Day 81, 1/20

1. Final Screenings

Over the final few days, we will be watching the following films:

  1. Film 11 Final Project
  2. Film 12 Final Project
  3. Film 11 Suspense Projects
  4. Film 12 Select Short and Alternative Format Projects

Due to the volume of films that will be screened, it is possible that films may be inadvertently missed. Please notify me if that is the case!

2. Festival Submission

Remember to stay in touch for important deadlines around festival entry. This first and most important one is the BC Student Film Festival, which just opened for submissions this week! Most other submissions are due March through May.

3. Final Course Survey

Thank you so much for your participation in Film 11! Please take your time in thoughtfully filling out this exit survey. Your feedback is incredibly valuable and instrumental in the improvement of this class. While the Film 11 students are doing that, the film 12 students will meet in the hallway for an informal feedback session.

4. Archive Work

Make sure to backup copies of any projects or assets that you would like to keep to external media or your OneDrive. These computers will be wiped clean next week!

5. Thank You from Mr. Gilbar

Have a great week off to recharge and I hope to see you around next semester!

Day 68-80, 1/3-19

1. Open Studio

We are making our final films! Over the next five to seven classes, you should plan to be shooting all day, every day! Grab your gear and let me know where around campus you will be. On days that you are not filming, you should be editing or doing production preparation like reviewing dialogue, shooting b-roll, getting music, scouting locations, etc. If you no longer have production work you can do, please let me know!

Day 67, 12/16

1. Suspense Film Screenings

We will be screening the remainder of the suspense films today. Afterwards, you will need to complete this self-assessment form linked in Teams if you haven’t already done so!

Sit back and relax! We will be watching films for the entirety of the day today.

2. Feedback Sandwich

Just like a real sandwich, this can be done well or incredibly poorly.

bad sandwich has…

  1. insignificant top bread that is discounted by a ‘but’
  2. meat that is negatively phrased, personal, and not constructive
  3. bottom bread that struggles to compensate

Example: Dinner was great, but you made it too salty. Thanks though.

good sandwich has…

  1. meaningful top bread that highlights successes
  2. criticism that is positive and constructive
  3. bottom bread that is encouraging and acknowledging the effort

Suggested Successful Comment Format:

I like the use of __________, it makes the ____________.

Suggested Improvement Comment Format:

I found that _____________, it could be _________ if it __________.

Suggested Acknowledgement Comment Format:

[Say anything positive that affirms their effort!]

Example: Dinner was great, I really liked what you did with the rosemary and lemon on the roast. I think it could have been even better if you had added less salt. Let me know when you cook it next, I’d love to see how you did it!

Day 63-66, 12/12-15

1. Finalize Script & Storyboard

Take the first part of class to complete your storyboard. Even if one person has been the primary artist, everyone should be involved in review. It is much better to debate shots here than when you are on set with limited time.

2. Plan Shoot

Create a detailed shotlist. Take time to ensure you are using the most time-efficient sequence. Everyone should be prepared to begin shooting as early as tomorrow and as late as Monday. In other words, you should have all of your props, costumes, locations, and actors secured as soon as possible.

3. Open Studio

Looking for something to do? Acquire or assemble props and costumes. Find and download (or shoot) whatever special effects shots that you need. Grab a camera and shoot B-roll footage (establishing shots, hallways, setting, etc.) Fine tune the script if anything seems clunky. Go and check out the locations you are planning to use.

Day 62, 12/9

1. Partner Pitch

Get in groups of four and pitch your concept to your potential partners. Like we did before, a classic pitch is usually a summary of the story idea in twenty five words or less that conveys the exposition (who, where, and when), the inciting incident (what has happened) and hopefully hooks your audience. You want the excite them on your idea, getting them to exclaim “Now THAT is a movie I need to see!” After you’ve verbally pitched the idea, take a few minutes to read over each script, discuss the merits of each, considering qualitative traits (“your idea is so funny!”) and technical traits (“my idea is on the moon with two robots, which might be too difficult for this project”) to decide on which of the scripts you want to produce. For this project, you can work in groups of two, three, or four.

2. Revise Script

Edit, edit, and edit some more! Work together to polish it into a final script. It should be around four to six pages long, with a suggested minimum of three and absolute maximum of seven. Time it out to see if it is too long or too short to see if you need to fill it up or edit it down. Please try to complete the final draft as soon as possible and be sure to submit it for printing and review via Teams by the end of the day on Tuesday.

3. Produce Storyboard

Get started on your storyboard! Even if one person has been the primary artist, everyone should be involved in review.