Session 4 Production Project

Love Note 2
“Love Note 2” by Linds 🙂 is marked with CC BY 2.0.


Role: Director

Intention (SMART Goal)

By March 2nd, as a part of my film team, I will explore the film director’s skill pathway by following Bruce Black’s The Visual Story and will have explored the visual story element of movement over the course of our February project.


Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Kathryn Bigelow

She is a famous director from California working with a broad range of genres. She has done a fair amount of scary movies and has been nominated for numerous awards. She is known for her leadership and decision making skills.

Training Source(s)

The Visual Story by Bruce Block



longitudinal lines/planes, wide angle lenses have a greater depth of field.
more contrast= more intensity
shallow depth= less intense
clear background= more intense

 Using light


Line and Shape

squint – take a look at where things are
shapes determined by lighting source
control lighting for specific effects
diagonal is more intense than straight
curve is more intense than straight
 Using the subject


What is tone?

Find the subject in order to know the movement
Don’t confuse color with tone
evaluate the lighting by ignoring color
use tone to show reveal objects
cyan is affinity and red contrasts

Creating Intensity

fully saturated= full color
orange and teal are most popular in film making
orange= warm teal=cool
orange and teal makes image more alive
golden hour for light
mid day light is washed out

Contract in movement
horizontal is affinity
diagonal is more contrasting
more movement can create more intensity
objects in background, and things facing the camera


fast has the most contrast
watch for lines
background and structure
moving past stationary objects for intensity

How Kubrick, Spielberg, and Inarritu Stage their Scenes

Video linked to time stamps:

Overview of skills
Every scene is a story
Every movie looks the same
“Minority Report”
Changes in staging
Change meaning with blocking
staging with fewer cuts
“Clockwork Orange”

Project Timeline

  1. Create Logline and decide roles
  2. Create Script and Shotlist
  3. Decide props needed
  4. Research for roles
  5. Film
  6. Upload shots and sounds
  7. Label in folder
  8. Create music
  9. Edit film
  10. Add audio and music
  11. Create presentation
  12. Submit film
  13. Submit presentation
  14. Present to class

Proposed Budget



The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

Skills Commentary


21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

I was responsible or movement, decision making, and ideas. For directing I used the skill of communication to talk with my teammates in order to produce a quality film. We also were innovative to use a rolling chair for the camera for our filming.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Our group did pretty well with communication and collaboration. We all had good attendance which helped since we were present for filming and pre production. We made sure to keep everyone up to date and included on every part of the process.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

The tools we used were innovation and creativity. We had to think outside the box on how to get smooth camera movements so we placed the camera on a rolling chair. This allowed us to get the shots we wanted.

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

I can use the tools I learned for real life for thinking outside the box to solve day to day issues. Film is important for my daily life since I film videos for my business and getting good final versions is important.

Reactions to the Final Version

“I like that you drew out the blocking for the advanced storyboard” -Erik

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I think the final version turned out pretty well. We could’ve done better with some parts including audio and subtle elements but overall it did its job. I was proud of our team for getting it done.

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

I learned to use intentional movement to add to the quality of the film. WE had to include some props and movement in the writing to make sure it fit. I solved the problem of having boring scenes with almost zero movement.

Grammar and Spelling

I used Grammarly for spelling and grammar.



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