Project 1 : Object of Desire

Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives
ART 2040 – sec 002   syllabus 
3 PM – 6:50 PM WEDNESDAY
335 AB Anderson Hall

Project 1: Object of Desire / Light + Shots + Angles (20 sec)

Shoot on location in Duluth, capturing a sense of place, natural light, and a short narrative arc. Your video must include at least one person in addition to the “object of desire”. Create a short video with the subject “object of desire”. Use a variety of shot types and angles. (You must include least 10 different shots in 20 seconds) Use a tripod when shooting. Avoid handheld or camera movement of any kind. Focus on framing and composition of various shots. Subjects may move in or out of frame. Bring video clips to class next week for import and edit practice. Follow directions discussed in class. Your 20 second edit is DUE at the end of Class 2.

Examples of shots, angles and lighting:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/shots.html

 

resources: Camera Shots and Angles https://jrockviznar.wordpress.com/category/camera-shots-and-angles/

 

If this was…

If this was a story about my life, it would be a ___________________ (genre / style), created by _________________________________ (artist/ director).
The story about my life would be ____________________________________________________________ (describe visual qualities and emotional tone).

It would be set in _______________ (era) in ___________________ (location). The pace of the story would be _________________, the camera work would be ______________________.

It would be the story of _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
(short synopsis).

In the project, my ________________ (family member) would be played by _____________________ (actor) and __________________ (actor) would play the love interest.
In the climax of the story, _________________________ would happen. This scene would feel very ______________(emotion) and be visually _________________ (look). The audience would be most surprised by the ending, when I _________________________________________________________.

Student Shorts at Duluth Superior Film Fest on June 4, 2016

UMD Student films, along with other videos by Emerging Filmmaker Project Duluth workshops will be featured this year at Duluth Superior Film Fest on June 4th at Zinema 2 in downtown Duluth.
Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend!

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The Duluth Superior Film Festival (DSFF) is an ambitious and innovative event that delivers film, music and art to the Twin Ports region. In its short history, DSFF has developed an exemplary reputation for presenting a distinctively imaginative and diverse line-up of international, American independent and regional films. Over 5 days this June 1-5, 2016 the festival will present an exciting slate of films, bring popular music acts, host many visiting filmmakers to introduce and discuss their works, and include an array of events, panels, discussions, and parties.
http://ds-ff.com/

Don’t miss the screening of  Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth Showcase at Duluth Superior Film Fest on June 4, 2016!

Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth Showcase

From experimental animation to live action shorts, Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth Showcase features original videos by area middle school, high school, and university students who participated in workshops and classes at University of Minnesota Duluth over the past year. In collaboration with local arts educators and regional film organizations, Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth aims to help beginning filmmakers gain skills and confidence creating with moving media. EFPD workshops were funded through an Academic Affairs Public Engagement Grant with additional support from the Department of Art & Design, School of Fine Arts, Fine Arts Academy, and Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at UMD.

 

Motion + Media Research Symposium

​Open to students, faculty and community members who are interested in emerging media, interactive design, digital storytelling, motion capture, and related research… Registration Link below…
 
Motion + Media Research Symposium
Friday, April 15 2016 at 10 AM – 3 PM
This one day symposium brings together artists, scientists and researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to share their creative work with emerging media. Sponsored by University of Minnesota Duluth, Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab. Featuring Keynote by Dave Beck “The Convergence of History & Environment through Games & Animation” and Elizabeth LaPensée, Indigenous Game Designer, Research for Indigenous Community Health Center. Research Topics to include: Motion Capture, Virtual Reality, Interactive Environments, and Video Production. Open to students, faculty and the public by RSVP / Advance registration. Free lunch for those who pre-register.
To reserve your spot…
Register for the Motion + Media Research Symposium here:
http://goo.gl/forms/P61yFGxm9c
Tentative Schedule for Friday April 15
10am : Welcome to MMADlab / 25 Bohannon Hall / Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab Presentations
11am : Keynote in 90 Bohannon Hall / Dave Beck (UW-Stout) “The Convergence of History & Environment through Games & Animation”
Noon : Lunch + Networking
1pm : Elizabeth LaPensee Presentation on Indigenous Games, Speed research, Brainstorm session
2pm : Hands-on project demos, interactive experiences

Please join us for a one day gathering of interdisciplinary researchers… Presentations, speed research, networking, and project demos.

Facebook Event:

Spring 2016 / Pre-Production + Greenlight

Each team must meet this week … Please follow instructions below to do pre-production work on your group film project and be ready to share your work on the pin up board next week to get your project “greenlighted”.
I suggest each group establish a folder on google drive titled: Art2040_Team_workingtitle
Please share this folder with everyone on your team AND with me ( jrock2@d.umn.edu )
Include your preproduction shot lists, script, location photos, and other planning in the folder.
 
NEXT WEDNESDAY March 23, Each group will fill the board with their Pre-Production plan…including an outline of dates and locations and tasks for each shoot day. The team must show that they have discussed and worked on the many pre-production tasks below:
• Shooting Script (even if your project has very little dialog, you still need a script  that outlines the story / action). For a short film, this should be no more than 3 pages long.
• Shot lists for each shoot (Break down the story into shoot dates / locations. Note each shot you want to be sure to get. Include cutaways and ambient sound and visuals to remind yourself to capture a variety of shots that will help when editing later)
• Photos of locations (scout and shoot your stills horizontally in movie format! Discuss issues with light at each location. Look at ways you may need to dress the set, or art direct the location.)
• Storyboard multiple shots for each scene (Storyboarding helps you think through interesting angles and makes sure you get the wide, medium, and closeup shots you need. It really helps you communicate with each other about what you want to capture on location. You should cross check your  shot lists with storyboards.)
• Casting plan (If you need an actor, you can ask the Theatre department how to do a casting call. It is very important to coordinate your cast with your shoot dates / times. If an actor can’t make the times, find someone else. Get a firm commitment, discuss costume / clothing, color palette, makeup. On a no-budget student film, the actors may want to help with costuming.)
• Equipment plan (What cameras, tripods, steady cams, dollies, lights, sound equip will you use? who gets the equipment and tests it? and who operates it on each shoot?)
• Team roles and crew assignments Who directs each shoot (you may choose to take turns) ? Who works with actors? Who wrangles equipment? Who runs cameras, lights, sound? Who gathers props and costumes? Who checks continuity? Who drives to locations? Who secures permissions? Who coordinates team communication?
To get Greenlighted, you must prove you have done all the pre-production planning!

PITCH ASSIGNMENT: Your Short Film Idea

Each student will pitch a short film idea in class on WED MARCH 2, 2016.

(Last class before spring break!)

Please read the info below on how to prep your pitch and follow the powerpoint format as outlined. No fancy templates or fonts please! Keep the presentation clean with good visuals to back up your cinematic ideas.

SHORT FILM PROJECT PITCH

You will have 5 minutes to pitch an idea for a collaborative short film. Prepare an enthusiastic and engaging presentation of an idea for a film you would like to work on. Follow the checklist of points to cover in your pitch. Please keep your pitch under 5 minutes. Your pitch must offer an idea that is realistic within the timeline, technical tools, and financial limitations of our class. Films can be shot in multiple locations, but be realistic about the time it takes to plan and shoot.

SAVE THIS INFO to help you prep your pitch!

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PITCH: Paper printout + 10 slides in Powerpoint

Paper Printout: Please bring a one page printout that includes this info:

YOUR NAME: WORKING PROJECT TITLE:

TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.:

PLEASE PREPARE a SHORT POWERPOINT (10 slides) OR PDF Your presentation must include visuals to support your pitch.

YOUR Powerpoint or PDF PRESENTATION SHOULD INCLUDE:

Slide 1 : YOUR NAME

WORKING PROJECT TITLE

TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.

Slide 2: GENRE / STYLE:

Describe the type of short you want to make, show visual example

Slide 3 : STORY / PLOT:

Short paragraph that expands on the Teaser.

Slides 4-5: Character Descriptions / visual examples

Slides 5-7 : Locations / Settings / visual examples

Slides 8-9 : Additional Visual Examples that support the type of cinematography, visual effects, look / feel of the movie you hope to make. Storyboards, character sketches, still photos.

Slide 10 : Special Issues / Time of Day for shoots / restrictions

MORE TIPS on Pitching Film Ideas:

https://jrockviznar.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/pitch-links/

https://jrockviznar.wordpress.com/category/pitching-project/

Walter Murch on Film Editing

In class we watched
The Cutting Edge The Magic of Movie Editing (Documentary)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cutting_Edge:_The_Magic_of_Movie_Editing
Students, send your notes on what you found most interesting in the video we viewed in class. Was there a film editor, era, or technique that you did not know about and would love to know more about? What did you take away from the documentary?
More Walter Murch:

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch ‘s vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question – Why do cuts work? – Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subject

The Film & Sound Editor behind Apocalypse Now & The English Patient reveals the relationship between editing and dance, the importance of rhythm – “like telling a good joke” – and how digital film has transformed his work.