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A head-and-shoulders illustrated portrait of Ceri Riley. She is smiling with her mouth closed, has light skin, and long light pink hair.

Dear July by Ceri Riley '16

A video experiment just for the heck of it

Hey friends! This post is a little unconventional and inspired completely by one of the YouTubers I watch regularly, Emily Diana Ruth. She creates an annual video series called “Letters to July,” sort of like a stylized/artistic/vlog-like diary in which she and her friends speak their current feelings to a personified July.

Because of my summer class (to be featured in a blog post tomorrow, immediately following our final presentations), I currently have fancy Adobe software on my computer like Illustrator and Premiere. So I decided to take advantage of the remaining time in my 30 day trial period to tinker around and make a couple videos for fun. This particular experiment is a product of 1) wanting to test the video capabilities of my replacement cell phone 2) inspiration to reflect on the month of July before I head home 3) vanity and 4) boredom/insomnia at two in the morning, which allowed me to record (still kind of subpar) audio in silence and do some quick editing.

Anyway, I promise there will be something of a little more substance tomorrow if this isn’t really your style of content. (Alternatively, if people like vlogs let it be known because I’m always looking for excuses to better my novice filmmaking skillz). I should probably also put in a shameless plug to join the ranks of the bloggers if you’re a current MIT student! Cool.