Browsing Archive: August, 2016

Let Them Fail

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, In : Vital 
In our 2nd Video Production class (that's the one they shoot in) I introduced some manual setting on the camera.  I didn't go into very much detail.


I simply said the low F numbers (F-stops) allow a lot of light into the camera and the high F number allow less like into the camera.  They learned about the zoom and that's about it.



They had to come up with another idea for a silent movie with these parameters;
  • All shots must maintain screen direction (for the entire movie)
  • There must be a beginni...

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The About You Flyer

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, August 29, 2016, In : Vital 
In the beginning I teach an Introduction to Computer Technology class.  It's a 1 credit course.  This class gives students an overview of the MAC and the operating system.  It's vital for their success to understand how to maneuver on a MAC.


I have have a basic lecture in Microsoft Word in this class.   We will use Microsoft Word throughout the program so it's vital they have a basic understanding.  This prepares them for a project.  The 1st project students produce is an about you flyer.  I w...

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Day 2 They Shoot. Day 3 They Edit

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, In : Vital 
The 2nd day of my program, which is the 1st day of the video production class students shoot a short film.  I spend less than an hour discussing camera basics.  For this exercise and only this exercise I have the students shooting in full-auto mode.

I don't need to give them too much theory.  They should get out there shooting and having fun and excited for the video program from the start.

I want a story about a student running late for class. Students should shoot about 15-20 shots.  I want ...

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On the 1st day we Built Paper Airplanes

Posted by SHAWN MONTANO on Monday, August 22, 2016, In : Active 
Today was the 1st day of class.  I'm excited to have 12 future video professionals in my program.

I want to keep this year active, vital and vibrant.  I hope you'll enjoy my posts about my new educational quest.  A portion of today's lecture was how to build a paper airplane.  

Students followed my step-by-step instructions attempting to replicate the airplane I built before them.  After that I had them take another piece of paper and attempt a 2nd build.  This time I encouraged them to look up...
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