01 August 28, 2015

Welcome to Project LIVE

Opening Items

  • Introductions
  • Project LIVE website: projectlive.eusd.org
    • or Under Staff 
    • or under Technology on District site
  • Click here to sign in
  • Subscribe to Project LIVE calendar
    • Click on the Calendar link at left (under the Apple)
    • Scroll down and click the plus at the bottom; then the meeting dates will appear on your EUSD Google calendar
  • Lessons for iMovie—Trust me, it's worth the $5.00 in-app purchase to go beyond the 9 free lessons. You are going to need extra help getting used to iMovie, and this could be it. From your laptop, click here.
  • Lessons for Final Cut Pro X—For those of you using FCP X, you will find this helpful. $10 to unlock all of the lessons, but worth it IMHO.

Why Video?

  • Video as the communication medium - allowing your students to “find their voice”
  • This is the YouTube generation
  • YouTube has over a billion hits per day
    • YouTube has more than 1 billion users
    • Every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views
    • The number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month is up 50% year over year
    • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute

Possibly Useful Links:

Project LIVE Specific:

Terri Price

Jennifer Baehr

Kim Buhler

Lebrac Fletes

Liz Henderson

Sonya Shaffer

Lana Jones

Therese Ellsworth

Vanessa Miramontes

Kristen Moss

Joan Bohnstedt

Jill Brady

Mary Perkins

Bonnie Diamond

Ellyse Jimenez

Lori Cisterna

Debbie Seever

Brenda White

Jacki Algazi

Jim Blanchard

Katelyn Sylvester

Raymundo Rodriguez

Justin Armbruster

John Medina


Create a 1 minute How-to video on how to tie your shoes. Assume no prior knowledge. Your final creation should include the following:

  • A duration of 1 minute precisely
  • An opening title
  • This video should tell a story, with a beginning, middle and end; figure out a way to get into and out of the subject matter
  • Consider using voiceover to narrate your piece; it's a lot easier than trying to get good takes from novice actors that have a camera glaring at them.
  • Quick cuts, as planned in the storyboard (approx 5-7 seconds per clip, as a rule)
  • At least 3 distinct camera angles (cf. AFI Glossary) that are used to enhance the storytelling
  • If time, a music background from Freeplay Music
  • Balanced audio (so each audio stream has the right volume; use headphones if you have them)

Get it Done

Pre-production (Planning)

  • Storyboard/script Activity - Backwards storyboard using Take A Stand PSA
  • Shot List (The shopping list! Tips and Tricks--- use symbols like a star for best take or B for bloopers or rank shots per scene)

  1. Before beginning filming, the team should create a storyboard laying out each camera change, along with dialog or voiceover script. The storyboard should reflect a minimum of 3 camera angles (cf. AFI Glossary). You should be able to “see” the movie in your head (visualization) prior to beginning filming.

  2. For each panel in your storyboard, give a real-world estimate of how long that shot will be on screen. Remember, the finished video should be 1 minute long. No clip should be on screen more than 6 or 7 seconds without a good reason. This means your storyboard will have 10-15 panels.

  3. This video should tell a story, with a beginning, middle and end; figure out a way to get into and out of the subject matter.

Production (Shooting the Movie) Meet in Boardroom at 5:00 sharp

  • Introduction to the equipment
  • Shot List tactics (handout)
  • Basic Slate (handout)
  • Shot Types (wide, medium, cu, xcu - AFI handout)
  • Rule of Thirds (video: Click Here)
  1. When beginning to film, slate each shot. Include Scene and Take numbers.

  2. Use a shot list to keep track of takes and circle possible keepers. Your order of shooting doesn’t need to be sequential.

  3. Be sure to wait 2-3 seconds AFTER the director calls “Action” before starting delivery.

  4. Take as many takes of each panel as necessary. Better too much than too little.

  5. Be sure to monitor audio when recording with headphones.

Post-production (Editing the Movie) Meet in Boardroom at 6:00 sharp

    • Introduction to iMovie
    • Libraries
    • Events
    • Movies (Projects)
    • Importing
    • In Point/ Out Point, Favorite (I, O, F)
    • Exporting and uploading to Google
    • Sharing link in Google
    • Shortcuts to iMovie (handout)

    1. Make sure your external drive is mounted. Important: Do not use this drive as a Time Machine backup

      In iMovie, create a new Library for this project (one project for the team). Make sure it is stored on an external drive. Rename the Event to reflect the project. Create a new Movie [project] to begin building the movie.

    2. Using the slate at the front of each clip, find the needed clips to tell the story and mark as Favorites [I for inpoint, O for outpoint, F for Favorite]. If you are selecting your clips chronologically, you can type E after making it a Favorite to edit the clip onto the storyline. Or you can do this step after labelling all of the Favorites. Tip: click on the green bar of a Favorite to select just that portion.

    3. After assembling the rough cut, decide what changes are necessary to turn it into a final cut (fine tuning edits, adding text and titles, adding or subtracting clips, adding musical background, etc.), and make them. it’s only a minute long, right?

    4. Share (export) your finished product from iMovie at 1080p.

    5. Upload to EUSD Google Drive and share with “Anyone with the Link”.

    6. Send me the sharing link.

    7. At a later date, I’ll post them for judging, using the iVIE Rubric.

    Final Thoughts (7:00-7:30)


    • Create a 2-3 minute video on a subject that is dear to your heart.
    • Use the “Lessons for iMovie” videos to help you overcome technical difficulties
    • This project can be about anything close to your heart (your prize azaleas, or your son entering college, or your cat Truffles, or...).
    • To help drive the story, a Voice Over track is a good idea
    • It should be about 2-3 minutes long and feel like a finished story.
    • This must be a finished and uploaded to your EUSD Google Drive before the first "real" meeting, September 14.
    • Be sure to share to "All with the Link" and send that sharing link to fmaggi@eusd.org
    • The purpose of having you do this project is to allow you to go through the entire video process on your own, so you are ready to hit the ground running when we begin work on the How-to video.
    • Perfectly fine to do this as a solo project, but you're also welcome to have your students (or family, or ...) help you. Whatever feels comfortable.
    • If needed ask for help!
    Equipment Handout
    Be sure to write down the Asset Tag number on your camera before you leave. 

    Also, be sure at some time soon to find a way to put identifying marks of some sort on your equipment; it all looks the same.
    • Tripod box
    • Microphone package
    • Camera bag with:
      • Camera w/bracket (left section)
      • 3 camera cables (middle section)
      • External drive w/ paperwork and cables (right section)