Adobe Shot Guide
Production Role Descriptions
Have an idea for a video?
You should be able to answer
these four questions:
  • What is the purpose?
    What is the goal of your project?
  • Who is the audience?
  • What is the message?
  • What is the style?
Week 6: Mon., Oct 19
We have TWO weeks to create our first News Show!
This week EACH one of you will create a quick video spot to be included in our 1st broadcast.
  • READ this, the tips will help you appear confident on-screen.
  • Today you will be assigned specific tasks for a sample news show. Note the length of the video (in the left column (:30 means 30 seconds), and the title of the piece. Make it fun. Make it professional. BE creative and have confidence! And - NO, you cannot change to another topic- not this time. Click HERE for the assigned tasks.
  • I don't know about you, but I have stage fright. THESE TIPS helped me a lot.
  • You MUST submit your video by 4pm Thursday, Oct. 22. No exceptions. In the journalism industry, deadlines are absolute and must be met.
Week 6: Fri., Oct 16
Together we will watch an example of an Elementary school morning announcements show. Then you will see the timeline and how it was built.
  1. In WeVideo, go the the ? button at far right.
  2. In the next window, scroll down until you see the white headline: "LET'S MAKE A VIDEO"
    Click on the blue START TUTORIAL button at right.
  3. Click HERE and download the step-by-step instructions.
  4. Below is another video that might help.
Having trouble turning-in an assignment?
Let's switch to this method:
Week 3: Fri., Oct 2
Nothing quite says Halloween like a Scary Movie!  It's October and there is no better way to kick off the production season than to host a micro film festival for middle and high school students around the country.  This year's festival is sponsored by Ryan Connolly of Film Riot!  The top 3 entries will be awarded prize packs donated by Ryan and his production company, Triune Digital.  Visit
Hailed as the first Horror film, this silent classic pulls in another 100% from Rotten Tomatoes
Rules & Terms
  • Due on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Use the Bear button above to turn-in.
  • You must submit a 60 Second Horror film, entirely produced by students, within the timeframe, that meets the criteria of the contest.
  • The final edit must be within 30 and 60 seconds.
  • No Teacher Help; Student-Only Contest
  • The film cannot (directly) show the face of the antagonist.
  • The Film must include the line of dialogue, "I didn't leave this here..."
  • Must include a shot of fruit during the climax of the film
Every film must be PG in content, meaning: No strong language, blatant sexuality, pointless violence, pointless drug/alcohol/tobacco use (i.e. glorifying destructive behaviors), nudity, child peril, etc.
Submission does not guarantee a place in our festival. Various factors such as quality, time constraints, or appropriateness will result in your film being dismissed from inclusion into the festival. STN reserves the right to remove any film from the festival due to time constraints or that they feel contradicts the rules of entry stated above.
Week 3: Thurs., Oct 1
Pixar in a box: we are watching the videos about characters. Login to Khan Academy and watch the videos about Storytelling
Week 3: Wed., Sept. 30
Student Sign-In Instructions
1. Go to
2. Click on the Google button.
3. Sign in with Google.
Week 3: Mon.-Fri., Sept. 28-Oct. 2
3:00 Student Television Network Film Awards: Best in Show
First REAL Video Challenge: Shot Types
  1. Study the Shots Guide
  2. HAVE A PLAN! I suggest using a Storyboard, but whatever you use, write down what kind of shot you are going to take and the sequence. Hopefully, you will add some kind of interest, like a simple plot (seen in the Shooting Gallery video at left)
  3. Shoot your video with your phone.
  4. Edit your video using WeVideo (linked above.) IMPORTANT! Be certain to add-in titles for each segment that indicate the shot type being demonstrated.
  5. How to use WeVideo
  6. Save your video as: Last-First-ShotType
    -Shoot in Landscape mode!
    -Record video -- not photos
    -Get 5-10 seconds for each shot
    -Take turns getting the shots
    -Ask permission to record others
    -Put the sun behind you when you record
    -Story is nice, but the shots and titles are KING, each shot must be correctly named in a title for full credit.
    Week 2: Wed-Fri., Sept. 23-25
    • Every day, newsrooms around the world are challenged with identifying what is newsworthy and what isn’t.
    • Reporters and editors use certain guidelines to determine whether or not information is worth being shared. Since the advent of social media, journalists also use social media to see what news people are engaging with.
    • Where would you rather explore new stories? Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook?
    Newsworthy stories do not need all elements, but most solid stories have 3-4
    In the story of our recent "smoke invasion", according to the Newsworthy Elements, is this "Story" newsworthy?
    • timely (when reported, yes)
    • proximity - is this story "close to home" for us?
    • conflict/controversy - yes?
    • human interest - is this on social media?
    • relevance - to who?
    • Think of a local story that might work for a school & community broadcast.
    • Go HERE and explain how your story idea fits into the "Newsworthy Elements". DO NOT STRESS OVER THIS. It is your first time - this kind of thing takes practice. It's a good idea to watch the TV news and see how this all fits.
    Week 2: Tues., Sept. 22
    Welcome to SRL - Student Reporting Labs
    Go to this Google document and share.
    ASSIGNMENT: Create a 60 second video (you will be forwarded to FlipGrid) responding to:
    "Why Student Journalism Matters in 2020".
    NOTE: We will be doing a lot of quick assignments
    involving video reponses using FlipGrid as our vehicle.
    Week 2: Mon., Sept. 21
    Analyze Videos to Improve your own Videos.
    By doing this analysis, you will realize how good videos are made of many clips, great graphics, music, and voice over.
    ASSIGNMENT: Go to this LINK and fill-out the information asked.
    • Watch it once
    • With a piece of paper and pencil, watch it again and while you are watching make a mark for each time there is a different "clip"
    • Count how many marks you have and enter it in the box provided
    • Watch the video a third time and write what makes the video effective: camera angles, music, length, voice-overs?
    Week 1: Thurs., Sept. 17
    Make a Video in Spark
    Top Adobe techie, Terry White, goes in-depth in this video - very detailed
    Assignment Steps:
    1. The link to sign into our Spark Classroom site:
    2. You can make your presentation you wish, but make it under 1 minute in length. It is best to have a message that you want to communicate, such as: no more plastic bags, wearing a mask, littering on the beach, why I love my pet...
      YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IN THE VIDEO, OR DO THE NARRATION. THIS IS YOUR VIDEO! Make it about something that means something to you. It can be random shots - it doesn't have to have a plot.
    3. Free Video clips
    4. What do you want to make a SHORT video about? BRAINSTORM IDEAS and write them down!
    5. Create a Storyboard
    6. Shoot the different clips and/or Collect still photos
    7. You MUST make this first creation in Adobe Spark. Open Adobe Spark
    8. When you are done, COPY THE SHARE LINK and then paste it HERE
    Week 1: Tues-Wed, Sept. 14-16
    It is VERY important that you complete the class surveys by
    Tuesday, September 15
    • Read and Sign the Syllabus
    • Tech information that I need HERE
    • Experience information HERE
    • REALLY important (last one, I promise!): HERE
    How you organize and name files is the #1 thing that you
    must master no matter what kind of career!
    Every designer (including me) has done what you see on a job. This unorganized way of working will cost you hours of wasted time and will totally lose respect from those who have to try and figure out your files. Form good file organization and naming habits now and it will pay well in the future.
    Complete the following tasks:
    I HIGHLY recomment spending some time in the G Suite Learning Center
    Week 1: Mon., Sept. 14
    Some Paperwork that needs to be done.
    DAY 1: Friday, Sept. 11
    What you will learn (Learning Intentions):
    In this lesson you will Get acquainted with me and your classmates and get an idea of what we will be doing this semester.
    Complete the following tasks:
    • Into to the CLASS WEBSITE. You will be using this a lot this semester. There are a lot of great resources and examples of work. Let's watch a couple of videos.
    • FlipGrid Hello! Assignment
    • Download and install some video programs onto your Chromebook. Adobe Rush is my #1 choice, but it is not yet available for Chromebooks- grrrrrr.
      Here is a list of the best video editors for Chromebook:
      (the links are in the webpage. Scroll down and choose.)
      1. PowerDirector
      2. KineMaster
      3. WeVideo (web-based, which is nice)
      4. YouTube Studio Video Editor
      5. Magisto
    This is the first video ever uploaded on YouTube on April 23, 2005
    This is what happens when a Special Effects guy stays at home with his son during lockdown.
    You are capable of producing this level of work in Adobe Spark