Thursday, September 20, 2012

Edit Your Camera Skills Assignment in Final Cut

Once you have made sure all of your shots are steady and use proper composition you can start editing your shots in Final Cut Pro.

Here are the requirements for editing your camera shots:
1. Put the shots in order.
2. Trim the ends using In and Out points in the viewer BEFORE dropping clips into the timeline. Do not leave in any extra or unsteady footage.
3. Add Fade In at the beginning and and Fade Out at the end.
4. Add two second titles for each shot.
5. And Video Effects to two different shots at a low level such as earthquake, sepia, or fisheye etc.
6. Add two sound effects on the timeline. You need to download the Sound Effects Folder from the Vidstore>Public Folder.
7. Add music at a low volume throughout the video.
8. Export your video by selecting File>Export>Quicktime Conversion. Change the Format tab to Apple TV and click save. Then drop the video into the Period 3 folder on the Vidstore server.

Connect to server    
Name: scvideo
Password: Outback23
Sc Video Classes
Period 3

Video 2 Short Movie

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

Monday, September 10, 2012

Video 1 Reading and Homework

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.

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. 

6. Most importantly, attend class every day. A majority of the work in this class is done during class time.