Friday, December 17, 2010

Video 2 Winter Break Short Movie Homework

When you get back from break you will have two class periods (at least) to shoot a short movie for the SC/SW Film Festival. You will also need to shoot at least one day away from class.
Movies can be as short as three minutes or as long at eight.
You may work with a partner or four people can create a PART 1 and PART 2 of a specific story.
You may start shooting over winter break.
Simply put, this should be the best fictional story you have created.
A mockumentary style movie is OK.
You will be required to edit at least once during TAP or after school.

Please answer the following questions in great detail. This document is due the first day back from winter break.

1. What genre will you shoot? Action? Suspense? Comedy?
2. Describe at least three characters in great detail. Examples: age, hair color, personality traits, occupation, and disposition. What motivates your characters?
3. 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 

4. Will you work with anyone in class?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Documentary Outline

First, read this section on interview techniques here.

When you are done, please turn this assignment into the classes folder on the staff server using the naming convention_narration assignment. This is due today.

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.

Again, drop this assignment in the classes folder. Hopefully this helps you organize your documentary.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Video 1: Documentary Treatments are Due Today.

Please put them in the classes folder (period 6) on the STAFF server.

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)?
Why is this subject important to you? How is it personal?
3. What do you think your audience can learn from your documentary? (one-two sentences)
4. What type of B-Roll will your video need (three-four specific 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)?

Friday, December 03, 2010

Social Experiment Documentaries/News Stories

Mr. Mitchell’s 4 Hints to create better documentaries
1. Keep the camera rolling, capture as much footage as possible.
2. Research your topic…become an expert.
3. Come prepared at interviews with a list of questions. Ask how and why questions.
4. Avoid bias in your story. Tell the facts and avoid taking sides.

Documentary Questions

First, read this section on interview techniques here.

1. What angle will you take on The Social Experiement? A first-person, school wide, or SC vs. SW angle?
2. Who will you interview and why? If you are doing a first person story you can interview more than just yourself.
3. Please list five questions you can ask three different people (or different types of people).
15 questions total.
4. Now list the B-Roll video that can go along with these questions.
5. What can you do to make this news story interesting for a general audience?
6. How can you become an expert on this subject? What type of statistics can you find?
7. What day or days next week would you like a camera?

Documentary Treatments are Due Today.
Please put them in the classes folder (period 4) on the STAFF server.

Today you will create a list of 30-40 documentary questions that you will ask at lest four to five people involved with your subject.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Video 1 Important Dates

Tuesday Nov. 22nd:
All Day Music Video Editing

Tuesday Nov. 30:
All Day Music Video Editing
Due: Music Videos at end of the period

Thursday Dec. 2:
Watch Music Videos
Prepare for SCNN Commercials with examples etc.

Monday Dec. 6:
Write SCNN Commercials in Class
Due: SCNN Treatments

Tuesday Dec. 7:
Shoot SCNN Commercials during class and after school
Thursday Dec 9: Finish shooting SCNN commercials and start editing
Due: SCNN Commercial Raw Footage

Monday Dec. 13:
Edit SCNN Commercial

Tuesday Dec. 14:
Finish Editing SCNN Commercial
Due: 30 second SCNN Commercial

Thursday Dec 16:
Documentary Prep

Video 2 Important Dates

FridayNov. 19
Due: Spirit Video and Menu items
Work in Class: SCNN

Tuesday Nov. 22
Due: SCNN Raw Footage
Work In Class: Edit SCNN Videos

Thanksgiving Break:
Talk to one local business about donated a prize for The Social Experiment
Watch The Social Network for Extra Credit
You will need to answer five questions about the movie to receive extra credit.

Tuesday Nov. 30
Due: SCNN Videos Edited
Work in Class: Social Experiment Prep

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Music Video Assignment

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).
You can have class time on November 12 and November 16. You of course can shoot outside of class.
Video should have at least one eight-shot sequence.
Raw Footage is due on November 15.
3 Page Storyboard.

Students must turn in a one-page typed treatment to the classes period1 folder. Please use Text Edit to write and make sure you use the naming convention.

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:
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?

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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday in Video 2

Check out to shoot videos at the very beginning of the period. Write down destination and camera number.
Shoot through TAP if necessary.
Import TODAY. Raw footage is due at the very beginning of class Friday. I am grading your raw footage based on "Three Shots from Three Angles" which we have discussed multiple times in class.
If you finish shooting early, please edit videos, add sound effects, orcreate music in Garageband.

Any footage not completed today should be shot Wednesday or Thursday away from the Video 2 class.

Good luck. I am very excited to watch your videos.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Group Outline Assignment

Answer the questions below in your group. Then start on your script.

Short Video Outline

1. What is your video title?

2. Who are your characters? Please list character descriptions such as age, sex, clothing, attitude, and personality. Please include as many details as possible.

3. What students (or other actors) will play these characters?

4. What is the story? How are we introduced to the characters? What is the main conflict? How is the conflict resolved? (This description section should be five to six sentences long).

5. Where does the story occur? What are the specific locations where you will shoot? Will you need to shoot after school or on weekends?

6. 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.

7. What music will you use?

Next step: Write the script

Monday, October 04, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Video 2 Brainstorm Assignment

You will create ideas for three different short movies that can be shot both during and outside of class. Please describe your movie by answering the questions below using Text Edit on your computer.

1. Action Movie
Who are the main characters?
What is the conflict?
How is the conflict resolved?
What techniques will you use as a director/videographer to make the action exciting?

2. Comedy
Who are the main characters?
What is the conflict?
How is the conflict resolved?
Why will this movie be funny? Slapstick? Puns? Visual gags? Smart humor?

3. Drama
Who are the main characters?
What is the conflict?
How is the conflict resolved?
How will you use lighting for effect?
What techniques will you use to make this movie suspenseful? Music? Sound effects?

Next you will get into groups of my choosing to discuss your ideas. After five minutes or so we will switch groups for more discussion. The idea is to pick the best for ideas from the class. The directors for this assignment will be the students whose ideas are selected as a class.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Export to Quicktime and Dropping into the Vidstore Server

Exporting From Final Cut to Quicktime

File>Export>Quicktime Movie>
Save the video using the naming convention and save it in the movies folder.

Next, control-click on the file in your movies folder and select get info'. Please make sure that everything under details and ownerships and permissions is set to 'read-write'.

Next, log onto to and drop it in the period six folder.

password:Jetta 23
SC Video Class
Period 6

Friday, September 17, 2010

Video 2 10-shot Sequence

Group 10-shot Sequence

· 10 different shots

· Insert Shot

· Reaction Shot (cutaway)

· Overlapping dialogue

· Shoot every shot three different times from three different angles

· Raw Footage will be graded

· Edited video should include title, music, sound effects, and credits

· Bonus points if you make a video about Lockdown Procedures

Group 1: Mara, Brandon, and Josh

Group 2: Joe, Dakota, and Stephan

Group 3: Jerome, Nathan, Laurisa

Group 4: Patrick, Ky, Sam

Group 5: Ben, Eimanne, Nicholi, and Daniel

Group 6: Randy, Corey, and Jesse

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Editing your Sequence Assignment

  • Fade in and Fade Out both video and audio
  • Two sound effects added (get sound effects from the public folder on the Staff server)
  • Music
  • Two Video Filters added
  • Credits at end over black
  • Live Type Title at beginning of video
When you are finished please export to Quicktime, File>Export>Quicktime Movie.
Drop the video into the vidstore server period 6.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Import your footage to Final Cut Pro with these simple steps:

  • Turn on camera
  • Put tape in camera
  • Put camera into VCR mode
  • Rewind Tape
  • Cue it to Correct Spot
  • Plug In Firewire to camera and computer
  • Open Final Cut
  • Go to File>Log and Capture
  • Hit Play on Camera
  • Hit Capture Now on Final Cut
  • Press esc to get out of Log and Capture
  • Your clips will show up in the upper left hand corner of the screen in the clip bin.
  • Save Final Cut Project
  • Disconnect firewire and camera
  • Quit Final Cut
  • Restart Final Cut

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Friday's Class Work

Reading For Today and Homework (Video 1)

This is reading for today and over the weekend. Please take out a piece of paper to take notes on all bold faced words.
Please take the quiz at the bottom of each section. We will discuss all terms in class and you will be quizzed on the material shortly.

Hints For Success In This Class

1. Use your time at home with a camera wisely. Having your own camera is very helpful, but if you need to check out a camera from me make sure you plan your video shoot ahead of time.
2. Do not rely on your friends. Your friends are not receiving a grade and therefore are not as motivated as you are.
3. Do not wait until the last minute to shoot. Procrastination will hurt you in this class.
4. Shoot multiple takes of your shots from different angles so you have more to work with when you edit. It is highly recommend to shoot a wide "master shot" of the whole scene and then shoot close-ups after.
5. Make every shot count. Do not shoot random footage.

Email Me Please

Send me an email to and answer the questions below.
Also, please CC one or both parents or guardians on this email so I can contact them via email as needed.

First, make sure you you tell me your complete name. Also include Video 1 in the subject line.

1. Why did you sign up for this course?
2. What experience do you have with Video Cameras?
3. What kind of movies and TV shows do you like?
4. What experience do you have with video editing? iMovie or Final Cut perhaps?
5. Are you familiar with Live Type, Motion, or Soundtrack Pro?
6. What kind of music do you listen to?
7. List two or three things I should know about you so I can help ensure you do well in this class.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Final Video Project 2010

Final Video Project: One minute (or less) Movie

· Groups of three-four

· You have one hour next Tuesday to shoot

· You have 45 minutes Tuesday and 30 minutes Friday to edit

· 20 shot minimum, 30 recommended

· Compose challenges

· Action Sequence with sound effects or comedy video

· Full Storyboards

· Shot List

· Background Music

· Fade In/Out

· Title and Credits in Live Type

· Edit as team with a designated audio, credits, and sequence person

Today and Friday: Meet in Groups, Storyboard, and create shot li

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Shorecrest Lip Dub Pop Culture Scavenger Hunt

Who can you find in the Lip Dub Scavenger Hunt Video?

Al Capone
Aretha Franklin
Barbara Eden (as Jeannie)
Banana King
Beaker from the Muppets
Bob Dylan
Bob Hope with hat and golf club "playing through" the entire video
Bruce Willis in white shirt from Die Hard
Charlie Brown
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust
Eminem with white t-shirt etc.
Jane Fonda doing Jazzercise
Jimi Hendrix
Judy Garland/Dorothy From Wizard of Oz
Julie Andrews/ Mary Poppins or Sound of Music
SW T-Bird Mascot
Sylvester Stallone/Rocky or Rambo
Tupac Shakur
Alice Cullen (Twilight)
Andrews Sisters
Animal House John Belushi
Aretha Franklin
Audrey Hepburn 1960
Barack Obama
Bat Girl
Blue Man Group
Bob Marley
Bonnie & Clyde
Brad Pitt in Fight Club
Britney Spears
Bruce Springsteen
Cameraman Ben from KOMO News
Captain Jack Sparrow
Captain Kirk
Charlie Chaplin
Chris Cornell from Soundgarden
Darth Vader
Diana Ross
Dr Benjamin Spock
Easter Bunny
Eddie Vedder
Elisa Jaffe from KOMO News
Farrah Fawcett
Ferris Bueller
Garth Brooks
Good Witch of the West
Hannah Montana
Harry Potter
Hermione from Harry Potter
Jabba Walkies
Jason from Friday the 13th
Jeff Probst with a "Survivors Ready?" sign
Jim Morrison
Johnny Cash
Kurt Cobain
Lady Gaga
Link from Zelda
Lucille Ball
Luke Skywalker
Margaret Thatcher
Marilyn Monroe
Marty McFly
Mary Tyler Moore throwing hat into air
Max from Where the Wild Things Are
MC Hammer
Michael Jackson (Jackson 5)
Michael Jackson Thriller
Minnie Mouse
Mister Rogers
Monica from Friends
Monopoly Man
Mudkip from Pokemon
Napoleon Dynamite Dance
Navy Service Member
Paris Hilton
Power Rangers
Rainn Wilson
Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde
Rick Astley
Salt and Pepa
Simba from Lion King
Snow White
The Blues Brothers
The Cat in The Hat
The Joker from Batman
The Terminator
Two Avatar Navi's
Vanilla Ice
Woody Guthrie
Yellow M&M
Yoko Ono
Young Beatles

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Song Suggestions For a New Lip Dub (or related video)

Please list songs along with a youtube link the comments section. I highly recommend picking a positive, uptempo song with a catchy chorus or melody, a song that people would enjoy whether they are six or sixty.

Pearl Jam: The Fixer
The Fixer Lyrics

Modest Mouse Float On

Depeche Mode: Just Can't Get Enough

Van Halen Jump

Modern English Melt With You

Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Stray Cats: Rock This Town

The Mask Swingdance Scene

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Film Script Link

Make sure to include camera angles, dialogue, character description, action, and setting.
Scripts will be roughly one page per minute of video.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Short Movie Treatment

Please answer the following questions using Text Edit.
Send the answers to me and put them in my classes period 4 folder on the STAFF server. Please use complete sentences.
See below for further instructions.

1. What genre or type of video are you going to make? Why?
2. Who are you working with?
3. Please describe your project in four to five sentences. What is the storyline from beginning to end? What is the source of conflict? How will you resolve the conflict? Who are the main characters etc?
4. Who will act in your project? Anyone from outside of class?
5. What type of music will you create in Garageband? Everyone is required to make a portion of their music in Garageband.
6. How will you make sure that this project is better than anything else you have done in Video Production? What two or three things are you going to focus on to make sure you improve?

Class shooting days are Thursday April 8th and Monday April 12.
You may check out cameras over the weekend if necessary.
Raw Footage is due Wednesday April 14th.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Peer Edit Commercials

Please answer the questions via text edit and turn the responses into the STAFF server. Fix any problems with your video BEFORE the end of class.

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. Is there a slogan in the video made in Title 3D or Live Type?
5. Does the video fade in and fade out?
6. Is it clear what the director wants the audience to do?
8. Does the video fade out right around 30 seconds (or 45 if allowed)?
9. Is the video edited to the music (i.e. to the beat)?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Music Video Peer Edit

1. Did the editor avoid jump cuts and continuity errors? If not, where are the mistakes?
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. Is there a music video title, song title, and director's name (like on MTV)
5. Does the video fade in and fade out?
6. Is the video interesting? Are you entertained? Why or why not?
7. What would you do to improve the video?
8. Is the video edited to the music (i.e. to the beat)?

Please partner up with someone (outside of your music video group) and answer the questions above in COMPLETE sentences using Text Edit.
When you are finished, conference with your partner and discuss your views.
Please turn in your assignment into the STAFF server, Period 4. Please use the naming convention make sure both your name and your partner's name is on the document.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lip Dub Songs?

Here is a link to a list of happy songs. People like happy songs.
Perhaps there are a few that would make good lip dub songs?

Fledgling filmmakers, phone it in: The Three Minute Masterpiece digital film contest returns

The Three Minute Masterpiece (3MM) digital-film contest is back — this year with a mobile twist.

The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival invite you to shoot a short film on your phone. The best reader-submitted movies (as selected by our panel of judges) will see their entries shown at SIFF in May.

Here's how it works: Use your cellphone to make a film on any subject you like, as long as it's suitable for a family-newspaper audience. (No sex, violence or bad language, please.) It must be 3 minutes or less.

Here's how you enter: Make your movie with your phone (you may edit it on a computer), then visit for details on how to upload your video.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

1980's Music Video Project

Group 80’s Music Video Project

· Use a short song between two and four minutes (or fade out early)

· Pick an interesting concept, something we would all want to watch

· Costumes Required! Get in character. No costumes=No Grade

· Experiment with audio speeds (practice for new all-school video)

· Include at least one ten-shot sequence

· Your concept should be something you can shoot in one and a half-days. Raw Footage is due 11:00 next Tuesday

· Use a wide variety of steady shots with strong composition

· Video 2 Students have final say on major decisions

Group 1: James, Mara, Trevor, and John W.
Group 2: Zora, Sam, Michael, and Jesse
Group 3: Bryce, Haley, Gabrielle, Brannen,
Group 4: Garrett, Vinnie, Cory, and Jerome
Group 5: Tyler, Daniel Olson, Emily, and Anthony
Group 6: Nathan, Gary, Nicholi and Nicole,
Group 7: Kollin, Daniel Cook, and Ky, and Jacob

Trent Mitchell
Video Productions and Photography
Shoreline School District

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Accessing the Vidstore server for music

go >
connect to server >
type >
user name = scvideo
password = Jetta23
root = SC Video classes
folder = public

Drag music into iTunes and convert the files to aiff files. Import into Final Cut.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Video 1 Reading

This is reading for today and Thursday.
Please take out a piece of paper to take notes on all bold faced words.
Please take the quiz at the bottom of each section. We will discuss all terms in class and you will be quizzed on the material shortly.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Video 2: SCNN Commercials are due today at 11:00

Please edit your commercials, have someone proofread the text, and then have Tyler and Zora approve the final version. If they don't like it, keep editing.
Videos are due at 11:00.
After you turn in your project you can grab a camera and start shooting SCNN 2.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SCNN Commercial Assignment Video 1

SCNN Commercial Assignment

You will make a thirty second professional style commercial for a school related group, sport, club, or after-school function etc. Your commercial should be shot and edited in a high-energy style that encourages the other students in the school to either participate in and/or support your chosen group. You will have time during class to shoot the video, or you can shoot before or after school. Each student must do their own commercial.

Commercial Assignment Requirements:

Fade In and Fade Out.
Commercial must be exactly thirty seconds
12 shot minimum-like music videos, most commercials use shots only two to five seconds in length.
Use music appropriate for the commercial and school group.
Use text in your commercial to emphasize in writing what you are trying to sell.
Create a nifty slogan or catch phrase. VERY IMPORTANT!
Use a variety of shots.
Shoot at least two complicated shots. For example, a ‘zoom in and pan’ or a ‘zoom out and truck’ etc.

This is a very quick assignment so please do not fall behind. You CAN start working on this now (as in after school today...reserve your camera pronto)

SCNN Commercial Treatment

Commercial Treatment

You will write a detailed commercial treatment and send it to the coach or advisor of your club/activity/sport etc. You will ask for their permission to make a commercial and also for suggestions. You will also send me a copy (CC) of this email.

List of advisors:

Treatment questions you must answer in COMPLETE sentences.

  • What group have you selected as your subject?
  • Why did you select this group and why do you think you can make an interesting commercial for this group?
  • What is your original concept? How are you going to SELL your subject?
  • What will your tag line be? It needs to be something catchy and memorable.
  • What kind of music will you use in the background?
  • Please email the advisor or coach of your commercial subject. Schedule a time to shoot with this person. Include me on this email.