Video Making Course Outline
- Unit 1
- Unit 2
- Unit 3
- Unit 4
- Unit 5
- Unit 6
Unit 1 Storytelling & Basic Filmmaking
Lesson 1.1 Eye of the Videographer
In Lesson 1.1: Eye of the Videographer, we introduce you to the art of storytelling through the creation of video. Beginning with an outline of the course and a summary of the overall learning experience, we'll start by giving you a sense of the curriculum trajectory as we move forward with hands-on, how-to video camera exercises.
Lesson 1.2 Where We Came From
In Lesson 1.2: Where We Came From, we'll walk you through the comprehensive history of the moving image. From the origin of film to the development of television technology, you'll gain a fuller understanding of the field's growth, ending with a full analysis of the numerous opportunities available to videographers today.
Lesson 1.3 Choosing a Video Camera
In Lesson 1.3: Choosing a Video Camera, we'll start with a brief review of small format video cameras in an effort to help you understand your choices. Although a large selection of effective tools are available to videographers today, not each piece of equipment is right for every project. We'll help you discern which formats and tools are right for your creative goals.
Lesson 1.4 The Video Workflow
In Lesson 1.4: The Video Workflow, we'll help you establish an effective, linear order of things to do in the process of creating a finished video production. From traveling with equipment when working on the go to storing your files effectively, by the end of this lesson you'll have developed a practical routine in which you can work on a daily basis while maintaining organization and consistency as an artist.
Unit 2 Audio & Lighting
Lesson 2.1 Audio for Video
In Lesson 2.1: Audio for Video, we'll discuss all the different components and pieces of equipment that collaboratively contribute to achieving effective audio when creating films. From microphones to surround audio, by the end of this lesson you'll have a deeper understanding of the proper way to achieve crisp, clear sound in your film projects.
Lesson 2.2 Lighting
In Lesson 2.2: Lighting, we'll discuss one of the most critical skills necessary for creating compelling video projects- the ability to creatively use and manipulate light. You'll learn to transform otherwise dull, nondescript images into striking illusions using both natural and artificial light. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to create the desired mood and dramatic atmosphere of your liking during your next video making endeavor.
Lesson 2.3 Innovations in Feature Films
In Lesson 2.3: Innovations in Feature Films, we'll go over the many creative leaps taken in filmmaking by famous directors throughout history. Developing this comprehensive understanding of cinematic innovation, you'll learn to similarly channel your personal creativity in an effort to develop uniquely exciting cinematic updates of your own.
Unit 3 Pre-Production and the Shoot
Lesson 3.1 Storytelling & Pre-Production
In Lesson 3.1: Storytelling & Pre-Production, we'll start to explore the principles of storytelling to get you started in the development of your own plotline. With a comprehensive overview of conflict, cause and effect, crisis, resolution and drama, we'll walk you through the essential elements necessary to formulate an engaging, compelling story.
Lesson 3.2 Pre-Production and Final Prep
In Lesson 3.2: Pre-Production and Final Prep, we'll take the lessons learned in the previous section a step further as we start to discuss the importance of location. From developing a practical shoot schedule to choosing the perfect scenes, we'll teach you all the necessary techniques and routines you should know in order to prepare yourself for a full video's worth of on-location shoot days.
Lesson 3.3 Production
In Lesson 3.3: Production, we will begin an in-depth examination of a video production by looking at key crew roles. We'll start by developing an understanding of your role as a director- from the way you interact with your crew to the attitude you have on set, we'll discuss your pivotal role as the driving force behind an effective, collaborative shoot effort.
Lesson 3.4 Finance and Legal Issues
In Lesson 3.4: Finance and Legal Issues, we will discuss the rudimentary basics of maintaining a practical budget when creating a movie. You'll learn to make creative decisions, compromises and sacrifices in order to stay within a reasonable budget, all the while ensuring that the creative needs of your project are being met.
Lesson 3.5 You, the Director
In Lesson 3.4: You, the Director, we'll talk about the multifaceted role of an effective director. Blending the artistic creativity of a videographer with the management ability of a businessperson, by the end of this section you'll develop a more comprehensive understanding of the many roles involved in the undertaking of film direction.
Unit 4 Post Production
Lesson 4.1 History & Theory of Editing
In Lesson 4.1: History & Theory of Editing, we'll delve into the early days of editing in order to develop a deeper understanding of the process as a whole. Exploring different stylistic schools of filmmaking like expressionism and minimalism, we'll help you find your creative niche as you grow to understand the importance of maintaining the constant vision of an endless editor as you make stylistic adjustments throughout your workflow.
Lesson 4.2 Post Production
In Lesson 4.2: Post Production, we'll teach you about everything that takes place after you complete shooting: editing picture and sound, adding music tracks and mixing audio, correcting picture exposure and color, and preparing the edited master for export from your computer to various formats for distribution or screening.
Lesson 4.3 Creative Rights & Ethics
In Lesson 4.3: Creative Rights & Ethics, we'll help you develop your understanding of copyright and the various forms of licensing necessary to protect your work. Focusing on the legal and ethical side of video making, this lesson serves as a reminder to treat other people's creative property as you would have others treat what you create and own yourself.
Unit 5 Discover Your Voice
Lesson 5.1 Personal and Family Videos
In Lesson 5.1 Personal and Family Videos, we help you develop your skills further so you can give your videos a distinctive flavor and make them stand out from the crowd. We take you through the process of making personal and family videos that look professional, take a creative approach, and push you to form your own unique voice and style.
Lesson 5.2 Special Event Videos
In Lesson 5.2: Special Event Videos, we'll use concepts of audience, purpose, length and style as we learn how to make longer personal videos, even commercially contracted projects, with more complex stories and production challenges. From brainstorming beforehand to executing on the big day of a project, we'll walk you through the unique process of shooting a special event with ease.
Lesson 5.3 Video for Social Change
In Lesson 5.3: Video for Social Change, we will help you become more aware of how your video skills can be put to positive good, creating videos that can brighten up even a small, unknown corner of the world. With the ability to visually expose lesser-known ideas and world issues, this lesson will help you use video to send a message and tell a story.
Lesson 5.4 Showcase your Work
In Lesson 5.4: Showcase your Work, we will teach you the most effective ways to get your work seen by the most people. You'll learn how to use popular video-sharing websites and explore video contests as a way to showcase your work and talent. By reviewing a case study with a contest winner, you'll learn firsthand advice regarding the process of entering video contests.
Unit 6 Professional Pathways
Lesson 6.1 Projects for Hire
In Lesson 6.1: Projects for Hire, we'll take a deeper look at the motion picture industry as we explore the many available options for professional, paid work in today's market. From negotiating fees to establishing reasonable deadlines, we'll help walk you through the process of working with a client on a project in a professional manner.
Lesson 6.2 Documentary Videos
In Lesson 6.2: Documentary Videos, we'll walk through the production and process of Allison Haunss's The Working Woman Report as we explore the workflow involved in developing an effective, moving documentary film. From making average people comfortable around a video camera to making genre-specific technical adjustments, by the end of this lesson you'll have a deeper understanding of the unique process involved in shooting a beautiful documentary film.
Lesson 6.3 Short Fiction Videos
In Lesson 6.3: Short Fiction Videos, we'll walk through the production and process of Michael Tyburski's Palimpest as we explore the workflow involved in developing a well-made short fiction film. From finding the perfect location space to incorporating documentary techniques, by the end of this lesson you'll have the skills necessary to get out there and create your own short fiction film.
Lesson 6.4 Stepping Stones & Calling Cards
In Lesson 6.4: Stepping Stones & Calling Cards, we'll be building on the skills and concepts you've studied in previous Units, with examples of projects in four genres: short fiction, documentary, news, and public service announcements (PSA). We'll also feature case studies about how working professionals in production and post-production got started and the pathways they followed to a professional career.
Lesson 6.5 Get Your Work Seen
In Lesson 6.5: Get Your Work Seen, you'll learn the fundamental basics of starting our own business in an effort to get more eyes on the work you've been making. From identifying your target audience to understanding the crucial role of communication, this lesson will effectively hone your marketing skills as you develop the ability to share your projects with others in a professional way.