Video & Multimedia Design

General Notes:

This is a project to explore video production. You will learn how to plan, shoot, edit, and publish a short video. This is not a project to produce your version of the latest meme or over-done trend video. Please, no (insert latest ridiculous challenge) - Challenge videos, no (Insert latest Dance video) videos, etc. You may use the skills learned here to create whatever videos you like on your own time, but you may not use school time & resources to do any of these things.

Before doing this project you will need to understand the concepts outlined in:
Now, on to glory...

Requirements:

I want to see a varied, interesting portfolio of creative, interesting, video that has clearly received some post-production treatment. No, YouTube's built-in editor is not sufficient for what I'm looking for.

UPDATE: While I will accept "Let's Play" videos or game "Walkthrough" footage as a subject matter for post production, there must be some evidence of editing and some narration making the video meaningful. Random jump-cuts of your character / vehicle moving through a digital environment with no explanation, commentary, instruction, or anecdotes of any kind is about as exciting as watching paint dry. (File under: stuff I shouldn't have to say, but will)

Option 1: Video Portfolio

  • At least 2 videos
    • 2 different styles
    • Evidence of Pre and post production (Blog posts with pictures)
      • Pre-production - storyboard or script or shotlist
      • Post-production - screenshots of editor windows (Moviemaker, Premiere, iMovie etc.)
  • Some channel art.

A sample workflow for this project:

  1. Learn Premiere
  2. Story board the video
  3. Gather Footage using Phones, iPads, Cameras etc.
    • Make sure it is all the same orientation (Portrait / Landscape)
  4. Send all footage to Google Drive
  5. Download from drive to your desktop
  6. Edit in Premiere
  7. Add any additional touches with After Effects.
  8. Publish
    1. Hopefully to YouTube
    2. Possibly to SchoolTube

Your workflow may look different, but I expect you to have one.

Option 2: Video Contest Participation

This assumes that you have been asked / accepted to participate in a video contest. Specific requirements will vary based upon the contest.

Upcoming contests:



Inspiration

Okay, I don't know what to say about this. I can't really provide links because all brilliant videographers are going to do or say something "not-school-appropriate" at some point. You know who inspires you, but you should take a quick look at some people who have made a true art-form out of video. Here is a short list of folks who are doing stuff that is just plain brilliant. I will include samples from them on this page when appropriate.
  • Casey Neistat
  • CGP Grey
  • Ze Frank
  • The Vlogbrothers (John Green & Hank Green)
  • More to come....




Video Styles

Vlog

Video blog... you basically talk to the camera as though you are conversing with your audience...

Documentary / Mockumentary

If you're going to interview people for this, do it outside of class.



Digital Collage (built on documentary or vlog)

  • Photos and Slides
  • Art
  • Music and Narration
  • Titles
  • Interviews
Here's a sample by Casey Niestat

Traditional narrative

Okay, this is the one everyone is familiar with.. actors, story, etc. All of you principle photography (your video of people acting) needs to happen outside of class on your own time... work it out. I hate this one. It typically ends up being a huge time-suck, and NOTHING ends up actually getting done. #justsayin

Stop Motion

Make an animated piece with anything from Lego minifigures to cut-paper animation. Again, your principle photography will probably happen on your own, unless you want to bring stuff in and use the shooting rig in the back.

Other

Okay there are a lot of other things you could do, including but not limited to...
  • Let's Play videos
  • PvP Game sequences (commented on like "Sports Center")
  • Commercials and PSA videos.
  • Trailers (book trailers, life trailers, event trailers, etc)
  • Digital Stories (a story from your life narrated over a collage of stills and video, etc)
  • Get creative and come up with something cool.

UPDATE: While I will accept "Let's Play" videos or game "Walkthrough" footage as a subject matter for post production, there must besome evidence of editing and some narration making the video meaningful. Random jump-cuts of your character / vehicle moving through a digital environment with no explanation, commentary, instruction, or anecdotes of any kind is about as exciting as watching paint dry. (File under: stuff I shouldn't have to say, but will)

Basics of video production

Cool techniques to use

Pre-productionexternal image casey-neistat.jpg

Production


Post Production


Tutorials from Adobe (while they last):


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Publishing

  • Watch the video and...
  • Visit the Schooltube Upload page and upload your edited vid.
  • Tell Mr. Walters to watch and approve it.
  • Grab the embed code, and add it to your blog or portfolio.

Project Ideas (stuff you can make videos about)

PSA

  • Your topic: 30 Second Video PSA - Craft a message supporting a cause you believe in.

How to...

  • Solve a Rubic's Cube
  • Make my favorite snack.
  • Deal with spawncampers.

I never knew that!

Educate us!
  • Are you in 4h and know something really cool about Goats?
  • Are you an expert at in-game economies?

My life as a...

  • Middle School Student
  • Skateboarder
  • Child of parents who LARP
  • COD Sniper
  • Older Brother (Sister)
  • Entrepreneur
  • Maker
  • Type 1 Diabetic



Refining the art of making your own films.

Project: The Digital collage approach.

Now, you need to choose a topic. You need not do another PSA, though your topic should be informative or persuasive. This does not really work for a narrative or dramatic piece, unless it is digital story-telling.

What is this?

Okay, so I made up this term (digital collage approach), and it probably applies to about a million other things online. To get a better understanding of what I'm talking about, and what I want you to do, Go check out these videos:

What do I need to do?

Preparation

Go learn some cool graphic techniques:

Your Video

  1. You need to get a topic. Figure out what you want to say (storyboard / script / outline - whatever). Post it to your blog.
  2. Collect your resources (see below for tons of resources).
  3. Fire up your post production editors of choice (Splice, the Movie Maker / Audacity combo, WeVideo).
  4. Put together music, video, and pictures with narration to create your project.
    • Be sure to use "Supersize it" and "Extreme photo cropping" to make your graphics more awesome.

Resources


DIY

Music

Images

Watch Snagging some free Photos first.

Video clips and multi-media tools



3d Printing your own accessories.


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a rig to mount your phone to a tripod / monopod / steadicam /etc.
We have a wealth of 1/4" #20 nuts and bolts. We can use those with the 3d Printer to print out any unique gear / shooting rigs we may need. It's actually quite cool. Talk to me first, though, we may have printed it already...

If you need access to specific tutorials etc for 3d printing, and you don't have a classmate willing to do this for you, check out the stuff on the Product Design Page.