Welcome to Class

Dear Students,

I’m happy you are taking this course in video editing. Desiring to learn how, or improve on, your ability to make videos is a fantastic goal, and I am here to help you do that. It’s an exciting challenge to work in video making, and I am committed to doing my best to teach and inspire the best in you.

chinese characters above a Circular gateway in white wall with orchard beyondWith all the ways you have to learn things in this world, Why would you take this course? I can tell you why I still take classes myself: 1. because I procrastinate, and school forces me to take action toward my dreams, 2. because I do better work in a community of other people who want to create, too. and 3. it helps me organize and focus so my improvement is accelerated beyond what I could accomplish alone. Maybe some of these apply to you as well.

This is a project based course, which emphasizes learning by doing. You’ll be presented with the skills and knowledge necessary to edit, and then you’re off making videos to hone your skills.  We will learn from each other as well as professionals in the field who will share their knowledge and experience with you.

The community I mentioned above lives through the sharing of ideas in class and online through discussion boards. This is where you get to know each other through sharing and reflecting on your work and ideas, responding to questions and interesting video topics.

You enrolled in this course, so I know you have courage. You will encounter times in video-making that require a never say die attitude, and I will be there to support and guide you.

The general criteria for grading will be grounded in following directions, technical mastery, and creativity. No matter what level you are at, the expectations for your work will be high. Would you want it any other way?

Every student has different motivations, and I hope one of your’s is to have fun. When you have fun editing you stay up late ’cause you can’t stop. You learn more. And you get the work done. Whether you’re creating movies, animations, realty videos, advertisements, YouTube channels, how-to videos, or home movies, you can find deep enjoyment in the making of these works of art.

This is, technically, an Art course, and the mysterious thing we call “art” will be an ongoing conversation. Anything done well can have an artistic quality, and that’s what we will strive to achieve in our videos. A touchstone for this conversation will be your Show and Tell Art Videos, where you’ll all get the chance to show a video you found on the Internet that you would call artistic.

Now, go into the Canvas course (log into yc.edu, MyCourses>Canvas LMS) and read through the Start Here Module items, respond to the survey, read the syllabus and take the syllabus quiz, Then take a look at Module 1, and Introduce yourself in the discussion board! Ask me questions after going through the material carefully.

Thank you,

Thatcher Bohrman


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January 5, 2019 · 5:08 pm

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