Taylor Harris: Resident Reflections, Summer 2015
Taylor Harris joined the People's Liberty team this summer fresh from earning her masters degree in film/electronic media at NKU. Taylor really helped elevate the PL storytelling game, by documenting and archiving footage on a daily basis. Here's what Taylor had to say about her residency experience.
What did you accomplish during your residency that you're most proud of?
During my summer residency with People’s Liberty, I learned more about film aesthetics, editing, photography, writing, event planning, marketing and project organization. This may seem drastic, but this residency has helped me in so many ways, both professionally and personally. However, since I have to choose just one thing that I am most proud of accomplishing, I'll say that I am very proud of the progress that I made in Adobe After Effects. I entered this residency knowing very little about this platform and I will leave knowing how to animate objects, how to create several effects that I previously did not understand, and how to manipulate text and images in various ways. My time as a resident forced me to go out and create. I am very thankful for the push.
Did you make any connections or form any relationships during your term that you plan to carry forward?
Early on, I was introduced to local production company, 779, and that connection is one that I believe I may never have accomplished without People’s Liberty. Throughout my residency term, we met with several interesting organizations that support worthy causes, like No-Li, a community development center in Lexington, Kentucky, among others. People’s Liberty also provided me knowledge of the city that I would have never sought individually. I feel as though this experience has not only opened me up to all that Cincinnati has to offer, but it has also opened me to all of the possibilities that exist within myself to make this place even greater.
Although I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky, I feel a new connection to Cincinnati. Additionally, I feel connected to the staff and the other residents. This summer, while difficult at times has proven to be one of the best I’ve experienced in terms or growth and learning as it relates to my career and personal development.
What's next for you?
This fall, I will be working at Northern Kentucky University as an adjunct professor. However, my ultimate goal is to own my own production company. Working at People’s Liberty has been a great experience that has definitely helped me grow my confidence. The skills that People’s Liberty has helped me establish will aid me for the rest of my life and for that I am truly grateful.