an amazing story to tell on both his reasons for becoming a homosexual and transexual man, and also wants everyone to know how hard it was hiding it at first, and the people he has lost when coming out and proving who he really wants to be. He will also share his obstacles and the negative things he has faced when turning into the person he is today, even being the only homosexual and transexual in his firefighting job. I will record Myron with the hmc-40 camera and lavalier. I would like to record him in a variety of locations, some being his job, his home, and where he hangs. So, I can’t wait to start!

My Taste

So over these past 3 weeks, i had to make something everyday. I must say that this process was kind of frustrating, yet i learned how to truly stay committed to doing something everyday, and it sort of became a habit for me which kind of made me start enjoying it. The reasons why I would get frustrated is because it took me a long time to figure out exactly what I wanted to make, so i chose to look on in the assignment bank for help. I would always look in the visual assignments or the writing assignment because visual things and writing happen to be my top 2 favorite things to spend my time on. So everyday whenever i caught a little break and free time to myself i would squeeze in a creative challenge of just about anything that came to my mind and also the daily creates that i saw on the ds106 website. Although i’m not really a big fan of labeling myself as a person because I believe that no one truly knows who they are or what they want to do in life until they have gotten the chance to experience “EVERYTHING” in your field in order to finally narrow it down to that “1” thing you love the most. So…with that being said i could describe myself as a “SEEKER” meaning that i like to seek out opportunity and almost try everything so that i can really get the feel of what i love, and so far i’m loving everything. Although its hard to actually have free time or hang with friends or significant others… you have to make a lot of sacrifices sometimes to get to where you want to go in life. So like people always say “it is what it is”. When it comes to my work, i think i need to work a little bit more on my editing skills in after effects, final cut pro, photoshop, and also audio work even though i know the basics and a few more other things that i am happy with, i still think that i could always learn more. When it comes to making time for myself, i found out that i have to work more on trying to balance out everything, and sleeping less….lol. One thing i do, that helps me a lot in balancing out my school life and my work life is i take a paper each day and i write a to-do list in order, the order it would go in is from the top of the list being whatever assignment is due first and the bottom of the list would be whatever is due later on. That way, i can balance out my time and figure out on my calendar when i can fit in the time to do each assignment. I find this way less stressful for me because it helps me organize my life and my time because i noticed that i stress myself out more whenever i am not organized, or when i don’t have a set out plan and it also helps me remember things better.

Creative Challenge Day 19 (9-19-13)

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For this creative challenge i had to use a picture from the creative commons website, and write a famous quotation over it, making it look like a picture is worth a thousand words, which is what is expected for this assignmemt. So For my picture of choice I chose a  picture of a diamond and i used the quote, “shine bright like a diamond” since this quote has become popular due to the Rihanna song called, “shine bright like a diamond” i thought that this exact quote connects more with this CC licensed picture of it. In order for me to put the quote over the text, i used photoshop and then i used the text tool.

Creative Challenge Day 18 (9-18-13)

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For this creative challenge i looked in the assignment bank and chose to do this visual assignment of creating a halftone affect to a image. For the software I chose to use was Photoshop. In order to do this assignment i had to drag my image into photoshop.

Here are the steps on how i did it below:

First, right click the image’s menu-bar and select “Duplicate, then click ok which then created a second copy of the image and then in the new image, go to Image ->Mode and select Grayscale and click ok, then go to Image -> Mode again and select Bitmap. Then make sure you have “Halftone Screen…” selected in the Method field and click ok. Adjust the field labeled Frequency. Choose any number between 1 and 999 and click OK. Keep doing this until the halftone pattern is the size you want it to be.Optional: There is a drop-down list at the bottom of the window labeled Shape. You can experiment with these to find the style that suits your picture!Go to Image -> Mode and select Grayscale. When prompted, input 1 and click OK. In the Layers window, double-click the “Background” layer and select OK. It should now read Layer 0. Using the Move Tool, drag the halftone image into the original window. You can now close the duplicate window. In the Layers window, open the first drop-down menu and select Overlay.

Creative Challenge Day 17 (9-17-13)

For this creative challenge I chose to look in the DS106 assignment bin and in visual assignments i chose this challenge where i could choose any picture and then just change the color around it using photoshop. Their is the link above. I chose the picture of Mickey mouse because he was always one of my favorite characters on Disney, and i used levels and curves to change the color of him on Photoshop.famous-cartoon-character-mickey-mouse-1 famous-cartoon-character-mickey-mouse copy

Creative Challenge Day 16 (9-16-13)

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”  Dhirubhai Ambani

For this creative challenge I chose to talk about another one of my favorite quotes above. I like this quote a lot because I feel that it has alot of meaning to it, and I think that it is very true. In order for you to be who you want to be in life then you must work and try hard to get where you want to, and you must never settle for less because if you settle for less than you will get less then you deserve causing people at a higher level then you are at to think un-highly of you.

Creative Challenge Day 15 (9-15-13)

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 1.06.28 PM BULB-1For this creative challenge i chose to use adobe illustrator and i took a picture of a lightbulb on google image search and then i imported it into adobe illustrator and used all sorts of tools to effect and alter the lightbulb. This was kind of hard for me at first but based on what i learned in previous classes I chose to just do plenty of trial and errors into finally creating this abstract image. The picture on the left is the one i created, and the picture on the right is the original image.