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.
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.
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?
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.
To become more familiar with Beijing’s parks and the subject of Chinese millennials:
Top 10 Parks in Beijing
Chinese Millennials: New Minds In An Old World
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
Are you confused about the definition of a journalism profile story?
Laygate Stories – http://www.laygatestories.com/
Camera Set up + Shooting
For setting up your camera, camera rules hop over to multimediatrain.com