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

Assignments:

  • 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.

 

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.

Week 7 – Design

Week 7 will be focused on design. This week we will consider elements of design and what goes into making a good visual design.

Suggested Readings:

DS106 Design Resources This is a very exhaustive list of design resources compiled by past and present instructors of the DS106 online community. There is no need to read everything on this page, but you can provide a solid background in design by looking through these things.

You Should Know This Image. This is a collection of famous works of art and artists compiled by myself and some fellow experts in art and design.

Ten Elements of Design. A short list of important design elements with examples.

Complexity and the Ten Thousand Hour Rule  It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.

The Vignelli Canon. It’s a booklet by Massimo Vignelli, who was a superstar in the world of graphic design. On page 54 he discusses the introduction of computer-based desktop publishing and argues that he can design everything with a handful of typefaces such as: Garamond, Bodoni, Century Expanded, Helvetica, Optima, Futura, Univers, Caslon, Baskerville.

Reflect, Share and Converse: Take a look at these assigned readings and write a post about your thoughts on the area of design now that you have become more familiar with the topic. Also, read and comment on posts of others in #digme256 and/or #ds106 who are also writing and sharing on the topic of design this week.
Complete a DesignBlitz: To reinforce your understanding of design principles, undertake a “Design Blitz” this week. Carry your phone or camera with you during the week and take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate at least six of the design elements listed below (one photo per concept). Find two more that fail to use a design element well.

Elements of Design: line, color, shape, size, space, texture, form, contrast, value, typography, symbols & metaphors, balance, rhythm, unity & harmony

Share all your photos on Flickr and tag them designblitz. This will make the images searchable by the designblitz tag. When you have completed your Blitz, write a blog post that includes (THAT MEANS EMBED!) the photos and a description of the design element used by each and what makes them effective or not. Put all of the photos and your descriptive analysis in a single blog post. Share your post if desired on Twitter using the #digme256 and #ds106 hashtags.

Do three DailyCreates this week.

Complete design assignments from the assignment bank:
 Complete at least 10 stars of Design assignments from the Design category of the Assignment Bank. Each design assignment must be blogged and narrated with your process and thinking! Be sure to do a separate post for each assignment completed (Except Daily Creates which can be lumped together in a single post). You must include a link back to the assignment completed, giving the reader context for what you are writing about. Also, be sure to include the appropriate tags so your work will appear on the appropriate assignment pages.

Submit a weekly summary of all of the completed work to K-State Online / Canvas.

Nice work last week on the social networking side of things. Keep it up with the tweets and comments! It is a good practice for building professional networks of similar minded people.