Advanced Video Camera and Editing


Advanced Camera and Editing Timetable Fall 2017

Class meets Fridays 9am until 11:30am

(subject to revision)

 

Week 1- 1 September

Introduction - What are we doing this semester?

Equipment Overview - it will be important for everyone to know what belongs in the equipment bags, how to pack them, how to check them out. Go over equipment policies.

E-Portfolios - you will need to make sure you have an e-portfolio set up by next week

Intro to Cameras

  • Tripod operation
  • Focus
  • Aperture, Exposure, and Depth of Field (bokeh and contre jour)
  • Steadying the Camera
  • Types of Shots – importance of the close-up
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Finding depth - how to make a good shot more interesting


Guest Visit:
CMCI Media Studies Professor Andrew Calabrese - will chat about his documentary project about alternative agriculture. Students in the class will assist shooting interviews and collecting b-roll


Assignment #1: Practice Compositions - use your mobile phone camera to get 10 shots of objects around you, each with a different composition. Choose one of your best shots to show in class next week. Due Friday 8 September

Assignment #2: Come up with unique ways to move the camera. Use your mobile phone camera and record 5 shots up to 10 seconds each. Show in class next week. Due Friday 8 September

Assignment #3: For class next Friday, come up with a news package you found online and provide a link. Evaluate the package in a 2-page written critique and discuss in class next week. Due Friday 8 September

Make appointments for individual meetings

Reading Assignments:

Photography

Chapter 1 - Types of Shots
Chapter  2 - Contrast & Affinity
Chapter 3 - Rule of Thirds
Chapter 4 - Shooting Sequences

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Week 2 – 8 September

Quiz #1 - Based on readings - promptly at 9am


Go over camera assignments that were given last week

Presentations - Review news packages that you found

More on using the camera - Choosing the Right Shots

Sequences - how to improve your video storytelling

Natural Transitions

Microphone operation

Shooting Interviews - (more on microphone operation)

Light Kit operation - Three-point Lighting

Assignment #4: Edit "In Camera" - Use a camera assigned in this class find a subject and shoot it in the order that the shots might appear in the final edit. Due Friday, 15 September

Assignment #5: Leading the Eye - Use a camera assigned in this class to compose 3 scenes where objects in the scene lead the eye toward a specific object. Due Friday, 15 September

In-class Assignment: the class works as a production crew setting up 3 interviews in 3 locations using three-point lighting and wireless microphones. 

Reading Assignments: 

Photography

Chapter 5 - Camera Movement
Chapter 6 - Depth of Field
Chapter 7 - Shooting Stand-ups & Interviews
Chapter 8 - Lighting


Editing

Chapter 1 - Editing Aesthetics
Chapter 2 - Editing Guidelines
Chapter 3 - Rules of Editing
Chapter 4 - The Editing Process

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Week 3 – 15 September

Quiz #2 - based on readings assigned last Friday

Using the Osmo and the Ronin

Production Proposals and Developing the Story

Discuss Mini-Documentary Assignment - Due 8 December 

Adobe Premiere Workflow - for this part of the class we'll meet in the lab for a refresher and talk about Fast Package Editing.

Creating graphics in Premiere

Understanding Keyframes

Reading Assignments: 

Photography
Chapter 9 - Backpack Journalism

Editing

Chapter 5 - The Shot
Chapter 6 - The Sequence_
Chapter 7 - Pacing & Rhythm
Chapter 8 - Types of Edits

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Week 4 – 22 September

Quiz #3 - based on readings assigned last Friday

After Effects - The Basics - we'll meet in the Edit Lab and devote class to lessons

Assignment #6: After Effects Shapes Exercise - you want to put the exercise in your e-portfolio - due next Friday, 29 September


Reading Assignments: 

Developing the Story

Chapter 1 - Finding Your Story

Chapter 2 - The Focus

Chapter 3 - Mapping the Story

Chapter 4 - Writing


Chapter 9 - Common Editing Mistakes

Chapter 10 Editing in Early Cinema 

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Week 5 – 29 September

Quiz #4 - based on readings assigned last Friday

Assignment Due: After Effects Shapes exercise - you want to put the exercise in your e-portfolio

Early Editing in Cinema

More on After Effects - basics - we'll transfer to the Edit Lab and devote the remainder of class to lessons

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Week 6 –  6 October

Psychology of Colours

Colour Correction in Premiere

Speed Grade introduction

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Week 7 – 13 October

After Effects - Using Masks, Creating Lower Thirds, Using Null Objects, Bouncing Ball

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

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Week 8 – 20 October

Assignment Due: After Effects Bouncing Ball exercise - you want to put the exercise in your e-portfolio

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Week 9 – 27 October

After Effects - Creating a Slide Show

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

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Week 10 – 3 November

Assignment Due: After Effects Slide Show Exercise - make sure this is loaded in your e-portfolio

After Effects - Using the Camera Tracker


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Week 11 – 10 November

MIDTERM - exam is cumulative, and covers camera operation

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Week 12 – 17 November

Edit Day - work on rough cut to your feature package

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Week 13 – No class - Fall Break!

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Week 14 – 1 December

Edit Day - work on final cut to your feature package

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Week 15 – 8 December - Last day of class

Mini-Documentary Assignment due - class screenings 


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