The Workshop, located in Cabell Library, has staff available to help for all aspects of video projects. Students who need help during project creation should stop by Cabell Library to get assistance from our experienced student employees.
Contact The Workshop for one-on-one consultations, class presentations, help structuring video assignments, or any other questions.
Many thanks to O.K. Keyes, Ph.D. student in Art Education at VCU, for work on this guide.
Some information adapted by permission from Video Recording at University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries and the Instructor's Guide to Media Activities from the Penn State Media Commons.
Examples below of different styles of videos. Use these as style guides or as inspiration.
This style presents the content through a fictional lens that creatively communicates the information through a story.
This style presents the content through explanation, often presenting the information as facts and figures.
This style presents the content through an investigative lens, and might include elements such as graphics, title cards, and green screen.
This style presents the content as selling points in an advertisement.
This style presents the content as a one-on-one conversation, often addressing the audience directly on a webcam.
Not only students, but instructors can be deceived by the actual amount of production time it takes to complete a simple 3-5 minute audio or video project. The times listed below reflect the array of minor and processes, including preparation, resource acquisition, and iterative post-production editing that goes into every project
|Project Type||~ Time Comitment|
|10-12 minute informal interview for podcast (minimum post-production)||½–2 hours|
|10-12 minute formal interview for podcast (maximum post-production)||1–5 hours|
|3-5 minute informal or interview Video (minimum post-production)||1–3 hours|
|3–5 minute remix/mash-up video (minimum post-production)||2–4 hours|
|3-5 minute high quality video (maximum post-production)||4–20 hours|
Ensure all aspects on the grading rubric are addressed on the assignment. Students save time in production when organization tools and techniques are shared.
|Outline||Key concepts, overall vision or approach, cast and roles, 3rd party media needed||Before production begins|
|Script||Dialogue (listed by speaker)—May be rough notes or exact dialogue to be spoken||First trimester of project|
|Storyboard||Sequential list of shots, sketches, direction||First–Middle trimester of project|
|Rough Cut||Final video editing, previewing, focus grouping||Third trimester of project|
We recommend that before the semester begins, faculty meet with a member of The Workshop to discuss the project. Library faculty and staff can help you and your students obtain the maximum benefit from this technology. It's particularly important to scheduling any in-class workshops ahead of time, and to plan ahead for the amount of studio time students will need to comforatably complete their projects.
|1||Introduce project and rubric to students||6||Production begins|
|2||Form student teams||9||Rough cut due|
|3||In-class workshop with CDS consultant||13||Video completed and submitted/published online|
|4||Outline and script due||14||Peer Critique|
This page outlines some of the resource and time requirements involved in multimedia/multimodal assignments. Just being aware of the hidden 'overhead' in such assignments can help you create better assignments, help your students create better compositions, and help you both avoid the pitfalls that mitigate the success of otherwise great work.