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Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 7-12

This week, we are going to go over some basic editing tips and will also get to shoot some video for the first time.  We will also be tested on our classroom equipment safety procedures on Friday, August 12th. Below is a list of safety procedures / test study guide.


  1. Food and drink are not allowed near the computers or camera equipment.
  2. Classroom computers can only be used for educational purposes not for video games, or your internet searching pleasure.
  3. You must be extremely careful when using camera equipment and computers, it is fragile and breakable. The Video Production Classroom is a no nonsense zone!
  4. If you check-out gear and find something wrong, you must report it right away to the teacher.  
  5. The teacher may be more lenient on a group that was honest about experiencing an accident while using the equipment than a group that tries to cover up a problem.
  6. The record button on the cameras also pauses what you’re recording.
  7. All camera equipment must be checked out before using it.  You must fill out equipment check-out sheet and list the names of all in the group.
  8. After working with the camera equipment and uploading your videos to the computer, you must delete all videos before checking it back in and returning the equipment.
  9. Do not change camera settings without checking with the teacher first.
  10. While recording inside the classroom or in the hallway, you must not be too loud and disruptive to the other classes nearby.  
  11. Everyone in the group must be working at all times.  
  12. You should not run while using a camera or video equipment.

This week's project:


Six shots in Videographer’s Repertoire - Long shot, bust shot/head & shoulders shot, extreme close-up, medium shot, close-up, over-the-shoulder 
Long shot – Also known as an establishing shot or wide shot it sets up the location of a video or film. 

Bust shot/head & shoulder shot – Camera shot of an actor/actress from waist up

Close up shot – The shot is tightly framed on the subject so they dominate most of the frame and we can’t really see what is going on in the background. 

Extreme close up – Shows small details of a subject that would not be noticed in a wider shot.  It could be an extreme close up of an eye crying or a wrinkled hand…

Medium shot – Shows most of the subject’s body either from the waist up or the knees up. 

Over-the-shoulder shot – Gives the character’s point of view, but includes character’s shoulder or part of their head.  Commonly used when two characters are having a discussion. 

High Angle Shot - is a cinematic technique where the camera looks down on the subject from a high angle and can make the subject seem vulnerable or small or submissive when applied with the correct mood, setting, and effects.

Low Angle Shot - a shot from a camera positioned low on the vertical axis, anywhere below the eye line, looking up. Sometimes, the low-angle shot can make the subject look strong and powerful.

You and your partner(s) will check out a camera and shoot the 6 shots in the videographer’s repertoire.
When you are done shooting all six, you will upload the video clips to iMovie and edit them. 

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