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Sunday, December 10, 2017


Our semester is quickly coming to an end.  Here is what our week is looking like:

  • Monday:  Work on final video reel assignment.  Due 12/13 Submit any missing projects today. 
  • Tuesday: Work on Final video reel assignments.  Due 12/13 
  • WednesdayFinish Final reel assignments and turn in today.   
  • Thursday: Record segments for BSquad TV 
  • Friday: Go over Semester Final Review Sheet 
  • Monday:  Play Semester Final Kahoot Game 
  • Tuesday:  Finals 
  • Wednesday:  Finals 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

12/4 - 12/8

Students are working on creating a Resume and looking up potential local internships in the industry they would be interested in.

We will take a test on Thursday covering Lighting Terms.

Students will also work on creating video reels of their best work this semester.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

11/27 - 12/1

Welcome back!  Only about 3 1/2 weeks before the end of the semester.  Please come see me if your grade is a 69 or below.  You can always turn in missing assignments, but everything should be made up or turned in by 12/8.  

We will have a test on the terms below on Thursday, 12/7.  Please start studying the terms now.  The vocab list with images is posted on Schoology.  Some of these you may already be familiar with.


INSTRUMENT- Term used in the industry which means light.  The device into which a lamp is installed to provide light to the set.

LAMP – The part of the instrument that glows when plugged in to power.  Also known by consumers as light bulb. 


·             HARD LIGHT- Type of light used in a studio that creates sharp, distinct shadows.
·             SOFT LIGHT – Type of light used in a studio that creates indistinct shadows with no definitive line between areas of light and dark. 

·             SPOTLIGHT- This is a type of hard light that creates a circle of light in various diameters.
·             FRESNEL- A hard light instrument that is lightweight and easily focused.
·             FLOOD LIGHT- A soft light that provides general lighting in a large area.
·             SCOOP – A common type of flood light that produces a great deal of light.

·        BARNDOORS-Moveable black metal flaps attached to a lighting instrument to direct the light.
LIGHT HIT- When a shiny object in a shot gets a white spot or star-like reflection when the lights on set hit it. 
FLOURESCENT LAMP – Type of light that works when electricity excites a gas in the lamp causing the coating inside the lamp to glow with a soft, even light.  They are less expensive, longer lasting and don’t get as hot. 
INCANDESCENT LAMP- Type of lamp that uses a filament inside to glow and project light.  These can get very hot.  Should not be touched with bare hands as the oils in your hands can cause it to shatter when you light it.
LIGHTING CAN BE PLACED ON floor stands, clamp, or a grid and pipe system from the ceiling.
KELVIN COLOR TEMPERATURE SCALE – Measures color temperature in degrees Kelvin.  When talking about light, white is created when all colors of light are combined, while black is the absence of all colors.  The temperature of white light is 3200 Kelvin.
GEL- A heat resistant, thick sheet of plastic placed in front of a lighting instrument to turn whitle light into colored light.
LIGHT INTENSITY – can be controlled by:
·             simply moving the lighting further away from your subject
·             by replacing the lamp with one that has a lower wattage
·             using diffusion material which is a translucent material that is placed in front of a lighting instrument to reduce the intensity without affecting the color temperature.
·             using a scrim, which is a wire mesh woven material in front of the light to reduce the intensity
·             by bouncing the light off a wall or with a reflector
·             using a dimmer
THREE POINT LIGHTING CONSISTS OF – key light, fill light and back light.
KEY LIGHT- Provides the main source of illumination on the person or object in a shot
FILL LIGHT- A lighting instrument that is placed opposite the key light and above the talent to provide lighting on the other side of the talent’s face or object in the shot.
BACK LIGHT-Placed behind the talent or object in a shot to separate the talent/object from the background. 
BACKGROUND LIGHT-Instrument pointed at the background of a set.

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.