Project 3: Digital Video
Introduction and Learning Outcomes:
This instructional video supports student learning by explaining how to start a new game, going over how to begin and end a round, and how players complete mini-goals called phases. The directions are organized in steps that follow the way that the game is played, using both visuals and audio instructions, so the player can follow along in the same order.
After watching this video, new Phase 10 players will know how to begin a game, play a round, and complete a phase.
Music: [song name] by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License
Card art: Mattel 2012
Storyboard or Planning:
This is my storyboard for my How to Play Phase 10 video. It's fairly basic, there is an introduction with the title of the video, a close-up of a hand of cards as the voice over starts, a shot straight down of the table with added arrows to show the gameplay direction when the voiceover explains it, the image I edited with the phase 10 card and explanation, and then a couple of shots showing different aspects of gameplay and how the total score works. There would also be audio over it.
I am not sure if the video is going to be too long and lose interest, or too short and leave people confused.
Close up of cards - high angle, pan left to right
Still image of card
Extreme close-up of cards being shuffled, eye level
Close ups - dealing cards, picking cards, discarding cards, and playing a phase
POV - extreme close up of cards in hand, pull focus to shot of cards on table
Still image of card with explanations of each type of card
Text layers for title and credits
Lowered saturation and exposure for motion shot and placed behind title
Video and audio fades in and fades out
Cross dissolves between various shots
Adjusted volume of on-camera sound
Changed scale for various shots
Applied motion effect (move top to bottom, left to right) on various shots
Applied white balance
Adjusted color, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and black in various shots
Changed the speed of two shots
Dissolved to black
I enjoyed making this video, and I think that it turned out well. I was happy with how I was able to adjust the timing of the video and the audio with the vocal instructions so that they matched each other when describing each step of how to play the game. I think one of the benefits to using video for instruction is being able to use more than one type of media to help make things more clear. Being able to see how something is done and being able to hear it explained verbally at the same time, leaves less room for confusion and caters to learners who learn in different ways.
Something I would have done differently would be to set the white balance and exposure on my camera rather than use the auto mode. When ever I moved trying to set up the next shot or angle, the camera made an adjustment, making all of the shots not match in lightness and color. I spent quite a lot of time changing the different color and exposure settings in Premiere to get them to match each other better.