CoCo Reflection from Kyle Ryan:
This Week’s CoCo: Never Stop Learning
In the spirit of Never Stop Learning, I’ve decided to take us for a detour towards a completely different topic that many might not be familiar with: editing films. Now’s the time to offer up my services if anyone ever needs help troubleshooting Adobe Premiere Pro, or After Effects, feel free to holler! I think a lot of people have the perception that editing is simply the visual effects we see in most blockbuster movies nowadays. 99% of all films ever made were shot out of order, so after the writers, directors, actors, and camera crews have wrapped up filming, the order of images and impact a piece can have relies squarely on the editors.
One of the most important books I’ve read to wrap my head around this concept has been “In the Blink of an Eye” by Walter Murch. He’s worked on countless films, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation to name just two of the big ones. Most of the material is Murch recalling the decisions he made in the editing room working on films such as the two I mentioned, but he weaves in incredibly fascinating ways to learn or re-learn the true essence of “what does it mean to make a cut?” To boil it down to one idea so this all doesn’t turn into a book itself, a cut is changing from one image to the next. It could be the same shot but at a later time, or it could be a radically different image. Let’s practice something for a second. Look to your left, take in the scenery, now close your eyes and don’t open them until you face a different direction, now what do you see? Your eyes blinking and seeing a new image is the “definition” of a cut, as explained by Walter Murch. He even remarked that if you were to stand at the front of an audience watching a film, more often than not, their eyes blink in time with most of the cuts occurring on screen.
Similar to the blinking exercise, depending on what you ended up looking at, the varying differences in what we see are how we piece together what is happening in a film. The earliest demonstration of this is the Kuleshov Effect (named after the man who explored this idea), which treats images like hieroglyphics. In the famous example of this, we’re given a series of images: Person’s face- cut to- an apple- then cut back to- the same person’s face. Kuleshov asserted that most viewers would sum up the images as “the person in the images is looking at the apple and is hungry.” Once we start interjecting a different set of images in between, maybe images that are less subconsciously linked together than a face and an apple, we have the effect called juxtaposition. Here is where the audience gains control of the image, and what happens between the images is up to their interpretation.
Finally, I’ll leave you all my brief, personal guidelines to watching a movie in order to appreciate the overall edit (or even guide your own edit you might be working on): how long do the shots feel before a cut happens? What might be the intention behind cutting to this specific image? How does the previous image influence what I see now?
Thanks for sharing your reflections with us this round, Kyle!
CoCo Reflection from Claire Gorman:
Hello Stone Creek Coffee Geeks! My name is Claire Gorman, and I’ll be writing this quarter’s Core Commitment reflections! A little bit about me- I’m from small town Wisconsin and moved to Milwaukee four years ago to do two years of full-time service work at what is now called Kinship MKE, a local non-profit food center that provides food and resource connection to those in need. After my time there, I was hired at SCC as a Glendale barista, and I have been the Cafe Coach at Shorewood since January of this year. In my free time, I enjoy long bike rides to the lake, finding the best coffee shops and used bookstores on vacation, and singing classical music. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my reflections with you!
Next Week’s CoCo: Keep Your Commitments
After I accepted the barista position at SCC two years ago, I honestly was freaking out a little. Was I sure this is what I wanted to do next in life? I had just spent two intense years of my life working at a food pantry during a global pandemic, and although it was one of the best experiences of my life, I was mentally drained and knew that I couldn’t jump into a full-time corporate job right away. Although I felt pressured to do just that, I had a commitment to take care of myself and to listen to my own intuition…which was telling me to slow down and work part-time as a barista.
I’m so glad I kept my commitment to working here, despite my fears of the unknown. I was able to take time to nurture my relationships, hobbies, and take care of my mental health. I was welcomed into a coffee community of really incredible people, both coworkers and customers. As I continue to grow personally and professionally, I am more self-aware and am able to know both when to make and when to change commitments I have. After nearly a year of working here, I took the leap to becoming a Cafe Coach, which was another slightly terrifying commitment to make. I knew it would be challenging and come with some sacrifices, but it has been one of the most rewarding work experiences for me (shoutout to the Shorewood team for being such a welcoming, fun group to coach!). Not only have I grown professionally, the skills I’m gaining as a Cafe Coach have helped me be a better human being in my personal life as well!
My main “Keep Your Commitments” takeaway today: making commitments can be really daunting, but the more you try things out and commit to them, the more you learn and grow. You never know what you are capable of until you commit to something and put in the work!
- Never Stop Learning: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Bakery Team – The Bakery Team is FULL of Never Stop Learning Heroes! Josephine is remarkable at taking on new tasks and then finding ways to work that learning into other processes they own. They also use their intricate understanding of the Bakery to critically think about how others will be affected! Daniel takes on new roles with excitement. His fervor for learning helps him learn quickly and is always working to continually improve. Joshua is keen to ask insightful questions anytime taking on something new. He is also our newest Person-In-Charge over the weekends! Noel not only grasps new concepts quickly, but teaches others with a high level of care and fun! Last but not least, Kayla is always enthusiastic to take on new learning opportunities and will find joy in overcoming the challenges associated with new tasks.
- Keep Your Commitments: This Core Commitment Hero comes from the Factory Cafe Team – Brianna A & Margaret B! Brianna is a stellar example of Keeping Commitments. She is not only able to keep their own commitments in the cafe well, but she is an excellent communicator when it comes to commitments. Brianna does an amazing job of working ahead and planning daily and weekly commitments around the busy times in the cafe and is one of the Factory Team’s top rush crushers! I know the rest of the team would share in these sentiments. Thank You for all that you do for the team Brianna! And Margaret is an incredibly reliable team member, who always keeps their commitments. If they commit to doing a task or following up with a leader you can guarantee that they will do so. They are not afraid to speak up if they can’t keep their commitment, and they avoid taking on new tasks if they feel it will overcommit them. I would like to especially call out their strong closes and their stellar ability to balance between helping customers and cleaning the space.
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- Seasonal Health & Safety: As colder weather approaches, we enter into the cold & flu season amid the ongoing transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Create Remarkable Care through our actions and choices. At SCC, we know that caring for ourselves helps Take Care of Our Coworkers too! Read the Seasonal Health & Safety Guide for a few reminders, notes and tools to help us reduce the risk of illness and stay safe and healthy this winter. Check it out here.
- October 4th Professional Development Opportunity: We are thrilled to share our third SCC Professional Development workshop with our teams! On Wednesday, October 4th, all SCC team members are eligible to participate in Personal Finance and Budgeting Class. This class will be led by our Director of Finance, Garrett McGowan, who will walk through how to build your personal budget and other pro-tips for maintaining financial wellbeing. Part-Time and Full-Time team members are invited to attend and are eligible for Paid Professional Development Time to attend from 2-5pm in the Factory Meeting Room on Wednesday 10/4. Click here to sign up for our October Professional Development opportunity. See you there!
- October 21st MKE Barista League: The Barista League holds unique coffee competitions all over the world, and this fall they’re coming to Milwaukee! Interested team members can choose to compete (free – compete in pairs; competitors are limited so sign up early!), volunteer (eligible for paid volunteer time), or just attend the event (tickets available for purchase). While SCC is not formally involved in the event, we are a community of #CoffeeGeeks and wanted to share this info with you! For more info, as well as competitor applications, volunteer applications, and ticket pricing, check out their website.
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Something is Brewing in WFB: Hey there, coffee enthusiasts! Get ready for a caffeine-infused adventure as we gear up to Create Remarkable Care in the heart of Whitefish Bay at our Cafe & Kitchen, set to open its doors this November! We’re seeking a team of individuals who are eager to bring this beautiful Cafe to life! If you are interested in joining the Whitefish Bay opening team, either as a permanent transfer or a temporary transfer, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org! Further, if you have friends who may be interested in joining our team and training to transfer, we welcome you to invite them to apply via our website! Psssstttt! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary! Join the Whitefish Bay opening team!
Wins & Shout-outs:
- 9/25 – Noah Vincent
- 9/25 – Noah Culbreth
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- 10/3 – Emma Kropidlowski
- 10/3 – Hope Riesterer
- 10/3 – Andrew O’Neill
- 10/5 – Buddy Garczynski
- 10/8 – Hannah Wegner
- 10/8 – Jes Rutherford
- 10/9 – Josephine Bieker
- 10/12 – Andy Kubash
- 10/15 – Wesley East
- 10/16 – Kayla Peirick
- 10/16 – Stephanie Severiano
- 10/17 – River Cardwell
- 10/17 – Makayla Drutowski
- 10/18 – Chase Sullivan
- 10/19 – Madison Schroer
- 10/19 – Johnny Zei
- 10/21 – Alexis Westhoff
- 10/24 – Joey Mandarino
- 10/24 – Emily Schrock
- 10/25 – Dominique Whitney
- 10/26 – Emily Capp
- Brianna Arnold – 2 years!
- Madisen DeBord – 2 years!
- Selina Domenech – 5 years!
- Julia Frank – 1 year!
- Christopher Hoag – 6 years!
- Corina Lopez – 8 years!
- Jester McLaughlin Haralson – 1 year!
- Kensington Naze – 1 year!
- Tyler Retlich – 1 year!
- Madison Schroer – 1 year!
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