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The Video Project

For this project you are going to be making a video of about 3 minutes in length
The subject of this movie is up to you, so have fun! BE CREATIVE!
It can be:

  • A movie trailer for a movie you'd like to make
  • An advertisement you'd like to see
  • A news broadcast
  • A "talking head" music commentary
  • A music video
  • A short play: mystery, romance, or comedy
  • Or it can tell a complete story of it's own

Important Notes

1. Please read all instructions thoroughly and carefully before calling on the instructor for help. Please remember that your neighbors, the program help menus, and the internet are also all resources that you can consult.

2. Start early start early start early. Editing a film takes a lot more time than you think, and there may be technical complications. I recommend one week for filming and two for importing and editing.

3. There is no instructor's submission for this project. Please look at projects from previous semesters if you need an idea of how your wiki template and/or video should look.

4. You may NOT use existing video footage from third-party sources. All video footage must be your own.

5. Unlike previous projects, iMovie is proprietary software and is only available for Mac computers. You are welcome to use another video editor of your choice (Windows Movie Maker, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc.).

Before You Begin

1. Edit your Student Profile page to include a link to your Project 4 page. Give this page the name FALL2011_LastnameFirstname_2110_P4 (ex. FALL2011_FullerDaniel_2110_P4).

2. Copy and paste the following template on your Project 4 page: Project 4 Template.

Part I: Pre-Production/Production

Plan and film a three-minute video. This video can be of anything of interest to you so long as it is not obscene, graphic or controversial. You are not required to appear in your video, but any assistance you receive from anybody other than the instructor should be listed in your end credits.

Think about what you plan to do. You can write a script describing the scenes you are going to film or you can make a storyboard. But do something that helps you think out what you are going to film.

Video cameras are available for checkout at the technology desk on the first floor of the B building. You may also use any other filmmaking equipment you wish, including personal video cameras, cell phone cameras and even webcams. However, students not using GGC equipment will not be able to receive help from the instructor on importing video.

Part II: Post-Production

1. Import your video footage from Part I into your video editing software.

2. Use video editing software (such as iMovie) to edit your video. You are free to be as creative as you wish with your editing, but your video must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The video is at least 3 minutes and no more than 3.5 minutes in length.
  • There is about 5 seconds of black silence at the beginning and end of the video.
  • There is a title sequence with a voice-over
  • The video is composed of at least three different scenes.
  • There are at least two transitions between scenes other than the standard cut (such as fade-in/fade-out, cross-fade, etc.).
  • The video includes at least two still images.
  • At least 30 seconds of the video contains background music (not including the title sequence).
  • There are ending credits right before the 5 seconds of black. These credits should include anybody who helped you with this assignment (other than the instructor).

3. Create a QuickTime export of your video

4. Create six stills that are representative of your video.

5. Upload your video and all six stills to the wiki and update the Project 4 template. Be sure to include a one-paragraph (at least) description of your video.

NOTE: The length of your video (the time it plays) and the size (the height and width you choose) affect the size (the number of bytes) of your video. If your video is bigger than ~50MB it will not load to the wiki and you will have to post it on youTube (or some other site that accepts video) and put a link to it in place of the download link seen in the template.

Grading Criteria

  • Basic Requirements (65 points)
    • Length between 3 and 3.5 minutes (10 points)
    • 5 seconds of black silence at beginning and end (5 points)
    • Title sequence with voice-over or music (5 points)
    • At least three different scenes (15 points)
    • Two non-standard transitions (10 points)
    • At least two still images (10 points)
    • 30 seconds of background music (5 points)
    • Ending credits (5 points)
  • Wiki Page (15 points)
    • Six still images (5 points)
    • Description of video (5 points)
    • Rest of wiki template filled out properly (5 points)
  • Aesthetics (20 points)
    • Video and sound are good quality (not blurry, fuzzy) (10 points)
    • Video is compelling, interesting and creative (10 points)
  • Extra Credit (up to 10 points at discretion of the instructor)
    • Script (max 5 points)
    • Storyboards (max 5 points)

Additional Tips and Resources

iMovie HD FAQs

Q: How do I remove the Ken Burns effect on still images?

A: With the still image clip selected on your timeline, go to Media -> Photos -> Show Photo Settings and uncheck "Ken Burns Effect."

iMovie Alternatives

Below are a few alternative video editors to iMovie. These are the most popular, but you can Google for many other video editors both free and paid:

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