WEEK 7 Cinematic Journalism

You will need to bring your camera & manual, video suitable SD cards, fully charged batteries, tripod and have Adobe Premiere installed. If you have a new camera, I suggest going through some of the http://www.multimediatrain.com video section before class. I also suggest you watch some online tutorials for your own specific camera brand and model.

Schedule

Monday: Review all class notes and watch links to ALL referenced media.
Tuesday AM: Introduction to Cinematic Journalism
Tuesday PM: Practical Workshop for Cinematic Journalism Techniques
Wednesday AM: Continuation of Practical Workshop for Cinematic Journalism Techniques + Interview Set-up and Practises
Wednesday PM: Review of Students’ Cinematic Journalism Projects

This weeks learning outcomes — Students will:

– Become familiar key cinematic journalism techniques including, video portraits, focus switch, time lapse, slow motion, natural wipes, pan-tilts and tracking.
– Begin to apply these techniques in a practical setting with other students, then receiving feedback from the tutor on how to improve.
– Learn about how to set-up different styles of interviews for use in journalism video projects. You will become familiar with different lighting techniques and how to use them in different situations.
– Apply these in a practical situation with other students in-class to focus on improving your technique and practice.

Assignment

Video feature in form of a ‘Video Profile’.

Find a fascinating, complex, quirky, inspiring or controversial person and show this person to the world.

Client: ‘California is a Place’ http://californiaisaplace.com/cali/

The topic is ‘Park Life’ or ‘Chinese Millennials’.

Length: 2–3 minutes

YOU MUST INCLUDE
– A video Interview
– At least three cinematic techniques from this week’s class.
– Good sequences. Not random B-Roll
– Create a beginning, middle and end to the profile.
– Pay attention to using a lav mic and getting good clean sound.
– Ask yourself, what is this person’s STORY? Why are they interesting? What is unique about them?
– Do you have a good hook (great visuals, or interesting quote) at the beginning to get your audience’s attention?
– How does your ending make your audience feel?

DEADLINE
Midnight Sunday 13th November — Please upload your file onto either YouTube or Vimeo and then embed it on your personal page. (Don’t forget to export your project using the H.264 and Vimeo/Youtube settings described in class, to ensure a manageable file size.

Assignment resources:

To become more familiar with Beijing’s parks and the subject of Chinese millennials:

Park Life
Top 10 Parks in Beijing
http://www.meiguoxing.com/Top_Ten_Parks_in_Beijing.html

Beijing Parks
http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/feature_2/BeijingParks

Chinese Millennials
Chinese Millennials: New Minds In An Old World
http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2015/07/31/chinese-millennials-new-minds-in-an-old-world/#11d8e0f015a8

Below is a list of video profiles and stories that should help inspire you for this week’s assignment and class projects. These features have been chosen for their creativity and cinematic journalism attributes:

Jonah Kessel — Tricycle Calligraphy

Dominic Bracco — Peace in Juarez: Clarinetist Finds Refuge Amidst Mexico’s Drug Wars

DJ Clark — The Archer: Bhutan’s national obsession

Extra Resources

Are you confused about the definition of a journalism profile story?
http://journalism-education.cubreporters.org/2010/08/how-to-write-profile-story.html

Laygate Stories – http://www.laygatestories.com/

7 Iconic Hollywood Cinematography Techniques

Camera Set up + Shooting
For setting up your camera, camera rules hop over to multimediatrain.com

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