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Reframing Mexico: The Importance of B-roll

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Jogger John

An amazing video about a man in my hometown who finally found a home:

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I’m not sure how to teach this.

But it’s a mind boggling bit of digital storytelling:

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Two very different examples of plot! In class, we’ll talk how each uses a narrative arc, with exposition, rising action, a climax, falling action and a resolution. Morgan Sperlock’s Supersize Me (in Seven Seconds) Take Care by Gillian Laub

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B roll possibilities

Your Extracurricular New Paltz projects have obvious possibilities for b roll: the extracurricular activity itself. But the key to a strong video is visual variety. So once you’ve captured footage of the activity, using a variety of shot types and … Continue reading

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Short clips, labels and subclips: Tips for organizing your media

Avid is a slow moving beast. Import and export times can be long. So it’s helpful to avoid importing long files whenever possible. How to do this? When filming, pause and restart the video recording each time you change angles, … Continue reading

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Classic Story Form, and How It Applies to the “My Test” Assignment

A graphic of classic plot form: Exposition is where the storyteller sets the stage for the drama to follow. Who is this story about? What is his/her challenge — in your case, test? What’s at stake in meeting the challenge … Continue reading

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Supersize Me

Perhaps the most famous example of the “My Test” approach to filmmaking is Morgan Sperlock’s “Supersize Me.” He spends a month living on nothing but McDonald’s. Let’s watch this excerpt to see what it can teach us about narrative and … Continue reading

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The Seltzer Man Returns!

…in a video from MediaStorm. We’ll also watch this video from 60 Minutes on a symphony orchestra in the Congo. These two videos show the importance of mixing video AND audio on multiple tracks.

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Video file formats

Everything you ever wanted to know about video file formats:  

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Getting Great B-roll

Let’s watch this short video from “Reframing Mexico,” a collaboration between UNC Photojournalism and Monterrey Tec. Note when the producers use shifts in point of view: shots of a person doing something versus shots of that same action from the … Continue reading

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B-roll sequence we discussed in class

This sequence of my husband, Bill Mead, talking about his painting process is an example of a J-cut. We see the B-roll before we see Bill talking.

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Getting Great B-roll

Let’s watch this short video from “Reframing Mexico,” a collaboration between UNC Photojournalism and Monterrey Tec. Note when the producers use shifts in point of view: shots of a person doing something versus shots of that same action from the … Continue reading

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Video!

It’s the second half of the semester, a time we’ll devote entirely to making videos. Here’s Piano Man, a video short from the website Soul of Athens. Rick O’Keefe is a great talker and quite the piano player, so there’s … Continue reading

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Supersize Me

Perhaps the most famous example of the “My Test” approach to filmmaking is Morgan Sperlock’s “Supersize Me.” He spends a month living on nothing but McDonald’s. Let’s watch this excerpt to see what it can teach us about narrative and … Continue reading

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Avid Workflow: Starting a new project

Before you begin, put your raw video into a folder on your portable drive. The folder should be labeled with a slug that makes it clear which project it belongs with and the word “media.” Example: If your project is … Continue reading

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Tips from Video Bootcamp, Part Two

Shoot video in sequences: Get the beginning, middle, and end of the action. Think action/result and action/reaction. Shoot someone creating something, then shoot someone using it. Get empty shots of the scene without people or action, both before and after … Continue reading

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Tips from Video Bootcamp, Part One

A lot of close ups — think of the devices people are using now and how small the screens are. Powerful sound. A lot of different shots — variety, variety. Get shots of: ACTION & REACTION (POV): A shot of … Continue reading

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Video Bootcamp!

In December 2010, right as I was wrapping up my first semester of teaching Digital Storytelling, I took a “Video Bootcamp” weekend seminar at CUNY J-Camp, a continuing education program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. If I had … Continue reading

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How to export from Avid

Go to File menu and choose Export. Make sure it’s saving in the Fantom drive. Name the file. Press Options. Export as: Quicktime movie Select Custom, then Format options. Under Video, choose Settings. Under Compression type, choose MPEG-4 video. Choose … Continue reading

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