Building a Slideshow in Premiere Pro CC


  • 0:52 – Create new sequence
  • 1:37 – Dragging pictures
  • 2:03 – Adjusting window
  • 2:53 – Scrolling through vid tracks
  • 3:06 – Adding all images at once
  • 3:30 – Adjusting all pic times
  • 5:17 – Scale to frame size
  • 5:40 – Zoom in window
  • 5:47 – Adding transitions
  • 6:17 – Lengthening transition
  • 6:32 – Setting transition time
  • 7:25 – Applying transition to all slides
  • 7:56 – Setting default transition
  • 9:14 – Blending music tracks
  • 11:03 – Increasing audio volume
  • 12:38 – Adding animation
  • 14:47 – Adding a title
  • 15:52 – Adding transitions on all titles
  • 16:30 – In and out points
  • 17:45 – Exporting video
  • 17:51 – Exporting presets

Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound pt. 2

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Can You Hear This?

Listen Smart – Safely Handling the Power of Sound


  • Sound is measured in decibles
  • If above 9, you can sustain for no more than 8 hours
  • Rock concert : 110-150 decibles
  • Once hearing is gone you can’t get it back
  • 10-20% of highschool students have hearing loss
  • One out of twelve 30 year olds in U.S. has a hearing impairment
  • Can happen within 30 seconds
  • If you hear your ears ring you have a “noice hangover”
  • Wear ear plugs to prevent damage
  • Stand back from the rock band to prevent damage
    • 10 ft between you and speaker/source of noise
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee For Audio Career Tips

  • Examine for information about sound safety in the workplace
  • Take notes on sound careers and safety

Chart of Sound in the Environment

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Dialog in a Screenplay


For this project I had to record a 1-2 minute conversation and then write a screenplay following the dialog. I wrote the screenplay using Celtx.

Recorded Conversation

Conversation Screenplay

Script Dialogue-1dowjak

What I Learned

I learned more about what natural conversation sounds like, and that writing a screenplay following natural dialog is a lot easier and simpler then trying to create your own dialog that sounds natural.


CC image COOL by Vincent at Flickr

Setting and Expressionism

  • Not always just a backdrop
  • Creates mood, emotional response, etc
  • Helps people empathize
  • Edward Scissorhands:
    • Bland, unoriginal neighborhood
    • Castle in background: lots of jagged edges, high in contrast, black and scary looking, gives off feeling of uneasiness
    • Gives info about character
  • Sets a tone
  • Reflects characters emotional state of mind
  • Can be filmed on-location (more realistic) or in a studio (re-creation of reality or “whimsical fiction”)
  • The Earth Seen From the Moon
    • Film was shot on-location but isn’t super realistic
    • Pasolini wishes to depict shanty town in Rome, but colorful rubble and freshly painted homes gives an ironic approach to the scene

Lighting and Familiar Image

  • The Night of the Hunter (1955) – IMDb
  • Lighting conveys lots of emotions
  • Familiar image: repetition of things to help audience understand scenes in future
  • Night of the Hunter
    • Silhouettes: give negative vibes of darkness and mystery
    • Sidelight: illumination and shadow divide face into two halves
      • Represents a split personality
    • Not as much attention to continuity
    • Size of character in scene: shows power
    • Light behind characters head: halo effect
  • Three-Point Lighting
    • Arrangement of key, fill, backlight (3 light sources)
    • Even illumination of scene
    • Not dramatic
    • Common in typical narrative cinema
    • Small amount of shadow: small amount of added depth
  • High-Key Lighting
    • Fill lighting increased to near the same level as key lighting
    • Even illumination
    • Makes scene very bright and soft
    • Very few shadows
    • Used commonly in musicals and comedies
  • Low-Key Lighting
    • Technical opposite of high-key lighting
    • Fill light = very low level
      • Causes frame to be cast with large shadows
    • Lots of contrast between dark/light parts of frame
    • Much of subject of frame is hidden in shadows
    • Used commonly in film noir productions and gangster films
    • Gives off a very dark and mysterious atmosphere
    • Looks really cool in black and white films

Composing The Frame

  • How visual elements are composed or arranged within each shot
  • Eyes seek equilibrium or balance in film
  • Rule of thirds:
    •  Three vertical sections, three horizontal sections
    • Composition is built in thirds
    • For every visual element in one section, there will be a counter-element in another section to balance it out
    • People will look where characters are looking
    • Top horizontal line: Where characters eyes should go (balances well)
    • Symmetry in the thirds convey rigid order, formal elegance, etc
    • Breaking rule of thirds: Compositional stress
      • Tension
      • Something is wrong
  • Looking room and lead room: important to how things are laid out, looks weird without it
  • Negative space: makes us expect something to come and return balance in frame
  • Deep Space Composition
    • Foreground, middleground, background
    • Conveys power/status
    • “Deep focus composition”
    • Visual elements do not need ot be focused to be significant
  • Deep Space
    • Important components in frame located both far and close to camera
    • Used to emphasize distance between objects and/or characters
      • Also emphasizes obstacles
  • Shallow Space
    • Opposite of deep space
    • Image appears flat/two dimensional
    • Little to no depth
    • Can create suspense
    • May lose realism, but emphasizes and enhances the closeness of something
  • Offscreen Space
    • Space that isn’t physically present in the frame
    • Viewer becomes aware of something outside the frame
      • Usually through character’s response to a person, thing or event offscreen, or an offscreen sound
    • More creative method of conveying information to the viewer
  • Frontality
    • Character’s directly facing camera
    • Providing viewers sense that they are looking right at them
    • Directly informs viewer of a characters thoughts
    • Breaks the typical boundary between the audience and the characters onscreen


  • Can include both makeup or wardrobe choices
  • Used to convey a character’s personality or status, and to differentiate them from different characters
  • Signifies era in which film is set and advertises era’s fashions
  • Biographical films: important to making actor resemble historical character


David Fincher – WHAT – WHY – HOW

  • camera tilt
  • camera pan
  • camera exactly matches velocity of characters movement
  • takes a lot of takes to get moves exactly right
  • lock you in to behavior of characters
    • greater connection to characters
  • behavior over time is a fraction
  • behavior is the most important thing that you read
  • way a person moves is a key part of who they are and what they want
  • fear can express itself in exactly what speed they stand up
  • emotion has word motion in it


  • good directors don’t just focus on the big scenes, but the smaller ones of people talking
  • don’t:
    • no handheld camera work
      • if there is, he designs around it
    • human-held camera effects
    • cutting to close up unless you need to
      • be conscious of when you do it
    • move camera if he can help it
  • do:
    • shows you where to look
      • shows you inside of fridge
      • shows you tension between characters with different angles


  • steely color palet
  • interesting characters
  • true trademark: deception
  • CGI allows him to do things you cant with traditonal filmmaking techniques
    • historical accuracy
    • passing of time
    • tension
    • murder scenes
      • digital blood
    • shoots lots of takes
    • continuity
    • shoot things efficiently and safely


  • Alien 3: first movie he directed
  • 2 ways to shoot a scene: one is wrong
  • body language: tells audience so much about characters
  • Showing the story before you actually tell the story
  • audiences are smart enough to pick up on body language
  • Direction character faces: shows emotion of scene
    • Even if they aren’t together in the scene
  • Lots of thought goes into one scene
  • Too many directors use “telling” instead of “showing”
  • limitations encourage creativity
  • less dialogue=more creativity
  • lots of wide angles
    • uses close ups very rarely and carefully
  • wants audience to experience movie very carefully
  • hate unneccesary movement
  • wants to take way that there was a person ehidn the camera
  • uses lots of cgi, but never relies on it
    • uses it to improve the story
  • perfectionist
  • extremely high shooting ratio
    • Gone Girl: 201:1 ratio of shots taken and shots used
    • Pushes actors into a full realization of the characters story
  • use of color and lighting
    • deep yellows and blues
    • lots of shadows and dark lighting
    • underexposed actors
    • shows darkness and bleakness of worlds fincher creates
    • lower light causes us to focus on characters more
  • adds extra loud noise over dialogue to make audience focus more on what the audience is saying; helps them pay closer attention
  • fincher’s movies make you feel something
  • we aren’t just watching fincher’s movies, but we are engaged in them

My Stretch Goal For The Year

Creative Commons image cinematography by kacey oesterreich at Flickr


My goal is to learn as much about the art of cinematography I can during the school year and incorporate my knowledge in my own movies.

I want to achieve this goal because to me cinematography is one of the most powerful elements of film, and whenever I watch a movie I always find myself examining and picking apart the way the camera moves, the lighting, the colors and anything else I can find.

To achieve this I will work hard on remembering and taking notes on even the smallest details that could help make a movie’s cinematography better. I will always put in all my effort on assignments, and I will put forth all my attention during class. Outside of school I will do my own research on cinematography and help myself learn as much as I can.

I will work on being a better cinematographer in class whenever I have the chance. Out of school I will do things at least twice a week to help learn more about cinematography, like watching YouTube videos and researching famous cinematographers and their methods.

To achieve this goal I will need the internet for research, filming equipment to practice, test out and use cinematography techniques, and people like my teacher, role models and peers to help me get better.

After my third time as working as the cinematographer on a movie my goal is to have a pretty good understanding of the process a cinematographer goes through. Around the middle of the year my goal is to have a good understanding of some techniques used in cinematography.


Bill Pope

Bill Pope is known for being the cinematographer on many of Edgar Wright’s films, including an all-time favorite of mine Baby Driver. The reason I like Baby Driver is because of all the details you can find in one scene. For example, after the opening scene, there’s a scene of Baby getting coffee that is all one long shot that flows super well. As he is walking down the street listening to music, the words to the lyrics show up in the world around him; on the sidewalk, graffiti on the walls, on electrical poles, etc. The first time I watched the movie I didn’t notice it, but the second time I caught it and it was one of the coolest things I’d ever seen. I really like how the details are so small you might not catch them at first, but once you do it really shapes how you view the movie, and that’s one of the reason I like Pope’s style of filming.

Linus Sandgren

Linus Sandgren was the cinematographer for a movie with spectacular cinematography, La La Land. That movie will forever be another one of my favorites because of the way it was filmed by Sandgren. First, the colors of the movie are so precisely chosen it makes you feel like you really are in a La La Land, and some of the scenes are so beautifully filmed it makes you just float away with the story as if you are apart of it. I love his techniques with filming and the way all of the shots flow so perfectly together, and his use of lighting and colors is what I strive to do one day.

Janusz Kaminski

One of my favorite directors is Steven Spielberg, as I’ve always loved the way he interprets stories and finds the perfect way to film them that leaves the audience in a state of awe. Janusz Kaminski has worked with Spielberg on many movies, including one of my favorites, Schindler’s List. One of the things I liked about Schindler’s List was its use of black and white to give a feel of the time the story took place, but also the small use of color for a character involved in some major plot points in the story, the girl in the red dress. I think that was a phenomenal choice made by Kaminski and Spielberg, and still to this day I think that that movie was the most impactful movie I have ever watched.


Internet Safety Tips

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Being safe on the internet is incredibly important, one mistake can ruin your future. Here’s a couple of simple things you can do to stay safe:

  • Don’t post things you don’t want people to see on the internet
  • Think before you post
  • Be careful what you say
  • Once something is on the internet, it can’t ever be completely erased
  • Whatever you put on the internet can be seen by anyone, including colleges, principals, future employers, your parents, etc.

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