Thursday, October 27, 2011

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 1st and 3rd. You of course can shoot outside of class.
Video should have at least one eight-shot sequence.
Raw Footage is due on November 8 at the beginning of the period.

Students must turn in a one-page typed treatment to the classes period 4 or 6 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.

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.

Worst music videos of all time

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Export from Final Cut to Quicktime and drop into the Vidstore Server

Exporting From Final Cut to Quicktime

Make sure there are NOT any extra clips at the end of your project.

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

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

·  Go
·  Connect to server
·  Name: scvideo
·  Password: Jetta23
·  SC video classes
·  Drop your file into Period 4 or 6

Music Video Activity

Music Video Activity

Today I want you to pick three 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 STAFF server Period 4 at the end of the period.

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?

Next, add links to two of your own videos in Text Edit and answer the same questions listed above. Include all questions and answers and turn them in as one assignment.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You can get college credit for Video 1 and Video 2!

Click on to register. You must register by Dec 2nd.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Video 2: Short Movie Treatment

Starting next week you will have two class periods (at least) to shoot a short movie. You will also need to shoot at least one day away from class.
Movies can be as short as three minutes or as long as eight.

You may work with a partner or four people can create a PART 1 and PART 2 of a specific story.

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

You will be required to edit at least once during TAP 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?




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

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

SCNN Commercial Assignment

Professional Example 1

Professional Example 2

Professional Example 3

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.

Steps for assignment:

1. Answer Treatment questions below.
2. Email Treatment questions to the adviser asking permission to shoot a commercial for the club, sport, or event. Introduce yourself and ask if they would like to meet in person.

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:
School event Calendar

Treatment questions you must answer in COMPLETE sentences.

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