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Okay, here’s what we need to be working on …

By 5 p.m. on Friday, November 20, you need to have an audio slide show uploaded to the server in the lab. Lab will be open on Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Friday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. I’ll look at that over break and send you a critique and grade. If you’re happy with it, you’re done. If you’re not, you should shoot and record another story or profile piece. Make sure your audio is clean and the photos well controlled. Don’t choose something indoors, choose something outdoors to make the photo side that much easier. That piece will need to be uploaded to the server by the start of class on December 1 – which essentially means you’ll need to upload it on Nov. 30, lab is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. then.

All of the software is available for free except for SoundSlides – that has a free demo, but you’ll need to move the project onto a lab computer, open it, save it, then export it to clear the demo message. I will not accept a project with the demo message on it. You will also need to have a headline and cutlines on all of the images – just a single sentence explaining what’s happening in the photo or how it pertains to the story.

For readings, you should finish off the Mindy McAdams RGMP (if you haven’t alread) as well as the Journalism 2.0 book. Both have lots of tips for handling video that are helpful. Which leads to …

Your video shoot. Find a simple story to tell, a profile of a newsworthy person who does something visual and repeatedly. Heres what your final piece will need:

  • An interview – find a good, quiet location, move in close so the camera microphone will pick up their audio and get them to talk about the subject.
  • B-roll – also called cover shots, you’ll use these to fill in the story. Doing the interview first will help you figure out what you need to shoot. Every video shooter and editor will tell you this: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH B-ROLL.
  • Matched action – you need to shoot one repetitive action from at least two different angles so you can edit them together to make it look like you had two cameras shooting at the same time. Make one a medium and the other a close-up to keep it simple.

You’ll bring this footage into class on Dec. 1, when we’ll talk about the editing process and then have you start editing. The final video will be due on the server by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. We will edit in Final Cut Pro, but if you are more comfortable (and have access to) iMovie or Movie Maker, I’m okay with you using that. You will have to turn in a QuickTime (.mov) file – make sure your version of Movie Maker can do that, some can’t.

Here are links to two video pieces you should take a look at. The first is a very simple, straight forward piece. The second is infinitely more complex, but a stunning example of the power of video:

You should be looking at lots of online video now. Find a great piece and give us a link to it, that’s the last part of your assignment. Let’s see those by the end of this week.


One Comment

  1. Here’s one of my favorite places to watch videos: the Wine Spectator site. They’ve just posted clips on the top 10 wines of this year. I’m not sure you can see them if you’re not logged in, but the URL is Some of their videos are also in iTunes.

    While the videos are pretty straightforward, I think they do a nice job with nothing more than a speaker, a bottle of wine, and a few photos with Ken Burns effects. And I love the sound of the cork coming out of the bottle at the beginning and the wine glasses clanging (is that the correct word?) at the end.


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