My students are on a journey, I'm simply a guide. We are 12 weeks into the Video Production & Editing Program at Emily Griffith Technical College. The 1st video project student produce is a silent movie. They complete this project after the 6th week. I don't want them worried about gathering sound.  During this 1st project they focus on;

  1. Telling a simple story with a conflict
  2. Aperture, white balance & focus techniques with the camera
  3. Shooting 3-shot sequences with variety (wide, medium & tight)
  4. Editing with an emphasis on shot variety and match-action
  5. Thinking about pacing in their edits
  6. And of course telling a good story in the editing process
This is Alysa Banuelos' produced this silent movie showcasing all of the above.

The 2nd video project my students produce is the Sound & Pictures project. I want them thinking about natural sound. They complete this project after week 10. During this project they focus on;

  1. Telling a simple story with a conflict
  2. Aperture, white balance & focus techniques with the camera
  3. Shooting 3-shot sequences with variety (wide, medium & tight)
  4. Thinking about relevant natural sound with every shot
  5. Paying attention to screen direction
  6. Shooting an opening and closing shot
  7. Editing with an emphasis on shot variety and match-action
  8. Thinking about pacing in their edits
  9. Making sure levels for natural sound are good quality
  10. Thinking about how audio enhances the story
  11. And of course telling a good story in the editing process

This is Derek Jackson's produced this Sound & Pictures Project showcasing all of the above.




Now they're ready to begin their journey into storytelling.  Their 3rd project is the Personal Profile.  They produce a story about one person performing one action.  

But 1st, we practice.


The project below is a creation for learning. This is another student's Sound & Pictures project combined with an made up interview.  Students transcribe the interview.  They build a script.  Then they use the video to try and tell a cohesive story combing the interview, the b-roll and relevant natural sound. I encourage them to experiment with music.

This is how this in class project turns out.




On their way.  I enjoy giving students vital skills as I prepare our future visual storytellers.