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A group of advanced Video Production students recently completed a video entitled "Before ya go" as a Dry Grad Video Contest sponsored by ICBC. The winner receives $4000.00 towards the school's upcoming dry grad. Watch their video below and leave a comment!


Video Production 11/12 is a technically challenging course in which students continue to learn and expand their planning, shooting, and editing skills. Students shoot on a variety of cameras and edit on iMacs using Final Cut Pro.

• Course Outline


… Cameras …


• Tutorials for the Panasonic HMC150 can be found at this link and at this link. These must be watched prior to using this camera for the first time.

… Composition …


• Students must view the following two resources (from Kodak) on shot composition prior to planning and filming the "Composition" shoot. Both contain very good information.
1) Composing your pictures
2) Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition


… On-line Learning …


• Rule Boston Camera's Learning Labon Vimeo.


… Lighting …



… Green Screen …

Lighting a Green Screen:
• Cinematographer Eve Hazelton has a series of excellent tutorials on lighting - the one we used in class was specifically on lighting a green screen.
• Another useful tutorial on lighting a green screen can be found at Adorama TV on YouTube.

Resources for learning how to work with your green screen footage in Final Cut Pro:
Chroma Keying in Final Cut Pro (from Ken Sone's excellent website)
– A good basic overview is this Final Cut Pro Green Screen Tutorial
Using the Chroma Keyer Filter in Final Cut Pro
Chroma-keying in Final Cut Pro:

– Just for fun check this out on Vimeo: Scary Special Effects


… Film Noir …

Lighting Film Noir Style A great article explaining how to create the distinctive shadow-filled, low-key lighting style of Film Noir.

Film Noir A comprehensive overview from AMC's Filmsite.org.

The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir An excellent short film tribute to the genre.

Film Noir Typography –Very interesting examples explaining the film noir genre using stylized titles and voiceover. Worth a watch!

Watch D.O.A – a full-length noir for free at this link on archive.org or at this link on YouTube.

From archive.org: "D.O.A. (1950) is a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, considered a classic of the stylistic genre. The frantically-paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies. The film begins with a scene called "perhaps one of cinema's most innovative opening sequences" by a BBC reviewer. The scene is a long, behind-the-back tracking sequence featuring Frank Bigelow (O'Brien) walking through a hallway into a police station to report a murder: his own. Disconcertingly, the police almost seem to have been expecting him and already know who he is."