Production Project Session 3

SUMMARY

Role: Director

Intention (SMART Goal)

To use quality blocking to tell a better story

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

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

Steven Spielberg

Training Source(s)

https://medium.com/musings-by-ty-leisher/17-practical-tips-to-becoming-a-successful-film-director-27fbb4a7611c

Project Timeline

  • Brainstorm plot (3) and create Storyboard (3)
  • Create slideshow presentation (1)
  • Write script including setting and dialogue between two actors (5)
  • Decide shooting location (3) actors (2)
  • Procure cameras (2) and sound capture equipment (2)
  • Build timeline for pre-production, production, and post-production(3)
  • Write shot list including camera angles (3)
  • Film the scene with 3 cameras (8)
  • Capture sound/compose music (8)
  • Upload film and sound (3)
  • Label shots and sound files (2)
  • Decide which takes to use or discard (5)
  • Capture ADR of dialogue between the 2 actors (5)
  • Edit shots together (8) and layer music/sound (5)
  • Present slideshow (2) and present film (1)

Proposed Budget

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

Skills Commentary

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

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

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Reactions to the Final Version

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

Grammar and Spelling

Editor

New Criticism Film Theory

film theories from this article: Research Film Theory

CueNoted
What is it?Known as close reading for English students
Emerged in the 20th century
Alternate way of approaching literary text
Looks at purpose and meaning beyond intended
How does it work?Watching film closely forces viewers to familiarize themselves with techniques
Looks at content and formal elements of film
How filmmakers present narratives and themes through the cinematography
ExamplesMad Men with the characters
Summary

Production Project – Session 2

School Bus

“School Bus” by Proudlove is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

SUMMARY

Role: Cinematographer

Intention (SMART Goal): to have realistic lighting and high quality videos

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

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

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0932336/?ref_=nmls_hd

Gordon Wills is a cinematographer who died in 2014 after working on many award winning films.

Training Source(s)

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/cinematography-techniques-no-film-school/

Project Timeline

Nov 1-5: Research and training

Nov 8-12: Pre-production

Nov 9-15: Production

Proposed Budget

PRODUCTION – ACTION

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iYTyrw12Vb8R0aZ-C0X0sdVBvGcOR3iV/view?usp=sharing

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

A student gets their foot stuck in glue. If they don’t get it out in time, they will miss their bus.

Skills Evidence

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/129oJ3AYeXKWuz-SfCQPcDKh8mSzDqz4IWO_vXXMdbSk/edit?usp=sharing

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

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

I was able to use my creativity, thinking, and problem solving to make sure I fulfilled my role in the filming process. I problem solved when we had difficulties with having our “glue” show up on camera and came up with the idea to use light to highlight the glue.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

I communicated with the group to make sure we were all on the same page and working together well especially while we were filming each scene. In our group, communication was crucial to creating a quality product. We started every day with talking about what we needed to accomplish and continued to talk about our goals and plans throughout the workday.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

I took time during the pre-production process to research famous cinematographers who I could potentially learn from. I also learned how to use a camera for intentional focus and additional lighting sources. I researched tips and tricks for cinematographers in order to learn from others who already are successful with skills in that area.

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

In the real world, using lighting is a useful skill. I can now apply lighting for photos , videos, and presentations in a professional setting. In this film, being the cinematographer prepared me for future videos and planning.

Reactions to the Final Version

“I like how you used the light to really make the glue stand out” -Merja

In order to make the glue noticeable in the film, we used additional lighting to put a spotlight on the glue.

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I liked how our group was able to show the stress Emma was feeling when getting stuck in glue. The stress is shown through her acting, the editing, and the overall emotion of the film. I wish we would have included images of the clock showing the time passing to show the urge to get to the. This would have helped to communicate the situation present. I also wish I had incorporated more intentional focus to emphasize characters and show more professionalism.

What I Learned and Problems I Solved

I learned how to use additional lighting for the purpose of getting clear and specific light for the film. I also learned I also learned how to focus a camera and use intentional focus. As a creative person, I am now able to effectively combine intentional lighting and focus to film better films.

In our film, we had to make sure Emma appeared concerned about time and felt pressure for getting her foot unstuck. The film needed the scenes to show the stress and importance of getting help with the glue.

Grammar and Spelling

I used Grammarly Premium to check and correct my grammar and spelling.

Editor

Moira K

Internet Issues Feedback

Summary

  • My less than 1-minute film is about the struggles of internet during online classes. I showed the sages of frustration and then asking friends if their internet was out too.

Logline

A student is trying to prepare for an important test but her internet cuts out.

Intent / Goals

  • FOR YOU:  My goal was to make sure the edits were clear and actually helpful for the film. I wanted to try out edits that I hadn’t already known about.
  • FOR THE PROJECT: I wanted viewers to feel how boring online classes are especially when the internet isn’t working well.

Research

  • I watched the 13 edits youtube video over and over again to make sure I understood it.
  • What about them was interesting, compelling, and qualified them to be studied by you?
    • I wanted to make sure I fully knew the differences between the edits and how I could actually use them.

Questions

  • Write two questions for the audience
  • Are the edits actually useful and noticeable?
  • Is the idea behind the film clear?

Feedback

  • “It made sense to me, I got it” -Brian
  • “Montage was great” -Abby
  • “I love that you cut to the computer and cut to yourself” -Emily

Evidence of Editing: The King of Staten Island (2020) – Tattooing a Child Scene

  • What about editing language understanding did you notice?
    • I noticed L and J cuts while the kid was getting the tattoo. 
    • I noticed there was a lot of emotion shown as the scene was appearing.
    • I noticed there was a lot of rhythm involved in order to make the cuts make sense and flow well.
  • What did you like about the film clip?
    • I liked how the cuts very very quick and not noticeable in order to make the clip appear smoother.
    • I like how the last cut shows one of the guys as a close up saying he doesn’t want to be friends with them anymore.
  • What question do you have from what you saw?
    • What other techniques were used in order to make the cuts flow smoothly? 
  • What I learned from this week’s exercise is I am now able to watch a clip from a film and notice what went into editing choices and how they make the film flow.

Sources

L&J Cuts

For split edits, what’s the difference between L and J cuts?

J-cuts are when the audio proceeds the visual

L-cuts are when the audio from a shot is carried to the next shot

J and L cuts can be used to make powerful openings and closings to films. J cuts can add interest to the movie before even seeing the first image. L cuts make the film seem to continue once the film is over.

J and L cuts are used to add significance and make certain scenes appear less awkward than other editing techniques.

Feedback

“you hear the audio before it cuts to the video for J-cuts. In other cases you will see the visual before the audio which is a L-cut” -Mr. Le Duc

60 Second Film: The Struggles Of Being A Bad Cook

Summary

This short almost 60-second film is about how hard it is to cook and how sometimes food doesn’t go as planned. Everyone has to eat, but many people don’t know how to actually make food from scratch. The goal of this film was to show the difficulties of cooking but show how even though the food got messed up, there was still success in the end.

Feedback Questions

  • Was the story idea clear?
  • Could viewers relate?

Feedback

Josie- “very relatable, thought the different angles and camera work was great”

Reese- “Very high quality film angles”

Cooper-“the angles were really good”

Film Analysis: The Handmaid’s Tale

Summary

The film I analyzed was the first two episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale. I chose this because I have heard the book is amazing and was recommended to watch the film.

Film Analysis

Film TitleThe Handmaid’s Tale
Year2017
DirectorReed Morano
CountryUS
GenreDrama
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why?There is nothing I would change. The film was very entertaining and done very well.

Film information can be found at imdb.com

Ask yourself the following questions:

TOPICYOUR NOTES
1. Who is the protagonist?June who is renamed Offred
2. Who is the antagonist?The government and society
3. What is the conflict?June is taken and forced to be a handmade because she is able to have kids.
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words)difference in views
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals)There are many flashbacks to provide flashbacks to further the understanding of the story
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)?Offred was happily married when the government got overthrown and she was then forced to be a handmade where she is raped every month in order for the society to continue to have children.
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
reactions?
The flashbacks provide feeling and emotion to demonstrate Offred had a nice life and we can see the changes. Music makes the film seem dramatic and tense.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions?The setting is stylized to fit the weird alternate United States.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character?Everyone of certain statuses wears specific outfits and colors. This conveys the importance of social standing in their society.
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood?The lighting changes depending on place, but is usually darker and more painful feeling.
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically?The camera movements are very subtle to go along with the very dramatic feeling.
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music?The music is very dramatic and sad which makes viewers have an almost uncomfortable feeling.
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture?The film was based off of a book that was written about the future if social and economic factors drastically changed.
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015.
“Hulu’s excellent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a horror show unveiled in slow motion” April 26, 20174:22 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
ERIC DEGGANS
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.Explain why you chose this scene.My Hulu isn’t loading so I can’t find the exact time but it’s the scene showing the ceremony and how uncomfortable everyone was.
16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting:You get to hear Offred’s thoughts during the uncomfortable event.
b. Sound Design:There is no music so everyone focuses on the terrible events.
c. Camera Movements/Angles:The angles mostly show Offred’s face and Serena Joy’s face.
d. Light Setup:The lighting is bright on Offred’s face but still not super bright.
e. Soundtrack/Score:There is no music in the background.
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film?The series shows what could go wrong if certain people get too much power and put pressure on social classes.