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PLANNING the FILM

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Jessica Salmans

on 23 September 2015

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Romantic Comedy
Thriller/Horror
Quirky "Indie" Feature
Action/Adventure
Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Mystery/Crime Drama
Family Drama
Genre and Story
What story are you telling:
Story
You will work with your group to write and produce a SHORT FILM. It must be no fewer than 2 minutes and no more than 5 minutes.

YOUR STORY ASSIGNMENT
End of Wednesday: clear evidence of brainstorming/beginning a mind map.

Thursday: Complete your mind map and begin Story Plot Sequencing.

BY THE END OF FRIDAY YOU MUST TURN IN:

Project Deadlines:
By the end of Wednesday, you must turn in:
What you must turn in by the END OF CLASS MONDAY:
WEEK THREE:
FILMING WEEK
PLANNING the FILM
How long will your film be?
Brainstorm & Doodle
Hammer out the Main Points
Storyboarding!
Note Cards with Text
Illustrated
MIND MAP EXAMPLES
STORYBOARDING
One good technique is to use notecards or post-it notes with your various scenes or story points written on them. That way, you can rearrange them multiple times until the story is being told in the order you like. Then you can start planning out your camera shots.
Homework! Go and read/explore this website. It's AMAZING: http://www.floobynooby.com/comp1.html
Let's check out this handy website for shot planning:
http://www.mediacollege.com/video/shots/
This gorgeous animated short is called "Duet." It proves that you don't have to get fancy to tell a gorgeous story. Essentially, this film is nothing but storyboard sketches animated into motion.
*Did you notice ALL of the different "camera" angles?
EVERY person in your group must appear in the film at some point. You must decide on a Director, a Head Writer, a Cinematographer,
A Production Designer, and an Editor. You will also be expected to do a Sound Design as part of your editing process.
Choose from the Following Options:
DREAM BIG! Then edit your idea realistically. You want a great and fun story, but you also want something doable. It's better to have a smaller, polished film than an overly ambitious and
unfinished mess.
NO FAN FICTION
Magical things are possible, even with just a dude and an iPhone (or android, or whatever).
This is Richard Dunn who was stuck by himself in a
Las Vegas airport overnight and decided to get creative and make the best of it. Check it out!
He used lots of fun angles, various types of shots, and smart "tricks." He props his camera up on chairs, on his luggage, on the conveyor belts, on the escalator, etc. The amount of variety and camera movement he achieves is just awesome!
This is a decent, if limited, overview about the various jobs on a film set:
Short interview with the (not at all) humble creator.
For this class project, your jobs are as follows:
Director: Keep track of project deadlines, make sure the story makes sense and is being told as clearly to your group intent as possible (you are in charge of the agreed upon "tone" of the piece, basically). During filming, you must keep your crew on schedule and direct the acting. You are also responsible for keeping master copies of ALL of your group's paperwork as well as getting release forms signed by ALL participants.
Head Writer: Making sure your group's Mind Map, Story Plot Sequence, and Screenplay are done at the appropriate times. YOUR SCREENPLAY IS VITAL. Your group will rely on you to make sure it is as polished as possible. You are also in charge of following along in the script during filming to make sure your story stays on track and you don't miss anything. You must be diligent regarding dialogue. NO MAJOR CHANGES CAN BE MADE TO YOUR SCREENPLAY AFTER FILMING BEGINS.
Cinematographer (Director of Photography): You are responsible for providing and learning how to use the necessary equipment (smartphones, digital cameras, iPad, etc.) that your group will need. You are also in charge of any extra lighting equipment your group might need. It is your job to decide in which order you will be shooting your film and to provide that "Shot List" to the rest of your crew by the deadline. To generate the "Shot List" you will work with the Production Designer to create Storyboards and then decide the best order in which you will shoot all of the frames. During filming, it is your job to follow the storyboards to get the agreed upon shots in the best way possible.
Production Designer: You are responsible for taking the Story Plot Sequence cards from the Head Writer and working with the Cinematographer to turn them into a Storyboard. During filming, you are responsible for the "look" of the film. Costumes, hairstyles, makeup, props, and even rooms and environments are in your control. Re-arrange things, move things closer or farther from the camera, etc. Make your frames look interesting!
Editor/Sound Designer: You are responsible for locating and learning to use film editing software (iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, etc.) Before filming, it's your job to double-check the Cinematographer's "Shot List" against the Head Writer's Story Plot to make sure there is shot coverage for the whole story. During filming, you work as the Assistant Director helping things to run smoothly. After each day of filming, you need to save the footage. At the end of filming, you will put the movie together and add any soundtrack necessary (songs, sound effects, etc.).

For today, brainstorm ideas with
your group! Have fun, be inspired,
start mapping some things out!
TOMORROW you must have committed
to an idea and be ready to move ahead.

A list of your group's members and assigned jobs
A completed Mind Map
A rough draft idea of your story sequence (this can be a digital photo of your story cards laid out)
WEEK TWO
Finished Story Plot Sequence
Proof of a good start on your storyboards
Tentative Cast List
On Wednesday, Directors will get release forms.
By the end of Friday, you must turn in:
Completed Storyboards
Completed ScreenPlay
Which editing software your group plans to use
An equipment list your group plans to use
Shot List
Final Cast and Crew List
Your Shooting Schedule including dates, times, and places
Your SIGNED release forms
Your production designer's plot and notes (worksheet)
THIS IS THE WEEK THE MAGIC HAPPENS!! You are responsible for making sure ALL of your scenes are filmed and ready to edit by Monday morning.
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