Lab Hours, Redos

As a reminder …

  • Wednesday-Friday, 9-5
  • Monday-Tuesday, 9-5

What do you need to turn in? Well … you don’t need to turn in anything, there is no final portfolio. Your workshop projects, photo columns and videos are eligible for redos if you so choose.

Those finishing up, you must return your camera gear by 5 on Tuesday.

As a heads up, Monday is deadline day for the intro students – recommend staying far, far away. You remember what that day was like …


Scheduling Update

Going forward …

Tuesday, April 15FILE YOUR TAXES. Also, this is an AMA session: Portfolios, career advice, how did they make this image.
Thursday, April 17 – Photo columns due at 2:15
Tuesday, April 22 – Production day, open lab to work on your final projects
Thursday, April 24 – Profile/event video due at 2:15

ASSIGMENTS: Event Video, Column, Profile Video UPDATED

Here’s the rundown …

Event Video, due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. This will be a 90-120 second video centered on an event. Find a voice to tell the story, though they may appear in it only minimally. Lots of b-roll and natural sound, let us feel like we were there.

PSA/Explainer Video, due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. This is the explainer from earlier on steroids. In about 30 seconds, what can you teach us? Audio matters, matched action matters, no jump cuts. Perhaps you do something similar to this Peabody Award winning piece by two University of Oregon students (though you need more shots). Or maybe you take Lowe’s Vine campaign and expand on it. Or take maybe something like the BBC’s doing. (Note: This is part of assignment 9 from the syllabus, now worth 5% of your grade)

Photo Column, due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. This can be either an audio slideshow or a collection of 10-20 images that show how you documented an issue or idea over time. Pay attention to that last part – this isn’t a one-time shoot, it must involved multiple visits or ideas. (Note: This is assignment eight from the syllabus.)

Profile or Event Video, due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. This will be a 90-120 second video that profiles an individual or organization. Again, it needs a primary voice and lots of b-roll. Most of the audio should be nat sound, some can be from an interview. (Note: This is part of assignment 9 from the syllabus, now worth 15% of your grade)


Okay, so you have a bunch of files, now what? If you read today’s handout, you’ll see how to handle them in Premiere.

The lab is open on Friday from 10-4 and on Tuesday from 12:15-2. I’ll give you until 2:15 on Tuesday to get your video on the server. Remember that the MLC’s multimedia lab will have Premiere on it so you can work there over the weekend.

Questions? Send them my way and I’ll try to help.

I’m going to pull back on the last video story a bit, as well – it’ll be more event oriented than issue oriented, I’m concerned we’re going to run out of time.

More as it develops.


Need you to put together a 100 word piece on why you choose your story and what it was like to work on it, this is a first person piece. Will be sent along with the photos to Billy Chism.

Email it to me by Friday morning.

Workshop Wrapup

I managed to get all the images off the seven computers we had in Helen, sorted into folders and distributed across the lab. When you come in today, here’s the breakdown – the number matches a computer in the lab and the folder name on the desktop.

01 – Beech
02 – Blinder
03 – Cannon
04 – Hardy
05 – James
06 – Kazmierczak
07 – Kent
08 – Maldonado
09 – Pap Rocki
10 – Powers
11 – Schafer
12 – Schick
13 – Sutton
14 – Thompson
15 – Wilder
16 – Yu

Some of you were working on your own machines so I didn’t have many/any files of yours. On each desktop there is also a folder marked “17 Unknown” – please see if those are yours.

We will start Tuesday’s class with a debrief – how it went, how the editors did, what can we do better for next year. Then you’ll be free to work on your images – I’d start with backing them up onto your own drives or DVDs. Some of you will need a lot of DVDs …

You have three assignments from this weekend plus a service piece:

  1. Sense of Place: This is one image that gives us a sense of what White County looks like. File name needs to include PLACE.
  2. Face of the County: This is one image that shows us who the people/a person of White County looks like. File name needs to include FACE.
  3. The Story: This is an audio slideshow of your main story from the weekend.
  4. Service: You shot a lot of images and the folks at the White County News went well beyond what we could have asked for in getting this weekend to happen. Our tradition is that we provide them with a selection of images we shot throughout the weekend. In a separate folder, please crop, tone and caption your best images from the weekend – this should include places, faces and the photos from your story. As many as you have.

Due on the server by 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, are the following then:

  • 1 image with a date code, your initials and PLACE in the file name
  • 1 image with a date code, your initials and FACE in the file name
  • 1 folder with your legally exported audio slideshow
  • 1 folder with your best images from the weekend, including the place(s), face(s) and images from your slideshow

You will have all the time after today’s debrief until the class ends at 4:45 to work as well as all of the time on Thursday. Lab hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are off to the right of this post. (Remember that on Friday the intro kids will have a deadline so it may be hectic in here then.)

Note that the deadline time on Tuesday, March 18 is 2:15 – if you work on your images over break, I’m giving you 15 minutes of class time to upload them to the server. We’ll then watch the slideshows.

I’ll talk about this in class today, but the editors comments to me from the weekend were all positive – they loved working with you guys and were thrilled with the growth every single one of you demonstrated over the weekend.

Nice work, kids – you did well.

The Doc Project (Revisited) (Again)

A reminder, we’ll talk about this tomorrow, as well …

As we discussed in class, one way to handle your in depth project this semester is through a photo column. For class on Tuesday, answer these questions:

What do YOU care about?
Can you shoot it?
Does anyone else care about it?
Who is the audience?

Come in with several answers for the first question, we’ll break into small groups to discuss and then you can come up with a proposal and start shooting.