Week 11 – Video Production

students watching film projector

Reading Movies

This week we’re moving from audio to video. We’ve been looking at related aspects – photography, sound, design – all along, but now we’re going to look at cinematic camerawork, and how it all comes together.

For starters, read Roger Ebert’s How the Read a Movie to get some basics of film analysis.

The following links are part of Tony Zhou’s filmmaking series, Every Frame a Painting. The entire series is worth watching and highly recommended, but I’m going to point out these in particular:

Joel & Ethan Coen – Shot | Reverse Shot

How Does an Editor Think and Feel?

Memories of Murder (2003) – Ensemble Staging

Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

In Praise of Chairs


  • Begin working on recording and editing a Mini Video Documentary. It should be 2-3 minutes in length, no more and no less. It should feature someone who is not a close friend or family member, but someone from your community who has an interesting story to tell. (This one is difficult and you have two weeks to complete it).
    • For the weekly summary this week about the mini-documentary, write about your progress made during the first week.
    • Just as with the audio assignment, reach out to the #ds106 community for suggestions on how to proceed if you have never created and published an edited video before. I highly recommend not waiting until the second week to begin this. You need to locate a subject, arrange an interview, edit the recorded footage, add in some b-roll footage, add some background music, render the finished video and publish it to YouTube. It will take some time, so don’t delay in getting started!
  • Complete the Do the Hitch Cut assignment and one other video assignment of your choice.
  • Daily Creates – do only 2 DC’s this week.
  • Submit a weekly summary of activity to Canvas.

Commenting – Keep it up! It makes the world go ’round.


Shh, Listen – Week 10


Whew! We’ve reached the mid-point of the semester. Everyone has been working hard so this week we will take some time to listen to our radio programs and to reflect on them. Our nights for listening to DS106 Radio will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week from 7 pm – 9 pm. From 7-8 pm each evening we will be airing the work of students from UMW in Virginia and from 8-9 pm we will feature the work of K-State students. The listening, the commenting and the reflections will be our primary work for this week, so my hope is that we will have a good turnout of K-State students each evening. I recognize that everyone will not be able to participate in all three evenings but do your best to be involved in as much of this listening experience as possible.

To participate in this live listening event, everyone needs to follow and tweet using the #ds106 hashtag, as we collaborate with students from K-State and UMW as well. Additionally, we will set up live video chats with Google Hangouts for everyone to interact through that medium as well.

Everyone should reflect on, comment on and write a blog post about two or more radio shows they listened to and were not a part of creating. Describe the experience of listening, the various sound elements employed, what parts worked, what parts didn’t, etc. Be thoughtful, critical, and most importantly respectful.

In addition to the listening activities during the week, complete four Daily Create assignments. Write a summary of your work this week and submit it to this assignment by Sunday evening at 11:59 pm.


Weeks 8 & 9 – Internet Radio

10/03/16 – 10/17/16

This week and next we will be working on producing radio shows. The shows will be broadcast on ds106radio after they are completed. (Completed radio projects are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018)

Group Radio Show Guidelines

The radio show will be a group project with members of the class self-dividing into groups of around four people. Find the list of potential team members on Canvas (although not everyone has added contact info there yet), or seek members for your team on Twitter using the #digme256 tag. This group project is a major learning outcome for the course; that of working together as a member of a virtual team.

You will have two weeks to complete the project. These are the specifications:

  • All group members must contribute to the final radio show. Create a Google Document for planning and collaboration. If you invite Dr. Gx to be part of it, he can offer advice and input.
  • The total show should be around 20-30 minutes long, equal to at least 5-7 minutes per person in the group.
  • The show must include at least 3 ds106 radio bumpers (they can be specific to the show or general bumpers for ds106radio) that are produced by group members.
  • The show must include at least 3 commercial advertisements or PSAs. The show must include bumpers to transition between the program and the ads. (Suggestion: They don’t have to be serious ads. For example, you could do a Truth in Advertising radio spot in the style of a recent Daily Create activity.)
  • The show must relate in some way to the “Superhero” theme of the class. How you go about that is up to you. You can tell stories of fact or fiction. You can use comic book heroes or honest-to-goodness real-life heroes of the past or present. You can discuss true stories of incredible heroism or you can tell fanciful stories of fiction using the characters you created. In the end, we are looking for original program content.
  • The show can contain music, but it should follow copyright guidelines. You can create original music, use creative commons music that grants you a license to use it, or you can do a remix of popular music that only includes short excerpts. Be advised that Soundcloud and YouTube are very sensitive to copyright protected works and use software to take down violations of copyright.
  • Blog about your process and progress. We expect that every member will write a blog at least once during the first week about progress being made. We also expect every member to blog at least once during the second week about the completion of the project. These should be substantive blog posts in which you explain what progress/decisions the group had made, what individual work you’ve been doing, what tools/tech you’re using, what’s going well, what’s not working, etc.
  • Each group member needs to create at least one promotional graphic in the form of a poster/bumper sticker/logo etc. for their show during the first week — a little splash of design work.
  • Update the instructor about your group’s progress at some point during the first and second weeks.
  • Consider what a show should sound like. There needs to be an opening and a closing. You may need transitional elements; you may need to include sound effects. You will need to do audio production. This may include editing sections together, layering in background sounds, incorporating music, etc.

As you found out during Intro to Audio week, audio editing is time-consuming. Plan to be finished early and you will probably be done on time.

Summary of Deadlines and Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

Due by 11:59 pm 10/14/18 (Summarized, as usual, in a weekly post):

  1. Radio Show Progress: A blog post on your radio show process and progress.
  2. Radio Show Design Project: A blog post for your radio show poster/bumper sticker/logo etc. Write this post just like you would an assignment post — with the same amount of detail we usually expect!
  3. Commenting: Online interaction is a must-have professional skill. If you aren’t getting enough feedback on your work, it is because you aren’t giving enough feedback to others. Increase your interactions with the DS106 community by tweeting and leaving individual blog comments and questions throughout the week.
  4.  Everyone needs to do a good job of reading/commenting/questioning other students’ work. You should try to comment on at least 12 posts/tweets by other students this week (including Twitter tweets). Be sure to link to your posts/tweet commentary in your weekly summary by linking or embedding them in the summary narrative.
  5. Audio Assignments:  Complete 10 stars of Audio assignments. Try to do at least 5 stars that can be used in your piece or segment of the radio show (bumpers, commercials, story development etc.). We are assigning these stars this week so that you are making progress on developing content for your shows!
  6. Daily Creates: Do 1-2 Daily Create assignments this week.

Due by Midnight 10/21/18 (Summarized, as usual, in a weekly post):

  1. Completed radio show (only one person per group needs to upload a completed mp3 file of the radio program, but it does need to be submitted to Canvas on behalf of everyone in your group.)
  2. Radio Show Progress: Second blog post summarizing your radio show process.
  3. Commenting: Repeat the commenting assignment from week 1.
  4. Daily Creates: Do 1-2 Daily Create assignments this week.

Audio resources:

You can find additional audio resources in the Open Ds106 syllabus (http://ds106.us/open-course/unit-7-advanced-audio/).

If you find other helpful hints, you can share them over the next few weeks via Twitter, using the tag #ds106 and/or #digme256.