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For the past eight years Jones Media Center has shown appreciation for its graduating student assistants with a send-off poster expressing its thanks. Or, as this year’s poster exclaims—Superthanks!

2018 "Project Thanks" Poster

The 2018 “Project Thanks” poster embodies a superhero theme, with each of the graduating JMC students posing as a well known superpower. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Superman. Black Panther. Wonder Woman. Captain America. Of course the students aren’t really clinging to the side of a building or flying through the air, as they are depicted in the actual poster. Instead, the special effects were all created thanks to JMC’s green screen technology and other super software that brings media magic to upstairs Baker-Berry.

Jones Media Center "Project Thanks" poster - Class of 2014
"Project Thanks" - Class of 2016

While the poster is a fun way to say thank you to JMC’s graduating student employees, it also serves as a valuable teaching project for the media center's student tech assistants. To create the final product not only requires experience using green screen effects, it also hones skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and graphic design. In addition, this year’s poster advertises the thriving equipment loan program at JMC, given that the student superheroes are wielding a boom pole, reflector, shotgun mic, tripod, LumeCube, or other piece of media production technology. Just imagine if Superman brought along a Canon 6D DSLR camera when he came to save the day!


Rachel Hand '18 as Iron (Wo)man

"It was fun posing like Iron Man and seeing our equipment being put to use,” says Rachel Hand '18, a senior who has worked at Jones as a student assistant since her sophomore summer. To mimic the Marvel Comics character's iconic stance, Rachel posed in JMC’s Innovation Studio, kneeling on a green backdrop. Her character was then “cut out” in post-production using chroma key compositing, and arranged on the poster’s colorful background.


Jun Ho Lee '18 in his Spidey stance








Senior Jun Ho Lee '18 opted to portray Spider-Man in the poster. “It wasn’t an easy pose to hold, even on the floor,” Jun Ho admitted with a smile. "It definitely felt like a week’s worth of workouts.”


Jack Anderson '18 in "flying" pose

Be sure to stop by Jones Media Center to see the super poster in super size, displayed directly behind the media services desk. And don’t forget to check out (literally) a piece of equipment to make your own media magic.






Bond goes legally blonde.

Introducing the promotional poster series Mix and Match at Jones Media Center.

The Mix and Match posters are the latest in a series of digital media projects developed by Jones student tech assistants, intern, and staff to help promote Media Center resources and services, in this case its extensive video collection of over 17,000 DVDs.


Swan-WalterIn the process of creating these promotions, student techs develop graphic design skills and get to explore different digital media applications. During the production phase, they hone specific skills; e.g., the use of layer masks and brushes in Photoshop and text animation in Adobe After Effects.





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Past and current projects include an iconic movie posters series; movie trailers to promote new movie arrivals, produced in Final Cut Pro; a senior poster in ligne claire comic style, traced from photographs using Adobe Illustrator; and Halloween posters    featuring Jones student employees.


Screen_Shot_2014-09-26_at_5.33.39_PMFor this most recent promotion, Jones student techs, intern and staff worked as a team to develop a Photoshop poster template that would effectively convey the Mix and Match concept through the use of hybrid characters. The message is simple and executed in a visually engaging manner. Familiar movie characters from a variety of genres are juxtaposed to create quirky graphics.




FrankUnderwoodcoloradjustFor easy reference, movie titles and DVD numbers are listed on each poster. To date, student tech assistants and the Jones intern have produced over a dozen Mix and Match posters, showcasing some of their favorite flicks. The Jones Media Center video collection campaign extends across campus. An animated Mix and Match version is showing on digital screens throughout the Dartmouth Libraries.




Up_JawLibrary patrons can search the Jones Media Center video collection using the Dartmouth College Library catalog. Digital media applications used in the production of Jones promotional projects, including Adobe Creative Suite CS6 and Final Cut Pro X, are installed on Jones Media Center computers. Anyone is welcome to check out an editing station at the Media Services desk to work on a media project. Student tech assistants are available during evening and weekend hours and happy to help with questions.



Devil wearing ChaplinThe Mix and Match posters are currently on display at Jones. Visitors to the Media Center will be greeted by a band of oddly incongruous characters inhabiting the glass panels adjacent to the main entrance. Be sure to stop by and take a moment to be confused and amused as Edna dons a mean girls skirt, the devil wears Chaplin, and 007 takes Bruiser for a stroll.