Thursday, November 19, 2015

Video 1: Process Video

My Video/Process Video                                 

For this assignment you have two options:
1. You will show or explain to how to do, make, or create something interesting. This should be a process you are familiar with or an activity that engages you or for which you have a large amount of passion.
2. You will make a more abstract or arty video that emulates the passion derived from participating in an activity.

You can add narration or you can edit the shots to music (or both). Feel free to use the Haircut video and Auto Videos as  templates for this assignment.

Challenge: how can you make the process or activity interesting for an audience?


  • Video should be 1-2 minutes in length.
  • 15-25 shots total
  • All shots are focused, white balanced, and steady.
  • Camera angles are diverse and unique.
  • Video edits are made on movement and there is proper pacing.
  • B-Roll is both interesting and used effectively with audio.
  • Rule of thirds, proper headroom, and leading the subject used throughout video.
  • Audience can hear all music and any narration throughout video.
  • Narration is easy to hear.
  • Narration is effective and well written.
  • Video fades in and out.
  • Overall, the video is entertaining to watch.

Raw Footage is due at the beginning of the period on Tuesday December 8th. Tuesday the 1st and Thursday the 3rd are shooting shooting days if necessary. 
You may work with multiple classmates on this project, but everyone shoots and edits their own Process Video.
You can leave campus  on the first or third to record footage if your parents send me an email telling me it is OK.
You can use a cell phone or iPad to shoot this project.

Process Video Treatment
Please copy and past the text below and email the answers to me today. Please send email to

Please list your subject:  ___________________________
1. Why are you choosing this subject? Please answer this question in two-three detailed sentences.
2. Is this something you can shoot in class? If not, you need to shoot outside of class and turn it in next Thursday at the end of the period.
3. Who will help you with your video? Or will you do it all yourself?
4. What kind of music would compliment this activity?
5. Will you add narration listing instructions or explanations?
6. Finally, the video will be at least 15 shots. Please break your video down into separate shots and describe the first 15.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Video 2: Documentary

Documentary Assignment

Video 2 Reading: Please take notes

Your documentary project will consist of five separate parts.
1. Treatment
2. Intro/Body/Closing Summary
3. List of interview questions for each type of subject (do not create "yes" or "no" questions)
4. Recording B-Roll footage and interviews
5. Editing and Post Production

Documentary Treatment

Please answer the following questions in complete sentences. Email your responses to me.

1. What is your documentary subject?
2. Why did you choose this subject?  (two-three sentences)
3. What do you think your audience can learn from your documentary? Why would this be interesting for us to watch? Why will it be entertaining (two-three sentences)
4. What type of B-Roll will your video need (four to six examples)?
5. How will you make sure you can cover all sides of this subject? Who will you interview and where will you interview them? (two-three sentences)
6. What kind of music or sound will you use?

Intro/Body/Closing Summary

Write three to four sentences describing topic in great detail . Give crucial information and history as needed. Feel free to use documented statistics.
For example, if you are doing a piece on gas prices then find out how expensive gas has been over the last twenty years. Why the change? What are the factors etc? Do cars get more or less miles per gallon?

Next, list at least five specific examples of of B-Roll you will use. Provide dates, locations, and shot type of the footage.
Will you use any footage from sources other than your own camera? If so, what will they be?

Again, if you are doing Gas prices you might want to show people filling up at the gas station, a shot or two of gas price signs, people driving cars, and money exchanging hands etc.

Narrate or use text to move from one interview to the next. If you do your interviews well, the interviews will tell the story and your narration will be minimal.
For today’s assignment, pretend you have three different examples and interviews for your topic.
What will you cover in this section? What will the audience learn? Please list the people who have interviewed or will interview and also list the B-Roll that will play underneath those interviews.

What did you conclude from your documentary (using both sides of course)? You aren't trying to prove a point here as this is more of a recap of what we saw in the body of your documentary.
What should the audience know that ties all the information together? What is next for your subject or subjects?
Your closing narration should be at least three to four sentences.

First, read this section on interview techniques here. 
Finally, create a list of 20 questions you will ask five different people in your documentary.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Video 2: Suspense Movie Due Date

The Suspense movie is due at the beginning of the period on Thursday, November 5.

Video 1: Music Video Due Dates

Raw footage is due November 5th.
The edited video is due end of the period on Monday, November 16.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Music Video Assignment

Students will shoot a music video that is no shorter than 2:30 or longer than five minutes.
Music videos must have a concept, theme, or story (not 100% lip-syncing).
Students may work with two other people, but everyone must edit their own version of the video.

Students must turn in a one-page typed treatment. Most videos have an interesting concept such as a fake TV show, a backwards video, a dance video, a live performance video, or simply an interesting story. Your treatment should explain in detail your concept and how you plan to make this concept come to life.

Please email me the answers to the treatment questions below:
1. What is your story or concept in great detail? Don't forget big ideas, editing and shooting style etc. Your answer should be 4-5 sentences.
2. Who are you working with on this project (inside or outside of class)?
3. When will you shoot?
4. Do you need class time to shoot?
5. What song are you using? How long is the song?
6. What props or costumes will you use?

Videos must have one at least one eight-shot sequence.
Storyboards of the video are required.

Videos shots must use proper technique discussed in class: good headroom, proper white-balance, leading the subject, focus, and steadiness. Grading of these shots will be more difficult than the last project.

Students will have class time to shoot on October 29th and November 3rd. You will need permission from parents if you want to shoot off campus.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Video 1 Sequence Assignment Peer Editing

Peer Editing Observations:

1.  Did the editor avoid jump cuts and continuity errors?
2.  Do you think the pacing is too slow, just right, or too fast?  If you thought it was slow, what specifically needs cutting down?
3.  How is the camera composition?  Is it too shaky at times?  Is the frame filled?
4.  Are titles and credits in the video?
5. Does the video fade in and fade out?
6. Is this story interesting and entertaining?
7. Is there music? Are there sound effects for everything that should have sound?

8. Is the video at least three minutes long?

Exported sequence is due end of period October 15.