Student Video Samples

Projects #1 and #2 • Summer 2014

Broadcast 60 Single Camera Production

“Portrait of a Place”


Meaning, mood and action of any production are contingent on paying careful attention to the environment and treating the following elements:

1) physical details,

  1. 2) spatial dimensions,

  2. 3) quality of light,

  3. 4) activity, and

  4. 5) specificity of locale.

Imagery is all-important.  No dialog or narration is needed for this non-verbal project.  The location you choose to portray may either be indoor (Interior) or outdoor (Exterior). 

Decide what you wish to convey about the space and devise a visual strategy to evoke an emotional response from your audience. 

It could be an emotional reaction like a place that makes you feel claustrophobic, nostalgic, happy or afraid.  Or it could be that you are interested in the quality of light in the place, or the changes in the quality of light.

Perhaps what intrigues you is the purpose or use of the place, i.e. what activity is conducted in the location, or that it is the filthiest place you’ve ever seen, or reveals more wealth than you thought imaginable. 

Maybe you like the architectural design, or maybe it is a room, which reveals the personality of its inhabitant.  Use of appropriate music is recommended.

Look for a specific theme within the location and reveal it visually.

“Portrait of a Person”

Project Criteria.

Project #2  = Moving One or More People Through Space

This project involves the creation of a narrative story, which must be a complete dramatic unit with a simple but clear beginning (setup), middle (development), and end (resolution).  These projects are designed to be accomplished with no or only minimal dialogue to convey the story-line.

Pick one option:

1.  A task or process sequence with the emphasis on moving your character(s) through space (interior, exterior, or both). This option involves a person(s) with a clear task to accomplish and should move through space to complete this task.   Create conflict through the use of obstacles that get in the way as the character(s) attempt to overcome the complications.  Character(s) either succeeds or fails.  Make sure the task, the environment, and the action all serve to reveal your character.  Emphasis will be on proper screen direction, proper shot/reverse shot between person and objects, and the sharp use of elliptical editing to achieve “suspension of disbelief”. Or

2.  A chase or follow sequence involving two people moving through space (interior, exterior, or both).  This option involves creating a story or a mystery that involves one person chasing or following another.  The dramatic purpose of the chasing/following needs to become clear at some point.  It is important to maintain proper screen direction and location/landmark details.

For both options:

•Emphasis is on moving character(s) through space, so you must use multiple locations with Introduce, Isolate, Inspect, and Re-Introduce (I, I, I, RI) setups.

•Emphasis is also on framing and maintaining proper screen direction from cut to cut. Take time to create interesting and appropriate frames for the action (Rule of Thirds).

•You will be expected to maintain cinematic continuity. Some controlled random montage sections may also be included.

•Pacing in the frame (movement of characters and objects) is as important as the pace of the editing.

•You must change screen direction motivated by the content of the story.

•You must utilize several looking/POV/reaction sequence.

•You may edit this project to a music track and/or use ambient sound. If necessary, you may record some sync dialogue (but very little).

Rule #1:  In order to receive credit for this project you will submit a proposal (Project Synopsis) for approval before you shoot any video footage, even if you are going to use your own camera and equipment.  Your proposal will also include a Final Draft, Final Draft A/V 2 or Pages (2-column) type written and printed script.

Project Synopsis and Screenplay:

A) Write a brief description (beginning, middle and end) and where you will be shooting,

B) List several reasons why you chose your particular storyline,

C) Describe your visual strategy for acquiring footage (how you plan to convey it),

D) List of crew members and their job duties, (DP, Director, Writer, Producer, etc.) and

E) Final Draft or Pages (2-column) type-written and printed script signed and approved by me before you are allowed to check out any equipment or begin shooting the project.

F) Include basic storyboards of your project,

G) Upon project approval, you will be given a voucher card that will allow you to check out equipment.

Rule #2: All camera shots should be mounted on a tripod or other stable base (i.e. put the camera on the floor for an extremely low angle shot).  Shoot your project with Panasonic HVX 200 P2 or Canon HFS 200 HD or your own HD camera.  Use the camera’s manual controls for focus, exposure, white balance, etc.

Rule #3: Use a variety of camera angles and focal distances (wide, medium, cu, etc). 

Rule #4: During the recording of a shot: Do not use zoom in or zoom out controls.  Physically move the camera for closer shots or zoom in or out when you are not recording the take.

Rule #5: 2 – 5 minutes maximum running time and at least 2 minutes.  Use the following specifications to submit your completed video project as a ProRes HQ video file.  Make sure that the QuickTime Exported file has the following information: your first initial/last name POP #2 project Sum2014.

Rule #6: No more than (3) three students to a group with each student responsible or sharing specific crew position(s).  Finally, think about how this project will eventually come together in the editing. 

Rule #7:  Project • Due on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 4:00pm


Project Criteria.