First Deaf/Blind Actor

Joe Randeen

I’m a big fan of OMELETO, a YouTube Channel featuring some of the best short films.  This morning I spent some time looking through some of the films and I came across FEELING THROUGH, a story of a deaf/blind man and a homeless teen.  First of all, it’s a very touching movie but what really impacted me was a documentary that

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Visions of Light

Joe Randeen

There are so many different things to keep in mind when you are putting together a film.  For beginning filmmakers, this is especially stressful. One thing that consistently seems to take a backseat is CINEMATOGRAPHY. Visions of Light is a documentary that examines an often overlooked element of filmmaking: the role of cinematography. It includes interviews with various cinematographers, credited

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Most and Least Useful Kitchen Utensils

Joe Randeen

I love cooking.  There is something relaxing and creative about the process of making a great meal.  There are a couple of kitchen utensils that I could not do without. I thought it would be fun to ask the students what they thought were the Most and Least Useful Kitchen Utensils.  Here’s what they said.

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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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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Thankfulness

Joe Randeen

On Monday, the first day back from Thanksgiving break, I asked my TV Broadcasting to make a short video telling us what they are thankful for, this year.  Despite this unprecedented year of so many hardships, there are still silver linings.   Hope you enjoy it.

Halloween Microfilms

Joe Randeen

Student Halloween Microfilms Not to overstate the obvious, virtual school has so many challenges. I would be so bold that even more so for a Film Production class.  Since the students can’t come on campus, they are extremely limited in equipment, no cameras, lighting, microphones, etc. What they do have are their cell phones and their imagination. The students have

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Micro Films Exercise

Joe Randeen

In teaching the students about HOW to use camera shots, angles and movement in order to tell a more compelling story, we start off with a Micro Film exercise. Students are given a short script. Students choose 4 film genres. Using each genre the students use camera shots, angles and movements to help the script tell a story. To the

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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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How Easy Is Editing?

Joe Randeen

Far too often I run across people who think that what we do, as editors, is really easy and if you have a good software it’s even easier.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. This is probably the first thing students discover when they enter my classroom. Granted, this is a universal truth, that nothing is easy if you

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