Growing up in Fairfield, Ohio, you may think there's not a whole lot to do, but for Sarah James, Fairfield provided an array of creative outlets. She grew up on stage, performing in church plays throughout childhood, and becoming a prominent member of her school's show choirs and drama clubs from seventh grade to senior year. And although Sarah loved the stage, her heart was always drawn to the production side of telling stories, made evident by the fact of her persuading her younger sister and cousin into making home parody videos throughout childhood. She took this one step further in high school, and was given the opportunity to write and direct her own one act play, an experience that cemented her love of storytelling. After graduating from high school, Sarah took her performance experience and used it to fuel her creative endeavors.
Sarah is currently a senior studying Telecommunications and Creative Writing while also being an Honors student at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is an active member and leader of the podcast and community teams at Byte, a student run media organization covering entertainment, tech, and culture news. One day, Sarah hopes to use her love of storytelling and skills as an editor to create content utilized on social media..
When not writing or working on videos, Sarah loves watching YouTube videos (primarily makeup tutorials, Last Week Tonight, Rooster Teeth animations, and The Game Theorists), writing spoken word poetry, and listening to alternative music.
To contact Sarah, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
'Ant Man and the wasp' reminds everyone that it exists | Checkpoint
Credits: Host, Writer
Pop Tabs Video Podcast
Pop Tabs is a Byte produced video podcast, keeping tabs on all your pop culture news.
Credits: Guest, Co-producer, Graphic Designer
Credits: Co-producer, Co-editor, Graphic Designer
Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast Coverage
Every year on Halloween, Ball State University hosts a shadowcast performance of the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. This video showcases the cast in rehearsal, and let's everyone know how to do the Time Warp. After all, it's just a jump to the left...
Credits: Director, Videographer [additional shots provided by Michael Robb], Editor
Indy Scream Park Coverage
Indy Scream Park, located in Anderson, is one of Indiana's most popular haunted attractions. See what goes into creating this massive event, from what the scare actors go through, to how the monsters get made. Can you survive?
Credits: Videographer [additional shots provided by Michael Robb], Editor
"Remixed: Music Reports, Reviews, and Remarks" is a Byte original podcast created and originally hosted by Sarah James. Remixed takes a look at the past week of new music, music videos, tour announcements, and award shows. Remixed has become a staple podcast at Byte, looking at a variety of genres and artists and diving into our personal music tastes.
Credits: Producer, Original Host, Editor
The Fantastically Mundane
Fantastically Mundane is a Byte original and entirely student produced radio drama. Through writing, audio editing, and voice acting we tell the tale of Aisling University of Arcane Studies’ four most awkward misfits and their adventures in magic, demons, and social anxiety.
Credits: Head Writer, editor, member of marketing team
Walks - a Short Film
A college-aged girl reaches the breaking point of an emotionally abusive relationship, and decides that she needs to get out. Featured at the 2017 Frog Baby Film Festival at Ball State University.
Credits: Writer, Director of Photography, Foley artist
19th Annual Fairfield Crystal Classic: Show Choir Competition Recap
Crystal Classic is a show choir competition held at Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ohio. This competition attracts show choirs across the nation, and in 2017, the event hosted 35 choirs. 2017 was also the 50th anniversary of the host group, the Fairfield Choraliers. This video captures the event and was shown and the end of the day before final awards were presented.
Credits: Producer, Director of Photography, Editor
As a member of the Graphics team for Byte and the Design team for the fourth issue of the Digital Literature Review, Sarah has had the opportunity to produce a variety of graphics, primarily to be used on social media.
HeavyDirtySoul Music Video Makeup Tutorial
This look, inspired by the music video for "HeavyDirySoul" by Twenty Øne Piløts, combines body painting, beauty makeup, and special effects makeup, and pays tribute to the end of the Blurryface Era.
Credits: Producer, Makeup Artist, Editor
Unmasked: The Stigma of Meth Documentary. Found HERE
Indiana leads the nation in number of meth lab busts, and Delaware County leads the state. In an attempt to uncover the world of meth use in Muncie, Indiana, a group of 27 students created a multimedia project, spanning a documentary, a magazine, and a website. Throughout this project, students interviewed community members, legislators, and former meth addicts, in order to shed light on this problem. More information found at www.stigmaunmasked.com
Credits: Assistant Director
Awards: First Place in Student Television Documentary or Public Affairs at the Indiana SPJ contest
Blurryface Makeup Tutorial
Inspired by the 2015 album Blurryface by Twenty Øne Piløts, and in preparation for their 2016 summer tour, these three looks showcase various aspects of the band, and are perfect for a TØP concert
Credits: Producer, Makeup Artist, Editor
Car Radio - A Fan Made Music Video
This video, set to the song "Car Radio" by Twenty Øne Piløts, features a choreographed dance routine showcasing the story of a girl combatting the personification of her internal struggles
Credits: Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Choreographer, Editor
Monster Clash - A Mockumentary
Four video production students get the opportunity to document the meeting of an underground group of monsters. However, their experience with the array of misfits does not go as planned.
Credits: Director of Photography, Co-Writer, Makeup Artist
Sarah has always enjoyed telling stories, and has looked to tell stories in a multitude of ways. From writing a radio drama, to a short film, to works of fiction, Sarah is always looking for new ways to tell fun and inventive stories.
Walks in the Rain - short film
Fantastically Mundane - radio drama
The Day the Scouts Came - short story
Sarah likes to write on a variety of topics in her features, but she specifically enjoys focusing on Internet trends, the generation that grew up with the Internet, and trying to answer big questions about why we react in certain ways.
Sarah has covered many different forms of media in her reviews, from television shows, to music, to feature films. She even had the opportunity to attend the Heartland Film festival in October of 2017, and wrote a couple reviews about the short films featured at the event.