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Sunday, November 5, 2017

11/6 - 11/10

We will continue with the EOPA/Final Review this week.  We will have a test over different kinds of microphones on Thursday of this week.  Our projects are due this Friday!

Level III's:   Feel free to use this Quizlet to help you review some of the material for the End of Pathway.

Click here for the Microphone Study Guide

Sunday, October 29, 2017

10/30 - 11/3

New week = New project to begin this week.  Our new projects will be due on 11/10.  You could be working on projects such as:

  • Asking students about what they like about the cooler weather
  • Thanksgiving themed videos with an "attitude of gratitude"
  • Participate in District Film Festival - information is being released on Wednesday
  • Homecoming week recap of events.  
We will also be reviewing material for the Level III end of pathway and preparing for upcoming finals.  

Sunday, October 22, 2017

10/23 - 10/27

Project #5 is due this Friday!  You should have already started pre-production with brainstorming, scripting, etc... You will have time to work on finalizing projects this week, but we will also discuss some important points that can help you with your productions.

Monday:  Discuss continuity/ Work on projects
Tuesday:  Discuss shooting sequences/ Work on projects.
Wednesday:  Discussion of District Film Festival and Film Festival Rules/Work on Projects
Thursday:  Work on Projects
Friday:  Work on Projects and turn in projects.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Our next test is this Thursday.  It is over the material you received hand outs for and we covered last week.  If you have lost it, the entire vocab list is posted on Schoology.  We are starting new projects this week.  These projects will be due on 10/27.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Our next test is on Thursday, October 19th.  That is next week, so you have plenty of time to study the vocab I have attached in Schoology.  We will be going over the Vocab Terms for Test on 10/19 on Thursday of this week.  

Don't forget your projects are due this week on Friday.  There is no time to waste this week, since Wednesday will be a testing day throughout the school and you will not have time to edit and Thursday of this week we will be going over the vocab for the test.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Welcome back from Fall Break!  I hope everyone had a great time and is ready to create! We will have a show this Friday, so we will be recording the Friday show during one of the class periods this week.  Our next project due date is 10/13.  You should be working on content for that due date.

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR:

Please make sure you have created your Schoology account for your class period.  I have posted information for this week's test on Schoology.  Test is on Thursday 8/24 over Equipment Safety and Set Up.  It is all stuff you have heard me say over and over these last few weeks.

We are scheduled to have a guest speaker from The Film Race, a Film contest later this year.  He will discuss the contest if you are interested in participating and also speak about his experiences in the industry.

Friday, March 3, 2017


Students in AV/Film 1 will have a test on advertising terms and script terms.  These can be found on Schoology.  Test is Tuesday 3/7.  We will then begin working on our PSA projects.

Students need to work on weekly projects to include in the Friday show.

Friday, February 10, 2017


Students in AV/Film 1 are learning about copyright and copyright laws.  They will start working this week on a project where they have to research a copyright case and create a video presentation about the case chosen.

Students need to work on weekly projects to include in the Friday show.

Friday, February 3, 2017


AV/FILM 1 Will finish working on commercial projects due on Wed. 2/8.  
                   We will review for the test which will be on Thursday 2/9, which will cover the                               different kinds of camera shots, 180 degree rule and the Rule of Thirds..

AV/FILM 2&3 - Business as usual for students in these level classes.  Students must submit their idea for a project through the form on Schoology every Monday.  They should be working on a project for the week.  Every week they should be challenging themselves to work on different types of projects that will improve their video and editing skills.

The best projects are included in the Extended edition of Brooksquad TV on Fridays.  

Monday, January 30, 2017


AV/Film 1:  We are wrapping up our Magic Vine Videos, showing students how recording something just right along with editing the timing just right can make their videos look magical.

We will then begin learning about commercial terminology and start working on how to script and shoot a commercial.

AV/Film 2 & 3:  Students should have created a Schoology account for my class.  I have provided them links to a weekly submission form which they must turn in every Monday to let me know what they are working on for the week.

Also in Schoology, they can find a study guide for tests and a Rubric I will be using to grade their video projects.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


AV/Film 1 - We will put the finishing touches in our first project. Then we will save projects, and watch and critique.

AV/Film 2 & 3 - It's time to prepare for another show!  What stories and videos are you working on for this week?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WEEK OF 1/17

Students in AV/Film 1 today got their hands on the cameras for the first time.  They got acquainted with how to put the cameras on the tripods, how to record, play back, etc... They also learned how to upload video on to the computer.  

They will begin recording their first project on Wednesday of this week and continue working on it throughout the week.  

You can go to my website to find the project information:

AV/Film 2 &3 
Students are working on their first projects.  The best ones will be included in the  Friday show. This first project is an opportunity for me to see at what level they are and where they can improve throughout the semester...