Who is your audience? What is the story you are trying to tell? How can you improve the visuals? Students in the May Term Videography course with Professor Lisa Carponelli are learning to answer these questions as they develop video for assignments and personal use.
This course is primarily designed for students with majors outside of the Communication and Media Studies department. Students this term come from diverse majors such as Sports Management, Environmental Science, Marketing and Management.
Professor Carponelli wants these students to be able to go beyond the typical shaky one shot video that is the norm these days. In the future, they will be making short promotional videos for their start-up businesses or non-profit employers or they might be making a home video of their kids, in either case, they will know some of the basics of how to make a good, compelling, story-telling video.
The course includes a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Already this term, the students have done some filming at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines to practice sequence building as well as developing their understanding of the Ken Burns effect using still photography in video. Upcoming assignments include a trip to the downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market to make a video telling a story of the market and the development of a video for The Simpson Experience.
We’ll follow up with some of the students next week as they finish these projects to find out more about their work and what they have learned in the class.
Professor Lisa Carponelli-Lovell is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies. She came to Simpson in 2008 after working at WOI-TV in Des Moines as a reporter and anchor for a number of years. She teaches a number of courses in the department in the area of writing and producing video as well as some public speaking courses.
May Term at Simpson is a three week term which follows the normal spring semester. This shortened term allows professors to teach a topic of current interest in depth. For more information about the Simpson College curriculum, check out the curriculum website here: http://simpson.edu/academics/may-term/