Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Video 2 Shooting Period

Options for today's class:
  • Shooting: Sign out cameras as needed.
  • Importing Music to Final Cut
  • Importing Sound Effects from the Public Folder on the Vidstore Server
  • Creating Titles in Live Type
 I will return at 11:30 to check on your progress. I will look at raw footage and Final Cut progress.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Edit Your Camera Skills Assignment

  • Add a title with your name at the beginning over black
  • Fade in at the beginning of your project and Fade Out at the end
  • Name each shot with the proper shot title
  • Add a filter to at least three shots. The filter can be anything you want (earthquake and fish eye etc)
  • Add a song at a low volume level beneath the entire video
  • two sound effects
  • Fade in the song and fade out

If you need to grab a song from youtube, try dirpy.com to convert your song to mp3.

To Render a Clip in Final Cut
Red=Command R
Green=Control R

When you are finished, export your video to Quicktime.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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

Friday, February 10, 2012

Video 2: The Mockumentary Assignment

A Brief History of Mockumentaries

The Mockumentary Outline Assignment:

You will write a one to two page doubled that describes your mockumentary. This needs to be as detailed as possible. If your Outline is not detailed enough you will need to write a script.

Your names first...

Section I

Describe the two to three main characters. Include ages, habits, goals, ambitions, dress style, dialect, and motivations. What makes these characters interesting? Why would we want to watch a video about these characters?

Section II

Describe the plot in detail. What happens in the beginning, middle, and end? Why do the characters act the way they do? What is their motivation? Are there any twists or surprises? What is the conclusion?

What B-Roll will be needed?
This section should be at least 6-8 sentences long.

Section III

Why do you think this idea will work for a mockumentary? Although the actors are acting completely serious, mockumentaries are usually funny.
What type of humor will you use (situational, character, slapstick etc.)?  Do you need any costumes or props? What kind of music will you use?

Please list 10 different jokes. What will be said and what will be shown. Describe the scenario and explain why that scenario is funny.


4-8 minutes long depending on the size of the group
Interviews with good audio
B-Roll video for EVERYTHING
No jump cuts or continuity errors
 Two pages of professional-style storyboards.

All projects must use the 30 Degree Rule, rule of thirds, proper headroom, leading the subject, framing, proper white balance, steady camera work, and show strong creativity. Also, please shoot and use many close-up shots, insert shots, and reaction shots as possible.

Important Dates:
2/17 Outline Due

First Week Reading Continued


Take notes!

Monday, February 06, 2012

First Week Reading in Video

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.