All posts by Robert Faust

Cutting on Action

Media has made us creatures with short attention spans when it comes to video. If a shot lingers too long, we get bored. For this assignment, student editors shot video of some basketball action from several angles. They then edited it for effect to add interest and momentum.

The variety of the stories that the students tell with the same footage shows the power of the editor.

Watch the complete playlist above, or click the individual links below.

Knock, Knock – Shot | Reverse Shot

We see it all the time in film–a conversation between two characters. The camera switches between one actor and the other. This technique is called shot-reverse shot. For this project, students filmed the telling of a knock-knock joke…a very simple (and corny) conversation.

Students worked in groups to write and film their project. Each of them edited their own version. Enjoy!

Click the playlist below to watch all the videos together, or click the individual links below.

World of Math

When will I ever use this?…exclaims almost every math student at one time or another. When we look at how the world has changed over the centuries, it is clear that learning and applying mathematics has been key to that transformation.

The physics classes of CLHS put together a website to share what they’ve learned about real world applications of mathematics.

Click here to see their work.

Colors Project

In this short project, we learned to create a video from still images. We worked with Creative Commons licensed images and each student chose a color to focus on.

Images were to increase in intensity and be of shorter duration to create some tension and interest…and…hopefully leave you wanting more. Each video is to be just 15 seconds long. Check them out, or click the links at the bottom for individual clips.

Individual Projects

Shots Project

One of the first things learned in a film class is the basic shot types. For their first project, the class was to create a short (2 minutes or less) film that featured at least six of the basic shot types.

Working in groups of three or four, they planned and shot a simple story incorporating the shots. Each student selected music and edited their own version.


Click the individual links to see specific videos:

To the Moon and Beyond

The children of today are born into a world where man has walked on the moon. It is a fact. It is universally accepted, yet no one has set foot on the surface of the moon since December 1972. To gain insight into this tremendous scientific, engineering, and political achievement, the physics class of California Lutheran High School constructed a website to share what we’ve learned about man’s early exploration of space, and to learn from others.

Many CLHS physics students have worked on a similar project. Here are the links to this year’s project and two other older versions.