Upload Lesson 1 – Documenting Life

Upload your video to the video hosting site of your choice and then enter the link in the comments with a brief descriptive title.

Feel free to take a look at what some of the other students in the class are doing. After watching their film, I would encourage you to write constructive thoughts on what you saw.
Always use a variation on the Golden Rule: “Say unto others what you’d like people to say unto you.” That is, don’t say snarky, critical, mean, ugly, unpleasant things. You wouldn’t want people saying those things to you, right?
Here are few helpful guidelines for critiquing films:

1) Avoid simply saying “I like it!” or “Great” or “Neat!” Instead, find something specific that you can praise. For instance, “I like how you framed the action to the left side and left the large building on the right to create an ominous feel.” Be specific in your praise.

2) Avoid saying “I don’t like it” or “This doesn’t work.” Instead, be specific. For instance, “I think you could have used medium shots to show the conversation instead of an extreme long shot.”

3) If you are going to say something critical, always say something honestly positive first. For instance, “I really appreciated how you accelerated the montage in that chase sequence, but perhaps you might want to consider using a wider shot instead of just closeups since all the fast camera motion made me a bit nauseous.”

Finally, a word to you, the filmmaker: you will need to have tough skin if you want to be in this business. Everyone has an opinion, and that’s just life. Ultimately, you are going to have to go with your gut. And you’re always going to have people say that what you do isn’t great. Ignore them. ?

All said, my hope is that we will create a nice little community discussion around the films that are shot, providing helpful and honest feedback for everyone.

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64 thoughts on “Upload Lesson 1 – Documenting Life

  1. ANTS, https://vimeo.com/421020031
    Hi, my name is Gabriel. this is my lock down video.

    1. Hi Lara, the link doesn’t seem to be working. Can you try posting it again?

  2. Here is my video. – Hannah

    https://vimeo.com/392553099

  3. Actually the link to the film is: https://vimeo.com/367338860

  4. Hello. My name is Matthew, and here is my first still camera video! https://vimeo.com/362661476

  5. Hello, this is Natalie. Here’s my video titled “Aviation”. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/360556806

  6. This is Sara Jo and here is my video called “Bubbles”: https://vimeo.com/360637847

  7. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/360145548

    You may need to copy and paste the link. My name is Lauren.

  8. https://vimeo.com/360407974
    Our backyard farm as we get ready for the winter crops coming. Mixing dirt, our chickens, orange juice, the dog and some of the plants around.

  9. My real name is brent

    1. I like the angle of the cars in view. It captured to image of motion perfectly! Great job!
      -Sara Jo

  10. https://vimeo.com/354739546
    Yo world, my name is actually Ethan,
    Password: compass

  11. https://vimeo.com/351688261
    A little film of a pretty butterfly on a flower.

    1. You videotaped such a clever close-up scene of a butterfly on a flower. You really made sure the butterfly did not know you were there by being silent; otherwise, the video would be ruined. Good Video!

      1. from Lauren

  12. Sorry
    forgot to take out the sound
    https://vimeo.com/344921054
    Darius

    1. I liked how the objects in the foreground were arranged. Six ducklings along with their parents, a colorful pinwheel, and a beautifully spotted bench all decorated the yard. It’s hard to imagine what the yard would look like without those objects. Great Video!

      -Lauren

    1. You aced the position changes that focused on the boy! Plus, I loved that funny ending.

      -Sara Jo

    2. I liked how the objects in the foreground were arranged. Six ducklings along with their parents, a colorful pinwheel, and a beautifully spotted bench all decorated the yard. It’s hard to imagine what the yard would look like without those objects. Great Video!

      -Lauren

      1. Oops wrong video

    1. Here is my video with a better font at beginning

  13. This is not my video I’m sorry I didn’t mean to send this

    1. this is my video

  14. https://vimeo.com/311977930
    this is my filming an action assignment
    the password is: action

    1. I really liked the use of breathtaking scenery I would LOVE to live there! Plus, I enjoyed watching the ant-like cars passing by over the bridge.
      -Sara Jo

  15. This is Landon. NOT Autumn. That is my mom… 🙂 https://vimeo.com/309512095?activityReferer=1

    1. Hey Landon! I love your video! It is SO fascinating the way you used fire to make the newspaper fly like a hot air ballon. I would totally want to try that someday. You did an excellent job capturing the soaring, burnt newspaper crumbling to bits in the air. Last, I love the way you followed the newspaper as it flew into the air with the camera.

      – Natalie

    1. Hey Jo! This is Natalie. I just love your video especially the way you captured the natural beauty in the flowing water. Keep up the excellent work!

  16. Hello! Here is my one action film. https://vimeo.com/299902036

    1. My name is Emma – Stacey is my mom, haha.

  17. Pink Fountains by Rye Wren
    Aletheia Academy Student 3/3
    https://vimeo.com/301935334

  18. FLOW by Logan Aleece
    Aletheia Academy Student 2/3
    https://vimeo.com/301928255

  19. Fountains Downtown by Fisher Kai
    Aletheia Academy Student 1 of 3
    https://vimeo.com/301223104

  20. Cars on Road – by Amanda Prince
    https://vimeo.com/299111926
    (continuous action)

  21. This is my video of a continuous action.

    https://vimeo.com/298009521

    1. Just to let you know, my real name is Jesse. I’m just using my mom’s email.

  22. https://vimeo.com/292414613

    A funny video of our guinea pig– Samuel and Andrew

    1. The road at night was captured beautifully despite light rays from the lamp post and vehicles blocking parts of the background. The rays added more light to the night scene, making the background easier to see. Nice Video!

      1. from Lauren

  23. The View of the Highway – By George Kroeker
    https://vimeo.com/289957557

    1. I really like the ‘overhead’ shot of the road– it gives a wonderful POV of the whole area. Plus the simplicity of the setting is really beautiful.

    1. This is Natalie. I love the little ants attacking the worm. Your video is truly action packed. You were also very good at angling the camera just right so that everyone could see the ants attacking the worm up close. That’s not very easy to do but you mastered it! Love it!

  24. https://vimeo.com/289945835
    Here’s my video! Thanks Evy and Caleb for staring!

  25. https://vimeo.com/289945835 Here is the link to my One Action film!

    1. Love the transition between the shots. The trees, sky, and neighborhood is aesthetically pleasing. And the action was well done– I was engaged the whole time.

      -Hannah R

    1. My name is not Nellie, it’s actually Ian. I am just using my mother’s email to get into this, (so you don’t get confused.)

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