Student with skills
Graphic design major also takes pride in work as videographer
August 5, 2014
With one semester to
go before he graduates from University of Wisconsin-Stout, John Ewald is
confident about his chances in the job market.
In December he'll
receive a degree in graphic design and interactive media, which had 100 percent
employment for new graduates in the university's most recent report
Ewald has made
himself even more employable, however, through hard work. He will be able to
include videography to the list of skills on his resume.
Although a digital
cinema concentration was added to the major after Ewald began, he has become
proficient at video production thanks largely to a love for the medium that
dates to his preteen years.
"I started doing
video about 10 years ago as a hobby. About five years
ago I realized that I could use my skills in a career path so I started taking
it more seriously," said Ewald,
of Maplewood, Minn. "I take pride in saying I can do graphic design and
He took one class in
film production and another in photography as part of his major.
part-time on campus for University Marketing, and he recently produced two
videos about other students in the School of Art and Design.
One video is about a
class that traveled to Los Angeles last semester to present animation ideas to
The Jim Henson Company. The other video is about the annual Senior Show put on by
art students at the end of the spring semester.
The Henson video
shows students in class working on their projects prior to going to Los
Angeles. Ewald relied on contributed video footage from Los Angeles. He had
more video from the classroom than the trip, although he wishes it had been the
other way around.
"I went through tons
of footage and had to crunch it all down to five or six minutes. That was the
biggest challenge," Ewald said.
He worked with Assistant
Professor Dave Beck, The Jim Henson Company and the University Marketing staff during
the production and final editing processes.
The video can be
The Henson and
Senior Show videos will be used, in part, to promote UW-Stout's art programs to
For the Senior Show
video, Ewald interviewed four students whose senior projects were part of an
annual School of Art and Design event held in mid-May throughout the Applied
This summer, in addition to taking courses at UW-Stout,
Ewald has been doing wedding videography.
Student award and downtown
Two other videos
recently were produced by UW-Stout students.
One video featured winners last spring
of the Samuel E. Wood Medallion, the highest nonacademic honor at UW-Stout. The
video was produced by Scott Fischer, from Rice Lake, who is majoring in
The Wood medallion is given annually to
seniors who have been active in student activities, displayed leadership
ability and excelled academically. Winners are chosen by a committee made up of
students, faculty and staff.
In the video, medallion winners discuss what inspired
them to get involved and what leadership means to them. They also offer advice
to first-year students.
The video can be
seen here or go to this link for a story about the winners.
Also last spring,
three students produced a video for Main Street of Menomonie to promote downtown
videographers are Robert Blais, of Princeton, Minn.; Carrie Moeger, of River
Falls; and Lauren Offner, of Hudson.
Top: John Ewald
Bottom: Natalia Haywood, of
St. Paul, is interviewed for the Senior Show video produced by John Ewald.