The Media Center’s twitter account subscribes to a few great sites that help us keep up with all things media! We retweet some gems as they surface but I thought this one from Mashable was helpful for our newest grads so I wanted to highlight it.
Sure, it’s not for everyone, but for a few creative & courageous souls it might just be a perfect fit. There are some different options they lay out in the article but all are highly engaging & informative, with the right dose of fun attached.
The Media Center is always a busy place but during the spring semester it rises to a whole new level of chaos. Although many projects are worked on, our heightened level of crazy can be attributed to the two film courses that are offered in the Spring.
These students camped out here for days at a time editing their productions and finally were able to show off their work last week in 2 separate film showings. For those of you who missed them, you still have a chance to view some of the short films here. A few students allowed us to link to their uploaded videos.
Two of these came from the Film Production class and one came from the Documentary Film class. Enjoy!
Please join Professors Lullo, Humphreys, Hoefler, Schubert and Fratantuono for a brown bag lunch session of the TCWW as they discuss how and why they incorporated video projects into their courses.
You’ll see short clips of student-created videos and have an opportunity to discuss questions such as:
• Why did you decide to include a video project in your class?
• How did this project lend itself to the learning goals of your class?
• Did the video project augment or replace an existing project?
• Was the project modeled after a project you saw elsewhere?
• What was the level of effort required by both you and your students?
• How did you assess the video project?
The presenters have experience with incorporating a variety of video genres such as promotional videos, video blogs, interviews/documentaries, video mini-lectures and video demonstrations. Please bring a lunch and join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.
Michael Fratantuono – International Business & Management
ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia
Topic: Japanese Print from Trout Gallery Using narration over images. Created using IMovie & series of images from Trout Gallery of Creative Commons files.
Students were each assigned a piece of Asian Art held by the college’s Trout Gallery and used the Ken Burns effect to display images of the piece while telling the story of it’s history.
Professor: Sheri Lullo-Art History
Course:ARTH 110: Introduction to the Arts of Asia
Dan’s students work with AIDS organizations to record oral histories from people who are HIV positive. They then compile these into a final production to give back to the AIDS organizations they partnered with.
The Media Center has a small memorial to Nate Kirkland who was a student here at Dickinson and was tragically taken from us during a Service Learning trip to Guatemala in early 2009. He was passionate about filmmaking and had an infectious smile that would most definitely brighten your day.
Although the memorial is there to help remember Nate, people often pass by it without taking much notice as they rush to and from classes. We hope that people who didn’t know Nate, take the time to read a little about him and hopefully find inspiration in the way he lived his life, as he was always trying to make the world a better place.
Today, I walked by the memorial and found someone was kind enough to leave flowers, a note & a poem. It warmed my heart and saddened me all at the same time.
It made me think that the media center hasn’t promoted Nate’s work the way we should so here are some samples of what he created during the short period of time we were graced with his presence. The following are the poem & note that were left and it should inspire us all.
Instructional & Media Services supports a wide range of video projects in classes from many different disciplines. These projects don’t have to be big and involved to be effective and we work with each Professor to help find what the best level of technology is for their course and project idea. As with most projects, it is best to plan out a time line with smaller assignments due over time to ensure students are on the right track. This usually involves writing a short script or storyboard and also gathering some source material to submit prior to editing the final piece. Most people think of video projects as always using a camera but many projects use only still images that are panned & zoomed across to give the allusion of movement (ala Ken Burns). A narration is then added over the images to create the final video.
IMS will set up a time to come into the class to train the students on the technologies needed. This may only be IMovie for a project that is using images instead of actual video. Otherwise, we may train on how to use & checkout our video equipment and how to use the higher level video editing program Final Cut Express. The Media Center is a the physical resource where the students will be able to work to complete their project while getting support from IMS staff.
Training Session Information
Audience: Faculty & Students
Type: Instructor Led-Hands on
Time 1 – 1 1/2 hours in-class time
Upon completion of this workshop, you will:
Know how to use the software programs IMovie to record & edit video
Have observed a variety of course related video examples.
Know best practices to use when writing script.
Be provided online resources to help you get started finding creative commons audio, video or image files.
Students were asked to create mini lectures about assigned topics. These videos serve as a supplement to the course as Professor Fratantuono can show these in place of some traditional lectures and promote additional discussion the topics.
Students in his First Year Seminar course “Science Friction~Dystopian Visions”, were able to make a media project to post to the blogs they were maintaining during the semester. This was a great piece that Ellen Kaveevittayakun created.
Compact and convenient, Flip video cameras are designed for simplicity and ease of use. These cameras are useful for quick video projects and can be used to quickly and simply film and upload digital video to a computer. They can also be used with a tripod. The Media Center has several Flip Ultra and Flip UltraHD.