Will Potter: The secret US prisons you've never heard of before | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript Father Daniel Berrigan once said that "writing about prisonersis a little like writing about the dead."I think what he meant is that we treat prisoners as ghosts.They're unseen and unheard.It's easy to simply ignore themand it's even easier when the government goes to great lengths to keep them hidden. As a journalist, I think these storiesof what people in power do when no one is watching,are precisely the stories that we need to tell.That's why I began investigatingthe most secretive and experimental prison units in the United States,for so-called "second-tier" terrorists.The government calls these units Communications Management Units or CMUs.Prisoners and guards call them "Little Guantanamo."They are islands unto themselves.But unlike Gitmo they exist right here, at home,floating within larger federal prisons. There's an estimated 60 to 70 prisoners here,and they're overwhelmingly Muslim.They include people like Dr. So, why was he moved? (Laughter) For the record, I'm not. Thank you.
Miwa Matreyek turns to science for inspiration for new performance In the opening of Miwa Matreyek’s TED performance, a pair of shadowy hands wave over a plate, and an apple halves itself. From there, goldfish swirl around the plate, before morphing into birds and flying away. For the first minute, you think you are watching video — an intricate blend of real-life footage and animation. Miwa Matreyek: Glorious visions in animation and performanceBut soon you realize that what you are watching is more complex than that. Miwa (pronounced Mee-wa) Matreyek is a multimedia artist who blends, animation, shadow play and music into extremely surreal experiences. The TED Blog caught up with Matreyek to ask about this new piece — and about how she goes about creating these intricate performances in the first place. What would you say is the idea that you wanted people who watched your TED performance to walk away with? Overall, a sense of wonder, magic, creativity, imagination. What have been the most heartwarming reactions gotten to your TED Talk? I think so.
Teacher’s Guide Series | The Academy Home : Education & Outreach : Teacher’s Guide Series The Academy, in cooperation with Young Minds Inspired, produces a series of teacher's guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. The activities are designed to capitalize on students' natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the Academy Awards to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and creative writing, and to develop visual literacy skills. Each teaching guide is available in its entirety to download and print. The guides are made available to more than 19,500 U.S. high schools throughout the United States, reaching 39,600 teachers and nearly 2.4 million students. Teacher's Guides
Teaching Visual Media Literacy Media literacy educator Frank Baker reminds us that the annual season for movie awards has begun, with the 85th annual Academy Awards scheduled for February 24. In a new two-part article for MiddleWeb, Baker shares key ideas about ways teachers in grades 4-8 can develop students’ visual media literacy skills by (1) involving them in video production like the PSA project described here, and (2) by teaching them to “read” multimedia forms, from magazine layouts to major motion pictures — all of which ties into a pair of Common Core ELA standards. by Frank W. Baker Do your students love to pick up a camera? Take pictures with their mobile devices? If so, then you know they’re already using photography to communicate a message. I would argue that photographs, as well as moving images, are two of the “new literacies” that all teachers need to recognize and become comfortable with using. We know that our students love the movies. The filmmaking process 1. Student PSA project steps Frank W.
13 GIFs That Show You How Everyday Items Are Made 13 GIFs That Show You How Everyday Items Are Made Some we use everyday, others we only ever see the final product - but how exactly are things like forks, crash barriers, springs and even camouflage helmets actually made? How come your pretzel is perfect every time? Well, the following GIFs will reveal the very humble beginnings of a number of items, foods and products we often take for granted. Bundles Of Hay 1. 2. 3.Pretzels 4. 5. 6.Crayons 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad and a Green Screen One way to depict the cycle of education is that it moves between the development of learning and the subsequent expression of understanding ... and the amazing growth of inexpensive mobile technology tools is affording learners the ability to communicate their understanding in ever more creative and personalized manners. Media is moving center stage (yes, the pun was fully intended) and what once required tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and training can now be accomplished with an iPad and some inexpensive props. One of the first places I visited when I first came to the United States was Universal Studios. 1. I've worked with lots of schools but I've never walked into one and been told that I could spend as much as I needed. An iPad (or other mobile device) for taking and editing the video.An iPad stand that holds the iPad steady for taking video. If you're willing to get a little creative then you can cut the cost even further. x 2. 3. The process: One last word of warning.
The Grammar of TV and Film Zoom. In zooming in the camera does not move; the lens is focussed down from a long-shot to a close-up whilst the picture is still being shown. The subject is magnified, and attention is concentrated on details previously invisible as the shot tightens (contrast tracking). It may be used to surprise the viewer. Zooming out reveals more of the scene (perhaps where a character is, or to whom he or she is speaking) as the shot widens. Zooming in rapidly brings not only the subject but also the background hurtling towards the viewer, which can be disconcerting. Following pan. Surveying pan. Tilt. Crab. Tracking (dollying). Hand-held camera. Process shot. Editing Techniques Cut. There is always a reason for a cut, and you should ask yourself what the reason is. Matched cut. continuity of direction; completed action;* a similar centre of attention in the frame; a one-step change of shot size (e.g. long to medium); a change of angle (conventionally at least 30 degrees). Jump cut. Cutting rate.
Camera Angles Camera angles and movements combine to create a sequence of images, just as words, word order and punctuation combine to make the meaning of a sentence. You need a straightforward set of key terms to describe them. Describing Shots When describing camera angles, or creating them yourself, you have to think about three important factors — The FRAMING or the LENGTH of shot — The ANGLE of the shot — If there is any MOVEMENT involved When describing different cinematic shots, different terms are used to indicate the amount of subject matter contained within a frame, how far away the camera is from the subject, and the perspective of the viewer. Framing or Shot Length 1 . Extreme Long Shot This can be taken from as much as a quarter of a mile away, and is generally used as a scene-setting, establishing shot. The extreme long shot on the left is taken from a distance, but denotes a precise location - it might even connote all of the entertainment industry if used as the opening shot in a news story.
Camera Shots There is a convention in the video, film and television industries which assigns names and guidelines to common types of shots, framing and picture composition. The list below briefly describes the most common shot types (click the images for more details). Notes: The exact terminology varies between production environments but the basic principles are the same. EWS (Extreme Wide Shot) The view is so far from the subject that he isn't even visible. VWS (Very Wide Shot) The subject is visible (barely), but the emphasis is still on placing him in his environment. MS (Mid Shot) Shows some part of the subject in more detail while still giving an impression of the whole subject. CU (Close Up) A certain feature or part of the subject takes up the whole frame. Cut-In Shows some (other) part of the subject in detail. Two-Shot A shot of two people, framed similarly to a mid shot. Noddy Shot Usually refers to a shot of the interviewer listening and reacting to the subject.
7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software 1- Wevideo WeVideo is a collaborative, cloud-based online video editor that is free to use, with affordable options to export in HD and store additional videos 2- Google Story Builder This Story Builder allows you to create mini-movies or video stories with the feel of Google Docs. You can also personalize the videos you create using the characters, story, and even music of your choosing and when you finish you can share your final product with others. 3- Pixorial Rather than spending valuable classroom time learning a complicated video editing program, you and your students can now get straight to the project. 4- Powtoon Here is what you can do with PowToon :Create Engaging and Captivating ContentAnimate Your Flipped ClassroomInspire Reluctant Students to be CreativeLet Your Students Express Themselves 4- Intervue Intervue is a quick and easy tool for publishers who are looking to gather short video responses online from anyone with a webcam. 5- Web of Stories 6- Flixtime
Moviemaking in the Classroom | Your Handbook for Moviemaking in the Classroom with iMovie by Ellen Johnson Movie making in the classroom is something that came onto my radar while in the credential program at Cal State University, Fullerton. I happened upon Beth Newingham’s article for Scholastic about the topic while surfing the internet for new ideas. After seeing her site , I knew that this kind of creative learning project was something that I could see myself doing with my future students. Fast forward to the CSUF’s masters program when I got to test my wings bit with our Video Integration Project. I completed a 30 minute movie titled Holidays Around the World with second graders. It was exciting and a memorable learning experience for the children….and me! Now I want to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with other educators in this handbook to not only show teachers how easy and beneficial it is to integrate this experience into their curriculum but also to instill the basics of iMovie 11 so they can be confident in the process. My First Moviemaking Experience
Green Screen on the iPad Green screen is one of the best learning tools in our learning commons. Our students are really making their learning come alive by recording video using the green screen. DoInk has just released a new Green Screen App for the iPad. It is an easy to use App that allows you create green screen in one shot, rather than edit it using iMovie or another video editing application. For this particular group of stuents, they wanted to be newscasters. All we had to do then was move the iPad around to make the size of the student was in proportion in relation to the background image. We have been trialling different workflows for using this app and then editing video in iMovie on our iMacs.
Green Screen Tutorial After posting about how I make movies with my kindergarteners, I had some people ask about how I use the green screen. So, I thought I would write a tutorial for you. It is super easy to use. This is how I use my green screen. It is probably not the only way you could use it, but this is how I do it. I am not a professional. First you need a green screen. I originally purchased Kelly Green fabric from JoAnn's. Any part that is green will be covered by the picture I place on it. Once you have a green screen, you will need extra light. So now you have a green screen and it is well lit. Now you are ready to film what you want in front of the green screen. iMovie- Screen when you open it. Click File, then click New Project. Select the theme you want your movie to have. Next you need to put what you want as the background in the top box. Next you are going to click File. Once you import your clip, they will show up in the bottom box. Next you need to click the clip you want to use.