Class 5 – Shooting Video

The Canon FS11 is the Digital Camcorder available for your use. They are available for overnight check out from the AV desk in the Learning Zone on the first floor of 113 McCaul Street (beside entrance at 122 St. Patrick Street). The manual is posted to My Courses and is also available online. When you check out your camera, be sure to check that the bag contains a battery pack, power adapter, video cable, and USB cable.

These camcorders record your footage to flash memory. This means your do not have to worry about purchasing tapes. However, you will need to download your footage onto a computer prior to returning the camera.

In class brainstorms of shot types & sizes:

  • over the shoulder
  • point of view
  • wide angle
  • birds eye view
  • panoramic view
  • panning
  • cowboy
  • establishing shot
  • close up
  • extreme close up
  • medium shot
  • zoom in/out shot
  • full body or long shot
  • extreme long shot
  • worm’s eye view

Shooting tips:

  • Use a tripod.
  • Avoid excessive panning or zooming.
  • Think about the composition of your shot.
  • Don’t use in-camera effects.
  • Consider lighting.
  • If possible, use an external microphone.

40 Minute Movie: In-class exercise

  • Brainstorm
  • Storyboard
  • Shoot (using in-camera editing)
  • Show

Video Project (full description posted on My Courses):

  • 2 minutes or less
  • Topic & format of your choosing
  • Due Thursday October 22nd
  • 2-paragraph proposal is due on the blog by October 15th
  • Worth 20% of your final grade (5% written proposal, 15% project)
  • Must creative, conceptually robust, and well-executed

Screened in class: Rivers & Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time [available at the OCAD library]

For next week:

  • Video/Audio Project proposal due (5% of project grade)
  • Review video camera instruction manual
  • Get a USB stick (4GB recommended)

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