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Stuck in the Mud (Literally!) and Listening to Solange, 5 Minutes with Barrinton Baynes

Barrinton Baynes

1. Name, job title and location

Barrinton Baynes, Multimedia Project Manager, Gelardin New Media Center

2. What do you do – in 10 words?

I help people communicate their ideas and stories digitally.

3. Where are you from?

I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Clinton, MD which is in Southern Maryland. It was so rural back then, we used to go out to Miller Farms and pick berries, collard greens, and many other types of produce! I moved to Philadelphia for college and after graduating from Temple University I stayed to work at a production company in West Philadelphia. After that I began teaching special education courses at the middle and high school level. My production and teaching experience led me straight to Georgetown!

4. In your job you get to work with a lot of great people from different departments and schools on campus, do you have a favorite project that you were able to contribute to?

I think one of the highlights is a project I did with Sarah Johnson’s environmental geoscience course. I worked with Professor Johnson to create 360 video virtual tours of the Potomac where her students were testing water. Kayaking down the Potomac, they used Ricoh Theta 360 cameras to capture the content. It was a crazy trip to capture the video. At the end of filming, we were caught in a windstorm and couldn’t paddle back. We tried to paddle to the edge of the shore to get out of our boats but we sank in the mud and many of us got covered and some of the students even lost their shoes!

Once we got back though they were able to put the video to good use. Using virtual reality technology, the class was able to share this experience of boating down the river with the members of the Best Buddies program here at Georgetown, allowing them to feel like they were there. It was incredibly rewarding.

5. Have you been working on any of your own projects outside of Georgetown? What kinds of creative things do you like to do on the side?

I have been! I recently did a promo video for a company that has developed a system to deliver medicine with drones. Currently they are working with a hospital in West Virginia to speed up delivery times as the hospital is separated from the residents by a mountain. They hope to expand this pilot to see how drones could be used to help bring medicine and medical equipment to disaster areas.

In the complete opposite direction, I have also been working with a local stand-up comedian. I have been helping her strip the audio from videos of live stand-up shows so she can create audio CD’s to sell.  

6. What are you reading (or watching or playing or listening to) right now?

I’m currently watching a couple of things. I was a big Breaking Bad fan so I have been watching Better Call Saul, I just started season 2. It’s better than I thought it would be! I thought it would be more of a spoof but it explores some of the darker themes from Breaking Bad. I am also really enjoying the new season of Fargo!

Currently I am reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I like it a lot so far and am looking forward to reading more.

As for listening, I’m currently listening to guitarists Wes Montgomery and Jaco Pastorius and of course Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table. I can listen to the first track, Rise over and over again. The vibe of album reminds me so much of Aaliyah, I think if she was still around she would be making music a little like this.

7. What is the best thing to happen to you this week?

We went to the circus! My wife and I took our son and 2 nephews to see the last go around of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. My nephews loved all of it but I think my son was really just there for the cotton candy!

8. What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the Koi pond, it is so peaceful.

9. So many of us at the Library have met your amazing son! What is your favorite thing to do together?

We love fishing together! He can just fish and fish and fish until we run out of worms – and then some! He just enjoys being out on the water. We live in Southern Maryland and will fish out at Piscataway Park or sometimes will even just walk through the woods behind our house right down to the water with our gear.

10. Last but not least, if you didn’t work in libraries what do you think you would be doing today?

I think I would probably be an entertainment lawyer. As a creator I have always been interested in issues related to control of production and how artists can retain the rights to their own work and I think it would be rewarding to help them do just that.