Your one-stop pit stop for all info on SA training/equipment rental to film your videos.
Step 1: RSVP for the SA filming workshop at the New Media Center.
Please email Paula Brett at the Princeton New Media Center (NMC) to RSVP for a special Walk-In Workshop workshop (approximately 20 minutes duration), introducing your SA team to the essential operating principles of digital filming (camera use, lighting, and sound recording).
NOTE: At least two members from each SA student team must attend this workshop. Attendance from your full SA team is not required (although we recommend it). We will be workshopping with Media Services rental equipment, i.e. the very equipment available to you for rental and later use, so this is a very practical workshop session that will make your subsequent start-up activities, a lot easier!
Step 2: review the NMC storyboarding primer
Please review the following 5-page primer on storyboarding before showing up for your workshop. It's a quickie, lots of pictures, this won't take long.
You can download the primer here:
Step 3: please show-up for your walk-in with 20-25 minutes to spare.
The New Media Center is located on the ground floor of Lewis Library. You can confirm the location of Lewis Library here in the PU interactive campus map.
Step 4: once you're introduced to a Writing Mentor, arrange for a Storyboarding Meeting.
Once you and your team have completed your storyboard, contact your Writing Mentor and arrange a time to meet for half an hour, to review your storyboard. Try to arrange this meeting before the end of Week 10 (Thanksgiving week), as most of you will begin to get busy with final term papers or final exam preparations after Thanksgiving.
Step 5: your video production is underway (Nov 16, 2013 - April 20, 2014)
Plan out your storyboard in as much detail as possible, so that you know exactly what sorts of props to acquire in advance and be prepared to complete your film shoot in 1-3 days of filming, at the most.
Bring bills for any productions expenses incurred, as they accumulate, to Margie Duncan at the Princeton Writing Program (Baker Hall S002). Do not wait to file your reimbursements until next April, bring your bills in as the expenses accrue. Please email Margie Duncan to set up an appointment time for dropping off your bills, do not show up unannounced.
Plan in advance (before you leave for Christmas Break) for which dates your team will plan to rent the following items from Princeton Media Services:
- a High Definition digital camera ("Digital DV Camcorder"),
- a camera tripod ("Camcorder Tripod")
- a lighting kit ("Student Video Lighting Kit"), and
- a sound kit ("PZM Mic" or "Wired Lavalieres").
NOTE: Some of you may decide to begin filming before the end of Fall semester. Many other courses on campus assign end-of-term video projects, so it's essential to plan ahead and reserve your equipment for filming during the weeks after Fall/Spring Break (weeks 7-11). Equipment can be rented by calling Media Services at (609) 258-3196, or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The equipment rental charges for items 1-4 can be be found here.
Supplemental Workshop events: please refer to the right sidebar for location, dates and rsvp info to attend a number of supplemental/optional animation, filming or editing workshops after Spring Break, at the NMC and J Street Media Center in Wilson College. These workshops are not required, but they're highly recommended!
Step 6: screen raw footage (<3 min) at the SA Test Screening Night (Rocky/Mathey theatre in Rockefeller College)
Screen your raw film footage and get professional editorial feedback from a professional film-maker and journalist (to be announced). More info on this event coming soon.
Step 7: post-production editing workshop (after March 24)
Learn how to edit and complete production of your video. For this final workshop, you have the option of either reserving a 30-minute workshop with Paula Brett at the NMC, OR attending an open weekend workshop at the J Street Media Center (details coming soon).