Notes today. Quiz tomorrow. Let's go.
Today's notes equals tomorrow's quiz. Here's how to reserve a camera and tripod.
Many of us don't realize we can use bookmarks to get to websites faster. It's time for a review on how this works. First, the lesson. Watch and take notes for Monday's quiz. The content is old, but the procedure still works. Here's how it's done.
First of all, do you see your bookmarks bar right below your address bar? If not, click View, then Show Favorites Bar.
If you were a Media student in December of 2017, your next assignment is to download a ton of student videos, and put them together for cable television.
Use keepvid.com like we've always done, but there's a new twist I need to show you. Open the video at YouTube, then copy and paste the link in the box like you see below.
Once that's done, press RETURN. Next, press the download button right below Download Pro. If you click the blue button, it takes you to the place where you download the app, which is not what we want. Click on Download.
Once you do this, you will move on to the next screen, and you'll see an icon float to your downloads folder. When the file is saved on your iMac, it will pop up in Quick Time. Download all the files you need, then we'll move on to our next step tomorrow. Here's how we'll work it.
Experienced teams on the right side of the room should download the following:
Future City Competition
Spirit Week 2017
How to Make Burgers
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Music and Headphones
Experienced teams on the left side should download:
Color Correction in iMovie
The Bad Apple
Home Sweet Home
The Unpleasant Visitor
Still Life (white pumpkin thumbnail)
Gerbil Pigs III
Legends of the Demigods
Summer Comes to an End
You will have to scroll down quite a bit in our Cool Stuff playlist to reach some of these titles. To search for them directly, click on the magnifying glass below the A in JeffMedia. Type in the name. It will search only on our page for the video. If you can't find it, you've misspelled the title. Try again.
Tomorrow, we'll talk about scripting the introductions for each video on downloading motion graphics from VideoBlocks for your intro and outro. 👍
If you were in Media class during Christmas 2017, your next assignment is to download and edit an installment of Studio J, our cable TV show. Check the posts below to see which videos you'll need from our YouTube site.
How do we write it? Create a short introduction for each video. Give us a quick summary of the story, and tell us who wrote it. Use humor. Make it interesting. Think of how you would write a good introduction for an English paper: ask a question, tell a joke, or make an analogy.
When the writing's done, we'll film our introductions in the studio and put it on the air. Want a sample? Here you go.
The team who completes the show first receives three level-ups in Classcraft. Any other team who completes it after that receives two level-ups. We can only air one version of each show, so if you don't finish it first, don't sweat. You'll still get the grade for it, plus the levels, as well.
Our goal is to have a program that clocks in around 29:30. We may have to lose and intro or two or leave out a video or two to make this happen. My favorite time filler when we have to add a few seconds is what is called a legal ID. It sounds like this:
"You're watching Studio J, the best of Jefferson Middle School Multimedia, from Jefferson Middle School in the Fort Wayne Community Schools."
Start your writing today. Tomorrow, we'll review how to use VideoBlocks to download our motion graphics for the intro and conclusion.
Your Peer Eval Sheet or Grading Rubric for Video Projects is your last chance to fix a ton of mistakes before I find them, and you lose points. Be diligent, people. I know you can do this. Watch. Take notes. Tomorrow, we quiz.
Two places to find it. Here they are. Take your notes. Quiz Monday. Peace out.
Here's how to download your clip from the USB drive. We have one for the right side of the room, and one for the left side. Watch it. Take the notes. Pass the USB around so everyone can download it. Help each other do this, instead of asking me to do it for you.
Don't understand? Watch the video again. You can do this. I believe in you. 👏😜❤️
Take your notes, and we'll quiz tomorrow.
Good. We're nearly done with the planning portion. We'll have a guest speaker tomorrow, so we need a work day. Here's what's up.
Scripts should be finished by the beginning of class on Thursday. When they're done, Peer Evaluate them and Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your sheet up to my desk and we grade it together. If the line is long, send one person while the others in your group work on your storyboard. Double check the Classcraft Quest for instructions or tutorials.
Finished storyboards should have at least 15 shots. Break actions down into a series.
SHOT ONE - FS Guy shoots a basket
SHOT ONE - CU of hands on a basketball
SHOT TWO - WS Guy (from the front) dribbles ball
SHOT THREE - OTS Guy shoots ball
SHOT FOUR - WS ball sails through the air
SHOT FIVE - CU of net as ball goes in
I just turned one shot into five. We've seen this one before, but let's watch it again.
It's :30 long, but has 17 shots, including the one at the end that shows the product and gives its name. You do that, too. If I've already graded your script and you don't have 15 shots, that's fine. Add them to your storyboard. Visual variety is huge, and many of us write :30 commercials with 5 shots and think it's fine. It's not. It's booooooooring.
Finished storyboards are due by the end of class on Tuesday, February 6th.
Film your commercial before Tuesday, March 6th and receive three level-ups in Classcraft and 1000 GP. This is applicable only to those who are present during filming, and can prove this by showing me a clip of them in the rough footage. If you aren't on camera in your commercial, take super-secret behind the scenes video and say, "Hi, Mr. Hepler!" You're golden.
Can't meet up with your team after school? Film more than one version of your commercial with the friends and relatives of each person. Boom. You're still golden.
Let's get to work!
Check Pinnacle today. If your proposal grade isn't there, it needs to be. Here are the steps.
During last hour on Friday, several of us lost points in Classcraft. Here's the score.
But, wait. There's more.
Late in the day, our problems aren't academic as much as they are social and emotional. We act out, jump around, then receive a consequence for it. So get it together, seventh hour. I'll have lots of time during Parent Teacher Conferences to get in touch with your family. Make sure you're doing what you need to do.
Oh, and if you already are...
Yes, it does, and here's why:
The number one complaint I hear about school is that it's boring.
My goal is to teach you things quickly so you can get to work quickly. This isn't a class where you sit and do worksheet after worksheet so you can just know things. I want you to do things. Write a great story, make a great video, stick it on YouTube and get 500 views.
To make that happen, I put a lot of information into your head, and I do it at 90 mph. We'll review and review and review the stuff we've learned, because you'll need to do it on your own.
The biggest mistake you'll make in any classroom is to take advantage of your work time and not give it the focus it deserves. We do this in two ways:
So what's the answer? Do a lot of work.
The best way to become a great writer is to be a lousy writer first. Don't freeze up and say, "My commercial is going to be awful, so I just won't write one." Instead, write your lousy commercial, just make sure it isn't lousy because it violates one of the guidelines I've asked us to follow.
I have incredible flexibility in grading. If I see you're struggling, I can always give extra time, or you can check with someone from another group and say, "How would you make this better," then do what they tell you. Most of my students, though, don't do much work, plus they don't communicate with me. All I see is that there was a deadline, and they have nothing to show for it.
So go ahead. Do bad work. Oh, you know this website works at home, too, right? Our web address is jeffmedia.weebly.com. You can download the Classcraft app on your phone. Try it. See if you can get into the quests from your smartphone. If so, everything is there. Don't limit your work to only the time when you're in my room. Step it up, and don't be afraid to write corny things. One of my favorite comments about music I like, but other people make fun of, is this:
Yes, it's cheesy, but it's really good cheese.
Let's get cheesy.
Head to Classcraft, then open your Quests to see the guidelines on commercials. If you look at the examples we've seen so far, they all have a story. Make sure yours does, too, even if it's a strange one. I know we can't do special effects like this, but here's a funny commercial, plus the proposal I would write for it.
I will create a commercial for Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners that is a send-off of the classic horror film The Exorcist. The main idea is that Dirt Devil is such a powerful vacuum, it pulls the young girl up to the ceiling when a grandmother is using it in the floor upstairs.
Slogan - You know when it's the devil.
Email me your Star Wars Constructed Response. Here's how.
Many of us working on Foley projects haven't written down our scripts or recorded our voices yet. This ensures a nightmare of fighting for the cameras as the semester ends. I'd rather keep us sane and in the classroom between now and Thursday, so let's change gears.
If you're working on a Foley right now, considering you've already done one this term, let's watch this film and write a Constructed Response on Wednesday and Thursday.
Your job today:
Before you tell me that you can't write twenty sentences from a twenty-minute video, remind yourself that you can create a sentence or two to serve as an introduction to your piece, like this:
There's a quote about writing a novel that is absolutely true: All first drafts are terrible. Movies are no different. Sometimes it takes the skills of a great director or cameraperson to help the audience understand what the screenwriter couldn't. In the case of Star Wars, the post-production team made things much more clear than George Lucas ever could. Today, we'll examine how Star Wars was saved in the editing room.
That's five sentences! Remember my golden rule of good writing: Never start by saying "Today, I'm going to talk about..." Write as if your little brother was going to read the paper, and he has no idea of what Star Wars is or how it works. Don't assume I know everything. Give me backstory. Give me history. Explain things well instead of beating your head on the desk and saying, "Twenty sentences! I can't do this!"
If you don't know much about Star Wars, watch today's video, or watch parts of it, more than once. Unless you have special permission from me to continue working on your current movie, here's your agenda for the next three days:
The semester ends Thursday, so if you want to take hard copies of your movies home, you'll need to bring in your own flash drive and follow the steps that little piggy shows you.
Quiz tomorrow. Oink.