March 2010 Archives

Project #3 - Multiple Perspective Video

Multiple Perspective Video

The Goal:

Make a video that explores a phenomenon or type of phenomena from multiple perspectives.  Use one or both of these questions to guide your work:

How is a certain event or type of event interpreted differently by different witnesses?

What can a change in visual perspective/distance reveal or conceal?

The Limitations:

1. Try to keep it between 3 and 5 minutes.

2. Think specific: (Don't make a video about presidents, make it about Abraham Lincoln's assassination.  Don't make a video about natural disasters, make it about animals that are picked up by tornadoes and then put down unharmed.)

3. Think simple: use what is right in front of you, and try to discover something interesting in it.  

4. Try new things: Don't try to recreate the look/feel/structure of a TV show or Hollywood film.  Use the camera or the footage to look for details that show your subject matter in ways that you've never seen before.

5. No music unless you played it yourself.

6. Use some non-diegetic sounds (that is, sound which was not recorded during the image it accompanies.)  See Wikipedia for definition of Diegesis (particularly, look at the section about film.)

The Timeline:

Step 1: Shoot, animate, or collect* footage (Due March 24)

Step 2: Edit a rough-cut version (Due March 31)

Step 3: Edit a final-cut version (Due April 7)

*if you use found footage, please provide me with citations of your sources

Final Cut Basics - Setting Up and Importing

Complete Handout here:


Shooting Checklist

SHOOTING CHECKLIST                UMN    Arts 1601 Time & Interactivity

Follow these rules, and you'll save yourself some headaches.

o    'Stripe' your tape: Record something (anything) over your tape in one continuous take. Yes, it will take 60 minutes, but it will be worth it.  You can do this at home or in the lab with the camera plugged in so it doesn't run out of batteries.  Cover the lens or shoot something of a distinctive color, so you'll always know a "blank" spot of tape when you come to it.   Now your whole tape is 'striped' with time code - this information helps the computer find specific parts of the tape.  A gap in time code will make it difficult to import your footage.

o    Make sure you have more than enough blank tape before you're on location.

o    Make sure you have 2 batteries and charge them both before you leave to go on a shoot.

o    Roll early and cut late:  Always start recording at least 5 seconds before the action begins, and keep recording at least 5 seconds after it has ended.  These heads and tails will give Final Cut the necessary leeway to import your good footage without any glitches.  Too much footage is not a bad thing!

Download a PDF of this document:


Uploading Video to MediaMill

Download a copy of the step-by-step instructional handout you received in class here:


Many Little Pictures - Chris Locky

Shreyans Jain - Project No. 2 -

Fruit Gathering

People are always on the go and a fruit is a nice way to get rid of the hunger. How ever maybe fruits are on the go this time. Just a friendly reminder to others about healthy snacking options

We are all bees by Tom Baumgartner and Andrew Burns

Sara Bernal "Spring in February"

Stick by Mandi Hansen

Michael Whiting - The Room

Michael Whiting's stop frame animation project entitled: The Room

"Thoughts In His Dome" Eli Stein

Thoughts in his Dome

a stop motion film by Eli Stein

Untitled-By Sam Baker

Christopher Krajnik - "Flight"

Therese Graf- The Wall