Billy Miles

Billy MilesClassroom: Divine 307A
Email: billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov
VP: 360-553-4624
Subjects: Photography, Video Production & Elementary Art

Hello, everyone! I’m the K-12 art/media teacher here at WSD. I’m very proud to be teaching here at my alma mater (Class of ’95 – whoo!).

After I graduated from WSD, I attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where I took courses in photography, graphic design and fine art. I survived five busy, crazy and fun-filled years at Gallaudet and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. The five years I spent at Gallaudet were some of the best years of my life, in large part because of the personal growth I went through and exploring what it meant to be a proud Deaf person entering adulthood. Go Bison!

After graduating from Gallaudet University, my wife Dana and I moved back home to Vancouver. I worked for two years at a catalog consulting firm in Portland, which was a good experience for me. However, I had a strong desire to work within the Deaf community where I felt like I belonged. I went to graduate school at Western Oregon University where I graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree in Teacher Preparation: Deaf Education.

Life brought my wife and I (and our kids) to Kansas and then South Dakota where we lived for several years before deciding in 2007 that there was simply no place we’d rather be than in our home state of Washington. I’m very fortunate that life was able to bring us back here to WSD where I’ve been teaching for the last ten years! Each year brings new challenges and I’m loving every minute of it.

Course Description: In this class, you will be learning how to develop, produce and distribute video news to the WSD community and online (on our new website and YouTube). You will also be producing some short films in class where you will learn about the filmmaking process: brainstorming, storyboarding, writing scripts, acting, directing, filming, editing and publishing.

During our video news production, you will learn interviewing and reporting techniques. You will also be researching news stories (international, national and local news) as well as campus events. You will be responsible for scheduling and conducting interviews on campus and editing footage for our news report. I have not made a final determination, but I anticipate we will be doing a bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) news report. This may change as we progress through the semester.

Many of you are familiar with iMovie, but in this class you will be transitioning to Final Cut Pro, which is a professional-level video editing software, as well as Adobe After Effects, which is a special effects software. If you have no experience using these, don’t worry. That’s what being in school is for – learning!

Throughout the year, you will be analyzing film clips that I will share with the class and discussing the techniques used in these clips to understand how and why these techniques are effective. You will then try to use these techniques when filming to tell a story.

You will also be expected to collect your final video projects and show these during All-Star Day in the spring. This will be counted as a project.

Major Goals: As a result of successfully completing these courses, you should be able to:

  1. Know how to participate in class brainstorming sessions to come up ideas on a regular basis.
  2. Understand and use filmmaking techniques learned in class.
  3. Demonstrate skills in editing using Final Cut Pro.
  4. Demonstrate professionalism during interviewing and filming people on campus.
  5. Create and maintain a portfolio of your work.
  6. Develop an appreciation for the filmmaking profession.

Content covered this semester:

  • Camera Shots
  • Transitions
  • Lighting Techniques
  • News Reporting
  • Using the Sony XDCAM
  • Editing with Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Make up all work missed due to absences
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

Grading will be determined by WSD Grade Marks with grading based on daily participation/performance as well as completion of assignments:

How your grade will be weighed:

Class Participation =                                                     30 points
Journalism Projects/Assignments =                           30 points
Film Projects (All-Star Day Portfolio) =                       30 points
Quizzes =                                                                        10 points

STUDENT GRADE=                                                        100 POINTS = 4.0 (A)

All assignments created must be of your own creation (no copying of other people’s work). All videos taken in class must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No videos that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov

Course Description: This is a very exciting class where you will be given the opportunity to learn how to use a Canon Rebel T3 camera to take pictures that communicate an idea or feeling. You will be taught to think about what you want to take a picture of and how to change the camera settings based on what the environment is (high/low light, indoors/outdoors, etc.). We will be learning a lot of neat tricks to take artistic pictures (playing with light, HDR photography, trick photography, etc.). We will also be learning about ethics and careers in photography.

You will be responsible for developing and maintaining a portfolio in your Google Drive account. Every time you take a picture for class, it is your responsibility to add it to your portfolio. You should save ALL your pictures in Google Drive and share them with me. At the end of each semester, the grade for your portfolio will be dependent upon all assignments taken during the semester being present in the portfolio. Take great care of your portfolio – it is your lifeline to a good grade!

You will also be assigned to take pictures for the WSD Yearbook. Each of you will be taking pictures during school and after school during events (dances, social events, sporting events, etc.). I will be assigning photographers on a rotational basis to ensure fair share of responsibilities for photographing events.

Major Goals: As a result of successfully completing these courses, you should be able to:

  1. Know how to properly handle and use a Canon Rebel T3 camera.
  2. Use the Elements and Principles of Design to create good composition.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism, etiquette, leadership and team-working skills.
  4. Diversify your photographic style (take different kinds of pictures).
  5. Create and maintain a portfolio of your work.
  6. Develop an appreciation for the photography profession.

Content covered this semester:

  • Using and Caring for the Canon Rebel T3 Camera
  • Understanding the Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO – and How They Work Together
  • The Thirteen Rules of Digital Photography
  • Composition in Photography
  • Elements of Art in Photography
  • Colors in Photography
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
  • Playing with Light
  • Trick Photography
  • Photoshop and Photography
  • Ethics in Photography
  • Careers in Photography
  • Portfolio Development

Student Expectations:

  • Arrive to class on time, ready to work
  • Remain on task throughout class
  • Follow directions given by the teacher
  • Do your best work at all times
  • Turn in assignments on time (if you work hard and still need more time, let me know)
  • Respect yourself, respect others, and respect things
  • Make up all work missed due to absences
  • Follow all codes of discipline as outlined in the Student Handbook
  • Have fun!

Grading will be determined by WSD Grade Marks with grading based on daily participation/performance as well as completion of assignments:

How your grade will be weighed:

Class Participation =                                                   30 points
Assignments =                                                             20 points
Quizzes =                                                                      10 points
Presentations =                                                           10 points
Project (All-Star Day Portfolio) =                               30 points

STUDENT GRADE=                                                      100 POINTS = 4.0 (A)

All assignments created must be of your own creation (no copying of other people’s work). All photos taken in class must be appropriate and in compliance with the student handbook. No photos that includes or suggests profanity, sex, gangs, drugs, alcohol, violence or weapons will be accepted.

For further questions or to schedule a meeting with me, either see me after class or send me an email at billy.miles@cdhl.wa.gov