Filmmaking During A Pandemic

Joe Randeen/ News & Thoughts

Aubrey Costa, Entertainment Staff Writer for Gahr Forum, did a wonderful interview with two of our filmmakers, Joyce Chung and Ashley Henan. It goes without saying that learn how to make films is difficult even in perfect conditions but during a pandemic, it is even more challenging.  I hope that you will take a moment to take a look at this video. Visit the GAHR FORUM. https://youtu.be/AQOs5glSAfk

VOTING HAS BEGUN

Joe Randeen/ Announcements, Awards, News & Thoughts, Videos

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.  The criteria were STORY, COMPOSITION, AUDIO, and LIGHTING. The thing was, I

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ABCUSD 2020 Performing Arts Winter Showcase

Joe Randeen/ Announcements, News & Thoughts

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 virtual set.  Our two hosts offer comedic interplay and a segment on

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Don’t Do Nothing

Joe Randeen/ Announcements, How-To, News & Thoughts

“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, learning filmmaking during a pandemic, virtually school environment is less than ideal,

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First Newscast

Joe Randeen/ Announcements, News & Thoughts, Newscast, Uncategorized

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 TV Broadcasting students to put together a short 60-second piece on the

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We Finished.

Joe Randeen/ News & Thoughts

When I left my classroom on March 13, I was confident that we would be returning before the end of the year, so confident that I wrote “WELCOME BACK” on my whiteboard. Needless to say, I was wrong. I’m not new to teaching Online, as I have taught Online courses for California Baptist University for over five years.  This current situation is much different though.  At Gahr HS, the courses are Film

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Painting

Joe Randeen/ News & Thoughts, Uncategorized

As with most construction projects, they take longer that we anticipate or hope. We are SO close to being ready to broadcast.  We got the main green screen hung but needed to paint for the 2nd green screen, which we started today. We are also painting a small area around the main green screen – JUST IN CASE. Studio – ALMOST done. Painting for 2nd Green Screen Painting Painting 2nd Green Screen

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Dawn of the De-Aged Actor

Joe Randeen/ News & Thoughts

The world of visual effects has grown incredibly in the last decade, even to the point of being a little scary. I came across this interesting article about how now we are making older actors look young again.  This isn’t new news but still an interesting read. While directing Will Smith in Gemini Man, in which the 51-year-old actor stars as an assassin hunted by a clone of his younger self, director Ang Lee

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Soderbergh films movie on iPhone

Joe Randeen/ Industry, News & Thoughts

Filmmakers have been using iPhones for years now.  It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to film movies.  The quality has increased as well as the availability of accessories. BeastGrip is a great resource for lenses and camera rigs. FiLMiC Pro is a fantastic phone app that will give your phone a lot of extra for filming, at the price of a fast food dinner for two. We use smartphones in our courses

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Columbia College Hollywood visits

Joe Randeen/ News & Thoughts

Today we had a wonderful visit from Columbia College Hollywood, a private, nonprofit liberal arts college focused on film, television, new media, and digital arts. Students were told about the varied programs for those interested within the film, TV and advertising industries.  The college is quite impressive. Columbia College Hollywood alumni are part of a network of entertainment media professionals who have worked in all areas of the industry, on hit television

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