Category Archives: Video Challenges

Next Video Challenge: Low Key Lighting: 30 Second Character Monologue

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For the next Video Project, you will each, INDIVIDUALLY, do a 30 second character sketch using Low Key Light. You will need to use the studio to do this.

Your video will feature a character telling you about their life, in 30 seconds. Use the low light to compliment the content of what the character says.

Example.

INT. KITCHEN. NIGHT

The shot opens with a wide shot of a woman sitting on a stool in a dark room. Light crosses her face on one side. The following is a letter she has written to her husband.

CLAIRE:

It’s the kids, Michael, you never made them a priority. You went on and on about personal responsibility, but you were too busy making money to pay attention to the two things you should’ve paid attention to. And for that we are over. You’ve done this, not me, not James, not Simon, but you. I really wish you could see what you’ve done, and apologize for it, but I know better than that. I’m writing this to you now to clear myself of any guilt or wrong doing. It will take a long time for you to see this, but one day, a long time from now, you will.

Don’t try to call me, don’t try to text me, the phone’s been dumped and left here for you to sort this out.

The monologue should reveal much of what is happening in a FICTIONAL STORY THAT YOU MAKE UP. For 30 seconds of video, make sure the script is long enough.

KEEP IT ON ONE SHOT, WITH A SLOW ZOOM.

You will be graded on the following:

  • Composition of the shot. This includes Rule of Thirds.
  • The quality of lighting a low key, or low lit shot.
  • The quality of script, how engaging the monologue is to the audience.
  • How well the camera zooms in.
  • How well the music lines up with the action.
  • Fade in Fade Out.

3O second lighting challenge is due on 12/17, Friday before break. THIS IS ONLY 30 SECONDS OF VIDEO.

RESPOND TO THIS POST WITH A Character’s name and the situation they are in to get you started. POST THIS TO THIS POST AS A COMMENT.

 

Video 2: Video Challenge: One light Video Set Up

Your Assignment: Is to create a one minute short using only one light. This can be an on camera light, or a light in the studio. Some sort of artificial light source must be used to create the effect. Choose whatever mood you want, but it must use only one light source. Use the tutorial on creating one light video setups.

Video is due on or before 5/3. 

Video 2/3: Next Project: Green Screen Challenge

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For your next assignment, you will create a 30 second video, which features an actor of your choosing in a place different from where they are standing. Shoot this in the studio, using the following light set up, to ensure that the lighting effect really clicks.

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If you want video footage, check out this collection, the Prelinger Archive.

Story isn’t as important as selling the effect. Remember the post I made a few days back about getting effective green screen.

Here is the process I described in class.

1. Import footage into Adobe Premiere.

2. Video Effects/Ultra Key

3. Adjust Pedestal until background it totally black.

4.Drag your footage into the video channel below your green screen footage.

5. Take Green Screen footage into after effects for animations and special effects.

THIS WILL BE AN INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT.

Upload videos to Vimeo and copy and paste the vimeo url to the comment field below.

Green Screen challenge is due on Friday, 2/28

 

Video 2: Next Project: Green Screen Challenge

green_screen

For your next assignment, you will create a 30 second video, which features an actor of yoru choosing in a place different from where they are standing. Shoot this in the stuio, using the following light set up, to ensure that the lighting effect really clicks.

lighting-diagram-1360007117

 

If you want video footage, check out this collection, the Prelinger Archive.

Story isn’t as important as selling the effect. Remember the post I made a few days back about getting effective green screen.

Here is the process I described in class.

1. Import footage into after effects.

2. Keying Color key, for basic keying.

3. Apply simple choker.

4. Apply Keylight 1.3

5. Adjust foregreound color correction for finishing touches.

THIS WILL BE AN INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT.

Upload videos to Vimeo and copy and paste the vimeo url to the comment field below.

Green Screen challenge is due on Wednesday, 2/20

 

Video Challenge: Three Point Lighting

Create a one minute video where you demonstrate successful mastery of the three point lighting technique.

Successfully use the following lights. Turn off each light and back on again during your movie to show me each light and where it is in your shot.

Use titles to indicate which light we are viewing.

Key light: Main source of light, usually stronger than the fill light.

Fill light: Light that fills in the shadows on the actor’s face.

Backlight: light placed behind the actor or subject to separate them/it from the background.

 

Before the project, have a five second slate, with black video, your last name, length of the video and the name of the project. Be sure to have a fade in at the beginning of the video and a fade out and the end of your video.

Video Challenge: Shutter Speed

Create a one minute video where you create a creative effect using on-camera shutter speed techniques.

Using the big black cameras, change the dial on the camera to TV, using the small dial on the top left of the camera, slide this until you get a slower or faster shutter speed. If you slow it down enough, you will see a dream-like slow motion effect. You can do this effect, or speed up the shutter speed to create a fast moving sequence. NOTE. If you choose this, be sure to have plenty of light.

Before the project, have a five second slate, with black video, your last name, length of the video and the name of the project. Be sure to have a fade in at the beginning of the video and a fade out and the end of your video.