Part and parcel of the AWR4MI course is the opportunity for you to find your own style and produce works that are meaningful to you. Part of growing as a film maker, is to analyze those who came before you.
Part one of this assignment (and don't forget this rubric) asks you to take a look at one director (you can choose from this list). If you need a little help remembering the terms from AWR3MI, this is a good source.
Do not confuse this with waterboarding...totally a different thing ;)
This is an ESSENTIAL part of video making that takes place BEFORE you start filming. You cannot get to where you want to go without a detailed plan. A Storyboard is an opportunity to take all those ideas in your head, and work them out on paper BEFORE you waste everyone's time once you start the cameras rolling. A brief PowerPoint and the videos below will help reinforce this idea ;)
Here is a blank story board to get you started (feel free to use any template you wish...there are several that you can find on -line)
Today we will start one of the larger components of the course,the art of film editing. We will be using a non-linear editor, Adobe Premiere, for the rest of the course, so it is imperative that you learn the fundamentals behind editing, and how to use the tools to create the vision that you have in your mind's eye.
We will be starting by looking at an overview of editing. We will be working our way through this PowerPoint (this version does not contain the video clips) and using this organizer to keep track of our notes. If you would like to a copy with the video clips, you will need to come see me with a USB key.
Time to put your collective heads together and figure this one out. Over the two days you are tasked with producing a Chroma key ghost sequence (approximately 1-2 minutes long..). Be as spooky as you like! Just in time for Halloween. Use this checklist/rubric to help guide your creativity. Look at some of the more advanced resources you have access to, including templates/effects/wipes/etc on digitaljuice.com
Make sure that your conversation video does not break the 180 Degree rule (we will talk more about this in class). This PowerPoint has other reminders that you should carefully consider as you move forward with the pre-production and production phases of your project.
We are going to look at some basic aspects of cinematography. You will have to be organized and ON TASK for the next few days in order to be ready to when we are all back together in late September! (time flies!). You will use these skills to film your first "movie".
Today we are also going to take a brief look at composition and framing to help tell your story.
AWR4MI students are going to be exploring the Art of the Title. We will be using this as an extensive review exercise of the skills that we used last year. A strong title sequence will also be a major component of your summative assessment.
The assignment will based around this excellent blog (you should make it a favourite).
The opening credits from Steven Spielberg's 2002 film Catch Me If You Can is an excellent example of what can be accomplished in an opening title sequence. Accompanied by a spectacular score from the masterful John Williams, the credit text interacts with the minimally styled animated characters and provides the environments and obstacles that the characters we are about to meet will take on throughout the rest of the film. It essentially is a short and sweet animated silent film version of the entire movie.
Peter Berg's 2007 Saudi Arabia-set action film The Kingdom has an opening sequence that acts as both credits and an abridged animated lecture. The most powerful and striking moment comes when a 3-D bar graph in the shapes of the countries identified as top oil consumers swivels around to show the United States' towering #1 bar split into the Twin Towers as a plane flies into one of them. The imagery is powerful and sudden, and sets the tone for the rest of the film.
I think everyone who has ever seen a James Bond movie can remember many of the aspects of the opening title sequences (many of which I have become iconic in our culture). This blog entry ranks the opening of every Bond flick, and provides an evaluation of each title scene's effectiveness.