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Saturday, September 16, 2017


Project 3 is due this Friday 9/22.  Students should have already started on this project last week and must complete it and turn in by 9/22.

We will have a test on the Camera shots, angles & movements on Thursday 9/21.  This vocabulary was posted on Schoology on 9/4 and a Homework assignment based on the terms was due on 9/15.

Here are the terms to study for the test on Thursday 9/21:  

Extreme close-up (ECU/XCU)- This shot gets right in and shows extreme detail.
Extreme Wide shot (EWS)- The view is so far from the subject that he isn't even visible. Often used as an establishing shot.
Close-up (CU) - A certain feature or part of the subject takes up the whole frame.
Medium close-up (MCU)- Half way between a MS and a CU.
Medium or Mid Shot (MS)- Shows some part of the subject in more detail while still giving an impression of the whole subject.
Medium Long Shot (MLS)-Also known as a three-quarters shot.  Frames the whole subject from the knees up.  An intermediate shot between the long shot and the medium shot.
Long Shot (LS)- Also known as a full shot or Wide shot - The subject takes up the full frame, or at least as much as comfortably possible.
Over-the-shoulder shot (OSS)- Looking from behind a person at the subject. 
Point of View (POV)- Shows a view from the subject's perspective.
reaction shot,
Establishing Shot- Usually the first shot of a new scene designed to show the audience where the action is taking place. It is usually a very wide shot or extreme wide shot.
Two shot-A shot of two people framed like a Mid shot or Medium shot.
High Angle Shot- A cinematic technique where the camera looks down on the subject from a high angle.  High-angle shots can make the subject seem vulnerable or powerless when applied with the correct mood, setting, and effects.
Low angle shot- shot from a camera angle positioned low on the vertical axis, anywhere below the eye line, looking up. Sometimes, it is even directly below the subject's feet. Psychologically, the effect of the low-angle shot is that it makes the subject look strong and powerful.
Cut-in shot- Shows some (other) part of the subject in detail.
Cutaway shot - A shot of something other than the subject.
Dolly- Physically moving the camera, its tripod, and dolly perpendicularly toward or away from the set.
 Dolly in (DI), Dolly Out (DO),
Depth of Field (DOF)- The zone between the nearest and furthest points at which the camera can obtain a sharp focus.
Shallow Depth of Field- When the aperture is large (ex. f/1.8), the area in front and behind the focus point is very slim or shallow. That means that objects right in front and right behind the plane of focus is already going out of focus.
Head room- The amount of space between the top of the subject's head and the top of the picture frame.
Lead room- Refers to space in front of your subject. Leave extra space in the direction your subject is looking
Nose room- The space from the tip of a person's nose to the side edge of the frame
Pan – To move only the head of the tripod with a camera on it side to side to scan the scene horizontally.   Pan left (PL), Pan right (PR),
Pedestal – The pole the head of a tripod is attached to allowing user to raise or lower a camera.  Pedestal up (PedU), Pedestal down (PedD),
Tilt – To move the head of a tripod with a camera up or down.  Tilt up (TU), Tilt Down (TD),
Truck – The entire camera moves side to side.  Usually the camera is on a track or a dolly to smoothly move either left or right.    Truck Left (TL),  Truck Right (TR),
Rack focus- When the director shifts the focus from one object to another in the same scene. Changes attention. Signifies power or significance.
White Balance-The color of an object is affected by the lighting it is under.  In order to get accurate colors, you must white balance a camera when in different kinds of lighting conditions.  By setting the white balance, your camera can identify the color of pure white and therefore can identify all other colors properly. 
Rule of Thirds- A rule used to compose your images, which divides the screen into thirds horizontally and vertically, like a tic-tac toe grid.  The most interesting thing in your shot that you want the viewers attention to be drawn to, should be placed along at least one of the intersecting lines of the grid. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9-13-17 through 9-15-17


Sunday, September 10, 2017


Important weather information

All Cobb County schools and facilities  are closed Monday and Tuesday for all students and employees. Also, all school activities scheduled for Monday and Tuesday are cancelled.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Congratulations to Pebblebrook AV/Film 2 students Jullian Woodard, Jackie Anderson, & Treshon McDonald-Brown.   These students created a PSA video about CTAE preparing students for the work force.  Their video was submitted to the District competition and won 1st place against other Cobb County Schools. Here is a link to the video!

Monday, September 4, 2017


Hope everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend!  Please check Schoology as I have added vocab we will be going over the next couple of weeks.  You will have a test on the terms the week of 9/18.   We will continue producing videos that can be incorporated into our show.  As discussed on Friday we may work on creating a show on either an every other week schedule or Monthly schedule.  We want the show to showcase our best work and to ensure it shows the good things going on at our school.

Last week we addressed how students are graded on employability skills.  Students should exhibit good work habits every day. Here is some information on what was discussed.
Audio Video and Film is a Career Elective.  Teachers instruct students on not only the subject matter, but on qualities needed to maintain a job.  These skills are required to be taught as a GA Department of Education Performance Standard. 
You and your parents can monitor workplace behavior issues by looking in the gradebook at employability grades and checking the comments.  Comments are added in the gradebook identifying the problem(s) encountered throughout the production of a project.  Ten points are taken off for each infraction. 
Off task:  Unapproved Cell phone use (texting friends, making phone calls, facetime, playing games or anything not class/project related.), Using class computers to play games, watch movies or TV, sleeping in class. 
Safety:  Careless Handling of Equipment & Lab computers, Not putting equipment back neatly on shelf, Horseplay, Eating or Drinking in Edit Bay
Communication:  Use of Profanity, Disruption to lab environment, Disrespectful treatment of co-workers, supervisors, visitors.  

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Aug. 28- Sept. 1

We are preparing to debut our first Friday show of the school year this week.  Students should all be working in groups creating videos to include in upcoming shows.  They are given the freedom to shoot a variety of videos including PSA's, Commercials, News Stories, Short Movies, etc...

Class time is dedicated to working on brainstorming, scripting, recording and editing projects.  Students must show proper time management in order to meet weekly deadlines.  By now all students should have created a Schoology account, where they will go to on a weekly basis to submit project ideas, find vocabulary or other information necessary for class.