Introductory Activity for a Video Project
Before I start any video unit I like to get the camera equipment in the hands of my students, with very little instruction, and let them explore. This activity tells me several things about my students including how creative they are, how well they work with others, what their video camera skill level is and I also find out if any students have any natural talent. The students are put into groups of 4 or 5 with one video camera and one designated project manager. Before we go outside to practice using the cameras, we have a brief class discussion on the film industry standards for shots and framing using this resource from mediacollege.com. Each project manager has a printed copy of the Shots and Framing and a highlighter. The challenge to the students is to work cooperatively using the camera to shoot an example of each of the 14 standards. They can choose to shoot random shots or they can choose a theme such as a sports, news show, dancing, etc…. We return to class and use our card readers to download the video to each member of the group. (The project manager is responsible for this and the group is graded on whether or not the video is downloaded to each member's computer before the bell rings.) The next class , I show the students how to edit their clips and use text to label their clips in Premiere Elements, and evaluate their filming of the 14 shots.