Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Assignment: Short Interview Video

Hello Students,
If you are finished with your holiday assembly video project than you can begin this short fun interview project. If you are diligent you can shoot and edit your video by the end of today's class.

Short Interview Video Assignment:
  • You may work as a team, but each team member is responsible for turning in their own edit
  • Use a tripod and camera
  • Pick a quiet spot to record, audio is important for this project... wind can drown out your subjects voice
  • Walk the school and ask anyone you can find if they are willing to be interviewed on camera
  • Try to ask at least 10 to 15 people the same questions, "Who are you", "Where are you from" and "What is your favorite holiday memory?" or a question of your choosing.
  • Download and convert your videos
  • Create a simple title sequence to introduce your video, great a title that has the question above before showing everyone's responses
  • Edit the responses together, the result should be warm, fuzzy and inspiring!
  • Keep the quality up, use appropriate music, keep the edits clean and the camera work smooth

Check out the video below for inspiration:

Have fun!
- Mr.W

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mid-Year Survey

Hello Students,
Please follow the link below to complete the ROP mid-year survey. This information is crucial to ROP and is used to determine our course selections for future classes. Make sure to select your ROP class from the drop down list.

Link: Mid-Year Survey


- Mr.W

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Project: Create A Holiday Themed Video For The SVHS Holiday Assembly

Hello Students,

Your new assignment is to work in teams and create a video for possible inclusion in the SVHS Holiday Assembly on Dec. 16th. This assembly is the only opportunity for the video production class to show off their work during a school wide gathering, use this as an opportunity to display the video production skills, techniques and knowledge you have developed. You will have to work hard as a team as well as individually, the deadline is short and cannot be changed... and each team member is responsible for editing their own version of the project. The best version will be chosen to represent us at the assembly. Consider using the snow effect in AE to create a winter effect on your video.

Project Specifications:

  • Work in teams of 4 of your choosing. Work with people you feel will contribute the most to your project. Your grade may be determined by your teammates dedication (or lack thereof).
  • Your team must produce a concept, outline  and storyboard/shotlist before shooting.
  • Your team must complete the project on time to be included in final judging for the assembly.
  • Each team member is responsible for editing their own final version of the video. Work as a team to write, produce, film... but work as individuals for editing. A rough and final edit is due from each and every team member.
Grading Specifications, for a total of 10 points:
  • 2 Points - Video Completed on time. Concepts, outlines, storyboards delivered on time
  • 2 Points - Camera work is smooth, audio is glitch free and at proper levels. Shows technical proficiency
  • 2 Points - Concepts are creative, final video matches original concept
  • 2 Points - Editing is smooth, glitch free. Good Timing. Shows technical proficiency
  • 2 Points - Titles are generated and are legible, creative and match video concept 
  1. Concepts are due Today at end of class
  2. Outlines are due Nov. 28th
  3. Rough edits are due Dec. 7th
  4. Final edits are due Dec. 15th
- Mr.W

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Introduction To After Effects and New Assignment:20 AE FX

Hello Students,

Today we will learn how to bring video clips into Adobe After Effects to apply effects to them. Follow the steps outlined below to get started...

20 Different AE Effects Assignment Details:
  • Find a short clip from one of your previous projects, output a 3-5 second clip of video from Final Cut. Use the Export > Quicktime function for best results.
  • Launch Adobe After Effects
  • Go to File > Import > Files and navigate to your clip
  • Drag your clip into the timeline and set up a composition
  • Explore the Effects menu, pick one while your clip is selected in the timeline to apply that effect
  • You can use Command-D to duplicate a clip, you can also Option-ClickDrag to make a copy.
  • Use the Text Tool to create a text object and type in the name of the Effect, shorten the Text Objects Layer in the Timeline so it only appears for that specific clip. Repeat for each clip.
  • Apply 20 different Effects to 20 different clips... explore the effects palette to modify the Effect's parameters. 
  • When done, set up your in/out markers and use Command-Control-M to "Make" a movie. You will see the Render Que... hit the Render button to save your movie.
  • Transfer your movie to my laptop via thumbdrive to turn it in
  • Files are due before end of class monday
Grading for a total of 10 points:
2.5 Points - All 20 clips created with effects
2.5 Points - Effects have labels
2.5 Points - Quicktime movie turned in and is proper video format
2.5 Points - File turned in on time

Check out this tutorial page for AE beginners:

AE Effects Samples:

Have Fun!

 - Mr.W

Monday, November 7, 2011

How To Write A Good Great List Of References


It is incredibly important to develop a great list of references. These references will help you obtain jobs, college admission or acceptance into special programs.

Who makes a good reference?

  • Teacher
  • Coach
  • Counseler
  • Present or past employer
  • Family friend
  • Anyone that can speak highly of your abilities, skills and worth

References to avoid:

  • Anyone under 18
  • Personal friends
  • family members
  • Anyone who cannot speak highly of your abilities or skills

Important Tips:
The format of your references should match your resume exactly, same header, same fonts.
Do not include references on your resume
Include at least three references
All references should be responsible adults who know you well and can speak to your character and skills
Always ask whether or not someone is willing to be a reference before including them in your list
Verify the contact information before handing over to an employer

Use the following format for your references

Persons Name:   Bob Smith
Address:            123 Fake Street
                          Santa Cruz Ca, 95060
Phone #:             (831) 555-4321
Title and              Business Owner
work place:         Moland Spring Bottled Water

Your resume's and reference lists are graded assignments. For a total of 10 points, grading is as follows:
2Pts - Resume and List of References is complete per Handbook Guidelines
2Pts - Resume and List of References is well formatted and easy to read
2Pts - Resume and List of References contains no typos or errors
2Pts - Resume and List of References are two separate documents with consistent style, font and header
2Pts - Resume and List of References are emailed to me as PDF files with descriptive file names (don't send a file called "untitled.pdf")

Follow Up Lesson: CareerLocker
Students, you can use Career Locker to develop a resume, research careers and salaries and complete assessments. Your follow up assignment to your resume and list of references is to complete the personal globe inventory on and research details for 3 different jobs using the occupations section on careerlocker.

Enter Registration Code scc-c846

Enter your personal information

Enter your Grade and Gender. For Group, select Wilson and any other ROP instructors you have

Agree to terms

Select "Assessments"

Select "Personal Globe Inventory"

Answer all the questions in the assessment

Analyze the results...

Job Research:
Click on the "Occupations" tab and click on "Browse Occupations"

Search for a job title, something your would be interested in. Research 3 jobs and write about why you would be interested in that job. Tell me information about the job such as:

  1. Job Title
  2. Job Description
  3. Job Activities
  4. Education Needed
  5. Career Pathway
  6. Salary Range

You can write up your research and email it to me with pages or google docs... be thorough! When your research is complete, work through these other assessments:

  • Work Skills
  • Work Styles
  • Learning Styles

- Mr. W

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How To Write a Good Great Resume Using InDesign

Hello Students,
ROP stresses a strong foundation in the basics of career development skills. We will introduce that foundation today by learning how to write a resume. This is just the first part to your career skills portfolio. In this class you will develop:
  • A Portfolio containing three or more of your best work samples and a written explanation of each piece
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Resume
  • List of References
  • Letter of Recommendation

Creating Your Resume:
Having a solid resume is the cornerstone to your job future. A well written and well designed resume is what sets you apart from other job applicants. A perfectly written job application, a quality resume and a list of positive references is the job seekers trifecta. In this class we will teach you these skills and more. Below is a list of writing tips, read over it before finalizing your resume.

It should describe:
  • Who you are
  • Your job objective
  • How you can be contacted
  • Your level of education
  • Your work history or experience
  • Your special skills and abilities
Make you resume well written, without typo's, mistakes or incorrect or misleading information. You resume's appearance will reflect your ability to organize. Use bold text and clean formatting to highlight the different sections of your resume. Make it easy to search out the information that your potential employer wants to see...
A resume is meant to convey an impression of your skills and experience, it's appearance also says a lot about your organizational skills and attention to detail. Note the difference in layout styles above.

You should use a document layout program, such as Indesign, so you can control the appearance of your resume. Additionally you should save your resume in a format that can travel over the internet or email easily, such as a PDF file.

Download the ROP Portfolio Handbook and begin working on your resume. The handbook has an example of a resume and a good list of information to include in yours. This is your model to follow when creating your own resume.

If you have advanced skills, use this tutorial to create a grid-based layout for your resume: Grid Based Resume Layout Tutorial

Resume Writing Tips:
Have an objective:
Know the purpose of your resume and edit it for different job scenarios. Having a focused job objective listed on your resume will help you with attaining an interview and getting hired.

Back up your special skills with job experience:
List your skills but make sure your listed job experience, training or education reflects those skills. Are you really good at making websites? Let them know how and where you learned that skill.

Research and use the right keywords:
Every industry has its own language, research job offerings and pay attention to the keywords that are used. If you put your resume online with a job placement service they will often use certain keywords to search their database for potential hires.

Be descriptive with job experience:
A job title will communicate your role, but not the details of your work experience. List the duties, tasks, activities, skills and achievements that were part of your job.

Format your text:
Use bold text to start each section. Use bullets for lists. Make the document easy to quickly scan and read. Clarity of format is crucial, you have ten seconds before the employer will move on to another applicant.

List most recent job experience first:
This also goes for education, list the most recent first. If your still in High School you can say "future class of 2012", or "Currently attending HS".

List most important skills first:
When writing out your skill list make the most important skills the first ones on the list. If you are applying for a web design job, list your web skills first. Change and edit this for different industries/jobs.

Leave out the obvious:
It is not necessary to add "available for interview" or "references available upon request". References are standard and expected, and of course you are available for an interview. Thats the whole point!

Avoid negativity:
Don't trash talk past employers or state that you didn't like a past job. Simply state that you were looking for future opportunities, or that the job wasn't a good fit for you or a good fit for your schedule.

Go with what you got:
If you haven't had work experience yet, just list any summer jobs, volunteer experience etc. If you have hobbies that are relevant to the job you can list those. If you don't have a diploma or degree then just list your estimated date for completion.

Proofread your resume:
Have your neighbor or classmate read your resume. Sometimes the spellchecker doesn't catch typos. The more eyeballs that see your resume before it gets in the hands of the employer the better

Introduction to Indesign:
Indesign is a powerful document layout and creation software. You can create everything from simple 1 page documents to tri-fold brochures and even entire books. We will learn the basics of Indesign and use it to create our resumes. Watch the screencasts below and work through the tasks in each video, I will play these for the class as well.

Resume's are due Wednesday

Have fun!

 - Mr.W

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Video Production Tips Checklist

Hello Students,
Here is a quick checklist to keep in mind when shooting and editing your current video project, and all future projects as well. These are just tips and tricks, let your subject matter dictate your filmmaking style first and fall back on these techniques for consistence and quality.

Video Tips Checklist:
- Keep your camera work smooth and steady. 

- Shoot more footage than you need, shoot 2 or 3 takes of each scene to allow you to choose the best take during editing.

- Change the camera height, distance... use close-ups, angles, wideangles, use a tripod. Avoid using the same camera position for more than 2 shots in a row.

- Try to have an edit ever 2-5 seconds on average. Avoid shots that linger for too long. 15 seconds is the maximum time any shot should sustain for (that is until you become a master of the filmmaking arts).

- Listen to all audio and check for clips that cut in and out abruptly, double click an audio layer to adjust its decibel level and then re-render audio to hear the change.

- Dialogue and narration should be crisp and clear and not drowned out by ambient noise or overly loud music. If you record voice over audio make sure it is in a very quiet room. Most macs have a utility to record audio, look in your application folder.

- Use the Motion Tab in Final Cut to create split screen effects, crossfades, animation or other effects. remember to double click your clip to adjust its motion parameters.

- Make sure your final version has full intro titles and end credits as well as tails (3 seconds of silence before and after any titles appear).

- Here is a quick tutorial on using Livetype to create titles: How to use Livetype to make Titles

Have fun everyone and stay productive!

 - Mr.W

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Assignment: Photoshop Text Effects

Hello Students,

Your video projects can always use some awesome title graphics.... pick one of these tutorials to work through in photoshop. Ask me if you get stuck....

 - SW

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

YFIOB 11th Annual Business Education Luncheon


YFIOB is hosting a business education luncheon at the Coconut Grove, if you would like to attend please see me to register. Seating is limited so please express your interest ASAP or speak to our ROP counselor Julie Levy. Any students that attend can write a short summary of the event for extra credit.

It's an inspiring event and Your Future is Our Business is a great supporter of ROP and provides us with the inspiring career panels we get to have each year.

- Mr. W

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Assignment: 20 Video Production Techniques

Hello Students,

Congratulations on your freestyle video projects, the results were great, and yet we can always be better, That's where our next assignment comes in.

Your next assignment will be graded on your ability to accomplish 20 specific technical shots or techniques and how creative you can be within those constraints. Minimum video length 2 minute, 4-5 minutes max. We will discuss all these techniques and how to accomplish them in lecture, take notes. You will also be graded on time management and ability to meet the deadlines.

Teams will be chosen by picking numbers. Teamwork is crucial on this project, every one must participate and contribute to the final project. You will work in teams of 3.

20 Video Production Techniques
Project Specifications:
1 Page film proposal/pitch must be approved before production can begin.

Production Schedule:
Sept 3rd - Proposal Due
Oct  6th - Script, Storyboard or Shot List Due
Oct 17th - Preliminary Shooting Complete
Oct 24th - Rough Cut Edit Complete
Oct 27th - Editing Complete

Format: The final format of the video is your choice, it could be a music video, action video, narrative or experimental. You could even make an instructional video about these video production techniques.

Grading: For full credit your video project must contain one example of the 20 shots listed below. Camera work should be smooth and steady. Editing should be well timed and without edit glitches or gaps. Must have titles and tails. All deadlines listed above must be met on time.

Note: Each team member must take turns shooting and acting. No outside actors or camera operators allowed. Teams may help each other for difficult shots. All project storyboard/scripts/shot lists must be approved by me before production can begin.

A shotlist and storyboard must be created and the final video must contain 1 example each of the shots or effects listed below:

1. Silhouette Shot - actor or actors must be silhouetted against a background

2. Green Screen Shot - actor or actors shot against green screen, background must be keyed out and replaced with background still image or video

3. Single Source LighCloseup - actor or actors shot closeup with single light source for high contrast

4. Shadow Shot - camera shows shadow only, can pan up to actor after, or show interaction between two characters through shadow only

5. Twins - use static camera and split screen effect to show actor and a "double"

6. Window Illusion - overlay semi-transparent video over actor or actors to simulate window reflection

7. Frame Within A Frame - look for environments or architecture that "frames" your actor or actors

8. Background Slide - use a sideways camera movement to give the impression that the background is moving behind your actor or actors

9. Handheld Dolly Shot - follow the action with a handheld shot, must use a tripod as a counterweight to reduce camera shake, change camera height during shot

10. Fall Away - camera walks backwards from actor or actors

11. Walk In - shot begins on actor 1, in the foreground or background actor 2 steps into frame

12. Camera Flow - shot begins with Handheld Dolly Shot following actor 1 walking to the right, actor 2 passes in foreground going in opposite direction and camera changes direction to follow actor 2. This change in direction can happen 2-3 times

13. Spin Shot - camera spins around actor or actors 360 degrees

14. Motionless Camera - camera is tripod mounted, focus on motion in scene, all actor or actors must be moving. extras can help add energy to a scene

15. Whip Cut - camera quickly sweeps away from scene, edit is made to seem like camera ends on a second scene, also called a sweep cut

16. Slow Motion - Video source is slowed down by 75%. slowing down any more can be done but render time is increased. Ask me how to do extreme slow motion with Adobe After Effects.

17. Pass Through Wall - Camera moves up to wall, fades to second shot inside moving towards center of room. Can also be pass through window, pass through keyhole etc...

18. Extreme Angle - camera angle has extreme foreshortening or perspective

19. Saturated Color Background - actor or actors are shot against a background of mostly a single vivid color, such as a brightly colored wall, green grass, etc...

20. Textured Background - actor or actors shot against textured background, brick wall, fence posts, tree bark, ivy etc...

Extra information about these shots can be researched online...

- Mr. `W