Thursday, April 29, 2021

Week 34b 2021 Film Intro

May 3 - 7, 2021

Objective: Edit multiple layers of video
Assignment: Create a Production Company Intro using Photoshop & After Effects
Details: Layout a background, Name, and Graphic in Photoshop. Import Photoshop file into After Effects to animate for 5 to 10 seconds. Export to movie.

Video Tutorials

Week 34 2021 Prop Video

May 3 - 7, 2021

Objective: Record Video
Assignment: Prop Video

Pre Production

Description: Choose a prop. Write a script, create a storyboard and shot list. Film your video. Use five different camera angles.

Post Production

Details: Edit video clips
-Create a project folder
-Slice Video Clips
-Add Titles
-Add Effects: (examples: lighting effects, slow motion, reverse clip etc..)
-Add Transitions
-Remove and Add Sound
-Export or render clips into a stand alone movie.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Week 33 2021 Camera Tech

April 26 - 30, 2021

Objective: Explore Camera Techniques.
Assignment: Camera Tech
Details: Click on the link and copy and paste the worksheet: Camera Tech


-Shot List

Post Production

-Capture Footage
-Exporting Assignment: Shot List
DISCUSSION: Log on to your Canvas account to complete your assignment.

Camera Shots, Angles, and Movements

I’m sure you’re itching to start shooting.  In fact, I bet you already have, but do you know the tricks of the trade?  Do you know the industry standards?  Before you start making a new style for yourself, you better know what tools you have to choose from.

Rule of ThirdsProper framing

The first thing to learn is how to frame your subject.  If you’re a still photographer you’ll already know about the rule of thirds.  This works for filmmaking as well.  Notice the website below. 
The rule of thirds:
This is a general principle in photography, which is generally considered to make shots more appealing to the eye.  One can easily visualize this rule by taking a frame and dividing the horizontal piece into three equal sections and dividing the vertical in three equal sections.  This creates 9 equal sections.  Where these sections meet are four points on the frame.  By aligning the central object into these points of the frame (often called the power points), instead of centering the object, you get more aesthetically and professional-looking shots.
However, we should note that while we describe this as the RULE of thirds, it might better be used as a guideline. 
Common uses of this rule in video are:
  • Framing an interview: The eyes of your subject should fall in one of the upper powerpoints and the subject should be looking towards the empty space on the frame.
  • Shooting a horizon: Rather than position the horizon on the center of the frame, align it along the upper or lower third depending on what you want to emphasize.  For example, if you’re shooting a cloud time-lapse you will want two-thirds of the shot centered on the sky.

Basic Camera Shot types:

Extreme Wide Shots (EWS) act to establish the area.
Wide Shots (WS) show the entire person or area.  They’re great for establishing the scene and allow for good action of the characters.  Sometimes this is known as the long shot.
Medium Shots (MS) frame the subject from the waste up.  This is the most common shot and allows for hand gestures and motion.
Medium Close Ups (MCU) shots show the subject in more detail and are often framed from just below the shoulders to the top of the head.
Close Ups (CU) show a particular part of your subject.  For people this usually means the shot frames just the head!
Extreme Close Ups (ECU) are much tighter close-up shots in which you get detail greater than the human eye might be able to normally perceive.  An example of this shot might be of the mouth and eyes together
Camera Shots and Angles

Advanced Camera Shot Types

Two Shot: This is a shot of two peoples (or other individuals) together. 
Cut Away (CA): Cutaways are used in the editing process to fill in footage which is different from the main action.  B-roll is often used for cut-aways.  An example might be a cut away of a bird singing if the shot is focused on a couple in the woods. 
Over the Shoulder Shots (OSS) are shot from behind the person towards their subject.  Generally the frame is cut off just behind the ear, although there are several variations.  A good technique to use to get this shot is to frame the person facing the subject with about one third of the frame.
Point of View (POV): This is an effective shot that gives the audience the feel that you’re seeing it from the eyes of the performer.  It is taken from near the eye-level of the actor and shows what he might see.  It could be used to give the perspective of other animals too like a frog, a bird, or a fish.
Selective Focus: By using a large aperture value (f/1.4, f/2.0) you will be able to create a shallow depth of field.  This effectively leaves one part of the frame in focus while blurring others, such as the foreground or background.  When you change the focus in the shot from the foreground to the background you’re doing another advanced camera shot called a rack focus.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Week 32 2021 Video Editing

April 19 - 23, 2021

Objective: Edit Video Clips
Assignment: Re Edit Movie Trailer -100 pts
Description: Download and re-edit a movie trailer in iMovie. Find a movie on YouTube then download using a you tube downloader.

YouTube Down loaders
Firefox: Easy Youtube Video Downloader Express

Free Videos:

Show the following skills in your re-edit of a movie trailer:
-Slice Video Clips
-Add Titles
-Add Effects: (examples: lighting effects, slow motion, reverse clip etc..)
-Add Transitions
-Remove and Add Sound
-Export or render clips into a stand alone movie.



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Week 31 2021Animated Gif

April 12 - 16, 2021

Objective: Edit Video Clips in Photoshop
Assignment: Animated Gif
Details: Animate two layers and save for web to create animated gif.

Photoshop: Creating an animated gif

Monday, April 5, 2021

Spring Break 2021 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

April 5 - 6, 2021

Objective: Create a project
Assignment: Utah Digital Media Arts Festival
Details: Choose a category and submit for the Utah Digital Media Arts Festival.

Welcome to the entry submission system for the Utah Digital Media Arts Festival!  

Teachers from Utah High Schools will be able to register for an account at this site and submit entries to the festival online.

Only submissions uploaded from teacher accounts will be considered. If you are a student please ask your teacher to upload for you.

Each high school can submit 4 entries in each category.  From your login you will be able to keep track of what has been submitted.  Most entries will be images files that will easily upload, but for some of the entries there will be other requirements:

  • Animations and Videos: Upload the video to a hosting site (Youtube, Vimeo, etc) and submit the URL in the correct category.
  • Websites: Upload to a hosting service and submit the URL in the Web Design Category
  • Games/Interactive Media: Upload a video presentation to a hosting site (Youtube, Vimeo, etc). Presentation should be student playing/ using the game/ interactive media. Video should be no more than 4 minutes. Source files or completed package should also be uploaded for verification. Use dropbox, one drive, google drive, or other easily accesible cloud storage. Make sure sharing settings are set for easy access.


  • 2D Graphics – Vector - Use a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator to create an original 2D illustration, such as a logo or infographic.
  • 2D Graphics – Raster - Use a raster program such as Adobe Photoshop to create an original 2D illustration or drawing.
  • 3D Graphics – Original still images created in a 3D graphics program such as Maya and Blender.
  • Digital Photography – Original student photography. 
  • Composite Photography - This category is for photgraphic compositions.
  • Animation – Stop Motion - Use 2D or 3D stop motion techniques with clay, Lego, whiteboard, etc. to create an animation. 90 seconds max.
  • 2D Animation – Tradigital - Use traditional or digital hand-drawn animation techniques to create an animation. 90 seconds max.
  • 3D Animation - Animate in a 3D software package.  Pre-built character rigs are allowed. 90 seconds max.
  • Digital Video - Plan, film, and edit a video with any theme.  4 minutes max.
  • Digital Audio - Use digital tools to create an original music, radio commercials, short radio plays, etc. 2 minutes max.
  • Web Design - Design a website demonstrating good design with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. 10 pages max.
  • Game Design/ Interactive Media - Create a game using GameMaker, Unity, Flash, or other software.


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