Week 6 – iMovie Tutorial w/ Rosa from Alas Media

This is the week to complete the editing of your multimedia piece, which should run between 2 – 3 minutes. You should include selects from your still images as well as the audio interview you conducted with your subject. You should schedule and conduct your interview this week or by this weekend to provide you enough time to dedicate to editing. Remember that there is also a hero shot still that is part of this assignment. So, please remember to make this part of your final submission which is all due in two weeks.

Please continue on your personal projects and be prepared to bring in your new 4×6 for next week’s class session.

Multimedia Example

Resources

Due Next Week

  • Update on the status of the assignment
  • 4×6 prints of your personal project with the envelope

Week 5 – BOP, New Assignment, New Team

After your initial two assignment which hopefully have helped you identify best operating procedures, you are now going to collaborate on a new team with new people. This will provide you not only another opportunity to produce exceptional work, but hopefully it will also create circumstances to refine and discover operating procedures that will helpful fulfill the requirement of the next assignment, a multimedia project. As with the assignment II, you are going to find a new set of challenges which will depend on strong communication, thorough pre-planning and the ability to learn and apply a new skill set. You are being allowed more time than usual on this assignment, which will it will provide you some greater flexibility but such advantages can be easily lost of adequate pre-planning. So, dedicate sufficient time not only for the shoots, but also for the planning for the edit of the multimedia piece to allow for more than one pass on the edit. You will likely find that your first version won’t necessarily be your best and that feedback from your teammates will help you greatly in producing a tight an edit as possible.

Assignment III

This still/multimedia assignment revolves on an editorial piece focused on people over 65 years of age who is involved in a physical sport that involves some aspect of speed (running, cycling, swimming, racecar driving, hang gliding, surfing, hockey etc). The still images which which will make-up the multimedia piece fall along the lines of a photo essay or documentary, including portraits as well as images of them involved not only in their sport, but may also include glimpses into their personal, family or business life. The multimedia piece is intended to be not only a personality profile, but which also address the theme of the series which is “Not Slowing Down”.

The multimedia piece will consist of still and an audio interview recorded on an external digital recorder (Zoom H4n). Edit from the interview will serve as the spine of the narrative, while the still image will be used as illustration. The piece should run between 2-3 minutes only. The completed footage will be uploaded to the class video page the deadline (see below). A pre-interview is mandatory in order to assess the viability of your subject as an interesting subject, their availability and to help develop the spine of the multimedia piece.

Though the the team has a low flexibility in terms of the narrative flow of the piece, I suggest creating a three-act structure which falls along the lines of the following:

  1. A hook – possibly an annectodate of a key sport experience or a description of why they do what they do.
  2. Who are is this person (what work did the do or are still doing? How does this activity fit into the rest of their lives.
  3. Why do they do what they do? Why are they choosing not to slow down.
  4. Please have the subject at some point in the piece identify by name and age.

This structure is not what you have to strictly adhere to. You may come up with your own three act structure, but at its core these key questions should be answered on in some manner.

A hero shot is also desired for the splash page where each multimedia piece will appear. These “hero” shots would cycle through on the homepage where below each multimedia piece would be able to be seen in their own player. This still shot has to have a sense of immediacy and should convey a sense of motion. The images make the subject appear as a prominent element in the frame (e.g. the work of Joel Grimes), but is not meant to be a straight portrait nor just an action shot, but a hybrid of both. Whether’s it’s done in-camera or by means of composite will be left up to the DRM and the members of his/her team.  This hero shot may or may not be included in the multimedia piece and is left to your discretion.Ultimately, there needs to be a strong “wow” factor with these images. Create something exceptional that will stop a reader in their tracks and desire to see more.  See examples below.

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The multimedia piece will not include any video, just still images. It can be color or black and white.

The completed project will be evaluated on the sound quality, the clarity and flow of the narrative and the hero shot as well as on the details of the production book, the presentations and my overall assessment of individuals and the team.

The budget for this shoot is $1200 with first time usage for both print and web.

Resources:

Audio Recording and Editing Resources

Due Next Week

  • A 30-second audio recording test using the H4n or digital recorder. Send it to me via a Dropbox folder. Upload by Sunday 2pm.
  • 4×6 photographs of your personal project
  • PDF of production book and presentation

Due in 3 Weeks

  • The completed multimedia piece with audio uploaded to the Working Photographer II Vimeo page (account name and password to be provided later).
  • A digital still of the hero shot can be e-mailed directly to me. (72 dpi at a long width of 1500 dpi on the long end of the image. The image just be horizontal.
  • Presentation
  • Printed and bound production book

Week 4 – Working w/ Actors – Estimate-Invoice Tips

During this week, we’ll be conducting the shoots with your subjects if you haven’t already produced these. You will be bringing in a selection of images from the shoot. As well as the favorite images, I’d like to see others which can give us a sense of the feel of the shoot and what you were able to draw out of your subject. You’ll be revising the production book, based on the critiques from Assignment 1 and the discussion of the estimate and invoices from class today. You need only bring a single bound copy of the production book to class.

Be prepared to do your presentations on the production. It can help your presentation greatly, if as a time you determine exactly what each team member will share with the myself on the class. Create a list of talking points and make sure that each one of you knows what the other will speak on. This will help to create a more seamless and cohesive presentation. Remember, that your presentation is a key factor in my assessment of your performance.

Continue to work on your personal project and be prepared to bring your 4×6 prints which reflect that work that you have done during the week. We may not due the roundtable discussion that we did today, but you should still be prepared to discuss your progress, should I call on you.

Resources:

Due Next Week

  • A selection of images in your shoot. No more than 30. Upload 72dpi jpegs at a resolution of than 1500dpi on the long end . Upload them using a Dropbox folder no later than February 9th at 9 p.m.
  • A completed bound production book signed by the DRM
  • The group self assessment with the teams list of best practices culled from the self-evaluation.
  • Additional 4×6 prints of your personal project.