VOTING HAS BEGUN

Joe Randeen

My goal was to watch, grade, and provide feedback on all the student submitted films prior to the Winter break so that we could vote for the TOP THREE BEST HOLIDAY GRATITUDE MICROFILMS.  Unfortunately, I ran out of time AND I needed the two-week break as well. The overall goal was to select the two best films from each period. 

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ABCUSD 2020 Performing Arts Winter Showcase

Joe Randeen

If you missed this amazing virtual concert, do yourself a favor, grab yourself something warm to drink, turn up the volume, and enjoy the amazing talent of ABC USD students.  The holiday’s come alive in song and dance. Hosted by band directors Mr.  Darren Loney and Matthew Gullett, musicians, singers, and dancers from all over our district, perform on this

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Don’t Do Nothing

Joe Randeen

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” I’m pretty sure that Theodore Roosevelt was not referring to filmmaking when he made this statement, I will relate it back to that subject. To overstate the obvious,

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Rising Phoenix

Joe Randeen

If you want to get inspired, I’ve got a documentary for you – Rising Phoenix. Featuring nine Paralympians from across the world, this cutting-edge movie tells the Paralympic Games’ remarkable story from the rubble of World War II until becoming the third biggest sporting event on the planet. ‘Rising Phoenix’ examines how the Paralympics have sparked a global movement throughout

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First Newscast

Joe Randeen

As we are all aware, distance learning is not easy on students and teachers (and families for that matter).  Our TV Broadcasting students have been especially saddened that they can’t get into our amazing student to create our Newscasts.  But, true to form, my students will and do overcome adversities. A few weeks into our school year I asked the

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Comic-Con

Joe Randeen

Comic-Con@Home will be held on the same dates as the previously canceled Comic-Con, July 22-26, 2020 San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual comics and pop culture convention Comic-Con, today shared details for an initiative in the works, Comic-Con@Home, an online event that will combine aspects of the convention experience with the comforts of home. Circumstances involving the COVID-19

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Finishing Strong

Joe Randeen

Anyone that teaches knows full well how difficult the last week of school is.  Everyone is so ready for summer and if you are a senior you are ready for high school to be over.  Some of you are shaking your heads and screaming at the computer screen, “what do you mean, the last week?” I hear you. Regardless, I

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Broadcast Studio – One Step Closer

Joe Randeen

What an amazing year it’s been.  We started off the year with our new classroom and studio not quite completed.  The walls and floor were done but that was about it. Currently, we are installing the broadcast gear.  As you can tell, by the pictures below, we still have a little ways to go, but the broadcast studio will be

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Putting It All Together

Joe Randeen

Toward the end of every year students utilize their learned skills by editing professionally shot films.  The Intro class is editing a documentary and, this year, the Intermediate class is editing a comedy. We utilize films from EditStock.com. It’s a great service as it includes unedited scenes and scripts so the students can take part in real-life editing experiences. Introduction

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Ken Burns Effect – Telling A Story

Joe Randeen

Storytelling using still images is extremely difficult.  First, you have a good story, obviously.  But, even with a great story, showing still images is a quick way to lull your audience to sleep.  Just think of your favorite PowerPoint presentation – torture. So, how do filmmakers resolve this issue? You may have heard the name Ken Burns or maybe the

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