The end of the semester in DV1

Monday, December 8, 2014

It was an AMAZING semester with this group of students!

It was very special to see the growth and the skills learned in class being transferred to other academic areas as well.

Check out the last videos produced by this class. I can't wait to see them again at the Film Festival 2015!

2nd Quarter short films

Here are the videos created in Media Basics this second quarter. Hope you enjoy!

Final suspense/horror/scary

Monday, November 17, 2014

Here are the final movies created for the second unit of the semester. How much progress did que groups made?

CWW Music Videos

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The students in the Digital Video class were asked to put together a music video of their CWW trip back in September. Since there were so many things going on, and this was an assignment to be completer outside class, the music videos were just turned in. Check out how they creatively chose to portray their trip. What do you think?

Petar Trip

Minas Trip

Mystery, horror or suspense?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In this unit students worked practicing skills and techniques to create a short film that would fit in the genre... is it mystery, horror or suspense?

Short Films in Media Basics

Friday, October 3, 2014

To complete the quarter, and the introduction to media studies in 6th grade, students were challenged to create a short movie, and produce an original soundtrack for it. Check out the results, what do you think?

Graphics Project in Media Basics

Friday, September 12, 2014

All the students in Media Basics were given the challenge to tell a story that was personal to them, and show all the skills we have been practicing in class to complete that task.

Check out the results! ;)

Silent Movies, now summative!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

check out how much everyone improved from the first silent movie film attempt. Check the first movies on this post.

Great job class!
How did you like the result and how did you meet your goal?
Leave a comment about one (or more!) of the videos you saw.

First Silent Movies!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Check out the first production of the DV1 class. Their requirement was to create a silent movie, that addressed the theme "lost". Our focus was really practicing composition of shots and story structure. What do you think about this first attempt?

Learning in Media Basics

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In order to prepare to open house, and also have students showcase a little of what we do in class, I asked them this question: how does learning look like in this class? if you could express that on a poster with fewer words as possible, how would it look like?

We are still on the finishing process, and some students decided to jump straight to animation and use that to communicate what we do and learn in class! check it out:















What does mystery look like?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Here is the first attempt of the Digital Video classes to create a mystery movie... What do you think works?

How to make videos

Monday, March 24, 2014

The media basics class is just finishing their first video assignment. Besides coming up with an original plot, they must create an original soundtrack for the movie, and explore sobre basics techniques.

Class, what are some important tips you can give people about how to create an awesome video?

Final Silent Movies

Monday, March 10, 2014

We managed to close the silent movie unit and these are the movies presented by both video classes. What do you think?

Video Inspiration: Zach King

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How creative can you be?

Check this video compilation of Zach's work. What you think? Any ideas for your next movie? :)

Check him out at or

Comedy and Silent!

The especial Digital Video I and II class had explored the comedy genre in their first movie exercise.

While some students in class are just acquiring camera techniques and post production skills, other students are very familiar with those and are able to share and model best practices and tricks.

Check their productions... funny or ironic? :)

Digital Video I and Acting for the Camera Fist Movies

Check out the first productions from the Digital Video I class in collaboration with Acting for the Camera.

We are studying the silent era, and students were encouraged to try their first camera techniques and post productions skills, creating a short silent movie. Hope you enjoy!

What represents you?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Computer Graphics students are just starting on a series of self portrait designs. While learning Photoshop, its tools and some specific skills, students will be encouraged to explore themselves, their world, and share their values through graphic designs.

How is that looking so far? :)

Silent Movie Goals

Now that you had a hands-on experience with silent movies, what is your target?

In your personal blog, create a post where you address the questions below. The idea is that you think about your performance before you set yourself goals for your next project:

1- With the help of your group, you brainstormed a story for your silent movie. Thinking back about the process, what were your expectations? How did you think the movie was going to turn out?

2- The videos were presented in class, and you had a chance to see what the other groups created. What were your impressions? What did you realize about your movie, and what called your attention about the other movies?

3- You will soon start the plan for the Unit Project. Think about 2 attainable and mesurable goals that will be your target on the next project. It can be related to skills or techniques, team work, participation, etc.

I'm looking forward to your next movie ;)

Blog Post Protocol for Media Basics

Friday, January 31, 2014

The 3rd quarter Media Basics class decided this was going to be our blogging protocols:

Blog Post Protocol
  1.  Add an image of what you created.
  2. What you use?
  3. How did you create it? Explain a few steps maybe
  4. Why did you do this? Mention project's requirements
  5. Project’s ahas and stumpers.
  6. What new things did you learn?
  7. Outcomes: what level was the work you did, did you like…?

Blog commenting Protocol

  • One warm feedback, and one cool feedback.
  • one suggestion.
  • point out specific areas you are commenting.
Don't forget to add the labels "Media Basics" and "Media Literacy"

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