Funny Short Film Storytelling Project


In this project, my team tried to make a 3 minute video for the Rode Reel short video competition. Over the span of 3 weeks, we had to make a storyboard, plan camera shots, lighting, film the video, and edit.

Timeline (Days)

  1. Brainstorming ideas, searching topics, watch videos for help on lighting and editing.
  2. Make storyboard with shot list, camera angles and the sounds.
  3. Make storyboard with shot list, camera angles and the sounds.
  4. Make storyboard with shot list, camera angles and the sounds.
  5. Make storyboard with shot list, camera angles and the sounds. After that, get it approved.
  6. Film the video, and try to film it in time, get the lighting right.
  7. Film the video, and try to film it in time, get the lighting right.
  8. Film the video outside.
  9. Film the video outside.
  10. Wrap up filming.

11-15: Edit the whole video and try to get it close to how Dzung, the head director, wanted it to be.-6+


Evidence Timeline

  1. From 0:52 to 1:00 We wanted a dark spot so it would feel tense.
  2. From 1:27 to 1:28 I added the best punching sound I could find.
  3. From 1:42 to 1:43 There was a light on the left side of the face.
  4. From 1:42 to 1:46 I edited the video so that it went back and forth. It was an easy job but it was my first time I did something like that.
  5. From 2:07 to 2:10 The cameraman used a POV of Nghia facing up while Dzung poured the snack on a piece of paper. It was a cool camera angle to do.
  6. Throughout the video, we used the natural lighting to light up one side of the face. We had to find a window that would do this.

What I Learned

I learned that it was hard to plan out and create a competition-worthy video as well as a behind-the-scenes video. Planning the lighting, sound, and camera angles was the hardest part of the project. There were problems like the schedule being wacky and we thought we couldn’t film the whole video in time. Some of the actors couldn’t control their laughs and had to get out of the room so we could re-film.

Lens Operations and Controls Project


We got in groups of three, outlined what we were going to do and also made a video. We did a lot to our video and had to look up a lot of information. It was hard at times but we just asked for help. Our video turned out good. I was the editor of this project.


  1. Look up the definitions
  2. Make a storyboard
  3. Record/Take Pictures
  4. Record/Take Pictures
  5. Record/Take Pictures
  6. Record
  7. Record
  8. Record/Edit
  9. Blog/Edit
  10. Finish Blog and Editing

Terms and Concepts

  • Focal Length: the distance between the center of a lens or curved mirror and its focus.
  • Filters: is a camera accessory consisting of an optical filter that can be inserted into the optical path.
  • F-Stop: shutter speed regulates how long the film is exposed to light coming through the lens.
  • Lens speed: refers to the maximum aperture diameter, or minimum f-number, of a photographic lens.
  • Iris: a flat, colored, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye, with an adjustable circular opening (pupil) in the center.
  • Zoom and Zoom Ratio: Determine how much or little of the scene you are photographing.
  • Manually: Work or done by hand or machine.
  • Automatically: Done of produced at if by machine.
  • Depth of Field: the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects the at give an image judged to be in focus in a camera.
  • Angle of View: seen through a lens for a given sensor-size. With a full-frame sensor a lens gives the same angle of view as it would on a 35mm film camera. With a smaller sensor, the angle of view becomes smaller.
  • Wide angle lens: Wide angle of view, seen a lot.
  • Image Stabilization: reduce blurring associated with the motion of a camera or other imaging device during exposure.
  • Longer lens: make distant objects appear magnified with magnification increasing as longer focal length lenses are used.


Macro, Zoom, Wide Lens Photos



  • 0.0 mm
  • f/0.0
  • 1/60
  • 1250



  • ƒ/2.5
  • 50.0 mm
  • 1/80
  • 2000




  • ƒ/2.8
  • 70.0 mm
  • 1/2000
  • 200



  • ƒ/5.0
  • 150.0 mm
  • 1/160
  • 3200


Wide Angle


  • ƒ/8.0
  • 21.0 mm
  • 1/400
  • 100



  • ƒ/3.5
  • 18.0 mm
  • 1/800
  • 100



What I Learned

I learned about camera lenses and how it takes different photos. There are a few problems here and there like we didn’t know how to take a good photo with some lenses. Editing this project was harder than some of the others because it was the first time I had use the sound room.

Portfolios: Being Prepared for the Future

I read that good portfolios have an index, your personal skills and achievement with a variety of examples from your previous work, these examples should show your strength. The quality of the portfolio is better than the quantity. Employers don’t spend much time looking at the portfolio. It is easier to put the portfolio on a website because it is easier to access. For my future portfolio, the work from this class I would put in is the videos I have made, the pictures I took, and my Photoshopping photos.

Composition Projects


We made a slideshow showing different composition rules like the rule of thirds, lines, balance, simplicity, framing and many more.

My Slideshow

What I Learned

I learned what the rules of composition are, how they are used, when they should be used, and what it can do to pictures. We wanted to do a video but it turned out to be too long to film and we didn’t have enough people so we decided to make a slideshow.



Photoshop Basics


In this project, I used different tools in Photoshop CS6. Also, if we used a Creative Commons photo, we have to keep it Creative Common if we change anything to the photo  Mr. Le Duc took photos of students then we used Photoshop to change it in some way. The first tool I used in Photoshop is the Quick Selection tool. It automatically selects an area in the photo on where you click your mouse. Another tool is the Eraser tool, as its name, it erases. A tool like the eraser is the Masking tool. Its like the Eraser tool because if you paint black, it erases but if you paint white it restores the part of the photo you’re clicking. One of the best tools on Photoshop is the Transform tool, you can scale, warp or just change the photo in many weird ways, like the photos below I use the Transform tool to change my face to fit Demi’s face. The Zoom tool was also helpful to zoom in on the photo to make the small changes.

Before Pictures

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 After Picture



What I Learned

I learned a lot about using Photoshop. I made a background, morphed my face, put my face on Demi Lovato, and many more things. I liked how you can do almost anything with Photoshop. However, some tools like the pen was hard to use, I tried it but it didn’t work correctly. Then I found a tutorial on making a background. It showed on video where to drag the mouse to make the letter “S”. I found out the video tutorials are better for me. I could follow the mouse to see where they are clicking.



Self Portrait Examples



I really like this picture. It seems really cool and weird at the same time. I’d like to try and make one of these picture myself. It kinda tricked my mind a little.


The first thing I saw was the shining water droplets (or is it even water droplets) and how clear you can see it. I don’t know if its Photoshopped or something but i really liked how the water droplets looked.

Camera Operation and Control


My group and I had to film and edit a video that is about different parts of the camera, how it affects photos , how to use them, and  what does it do.


  1. Brainstorm/Learn Skills (Monday) – 12/8
  2. Brainstorm/Film (Tuesday) – 12/9
  3. Film (Wednesday) – 12/10
  4. Film (Thursday) – 12/11
  5. Film (Friday) – 12/12
  6. Edit (Monday) – 12/15
  7. Edit (Tuesday) – 12/16
  8. Blog (Wednesday) – 12/17
  9. Be Done or Almost (Thursday) – 12/18
  10. Present Work (Friday) – 12/19


What I Learned

I learned different parts in and outside of the camera. One problem is where I need to voice over the video. Luckily I have a headphone with a mic. So I didn’t have to wait for a turn in the sound room. On one part of the video, we needed to delete the voice over but I didn’t bring my headphones so my group just added words.


Camera Angles and Emotion


My group filmed a video using at least six different camera angles to show emotion. To start, we brainstormed some ideas on what to do. We did shots after shots to get the right scene and use as much different camera angles we could. After we edited the clips we filmed and exported to the desktop, we posted the video on YouTube for our class to watch.


  1. (0:00 – 0:06) 360 reveal – to show what is about to happen in the video
  2. (0:12 – 0:16) Dolly Across – About to change the perspective or camera to be facing towards Dzung
  3. (0:17 – 0:28) Handheld – So it feels like Dzung pushes his emotion  or wanting to win more to the viewers
  4. (0:28 – 0:31) Quick Push in – Changes the mood of Nghia, not really a surprise but a Strong look on his face the quick push in just adds on to that.
  5. (0:43 – 0:48) Low shot – To feel like Dzung is in or have more power over Nghia . To make it look like he’s stronger than Nghia.
  6. (0:52 – 0:54) Zolly – Changes the emotion of Nghia from scared to strong. The emotion builds up to 0:52 then releases.


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What I learned

I learned that the different camera angles or camera techniques can show or push the emotion from the video to the viewers. I also learned when I need to use the camera angles just to make the video better. I learned that some of the Camera techniques were harder to do by hand without a Glide-cam Stabilizer. There was only 2 people in our group, and both me and Dzung were dancing so we had to get someone to film us both when we were on camera, it took a while to find someone free to film but we managed to do it.


Camera Angles and Emotion Notes


  • Crane shot– camera shot moving down, bringing viewer into the subject matter or character’s world
  • Rising up– camera rises making character feel smaller and making obstacle feel bigger to overcome
  • High shot to low shot– makes character feel bigger, or feel of authority and confidence
  • Handheld camera (moving behind object or character)- can stir a feeling of uneasiness or danger (shaky, unsettling)
  • Quick pan– surprise or new change of the story, new context or element
  • Quick push in– feeling of surprise or shock (view on subject’s reaction)
  • Slow Dolly– moving camera in, causing tension or to share emotion with character
  • Slow Dolly Out– showcases feeling of lost or abandonment
  • Dolly Cross– reveals something that changes the emotion, changes perspective and mood
  • Handheld– more edgy than glide cam, pushes emotion in your face
  • Glide cam– clean 360 reveal, but can build tension and temptation for something that’s about to happen
  • Zolly– zooming dolly, background gets larger or smaller, character size stays the same, (move camera closer and change the lens simultaneously), creates great emotional build up


Depth of Field

  • Rim light – light coming from behind the person