GDES 74 Final Project

You have 3 choices for a Final Project.

It can be a solo or group project, but the requirements are the same. Extra credit for using all rights cleared material.

Option 1:

Create a 30 second or 1 minute commercial/ public service announcement. It must be exactly 30 or 1 minute.

Option 2:

Create a 2 to 5 minute video on a subject that interests you. Footage can include video, still photographs, titles, sound files, animations, graphics and/or illustrations.

Option 3:

Create a 2 to 4 minute Music Video.


To Turn In: Check Main Page for Dates


Project requirements
(unless special arrangements are made with me)

1) You must use titles in your project.

2) You must explore filters, transparency, and/or motion graphics in your final projects.

3) Most video should be original, although you may use some existing footage.

4) You must use original graphics, titles and voiceovers.

5) Music can be original or found.

6) Projects must be delivered on DVD or on a web page.

Be prepared to answer questions about your technical and creative decisions.


A treatment is a short one or two page document outlining the subject matter and the source materials for the production. The treatment should only be written after some research. The treatment is made up of the following elements.

1) PROGRAM INFORMATION- The title and duration of the project

2) FOCUS-This encapsulates the theme of your project in one sentence. Narrow everything down until you have one definite line to describe the project you are going to make. Examples might be "an examination of the psychology of Cat" or "A retrospective of the career of actor James Smith". Your video needs a solidly grounded focus if it is to stand out.

3) AUDIENCE-Define and describe who you are aiming the project at. If Ito easier, try to think about where would it fit into TV schedules; is it Primetime, Late night, is it Mainstream or Niche? Use a few sentences.

4) STORY -the real meat of your project. Describe in 10 lines or so what the video is about. To carry on our examples, describe what is so interesting about cat psychology or who James Smith played during his career.

5) SOURCES-Where are you going to get the material from? This might be the findings of a new report on cat thought processes, or diaries and letters from the family of James Smith, Interviews, Records, Archived Footage, and so one.

6) SUGGESTED ELEMENTS-finally, this is where you list the central components of your video. These might include a presenter or narrator, interviews, reconstructions, or film clips, and these form the creative basis for telling your story.