Digital Video

Welcome to Digital Video!

 Instructor: Ms. Kapsos

Course Description:

This course investigates the history and technique of creative filmmaking and offers students the opportunity to experience first-hand every aspect of digital filmmaking from conceptualization to distribution. Students view major examples of U.S and international filmmaking, and learn creative problem-solving skills in brainstorming, script development and writing, storyboarding, shooting, editing, and soundtrack composition.


Upon completion of this course the student will be able to: 

  1. use digital cameras using natural and artificial light.
  2. understand how to mix and edit sound in video.
  3. master video editing software on Apple Mac and ipad.
  4. create a digital portfolio of videos and understand how to embed video.
  5. submit video to viewed on campus or in the region for student film festivals.
  6. storyboard for film and animation.
  7. create short animations like a looping gif and stop-motion film.
  8. master basic video editing skills such as import frames, clipping and inserting frames, filters, and rendering video.
  9. adding text to video.
  10. apply special effects like green screen and frame in a frame.

Material Requirements:

Video Camera with SD storage or DSLR Camera with Manual and Video settings, tripod, folder, an open mind, and “can-do” attitude.


Expectations: Each week, students will have a video challenge based on a concept or technical theme. It is encouraged to explore your space and environment outside of The Key School. The class will use previous student examples, readings, videos, artist references, and demonstrations will be used to help students research and brainstorm before each challenge. Students are expected to bring cameras to class as well as bring the camera home. Projects can range from a week to two weeks. Projects may need a several of video clips and audio, students should be ready to create and edit work every day. Each Student is required to provide his or her own camcorder or DSLR camera with video, but there are some available for use. 


A few guidelines for when we are working together:

  1. Your participation and effort are graded daily.  If you are not working on digital media assignments you will lose points.  Don’t play games, work on other classes’ homework, or sleep in class.
  2. You don’t feel challenged enough tell me and I will work with your level.
  3. Be on time for class.
  4. NO FOOD around technology equipment.
  5. Be prepared for class. Have the necessary materials.
  6. Before leaving the Digital Studio, students are responsible for logging off, picking up any trash or belongings around their work area and pushing their chair in.
  7. The use of personal listening devices or headphones are permitted only for editing purposes, during working time in class.
  8. I don’t expect you to agree with everything that is said or to appreciate every piece of art shared. I do expect you to respect each other’s opinions. This is a safe place for you to be yourself, so I do expect you to be constructive and considerate when contributing to conversations.
  9. This is your education, so take an active role in constructing it. Ask questions, soak it in, make connections, and be reflective.
  10. Have fun!

Topics Covered in this class: 

  • History of Video.
  • Developing a storyline/plot.
  • Video editing transitions, camera angles, and lighting.
  • Video Editing Vocabulary.
  • Understanding the Adobe Premiere Pro and iMovie workspace.
  • Importing video and audio files.
  • Capturing video through a variety of digital media (phones, video camera, etc.).
  • Adding, moving, deleting, and trimming clips in the Timeline panel.
  • much more depending on time.

Projects

  • Personal Story (digital story short)
  • Stop-motion video (using photoshop timeline to create animation)
  • Looping Gif (drawing animation)
  • Instructional Video (collaboration with language class)
  • Music Video (Remake or remix)
  • News Story or Commercial
  • Short Documentary
  • Film Noir (Creative Story)

Grading Policy:

Late work is accepted but may lose up to 1% per day (not including days the class does not meet, excluding weekends and holidays). If you are absent, your work is due the day you return. The evaluation process will include constructive in class discussions of student work, e.g. critiques. During critiques, students are required to use the appropriate technical vocabulary in order to gain proficiency in speaking about and understanding the subject. Students will be evaluated on their art process, as well as, their product. If you are having a problem with the assignments or have any other issues please speak with me immediately.

The course has 100 possible points. Letter grades will be calculated on the fairly standard scale:

A – Excellent. Inspired growth and/or consistent excellence. Profound contribution to class discussions. Punctuality and appropriate class behavior. Regularly exceeds course expectations.  A=93-100, A-=90-92

B – Very Good. Consistent high quality response to assignments. Active participation. Punctuality and appropriate class behavior. B+=87-89, B=83-86, B-= 80-82

C – Satisfactory response to assignments. Satisfactory attendance, participation, and behavior. C+= 77-79, C=73-76, C-=70-72

D – Minimum Passing Work. Unsatisfactory work and participation. Poor attendance and/or classroom behavior. D+=67-69, D=63-66, D-=60-62

F – No Credit. Failure to achieve the above. F= 0-59

The breakdown of possible points is as follows:

  • Projects: 40%
  • Research and Homework: 20%
  • Quizzes/Artist Statements 20%
  • Engagement/Critiques: 20%

Total: 100%

Late work is accepted but may lose up to 1% per day (not including days the class does not meet, excluding weekends and holidays). If you are absent, your work is due the day you return. The evaluation process will include constructive in class discussions of student work, e.g. critiques. During critiques, students are required to use the appropriate technical vocabulary in order to gain proficiency in speaking about and understanding the subject. Students will be evaluated on their art process, as well as, their product. If you are having a problem with the assignments or have any other issues please speak with me immediately.


Intellectual Property Considerations

Copying work, written or visual, is plagiarism. Students may use published photographs or the artwork of others for inspiration or reference for their own work, but they may not copy published photographs or other images. Work-based on photographs or the work of other artists must move beyond mere duplication of form and style. It is essential that such work reference these sources only and the primary artistic voice be that of the student. For written assignments, they must use their own words, even if they have cited the source(s) of their information.

Any student caught plagiarizing another artist’s/author’s work, or cheating on a project or test, will be disciplined in accordance with Key School policies.

Attendance

Because the knowledge and skills gained through the classroom experience are fundamental to all studio/art history endeavors, attendance of all classes for the entire scheduled period is expected. The final grade will be reduced to reflect excessive absences.