MML's Commentaries is home to in-depth media analysis essays and discussions. The channel's roots can be traced back to 2010, but the media analysis focus began in 2015. All videos are fully scripted, narrated, produced, and published independently.
Some topics which the channel has tackled:
OBJECTIVITY DOESN'T EXIST - A meditation on the term "objectivity" in journalistic and academic writing, and whether it even exists.
A VIDEO ABOUT EIGHTH GRADE - A video about 2018 film "Eighth Grade" by Bo Burnham that quickly devolves into a documentation of personal insecurity and discussion of transparency and honesty online.
THOMAS & FRIENDS, AS A VIDEO EDITOR - A retrospective on classic children's show Thomas & Friends through a video production lens, discussing how the world of film and television production changed after the advent of digital video.
A LOVE LETTER TO THE BON APPÉTIT TEST KITCHEN - A tribute to the YouTube presence of food magazine Bon Appétit, created less than two weeks before a number of staff spoke up about racial disparity within the organization, which was addressed in a follow-up video that got over 10 thousand views in its first week.
EMINEM, HOMOPHOBIA, AND MISOGYNY - An analysis of the discography of popular hip-hop artist Eminem with the goal of understanding the justification (or lack thereof) for his more abrasive and offensive content.
MONOPOLY IS BROKEN, AND THAT'S OKAY - A look at how Monopoly wasn't built to be fair to all players, and why its creator designed the game to be so easily exploitable.
Assorted Video Works
An internal video-turned-ad for current employer The Inception Company, telling the story of how the 80-person company grew stronger and more unified through being forced to change roles, accomodate new challenges, and adapt to an ever-changing climate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a mix of employee-submitted videos, recordings over Zoom, and archived company "town hall" meetings over their Pando virtual meeting platform.
An hour-long awards presentation honoring the incredible organizing and charity work done by rare disease patients and their families to bring awareness to conditions like ASMD, IOPD, and MPS I. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditionally-in-person program was transformed into a fully digital presentation comprising of over a dozen video packages. I served as lead editor on the project which received universal acclaim from viewers both within and outside of Sanofi.
A photo montage for Sanofi's Consumer Healthcare Department, showcasing the positive go-getter attitude of the department when facing the COVID-19 pandemic and a new work-from-home life. Originally intended as an internal-only, uplifting video for the CHC team, the piece was so well-received that it was shared externally and posted on social media platforms by the head of the department.
Station tag for Ithaca College's television station (ICTV), built entirely using Apple Motion 5. This clip plays at the start and end of every single night of ICTV air, starting in Fall 2018. This was my final contribution to the station after serving as Director of Web Development and editing a number of ICTV programs. Other contributions to ICTV can be seen in the ICTV section of this page.
A video for Sanofi Genzyme featuring Rare Disease head Gianluca Pirozzi discussing the goals of his department. Short videos like this are standard for the studio, cut in a day with minor changes and closed captioning afterwards. Because most projects at Sanofi Multimedia Studios are internal, a substantial portion of my work cannot be shown publicly on this site.
An editorial video written and voiced by YouTube user OneHandClap which discusses the United States single-payer healthcare debate and argues in favor of Sanders' Medicare for All proposal. I edited the visuals for the entire project. The edit was originally commissioned in late 2018 but release was postponed to July 2019 for reasons personal to the creator.
A sizzle reel and ad for the Gummybear International brand. The ad covers the history of popular meme and internet kids icon Gummibär, perhaps best known for his namesake 2007 song and music video. As part of my position at Radikal / OK!Good / Gummybear, I had a role in the production and publication of hundreds of videos for the Gummibär brand in early 2019.
An April Fool's joke for the Gummibär YouTube channel promoting a fake world tour, edited in less than a day. The footage from this video, filmed before my time at Radikal / OK!Good / Gummybear, would later be used in a music video I also edited in full, but I view this as the tighter edit.
A video by YouTube user OneHandClap which discusses the potential merits of Democratic Socialism. Served as head visual editor on the piece, which was shared and endorsed by Luke Savage and a few other progressive icons on social media.
Audio visualizer for Manual Riva's "What Mama Said", released through Radikal Records. Most of these visualizers were composed in After Effects, but on rarer occasions Apple Motion 5 is used instead.
Ithaca College Television (ICTV)
Back as a college student, I spent most of my time practically living in the Park School of Communications' basement working on a variety of programs and projects for the college's award-winning television station, ICTV; including but not limited to:
A news satire program that I worked on as editor, writer, and graphic designer
An improv comedy show akin that I co-created and produced
A monthly news magazine show that I edited and occasionally reported for
A film discussion and analysis show that I edited and assisted with production
A music news and culture show that I edited and occasionally appeared in
A one-hour April Fool's joke utilizing the Park School's rooftop camera
A new station tag that plays at the start and end of ICTV air, designed and created independently as my final gift to the station
I also served as Student Director of Web Development, updating and maintaining the ICTV Website, building plans for the now-launched site redesign, and writing a comprehensive 19-page document detailing the ins and outs of the job.