ARTC 4440 / 5440, Spring 2014
Advanced Digital Video Art
Heather Elliott-Famularo

Assignment #1: Who Am I?
Due: Wednesday, January 15

Description: Video production is a collaborative effort. Getting to know each other and learning each other's strengths from the get-to will be very helpful as we move forward in learning more complex techniques that require more than one person, ie.e require collaboration. Create a 1-2 minute video that introduces someone that you just met to the rest of the class. One per person.


Exercise Objectives:


Step 1: Concept Development / Research: With your partner: Take 15-20 minutes to interview each other: Take notes. Here are some possible starting “prompts” for your story:


Step 2: Screenplay / Storyboard:  Look over your notes, and decide what part of the interview would make the most compelling 1-2 minute story 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 make a shot list to help you plan.


Step 3: Camera:  Use the remainder of class and time outside of class to shoot both of the planned videos (one per person).  Take a turn as:

  • Director & Cinematographer:  
  • Actor / Interviewee: (subject of the video)
  • Film the footage needed to create a 1 to 2-minute video about your partner that introduces him/her to the class. The requirements are:

  • BE CREATIVE!  Play with the camera angles, staging, composition, etc. SHOW US YOUR ARTISTIC SKILLS! Consider using multiple camera angles or camera movements.

  • SHOOT B-ROLL! Incorporate B-Roll, insert shots, or found footage, not just a talking head. Consider how you can use additional images to heighten or illustrate the interview. (can do now or later!)

  • BE PROFESSIONAL! White balance, manual focus, select the best lighting for the mood of the piece! SHOW US WHAT YOU KNOW!


    Step 4: Edit: cut a 1 to 2-minute video that introduces your partner using the interview and b-roll footage you shot. You may also cut in footage from their own video / film projects (download from vimeo, etc.). Get the majority of the work done before next class (get everything rough-edited in Final Cut), although we will have some time in class to edit.


    Step 5: Render: Render your video and upload it to your vimeo account on Wednesday. We will watch these in class. (Lab will be open before class on Wednesday.)

    HAVE FUN!

    Camcorders Available at:

  • School of Art MCaP (Media Cage and Print lab), 1024 Fine Arts Center, Mon-Wed 8:15am-7pm, Fri 10am-1pm (5 MiniDV, 3 HDV, and 3 HD camcorders, 9 DSLRs)
  • STAC (Student Technology Assistance Center, 122 Jerome Library (1st floor), Mon-Wed 8am-10pm; Fri 8am-5pm, Sundays 6-10pm; phone: 372-9277


    Video Tapes:

  • BGSU Bookstore, MiniDV
  • B&H Photo Video, MiniDV $1.99+ each depending on quantity

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