Monday, November 2, 2009

Final Cut Pro 7 Free Tutorial

Periods 1-3

If you want to get a head start on this weeks Final Cut Pro basics lesson, take a look at some of these tutorial videos:

- A. Manriquez

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Assignment Inbox

All Periods

To make sure that your assignments don't clutter up my email inbox, I'm offering up another option for you to turn in your work. It still has to be in PDF format, but now you don't have to worry about your email getting lost or having to bring the file in on a flash drive.

Click on INBOX, then on the upload button, then just select your file. That's it. I'll get it.

- A. Manriquez

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Graded Assignments

All Periods

From now on, all graded assignments can be viewed at the bottom of the blog in a widget identical to this:

If you cannot see the widget, visit this link.

- A. Manriquez

Monday, October 12, 2009

Zamzar - Free online file conversion

Hey kids,

If you look to the right, underneath "Useful Links," you will see that I added a link to a website called Zamzar. There you can convert your work into PDF files for free. Sometimes it takes a while to get your files back, so don't do any conversions last minute. This link is especially helpful for converting wps files that cannot be opened anywhere in the school.

- A. Manriquez

Thursday, October 8, 2009

More Terms

All Periods

Here are more filmmaking terms that you must know:

Master Shot
Single Shot
Oblique/Dutch Angle

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Participation & Rental Contracts


Below are links to the two contracts that need to be signed and delivered on Monday, September 14. These contracts are required for you to participate in production projects.

- A. Manriquez

Movie Review Assignment


- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Period 4 - Fall Course Syllabus

Period 4 - Editing with Final Cut Pro 7

Click here for the course syllabus. Please read it carefully and share it with your folks!

- A. Manriquez

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Class Rules 2009

For All Video Production Classes

Welcome to the class! This blog is here to keep you up to date with all the projects and assignments during the course. Most everything presented to you in class will also be up on the blog. Please check this regularly. Please share this with your parents as well. Feel free to make comments and communicate with other classmates, especially if you have questions or need help with any project or assignments.

- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Three-Minute Project: DV Start/Stop Detect

Periods 1, 2 & 4

So you've captured your footage, but it's all in a few big chunks, or even just one clip. You've done the following before, but nonetheless, here is a reminder.

Use the DV Start/Stop Detect function from the mark menu to create markers on your clips. Name the markers in the browser, then create subclips from the markers. This is called logging, even though it is not the traditional method.

A naming convention I would suggest is to start with the scene and take number, then a shot size, the character, then a camera movement. For example if you have scene 2B, take 3, which is a medium close-up of David that zooms in, the name might be:


Look at Step 4 at this link for details. DO NOT edit anything until all footage is logged.

- A. Manriquez

Monday, May 25, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Video on the Hollywood High School Website!

SheikTV is live. Subscribe to the podcast to download higher quality versions of the latest video. The only video up right now is the school's promo, which is comprised of footage from the soon-to-be-released Digital Yearbook. So if you think the promo video is hot, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

- A. Manriquez

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Per. 1, 2, & 4: Three Minute Project Production

Periods 1, 2, & 4:

For those of you that are interested in knowing the details of your camera's functions, here is a link to the User Manual for the camera.

Please refer to step 2b on page 80 of the user manual to review how to manually white balance, and refer to page 79 to review how to focus manually.

- A. Manriquez

Period 3 - Logo Assignment

Period 3:

Here is the font that you will need for the logo assignment.

The image size you need to work in is 1920 x 1080.
The frame rate is 23.98 (23.976).
The sequence codec is Apple ProRes 422 (NOT the HQ codec).

This is due Friday, May 15th.

- A. Manriquez

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Break Assignment


Any questions? Email me.

- A. Manriquez

3rd Period - Study Guide

Something tells me that you need to study a bit more. Especially during the break.

Start HERE.

Then make sure to take some time looking through the links on my Delicious page.

I might be coming to school for a day during the break. If you are interested in using that time to study on your own at a workstation, please email me.

- A. Manriquez

Three-Minute Project - Scripts

Beginning Video Production (Per 1, 2, 4)

As promised, here is a link to a guide to help you with screenplay format.

The three-page script is due Friday, April 3.

Remember, screenplays are written in present tense.

Also, if you have not turned in your story, you must turn it in to receive credit for the script.

- A. Manriquez

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Importing Audio

In case you forgot, or wanted to make sure you were doing it properly, I've written a guide to help you convert audio properly for use in Final Cut Pro.

- A. Manriquez

Let's Write a Script!

Beginning Video Production (Per. 1, 2, & 4)

This week, let's write a script. So far, you've made a one-shot silent movie (The Lumiere). You've shot a scene from a gritty cop show (The Interrogation). Now let's get those creative juices flowing on a new three-minute original project.

Here is link to a page of suggestions to help you come up with an original story. Read it and see if any of the suggestions spark a fire in your mind.

The first step is to write out the story as you would in your English class: in simple prose, as a short story. You may write it in any tense you'd like. If you can't decide on one idea to write about, write two of them.

Two guidelines: 1) The story must be of subject matter appropriate enough to be approved by your ENTIRE family. 2) It must be a story that can be believably staged and filmed on campus.

This is due on Wednesday, April 1st. The next step will be revealed on that day.

- A. Manriquez

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sunset Boulveard

Beginning Video Production (Per. 1, 2, 4):

Due Monday, March 30 - 1/2 page typed.
Using the link below as a starting point, research and determine what you believe the genre of Sunset Boulevard really is. Is it a Drama? A Comedy (Dark, Romantic)? Maybe even a Horror film?

P.S. Instant "A" for the paper that mentions what other film "borrows" the convention of a dead narrator.

- A. Manriquez

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Period 3:

Here is the link to our Quizlet page. It is our collective responsibility to create more flashcards for each and every single lesson that we've covered so far.

- A. Manriquez

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

6th Period ONLY: Make It If You Try

Sixth Period:

Here is a link for what you all have been asking for. Extra brownie points go to the student(s) that break down the song and transcribe the lyrics.

Once again...
Type a one-page story in screenplay format about a student who is distracted from or having trouble reaching their goal of graduating. The next part will show how the student overcomes the distraction or trouble by "trying." Then show how the student has succeeded, or how he/she can "make" it.

If you are having trouble with the format, try searching for screenplay templates for your word processor. Here is an example.

- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Set Protocol

Periods 1, 2, 4, & 6

Here is a link for the slideshow on set protocol called "Shooting Shouting".

If you would like to make your own storyboard sheets, visit this page.

- A. Manriquez

Monday, February 16, 2009

Advanced Video Production Period 6 - Here We Go!

Period 6:

Ladies and gents, we've got a big week ahead of us.

On Tuesday, we will share all of our story ideas for the "Make It If You Try" music video project.

We will also be assigning textbooks for everyone to take home and start reading. By Friday, February 20, read Chapters 1 through 3 (pps. 1-33) from the Pulling Off Your Shorts text. Make sure to study the "Reshoot" sections of each chapter.

For further help in Chapter 2, please read the following link from the Scriptwriters Network Website.

On Tuesday, it is expected that Jordon and Joshua have a shooting draft finished for their Untitled RR Project, which means two things: One, they will now begin to break down the script for Locations, Characters, Props and Wardrobe. If you are interested in a crew position, please speak to Joshua and Jordon. The second thing it means is that they need a title. Those who first get to read the shooting draft, please make a few suggestions, those boys are stuck. Also, let's congratulate them on being the first group to start Pre-Production.

- A. Manriquez

Film Crew Positions - Slideshow

Periods 1, 2, & 4:

Here is a link for the slideshow of the Film Crew Positions we covered last week. This should help catch up those of you who were out on Friday for field trips.

This week we will begin work on our first project of the semester, The Interrogation. Click here to read the script. Everyone should be very familiar with it by the end of the week.

Period 6, please read and study this slideshow, as well as the Wikipedia page linked in the previous post.

- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Film Crew Positions

Periods 1, 2, 4, & 6: This week we're talking about film crew positions. To reinforce your notes on this week's discussion of film crew departments and the various positions discussed in today's slideshow, please visit the Film Crew page at Wikipedia.

- A. Manriquez

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Class Rules and Policies

This is for all classes. Below is a link to the slideshow presented to you on Tuesday, February 10, 2009.

- A. Manriquez

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

FCP Certification Syllabus - Fall '08

Hey Third Period!

Here's a handy link to the syllabus for the certification portion of our class. Enjoy!

- A. Manriquez

Monday, February 2, 2009

Thus Blogged Zarathustra (A Page for All and None)

Welcome Students!

This is the newly formed blog for all my video production classes. Some of the features I will try my best to keep up to date will include assignment due dates, online tutorials, works in progress from the Advanced Production class, helpful links, and a venue to provide feedback. Keep checking this page for updates going live soon.

- A. Manriquez