Week 14

In Class:
-Revising, editing and posting stories to NJSouthbound.com
-Sign up for Final Project rough draft meeting (in my office Bozorth 105E)
-Working on Final Project

Deadlines for Final Project:

  • Rough draft due at your meeting with me
  • Final draft posted to njsouthboundroughdraft.wordpress.com by Wed., Dec. 10 at 10 p.m.
  • Revised final is due on Mon., Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at beginning of Final Exam period (12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • Final Exam period is Mon., Dec. 15 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. We will meet the entire time. Pizza will be served. BYOD.
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Week 13

Video project deadlines:

Resources:
Guidelines and Assignment Requirements for Video Project
Essential Rules for Shooting and Editing
How to backup video project in iMovie 10

Final Project pitch is due Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 12:30. Email me your final project pitch (@150 words). It must include:

  • Are you working alone or in team?
  • A solid story idea framed in X and Y format.
  • Sources (with names and how they connect to your story).
  • What media you plan to use (ie text, photos, audio, video, audio slide show) and why they are the best way to tell this story.
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Weekend Computer Lab Access

Room 134 will be open:

Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m
Sunday 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

You may need to call security if the door is not open – 856-256-4922. You need a permission slip from me.

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How to Backup Video Project in iMovie 10

You will need a Mac formatted external hard drive for flash drive. Connect it via USB.

To format your backup for Mac:

You need a large amount of storage (8GB or larger). If you are using a flash drive, start with a new one or copy everything to somewhere else. You are going to erase it.

Use Spotlight search feature (the magnifying glass in top right hand corner) and search for Disk Utility.

Select Disk Utility.

Click on flashdrive or hard drive.

Click on Erase button on the menu bar along the top of the box.

Click of Format, and you’ll get a pull down menu. Select ExFat – this allows you to save both Mac and PC projects.

Give your backup a Name.

Click Erase at the bottom of the box.

You will get a warning asking you if you are sure you want to erase the disk. Click Erase.

To save a project in iMovie 10:

Open iMovie

Click on Project

File
>Copy Event to Library
>New Library
>Select external hard drive

Do this often so you have a regular backup.

For a video tutorial of this process, click here.

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Week 12

In Class:
-Essential rules for shooting and editing video
-Video editing
-NJSouthbound posting

Assignments:
-Working on Video project with your group:

  • Rough Cut due Monday, Nov. 24 in class
  • Final Due Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 12:30

-Working on Final Project pitch – Due Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 12:30. Email me your final project pitch (@150 words). It must include:

  • Are you working alone or in team?
  • A solid story idea framed in X and Y format.
  • Sources (with names and how they connect to your story).
  • What media you plan to use (ie text, photos, audio, video, audio slide show) and why they are the best way to tell this story.
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Essential Rules for Shooting and Editing Video

Shooting:

1. Make sure you are getting good sound. Video is 51 percent audio.

2. Get steady shots. Use a tripod when possible.

3. Get more interviews than you think you need. At least two are required for assignment.

4. Frame your interview using rule-of-thirds.

5. Get soundbites that describe what is happening and why audience should care.

6. Shoot in sequences. Make sure you have the five required shots (WS, MS, CU, PoV, RS).

7. Get more b-roll than you think you need. But don’t go overboard.

8. Avoid pans and zooms. If you use one, you should know exactly why you use it.

9. Pay attention to light and shadows.

Editing:

1. Use one computer. One editing program. Back up project on an external hard drive. Save all of your clips.

2. Log your clips. Transcribe your soundbites. Storyboard before you start editing.

3. Audio before visuals. Build your story around audio (soundbites, natural sound).

4. Start with action. Make sure you have a good opening shot.

5. Your story angle should be clear in the first 20 seconds of your video.

6. Cut on action. Start the cut at the beginning of the action. End the cut at the end of action.

7. Cut on the rest. Make the cut when the subject stops.

8. Avoid cutting during pans, zooms and tilts.

9. Avoid jump cuts.

10. Use cross dissolve and fade to black transitions sparingly.

11. Use lower thirds (full names and occupation/role) rather than “My name is…”

12. Make sure you have a closing shot.

 

 

 

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Week 11

In Class:
-In class shooting and editing assignment
-Last quiz on Wednesday. It will cover:

Assignments:
-Working on Video project with your group – Due Monday, Nov. 24
-Working on Final Project pitch – Due Monday, Nov. 24

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