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Welcome! One and all to the 2011-2012 school year!

Lots of new and cool stuff is in store for the Mac Lab Media team, Mac Lab Mentors, and every other maclab-ian.

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DGA #2

We recently finished the DGA shoot. We couldn’t include anyone because each shot was the-day-of notice.

BUT: If anyone would like to become a Camera raw master, contact Chris or I.

Last Week’s Chaos and What’s to Come

Last week Christopher and I were given multiple projects at once:

  1. Mrs. Dufloth’s HP grant video
  2. Dia De Los Muertos for Mrs. Potts
  3. Mrs. Giard’s Thriller video
  4. Cheer

We were able to finish 2.5 of them; Thriller and Dia De Los Muertos, and half of Mrs. Dufloth’s video. (Sorry cheer).

What’s next:

  • Prom video
  • “Thor” API poster
  • Mr. Owens’ API video

Remember: We will be training the new people during Mr. Owens’ video since the Prom video was such short notice. Expect an e-mail, personal conversation, or comment on the Blog soon.

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.

Week 7

Work this week:

  1. Finish “Telling our stories” for wednesday’s staff meeting
  2. Finish Homecoming pictures
  3. Record Cheer on Tuesday
  4. Take DGA pics on Tuesday
  5. DGA stuff
  6. Record Got Plans on Wednesday
  7. Add more to this list

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)