“This I Believe” Project

23 Oct

Each of us lives according to beliefs we hold, beliefs that define who we are and that guide our choices. For this assignment, students will interview people inside and outside of school to create a narrative that will provide insight about a personal belief on one or more of the following topics: sex, dating, marriage, gender, social identity, or personality. For the end product, students will create a 3-minute video that reflects one of these beliefs.

“This I Believe” Project:
You will be responsible for collecting footage inside and outside of class/school. You will need to import your footage from your camera and then put it in iMovie. You will be expected to work with a partner to edit your “This I Believe” footage. You should be prepared to present your film for feedback on Monday, 10/20.

Just a quick note about file types — iMovie is only compatible with .MP4 and .MOV file extensions. If your file is not compatible with iMovie, you will need to convert the footage using Zamzar.

Project Expectations:

  • Work with your partner on your assigned unfrozen computer
  • blue bear = frozen // red bear = unfrozen
  • Transfer your “This I Believe” footage to your desktop
  • Import your “This I Believe” footage into iMovie:
      • Create a “New Project”: iMovie > File > New Project
      • Import your Footage: File > Import > Movies > Desktop
      • Convert files to .Mov or .MP4 if necessary: http://www.zamzar.com
  • Work with your partner to edit your “This I Believe” footage using iMovie
  • Each person is responsible for completing one edited film
  • Your completed “This I Believe” video should be about 3-minutes
      • Make a storyboard if useful
      • Include voiceovers, transitions, titles and music
      • Incorporate “Cultural Probes” from your subject
  • Export to desktop // upload to vimeo // post to wordpress

As a comment on WordPress, post your group members names, your project idea, why you chose this particular topic, how you will incorporate what you learned in class and interview questions.

16 Responses to ““This I Believe” Project”

  1. Francesca Fay October 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Here’s a quick list of film shots:

    Establish Shot: In film, a camera shot that estabilshes a scene, often as a long shot.

    Long Shot: Head to toe shot; distance between the camera and the actor is fairly long.

    Medium Shot: Waist up shot; camera is close enough that we can see facial expressions.

    Close-Up: Shoulder up shot; camera tightly frames a person or object.

    Extreme Close-Up: Frames a partial view of the subject.

    Eye-Level Shot: Filmed straight on.

    High-Angle Shot: Camera points downward on a subject.

    Low-Angle Shot: Camera points upward on a subject.

    Over the Shoulder: Filmed over the should of one character to reveal two other characters in the scene.

    Point of View: Shot from the perspective of the actor.

  2. slt4212 October 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Lianna’s Beliefs video:

  3. Kassandra Diaz October 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Group: Kassandra and DJ
    Project Idea: Dating/ Relationships
    Why: We chose this topic because since we have to ask questions, we actually have a lot of questions to ask about this topic and we are really interested on the answers other people have.
    How: We will use the lesson we were taught about the different shots we can take, how to use imovie to make the movie, and we will ask questions such as “What do you think about relationships?” “Do you think they are worth having at the age of 16?” “Do you think a relationship can be real at the age of 16?” etc.

  4. sjs5280 October 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Group Members: Deniece Brown, Jovanna Shaw

    Project Idea: Our project is about dating and how it’s incorporated in teenagers’ life. We choose this topic in order to see how dating varies among NYC teens. This relates to what we learned in class because studying areas in culture, such as becoming a man or a women means different things in different cultures we wanted to investigation how dating/ a cultural idea could mean different things in one culture instead of in series of cultures.

  5. joseph simone October 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Yazmin Santana, Salina Phillip, Kathy Salce, and Joseph Simone

    We chose “Social Identity” and “personality” for our two topics
    We chose these two topics because social Identitity and personality is a huge part in the life of a sixteen year old. It shapes what they do, how they act, and the reasons behind that action. Social Identity is how you are known in society and your personality is similar because people view you based on your personal characteristics. We would like to see how Sixteen year olds became who they are known for today and why. We will be asking other sixteen year olds about, how their identity is formed. We will also be asking them, What makes them who they are today.

  6. stl4971 October 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Corey and Tim

    Social+Personal Identity
    How do you define personality?
    Do you view your self as an individual or as one of the crowd?
    How does someone shape their personality?
    Do you pick your friends or do your friends depend on if you have similar personalities?

  7. sen1547 October 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    My group members are thomas, sybilla, and rex.
    my group has decided to do our ” I believe” video on social identity, because it is one of the only topics where a controlling idea can be derived from for people who are sixteen and their culture. We are planning a out asking about social identity, how facbook and other social networking sights like myspace affect that status, and what social group or identity the person being interviewed feels that they have allied themselves with.

  8. sjo9572 October 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Amanda Nicholson and Jose Ovalle

    Idea: Our group project is about dating and how it benefits or hinders people. Are relationships productive or counter productive? In class we learned about dating and marriage in other societies. In each of these societies it is obviously different from ours. The reasons and consequences of dating are different. We also ask about the people’s views on monogamy and polygamy. Why do you think monogamy is set in the west like it is? What do you think about monogamy and polygamy? Which do you prefer? Does dating/being in a relationship make you more mature or developed than others? All of these questions would have various answers depending on your upbringing and beliefs.

  9. divnae October 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm #
  10. Kassandra Diaz October 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm #
  11. Jose O. October 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm #


  12. ssm7369 October 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Steve, Stephanie, and Kevin’s “This I Believe”


    • sjs5280 October 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      Jovanna and Deniece

  13. josephsimone October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    “This I Believe”
    Salina, Yazmin, Kathy, and Joe

  14. sjv0367 October 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Jayleen and Yamil’s “This I Believe: Sex”

  15. sar9647 October 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Adian, Sybilla, Thomas, and Rex’s “This I Believe: Social Personality”

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