Media Synthesis: Time, Space, Image
Assignment #1: Introductions
YOU HAVE ONLY TODAY'S CLASS PERIOD to plan & shoot this piece, and 48 hours to finish it (edit & render)
Final Video is due for the next class. ( we will have some time to edit on Wednesday).
GUESS WHAT? WE'RE COLLABORATING…
Step 1: Concept Development / Research: With your partner: Take 15-20 minutes to interview each other: Take notes.
- To demonstrate your skills with the video camcorder, to work quickly - how to "RUN & GUN"
- To show your storytelling abilities and editing skills
- To introduce each other – since we are working together this semester!
- To learn to think and plan quickly and demonstrate production skills - acting, directing, and shooting
- Explore in/around this BUILDING (the "SPACE" in Time, Space, Image), beginning to consider all three elements\
Step 2: Screenplay / Storyboard: Look over your notes, and decide what part of the interview would make the most compelling 1-2 minute that is interesting, informative, and memorable that (however loosely) introduces your partner. Only take about 10-15 minutes to figure this out. Sketch out a storyboard or shot list to help you plan.
- What is your name and age? Where are you from?
- Tell us the details of your earliest childhood memory?
- Show us your best scar. Tell us the story of how you got it.
- What do/did you consider the most valuable thing you own(ed): when you were a child AND now?
- When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it?
- What is your favorite place and why?
- What is the craziest (or stupidest) thing you have ever done?
- When have you laughed the hardest? Why? Cried?
- Give a brief synopsis of the favorite film/video YOU made, and why it is your favorite. (why you loved making it)
Step 3: Camera: Use the remainder of class (90 minutes) to shoot your videos. Take a turn as:
The requirements are:
- Director & Cinematographer:
- Actor / Interviewee: (subject of the video)
Step 4: Digitize: When done shooting, bring your cameras back to the lab to digitize. Don't be afraid to ask if you forget how to digitize properly, particularly setting up your scratch disk. We are here to help you!
- BE CREATIVE! Play with the camera angles, staging, composition, etc. SHOW US YOUR ARTISTIC SKILLS!
- BE PROFESSIONAL! White balance, manual focus, light for the mood! DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU KNOW!
Step 5: Edit: Make a 1 to 2-minute video for your partner that introduces him/her to the class. You can use titles, effects, or just keep it simple – whatever you choose, but again, show us your skills!
Step 5: Render: Render your video out and upload it to the class Vimeo page by Wednesday. We will watch these in class. (Lab will be open before class on Wednesday.
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