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Italian 4: Interview Project

Writing a Script

Thinking through the following questions can help frame how you approach writing your script:

  • Who is your intended audience?  What is your objective with this video?
  • How does your adaptation differ from the original? On what themes does your video expand and explore? 
  • How are you engaging with the Italian culture?  



Creating a script and storyboard can help you organize your ideas before you even open an editing application.  The template below will help you keep track of dialog, sound effects, timing and notes connected to each scene.  

Feedback and Critique

Giving and receiving feedback is a valuable way to practice listening and speaking critically in order to nurture a community of growth.  Below are a few tips for going into a critique.

Giving feedback

  • Make sure you are clear on the intentions of the maker.  It's not helpful to simply give feedback that is only about the decisions you would have made.  If you aren't sure what the makers intentions are, ask!

  • Be specific! When giving feedback, back up your comments with examples from the work.  

Receiving feedback:

  • Know what you like about your piece ahead of time

  • Don't preface your work with too much unnecessary context.  

  • Articulate what you already know isn't working for you after others have given their feedback

  • Be open

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A note

The camera workflow detailed below is to support folks interested in working in the recording room in the Digital Design Studio.  It is also possible to create a greenscreen type effect using the virtual background option in Zoom, though the quality of that technology can vary.

Lighting in the Recording Room





  • Lights 2 and 4 are used to evenly light the background/green screen and avoid shadows.  Dim light 3 if it's creating a hot spot.
  • Lights 1 and 5 will help light the subject.  Set your subject at least 3 feet away from the background/green screen to avoid shadows and spill. 


Video Recording

  1. Point lens at subject and adjust your framing. Looking through the viewfinder activates an internal level for checking your camera isn't on an angle
  2. Focus on your subject. Tap your subject on the display to set your focus and then depress the shutter button slightly.  You can also flip this screen so you are able to see yourself if filming solo.
  3. To switch from auto focus to manual focus, depress the button near AF/MF and adjust the focus ring on the lens.
  4. Adjust settings in the Fn menu to get desired exposure. If possible, set custom white balance using white cards provided (see below).
  5. Listen to audio coming through the camera on headphones provided.
  6. Depress the red record button to start and stop recording.
  7. Press the play button and use the scroll wheel to select and play your files.

*Batteries and SD card are with the Studio Assistant at the Welcome Desk.  They can help you get setup of you are unfamiliar with working with this camera.


Adjusting Settings

There are lots of settings you may interested in changing.  Some settings to consider adjusting are:

  • White balance: Click Fn >  AWB and use the scroll wheel near the display to adjust.  A white balance card is included in the case that the headphones and battery came in.
  • Exposure Mode:  Click Fn > Exposure Mode.  Adjusting this mode will allow you to change settings such as your aperture or f-stop, shutter speed and ISO. When shooting greenscreen in the recording room you can set the mode to M and adjust the settings as follows:
    • Shutter Speed: 1/60, Aperture: 4.5, ISO 200.  All these settings can be found in the Function menu.
  • Format and Frame Rate: The settings on this device should be adjusted to record XAVC S HD files at a 24p. These are standard quality settings.  You can check this Menu > 2nd menu tab for video settings > Format.

The camera manual can also walk you through adjusting these settings.