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:


Team Progress Reports

PLEASE Remember: EACH team should email Joellyn (and copy your teammates) a team progress report each week (usually after Wednesday night), outlining what you did on location this week.

For grading purposes, every person will be writing a reflection on the production process… so it’s a good idea for you each to keep notes on each day of production…

If possible, please upload a few still photos or screen grabs from video as evidence of progress too!

Please include this info in your weekly
Progress Report:

Working Title:
Team Members:
Shoot date + location:

Briefly describe what you did on each day of shooting.

Who was at the shoot + what jobs did each person do…

What equipment did you use?

What shot choices did you make?

How did you light each shoot?

How did you capture sound?

What challenges came up and how did you meet them?

How was the experience directing and working with actors?

How did you respond to unforeseen variables?

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/

Viewing Assignment : 5 Short Films

What makes a good short film? What types of stories and characters can be captured in this short format?

Art2040 Students: Please view at least 5 Short Films over the next month and take notes using the format below. Find quality short films… like Oscar Nominated Shorts and other award winning short films. View others you find on the web. Be selective.

If possible, find works that relate somehow to your own creative work, as inspiration for a technique or look you hope to achieve. Try to use films that are longer than one minute and shorter than 15 minutes (though the definition of a short film may vary).

Make notes on your favorite shorts, type your reflection and post to the class folder once you have viewed 5 shorts.


Your writing/ reflection must note all of this info for each film (some of this info can be found online and pasted into your reflection):

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

OVER THE NEXT MONTH, YOU SHOULD PLAN TO VIEW MANY SHORT FILMS and PICK YOUR FAVORITE 5 shorts TO SHARE WITH CLASS. When considering shorts to view, look for genres and techniques that represent your own aesthetic direction. You may include Oscar Nominated Shorts, check out some shorts from the library DVDs, or search links to many collections of short films on the web…

See links to Short films… (know some good links to short films? send them!)









First Day > 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 _________________________________________________________.