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First Video of the 2nd Semester

Well, it’s been a while since the Mac Lab video team actually had a video project and it’s high time that we get down to business. It’s my pleasure to announce that Mr. Owens has commissioned us to produce a video encouraging students to do their best on the California Standardized Tests. This, along with the new 825 Academic Performance Index poster, will hopefully increase student interest in these seemingly pointless exams.

And so here’s the story. A few weeks ago while we were making slight changes to the Sweethearts 2010 video so that it could be used for 2011, Mr. Owens explained an idea that he was developing for a complex multi-month video project. He already had a thoroughly planned idea as well as basic storyboards, which saves us the difficult task of thinking up a cool story.

Before I post the actual outline, Philip, Kyle, and I need to review it again with Mr. Owens as well as get final approval from Mr. Skocko.

The idea still needs refining, but it definitely has potential and is within our technological reach. The only challenge is time. Mr. Owens wants to cast students from the Theatre Department, but the Theatre students will be preoccupied with their own work until just two weeks before our deadline. That gives us about three months to plan, but only about two weeks to shoot and edit the video. This will be a challenge, but a challenge that we can overcome. We will use the next three months to thoroughly plan the video and test various ways of using our equipment to best convey the tone that Mr. Owens wants to convey.

These next three months will give us a chance to teach the new members of Mac Lab Media some of the basics of camera use and video preparation. I will keep you updated with more details as to exactly what will be going on once the process gets off the ground.


Week 9

This is what we have to do this week:

  1. Monday: Plan how we will edit the Homecoming and Senior Tailgate pictures.
  2. Tuesday: Recruit newbies.
  3. Wednesday: ???
  4. Thursday: ???
  5. Friday: Finish Homecoming and Senior Tailgate pictures.

Short-Term Schedule

Here is the list of projects that Mac Lab Media has in the coming weeks and the people scheduled to help:

  1. Film Cheer on Tuesday, September 14, 3:30-7:30pm. – Kyle, Chris
  2. Odin’s March on Friday, September 17 – Chris, James, Kyle, Philip
  3. Film Football/Cheer on Friday, September 17, 7-10pm – Philip, Kyle
  4. Homecoming Advertisement – Due before Homecoming (10.1.2010)
  5. Homecoming Bio Videos? – Due before Homecoming (10.1.2010)
  6. One Day on Earth – Due October 10.

These are just the projects we must finish by October 10th. There are many more coming soon.

We desperately need volunteers for filming Cheer, Football, and Odin’s March. Leave a comment if you are interested. Also, if you have any ideas for One Day on Earth, leave a comment as well.

And don’t forget the mandatory meeting on Thursday, September 16th at lunch. Info here.

Mandatory Meeting

Attention all video team members, there is a MANDATORY meeting update:THURSDAY, September 16th at lunch in the Mac Lab. All Mac Lab Media/Video Team Members must attend: NO EXCEPTIONS!!! As for people who are considering joining the Video Team, please attend as well.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss our first project: the filming of Odin’s March.


This post is designed as a welcome to new and returning members of the Mac Lab Video Team.

Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to the 2010/2011 Mac Lab Video Team. We are the main source of high quality video production at Valhalla High School, and cater to clients such as the school’s administration, ABS, various sports departments, the Cheer Department, as well as pursue our own projects for contests like the IVIE Awards. My name is Christopher Canel and I am the leader of Mac Lab Media (MLM). Assisting me is the co-leader, James Wirig. Simply, I am in charge of administration and video while James is in charge of audio, but we both carry the same level of authority.

This coming year is going to be packed with projects, both big and small, and there is no time to waste! Read this post for a basic overview of our current projects, but keep in mind that that list is going to grow rapidly as the year continues. Please explore this blog and become familiar with our past projects.

As a member of Mac Lab Media, you will have a chance to use high definition Digital SLR and tape  cameras, as well as industry-leading post-production software like Apple Final Cut Studio 3 and Adobe After Effects CS5. You will have the opportunity to rotate through various tasks or develope a specialty, or do some of both. You will be able to experience all aspects of a video project, from planning and pre-production to filming and eventually post-production. It is a lot of fun, but also requires a lot of work and can involve a lot of time outside of school.

Now the fun stuff is over and we get down to business. The first task of every Video Team member, new and returning, is to submit two things to me: an Illustrator self-portrait of some kind and a small paragraph describing yourself, your skills, and what you want to do in Mac Lab Media. For returning members, if your old picture and info are already on this page, then you can supply a new pic if you like, but all I need is updated info. Please finish this in a timely matter, but only after finishing any projects assigned by Mr. Skocko.

I hope I didn’t scare anyone off because we need all the help we can get. If you have any questions, comments, or would like to join Mac Lab Media, just leave a comment on this post.

Thanks, and I know we will all have a great year on the Video Team.

Update: Read this for information on our first mandatory meeting.

Mac Lab Media Must Know Info

I’m going to keep this simple. Here are a few facts about the 2010/2011 Video Team and upcoming events.


1) Christopher Canel (video guy ) and James Wirig (audio guy) are the new leaders of the Video Team.

2) Danny Owens and Steven Moyer will be working with the Video Team throughout the year.

3) This year’s Video Team will be much more structured and organized than last year.

4) There are will be a lot of projects. I’ll leave it at that.

5) People will either be able to rotate through different tasks (filming, audio, editing, effects) or choose a specialty or any combination of both.

6) If the Video Team is going to accomplish all that we want to, then we are going to need many new, motivated students who are willing to learn, work, and have fun!

Upcoming Projects:

1) Telling Our Story – A massive multimedia project about VHS (year-long). Client: Admin

2) Cheer is a Sport –  A persuasive documentary that does what the name suggests. Client: Cheer Department, Mrs. Sellers

3) The Road to District – A documentary about the cheerleading teams’ road to the District Cheer Competition (year-long). Client: Cheer Department

4) One Day on Earth – Tell an interesting story to be used in a massive documentary about Planet Earth and humanity. Client: These Guys (Due 10.10.2010)

5) IVIE Awards – not many details yet

6) Bumpers – Produce 5 second bumpers to be displayed between advertisements on the 72 inch televisions coming soon to Valhalla. This is a project for After Effects (1080p only). Client: Orange Nation TV, Mr. Owens

7) Numerous unnamed videos for ASB and Orange Nation TV – details coming all year. Client: ASB, Orange Nation TV

Don’t forget to visit the Jobs Page to keep up-to-date with all new jobs for Mac Lab Media in case I miss something.

Update: Mario S (alumni) has offered to help with the bumpers but needs ideas. Anybody have any ideas for a cool bumper? And don’t forget to browse through his blog.

5 Weeks of 5 Update

Our winnings have finally arrived! The CS5 Master Collection was shipped from Kennesaw, Georgia yesterday on priority overnight and arrived this morning. I opened the shipping box to verify that it was in fact the Master Collection, but left the software packaging intact. The next step is to see if it can be exchanged for several copies of the Student and Teacher Edition. Click for more info.