Assistance with media:
Penn State Media Commons (use for editing studios, training with most any technology, etc.) The student link under this site is quite helpful. This page walks you through “Project Planning” (Media Commons workspace, etc.), “Production” (borrowing equipment, etc.), and “Post-Production” (various tutorials).
Technology Project Resources sheet (outlines the above)
Vimeo’s Video School (Choosing a Camera, Shooting Basics, Editing Basics)
lynda.com at Penn State. This site offers sweet video tutorials on iMovie, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
You can also find a lot of text-based tutorials on these programs through Penn State Media Commons Tutorials.
“Talking Copyright with Dan Cahoy,” an RCL Course Cast on Copyright (including helpful tips)
PSU’s Copyright Perspectives (videos: “What if you could prevent yourself from making a mistake?”, “Remixing Media,” “Problems with Plagiarism”)
Free Media Library (background music, pictures, sound effects, etc.)
A few project samples:
The Firing of Joe Paterno
(Not a student example, but the first five minutes to Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me. [Along with the stuff Spurklock does to catch the viewer’s attentions — the use of music, visuals, the voiceover — pay attention to his use of framing questions to set up the controversy.])
And what not to do: a near literal fan video of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”