Like to say how thrilled I was at the launch of the Every Day Counts campaign at the Keighley Picture House. Fifteen schools in the central Keighley got together to form the campaign and I had the pleasure of producing the film.
If you are a school wanting to go out and conduct video interviews can I recommend a video camera with an external microphone input and a microphone on a long lead. Google these suggestions:
You may have heard me mention that audio is a vital ingredient in video production. I’ve lost count of the number of video conversations with sound that you can barely hear. Here’s a solution.
This is one of my favorite films from the recent Keighley Creative Partnerships project. I like this one for a number of reasons but mainly because I didn’t have much work to do.
A creative project, like any other, has process steps and milestones. One reason why creative projects often fail is because not enough time is spent understanding the purpose of the project and refining the ideas around that purpose.
Iconic filmmaking tools – meaningful objects – become the badges of the children’s responsibility, and seeing them all together they actually look like a professional film crew. I think this is an important visual way of giving them a sense of their individual responsibility and belonging to the team.
At this school we wanted to combine music, writing, film, animation and the wonderful technique known as green-screen – or perhaps blue-screen; Chroma Separation Overlay, CSO if you want to show off.
The process of constructing a story – deciding on what are the key moments, understanding the characters and context – is an invaluable skill. Here’s an idea for a talking photo album for use in schools.
There’s a lot of frustration over the compatibility of small popular video cameras and free editing software packages. VideoPad might work well with the popular Flip cameras, with Audacity offering a solution for multi-track audio. Then there’s the free VLC Media Player.
The idea:One of the schools in Keighley wanted to take the theme of "lots of hidden things" for their film. They didn't want to take a single person, place or event but to encourage the children to look at their environment for signs of history. The emphasis was on walking about and looking. They came… Read More »