This is an exciting year! We're finally in the new Fine Arts Center and there are a lot of cool things in the works for this year. We will be producing video and helping with events for the school, allowing you to get tons of digital video experience in real-world scenarios. This semester, you will be creating both personal videos and videos for the school. We will be working with professionals in video, light, and sound, and you will be learning skills that you could potentially go out and earn money with (we have several former and current students actually working in video now).
Here is the syllabus and our tentative assignment list for the semester. Also, here's my first-day information and interest inventory.
Let me reiterate a couple of things from the syllabus. This is a project-based class. You will have a lot of assignments that will require time to complete. Furthermore, this is the largest number of students the program has ever had at one time. You will be sharing cameras and editing software, and so it is imperative that you manage your time wisely and work well with others. Just like in the real world, making videos can be a hectic process, due to constraints such as budget, limited time, and limited resources. You have to be able to get along with your peers.
Also, this class requires that you want to be here and making good video. I will require a level of self-motivation many of your other classes will not. You are expected to complete your assignments on time (or even early). Making good video takes a lot longer than you think; trust me.
Here are the two cameras we will be mainly using this year: the Vixia HF M500 and the XA10. We may eventually use the Nikon D5200s a bit, but don't count on that right now. Also, we'll probably have access to a Sony NEX 3 and a couple of other cameras over the course of the semester. Start to familiarize yourself with them. Most cameras are pretty similar in terms of basic functions. If you learn a few different models, you'll start to notice the similarities, and soon you'll be able to pick up just about any camera and start shooting without a problem.
Canon Vixia HF M500 Guide
Canon Vixia HF M500 Manual
Canon XA10 Guide (start on page 4)
Canon XA10 Manual
If you have your own camcorder or DSLR that shoots video, you are encouraged to bring it and use it, just check with me to make sure it records in a format that we can edit.
As far as editing software goes, we'll be using Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for sure, and we may be switching over to a newer platform as well (I'm still working on that, but something like Lightworks or Davinci Resolve 12...it really depends on what our computers can handle), but that's still in the works.
Fall 2014 Videos of the Week