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Sunday, 1 November 2009

"Chris TV News": Hi-tech half-term homework!

Chris was given a couple of bits of homework to do over the half-term break, one of which was to: "Using all the skills you have acquired in journalistic writing, produce a report on an exciting event that took place in half term..." His choice? To create a news-style video on the clock change.

We took full advantage of the half-term break to set up a miniature TV studio - I found a big old table that we could use as a 'news desk' and, clearing some space for it in the studio, put some spotlights above and in front of it so that it could might look reasonably authentic.

Chris's first idea was to use a webcam, but the picture quality was dreadful, so we borrowed a proper digital video camera (thanks to Beth's Dad!) and recorded the various scenes based on the script he had written, throwing in some comedy ideas as well. We had great fun making it, and both Chris and Lenni showed natural talent and composure in front of the lens - hopefully this comes across in the video!

Sticking it all together was just a little too fiddly a job for Chris (I decided to record a separate audio track because camcorder microphones are notoriously noisy, so this had to be dubbed on in sync with the picture) so I took on the challenge of Windows Movie Maker's many foibles to compile all the bits under his direction. I think I'll stick to iMovie or Final Cut Express on the mac next time!

For my part, though, I think I've learned a lot about how to light, frame and generally make video, so hopefully our next venture will technically be a little more polished. If I can resist the temptation to buy my first video camera (Argos have a Flip HD on special offer at the moment..), that is!

At just under two minutes long, it's far from a feature-length epic, but I think Chris's teacher will enjoy it, and considering the effort Chris put in, I think it was a great way to spend the half-term.

Without any further ado, then.. here is Chris News in all its glory:

Posted by james at November 1, 2009 11:13 PM

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