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Video Production - Newscast

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 PROJECT SCOPE:

  • Group Video Project (3-4 students)
  • Approximately 10-12 Periods:  pre-production/development (2-3 days), filming (4-5 days), editing & post-production (4-5 days)
  • Software & Equipment Used:
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Media Encoder, After Effects (optional), Soundbooth or Audtion
    • Video cameras (Canon or similar), tripods, lighting rig, chroma-key backdrop
    • Costumes/props as required

 

PROJECT EXPECTATIONS: 

  • STUDENTS WILL: 
    • Work in a collaborative group environment to produce a short 4-5 minute mock newscast
    • Develop an understanding of the production process
    • Learn professional filming/camera handling techniques
    • Develop understanding of editing and post-production techniques with non-linear editing software
    • Demonstrate & develop effective time management/project management skills
    • Film all necessary material as a group, then split into subgroups to edit stories, etc. as required (based on group sizes, structure - teacher will provide additional details in class) 

 

PRE-PRODUCTION DETAILS:

  • Groups will produce the following prior to starting filming their projects:
    • Detailed project treatment (description/overview of newscast)
    • Anchor/reporter script
    • Storyboards (illustrate shots for news anchor and remote reporters)
    • Production plan (outline of project schedule, to-do list, task list/who is doing what) 

 

NEWSCAST DETAILS:

BASIC PROJECT CRITERIA (LEVEL 3 - 4):

  • Good planning material (treatment, script, storyboard & production planning) 
  • Video will be approx. 4-5 minutes total length
  • Opening newscast/broadcast screen w. copyright free title music (visit www.jamendo.com for some great material - ALL free for use in projects)
  • High quality, well-filmed footage (proper shot composition, use of tripod) 
  • Carefully edited footage 
  • Anchor person for introduction to each news story (film at desk, use green screen background for chromakey)
  • Min. 2 fun (and fake) Bluevale-related news stories (see ideas below) - filmed "on location" with a remote reporter
  • Use of chroma-key AND picture in picture
  • Title screen and overlay titles (for names, etc. at bottom of screen)
  • End credit screens (with closing music)
  • Sound effects as required for news stories

 

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PROJECT ENHANCEMENTS (LEVEL 4 - 4+):

  • Animated picture-in-picture (professional transitions)
  • News "ticker" at bottom of screen
  • Additional use of graphics (Premiere or After Effects) for final project (ex. sports scores, overlay images, etc.)
  • Animated still images (use of motion effects in Premiere)
  • Well-planned and executed conversation between anchor and reporter (using picture-in-picture) 
  • Originally composed music for production (MUST be copyright free)

 

SUGGESTED FAKE NEWS STORIES:

  • Bluevale under attack by zombies/sasquatch/aliens
  • Natural disaster hits Bluevale
  • Pretend championship sports story
  • Inter-school espionage story involving SJAM or WCI
  • Famous person visits Bluevale
  • Bluevale student or staff member wins lottery/game show/competition
  • Crazy renovation rumours
  • FEEL FREE TO COME UP WITH YOUR OWN GROUP IDEAS! 

  

WHAT YOU'LL HAND IN:

 

  • ALL pre-production material (due before filming starts)
  • Premiere working file (checked during process)
  • Final rendered project (AVI and FLV formats)
  • Project review - group assessment and reflection

 

HOW YOU'LL BE MARKED

  • Your instructor will provide a detailed rubric used for evaluation of the final project.
  • Your unit mark will be comprised of the following:
    • Pre-production work
    • Final video
    • Process (use of class time, professionalism, demonstrated skills development)
    • Group/self assessment & performance evaluation 

 

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