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Videography For High School
High School Video Editing with Paint Shop Pro
We are building our own videography course as an elective for my high school age son. We are using along with his own video camera and imagination to put together a year long course. Corel Paint Shop Pro software
There is a lot to learn and it was hard to come up with a plan. In the end, he fiddled with it over the summer and came up with his own list of questions to investigate as part of the course and now he is just starting to take video, put it on the computer, and manipulate it into something interesting. We came up with a simple video project assignment for him to start with.
This is so far out of my realm of knowledge that he is really self-teaching this course with a little back up from his oldest, very techno savvy, older brother. I am not sure how or if this course will be going on his transcript but I am keeping track of his time and his work on Homeschool Tracker. I may mold some sort of Robotics/Videography/Computer Tech sort of course to roll all his work into for official records. It is definitely a work in progress.
Follow along as we work on our projects!
Video Editing Software
This is the software we are using as the basis for the entire videography course. So far so good and the manual has been very helpful as a text.
I pay attention to the directions that my children's interests are taking. I observe and listen to what they are interested in learning about. I gather and offer materials, resources, and books that will spur them on in their projects. Sometimes this is part of our official school time and more often it is on their own free time that we pursue these sorts of projects.
Little Mini Tripod - Great for working with time lapse.
This little gadget is fun to have for moments where you want to be in the video or to take time lapse.
Project #1 Read the Manual
It always helps to have some direction before you get started and after we loaded the software Mr. B pulled out the manual and started reading. I had him keep a list of questions and then as he read he could find the answers. He also made a list of things he needed to still figure out after reading the manual and this he slipped into his notebook for reference.
I gave two weeks to fiddle around with the software, loading some video to fool around with. His brother helped him with a few of the answers but mostly he tried things to see how they worked.
At the end of two weeks we sat down and decided on his first real video assignment.
Project #2 Family Video
The first real video assignment was to make a video that showed every family member doing some of our favorite things.
Here were the instructions:
Make a video about things our family likes to do in their free time. It would be fun to have one section for each of us, including yourself. You will need to take video of each of the family members and edit the videos to fit together in some way that is entertaining and interesting.
1. Take lots of video of each family member so you have lots to work with. Choose the best sections to include in your family video.
2. Film yourself or someone else as the narrator and include some footage in your video.
3. Use several still images in your video as well.
4. Use titles and graphics as transitions.
5. Use music as part of the background layer.
Here a few samples of the work my boys have done with their videography course.
I see the value of allowing our children time to keep exploring with different projects now that they are older and can do most of the work themselves.
Student Made Video - Great Example of Videography as Part of Homeschooling
Kristen at A Day in the Life shared her son's video project in Spring 2010 and it is really what inspired our family to get started with this activity.
Thanks Kristen for sharing your son's work!
Project #3 History Project
History Based Video Project on Ancient Egypt
This long project had multiple components. You can take the idea and apply it to any history subject your family is working on at the time or is interested in learning more about.
Make a video about Ancient Egypt. Choose three different topics to share.
Cats in Ancient Egypt
The Nile River
Science in Ancient Egypt
Anything else you can think of that relates to the topic.
1. Choose your three topics. Use information from your history study to make an outline for your video.
2. Find graphics or images to use. We talked about public domain and Creative Commons images.
3. Film yourself or someone else as the narrator and include some footage in your video.
4. Show images with narration.
5. Use titles and graphics as transitions.
Project #4 Producing a More Sophisticated Product
I found a great videography handout that I will be using to make a detailed plan for this last big project. I will come back and update our plans when we work through them. You can print this file out if you would like to have them for your videography course.
This project will be based on these lessons on a topic of my son's choice. I am heavily going to try to persuade him to have it be based on a science topic perhaps showing experiments or demonstrations Mythbusters Style.
Components will include:
2. Script writing.
3. Camera work- zooming in, using a tripod, lighting.
4. Editing and adding in stills, captions, and voiceovers.
5. Producing a finished product that will be shown to the family.
Beginnings of a Storyboard
Additional Links That Have Proved Helpful
It took some digging on the internet but I did find some sources of lesson plans and ideas to use with our videography course.
- Video Project Grading Rubric Example
Because I am using these projects as part of a complete high school course, I wanted to make a grading rubric for my son to use as he worked through his projects. This link has an excellent example.
Great Resource with a Terrible Title
We are using this as a resource for our videography course. So far, I like the concise guidelines outlined in the first few chapters for keeping your first video short and keeping to a deadline. I will write more when we finish this book at the end of the year.