Assignment Three: Filming Clips for your Final Project

For your final project, you will continue to practice filming, applying the techniques and concepts that you have learned thus far. Aim to shoot clips (3-10 seconds each, so they can be trimmed and edited down to 3-6 seconds) of your chosen subject and setting.

If this film focuses on your family, try to include yourself in the story a few times. You may need to get creative. Maybe you set up your camera for a self-portrait type shot, or you capture yourself speaking in the film, or perhaps just showing your feet or hands doing some action in the story.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t pay attention to the audio and instead focus on the moments in your shots. You may find some meaningful audio while culling clips and you have the flexibility to layer that in where you want it.

I recommend filming in an area with good natural light and turning off overhead lights if possible. This will give you the best quality, well-exposed footage. Or you can shoot during golden hour when the light is soft. It will be more simple to not have to worry about working in harsh or mixed lighting conditions, though you are welcome to film as you wish if you are ready for more challenging lighting.

You can choose to either make all of your clips in the same day/event, or spread over a period of time such as throughout a week. This film is all about your preferences. Pay attention to your camera settings and use variety in your storytelling. Think about what song you would like to accompany your film. You may wish to write a list of moments or shots you’d like to have for your film and use that as a reference while filming, unless you are choosing to work in the documentary style and you are going to film as the scenes unfold on their own. We call this storyboarding, which can be done as sketches or as a list of planned shots you hope to get to create a story.

Once you have filmed all your footage for your final project, upload your clips to a folder to import from when editing, and back them up in another location. I like to keep a hard drive for all my video files and projects, and that hard drive is backed-up continuously and automatically by Time Machine. Note: if you move them and try to edit your project again, the program will not be able to locate the files. So keep them in the same place until you are done with all editing.

Next, get started editing your film and ask any questions that may arise along the way. Enjoy the creative process...you’ve come a long way!