Banana Slug Share: Historical Glimpse into the Arts at UCSC from 1975-77: Student Film Documentary & Video Synth Experiment

Two Kresge alumni share rare video footage of UCSC back in 1975-1977 through their creative lens. The documentary film is a compilation of students’ final projects in dance, art, film, photography, theatre, performance art, and music, with voice overs from beloved professors. They also share a clip from over 45 years of Video Synth work, which they designed during their UCSC days. If you want to enjoy a creative glimpse of UCSC’s history and uniqueness, take this ride.

The presenters, Denise Gallant (Kresge, '76 and UCLA ’73, Film & English) and Rob Schafer (Kresge, '75, Communications, Media and Performance), collaborated on the documentary film and Video Synth during their UCSC years and beyond. Rob designed the Video Synth and Denise built it. Denise edited the video while working at NBC, LA.

 Denise started a small video company in Hollywood, where the synth was used in music videos and film special effects. Denise’s work in the video tech industry includes Chyron, CMX, XAOS Tools, SGI and Discreet Logic. She currently edits videos for the yearly NAMM TEC awards.

 Vectoring off from electronic music, Rob found his life's joy in analog video circuitry. Rob designed a musical, touch-sensitive, video colorizer for UCSC’s Lawrence Hall of Science. He worked for CBS News for 38 years, including international work with 60 Minutes and sound for Dan Rather's "AIDS Hits Home” special. After retiring, Rob returned full time to designing video circuitry; this time HD.

This alumni presentation is not endorsed or recommended by the University of California.  The University makes no warranty or representation of any kind as to the accuracy or validity of the information presented.  If you are in need of specific advice (for example, health, legal, financial), please seek a professional who is licensed and can provide you with individual advice.

Wednesday, April 21 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

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