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Memory Book for The Senior Youth: Fortino ’17 with Uplift Williams Preparatory, Dallas TX

Making memories while trying to stay alive. 

For the majority of the 2021 high school graduates, it has been an extremely difficult and tiring time trying to make it through their final year of grade school. And to top it all off, it was done during the merciless Covid-19 pandemic. My old high school, Uplift Williams Preparatory, has done an amazing job trying to give these seniors the most normal high school experience they could have and I feel extremely lucky helping design their memory book, also known as, yearbook.

Playing with Digital Design

Learning to do digital art was one of the main reasons I chose to work with my old school and design the memory book theme.  Throughout this process, I have been using the app Sketchable on my computer to start practicing and eventually finalize the cover.

Workplace with no “place” 

Though my work for this co-op was online, I had the option of going to school physically. This was interesting since it would be my first time going back since graduating online back in April. I decided it was best not to however, because really what I was doing was creating and working creatively, and I think I needed a space where I would feel comfortable doing so. With all that, I chose to work from home which made the entire co-op experience slightly less social, but overall I feel like I was able to focus more on work.

Including socialization in other ways

Wishing I could socialize through my co-op job, I decided it was best to take this time to focus more on what I could get out of this co-op experience. It took me a while to realize that working from a distance did not mean that I could not have social interactions and still learn from others. Throughout these past few months I have gotten back in touch with old friends who worked with digital media and was able to get some tips from them. Not only that, but through this I was gifted the opportunity to get in contact with some old high school teachers which is always a breath of fresh air and a nice reminder of who some of your role models were.

Final cover…well almost.

Though we still have a bit to do before the memory book is final, here is a sliver of what I have learned to do with these past few weeks..
Overall, though my co-op has not been as extravagant and fascinating as others, I really learned a lot about myself and how I work through this experience. I had a really great time getting to dedicate time to work on my artistic skills overall and I am extremely grateful for the entire project.
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<p class="p1">Hello, my name is Frank Adam Fortino. I am in my fourth and final year at Antioch College, and on track to graduate with a Liberal Arts bachelor's degree in art focused in media studies. I have spent my college career thus far, as well as my past three co-ops studying the art that is film and video making; from its history to actually creating works myself.</p> <p class="p1">I have worked for filmmakers such as Rea Tajiri (Philadelphia) and Ken Burns (Walpole, New Hampshire) who have helped me gain better understandings of the documentary form, as well as story telling in general. I have travelled to far places (Andros Island in the Bahamas) with film equipment I had to sneak in my pants to carry it aboard an overweight plane.</p> <p class="p1">I have studied and worked with found footage, animation, and essayistic forms. I have researched the links between avant-garde and conventional filmmaking (comparing Maya Derren to Christopher Nolan and <i>Sherlock Jr.</i> to <i>Un Chien Andalou</i>) and have grown very fond of experimental tactics used to convey stories through film and video.</p> <p class="p1">To highlight my passion and excitement for film, I will be organizing and hosting a film festival called <i>30(ish) Frames Per Second: A Yellow Springs Film Festival</i> ( in June of 2017. For the festival, we will be celebrating works with essayistic qualities that deal with social justice issues in some capacity.</p> <p class="p1">Along with my ever-growing fascination for movies and media, I have a strong connection to the ideal of living off of the food I grow myself, in a home that is self-sustaining, and harmless to the environment. To realize this, for my final co-op I have travelled to West Ireland to glasraí farms to live and work with a family who has very similar ideals to my own. They are teaching my how to farm, and live sustainably, and in return, I use the skills they teach me on their farm. Along with immersing myself in a culture different from my own, I am learning skills that will follow me beyond the classroom, and into the way I want to live my life.</p>

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