Thursday, October 22, 2015

Music Video Assignment

Students will shoot a music video that is no shorter than 2:30 or 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.

Please email me the answers to the treatment questions below:
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?

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.

Students will have class time to shoot on October 29th and November 3rd. You will need permission from parents if you want to shoot off campus.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Video 1 Sequence Assignment Peer Editing

Peer Editing Observations:

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.  Are titles and credits in the video?
5. Does the video fade in and fade out?
6. Is this story interesting and entertaining?
7. Is there music? Are there sound effects for everything that should have sound?

8. Is the video at least three minutes long?

Exported sequence is due end of period October 15.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Video 2: Suspense/Horror Movie

Suspense/Horror Movie 

You are going to create a short suspense/horror movie.
You can work in groups of three or four.
You will have two full class periods to shoot the project. You will most likely need to shoot on a weekend too. 
Movies can be as short as three minutes or as long as eight.

Please answer the questions below and email me the responses. (
1. What project will you shoot? 
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. How will these sound effects enhance your project?
8. What music or musical score will you use? Why are you choosing this type of music?
Next steps: 
  • Write the script or create a shot list. 
  • Storyboarding.

Suspense and Horror Movie Trailers

Top Ten Horror Trailers

14 Best Horror Trailers



Friday the 13th

Night of the Living Dead


Sixth Sense

Silence of the Lambs 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Video 1: Sequence Assigment

Group 10-shot Sequence: A sequence is a series of shots connected together as part of a whole scene.
Edited sequence is due at the beginning of the period on October 15.

Example 1:

Example 2:

Example 3:
Example 4:
· 10 different shots
· Insert Shot
· Reaction Shot (cutaway)
Shoot a master shot of the whole sequence beginning to end
· Shoot every shot three different times from three different angles
· Raw Footage will be graded
· Edited video should include fade in/out, title, music, sound effects, and credits over black
No jump cuts
No continuity errors