#The Blacklist

Topic: How video gives us an opportunity to be heard and felt not only by our peers but by the world.


Aim: Filmmaking is about telling stories. How can we tell our story through this visual medium?


Do Now: Watch the Blacklist and answer the following questions.

The Black List is a series of films created from 2008 through 2010 as part of The Black List Project conceived by photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, offering new insight from african americans across various professions


1. Could you relate to this video? Why/Why not?

` I believe I can relate to this video because its true black people just can’t win agaisnt the whites. For example Travon Martin. His justice wasn’t served agaisnt his killer. His killer was set free. Martin Luther King Jr had a dream that blacks and whites could be together hand in hand, but instead of taking out his dream the black people seperate themselves and beef into categories like lightskin, brownskin, and darkskin.

2. How do you feel about the simplicity of the the composition and framing? Why do you think the director chose to do this?

` The simplicity of the composition and framing is smart. I think the director choose to do this to keep the audience intrested and focused on the main aspects. 

3. What camera shots/angles were used and how did the variation of shots affect the feel and message of the video?

` Medium, close-up, midshot  The variation of shots affect and feel the message of the video because it gives that little bit of repect and power to the blacks. 

4. What was the main message of this video?

` Racism still exsist today; There should always be equality in every situation & Life is hard 

5. Do you feel like most of your peers are heard and understood today?

` No, I don’t feel like most of my peers we’re heard and understood today because nobody really listens to a teenager.

6. What is a story from the life of a teenager that you think needs to be heard so that you can be understood by your peers and elders?

` I think the story of Bullying really needs to be heard so that I can be understood by my peers and elders because people don’t know when to stop. Or like when you play with your friends & after you get them back their ready to curse you out obviosly, ” If you can’t handle the heat STAY OUT THE KITCHEN ! ”   


#Everything is a remix

1. “Today anybody can remix anything — music, video, photos, whatever — and distribute it globally pretty much instantly.” How does this affect the music industry and our culture?

` This affects the music industry and our culture because it can put others out of business and lack originality. Sometimes it can cause cultural diffusion. 

2. ” The opening and closing sections of “Bring it on Home” by Led Zeppelin are lifted from a tune by Willie Dixon entitled — not coincidentally — “Bring it on Home.” ” Where do you draw the line between rip-offs and remixers in music?

` You draw the line between rip-offs and remixers in music when the credit is being due. When the remixer gets more famous for something you created.

3. Is art about more than just the creator? How can a remix be used as a form of communication?

` I believe art is more than just the creator, because anybody can create something. Some people think alike. But art depends more on how much quality and hard work was put into it. A remix can be used as a form of communication because sometimes people use remix to battle it out on who’s got the sicker lyrics. 

#Video Critiques

1.  Camera Shots (10 points)

a)  Did the group use all shots appropriately Yes/No

` Khalon’s Group :Yes

` Anthony’s Group : Somewhat

` Nzinga’s Group : No 

b) What shots are missing 

` Khalon’s Group : None

` Anthony’s Group : None

` Nzinga’s Group : One

c) What extra angles and movements were used? 

` Khalon’s Group : Close up, faceshot  etc.

` Anthony’s Group : Faceshot, Longshot, etc.

` Nzinga’s Group : Longshot, cowboyshot etc.



2. Common Mistake (10 points)

a) What mistakes that we learned  did you notice?

` Khalon’s Group : Shakkycam 

` Anthony’s Group : Too much headroom, extra shot, shakkycam

` Nzinga’s Group : Head was cut off



3.  Content

a) Clear Concept and structure Yes/No

 ` Khalon’s Group : The video wasn’t that clear but it is entertaining 

` Anthony’s Group : Concept was clear 

` Nzinga’s Group : Video wasn’t clear 

b)  What was the message that the scene portrayed?

` Khalon’s Group : The boy took the girl’s water.

` Anthony’s Group : The boy owed him money.

` Nzinga’s Group : I don’t even know



4. I would rate this video ___________ out of 10

 ` Khalon’s Group : 9

` Anthony’s Group : 8

` Nzinga’s Group : 6



5. Constructive Comments

` Khalon’s Group : Your video was nice, but try making the concept clearer.

` Anthony’s Group : The concept was clear, good senario.

` Nzinga’s Group : The video isn’t clear 

1.  Camera Shots (10 points)

a)  Did the group use all shots appropriately ? Yes/No

` Welcome to the hood : No

` A Friend In Need : Yes

` Khalon : Yes

` Cheating on a test : Yes

b) What shots are  missing ?

` Welcome to the hood : 3 shots

` A Friend In Need : None

` Khalon : None

` Cheating on a test :  1 shot

c) What extra angles and movements were used ?

` Welcome to the hood : Pan, Doly forward

` A Friend In Need : Pan

` Khalon : low angle shot, looks lost

` Cheating on a test : Camera is sideways

2. Common Mistake (10 points)

a) What mistakes that we learned  did you notice?

` Welcome to the hood :

` A Friend In Need : Leadroom

` Khalon : shakkycam

` Cheating on a test : Shakkycam

3.  Content

` Welcome to the hood :

` A Friend In Need :

` Khalon :

` Cheating on a test :

a) Clear Concept and structure Yes/No

 ` Welcome to the hood : No clear content and structure

` A Friend In Need : Clear content and structure

` Khalon : Clear content and structure

` Cheating on a test : Clear and content structure

b)  What was the message that the scene portrayed?

 ` Welcome to the hood : Two girls we’re talking smack and got tripped.

` A Friend In Need : A Sad Girl Needed A Friend

` Khalon : A girl brushed past the girl and she got tite

4. I would rate this video ___________ out of 10

 ` Welcome to the hood : 5

` A Friend In Need : 8

` Khalon : 9

` Cheating on a test : 8

5. Constructive Comments

 ` Welcome to the hood : The video was nice bwas nice, but i didn’t get the message

` A Friend In Need : The video was good.

` Khalon : This viedeo was very creative.

` Cheating on a test : Be original

#Shots and Angles


Extreme close up: Emphasizes a portion of the face, a small detail.

Close up : Close-up (often of a face). Draws attention to detail, especially facial reaction.

Medium close up: Figure framed from the chest up.

Medium shot : Figure framed from the waist up.

Extreme long shot : Also known as ‘establishing shot’. Indicates the environment and places the human figure in a setting.



Low angle shot : Camera positioned low, looking up. Emphasizes the size of the object in frame.

High angle shot : Camera positioned high, looking down. Emphasizes the vulnerability of the object or person in focus.

Point of view shot : A shot from the perspective of a character i.e.; seeing it through their eyes.

#When Producing A Video

Do now:


read  article- http://www.videomaker.com/article/15678-getting-great-video-from-a-mobile-phone


1. Why is it important to understand composition and framing when producing video?

` It is important to understand composition and framing when producing a video because it can help make the video better and high quality.  

2. What are some common mistakes when shooting video on cell phones.

` Some common mistakes when shooting videos on cell phones are not getting the right shot, headroom, shaky cam, and out of focus.

3. What are some tips for getting great video from a cell phone

` Some tips for getting great video from a cell phone are to keep your cellphone mounted, understand dymamic range, silhouette, editing and good camera app, right filters, get a good lighting also get clear audio and video.

#Is Youtube revolutionizing entertainment?

Do now:

1. Describe the style of the video we saw on Thursday about the teen polyglot?

` Documentary that incorporated Interviews and visual aid,

2. What are 2 similarities and differences between this video compared to TV?

` Similarities: On the scene footage and subtitles Differences: No commercial/ads and one subject

3. If you had to create your own webisode mimicking the style of the one we saw on Thursday what would it be about and who would be your subject?

` What teens really care about , my subject would be teens and life situations.

Objective: Students will learn the differences between online video content and content we see on tv today. Students will also analyze webisode elements with aims to create their own.

Mini Lesson: Students will watch video “Are Youtubers Revolutionizing Entertainment?”

Over the past 8 years, YouTube has given birth to an increasingly sophisticated entertainment culture that operates outside of the traditional television and film ecosystem. With humble roots in charismatic and creative people simply sharing their lives, thoughts, and humor, YouTube entertainment has diversified and grown into tens of thousands of unique channels with millions of loyal fans.


1.Students will write down 7 things you found interesting or that you learned from the video.

  • Anyone who watches a video can make one
  • YouTube has super fast feedback content .
  • People rediscovered what it meant to connect to an audience.
  • An entire career can be built on YouTube.
  • It feels like your talking to another person when your watching a video
  • Engagement is really important !
  • You get to be part of something !

2. tweet comment on video.

3.Answer Aim?

 ` I believe YouTube is a revolutionizing entertainment because it has changed the world. Especially Television ! According to Facebook, more teens would rather watch a vine video than watch television. To me if it weren’t for YouTube, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to catch the things they missed out on. Most of the time YouTube is a very great resource. I use it all the time !


Students will read article on the future of web video http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/23/9-predictions-for-online-video-in-2014/

1. Do you agree with all 9 predictions for the future of online video?

2. Which ones do you agree with most and why?

3. Which ones do you disagree with and why?

#Polygot Thnkr Video

1. Consider the title and subject of the report. Does the headline/title accurately reflect the 
content of the story? Was the subject interesting?

` "Teen speaks over 20 languages" this headline/title accurately reflects the content of the story because he talks about the different types of languages and why he likes to speak them, but he . Tome,to be honest I didn't find this very interesting because it's cool that he learned 20 language,but for a person like me it would take forever to try and learn one language.

2. Story Basics:
Who is this story written about?
` Tim Doner
Who is the target audience?
` The target audience is to those who want to speak different languages.

What is this story about?
` A boy who taught himself to speak over 20 languages.

Where does this story take place?
` Flushing Queens, New York

When does this story take place?
` 2013

Why is it important that this story is told?
` It is important that this story is told to inspire people about how learning different languages is beneficial to your life.

How is it newsworthy?
` This is newsworthy because not many people can speak 20 languages.

2a. What were the 3 best parts about this story and what 3 parts were the least effective?
Best Parts
1. When Tim was speaking to the can driver
2. The ending, where Tim spoke in different languages
3. The part when he was learning Japanese

Least Effective Parts
1. His parents weren't surprised
2. Him in the store or library

3. As a whole, where you engaged? What specifically interested you? If you felt the story was too
long what would you choose to cut?

` As a whole,I was pretty engaged. What specifically interested was that he could speak 20 languages.

4. During the interviews in the video, did they hold your interest or were they too long? Give
specific examples from the video.

`During the interviews in the video with the cab driver, they held my interest because i could understand what he's saying.

5. Where the visuals interesting? What got your attention? Were there too many shots that were
similar to each other or was there a good variety? Use specific examples.

` Yes, the visuals interesting. What got my attention was the map because they color coded each language he knew.

6. Could you tell if the interviewer had picked a “side” in the story they were telling? Explain
why you answered yes or no to this question about objectivity.

` I couldn't tell if the interviewer had picked a “side” in the story they were telling, because this video just wasn't clear to me.