Thursday, December 18, 2014

Self Portrait Assignment

Self Portrait Assignment

The Art of Constructing a Self-Portrait
A self-portrait comes from within. Injecting 'those we love' into the portrait steers one away from the harder task to trying to reveal self without adornment.
If you eat, sleep, and live for speed then your self-portrait should reflect motion and movement as one of its cornerstones.
If you are a reflective type, then reflections and patterns and their intersections should occupy a primary space.
If overall you feel more flawed then whole, then you wouldn't want to go about photographing the most pristine parts of yourself; you would want, instead, to capture your essence in a manner that describes and defines you without complaining. I say that because the essence of self-discovery requires you to be a benign observer of self so as not to hone in too closely on this or that part.
A sense of 'wholeness' is difficult to capture at best. Indeed, wholeness is almost impossible for some people to even understand -- let alone capture in themselves -- because their persons and their lives are so fragmented, so disorganized in general.
But that is what self-portraiture is all about, capturing the whole -- the whole of who you are as a person.
Try to be unforgiving in a benign and neutral way. Study yourself in the mirror and paint what you see there. Then go inside yourself and paint what you see there.





 


You will shoot three different self-portraits over break. You need to pick three photo concepts from the following five categories.
1. A self-portrait where color is emphasized. Color may include wardrobe, location, props, or natural objects. Think of your picture as a one or two color concept picture.
2. A picture that emphasizes lighting and shadows. This will be a grayscale self-portrait.
3. A self-portrait that showcases your interests and hobbies. In this picture we learn what you like to do away from school. Think about what interests you and transfer that into a photo.
4. A fantasy self-portrait. Dress up and use costumes. In this self-portrait you can use Photoshop to enhance your picture in any way, shape, or form. Transfer yourself to Hawaii or become a Viking like you have always wanted.
5. The Supermodel self-portrait. Dress up like a GQ or Cosmopolitan magazine model. This can be a grayscale or color picture.  


Hints for self-portraits:
Use colors or lighting to create a concept.
Costumes or uniforms work great.
Change angles.
Use props.
Vary the lighting.
Try different emotional looks.
Pose in action.
Use your PORTRAIT HINTS notes.
Most importantly for this assignment don't forget your composition rules. Use framing, leading lines, rule of thirds, color contrast etc. to enhance your photo. Fill the frame.

Turning in Portraits

Please turn in a Portraits Adjusted Contacted Sheet with your 20 best portraits.
Also, turn in your favorite portrait called "Best Portrait."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Documentary Assignment

Video 2 Reading: Please take notes
http://cybercollege.com/tvp063.htm
http://cybercollege.com/tvp063-2.htm
http://cybercollege.com/tvp064.htm


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? Why would this be interesting for us to watch(two-three sentences)
3. What do you think your audience can learn from your documentary? Why will it be entertaning (one-two 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 will you use?

Intro/Body/Closing Summary

Intro
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.

Body
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.

Closing
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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Video 1: Short Movie


  • Starting next week you will have Thanksgiving break and two class periods (at least) to shoot a short movie.
    Movies can be as short as three minutes or as long as five.

    You may work with a partner or four people can create a PART 1 and PART 2 of a specific story.
  • You can start shooting away from school as soon as a script is complete.
  • Raw Footage 1 is due at the end of the period on (unedited video) is due at the end of the period on Wednesday, December 3rd.
  • Raw Footage 2 is due Monday December, 8th.

Simply put, this should be the best fictional story you have created.

You will be required to edit at least once during Highlander Home or after school.
 
1. What genre will you shoot? Action? Suspense? Comedy? A combination?
2. Describe at least three characters in great detail. Examples: age, hair color, personality traits, occupation, and disposition. What motivates your characters?
a.
b.
c.
3. What students (or other actors) will play these characters?
4. Describe the plot of your movie from beginning to end. Use three to four sentences to describe each section. Please describe shot locations within each section.
 
a. Intro
b. Conflict: All stories have some form of conflict. What are the characters trying to do or achieve?
c. Conflict Resolution 
 
5. Will you work with anyone in class? Who?
6. Where does the story occur? What are the specific locations where you will shoot? Will you need to shoot after school or on weekends?
 
7. What sound effects will you use? You will need to add sound effects throughout your video. Try to list 10-15 sound effects if possible.
8. What music or musical score will you use?
 
Next step: Write the script
http://cybercollege.com/tvp006.htm
Example: http://cybercollege.com/dram_flm.htm

New Export Settings

Format=H.264
Preset=HD 1080P 29.97
Make sure you name your video next to Output name.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Music Video Assignment

Requirements:
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 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.

Your treatment should answer the following questions in Text Edit or Notes:
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?

Please drop Treatments into the Vidstore Server.


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.

Raw footage is due at the end of the period on Wednesday, November 12th.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Music Video Activity

Today I want you to pick two of the music videos listed below and then watch each one.
I want you to answer a series of questions (in complete sentences) after you watch each video. Please use Text Edit or WORD for this assignment. Please drop your assignment into the Vidstore server Period 1 or 5.

The questions to answer for each video:

  1. What is the name and artist for the video?
  2. What is the concept of the video? Please use 1-2 sentences to explain the story and/or concept. (Dance video? Lip sync? Concert footage? Literal adaptation? etc).
  3. What are three or four things that you like about the video? Be very specific.
  4. What did you not like about the video?
  5. What do you think the budget was? Small, medium, large? Why?
  6. Is there anything in the video you would like to try in your own music video assignment?


  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqyc37aOqT0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTAAsCNK7RA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOg5VxrRTi0&ob=av2e
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAD6Obi7Cag
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbgKEjNBHqM&ob=av2e
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS91knuzoOA&ob=av2e

Next, add a link to one video of your choice in Text Edit and answer the same questions listed above. Include all questions and answers and turn them in as one assignment.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Process Video Peer Editing


Peer Edit Process Video

1.  Did the editor avoid jump cuts and continuity errors? If not, where are the issues? Please list the locations using the time code.
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? What shots should be edited or taken out?
4.  Are the After Effects titles interesting or basic?
5. Does the video fade in and fade out?
6. Is this process interesting and entertaining? If not, what are some suggestions you can make for the editor?
7. Is there sound effects and music throughout the video? If not, where is audio needed? If yes, are the sounds effective? Why or why not?

Export from Premiere

Exporting From Adobe Premiere Pro

These are the settings to export HD Quality Video

File>Export>Media

Format=H.264
Preset=HD 1080p 29.97
Name your file in the Output Name. Make sure you look where you are saving the file.
Check the Use Maximum Render Quality Box 

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.


Go
Connect to server
Vidstore.shorelineschools.org    
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
SC Video classes
Place in Period 1, 2, or 5

Friday, October 17, 2014

After Effects Text Tutorials

Click here for tutorials.