There are so many different aspects to making great videos, some of them more subtle than others. This next project is to get you thinking about how text can be manipulated to be more entertaining, more informative, and – well – pretty looking. Below are a few examples of how the people at Sesame Street do this using animation.
Your job now, is to find one or more SAT Vocabulary words (Google is your friend) and come up with your own version of this. The entire length of this project will only be 15-30 seconds, but I expect everyone to be paying attention to detail! You will be using the Title tool as well as Keyframes. Click here for Adobe’s own explanation of how to use keyframes but flag me down if you need help! It’s is literally what I am here for.
One important thing to remember is that you will need to use multiple text layers to accomplish all of this. Putting the entire word on one title will not work for this project, so don’t even bother trying! Lastly, think of sound effects, colors, backgrounds, other images you would want to use, who will be doing your voiceover, and of course what word or words you will be using.
I never want to see any completed video in this class only have one shot the entire time. I expect that you all make the most out of the fact you do not need to use a razor to cut actual film and attach it to the next. To make sure that doesn’t happen you will complete this checklist with your group by the end of the class. The idea is not to do a bunch of shots like the image above and call it a day – instead you need to start incorporating as many of these into your various videos throughout the semester. The final version will be exported to me in the order the shots appear on the list with a title over the bottom corner saying which type of shot it is.
If you are unsure of what the shot is, how to do it, or how you can do it better then ask me! It is actually what I am here for.
Click here to download the Shot Checklist Sheet and start keeping track however you feel is appropriate.
Please watch this video and tell me first, what your favorite part is, then tell me what you would like to learn about. This course is about content creation as much as it is understanding the history behind certain topics.
This means you will research topics, and figure out how you want to communicate those ideas – using visuals, in text, with audio, or a mix of all three – any way you can think of that works.
There will be articles to read and reflect on regardless of what track you decide to go down, and you will also need to do the Creative Challenges. I want each person to start a Google Doc with me that will be used to keep track of what is to be done and I will communicate about when things will be due.
A lot happens in one minute. Look at this for inspiration and think of 10 things that happen in the TriTown/KP area in 60 seconds. Find/make some kind of image to represent each of your ideas and put them all into a Google Doc shared with email@example.com.
Due on Thursday September 12.
Read the following article and look at the images that are embedded. Also, please go to the story’s page on the NYTimes.com and look at the gallery on top of the article.
Click to download a PDF of the article “New Territory for Ads, With a Moving Target – NYTimes.com”
Part 1 – What gets your interest about them other than the fact they are in newer spots and are “moving targets”? How much is too much for a company to spend? How much advertising is too much? Do you think that every company should have advertisements printed like this? Why do What is creative about this? What kind of planning do you think goes into this?
Part 2 – What would be a good company to do this with? Where and what would you advertise if money was not an issue? Why do you think that makes sense?
Email 300 words to me about anything I suggested or whatever else you can think of after reading the article. Share it on Google Docs in your GraphAd folder with the subject being Last Name GraphAd#1.
Due on Thursday September 12.
As the son of a NYPD cop I’m conflicted about the publishing this map of New Yorkers in certain counties in New York with gun permits. Yes, this is public information but before this, it was never presented in this particular format. An interactive map that has the full names and addresses of those with gun permits. Are these journalists being responsible by presenting it in this way, or do they not care in their attempt to get page views in order to sell more ads?
I’m not sure what my opinion is on the map yet, but this has the potential to make my entire family a target (no pun intended) of anti-gun hatred without the context of my father’s past as a veteran New York City Police Officer. The article that accompanies the map (which few will read on their way to check out their neighborhood) does say that permit information is not available on an individual basis, which to me means they are admitting to not fully getting their own message across fully. Additionally, they also say that the permit information can be up to five years old, meaning that people could have passed away, moved across the country, or gotten rid of their guns. The problem with this? This map could be inaccurate.
I do think that we need to radically change how guns are regulated and controlled, but I would also hate to see something else bad happen as a result of this. With all of these terrible events happening, I appreciate the freedom we have with distributing information, but I do think that journalists need to start thinking about ethics again, and what some of the unintended consequences could be in their pursuit for page views.