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Keith Downey: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report


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Collaboration between the composer/pianist Timothy Johnson, Otis alumni Aaron Weldon and myself. The music is from Mr. Johnson's new album "A Guild to Misinterpreting the Past.”

From the outset, one of the main goals of this project has been to find a pragmatic methodology that would be first and foremost effective but also one that would be comprised of tools that are available to all students at Otis. With this in mind, we began with preliminary lens tests. We limited ourselves to Nikon and Canon still lenses (with a few exceptions, i.e., a lensbaby and the Tokina 11mm-16mm.) Our tests favored the older manual Nikon Nikkor lenses. Not only for their sharpness and color rendering but also for their practical mechanical build. We began the project using the RED Canon Lens Mount, coupled with inexpressive adapters that allow us to shoot with the Nikon lenses. Over the course of the project we purchased a Optitek Nikon ProLock Mount. This allowed us to bypass the adapters and mount the lenses directly onto our camera. It should be noted that we did not see any visual lost in the footage while using the adapters.

--Keith Downey
Associate Professsor, Digital Media

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