Monday, July 30, 2007
This approach requires students to research, write, practice, shoot and edit on a very tight timetable. Skills from graphic arts, reading, writing, acting, narration, photography, and technology use are all integrated into this project. OF course, time management is also needed, because these projects are due on a specific date, no excuses allowed. It's an eye opener when kids discover this.
Slate.com has an interesting article on different styles of television advertising. Author Seth Stevenson and advertising mogul Leo Gunn discuss 12 basic ways that a commercial can get and hold your attention.
You may not agree with the way these ads are categorized, but you will admit that discussing ad styles while referring to Geico, iPhone and other commercials that students are familiar with will grab your students' attention.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Post production (editing) is when you transfer your video clips to the editor and start putting things together. So, what things can you do when you edit your raw video footage?
Remember, you only have two things to work with: audio and video. So, what can you do when you edit?
Add sound effects
Trim clips to the exact length you want
Add transitions (cross fades, page turns)
Add effects (black & white, slow-mo, backwards, etc)
Add scenes in any order you want
Remember that if you shot several “takes” of a scene, you need only use the best take. Also, you can put scenes in whatever order you like. It doesn’t have to be in the same order you shot it.
What can’t you do??
Make a blurry picture sharp and in focus.
Remove the “shake” from a shaky shot
Turn the audio up a lot, so a very soft voice is easy
Remove background noise to make voice easy to hear.
Remember you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. To have the best finished product, start out with good video and good audio. You can’t “fix it in post.”