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Wednesday, Jan. 21
Topic/Subject: Meet your kit, limitations of mobile, meet Filmic Pro
We’ll broadly discuss the pluses and minuses of mobile platforms, meet the kits and begin to learn Filmic Pro, our videography app.
Glen Mulcahy: RTE’ Mobile Journalism: Where it began, where we are now, where we are going (potentially)
Filmic Pro practice: Shoot the basis of three five-shot sequences
Monday, January 26
Topic/Subject: Pinnacle Studio
We use Pinnacle Studio as our editing program. Make sure you bring your shooting practice clips to class because today we’re going to knock together some sequences as we learn the ins and outs of Pinnacle Studio.
Wednesday, January 28
Topic/Subject: Telling a story with shots
A shot is our atomic unit. We’ll go over what different shots mean to each story and how we can convey emotion, pacing and content through the shots we select.
Monday, February 2
Topic/Subject: Shot composition: Angles, lines, forms, masses and shapes
All the gadgets in the world can’t save a poorly composed shot. Today we’ll talk about how to compose a scene for maximum effect for the story, in ways that will help you overcome some of the limitations of the iPad.
The importance of composition
Filmmaking: Composition and framing tutorial
Wednesday, February 4
Topic/Subject: Story structure: Beginnings, middles and ends
A story with a sound internal structure sings. This class will teach the fundamentals about the basic three-act structure, as well as how to storyboard a story to make your life easier when you’re editing.
SJ Murray’s Three-Act What? worksheet
Monday, February 9
Topic/Subject: Conflict in stories
Conflict is the grease that moves stories along. Today we’ll talk about a story structure that constantly engages the viewer and keeps them wondering what’s around the corner.
What is a story? Conflict — The foundation of storytelling
Wednesday, February 11
Topic/Subject: The concept story
The best stories often start from high-minded ideas: losers, food, family. We’ll talk about how to take a story from a theme to something solid.
Battle of Island Mound trailer
Monday February 16
Topic/Subject: Mobile photos
There will be times when video isn’t our best choice or when we want a photo in the piece. We’ll use the Camera+ app to shoot effective photos for publication and the SnapSeed app to edit the to perfection.
Wednesday, February 18
Monday, February 23
Topic/Subject: Meet the client: Missouri Life magazine
You’ll meet the client for your next set of stories. The editors of Missouri Life magazine will discuss what they expect out of the video packages that you’ll create for them.
Missouri Life January issue
Wednesday, February 25
Good audio makes video even stronger. We’ll learn about how to gather good audio within Filmic Pro and using other apps to drop into the story.
Monday March 2
Topic/Subject: Characters with character
Every story has characters. But you want your story’s characters to jump off the screen and grab the viewer. We’ll talk about ways to do that.
Wednesday, March 4
Topic/Subject: Interviewing for multimedia
Creating great characters means creating scenes, dialogue and compelling moments. We’ll talk about techniques to make sure you’re getting the most out of each interview.
Monday, March 9
The iPad has some limitations to it that can be overcome with good lighting. We’ll talk about how to use available light and supplemental light to make compelling scenes.
Wednesday, March 11
Topic/Subject: Bringing a story from pitch to idea
Sometimes it’s hard to get sophisticated concepts out of your head and onto paper. We’ll discuss some techniques to make the stories you pitch as compelling as possible.
Monday, March 16
Topic/Subject: Peter Berg Day 1
Wednesday, March 18
Topic/Subject: Peter Berg Day 2
We’ll deconstruct the characters and camera angles of Peter Berg, who directed the movie Lone Survivor and the movie and show Friday Night Lights.
Monday, March 30
Topic/Subject: Pitch day
You have a final project due at the end of the semester. Today you’ll summon all the skills that you’ve learned about story and put together a compelling pitch for that story.
Wednesday, April 1
Topic/Subject: Advanced editing
Smart editing can make or break a story. We’ll try some advanced editing techniques on the iPads that can make your stories more engaging.
Monday, April 6
Topic/Subject: Revised pitch day
Wednesday, April 8
Topic/Subject: Mobile apps, Part 1
One of the strengths of the mobile platform is its flexibility. We’ll use different apps to tell stories in unique ways that will keep viewers coming back.
Monday, April 13
Topic/Subject: Character-driven and linear narratives
All semester you’ve been working in video. Your final project will be a linear narrative that tells a story in chapters and incorporates both the production skills and conceptual skills that you’ve learned to tell a story.
Wednesday, April 15
Topic/Subject: Story platform: Storehouse
Your final projects will be linear narratives that combine words and video in a way that brings maximum impact to the reader. You’ll be building them entirely on your iPad, designing and posting them using an app called Storehouse. We’ll talk about Storehouse and how to create effective stories on it.
Monday, April 20
Wednesday, April 23
Monday, April 27
Topic/Subject: Final Story 1st draft due
Wednesday, April 30
Topic/Subject:Final Story final draft due
Monday, May 4
Topic/Subject: Final revisions due
Wednesday, May 6
Topic/Subject: Evaluations/lessons learned