ENG 329 1.1: Introduction (Assignment)

Today’s Plan:

  • Syllabus
  • Introduction Assignment
  • Google Form

Syllabus Review

Here is a link to the syllabus.

Introduction Assignment

For your first assignment, I’d like you to post a short video (30 seconds or less) that introduces you to the class. Perhaps you might begin by letting us know your major and career goals. But the focus of the video should be on sharing a part of your life that is important to you. It can be a place, a book, a food, an activity, anything you can film.

I don’t want anyone to worry about quality or freak out and drop the course! This is a way of me getting a sense of what you are capable of. In any course–but especially a course working with technology–it is a challenge to measure every student’s incoming abilities. This activity is meant to help me do just that.

A brief aside on the significance of imperfection.

Before you shoot your project, let’s spend a little time with Steve Stockman, author of How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck. Stockman provides us with five basic principles for shooting video:

  • shots should be 10 seconds or less
  • Whites of their eyes (faces)
  • Light behind the camera, not behind the subject
  • Keep the camera still, don’t shoot and move
  • Keep your video short

If you are unsure what Stockman means by shots, maybe this will help.

Also, if you can, include some background music.

You can use any editor you want to make these videos, even iOS apps.

You should create a YouTube account and use the YouTube button in the discussion tools to embed your video into a discussion post. (Note try the embed, if you are having trouble then use a link).

Homework

There’s a discussion post on Canvas where you can upload your video (or, if you are having problems, you can submit a link).

In Wednesday’s class, I was going to spend 20 minutes or so going over some simple image editing in Photoshop. Please take this survey ASAP so I know what to include in the workshop.

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