Moving Through Space

Create a scene with a clear beginning, middle and end, using one actor. Your storyboard will have no more than 8-10 panels. Remember, each panel equals one shot only. The actor will move through his/her environment.

You’ll include a point-of-view sequence using continuity editing. For example, you can use match cut editing, 30 degree rule, etc.

There will be no dialogue or voice over. You may add music or sound effects in Premiere. You will work with a partner, each person will submit his/her own idea. You will storyboard, shoot and edit your own video. Your partner will act in your scene. Both you and your partner will shoot both your videos on the Hunter campus, during one lab period. Each person should limit his/her shoot to one location. The editing will be completed in two lab sessions, and uploaded to vimeo or youtube.

Before shooting, you will workshop your storyboard with your lab instructor the week before. If you wish to shoot in the library, you’ll need clearance beforehand.

You’ll use the school’s video cameras and editing stations. Using outside equipment is not permitted.

Each group of two people will hand in two separate projects and edit separately.


Audio Portrait Assignment

Your second assignment for the semester is based on an interview with one of your classmates. First, you will pre-interview a classmate in order to define a theme for your piece. As you listen to your classmate, try to identify something unique about their story that “grabs” you. The following week, you will interview the person using questions you have written up before the interview, recording the interview with the Zoom recorder.

Finally, you will create a multi-track audio piece in Premiere Pro based on the interview. When you do your recording, record ample material, but try not to go overboard. 15 minutes worth should work. The final piece should be a maximum of 3 minutes in length.

Your audio portrait should mix elements including the voice of the interviewee, your voice (if you choose to include it), ambient background sound, music, and other sound effects as you see fit. When you have a finished piece you will upload it so it can be accessed through your blog site.

Remember to identify a theme that will make your piece say something special about the world, or the “human condition.” A story becomes compelling when it communicates something unique that others can relate to.

Building Their First Websites

First assignment for MEDP/FILMP 150: Media and Film in a Digital Age, Part 1 

Create your index page for your site (making sure your link works) and add a second page with a heading and paragraph text.

Use this website as a reference for your work and review sections “Getting Started” through “Images.”

Here’s a helpful tutorial video on creating html pages.

If you will be working from home, follow the instructions here to learn how to access your network account remotely.

Here’s a helpful hint for creating a link to a second page on your site:

Make sure that when you’re adding the link element to your code it looks like this:
<p><a href=(title of your page).html>Insert title of your page here</a></p>
And make sure that this page lives in the same folder as your index page.


Interactive Stories

Students  were able to use photography, iIllustration, montage, sound or simple text to create a narrative with multiple story paths which could be navigated using hyperlinks.

80% of the imagery and all of the text used was their own original content.

Instructions for assignment:

1) Map out your narrative, using illustrator or simply a pen and paper.

2) Develop the imagery/text for each page.

3) In your sites folder, create a new folder named narrative. In this new folder, create a new images folder. Save your html file for this project, including a new index.html, directly in the narrative folder. If you are using external style sheets, make a css folder.

4) Post your project to the web, ensuring that all of your links work. There must be at least three possible endings There must be multiple ways to get to each one.

The work that was created went above and beyond what was asked of them. Here are a few examples:

Illustrator for Beginners

Here we go…Adobe Illustrator time! Remember to have fun and play. And please make sure to watch the Lynda tutorials (I cannot stress this enough!).

Here are the settings for the homework:


Profile: corresponds to the type of work of your project. For example, if you are building a website, you will choose “Web” or “Devices” profile.
*”Devices” profile is for tablets and mobile.
separate pages that you’re going to create inside of a single document.

In the “Advanced” mode, you can choose the color mode: CMYK for printed documents and RGB for screen only.

View —> Rulers —> Show Rulers

By default they will be set to points (1280 x 800), but you can set them to anything you like:


Create Guides (I will demonstrate in class):

  • control and drag to pull guides from corner of the screen
  • can also pull guides horizontally and vertically
  • shift key to move incrimentally
  • center guides unlock, align, lock
  • guides snap your lines into place

Fill and Stroke (color):

  • Stroke = the color value of the path of the object
  • fill  = the color value within the object
  • shift + x = switching between stroke and fill
  • You can also use a gradient (will demonstrate)

– Tools –

There are two types of selection tools:

  • selection tool (black pointer, “V”) = allows you to select the entirety of the object
  • direct selection tool (gray pointer, “A”) = allows you to select a specific path/anchor of an object (use the shift key)

Create a rectangle using the rectangle tool (“M”):


Now Play! Use the direct selection tool (“A”) to manipulate the anchor points and/or create new points. Don’t worry about things getting messy, just get a feel for how that tool works.

The Pen Tool (“p”) :

P key = pen tool
point click – don’t hold (at least to make shapes etc)
can connect and modify paths
command + hold = add anchor point
hold command + drag anchor point

Working with the Pen Tool
Create a shape.
For a straight line: Select Pen tool> Point>Click>Move. Make a square by closing the path to the first point that you’ve made. See the little circle and “anchor”, that means the path is closed. For a curved line: Point>Click>Hold Shift key>Click and drag in the opposite direction you want the curve to go.

how smooth points work:
smooth transition between two neighboring curves
lumpy curves – wavy segments – solution – bring the handles in.

drawing smooth points:
dragging instead of clicking with pen
(option click to make new layer where you can color label)
click – spacebar – drag (pen tool) much easier
command option tab

Magic Wand tool (“Y”) :
double click the tool = options
selecting objects with similar attributes depending on the tolerance level
you can also do this by clicking –> select —>same —-> attribute


The Arc Tool:
egg shapes (eye shapes?!)

Anchor Point Tool:
shift + c = anchor point tool
You drag from a point to convert it to a smooth point.
You drag a handle to convert a smooth point to a cusp point.
And you click on a point in order to delete the handles and turn it back into a corner point.

Elipse Tool (“L”):
for making round shapes (under the rectangle tool menu)

Brush Tool: 

Brush libraries are available – lots of different variations!
*It will reset your point size each time you change the kind of brush you’re working with
You can use direct section tool to manipulate bath anchor points

Pencil Tool (“N”): 

Notes on drawing:

If you want to draw, go to the tools panel>”Shaper tool”. Hold and choose one of the tool.

If you have selected “Pencil tool” and you want your drawing smoother, click on Enter/Return in your keyboard. Then, on the top, drag the cursor to “smooth.”

Double click the pencil tool to get options menu.


Placing images in art boards for tracing:

1. file —-> place
2. select image
3. mark as template

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For practice, use this image and trace one or both of these eyes.07-eyebrows2What feelings do the image below evoke? How are the eyes working here?

Using the Blur Tool in Photoshop

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Let’s make this bug the focal point of this photo using the field blur tool!

open the image in photoshop
click Filter –> Blur Gallery —> field blur

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When you’re in the field blur window, you’ll notice two points that will act as the focal point and direction of blur. Play around with the two points, this isn’t intuitive and may take some time to get used to.


I didn’t notice this before, but this bug is being eaten.  :O





Photoshop for Beginners / Photography

This is the excerpt for a placeholder post.

– Make a portrait  –

Photography Principles (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed)



For the Beginners:

Open Photoshop.
Go to File on the top menu>Open>Search your image.

Click on this link and follow on the following tutorials:
a. Make sure your frame is correct. Go to: 4. Crop and Straighten, Using Crop Tool.
b. Make sure the light of your photograph is well balanced. Go to 7. Brightness and Contrast, and watch “Automatic Brightness/Contrast” and “Custom Brightness/Contrast.”
If you want to go further, I recommend you to use the tool “Curves.” Go to Image on the top menu>Adjustments>Curves.

Selection Tools  

How to integrate an image: 

File>Open>Select your image that you want to use as background. Here use “interior_background.jpg.” 


 Then, File>Place Embedded>Select the image that you want to incorporate. Here use the image below:


 To modify your image:

Go to Edit>Transform>Use the several tools as “Distort”, “Perspectives” to make it.

Let’s play some more!

Create a face with veggie food. 

 Download the image below and use the following selections tools: 

– Lasso 

– Quick Selection 

– Plume 


For the advanced students:

1. Improve the light/color/frame of your photographs.
2. Please go to this link and start to work on it by following the tutorial. I will send you the exercises files by email.