Group Video Project

Rough Cut due Monday, Nov. 24 in class
Final due Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 12:30
Worth 15 points
(20 percent off for late work)
Post to njsouthboundroughdraftwordpress.com by the end of class.


Teams:
The video project is a group project. Teams will be assigned. Students must schedule reporting and editing time with each other. This will happen outside of the usual class time. Team members will receive the same grade.

Team 1
Anika DeBerry
Kaytlyn Mroz
Lauren Campsen

Team 2
Aly Jordan
Hayley Lynch
Becca Lirio

Team 3
Christian Oberly
Laura Pollack
Stephen Smyrl

Team 4
Dan Heaning
Bianca Phelps

Team 5
Michael Rubinson
Chantal Penn

Topic: Sports/Activities Along Route 47
The theme for the project is sports or physical activities “From the Delaware to the Sea.” The students will stories and assignments along Route 47, also known as Delsea Drive.

For this assignment, the story must involve a sport or physical activity. You are looking for unusual, surprising, or unique activities. You are looking for action.

The stories should be “evergreen” feature stories or profile based, rather than news based. You are looking for stories that won’t go out of date quickly. However, they can still be timely.

The project must meet high journalistic standards for accuracy and ethics. All information must be able to hold up to criticism and legal challenge. This is a public website, and students are responsible for all content.

Your video must include interviews with at least two people. No friends or relatives can be sources for this assignment.

This is an “in their own words” story. No voice over or narration.

Here are examples from some former students:

Rowan Women’s Rugby Enters First Season of Competitive Play
In Its First Season, Rowan Women’s Ice Hockey Makes Headlines
Kronum Comes to Rowan
Deaf Disk Golfers Play Vineland
Ed’s Bike Shop
Pitman Yoga Studio Offers Healing
Racetrack Fulfills the Need for Speed
Vaulters Mix Horseback Riding and Gymnastics

Submission Guidelines:
All assignments must be in the proper format to publish on the website.

Videos should be 2 min or less.

Each team will submit three items:
· Video exported as either an .m4v or .mov file. posted to YouTube or Vimeo
· Still image captured from the video in .jpg format
· A Word document with headline, bylines and a 300 word article

2. Each team will create a video shot with a Kodak video camera (or your own camera) and edited on the video software of your choosing. I recommend iMovie (in Bozorth 134) or Final Cut X (in Bozorth 132B). Use the “in their own words” style where reporter’s voice is not heard. Gather interviews and b-roll with action.

3. Back up your raw footage. Before you return your camera, make sure to save all of your raw footage to your hard drive or computer. If your project crashes, you need to have the raw footage as back up.

4. I suggest you pick one computer for editing and use that for the whole project. Moving from computer to computer and different versions of editing software creates problems.

5. Add a Title Card for story headline and reporters’ names. Stick to a basic title card like Lower Thirds option, black background, and flush your text to the left. Display for 4 seconds.

For example, (flushed left):
New Jersey State Fish Faces Extinction
Video by Bobby Journalist and Jane Reporter

7. Use the Lower Thirds to introduce people. Those lower thirds should be centered. Make sure you have full names (first and last) and title.

8. When you are finished editing, export and compress into web-ready format. (See below.)

Grading Criteria

Basics

  • Sport or physical activity in South Jersey
  • At least two interviews
  • 2 min. or less
  • Three media elements in proper formats – 1.)Video exported as either an .m4v or .mov file. posted to YouTube or Vimeo, 2.) Still image captured from the video in .jpg format, 3.) A Word document with headline, bylines and a 300 word article that answers 5 Ws and teases video)

Story Content

  • Compelling story and characters
  • Narrative arc (beginning, middle, end)
  • Action
  • Soundbite selection
  • Motivation/Why conveyed/Clear focus
  • Opening and closing shots

Technical

  • Sound quality
  • B-roll
  • Interviews
  • Steady shots
  • Light and shadows
  • Framing
  • Edits
  • Lower thirds and title card

To Export in iMovie

When you are finished editing, export and compress into web-ready format.
From Menu
>Share
>Export Movie
>Select Large Size 960 X 540
Save to as YourLastNameVideo.m4v

Create a still image in iMovie

Create a New Project – name it VideoStill.

In the lower part of your iMovie workspace, let your cursor hover over the video frame that you want to extract as a still image.
>Control key + click
From drop down menu, select “Add still frame to the project.”
The still frame will be added to your project as four-second clip.
In the upper editing window, put your cursor on your clip and click on the wheel icon.
Select Clip Adjustment
Set the duration for 0.1 seconds.

From the top menu
>Share>Export using Quicktime
Give it a name. Save it to your desktop.
Choose option “Movie to Image Sequence.”
Choose the preset export option: JPEG 29.97 fps.
Save. This will create about 6 images. Pick the best one.
Save it as LastNameThumb.jpg

Export in Final Cut Pro X

Add Export File Destination

File>Share
>Add Destination
Drag the icon for Export File to the menu on the left
Close the window

File>Share
Select Export File icon
Click on Settings
Set Video Codec to H.264
1280 X 720 resolution
Click Next
Save to your Desktop or other location

Create a still image in Final Cut Pro X

Add Still Image Destination

File>Share
>Add Destination
Drag the icon for Save Current Frame to the menu on the left
Close the window

File>Share
Select Save Current Frame icon
Click on Settings
Set to .jpg
Click Next
Save to your Desktop or other location

10. Create a Word document and write your headline, bylines and 300 word article to accompany your video. This will serve as the introductory text for the web site.

11. Post to njsouthboundroughdraftwordpress.com. Embed video. Post article. Use still image as Featured Image.

11. Make sure you have multiple copies saved in multiple locations. Put everything on a flashdrive.

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