End Task Planning

Spend this week on the planning process of your endtask. Some tasks to complete:

1. Research: What do you know about your topic? What do you need to know? What are the important points to touch on? 

2. Assigning roles: Who will do what? Will eveyone work on all aspects or will you delegate certain aspects to certain people?

3. Contacts: Who would know more about this topic/Who will you want to speak to? How will you arrange this?

4. Planning: Start roughing out a storyboard/script/timeline for your video. What information will you choose to convey? What will your approach be (serious, light, humourous)?

5. Scheduling: When will you begin shooting/editing?


The planning process is an important part of the final product and will be evaluated as part of your mark.

I hope to hold group interviews on Thursday+Friday when I return.

I will have email access so please feel free to email any questions you may have to mrdarling@mrdarling.com

12M End Task

Endtask: Create a 5-10 minute infomative video on the assigned topic.

The video must include general information about the topic, information on how students can get involved/access the services, and interviews with individuals involved with the topic.

This project is worth 25% of your final mark in this class. The other 5% of your end task mark is based on your class portfolio (i.e your class blog)

Final project must include:

Idea generation/research: The initial planning process must be documented and posted to your blog. (does not have to be done electronically initially, you could write/do sketches and then photograph your notes, for example)

Project outline/storyboard and production notes (i.e. locations, interview questions, scripts if required, schedule of shooting/editing)

Model releases for everybody appearing in the video

Video must include and will be evaluated on:
Variety of camera shot lengths and movements as covered in class assignments
Interviews with involved individuals
Video quality (sharpness, use lighting, camera work)
Audio quality (microphone use, background music)
Editing (use of cuts and transitions, overall flow)

Final video published on youtube and linked from your blog

Individual Component of Mark:

Work log: at least 5 entries describing (for example) the process that you have taken, any obstacles encountered and next steps.

Observation and/or interviews throughout (i.e. we chat about your process and progress)

Groups and Topics:

DHS Guidance/Student Services

DHS Extracurricular (clubs etc)

DHS Literacy test success


DHS Athletics

New Project – Safety!

So you are supposed to be able to:

D1. demonstrate an understanding of and apply safe work practices when performing communications
technology tasks;

and more specifically:

D1.1 describe industry hazards (e.g., ergonomic, mechanical, electrical, and chemical hazards), identify sources of hazard information (e.g., Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System [WHMIS], Passport to Safety), and describe methods of preventing accidents (e.g., safety audits, regular safety training);

D1.2 demonstrate an understanding of and apply safe work practices (e.g., using ergonomically designed equipment and work areas, keeping equipment in proper working order, maintaining a well-organized workplace, using lockout procedures when installing or maintaining equipment, wearing gloves when handling hot lights, using a spotter when climbing ladders, keeping liquids away from electronic equipment) when performing communications technology procedures.


I’d like you to do one of the following:

Create a video or videos that demonstrate topics selected from above

Create a poster or series of posters (this is for those of you that are “so over” making videos – you’ll have to stage and shoot your own photos for this one). Posters should contain relevant logos and links for more information.

Comm. Tech Career Exploration

Find a video or videos online (youtube or vimeo, etc) that describes a Comm. Tech related field of work. (e.g., digital imaging, interactive game development, graphic arts, web/interactive media design, audio/video production).

Post a link to the video along with a brief summary of the information contained within – for example, list job duties, skills required, education needed and any other pertinent info available.

Video Projects x 3 + Written Assignments

Have you completed all three video projects? Have you posted all of the written assignments as well? Take a look at your blog to make sure that you have done so.

Video production should be well under way so we can finalize these projects. I would like to have something that I can post on the DHS Eagles website ASAP.

Be a Donor commercial?

Here is the site for the Organ donor sign up: http://beadonor.ca/

Check it out if you need inspiration for your next commercial!

Video Projects thus far

1. How-to video

2. “Welcome to DHS” or “School Success Tips”

3. 30 second commercial

Topics Available:
Course Selection
Literacy Test
DHS Library
Leadership Activities
Guidance Services
Upcoming Drama Production
Music Association
DHS Green Team
Scholarships and Bursaries
(I’m sure I’ll think of some more – you get the idea, these are “real” commercials that we will post on the DHS website)

Holding it up – Tripods in video production.

The lowly tripod is one of the most crucial parts of a decent video production. Videos shot without the benefit of tripods generally look amateurish, at worst they will make your viewers feel nauseous or dizzy.

Tripods allow for smooth and consistent camera operation.

Find and post to your blog an image that identifies the various parts of a tripod (some examples are here)

What are the attributes of a good tripod? Read some of the articles linked here (or try a different search) and summarize some of the points in your blog post with the part identification image.

Bonus territory:

Check out camera jibs, dollies and sliders. Find an interesting use of any of this equipment (maybe a video on youtube) and post it to your blog.

Camera Movements

We have looked at camera shot lengths and camera angles, now let’s take a look at camera movement. A camera movement describes the way that the camera moves in relation to the subject. Some common camera movements are described below:

Dolly The camera is mounted on a cart which travels along tracks for a very smooth movement. Also known as a tracking shot or trucking shot.
Dolly Zoom A technique in which the camera moves closer or further from the subject while simultaneously adjusting the zoom angle to keep the subject the same size in the frame.
Follow The camera physically follows the subject at a more or less constant distance.
Pan Horizontal movement, left and right.
Pedestal (Ped) Moving the camera position vertically with respect to the subject.
Tilt Vertical movement of the camera angle, i.e. pointing the camera up and down (as opposed to moving the whole camera up and down).
Track Roughly synonymous with the dolly shot, but often defined more specifically as movement which stays a constant distance from the action, especially side-to-side movement.
Truck Another term for tracking or dollying.
Zoom Technically this isn’t a camera move, but a change in the lens focal length with gives the illusion of moving the camera closer or further away.

Camera movements are a bit trickier to find picture examples of. Try to find either diagrams showing these movements OR youtube videos that actually show the movements and post them to your blog.

Here is an example of a youtube search for “track camera movement”.
Here is a Google image search for the same term.

You will need to use similar terms for your searching, and watch carefully as some videos will not be relevant. Some videos might show multiple terms or even all of them.

You can embed youtube videos directly into wordpress posts.

Click on “Share” and then “Embed” on the video you want. You will copy that embed code and then paste it into the “HTML” window of your new post.

Camera Framing/Shot Lengths

This extreme long shot of the iconic Hollywood sign provides instant context for the viewer.

“Framing” or “Shot Length” is a term used to describe the visual composition of a scene in a video. Shot lengths are used to emphasise different aspect of a scene – for example, a long shot gives the viewer a sense of background, while an extreme close-up makes it obvious that the viewer is meant to focus on a specific aspect of the video.

You can read more about shot lengths here.

Find example images using google image search of the following camera shot lengths and post them to your comm tech blog site.

Extreme Long Shot
Long Shot
Medium Shot
Close Up
Extreme Close Up
Two Shot
Over the Shoulder Shot
Low Angle Shot
High Angle Shot
Dutch Angle Shot

If you want to take things a step further, see if you can find a decent youtube video that describes the various shot lengths and post that to your blog.