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. After graduating from high school, Sarah took her performance experience and used it to fuel her creative endeavors.
Sarah graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she studied Telecommunications and Creative Writing while also being an Honors student. While in school she was an active member and leader of the podcast and community teams at Byte, a student run media organization covering entertainment, tech, and pop culture news. She also has her own YouTube channel where she specializes in beauty and special effects makeup.
Currently, Sarah works at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, where she’s a part of the Communications and Marketing team as the Multimedia Specialist and Social Media Manager. At ONU, she combines her proficiency in video storytelling and fascination with social media in telling the compelling stories of the students and faculty at Ohio Northern.
When not writing or working on videos, Sarah loves watching YouTube videos (primarily makeup tutorials, Last Week Tonight, and Rooster Teeth), writing spoken word poetry, crafting, and listening to alternative music.
To contact Sarah, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A recap capturing three different commencement ceremonies. Congratulations class of 2019!
Credits: Videographer, Editor
Founders Day 2019
Every year, the ONU community comes together to support the education of future polar bears. This year, we honored Theodore Presser, composer and namesake for the music building, as the honorary founder of Ohio Northern University.
Credits: Videographer, Motion Graphic Designer, Editor
In Their Own Words: Women in Engineering
Credits: Videographer, Editor, Graphic Designer
ONU Christmas Card 2018
Credits: Producer, Editor
ONU Homecoming 2018
Credits: Videographer, editor
Catering and Group events Promo for Kings Island
Credits: Writer, Editor, Graphic Designer
'Cash Coaster' at Kings Island
Credits: Camera Operator, Editor
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
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
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
“Just the Facts” - a motion graphic representation of the ONU 17-18 fact book
As a member of the Graphics team for Byte and the Design team for the fourth issue of the Digital Literature Review, Sarah grew her skills in graphic design, especially in motion graphics. This prepared her for her job as Multimedia Specialist at Ohio Northern University.
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
Working for a student journalism organization forced Sarah to try her hand at news writing, and in the process, she discovered something new and grew her skills as a writer.
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.