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TV and Video Production

UPDATE FOR August 2016---Sadly, no TV productions classes for this school year, but we may have something for the 2017-2018 school year.  Check back later in the fall for more information and possible tryiouts!

UPDATE 1/28/15    Students have been asking me about tools to help them with storyboards, scripting and editing.

Let's start with the final steps first.  I use Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7 when I want to edit simple, short videos for class or to post online.  I prefer Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate for longer, more complex productions for broadcast, but Corel Video Studio has most of the features students may want to begin with, including a great 3-D effects function.  You get a lot of power and features for the money.

I also frequently use Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate for still photography.  It has great filters to crop and fix lighting problems and is easy to print photos from.

Amazon already has great prices on these two programs, even cheaper than buying them direct, so I don't expect huge additional discounts, but remember that their lightning deals can sell out quickly and are usually only good for an hour or two.  If you are already looking at either of these two, an extra few bucks is worth jumping on.  Just make sure before you buy that your computer is powerful enough to run the programs.  Video Studio, like any video editing program, works best with plenty of memory and a powerful video card.  If your computer is set up for high-end gaming, you are probably in good shape!

Most importantly, you don't have to spend money to get great results!  There is plenty of free software out there to


Unfortunately, I am not able to offer a TV production class this year.  I hope to introduce some basic video production concepts to students in Genius Hour but the limited time will keep that very basic.  I will be maintaining and updating this page for students interested in video production as well as former students looking for production tips as well as deals on equipment and software, so keep checking back.

WEEK ONE--Scripting & Storyboarding

Before you ever pick up a camera, you have a lot of work to do.  Good video requires planning and lots of it.  Figure out the basics of what you want to film, and then start committing it to paper.

Two planning tools you will want to use are scripts and storyboards. 

Scripts have the dialogue or what people will say to each other, but they also have lots of vital information about what the charictars look like, where they are, how they will move, camera angles, lighting, and much much more.  If the focus of your film is a limited number of charictars and what they will say to each other, you may want to start with wirting a script, but make sure you include information about the scene, the  background, and what information you want the camera to document.

The other tool is the storyboard.  Think of it almost like a comic strip version of what you want to film.  You do not have to draw well.  Stick figures are fine.  Tell the story of what you want to film almost in comic form.  As you sketch each scene, think about light sources, camera angles, backgrounds, and transitions from scene to scene.

Click here for a more detailed explaination of storyboards.





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