AT THIS TIME: You should begin planning for your Final Film (Assignment #8) while working on your Promotional Film (Assignment #7). You will need to coordinate your schedule for working on both projects in tandem. WRITE A SCHEDULE FOR YOURSELF! You will also be responsible for choosing your actors and what days you will film on.
This is enough coursework to bring us to the end of the semester. Good luck and have fun!
ALL PROJECTS ARE DUE BY JUNE 19TH: We will be watching both films in class on JUNE 20TH and 21ST.
Assignment #8: Final Film DUE JUNE 19TH First, take the time to explore the conventions of the adventure, comedy, drama, and horror genres.
Exemplars – What are some well-known films in the genre, e.g. The Matrix or the Bourne films are good examples of action films.
Archetypes – commonly occurring character types, e.g. many adventure and drama films feature a reluctant hero (Neo, Luke Skywalker, Simba).
Plot Devices – Commonly used points to propel the plot forward, e.g. A romantic film almost always has a misinterpreted/misread signal near the climax.
Style Conventions – commonly used visual storytelling techniques, e.g. Action film often uses quick cuts, POV shots.
Study a handful of trailers from each genre and identify some of the techniques used to communicate the tone. Look up the trailers for each of your exemplars and take note of what they do. For example, horror trailers often use uncomfortable screeching noises, thumping bass, and mysterious, edgy fade-to-black close-ups. Meanwhile, adventure movies might opt to show a rapid sequence of intense moments throughout the film set to some catchy music to capture the audiences interest.
Assignment #7: Short Promotional Video DUE MAY 18TH Create a promotional videofor a school club, a program, a product, a book, movie, etc. Can be fictional or real - must be school appropriate - absolutely no weapons. This assignment must include a voiceover(s), music, sound effect(s), and a tagline. In the end, the promotional video must provide a clear understanding of what you are promoting! This is a short project and you will only have 2 weeks to plan, write, film and edit your promotional video.
Promotional Video Questions:
The Purpose: What is my main core objective? Pick just one primary goal! (ie. to sell a product, to get students to join a club, etc)
Single Thought: What is my main core message? Identify the key takeaway idea or action (ie. this product will make me a better person, this program will give me the best training, etc)
Target Viewers! Who is my primary target audience? Age? Interests? Income?
Reach Your Audience: Where might I reach this audience? YouTube? TV Ads? Facebook Video? Video Podcasts?
Call to Action: What is the single action the viewer needs to make? (to sign up, purchase, get involved, etc..)
Promotional Video Style Elements
Tone: Comedic, lighthearted or serious?
People & Speech: ‘Talking Head’ Interview style, actors, general footage of people in action?
Production: props, location, etc.
Scripted or Unscripted: Candid Q&A or Scripted and rehearsed questions?
Video Quality: the video’s tone - musical theme, sounds, pace (fast or slow)
Complete the Promotional Video Questionnaire with a partner to decide on WHAT you will be promoting
Have your teacher check your idea FIRST
Write out a script and plan for your video: will you need to interview people, do you need to source still images, is there a specific time that you need to film at (if it is a school club), what research do you need to do
Complete your script for a voiceover (narration) in your video (where you will record your own voice reading)
Storyboard and shot list
Edit, edit, edit
duration is 45-90 seconds long (2 marks)
completed script, storyboard and shot list (6 marks)
addition of a voiceover is well capture, clean and easy to hear; all other recorded audio is taken from an external microphone (6 marks)
tagline is clear, concise and memorable (2 marks)
music matches the mood and tone, and enhances the video (2 marks)
Addition of appropriate sound effects (2 marks)
video is creative, makes the viewer want to take part in the call to action! (2 marks)
Includes production LOGO (yours and partners), MOVIE TITLE , and END CREDITS (3 marks)
Submitted as “[LastInitial][FirstName]_promotional.mp4” with the correct file format (2 marks)
COMPLETE THIS SELF-ASSESSMENT FORM FOR YOUR DIALOGUE FILM1. Export Directions FOR YOUR CONVERSATION MOVIE To export your finished project, make sure you have the grey bar at the top of your sequence selecting the entire project and go to File > Export > Media (Cmnd.+M). You’ll need to first set the format to H.264, then change the preset YouTube HD 1080p 29.97. Select the output name and change it to [LastInitial][FirstName]_Dialogue.mp4 and set the destination to the Desktop folder. When you are done, please review the “Output Summary” to ensure that it is accurate and press export. While you wait for it to export, get started on the self-assessment form listed below. 2. COMPLETE THISSELF-ASSESSMENT FORM FOR YOUR CONVERSATION MOVIE 3. When it is done, be sure to watch and listen through the entire final MP4 video to make sure that it is complete and of a good quality. Afterwards, submit it over the network to the hand in folder in the dropbox. Assignment #6: Conflict Through Dialogue (Conversation Movie)We will be producing a 45-90 second film that shows a conflict between two people that is resolved through dialogue. We will be working in pairs to produce this film that follows the plot chart:
exposition (establishing location and characters)
inciting incident (or conflict that deviates from normal events)
rising action (as the stakes increase or the conflict intensifies)
climax (where the solution is found), falling action (where intensity declines)
resolution (that ties up the story nicely and helps clarify the themes, morals, or lessons learned)
The three primary areas of focus for this project are:
LINK TO FILM PRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY We will run through a few live Quizlet games to practice the vocabulary before your quiz on Friday. Intro to Narrative Structure: The 5 Plot Points whatisnarrativestructure.pdf File Size:102 kb File Type:pdf Download File
Assignment #5: LIGHT AND SOUND DUE: FRI MARCH 9TH
Assignment #4: FILM - A DAY IN 60 SECONDS DUE: FRIDAY MARCH 9TH A Day in 60 Seconds (borrowed and adapted by Brett Lamb) Learning how to play with time in film is part of becoming a good filmmaker. In this exercise, you will experiment with how to take 12 hours (approximately) of your day and condense them into 1 minute. The goal is show a typical day in the life of you. You will be making this film on your own.
1. TASK - Make a narrative of your day and condense it to 60 seconds of time From the time that you wake up to the time that you go to bed, think of all the actions you do and the places you go and how you might make that into a story. Think about how you can create an interesting narrative of your day and then plan your storyboard and your shot list.
WHAT needs to be done: 1.Map your day (write it down!) 2.Choose the key moments in your day 3.Think about how you are going to film your shots 4.PLAN your film by storyboarding the whole thing (you will be provided with a storyboard sheet) 5.Think about how shots will fit together; ask: how will your 60 seconds edit together? 6.Make a shot list (you will be provided with a shot list sheet and make sure you have a copy of your shotlist when you go out to shoot. This way you can tick off the shots as they’re completed.) 7.Think about sound: you can use sound creatively in this film with added sound effects, music, etc. 8. Choose what day(s) you will film FILM Criteria: 1. Your camera is a device; this can be camcorder, a smartphone, or something fancy like a GoPro or DSLR 2.Film Length: Combined, your sequences should not run longer than 00:60 as a completed product 3.You need to use at least FIVE of the techniques discussed in the “Structuring Time” article (attached below) 4.Title (60 Seconds) and Credits (A film by...) are White Font on Black Background, simple and clean 5.The 00:60 seconds does not include your title or credits. 6.Film exported as a .mov file or .mp4 (lastname_firstname_60seconds.mov), H.264, 48 kHz 4. SOME COOL EXAMPLES: There are a ton of cool examples of this type of montage film online. Check out this example below: Day in 60 Seconds by Brett Lamb 5. READ: Why Planning is Important - below
ASSIGNMENT #3: SPY TALK (first film) DUE FEB 22 - CHECK CRITERIA! HOW TO START: Finally, it is time to edit together your first film! This is for you to practice learning Adobe Premiere, to get comfortable editing, and to begin to understand how to put a film together. Do not overthink it, it should be a fun learning process!
GET THE FOOTAGE: it is on the school network. The STUDENT RESOURCES folder should be on your desktop, but if it is not, follow these steps: Click on your desktop background, select the GO menu at the top of the screen > CONNECT TO SERVER > select the 125 server (the full server number is on the white board smb://125.... > enter YOUR 125- ID and password > press CONNECT > STUDENT RESOURCES > COURSE RESOURCES> COMPUTERS> FILM AND TV 11 > SPY TALK DOCS. Drag the entire SPY TALK DOCS folder to your desktop as you will need all of the files in it. If you cannot figure this out, ask someone for help!
SPY TALK DOCS> SPY TALK FOOTAGE and SPY TALK AUDIO
GET THE SCRIPT/STORYBOARD/SHOT LIST: also in the in the same SPY TALK DOCS folder, you will find the script, storyboard, and shot list to help you with the sequence of the film. There are printed copies of these in the class as well, ask the teacher.
AMBIENT SOUND: there is an ambient sound audio file (plays in background of your film) that you can use in your film
ADD CREDITS: there is a document to show you the sequence for adding the credits to your film - make sure that you spell your peer's names correctly
There is a SFX folder that should be in the Film and TV 11 folder. If it is not, I will show you how to get them next class
the proper sequence of clips (no gaps or black frames in between) - follow along the script
delete portions of the movie that make it inconsistent (ex: before actors are reading lines, etc.)
opening Production LOGO screen
movie title over BLACK background
at least one video transition (wipe, iris, etc.)
a clip that is slowed down or sped up (split a clip and slow down or speed up that portion)
at least one freeze frame (likely required during explosion)
at least one added sound effect (explosion, footsteps, laugh track, jet fly by, etc.) - search in the sound FX folder
an underlying music track (plays throughout the movie that is faded in and out)
at least one video effect (ex: luma key, make a clip black & white, or soft focus)
closing black credits (director, actors, and music) - follow the credits sequence on the handout in the Spy Docs folder
To export your finished project as an Mp4, make sure you have the grey bar at the top of your sequence selecting the entire project and go to 1: File > Export > Media (Cmnd.+M) 2. You’ll need to set the format to H.264, and in this case, YouTube HD 720p 29.97 3. Set the output name to [LastInitial][FirstName]_SpyTalk.mp4 and set the destination to the desired folder 4. When you are done, press export.
EDITING ANALYSIS: The Origins of Movie "Magic" DUE FEB 16PART 1 As a class, we will watch a series of short clips on editing, it's origins and why it is so important in film.
Review the worksheet Editing Analysis together as a class
3. Answer the questions on the worksheet Editing Analysis:
How is editing used to help tell the story and articulate what is going on in the scene?
How does the audience extract meaning from the editing/story?
How does the editing affect the audience's emotional response?
4. Hand in the completed worksheet at the end of class PART 2 The film editor is responsible for transforming massive amounts of film into the story seen on the screen. The editor sorts through this rough footage and gradually assembles the film, scene by scene. The editor must then decide just how to join together all those segments of film to create the final, finished story.
Read the handout The Origins of Movie Magic together as a class
Hand in the completed worksheet at the end of class
Anyone with extra time? Independently find a scene from one of your favourite films and answer the same questions. We can watch/share these examples over the next few classes.
ASSIGNMENT #2: CAMERA BASICS Part 4: Viewpoints Slideshow: using Adobe Premiere DUE FEB 16The first editing project will use the series of photographs from the viewpoints photoshoot. You will edit and compile the images together in a minute-long slideshow created in Adobe Premiere. Please make sure to use Digital SLR > 1080p> DSLR 1080p30 when creating your project. --------------------->>>>>>>>>>>> REQUIREMENTS:
Begins with your production logo, followed by your partners (files will need to be transferred)
Exactly sixty-five seconds long
Eleven images in total, each on screen for five seconds each
1-2 second transition of your choice between images
Each shot is clearly labelled with the viewpoint on the bottom
Each shot is given an appropriate title in quotations
Exported as a 1080p MP4 file with filename “[LastInitial][FirstName]_Viewpoints.mp4”
ABOUT ADOBE PREMIEREPremiere is a an extremely popular video editing program made by Adobe, the same company that makes Photoshop. It allows you to take video, audio, and stills from various sources and cut, merge, and arrange them to tell a story. We are very fortunate to have Adobe Premiere at Gleneagle as it is a professional-level program used throughout the film industry and by hobbyists alike. For this reason, like Photoshop, there are a ton of functions and tools that we will not need to use. Try not to be overwhelmed by all of the options, and remember that if you accidentally click anything, you can always undo! It uses a timeline system but the order in which they are arranged will effect which clips appears ‘on top,’ similar to layers in Photoshop.
Part 3: Viewpoints Photoshoot: how perspective has an effect on the viewer You know how to point a camera, but have you ever considered the emotional effect that perspective has on the viewer? We will run through a quick slideshow on various key viewpoints in film. Working in pairs, you and a partner will work together to capture one image from each of the eleven assigned perspectives. Try to get all of your shots, but don’t overthink it! You shouldn’t spend more than three or four minutes setting up any one shot. Please shoot on full-auto mode and in bright lighting conditions. Part 2: Basic Camera Moves: Learn the types of techniques used in films A camera exists in a three-dimensional world and can move anywhere along the XYZ axis. This means it can move up, down, left, right, as well as forward and backward. So that the director and camera operator can effectively communicate, there are names for each of these moves. This means the director can give a series of verbal instructions, and the camera operator knows exactly what to do without anybody having to get out and draw diagrams. (videomaker.com) Learn to develop a variety of basic camera movement techniques to move your audience when the scene calls for a tilt, pan, zoom, pedestal, dolly, or truck.
CAMERA MOVES: THIS IS THE ASSIGNMENT Read and see examples HEREPart 1: Camera Play: Getting to know camera functionsA short exercise to help you get to know the DSLR cameras. It is important to understand how to use the camera correctly before beginning to film with them. Once you have the basics down, they will become second nature and filming will become much easier and less stressful.
Working with a partner and using the provided handout, recreate the assigned camera shots.
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