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Video/Media Project

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  2. This template is published for use.
  1. Step 1: Understand your assignment.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

    • Read your assignment and ask your instructor if you have questions on what is required.
    Note: Video and media project assignments can be very different depending on your class, instructor and assignment goals. Make sure you are clear on what your instructor expects from you and expects you to learn. The steps given here may differ for your assignment.
  2. Step 2: Determine what equipment or software you may need.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

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  3. Step 3: Brainstorm ideas. Do some background reading and research.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

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  4. Step 4: Begin to create a storyboard.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

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  5. Step 5: Plan your production elements.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

    Instructions

    • Production elements include all of the techniques used to create a video such as:
      • Title sequences: names and credits
      • Video techniques: close-ups, long shots, fades, dissolves, framing and special effects
      • Audio techniques: dialogue, music, voice-over narration and sound effects
    • Scout any locations where you might need to shoot. Take photographs to plan your shots. Get written permission to shoot at your chosen locations, if needed.
  6. Step 6: Do additional research. Begin writing content and gather music, images or media.
    Percent time spent on this step: 15%

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  7. Step 7: Finalize content and scripts. Make sure you have everything you need for production (shooting).
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

    • Revise scripts or any narration (take advantage of the Center for Writing). Revise storyboard.
    • Choose talent. Rehearse any scripts of action scenes.
      • Get costumes or props if needed.
    • Check equipment. Does it work? Charge batteries. Purchase video tapes fo rthe format you'll be using if needed.
  8. Step 8: Begin production (shooting) based on storyboard.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

    • All your shots should be planned in your storyboard.
      • Include camera work, lightning, and sound recording
      • Make sure you keep a careful log (PDF) of your shots to make editing easier.
  9. Step 9: Post-production phase one: rough cut.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

    • The rough cut is where you first put together your video following your storyboard. Begin to combine shots, add narration, music, sound effects, images and visual effects. 
      • Use your video log (PDF) from shooting to help with editing.
    • The SMART Learning Commons have software and experts to help you produce your video.
    • It is considered a best practice to include credits and cite any sources you included such as images, music, other video, etc. You can cite throughout or at the end of the project. Try VideoAnt to add text annotations.
    • MediaMill may be useful to archive and distribute video and audio content.
  10. Step 10: Initial Screening.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

    • Do a screening of your video to one or more people who are not involved with the project.
      • Do not explain anything about your film before you show it. The film should explain itself.
      • Gather feedback. Does it fulfill the objectives of the assignment? If you have the grading scheme, ask about those specific points.
  11. Step 11: Do any necessary reshooting.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

    Instructions

    • You may want to do some reshooting based on feedback you get at your screening.
    • Follow the same guidelines while shooting.
  12. Step 12: Post-production phase two: final edit.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

    Instructions

    • Complete you find edits.
    • Gather and edit any supporting documents you may need to turn in such as story boards, scripts, sources or other documentation.
    • Do a test run of the final video with some time left for fixing problems.
    • Burn DVD or post video based on assignment requirements and turn in any supporting materials. MediaMill may be useful to archive and distribute video and audio content.
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