Summer 2014: This course has ended

This is the concluding post for RTV3320: Electronic Field Production for Summer B 2014.  A different instructor teaches the class in the Fall and Spring, so this blog will take a vacation during that time.  Feel free to browse through previous posts to see examples of student work and watch videos that will help with various field production techniques.

Please note that the syllabus for RTV3320 is undergoing an exciting reboot at the University of Florida in Fall 2014. If you’d like more information on the new direction of the class, please contact Professor Tim Sorel in the telecom department.

Final Project: The Valley

A young man named Dennis is selected to live in the elusive and mysterious ‘Valley.’  There he realizes the importance of his own life in relation to those around him, and begins to understand the flawed conception of what it means to be ‘perfect.’ Rene, Wise, Darren, and Veronica take us inside “The Valley” in their narrative film.

Final Project: Forage

See that plant over there?  Wanna eat it?  Some people do! For their final project, Matt, Chante, Melissa, and Rachel created a documentary on the growing activity of urban foraging.

Final Project: Adopt, Don’t Shop

Looking for a four legged friend? University of Florida students Caitlyn, Andrea, Taylor, and Chantelle give us a closer look at why adopting a pet can be a life-changer for everyone involved.

Final Project: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Why bother eating at the big chain restaurants when there are plenty of good options that are locally-owned right here in Gainesville? For their final project, Rebecca, Karly, Stephen, and Ashlie take a closer look at why it is important to eat local.

Final class tomorrow

weimerJust a reminder that our last class of the semester is tomorrow.  We will meet in Weimer Hall 3032 to go over some final notes and then watch each group’s final project.

Your test grades have been posted on Sakai, and I have added the extra credit to those who participated in either the survey or the focus group.

See you all in the morning.  Thanks for a wonderful semester – I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone’s final project turned out.

Test Tomorrow

testA reminder that our test is tomorrow (Tuesday) during class.  We will take the test in the editing suite (G215) so you can continue working on your final projects when you are done with the test.

There are 40 multiple choice questions and each question is worth 2.5 points (100 pts total). If you took advantage of the extra credit opportunity, you will get one extra correct question added to your total.

Questions will be based on the lectures and the readings. The review sheet I handed out in class is on our Sakai page if you misplaced your copy.

If you have any questions before the test, please send me an email or come to my office hours tomorrow between 9 and 11am.

Good luck!

Final Project due date options

movie-trailer-voice-oversAs we discussed in class today, you now have two choices for the final due date for your project. I want to make sure that you have enough time to get everything done, but I also want to reward those who were on pace to turn it in on the original due date.  Therefore, your final project is due either:

Option 1: Monday, August 4 at 9:30am.

Option 2: Thursday, July 31 by 12:15pm.  If you chose this date (our original due date), you will have five points added to your project grade.

While those five points may be tempting, please make sure you are turning in the best video possible. Simply put – do not rush just to hand in a subpar video. I’d rather you take your time over that weekend and compose something great. Ultimately, turning in a better competed product will almost certainly be worth more than the five bonus points and – more importantly – will look better on your resume reel.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Finished Political Ads – Summer 2014

Embedded below are the finished political ads from everyone in class this semester.  I have uploaded them to my Vimeo account for the purpose of displaying them here, and I encourage you to do the same on your own video pages. As a whole, they really turned out great and you should all be very happy with the final results. The grades have been emailed, so let me know if you have any questions.  We’ll also discuss these on Monday in class.

In case you are new to the blog, here’s a quick recap of the assignment:  Students filmed interviews around campus with their “candidate” and combined them with their B-roll to create a 30, 45, 0r 60 second political advertisement. Candidates could be running for any position and the ad could be either positive or negative. The assignment was a test of both production and editing skills. Ultimately, the advertisement should have looked like something that could air on television in a real-life campaign.

For an example – below is Darren’s…

The rest of the videos from class are (in no particular order) after the jump.  Great job, everyone!

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Political Ads due Thursday, 7/17



It has been great to see everyone’s progress on their political ads this week.  From what I have seen so far, I think we’re on pace to have some excellent ones.  When they are all completed, I will upload them to the blog.

A reminder that your finished DVD must be turned in by the end of class tomorrow – 12:15.  If they are late, you will lose points.

Email me if you’re having any issues or if you have any questions.  Otherwise, see you in the morning!