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My name is Alexander Garcia

I am a technical storyteller

“Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.”
― Laurie Anderson



I have the desire and drive to communicate a story in order to give someone an experience that they haven't had yet and I hope to utilize my skills with technology to do so.

Feel free to click through this site to see what I am all about and what I can do for you and send me a message on the contact me page.

Experience

Four recent parts of my life that have defined who I am.

Fantasy

Film

Web Development

Game Development

Fantasy


I have spent many hours of my time conceiving and writing small works of fiction. I’ve done things from researching the positions of the planets in the future for a science fiction piece to writing a story through a series of letters between a man and his wife to drawing a map and creating places named “The ruined keep and the Oblivion Portal.”


Over the years I have picked up bits and pieces of how to write well. I’ve taken courses that explain why stories like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or Isaac Asimov’s Foundation are influential in our society. I’ve gathered all of this and then I think of what I want to write and what I want to read. In creating something that fascinates me I hope to also captivate others.

Web Development


The technical side to “technical storyteller” most comes out in work that I did recently for the charity organization Good News Outreach. I worked in a small team of four members to redesign their website. Over the course of the project I researched webhosting options, designed several layouts for our sponsor to select, attended meetings with our client to show our progress, and wrote several technical documents such as the scope assessment and the risk management report.


By the time that my team was finished with the project we had migrated the webhost to a better alternative with more features and usability for half the price of the previous webhost, completely changed the website layout to be more welcoming, and instructed our sponsor on how to edit the website for future events.

Videogame Development


A skill that I’m proud to say I’ve learned on my own. I took a programming course to learn the basics of computer language and then I applied my knowledge and searched for tutorials on YouTube to figure out how to make a game. The work was hard and my knowledge of programming was by no means expansive but after a couple months of trial and error I managed to make a 2D game where a little man moves around and shoots some fireballs that collide with terrain and spew particles.


I went on from that first project into learning how the unity engine worked. I completed several more tutorials on there in both 2D and 3D. In working with these projects I’ve tried my hand at drawing sprite sheets and creating models in blender. Overall I’ve nurtured my skills as a programmer and I grew to love coding games.

Film


My first experiences with storytelling were through film. My first project was a series of photographs of a paper airplane and a trashcan, a very simple protagonist and antagonist. Over the next year, I’ve worked in several different teams producing clips from thirty second teasers to recreated scenes of famous films. The most important project was one that took a year to make. Our group named the short “Phase One” and I was the chief editor for the film. Because of equipment limitations there was only so much time that I could work with the editing software during normal hours. I’ve spent an additional 40 or more hours before and after normal work times in order to change the film to be exactly how I wanted it.


At the end of that project our film was shown in an auditorium with a few hundred people watching. That viewing and their reactions to the film were one of the best experiences in my life. Since then I’ve gone on to make several other projects including one promotional film for a client that I worked with. Through film I’ve learned how to communicate visually and my experiences with this media I have taken and applied to my other works.

Portfolio

Technology Projects

Film Projects

Fiction Writing and Works

Other Projects

Education


I am a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. I recieved my Bachelor of Science degree for Information, Communication, Technology in April of 2016. I graduated with a GPA of 3.74 overall. While I mainly took courses in my field I also took several courses in film and a couple in literature studies. I wanted to take courses that not only were practical but also some that helped me grow as a person. Below is the full list of classes that I took. If you are interested in further information or even work samples from some of these classes feel free to send me an email in the 'contact me' section.


First Year (2013-2014)

  • Computer Competancy
  • Technologies for Information Professionals
  • Web Design
  • Film and Humanities
  • German Cinema
  • Religion and Fantasy
  • Astronomy
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Second Year (2014-2015)

  • Information Science
  • Database Concepts
  • User Experience Design
  • Problem Solving with Object Oriented Programming
  • New Communication Technologies and Contemporary Society
  • Research and Data Analysis
  • Technical Writting
  • Media Techniques
  • Intro to Mass Media
  • Speech

Final Year (2015-2016)

  • Information Technology Project
  • Mobile Application Design
  • Perspectives on IT
  • Postmodern Cinema
  • Philosophy Through Film
  • Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fate and the Problem of Evil
  • Media Culture and the Environment

Contact Me


Feel free to send me an email with any questions or comments.

My email is: amg13g@my.fsu.edu

I will respond to most inqueries as soon as I can.

Credits


I'ld like to give some small thanks to all of my friends and collegues who have helped me construct this site through their feedback and support. Thank you all for your help.


This website has many beautiful pictures on it and most of them are not my own work. To give thanks to all of the authors of these fine works I have linked each of their portfolio pages below.

Alexas Fotos, Anika, Aotaro, Artsy Bee, Bng Designs, Cocoparisienne, ColiN00B, Currens, Dariusz Sankowski, Devanath, Donald Tong, Ed Key with David Kanaga, Eric May, Estudio Web Doce, Ishtaure Dawn, Jarmoluk, JD Hancock, Jelly, Joel Goldstein, Joshua Willson, Leo Hidalgo, Miapowterr, Neojako, Nick Kenrick, Peggy Marco, Photographer No.9, Public Domain Pictures, Quattrostagoni, Skeeze, Stock Snap, Tappancs, Tuncay, and Unsplash.


All of the images used are under a creative commons by attribution license or are part of the public domain. For a document containing a list of the links to actual pictures that I used (and thus their respective licensing information) you can download this file.

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