Category: Prof. Patkanian

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.

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.

due September 15

Watch Les Misérables on Amazon Prime.

Answers the questions I uploaded to Google Drive and email them to me, do not post.

Formulate what is the  the “key” of the movie. (What is it UNIQUELY about?) Take 1-2 screen shots (or pix with your phone) of film stills that you believe represent visually the “key” of the movie. Post your key and explain in 1-2 sentences why this image (or these images) represent it. 

To make a post, log in (I’ll sen the log in by email), go to DASHBOARD (see at the bottom or on top), in POSTS section click on Add New; title it YOUR FIRST NAME LesMis; write your post; click on ADD MEDIA (above the text field), upload your pictures, insert them into post; if you click on the picture after it has been inserted, you’ll see a little pencil, click and choose a medium size. MAKE SURE IT IS LINKED TO THE ORIGINAL MEDIA FILE, so I can click on it and display it during class. CATEGORIZE your post by checking the right boxes in the Categories window on the right: Due Date and Your Name.

due September 8

I. Read Character vs. Characterization by Robert McKee. You can find it here.

II. Create a video or a slide show or a folder of 12 images calling a Story of a Character.  It can be a famous Character or not, but the important task is to use as many different types of shots from the list I have distributed. You can find it here.

III. Upload your Character Exercise into a folder on our Goggle Drive. If it is a movie or a slide show just put it into the folder. If it is 12 stills, create a new folder within the folder 19 shots and upload them there. Here are some examples of shots.

Let me know if you have any issues, I will respond right away.