Zinema 2 Movie Reflection

Duluth is lucky to have an art house cinema for viewing independent and more obscure films that do not get screened by the big chain theaters. This semester each filmmaking student was encouraged to get downtown to Zeitgeist / Zinema 2 and view a few films.

Students, Please Don’t forget to upload to the google folder your short reflection on the movie you saw at Zinema…

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If you haven’t gone yet, try to catch Lady Bird or Three Billboards… Both are examples of current films featuring strong female characters.

• Zinema 2 / go, view, reflect !

222 E. Superior St.
DuluthMN 55802
Get directions

Your writing/ reflection must note all of this info:

Run time:
Link to the film : (URL of website or trailer)
Story Synopsis:
Visual strengths:
Use of Light / Color:
Digital techniques:
Use of Sound / Music:


Pre-Production Planning

Art2040 Pitch Assignment resulted in 4 teams moving forward into production:

Before You Sleep : Pitch by Melissa, Team: Ben M, Emily

Costumed and Dangerous : Pitch by Micah, Team: Thomas A, Lizzy, Matthew

Project Manhattan (P.M.) : Pitch by Matt, Team: Wilson, Haley, Ben L

Letting Go : Pitch by Chris, Team: Megan, Thomas F

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.
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!

No Film School is a great resource for beginning filmmakers. Full of tips, tricks, and smart examples. Here is a link to their recent collection of useful forms for pre-production planning and other tasks…


Every Filmmaking Form You’ll Ever Need in 99 Free Templates


Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge

Now Accepting Submissions for Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge. Emerging artists ages 18 to 24 compete to win a year of professional and creative development, mentorship, all-expenses-paid trip to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Seeking the next generation of emerging filmmakers, Sundance Institute and Adobe Project 1324 opened the Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge. Fifteen winners will be selected from narrative and documentary short film submissions to win a career-launching opportunity.

More info at sundanceignite2018.com. Deadline is September 26.


Check out this great resource for all things Minnesota Indy Filmmaking…

After careful consideration, Independent Film Project MN’s Board of Directors agreed to rebrand IFPMN as FilmNorth. We felt it was time that our name more accurately reflected the unique place we occupy in the national independent film community. Please visit us at our new website, myfilmnorth.org.

Project 2: Abundance / Crowd-Sourced Video at the UMD Land Lab

Project 2: Abundance / Crowd-Sourced UMD Farm Documentary. This short project engages with the concept of community agriculture and crowd-sourced creativity. Visit the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm at least twice to shoot video of selected subject. Contribute rough clips to shared class folder. Using clips from the class folder, edit your own video portrait of the farm or festival to 30 seconds.

Filmmaking Class: Location shooting at UMD Land Lab /  Farm

WEDNESDAY Please meet in ABAH 335 classroom, then carpool to the farm.
SUNDAY  12-4pm Farm Fest Event
UMD Land Lab at 3568 Riley Road   DuluthMN
About the Land Lab   http://d.umn.edu/landlab/
SHOOTING ON LOCATION: Please be aware to stay out of each other’s shots when possible. Try to be aware of how you impact each other.  🙂
At the site on WEDNESDAY, plan to shoot many short clips capturing the light and colors and textures of the farm, what grows there, who works there, etc  Choose a special focus for your shooting, and be sure to get many different shots and angles to capture what you need for a strong edit later. ALL YOUR BEST CLIPS need to get uploaded to the class folder by NEXT TUESDAY. I recommend you sort and upload your clips within 24 hours of shooting.
AT the site, on SUNDAY, during Farm Festival, plan to shoot shorter and longer clips that document the activities. Students can sign up to focus on the time between 12-2pm (short shots of food buffet, hands on activities, farmer’s market)  OR 2pm-4pm (I need multiple students to document the performance by Magic Smelt puppeteers and Brass Band with longer shots).
UMD Food Farm Festival on Sunday Sept 17 12-4pm

Fall 2017 > Project 1

Project 1:  Capturing the Light (20 sec)

Explore a simple subject through deliberate choices of light + shots + angles. 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”. 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:

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

Forms for Filmmakers


No Film School is a great resource for beginning filmmakers. Full of tips, tricks, and smart examples. Here is a link to their recent collection of useful forms for pre-production planning and other tasks…


Every Filmmaking Form You’ll Ever Need in 99 Free Templates