SEPTEMBER 15 Les Misérables Hassane Soumahoro


What this whole movie is about, is a revolution and how Issa clearly does not feel safe around cops. In fact, the cops have been abusing their power the whole movie. This photo shows disobedience on every level, cops abusing their power disobeying their code, and Issa disobeying the cops.

Hassane Soumahoro Social Dilemma

October 6
What the producers wanted to convey is, something needs to change. At this point of the movie, one of Google’s top workers created a presentation, and it had the stem, but nothing happened. This just shows that these companies are aware they just do not care

due October 20

I. Watch the film that you have chosen and create a simple PowerPoint presentation discussing how its “key” is conveyed in its visual style: shot composition, lighting, set design, frame, camera, editing, acting etc.  Please note: when discussing visual approach, put text into comments field so we are looking at pictures not text during class discussion. Upload into our Google drive.

Film Style
Ahmad, Humza Spring Breakers Neo-Noir
Caba, Brian Drive Neo-Noir
Seymour, Keyshawn Parasite Classic/Impressionistic
Soumahoro, Hassane Lighthouse Expressionistic
Zempoaltecatl, Giselle Joker Neo-Noir

II. Edit a 1-1. min. MOTION GRAPHICS production exercise. You can use the interviews we shot in class (they are very poor quality, so maybe make then really small on the screen) or use any other video fro YouTube, preferably (but not obligatory) copyright free. Obviously, you can use both, as well as any shots you shoot with your smart Phone. The main task is to have MINIMUM 10 animations of videos or stills (frames changing their scale/position/rotation on screen in time) + 10 animations of titles – could be words from the interviews/songs. The can have small animation, ex. sliding or jumping or getting bigger. You will show them in class for feedback before submitting the following week for a grade.

III. In preparation for the midterm, we will watch several examples of self-portrait essays in class.

IV. In preparation for the Final Project think of 2-3 ideas. You will pitch them in class and discuss in small groups. 1 should be a portrait of somebody you have access to (tell us why and what will you use as illustration of their personality) another a Video Essay on the topic that interests you (tells us what kind of visuals you will use).

due October 13

I. Watch the film that you have chosen and create a simple PowerPoint presentation discussing how its “key” is conveyed in its visual style: shot composition, lighting, set design, frame, camera, editing, acting etc.  Upload into our Google drive.

Film Style
Ahmad, Humza American Beauty Classic Continuity
Caba, Brian Birdman Naturalistic, Verité
Seymour, Keyshawn Nightcrawler Neo-Noir
Soumahoro, Hassane Un Prophet Classic Continuity
Zempoaltecatl, Giselle American Honey Naturalistic, Verité

II. Finish editing a 1.5-2 min. video about area Dezso’s art exhibition at the Aldrich museum. The video should have a good beginning (establishing shots, intro verity sequence) and a good ending (both faded in and out); title and end credits; feel free to put royalty free music underneath, but most importantly it should tell a story, have plenty of observational sequences (no text) and the text should make sense, not too many repetitions or interjections. Try using advanced editing techniques we learned last class. Here is Adobe page.

Brian Caba, Social Dilemma key

The key of the film is to bring awareness of the lack of real control we actually have in our life due to how these different companies and designers build their platforms. We mindlessly consume this information to the point that it becomes our own reality.

The image I choose is a medium two-shot, as well as a profile shot. You can see Ben giving a more serious look towards the other man, almost kind of like he’s trying to analyze him. Meanwhile the man on the right has more of a smile and relaxed look as if he already knows him.

Giselle Zempoaltecatl

The key of the film is that technology platforms are designing an addiction and manipulation based environment meant to separate our realities for the sole purpose of profit.


The image above conveys the key through the use of an ECU to show not only the divide and individual manipulation but the scale at which it’s affecting society. Through the ECU you can also see that each AI is meant to look like the inside of a USB port which provides a visual presentation of the behind-the-scenes technology that we can’t see or begin to understand.

Keyshawn Seymour, The Social Dilemma Key Assignment

The key to the film is that in the internet age, everyone is being isolated and manipulated by this omnipresent figure of social media.

The medium shot used for the portrait of Tristan conveys the key because it forces the focus on him while making everything in the background irrelevant, the speakers express that this is the effect of social media on the world. Their backgrounds being blurred out is important because of the idea that social media and the instant inclusion it provides causes users to tune out the regular world and live in one that is occupied by only our thoughts alone.


Humza The Social Dilemma

The Key is that social media has caused corporations to treat humans like they are just tools for collecting data and creating virtual traffic.

This image conveys such because through a close-up shot, we can see the boy crying about being treated like a number, not a person. The close-up shot also allows us to see the virtual images behind him containing a virtual social media feed.

due October 6

I. Watch Social Dilemma. Post a few sentences about its “Key” and find an image that conveys it visually. Insert the image into the post.

II. Download media for Andrea Dezso project and start editing it. It should be no longer than 3 minute and must make sense (tell a story).


Import all media. (command I) Chose EDITING as your mode on the top.

First, edit the interview, cutting out anything you don’t need. It’s called a’ radio edit,’ meaning if you don’t see the picture of should work well.  You can do it on Timeline using blade tool, or first select the buts you want (by assigning IN and OUT) and them dropping it on the Timeline (using comma ‘insert’ or period  ‘overwrite’)

Then start building B-roll – visuals that illustrate her words. Place it on the second track by moving V1 to track 2 in Timeline video, so that comma and period work. To place just video with no audio, make sure SOURCE AUDIO is deselected. Or assign SOURCE audio next to a free track ( A2) and type period to drop the file non destructively. Then lower the volume of the b-roll.

Save your questions for the class. It will be easy for me to answer them, in bulk. We’ll have ‘workshop’ time.

The interview sound is not good. You will need to apply an audio effect. Click on the file to select it. Click Effects on the top menu. Open Audio Effects by clicking on the little triangle. Open Noise Reduction/Restoration. Select DeNoise and drag it onto the file on the Timeline. It sounds a little better, right?

You must use trimming options you learned: rolling, ripple and slip.

We’ll have a workshop next class. It will probably take you a few weeks to make a professional grade edit, don’t worry, do the best you can.

due September 22

I. Using footage provided, create promotional video for Vladimir’s restaurant Somos Cuba. Please note, I added a video Havana Views.

The video should be no longer than 1 min.

It should have:

  • music you have chosen
  • 10 shots 15 frames each
  • 5 shots, each 1 sec. long, with dissolves (Command D is default tradition)
  • Vladimir or Yasmani introducing the restaurant with good sound and music playing underneath
  • 1 shot slowed down to 50%
  • 1 shot sped up to 200%
  • it should make sense

After you finish, export the video from Premiere and upload it into Somos Cuba Video folder on our Goggle Drive. When exporting, choose FORMAT: H.264, Medium Bitrate.

II. Create a Video Postcard in the theme of Body. Try to incorporate all FEMO principles. It should be 1 shot, but you should move the camera (smoothly)  to show several close ups, and it should make sense and ideally tell a little story, similar to what Humza showed in class. When finished, upload to the BODY VP folder on our drive.