Day 43, 11/14

1. Partner Pitch

Pitch your concept to your partner. 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 two scripts you want to produce.

2. Revise Script Together

Edit, edit, and edit some more! Work together to polish it into a final script. If you need more time, you may need to work on it from home. It should be roughly two to three pages long. Time it out to see if it is too long or too short to see if you need to bulk it up or edit it down. We will aim to complete the final draft tomorrow. Finish early? Start working on your storyboard!

Day 24-25, 10/14-17

1. Shoot Your Clip

Students will be brought down a few at a time to film their clips. Mr. Gilbar and the film 12s will set up the screen and handle camera operation. Once everyone has film their clips, they will be uploaded to the class resources folder in Teams.

2. Find Composite Layers

Wait to film or get your clip? Start collecting your assets! Get a photo or video of the background you had in mind (i.e. a spooky forest), any foreground elements (i.e. a bush in front of you), and/or pre-made special effects (i.e. a lightning strike). You can even start assembling them together in Premiere!

Day 21-22, 10/11-12

1. Final Cut of “Shoot the Shots”

Finish your rough cut of the “Shoot The Shots” project and begin correcting colours and adding audio (ambience, SFX, and music), your production logo, credits, and titles. This is the last full day of studio time we will have to work on this, although you’ll have up to a 30-90 minutes to work on it over the next few days depending on how quickly you get through our green screen exercise. “Shoot The Shots” will not be due until early next week. We will be filming and editing on special effects shots on Thursday and Friday and introducing our storytelling unit next week, but you won’t have much studio time remaining to work on this project.

Day 16-17, 10/3-4

1. Photography 101

This video offers an overview of everything you need to know (and more!) about photography in under forty minutes while I meet with the Film 12 students. We will watch and discuss it in the first part of class and introduce the project in the second.

2. Shoot the Shots Project

Students should not be editing overdue projects. We are introducing a new project and will look at some past samples by former students. This is a partnered project, so you can find someone you’d like to work with or I will help you identify a collaborator. For the remainder of the day today and all day tomorrow, groups should be preparing their storyboards, shot lists, acquiring props, scouting locations, and directing their actors. If you need, you can practice working with the equipment if you need time to review. Notify Mr. Gilbar as soon as you are ready. The first five groups to finish will film on Wednesday, while the last five groups will film on Thursday.

On Thursday and Friday, we will be doing our first narrative film shoot! The “Shoot the Shots” exercise is out of twenty marks. It will be a short, wordless narrative requiring 1-2 actors. Like all of our projects, please make sure to include your production logo at the beginning and a brief rolling credits at the end.

  1. Duration: The duration is between 45-90 seconds
  2. Camera shots: Includes EFFECTIVE use of all six shot types
  3. Camera moves: Includes EFFECTIVE use of two types of camera movement
  4. Continuity: Temporal continuity is created as one shot naturally leads into the next
  5. Versions: Two versions submitted, one with shots clearly labelled and one unlabelled

We will start planning this project tomorrow, but you should start thinking of ideas today!

3. Important Shots

Here is a great article on important shots. Don’t feel like reading? Here’s a video version!

4. Open Studio

Spend the remainder of the class working on editing your “Light and Sound” exercise. You will need  to manually sync your audio that was captured on the Zoom recorder and titling the shots with the shot type/lighting technique and sound capture method. If you finish early, you can use the remaining studio time to work on the “Viewpoint” project.

Day 15, 9/29

1. Camera Demo

We will pick up on yesterday’s camera demo.

  1. Battery: Grab a camera bag and set it on a flat surface. Open the bag and remove the camera, then open the compartment and put in a freshly charged battery (from the green bin).
  2. Tripod: Get a tripod then unlock the plate and pull the safety catch to release it. Use your fingers our a coin to screw it onto the base of the camera, making sure not to overtighten. Open the legs out all the way so the tripod is stable. Place the plate onto the tripod head until you hear a click, then close the hinge to lock it in place.
  3. Power: Press the switch in the top-right corner to power the camera on. Press “Menu” in the top-left then press the right arrow to select the first wrench in the settings. Go to the “Format” option and press “Set” the data from the card.
  4. Configure ISO: Press the ISO button and make sure it is appropriately set. Rule of thumb: Outside = ISO 100/200, Inside = ISO 400/800, Dark Room = ISO 1600, Never = ISO 3200+ 
  5. Set Focus: When in doubt, leave the camera on Auto focus (AF). We will learn about Manual Focus (MF) later on. There is a physical switch to toggle this on the side of the lens.
  6. Change Mode: Set to Aperture Priority (Av), Manual, or Video mode depending on the camera model.
  7. Adjust Aperture and Shutter Speed: The widest aperture on these lenses is f3.5. The slowest shutter is 1/25 or 1/30. Scroll the wheel(s) until the exposure meter has a line in the centre to indicate an even exposure. If it is to the left, it is too dark (or underexposed); let in more light by reducing the shutter speed > opening up the aperture (lowering the f-stop number) > increasing the ISO as needed. If it is to the right, it is too bright (or overexposed); let in less light by reducing the ISO > reducing the aperture (raising the f-stop number) > increasing the shutter speed.
  8. Record: Turn on the “live view” mode on the digital viewfinder (the red icon to the right of the optical viewfinder) to preview what is being seen. Press the shutter to set the focus, then the red button to stop and start recording.

2. Savage

We will be watching and briefly discussing a short film called “Savage.” We will use it as an opportunity to demonstrate our critique process.

3. Open Studio

Today is an open studio day. Please prioritize filming or reshooting any of the experiments that you missed yesterday. Afterwards, you can use studio time as you’d like. Go to Teams to figure out how to prioritize your tasks in sequence of when they were due. In other words….

Production Logo > Spy Talk Exercise > Viewpoint Exercise > Light & Sound Exercise. If you finish all of them, please let me know and I will help get you ready for the next project!