Your video assignment

Today we begin one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments of the semester. You will shoot and edit a five- to 10-minute video story and embed it in your blog via YouTube. Your assignment can be a simple feature story. Or you could take on a more complex idea. After your photo stories, I think you all have a better idea of what works and what doesn’t.

You will begin by shooting video clips and still photos. On Monday, you will bring to class your camera, a USB cable so that you can transfer your clips and photos to your computer, and earphones or earbuds so that you can listen to your video privately. Please don’t forget any of these items — you will need to be focused and ready to go on Monday.

Here is what you need to shoot:

  • Interviews with at least three people. You will need to get up close and personal, because you will find that though even cheap cameras do a good job with video, the audio quality tends to be lacking.
  • A stand-up of yourself that you will use to introduce your story. (You may want to work with a partner, though each of you will be doing your own story.)
  • At least three more video clips, mainly to be used as B-roll.
  • A few still photos, which also can be used as B-roll.

Have a look at some of the videos done by my students in the fall of 2008. Some are very good. (Some are missing.) You may notice that the syncing seems off; that’s because we were using iMovie ’08. Because you’re using iMovie ’09, you will have no such problems.

Please note: If you already have a video-editing set-up on your laptop that you are comfortable with, be sure to bring it to class on Monday. If you already use a different program, such as Windows Media Maker or Final Cut, feel free, although I cannot offer any support.

Get the complete names, properly spelled, of the people you feature in your video. You will use iMovie’s title feature to identify them.

We may be able to finish by the end of class next Wednesday, although past experience suggests it will spill over into the following week. Since spring break will intervene, that means I’m looking at Monday, March 8, as the most likely day we will finish up.

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