May 31

Screenplay Planning / Flash Skills / Comments and ‘How-To’ Winner?

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Grade 9’s, Dr Tech here with a few comments and reminders about both projects that are running at the moment. Time as always is your enemy with both projects as you only have 3 weeks left to finish both – but remember you are only producing a product this time not any evidence/portfolio work.

Screenplay reminders:-

  • I would imagine you will be filming over the next week and a bit, so producers and directors will need to make sure that everyone is organised and ready for filming on particular days and times. You can film during lesson times, but you will also have to film afterschool or at lunchtimes to get everything done.
  • Make sure all information is placed onto your film pin boards so that everyone in the class knows what they are doing.
  • Once you have filmed a scene, remember to pass this onto the film editors as they can start editing that scene straight away.
  • Students have been asking if there will be a FOSCARS, and the answer is there is no time. The three films will be shown at an assembly if you all manage to film in time, and we can also make voting forms to see which is the best.

Animation 4 Action Reminders:-

  • Remember not only to watch your teachers demos for Flash skills, but to search out your own either on YouTube or other sites.
  • Here are some other great tutorial sites:- Webwasp, GotoAndLearn, Smashing, Cartoon Smart , Flash Banner Tutorials and there are many more….just go out and search…
  • Remember all you have to do is produce an animation promoting your organisation and cause, the style and content is up to you!
  • Note check your guide to see all the skills you should use within your animation for it to be of a high enough standard for a good creation grade!

Comment Fever:-

If you thought no-one else but Egham students read this blog, check the comment placed onto Geologyrocks latest post below. Have you checked comments on your post? –Comments from afar on geologyrocks post. Make sure you comment on each others posts, communicating and networking is the best way to learn and share ideas!

How-To Winner:-

So far the ‘How-To’ video with best reviews is called – ‘How To Breakdance’ (Note you will need to login to see the video!).I have not closed off voting and reviews yet so things could change?

May 28

What my Jobs Entail for the Movie Project – (Head of Lighting+)

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Head of Lighting -Jobs:-

  • Deciding on the equipment that we will use
  • Making sure that the people controlling the lights (probably me and fudgesalad) are doing the right things at the right time.
  • Working closely with the director on the script and where the actors are to maximise the usefulness of the lighting.
  • Deciding where the cameras should be, as well as the general equipment used in the scene.


  • Some technical experience
  • Basic knowledge of what the director intends for the mood to be and of what each scene is supposed to do.

What Should the Light Director try to do?

  • Keep the light level up, but not too high, because cameras will make the white reflect and blind the audience if it’s too high and it will make the image grainy if it’s too low.
  • Create some small shadows to give the actors depth, without making huge shadows that take chuncks out of the actor’s faces and ruin the clip.

How Should we Light the Scenes?

  • It’s hard to say as the script has not yet been finalised (we don’t know where we’re filming), but we will probably be using a lot of light from the stuff that’s already in the room (lamps, for example).
  • Reflectors: Tinfoil on cardboard sheets. We can use the reflecty side to make the light be mostly reflected or we can use the dimmer side tomake the scene dim mer and more moody.

For full effect, we will probably be using this lighting set-up for most of the brighter scenes:

… And a similar setup without one or two of these lights for the torture scenes. This is so that we can either create or remove shadows in any given scene.

The subject must not stand in front of a white wall or a window. This would alter the exposure on the cameras and ruin the scene.

If we have to light a scene at night, we can do so easily by either waiting until the light is almost gone but still there and film or we can use a blue filter in front of the camera, while lowering the exposure. This is a useful technique because nobody wants to wait around at school until it’s dark to film, especially because it’s summer and it gets dark at 10:00.

For a fire effect, we can use an orange filter to cover a light, pointing it at a reflector. We then wobble the reflector and it creates a decent fire effect. We may use this for the torture scenes.

Director of Audiography (The Sound Guy). What I Do:-

  • Responsible for the audio in a movie
  • Select sound recordings for final movie
  • Dialogue+effects
  • Dialogue Editing
  • “Taking the existing sonic world and fixing it.”
  • Take the audio and make it smoother, more audible, more understandable, and less likely to detect audio transitions.
  • Effects Editing
  • “Creating the sonic world from scratch”
  • Adding together various elements to create believable sound effects (echos, pitch, etc.)

How will this be Done?

  • This can be done using any of several D.A.W’s.
  • Voiceovers
  • Acting with a voice
  • What Should I do as Practice?
  • Study and record commercials, etc. and compare my voice to the voices of the people doing the commercials.


Yes, there are exercises that improve the quality of your voice. You people will be doing these exercises for some of the voice-overs that the actors may have to do. Study up now, maybe? Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, or HERE to get to the same website and learn about the exercises

Music Stuff

If we add songs to the piece, which we will, we will probably take music off of YouTube due to shortage of time. It will have to fit the scene, but other than that there isn’t much to say about it

Yes, this post tells you how to do just a handfull of all of the jobs given me by our wise director.

Apr 17

Some further thoughts on how to film a good ‘How To’

Film Making, MYP : Post Author - Grade10-AllUsers Comments Off on Some further thoughts on how to film a good ‘How To’

To make the perfect how you need many things. There are many things that you have to watch out for such as the filming, the sounds, the entertainment, and you have to make sure that it is entertaining and has appropriate information.


The filming is one of the most important thing. If you have bad filming, then the viewer would just shut it down. You need to continue filming what you need, and not to wonder off. And also you cant keep zooming in, and zooming out.


Make sure that your voice is not blurry. Also make sure that there is not a strong wind in the background, but if there is edit the sounds. Also make sure you can hear your voice, but if you are doing subtitles, mae sure you put appropriate music.


You need to have something entertaining. Add actions, or movement. Don’t just sit there and be boring. you need something fun and good music

Apr 15

Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial about Importing Your Video – The First Basic Skill

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Importing the video is the most important part of editing a video, because if you do not know how to import your video, you cannot edit the film. I have created a simple tutorial that will allow anyone who is computer illiterate to import a video with ease. The tutorial can be found below:


Apr 10 (5 minutes)

Hi guys. I got bored with posting more comments so I decided to review another how-to video. Read it. Enjoy it. Now.

As you can see, this video is titled "How to Prevent your Videos from Sucking" and is another useful video for us to watch, seeing as we will be making films ourselves. This is a well-made video for several reasons.

1. Visual

a. The presenter

i. He is constantly visible.

ii. He speaks clearly when he is supposed to.

iii. He is really good at sucking, which is important to get his point across.

iv. He is humorous, which keeps that audience's attention.

v. He is experienced at making videos.

vi. He shows that he is very motivated, which makes the video more interesting.

b. The Camera/Video

i. The camera is stable throughout, which makes the video more visually understandable.

ii. There is no pixelation, which is a bonus because it makes the video easier to see.

iii. The camera is constantly focused on the presenter, which prevents blurring.

iv. The camera is always on the presenter, so we can see him at all times.

v. During the night scenes, he had a light to show his face, so we were not left in the dark.

2. Sound

a. The Audio

i. The microphone is well positioned and probably omnidirectional so that we can always hear him.

ii. The audio was edited to decrease the effect of external noise.

iii. There was no interference.

iv. the microphone was always on.

b. The Sound Effects

i. The sounds that were meant to be heard, such as the AIM sounds, were picked up well by the microphone and so were effective.

ii. The sound effects were relevant to what was going on and were responded to by the presenter.

iii. There was distinction between effects and there was no confusion as to what the sound effect was meant to be.

3. Miscellaneous

a. Editing

i. All information shown was relevant.

ii. There were no intermediate gaps in the action (except where there was supposed to be).

b. Script

i. The script was interesting and well-memorized.

ii. There were no “flat” jokes in the entire work.

P.S. Please extend the due-date of the folders…

Apr 10

Hello! This is going to be sweet and simple, I’m not a big fan of Premiere Pro nor do I find it particularly useful (Dr Tech – Its very much like a bicycle if you like to ride a bike you will find it useful – so make sure you do not go into any sort of film making career then!) so don’t hold your breath, I will try to remain serious about this program for the duration of this post, and no, I won’t speak like a flight attendant anymore.

Importing is the most important aspect of using Premiere Pro because if you can’t import you might as well just sit in front of the computer with your finger up your nose. Unless you do that already, if so then you might as well sit with your finger in your ear trying to see if you can reach the melted cheese that is your brain.


Well, obviously, you open Premiere Pro and name your project. Which will leave you, after what seems like an eternity of waiting, with the base window (Whoohoo?) (above).

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Secondly, you click on the File tab at the top of the screen, right next to the Premiere Pro and the Apple tab (Shown Above). It will give you a list of things, and towards the bottom is ‘Import’ next to which are two symbols. These two symbols simply mean that if you press the ‘Apple’ key along with the ‘I’ key it will open up the Import window instead of having to go through the File tab and going to ‘Import’. (WOW NO WAY! How Interesting… O.o)

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Having gone through the File tab or having pressed ‘Apple’ ‘I’, it will open up the browse window. Simply browse for the range of clips you are using, select all or one of them, and press the blue ‘Import’ button and TADA! You can import! Congratulations! Have a cupcake!

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A minor word, having imported your clips will appear in a box to the left of the screen (Above). You can change them to thumbnails if it helps you edit. (The clip above does not contain any video clips therefore it is empty, why? Well I couldn’t find the clips and I asked, but no one knew) Now get back to your cupcake, I have finished my little tutorial and left you looking like this: O.O or O.o.

Apr 10

Premiere Pro – Editing Duration

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To edit the duration of a video, making time seem slower or faster, Premiere Pro CS3 has set an easy shortcut to help.

1 View a video in the source editor and right-click (or ctrl + click).

2 Select and click Speed/Duration.

3 In the new window, edit the percentage. It is set at 100%, so type less than 100% to slow down the duration, above to speed it up.

4 Check the video, with no need to render afterwards.

Apr 06

How to Set In and Out Points in Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial..

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1. Open up premiere pro and make yourself a new project. Make sure you select your camera presets and name your file.picture_7.png

2. Go to file Import and import your video clips.picture_9.png

3. Your clips will appear in the top left hand corner. From here you drag them into the middle section so you are able to edit.picture_5.png

4. Once the clip is dragged in you can play with the play button to watch it.

5. When you have decided where to cut your clip, you can then use the in and out buttons to do so. These are located in the same panel as the play button is. The In button is on the left and the Out on the right.picture_3.png

6. In the time bar you will see something that looks like this. This means that you have set the In and Out points, the shaded part is what your clip will play and what you have selected.picture_10.png

7. The In and Out points will save automatically. But you can then save your project by going into file and save as.


This is a video tutorial link to Youtube on how to set in and out points on premiere pro.

Feb 18

The video I have chosen for my “ideal” how-to video is one focused in the subject of making a “basic Italian tomato sauce,” the link for which can be found below.

The video I chose for my perfect how to video can be found at, and is called “How to Make a Basic Italian Pasta Sauce.”

There are several aspects that make this video the perfect “how to” video. Below you can find these qualities, and a short description of how they are portrayed in this video.

Camera Work. The camera work in this film is of a professional quality and is used well in this video to help with the demonstration of the film. A wide variety of angles and shots were used, making the film eye-capturing, and attention – holding. The shots are all clear and the camera is held steadily throughout the entire video.

• Audio. The audio work for this film was very clear, and the narrator spoke slowly, enunciating her words. Throughout the film, the instructions were repeated several times, clearly, making it very easy for the viewer to hear and understand what they were intended to do.

Storyboarding. The order of events in this video is very logical and clear form the beginning. I particularly like the introduction to the video, and the way they smoothly transition into the actual video. The Different aspects of the video are all relevant, and at no one point does the narrator or demonstrator go off subject.

Presentation. The whole entire setup of this film was very well organized. The instructions were always clear, and the presenter demonstrated exactly what needed to be done without any hitch.

Simplicity. This video was very simple, and was something that many people, especially those leaning to cook, would find interesting. This is an important aspect of how to videos because if the subject of the video is too complicated, the viewers will lose interest.

Overall, I think this video was very good and had all the qualities of a perfect how to video.

Feb 15

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This is a very useful video clip not only because it is accurate and the presenter is experienced, but also because we will soon be making our own videos and this clip gives important tips on how to make a successful and professional-looking one.

This is a well-made movie because: - It uses a high-quality camera, which is important because it allows us to see what the presenter is doing more clearly. - It allows us to see what equipment we will need for the success of our movies, explaining why each piece is important. - The presenter is easy to understand and explains ideas thoroughly. He is also a professional. - The camera does not zoom or shake and so allows us to focus completely on the presenter. - Important terminology is explained. - It is captivating and interesting. - All information is accurate, and the video shows us how different techniques affect us. - The information is useful for people of all ages and skill levels.

This is a superior video because: Even after searching for two hours on YouTube, I failed to find a 'how-to' video that was as simple, detailed, and relevant to what we are doing. Though it may not be humorous (as the subtitle had suggested), it is still interesting because of the techniques that the cameraman used. It gets straight to the point, which is important because it is an important and large topic to discuss, and so time is important. If the presenter were to talk to his audience about his personal life or about his career, this video would not be as informative or interesting as it is.

Conclusion: This is an interesting and informative video which is important to what we will be doing in IT. It is also easy to learn from and not too long, either. I think that this is useful to us and I think that we should all watch it so that we can perform better when we do make a movie.

Review of ‘The Perfect ‘How To’ Video’: Though I do agree with most of your points, I do not believe that the scenes were relevant to what the narrator was saying. For 3 out of 4 scenes, the pictures were of dogs in general, not pertinent to the script. Also, the scenes were always changing and introducing 'new information', I find that it was changing too much and that the images, most of which were not relevant, were distracting me from the important information on how to choose a dog.

Feb 11

The Perfect “How to…”

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The video I chose as the perfect “How to…” video was titled ‘How to do nothing at work and still get paid’. This video was a movie on how to be lazy at work without anybody finding out about it.
I think that this video is perfect, firstly because it was very well organized. The narrator introduced what he was talking about in the very beginning. This made the video appear very professional.

Then, all instructional steps had labels and subtitles. This helped the audience understand what the narrator was talking about. Also, all steps were numbered which was very helpful. The quality of this movie was quite good. It was probably filmed with a small camera, which made the quality of the video worse on The audio was very clear and concise.

I followed everything which was being talked about in this video and the message was understood. I also found this movie quite sarcastic and funny.

Feb 08

My system is simply based, but it is the basic five-six requirements for a good film and ‘How To’ videos. Here are all the points and an explanation why it needs to be there.

Editing- Editing is VERY important! If a film has good editing, then it will be smooth and easy to watch. If the film keeps snapping to other camera angles, then people will stop watching the film because the camera cuts too often!

Audio- If the audio quality is good, then your film will be successful. The two pillars of a film are video quality and audio quality. If the video quality fails, at least the audio can make up for it. If it is clear and the sound is loud enough to hear, you have a good video.

Video- The video must not be blurry and hard to see! That defeats the point of watching a video! The video must be easy to see and understand, and this is the main pillar so if the video quality fails along with the audio, your in trouble then.

Style/Concept/Planning- I might not be one for this, but I have to say that planning and practicing your film before you actually capture it is imperative. Do something improvised and on the spot films can usually end in a flop if you accidentally mess up your point.

Cinematography- Any film can be made without this, but this is the support that is on top of audio and video. The film needs smooth camera work so that your point can be made and also the fact that it creates a nice feel to the film. Cinematography is supposed to create a natural feel, which makes the camera more from a person’s perspective rather then from an electronic camera.

Content- Well, I’m not supposed to exactly count this but good content makes the overall film worth watching!

Here are two ‘How To’ films, the first one has all or at least most of these qualities that I have listed and the other one completely misses the point.

Video One-

This video cannot be bothered to stream it self. Watch it here!

Video Two-

Jan 21

Grade 9’s Invading Soon – A Warning…

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Well the banner has changed – Techbribe will take on the world of film soon. So Grade 10’s any last posts must come this week, before the Grade 9’s take over and join the wonderful world of Information Technology.

Congratulations to all those who have finished their Flash Animation project, some of the animations were excellent and the best will be posted for display on the school website and also on a page on this weblog. Grade 10’s make sure to check back on occasion to see how the Grade 9’s are doing.