Thursday, May 21, 2015

150 Shot Assignment

150 Shot Assignment

Your assignment is to create a 3-4 minute sequence of a continuous event with at least 150 shots. The shots all must relate to one another but your scene does not necessarily have to be an "action" scene.
Your scene should be FILLED with insert shots and cutaways, but you will also need to have a long shot every four or five shots to make sure the audience can follow the action.
Raiders of the Lost Ark did a great job of showcasing this technique.

Today you will get into groups of 3-4 of your own choosing. You will plan your scene beginning with a one-page outline that is due today. Please send me a treatment that lists your story from beginning to end. Please include characters and locations. This treatment should be a detailed 3-5 sentences long.

You may start this project as soon as you wish. You will have class time to shoot starting next Thursday.

You will all shoot master shots which are shots that last the length of the shoot. You will then shoot insert shots and cutaways from multiple angles. I want this to be the most professional looking video you have ever made.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Storyboard.
  • Write script
  • Get creative. Move the camera and edit on action.
  • Never let the audience lose track of the main objective or goal in the scene.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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.
  • 20-25 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 end of the period next Thursday, May 7. Tuesday the 5th and Thursday the 7th are shooting shooting days. 
You may work with multiple classmates on this project, but everyone shoots and edits their own Process Video.
You can leave campus next Tuesday or Thursday 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?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WHSFF Entry Form

You must export your video/animation first. Then you fill out the entry form and upload your video to the film festival web site.

Three-Minute Movie Self Assessment

Three-Minute Movie Assessment
Each student answers all of these questions in complete and detailed sentences.

  • ·    Please list your group members.
  • ·    Please grade your final project from a group perspective. Consider composition, editing, music, sound effects, titles, and entertainment value. What does your group deserve?
  • ·    Please grade your own individual effort on this project. What do you deserve and why? What could you have done differently to help your group?
  • ·    Please let me know if there were any issues with your group. Were there students who didnt did their fair share? Were there students who did extra work?
  • ·    Team work is an essential part of Video Production. Sometimes you cannot pick your team.What could Mr. Mitchell do to help make group work more productive in the future?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Exporting Videos From Premier Pro

Exporting From Adobe Premiere Pro
These are the settings to export HD Quality Video


Preset=HD 1080p 29.97
Name your file in the Output Name. 

Make sure you look where you are saving the file. 

Click Export
Find your project in the area you saved it on the computer.
Next, drop your video in the Vidstore Server. Don't forget to use the Naming Convention: 2-mitchellt-Sequence.

Connect to server    
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
SC Video classes
Place in Period 1 or 2

Music Video Peer Edit Instructions

Each person will need a piece of paper.
You will write your name on the paper at the top. You will write the editor's name above the questions.

Peer Editing Questions for Music Video:
 Please answer the following questions using complete sentences:

1.  How is the pacing?  Slow? Fast?  What could improve? What would help make the video more entertaining?
2.  Are the shots steady or do some shots need work?  Be specific.
3. How many jump cuts (if any) does the video have?  All jump cuts will need to be re-edited or even re-shot.
4.  Is the video edited on subject or camera movement?
5.  Do the edits go to the beat of the song? 
6.  Is the story or concept easy to follow? Why or why not?
7. If there is lip syncing does the lip syncing match the words? If not, where does the editor need to make changes?

8.  Overall what would you suggest to make this video better?  Please list three detailed items.

When you are finished please conference with your partner. Turn in the Peer Edit sheets after the conference.

Monday, April 13, 2015

How to turn in your Three-Minute Movie

First, make sure your video has music, credits, sound effects, fade in/out, and is in between 2:30 and 3:00 long.
Next, upload to YouTube. Please add keywords "Shorecrest High School", "Mr. Mitchell", and "Video Production".
Next, click here to enter your video with the Seattle Times. You will need to YouTube URL.
Next, email me the YouTube URL so I can watch these projects tonight.
Entries must be completely turned in by 4:00 PM today. Projects not turned in by 4:00 will not be graded.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Students will shoot a music video that is no longer than five minutes.
Music videos must have a concept,theme, or story (not 100% lip-syncing).
Students may work with one other person, 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. Your treatment should answer the follwing questions:
1. What is your story or concept in great detail? Don't forget costumes, 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?

Please email me your responses. Please include music video in the subject line.

Videos must have one at least one eight-shot sequence.
Storyboards of the sequence will be 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.

3/26 Prep work. You can check out a camera on 3/26.
3/31 Recording day.
4/2 Recording day. 
4/7 All footage due.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Period 1 next project: Seattle Times 3 Minute Movie Contest

Click here for details.
Click here to watch previous winner.