Author: Andy Earl

Shooting at 11,000 feet

UVU student/photographer/cinematographer Parker Alec Cross’s eyes look a little red as he stares at his computer screen.  His room looks as if a camera bag has vomited its contents across the floor. A disheveled Parker sits atop his twin-sized bed in the corner with laptop in hand. This is his position for several days when it comes time to release his project: Wasatch Mountain Podcast, now in its third season. The podcast follows skiers and snowboarders on their exploits through the uniquely accessible Wasatch Mountains. The project has been featured in the Apple Store nationwide, has received over 135,000 downloads on Vimeo, and has 320,000 downloads on iTunes. “I guess the biggest reason why I chose new media is because there is so much potential in it,” said Cross. “My Digital Media major at UVU is intensely focused on new media distribution and has a really good infrastructure for learning how to do it effectively, so I just ran with it. I feel like I am ahead of the pack in a lot of ways.” With the podcast’s growing popularity, Cross is now garnering the attention of professional photographers and riders. This new season’s project will follow a group of riders to the twenty-two summits in the Wasatch Range over 11,000 feet. “Shooting broadcast-quality HD video in the backcountry isn’t a cake-walk, if you think about how much equipment...

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Witness to Revolutions’ Documentary and discussion

Political chaos, competing warlords and revolution were China’s turbulent political landscape during the 1930s. Helen Foster Snow, a Utah native, came to call China home during that time, and she played an important role in documenting the birth of modern China as she grew to become a writer, activist and humanitarian. The documentary Helen Foster Snow: Witness to Revolution chronicles her life and accomplishments and was shown on campus as part of the International Center’s Global Spotlight: China. One of the film’s directors, Eric Hyer, a professor of political science at BYU, came to present the documentary and conduct a discussion. The film documents Snow’s life. After deciding to live abroad, Snow took a job in China. She soon became sympathetic to the student movement and became a foreign correspondent for many large news entities. Her work documented the struggling Communist party’s battle with the Nationalist party. “Helen and the students, that’s what it was all about,” Hyer said. “Her family contacted BYU and me about donating all of her materials, writings and photographs. I attended her memorial service in China in 1997. That’s what motivated me to try to do something with what we had. I thought, let’s do a movie. I knew nothing about doing movies.” Much of the film was shot on location in China. Hyer and the project were met amicably as they interviewed many...

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Bicycle Commuting

Gas prices, traffic, obesity, and parking problems are some of the things that Luke Stevenson doesn’t have to deal with. Why? Because he commutes by bicycle. Other colleges and universities have made pushes to green up their campuses by getting their students on bikes.

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