Category Archives: Digital Video 2015

News Story Video

Another very common type of video is a news story. These can keep people informed about major events, or introduce a new product, idea, opportunity, etc. Usually they’re done by one “reporter” who will interview a number of people to compile information for the story. These are generally factual – nothing is made up or opinion-based, just the facts, ma’am!

To create a good news story, you should follow the tips outlined below:

1) Journalism isn’t fiction writing – you can’t create stories from your imagination. You have to find newsworthy topics worth writing about. When you identify a topic, check with your teacher to make sure it is OK.

2) Make a list of people you would like to interview about the topic. Talk to these people about your topic before you interview them to gather more information.

3) Write out your interview questions. Note: Your questions may vary from person to person

4) Conduct your interviews with your subjects on camera.

5) Film any footage of your subject in action that will complement your story. (eg if you’re talking to someone about hockey, have footage of him/her playing hockey.)

6) Collect “Viz” footage. These are the visuals that we see while you’re doing your voiceover. This would be footage of things related to your topic. Again, if this is a story about the hockey team (which it shouldn’t be… season’s over!), you would have footage of the team getting ready for the game, sitting on the bench, playing, celebrating, etc.

6) Film yourself:

  • Reporting on the subject
  • The Standup/Sign Off – The conclusion of the story followed by your name and who you’re reporting for.

8) Choose the best footage from each interviewee (you don’t need to include everything, just the pieces that make your story shine).

7) Edit the film footage using Premiere Pro

8) Record narration to go with your video footage (make sure to include a “lead” – The hook at the beginning that introduces the story in an interesting manner)

Your News Story must be at least 1 minute in length

In order for news stories to be relevant, they need to be done QUICKLY. If you don’t report on your topic right away, it’s too late! That having been said, we’re new to this and we have a little bit of extra time, so we’re not in as big a rush this time.

You can do this one of two ways:

1) REAL NEWS: Pick a school activity/event, team, department and tell us about what’s going on. You’ll have to come up with some real questions and do some real interviews. This involves a bit less planning in advance, but there is more pressure to do it right.

2) Made up news: Yeah, you can do something fun instead if you want. If you do it this way, you have the luxury of being able to plan everything in advance, so you will! This will require a full script/storyboard plan before you shoot anything.

Yes, you will need other people in your video, but you will each write, plan, shoot, and edit your own video. NO GROUPS THIS TIME. You can ask other people to be in your story, but each person needs to come up with a separate idea and a separate story!

History of Film

For your first film, I want you to create a documentary about the history of cinema/film/motion pictures. This is a broad topic which can be explored in a number of ways, so I want you to think about what you are going to explain, and TALK TO ME ABOUT IT so that I can help make sure your topic is going to work.

One thing you could do is to describe the events leading up to modern day motion pictures. What was the first type of motion picture, and how did it evolve into the technology/process used today?

You could also describe one aspect of motion pictures, such as the development of sound. How did we get from silent films to the multi-channel audio that you now hear when you go to the movies?

You could also talk about some of the most significant films in history. What was the first movie? What was the first movie with sound? What was the first colour movie, etc.

You will use a mix of video clips and still pictures to tell your story. You will also need to provide some narration and use titles to help explain.

Try as much as possible to use CREATIVE COMMONS pictures and videos. These are ones that you are legally allowed to use in your film if you’re going to show it publicly (put it on YouTube, etc.). There are some great sources linked on my LINKS page.

Understanding, however, that your movie would be much more interesting and effective if you include pictures and clips from the actual movies you’re talking about, you may have to “borrow” some clips and pictures from YouTube or find some with your good friend Google Images. Use those carefully. MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE USING THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE QUALITY IMAGES AND VIDEO!

WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PICTURES AND VIDEOS, YOU NEED TO KEEP A LIST OF THOSE SOURCES! Create a Google Document (or Word or something if you insist) where you list the items you use and where you got them from.

eg: Movie Camera photo:

You can find some of your own sources of information, depending on your topic, but there are some that I highly recommend linked below, and in my “Video Production” playlist on my Youtube channel.

Brief History of Video Technology