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Achievement Unlocked!

Chris and Kyle just spent an hour re-modeling a website while talking to the client via phone, the catch?


We didn’t say a word to each other.


+100 awesome points.

+200 telepathy skill.


week 10

To do:

  1. Find newbz
  2. finish homecoming pictures

New Gear.

So… Beautiful… *tear*

Follow focuses (2)

Follow Focus ring (3)

Shoulder Rig (2/3 parts)

z-finder? zacudo thingy. (1)

“Deadcat” AKA wind protector for the shotgun mic (1)

3.5mm jack to XLR cable for our lavaliers (1)

an “icicle” AKA XLR to mini-usb so that you can record straight in sound track/sound booth (1)

suction cup tripod-ish, it sticks to metal/glass very well, can be used to record people talking in a car with the camera outside the car (1)

Slate (1)

and best of all….

Neat Video. (plug-in for Premier CS3-5)


NO FRICKIN’ problem!

Completely Unnecessary

Simply put this should not have needed to be posted. We are known as the Video Team for a reason, namely we make video and function as a team. If there is a dispute we work it out either in person or in personal emails, if that does not help involve one of the senior members. What you should not do is post things on the internet for everyone to see; this means Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network. This is a warning to all members, not a reprimand of any specific members. Even if we are having issues working with each other, we do not need to advertise the fact to everyone. All disputes should be resolved within the team, or with Skocko if you feel the situation warrants it. Now that this has been posted I expect everyone to follow these guidelines. Clean Slate time people

Week 5/6 Update

Well everyone, we have started the long process of going through the 1800+ pictures we all took at Homecoming last Friday. I am going to keep this brief, but this is how we will proceed with the processing of these images.
1. Finish initial categorization of images (1 = bad, 3 = good/necessary, 4 = pics of Homecoming fair, 5 = great) – Wednesday
2. Re-sort images by ranking (folder for 1s, folder for 3s, etc.) – Wednesday
3. Separate backdrop shots into folders based on settings – Thursday
4. Develop lighting-correction workflow for each different settings folder – Thursday, Friday
5. Photoshop background pics, one group per person – Weekend
6. Determine which “other” (non-backdrop) pics are best, ideally around 30-40 pics total, and put them in a separate folder – Weekend
7. Proceed with normal Photoshopping of those images. We will not start this step until we are completely done with step 5 – Next Week
8. Assemble finished pics, convert to JPG, and send off to ASB for final approval – Early next week
9. Publish – Middle of next week
That is a rough outline of our workflow for this project. Hopefully, the professionals will have a chance to teach the newbies a thing or two in Photoshop, as nothing we will be doing to these pics will be overly difficult, just time consuming.
Until the actual Photoshopping begins, we will be working off Philip’s Hard Drive.
(Transcript of email sent by Christopher Canel)


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.

Summer time

Summer time!

You know what that means!