BLC 09' WORKSHOP CLASS FILMS NOW POSTED CLICK HERE: FLICKSCHOOL

Turning Classrooms into Learning Studios: Lights, Camera, Learn!


This two day event will be a practical, hands-on session where teachers will learn not only valuable and practical tips on how to make a great movie, but also how to plan and manage such projects. Teachers will also find out how to market this program to their communities and also learn how to share the projects with the world! See how movies have a place in your content area classroom/ new studio. Lights, Camera, LEARN!

The Assignment:

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COVERAGE:

WIDE

Used to establish
locations. Communicates
where its taking place.
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MEDIUM

Used to show action.
Communicates what
is taking place.
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CLOSE UP

Used to show details and
communicates emotions.
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Lighting

Light is extremely important. You don't want your footage to be too light or too dark. The following tips will help you learn to deal with light under different situations.

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Step 1: Find the light before shooting.
Use your hand as a light meter to find where the best light is. Here's the link.
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Diffusing hard light. Make the light softer.
Use a diffuser when filming in direct sunlight. See what a difference this will make.
Click here. Here we had a person standing up holding a light disk to diffuse the harsh sunlight that was hitting our subjects.

Mark is diffusing the direct sunlight by adding this translucent material in between the subject and the sun. This makes the light even and eliminates the hard shadows that may interfere with how the interview will come off. Hard shadows may hide the eyes, thus, making the subject appear scary and mysterious.
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Natural light is ideal. Bounce it, too!
You can use natural light to light your subject. What we did is use a reflector or anything with a reflective surface to reflect the natural light from the window. This fills in the shadow created by the light source. Look at this image and see what the reflector does to fill in the shaded area. Remember: what looks dark on the camera will look extra dark on the screen. Think BRIGHT!

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RESOURCES


Musical Computer Keyboards:

Products of Korg Musical Instruments, these portable keyboards are great for on the go music composing.

Korg Products Link

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Audio Recorder Options:

Choose your path to the best external audio recording. These 3 products provide great quality when your camera cannot support the direct audio support.

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Which Hard Drive is right for me?

You ask yourself, "I don't have enough room on my computer, which external hard drive is right for me?" Either I'll be editing video footage or simply transferring files from my computer. Here's a list of what hard drives can help you in your search for the right one!
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Mind42: A cool Mindmap tool <iframe width="500" height="200" frameborder="0" src="http://mind42.com/pub/mindmap?mid=a697af74-3f2c-4d8a-ba23-209c1e097be8"></iframe>



Other Resources:

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Moviemaking Curriculum:

Here is a link to a book that Marco Torres
recently wrote for Apple on moviemaking in the classroom.
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Flickschool:

Here is a link to our ongoing library of great resource that has tons of
tips and tricks for not only video production but for photography and
audio as well.
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SFETT

SFETT is a website where you can find these students' work from the
past 10 years. It's a great resource that has examples of documentaries
that range from a variety of topics.