Advanced Video Editing



Advanced Camera and Editing (ACE)

Assignments


Assignment #1 - Practice Composition - due Friday 8 September

Using your mobile phone camera, snap (photos not video) 10 shots of objects around you each with a different composition. 5 shots need to use triangular composition and the others must demonstrate Rule of Thirds. Choose one of your best shots to present to class. 



Photo by Gianmaria Zanotti, 2006

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Assignment #2 - Camera Motion - due Friday 8 September

Using your mobile phone camera, record video of 5 shots that show unique camera motion. What can you get from a merry-go-round, a shopping trolly, on top of a skateboard, etc.? Choose one of your best shots to present to class.


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Assignment #3 - News Package Critique - due Friday 8 September

Find a professional news package online and provide the link along with a 2-page evaluation. Evaluate the package using the criteria provided under Grading Rubrics. Ask yourself how the images and editing enhance the storytelling, make it compelling, interesting to watch... or if it fails to do that. 

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Assignment #4 - Edit in Camera - due Friday 15 September

Using one of the cameras assigned in class, find a subject and shoot a sequence. Think like an editor and record the shots in the order that you think they'll go in the final edit. But you also need to consider pacing - the temporal length of a shot before cutting to the next one. 

This assignment helps you become more familiar with the camera, but it also gets you to Think Like An Editor!


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Assignment #5 - Leading the Eye - due Friday 15 September

Using one of the cameras assigned in class, compose 3 scenes in such a way where the objects within the scene lead the eye toward a specific object. For example, using a fence or footpath, a dinner table, billboards and signs, etc. The technique of leading the eye makes it easier for audiences to find the focus of a scene. 

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In-class Assignment - Interview sequence - Friday 8 September

The entire class work as a production crew, designated positions to set up interviews using three-point lighting and use of wireless microphones - shoot in 3 locations (3 interviews) where you can switch out roles. 


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Mini-Documentary Assignment - due 8 December

This is an individual assignment and is graded on most heavily. Students have the entire semester to come up with an exemplary piece of work that could potentially be submitted to an awards program.  

Students choose a subject that interests them and has a compelling story. The story could be about a place, an event, a person (but you can't pick your best friend or family member). The story could be a persuasive documentary that seeks to show a particular perspective, or an informational program about a worthwhile cause or concept, or an investigative reporting package. Please see your instructor for guidance and approval of your story. 

The work will be achieved in three stages: Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. You will be required to meet with your instructor on a regular basis throughout the semester with updates about every stage of your work and to get guidance. The mini-documentary must include the following:

  • A narrator - on-camera or off 
  • at least 2 on-camera interviews
  • use of on-screen text that includes lower-thirds and a title
  • production credits
  • use of music
  • at least one use of After Effects
  • demonstration of audio and video transitions

This work must include a script in TV column format and a proposal. 

The video length for undergraduates will be a minimum of 4 minutes; graduates must produce a minimum of 8 minutes. 

No double-dipping allowed! This assignment must not have originated in another class or extracurricular project. 


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Assignment #6 - After Effects Shapes - due Friday 29 September

Based on the in-class lesson, produce an exercise that shows your mastery over using shapes in After Effects. Publish in your e-portfolio and turn in the link for a grade. 


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Assignment #7 - After Effects Bouncing Ball - due Friday 20 October

Based on the in-class lesson, produce an exercise that shows your your ability to animate a bouncing ball. This is the sort of exercise that helped early animators get a job at Disney. Publish the assignment in your e-portfolio and turn in the link for a grade. 


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Assignment #8 - After Effects Slide Show - due Friday 3 November

Based on the in-class lesson, produce an exercise that shows a slide presentation of a subject of your choosing. The subject may even be the one you chose for your Mini-Documentary assignment. Publish the assignment in your e-portfolio and turn in the link for a grade.