Video 1A

Emotions - Built-in Camera Acting Exercise

30 Points possible




To create a sixty second video using the iMacís built in camera.


Carroll Izard is a psychologist who identified ten basic human emotions: Anger, contempt, disgust, distress, fear, guilt, interest, joy, shame, and surprise.You will use the iMacís built-in video camera to portray these in a short acting performance.These performances have not dialog and you will remove the ambient sound during editing.




Launch iMovie and use the built-in iSight camera (command i).Set the capture size to wide screen 1024x567. Capture the ten segments individually, one-at-a-time.


Do not look into the camera. Also, do not look at the video of yourself while it is recording.Instead, look a bit off to the side.Make sure you place yourself in the frame following the rule of thirds.Alternate changing sides of the camera Ė on one shot position yourself on the left, on the next shot, position yourself on the right.Make sure you do not have too much head room.


Record a performance that is about five second long for each emotion.Remember to let your camera runs a few seconds before you start and after you end.


You should respond (without talking) to each scenario. Mentally prepare yourself for each scene by imagining that the incident is real.Do not over-act (and donít act silly). If you donít like your performance, do a second take. Edit each segment down to about five or six seconds.


Place the title over each performance listing the emotion portrayed.Arrange the order of the video in the order below.Go to the iMovie sound file and drag in a different music or sound effect to each clip that strengthens your performance.


Go to the ďGearĒ icon in each clip and select Audio.Slide the audio level to zero.We do not want to hear the ambient sounds in the classroom.


Create an opening title, with a background, that reads: Emotions.Create and end credit with your name at the end.†† Edit the entire video down to sixty seconds.




1.      Anger

A person you dislike told you they didnít think you deserved a new car.Now you discover someone has taken a key and scratched the side of it.††


2.      Contempt (lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike)

A co-worker who got a position that you wanted by backstabbing you has come to ask you for a favor.This person explains to you that they want you to do a task because they donít know how.


3.      Disgust

You open up a sandwich you just got and discover small worms on the meat.


4.      Distress (great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering)

You have discovered your favorite pet was just hit by a car.It looks like the animal is still alive.


5.      Fear

You hear somebody trying to open your bedroom window from the outside.


6.      Guilt (the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law)

Your teacher has just caught you cheating on an exam.


7.      Interest

A person you are attracted to approaches you to chat about a movie they want to see when it comes out in a month.


8.      Joy

You made the winning point for your team, leading them to the play-offs.


9.      Shame (A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior)

You have been caught shoplifting.The police call your parents to pick you up.Your parents are very disappointed.


10.  Surprise

You receive a letter informing you that a great-aunt that you never met has left you $5000.




1.      Opens with title: Emotions.

2.      Each emotion is portrayed effectively.

3.      The image is properly composed using the rules of thirds.You head alternates between the left and right side.

4.      The camera height is at or near eye level. (Seat adjusted as needed).

5.      The actor does not look into camera or at self on screen.

6.      The background has little distracting from the performance.

7.      Each emotion lasts five or six seconds.

8.      Each emotion has a title.Make sure text is not over the middle of the face.

9.      The Fade-to-Black transition is used between each emotion.

10.  The ambient sound is removed from each clip

11.  Each emotion contains a music or sound effect that strengthens the performance.

12.  Credits at the end list your name and period.

13.  The total length is 60 seconds.