This school year is flying by! There have been so many amazing projects produced by our Knights. Check out the highlights here!
This April is the Month of the Military Child. Video production students produced PSAs about how being a part of the military family makes us stronger people. Check out this one!
Our amazing Photographers developed posters in Photoshop to help bring awareness to the sacrifices military children make for their country.
Video production students have been hard at work creating exciting trailers in iMovie. Check out this one and then get to the library while there's still time to get your own date!
Ever wondered how live events are broadcast? Check out this behind the scenes look of the Super Bowl.
We lost track of our blog for a little bit, but have no fear! We're back in a big way!
So far the 2013-2014 year has flown by. This year video production students have created AFN Super Bowl commercials and recently finished a documentary for the C-SPAN Student Cam competition. We produced 5-7 minute documentaries addressing the question: What is the most important topic Congress should focus on in 2014. Check out this heartfelt production by 4th period students on bullying.
Photography students competed to create a new cover and profile image for our school Facebook page and check out the cool winning design!
And 6th period video production worked together to create a new school news show we're calling KTV! We produced 5 episodes in the 1st semester.
Stay tuned to find out what happens next here at Knight Pride Productions!
We began our year in video production with a project called "The Locker Scene". Students were introduced to all phases of video production (pre-production, production & post-production) in this hands-on project. We started with the following scenario which I provided to students:
A person is walking to class. The person realizes they forgot something in their locker. The person goes to their locker and attempts to open it. The locker does not open. The person notices the time and becomes mildly concerned they won’t make it to class on time. The person attempts to open the locker again and it does not open. The person becomes visibly apprehensive. As the filmmaker, your goal is to build tension and growing panic, using any visual element or device that you can think of.
The film closes with the person finally opening the locker and retrieving what they need. They then hurry to class (no running) and enter the room right as the bell rings. Here, you want to communicate to the audience the character’s feeling of relief.
Students were then divided into groups of 3-4 with each person responsible for a certain job. They chose to be either a director, camera operator, actor or props master. The teams worked together to capture the scenario above. We watched our first take right away and noticed that we had a lot of room for growth! So, we went back to the drawing board (literally!) and began storyboarding. While we created our storyboards we were introduced to a variety of different types of shots. After we decided whose storyboard we wanted to use, we went back out into the halls with our cameras and tripods and shot take 2. We are currently finishing up the last phase of production with editing. Our final cut has to include a title, music, sound effects, at least 6 different shots and credits. Here are some final cuts from this year.
Great camera work!
This 2nd group got really creative with their project!
Awesome dramatic music!
Welcome back, Knights! I hope you had a great summer and are ready to jump right back into school. I'm thrilled to be offering 5 Video Production AB courses this year. All classes consist of 7th and 8th graders, and we'll have a WHOLE semester to make some amazing videos! Today we got right to work with The Locker Scene, Take 1. It was awesome seeing students working together in collaborative groups to create their very first video this school year.
The 8 hours on the bus were totally worth it! NMS students were thrilled to be acknowledged for their hard work with 6 awards!
Congratulations to Tia for winning 1st place in the Freestlye category!
Congratulations to Ariana, Asia, Tatjana for 1st place 60 second PSA!
Congratulations to Kevin, Ethan & Bryan for 2nd place Original Short Film!
Congratulations to Mason, Matt, & Brennan for 3rd place Original Short Film!
Congratulations to Jackie, Kirsten, Samantha, Florencia, Miriam, Salome, Jacob, & Payton for 3rd place News Broadcast!
We also got a Honable Mention for Best New Creator!
Way to go, Knights!
We are so excited that 6 of our videos were selected as semi-finalists in the film festival!
59 second PSA ~ #NeverAlone
Original Short Film ~ Project Cherryblossome & 2016: Apocalypse
Freestyle / Entertainment ~ The Paper Joyride
Original Commercial ~ Super Glasses
School News Show ~ Knights News, Episode 1
The awards ceremony will be this Friday, May 4th, in Kaiserslautern. Congratulations to all of the nominees! Check out the competition here.
I can't believe we're at the end of the 3rd quarter! This school year is flying by. We have been so busy working on projects for the DODEA FIlm Festival. Click here to see our competition! We submitted 11 videos total for a variety of categories. Keep your fingers crossed and I'll let you know when I hear. Until then, enjoy your spring break and I'll see you next quarter!
I tell people all the time I have the best gig in the world! I get to work with the most amazingly creative 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Netzaberg Middle School. This year we're looking forward to producing epic pieces of digital media in Video Production and conquering the world with our Lego Mindstorms in Programming!