Day 4, 1/31

1. Setup Teams

Go to Teams and enter the join code on the board. Download your groups “Spy Talk” footage and for a quick orientation with the platform.

2. Adobe Premiere Overview

Premiere is a an extremely popular video editing program made by Adobe, the same company that makes Photoshop. It allows you to take video, audio, and stills from various sources and cut, merge, and arrange them to tell a story. We are very fortunate to have Adobe Premiere at Gleneagle as it is a professional-level program used throughout the film industry and by hobbyists alike. For this reason, like Photoshop, there are a ton of functions and tools that we will not need to use. Try not to be overwhelmed by all of the options, and remember that if you accidentally click anything, you can always undo!

It uses a timeline system like GarageBand, but they order in which they are arranged will effect which clips appears ‘on top,’ similar to layers in Photoshop.

2. Video Editing Demo

Over the next three class periods, we will each learn how to with with Premiere by creating our own edit of the “Spy Talk” exercise with the each of the following…

  1. the proper sequence of clips (no gaps or black frames in between)
  2. delete portions of the movie that make it inconsistent (ex: before actors are reading lines, etc.)
  3. opening Production LOGO screen (simple still image made in Photoshop)
  4. movie title fades in and out over BLACK background
  5. at least one video transition (wipe, iris, etc.)
  6. at least one freeze frame (likely required during explosion) AND and a clip that is slowed down or sped up (split a clip and slow down or speed up that portion)
  7. at least one added sound effect (additional dialogue recording/ADR, explosion, footsteps, laugh track, jet fly by, etc.)
  8. an underlying music track (plays throughout the movie that is faded/ducked in and out)
  9. at least one video effect (ie. luma/ultra keyed explosion)
  10. closing black credits (director, actors, and music are on attached list)

Please follow along with the demo that Mr. Gilbar is providing at the front of the class. It is very important that you follow these first several steps precisely. Don’t worry, the film 12 students will be available to help you if you get lost. Follow along with the demo and ask a neighbour for help if you get stuck. Mr. Gilbar will float around periodically to check in and provide guidance as needed.

Day 2, 1/29

1. Survey

This form is designed to help me get to know you better and to help me customize the course to better suit your interests and existing skills. All information you input here is absolutely confidential. Please complete this questionnaire.

2. Production Logo Design 101

We will look at what goes into making a great logo that incorporates your initials. Take your initials and map out the various ways they could be combined on a piece of scrap paper. Produce at least eight different designs. With the help of a neighbour, try to identify the strongest two designs and do three refinements/variants of each. Find your favourite amongst them with the help of a neighbour and begin rendering it in Photoshop. Look online for videos on the process of rendering a concept in Photoshop.

3. Placeholder Production Logo

Go to the Applications folder, find Adobe Production Suite, and launch “Adobe Photoshop CS6.” I am away, so those with experience, please help your classmates with Photoshop! Create your placeholder production company logo with the following criteria in mind:

  1. Image must be 1920×1080 at 72 dpi
  2. at least two additional items must be added
  3. company name must incorporate your first or last name and must be legible, taking up at least 25% of the screen
  4. all layers must be labeled
  5. keep it tasteful! If in doubt, just ask!

Marking is both quantitative (are all the criteria met?) and qualitative (how does it look?), so pay attention to all the details. Create a new folder called “[lastinitial][firstname]_Logo.” This first project is required in both JPEG and PSD formats, and should include all other files that you used to create it. When you are done, please help your neighbours!

4. Homework: Bring Cold-Weather Gear

Tomorrow we will be outside for the majority of the block as the film 12s produce a demo film. It is supposed to rain, so bring an umbrella and make sure to dress appropriately!

Day 1, 1/28

1. Course and Mr. Gilbar Intro

Mr. Gilbar will introduce himself and give you a little more information on the course.

2. Respect

What does respect look like in the classroom?

3. Macintosh 101

We will quickly go over the differences between the Mac and PC platform. I will introduce you to the operating system and point out the major differences between OSX and Windows. I will continue to point out the smaller differences as they come up over the next several weeks. If you are still really struggling, please come play with the machines during lunch, watch a helpful tutorial, or come get some help after school.

4. Spy Talk Exercise Overview

On Thursday, we will be shooting a demo exercise. We will partner up the film 12 students as leaders with the film 11 students who will be assisting and “shadowing” them.