Video Production – In-class Assignment

Today for the first half of class, we will run through basic operation of a DSLR for video production, and then each of you (in groups) will shoot a short video. The video will be a companion piece to a story being produced by your organization about Land Grant Films, a documentary production house being created at the University of Tennessee.

The author of the print piece has provided you with the press release she received from the university.

Oct. 28, 2015

UT Professor Launches Philanthropic Documentary Brand

KNOXVILLE — The Medal of Honor Project, a collaboration between University of Tennesee, Knoxville, School of Journalism and Electronic Media and the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, sparked an interest in directing for a UT journalism professor.

Nick Geidner, assistant professor of journalism, is launching and directing a new project he’s calling Land Grant Films, a logical extension of the Medal of Honor project, also directed by Geidner. The project is based in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

“My goal with Land Grant Films is to provide students with real world documentary
experience while getting them engaged in organizations and issues that affect the community,” said Geidner.

The project will provide students with real-world experience in documentary storytelling and also give local non-profits video assets that can be used to raise awareness and funds for their cause.

Land Grant Films already has several projects in the works. They are working on films for several local organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, Metropolitan Drug Commission, Tennessee Paracycle Open and Joy of Music School.

“Students involved in our films get to work on all aspects of the production, from running camera and conducting interviews to scripting and editing the film,” said Geidner. “It is an intense, hands-on experience that gets the students ready for a job in the video production field.”

For more information on Land Grant Films, visit

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A producer has reached out to Geidner and he has agreed to an interview at his office. He is very, very important, so you will only have 15 minutes to interview him and shoot b-roll all the necessary b-roll.

I will post each groups’ raw video to Vimeo. From the raw video you will write a script.