Film Equipment for the Audio Video Technology and Film Classroom

This is enough gear to get your class started in film production.

DSLR Camera capable of recording video

Suggested Canon Rebel

A 50mm or an 85 mm prime lens

Suggested a Canon 50 mm  1.8

A slate

Suggested a Ikan White production 9 x 11 slate

An audio recorder

Suggested Zoom H4n

A boom pole

Suggested a Rode Micro Boom Pole

A shotgun microphone 

Suggested Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Micro

A tripod

Suggested a Benro or Manfrotto

Light source

Suggested 2 Wescott 5 in 1 Reflectors

Assorted Cables and Extra Batteries

This is almost the same equipment I used on some of our first short films.  We have used most of this same equipment if not something equivalent was used. Hopefully, you have a few of these items.  For my next post, I am going to going to go over the crew positions for a classroom short film and next steps for equipment.  


Halloween Movie Suggestions 

I have been watching a lot of movies recently with my nephew who is taking classes at the Georgia Film Academy.  For his age, he has seen a lot of movies that came out before he was born. I have been introducing to some of the gems that he may may have missed. These films are not the usual ones listed in popular culture and on the episodes of the Family Guy.  More like movies that have been forgotten or overlooked.  Like that dark  sci-fi Disney movie no one ever mentions. 
I had the idea to start list of films I suggest others watch.  
Here is my first suggestion. This isn’t a forgotten gem, but it was partially filmed in Hampton Georgia not that far from where I live.  Since the Walking Dead returns tonight, and they used the same location, here it is Zombieland. It is rated R, but probably only for the language. This is more my style of horror film. I have always liked zombie films. It may not considered as scary as traditional horror films. That is just my preference. Ok my show is on now. No time to proofread. 

 By the way that forgotten Disney film is called the Black Hole.  

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1156398/

Tap That Returns

I am currently working on new episodes of our web series Tap That.  Tap That is web series of instructional videos to help the viewers with their iOS devices.  This started as me recording videos on my iPhone for my mother. She was a new iOS user and too far away for me to help in person.  

Since the series has been on break for a while.  I plan updating the format a little.  Originally, the videos were only about iOS features and native iOS apps.  The plan is to feature other apps available on iOS , such as Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Google Photos.  I expect anyone who had smartphone a few years to be able to easily navigate these apps, but what about those users getting their first device.  Don’t you think your aunt and uncle who held on to their flip phone might need your help. Who s going to help them? I am sure you don’t have all Saturday to show them how to change their ringtone and log into Facebook.  Just send them in our direction and we will be happy to help.  And remember keep tapping.

Happy May the 4th Day — Curious Intentions Media

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Pre Production

This started as FaceBook post to my group for my film students, but I think it is worth sharing with anyone.  We are participating in the the Ten Day Film Challenge for the next 2 weeks.  I am really looking forward to our production next week. Students from all 3 levels will be collaborating to produce a short film.  Before the first day was over, the students came up with an idea for a script and began to write it.  We now have a script and are planning the production schedule for next week.

This morning, I was previewing some YouTube videos for my class. I have learned my lesson with this.  EVEN IF IT IS DISNEY TRAILER preview it first.  I want to recommend Rocket Jump Film School to everyone involved with the teaching film and video production. They have playlists divided by area everything from breaking down a script and editing to visual effects.

We can all learn from these videos. Some of these you may show in class. Others you will never show in class for a variety of reasons. Some of the content may need a little censoring.  This is no worse then anything they see on TV during prime time, but I try to aim for a PG rating for my class.  I plan on contacting RJFS and Film Riot to beg for more school appropriate content.  That being said I don’t play films in my class for entertainment, unlike some math teachers I have worked with. This is excellent content.  It helps to fill in the holes in areas that are not my speciality.

This is what I posted for my students earlier today.  If you have a few minutes watch 2 or 20 of these videos in an area that interests you.  Remember film making is a team effort. When you get better so does the team. Your role is very important to the film making process. Learn more then one role, there can only be one director, DP or lead actor. Make yourself a MVP by doing multiple jobs when needed. I learned a few things this morning and so can you. GO TEAM!