|T Aug 18||Discuss & Demo: Orientation to Video Conferencing; Required Equipment; Vimeo; Class Aspirations|
|R Aug 20||Assignment: Personal Introduction (0900a).
20 seconds exactly. Maximum of 10 words (spoken and/or written). Uploaded to Vimeo.
|M Aug 24||Last Day to Drop-Add|
|T Aug 25||Discuss & Demo: Functions of Light
Analytical Viewing: (0900a) Watch this clip from Batman Forever (1995). Write a paragraph which includes a couple of observations about the film's lighting. Think about how the effects you see might be achieved by filmmakers. Keep the paragraph handy as a basis for today's class discussion.
|R Aug 27||Discuss & Demo: Controllable Properties of Light|
|T Sep 01||Discuss & Demo: 3-Point Lighting
Discuss & Demo: Lenses, Irises, & White Balance
Assignment: (0900a) Meet with your group via Zoom or other videoconferencing platform to review Lighting class notes.
Assignment: (0900a) Confirm your ability to access Adobe Premiere (on your computer) and MomentPro (on your phone).
Assignment: (0900a) Share with the members of your group the OneDrive folder you made in class.
|R Sep 03||Assignment: Stage three different portraits using Virtual Lighting Studio. Submit the portraits and lighting plots as a .pdf via D2L (0900a).|
|T Sep 08||Assignment: Depth of Field - Footage Logs (0900a)
(1) Leader - Create an industry-standard leader at the beginning of an Adobe sequence.
(2) Still Life - 6 well-lit photos, each with a duration of 2 seconds, in a Premiere sequence. Adjust lens and camera variables to create different depths of field. Submit lighting plot and footage log as .pdfs via D2L.
(3) Portrait Footage - Well-lit close-up of a person reciting a short poem (<1min). 6 takes in the same Premiere sequence. Adjust lens and camera variables to create different depths of field. Submit lighting plot and footage log as .pdfs via D2L.
Please wait for further instructions before submitting the Adobe Premiere sequence.
|T Sep 15||Project: Composition (0900a) Two things meet. Their meeting escalates to a climax. They withdraw. Use the Storyboarder app to plan the the scene in 4-6 shots. Export the resulting storyboard as a .pdf binder to the corresponding D2L assignment folder.
HERE is a recording of a recent class demonstration of Storyboarder.
|R Sep 17||Project: Depth of Field - Vimeo Link (Instead of the regular group meeting, your professor will be available via Zoom for individual consultation during today's workshop class period. Projects are due at 1130a.).
• Start with the 0908 Adobe timeline.
• Use Essential Graphics to add lower thirds with ISO and f-stop information inside safe margins. Use Effect Controls as necessary to scale and position photos or graphics.
• Add 30 seconds of silent black to the end of your timeline.
• Update your slate to reflect the TRT of the program. The TRT does not include the leader or the 30 seconds of black.
• Export two 1080p Full HD versions of the timeline: (1) the full sequence; (2) the program only with two-second of silent black heads and tails. If your weekly Vimeo upload limit cannot accommodate Full HD, export files from Adobe using another Vimeo preset at a lower resolution.
• Upload both exported timelines to Vimeo. Submit both URLs to the appropriate D2L assignment folder as a single .pdf.
|T Sep 22||Discuss and Demo: Movement|
|R Sep 24|
T Sep 29
|Workshop: Movement. Instead of the regular group meeting, your professor will be available via Zoom for individual consultation during these workshop class periods.|
|R Oct 01||Project: Movement. (0900a)|
|AUDIO & SCRIPT|
|R Oct 08||Participation: Scriptwriting - Conversation Transcript (0900a)|
|T Oct 13||Group Assignment: Scriptwriting (0900a)|
|R Oct 15||Discuss & Demo: Recording Location Dialogue
|R Oct 29||Discuss & Demo: Editing Aesthetics|
|T Nov 03||Discuss & Demo: Editing Technique
Guided In-Class Individual Assignment: Phase 1 - Preparing to Edit (1030a)
|T Dec 01||Final Exam (0800 - 1000a)|
|R Dec 03||Final Exam (0800 - 1000a)|
- identify and employ the pre-production activities that govern digital filmmaking — including location scouting, scriptwriting, casting, storyboarding, and scheduling.
- identify and employ rudimentary principles of lighting, camera operation, sound recording to capture video and audio.
- identify and employ principles of cinema grammar to edit digital video footage and audio recordings.
- store a finished digital video and prepare it for distribution.
- support creative collaboration with safety, protocols, and etiquette, in the studio and on-location.
- direct and respond to the direction of others.
Instruction will offer cultural and historical context for course assignments through lectures, presentations, and group discussions.
|Quizzes & Assignments||20%|
Assignment grades will be based on the following scale:
Late work can earn no more than a maximum of 60 points. Work is considered late if submitted or time-stamped after deadlines posted in the syllabus (usually specified by date and time). If, because of extreme and prolonged sickness, you miss a deadline and are able to substantiate a claim of incapacitation with a note from a reputable doctor or Student Health Services, the grades of your remaining assignments will be given greater weight to compensate. Otherwise, you will receive a zero for the assignment. Examinations must be taken when scheduled.
Responding to students’ desire for the most immediate feedback on their project work, grades and comments are typically reported online, usually within seven days of submission. It is therefore the responsibility of students to regularly consult D2L, Edinboro’s classroom management software, for the most current report of their grades.
Participation will be evaluated throughout the semester by professor and peers based on student contribution to class community. Assigning the grade, I am chiefly concerned with the following questions:
- To what degree and in what ways does the student demonstrate respect for his/her audience and co-laborers?
- To what degree and in what ways does the student model dependability and responsibility?
- In what ways has the student participated in work load, idea generation, and leadership — apart from the work necessary to complete his/her individual assignments?
- Of what value are the student’s criticism and suggestions for improvement valued by his/her peers?
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- by e-mail at email@example.com [good].
- by phone or voicemail at 616.498.4336 (49.VIDEO) [better]. Texting? Remember to identify yourself by name and course.
- in person [best]. My office hours are posted with video conferencing links.
I will respond to most messages within 12 hours.
I’ve got tickets to leave early for break. Can I reschedule work to accommodate my travel plans? Classes will not be held on holidays officially recognized by the university. All other days of the term are fair game for lectures, quizzes and assignments. Those students who plan to leave early for or return late from holiday breaks may not reschedule exams or other work.
Can I take class notes on my iPad? Can I film a lecture? What are the professor’s expectations for electronic etiquette? You’re encouraged to use smart phones, tablets, and laptops in disciplined ways which accomplish the work of the course. It’s considered rude, however, to engage in private communiqués (facebook, twitter, IMs, texts) during class.
The classroom is a protected space where together students and faculty rehearse ideas that are often not yet ready to be shared with the wider world. Effective teachers adapt course content for a narrow audience of students, tailoring discussions on the fly to circumstances of the moment. Exchanges are necessarily fraught with controversy, challenge, and misunderstanding. Please safeguard the learning enterprise from surreptitious audio and video surveillance. Do not film, record, or share, audio or video images of anyone without a signed personal release. This legal warning applies explicitly to video conferences, class lectures, and studio activities.
Oops. My phone started ringing in class. Probably Mom calling… Silence your phones during class meetings and project work. You’d hate to ruin an otherwise fabulous take on location with a Kanye West ringtone.
Appeals are more likely to be successful if students have solicited the professor’s input on at least two intermediate versions of the project (see “Feedback & Revision,” above).
- Cheating. Behaviors including, but not limited to, use of unauthorized notes or reference materials during examinations; copying answers from another student’s paper during an examination; the unauthorized possession of academic materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of course assessment materials, including exams; the unauthorized exchange of information or collaboration regarding tests, or other course assignments; aiding another to engage in cheating; and/or all other acts of academic dishonesty that any member of this academic community would reasonably understand to be a breach of this academic integrity statement will be considered cheating and an act of academic dishonesty.
- Plagiarism. Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of ideas of another person and representing them as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, using ideas or passages from a work without properly attributing the source, paraphrasing the work of another without giving proper credit, and/or the sale, purchase, or exchange of papers or research. It is the student’s responsibility to know what plagiarism is and to properly cite the work of others. If a student is in doubt, it is their responsibility to resolve any ambiguity prior to submitting the work. Plagiarism is nothing less than an act of theft, and, as such, is subject to University disciplinary action.
- Copyright. While plagiarism involves appropriating someone’s ideas without credit, copyright infringement is taking or altering someone’s original created work without paying. Copyright enforcement is subject to a number of variables including the lifespan of the creator and his/her heirs as well as corporate ownership of works made for hire. Fair warning: burgeoning filmmakers often wrongly believe they must pay other creators for work used only if their film turns a profit. Not true.
The standards of integrity and the penalties of dishonesty apply equally to
- ideas, words, and speech
- visual images, recordings, performances, and files
- audio recordings, performances, and files
- all electrochemical means of storage and communication
- use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws
I will vigorously pursue prosecution of academic dishonesty to the very limit of sanctions allowed by the university, up to and including failure of the course and expulsion from the university. I will just as vigorously work with students to prevent even unintended lapses of integrity.
While student media producers retain copyright ownership of their respective work, enrollment in this course constitutes your permission to let the university, the department, the professor, their representatives, and successors, exhibit and distribute for promotional purposes those media projects submitted in fulfillment of course assignments. Your enrollment further implies consent to be photographed in class or while working on class projects. Without any effect on your grade, you may withhold or limit such permission by indicating your wish to do so in a note to your professor signed, witnessed, and dated, before the university’s last day to drop-add.
How can I arrange to work after-hours in campus buildings? Online offerings of this course do not include access to campus facilities.
How do I arrange to borrow equipment for this weekend’s shoot? Can I borrow equipment to shoot my cousin’s wedding? Equipment loan is not available to students enrolled in online offerings of this course. Students are responsible for access to specified equipment.