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.

PLEASE Title your document: YOUR NAME_FIVE 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):

Title:
Year:
Director:
Run time:
Link to the film : (URL of website, dvd, tv or movie theatre)
Story Synopsis:
Location:
Characters:
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!)

https://vimeo.com/shortstv

http://www.filmsshort.com/

http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2014/25-of-the-best-short-films-you-can-watch-online/

https://www.shortoftheweek.com/

http://filmshortage.com/

http://mashable.com/2014/01/18/sundance-short-films/

http://vimeo.com/categories/films/shortfilm

https://www.longliveimagination.com/

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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 _________________________________________________________.

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…

FOR YOUR PRODUCTION BIBLE

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

http://nofilmschool.com/2016/08/grab-every-filmmaking-form-youll-ever-need-these-99-free-templates

Storyboarding Blood Simple

 

Coen Brothers Storyboards on Youtube / Published on Sep 19, 2016

While preparing our release of BLOOD SIMPLE, photographer Grant Delin created a video that compares scenes from the film to their original storyboards, with commentary by Joel and Ethan Coen, cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Frances McDormand.

Vimeo Group for UMD filmmaking students

How to Join Vimeo  https://vimeo.com/sign_up

You can join Vimeo for free with a Vimeo Basic membership. ( 500MB/week of storage, Up to 25GB a year) You can later decide to upgrade to Vimeo Plus or Pro if you want more space and features.

Students in Art2040 need to join Vimeo this semester, and then join the Vimeo group for UMD Art & Design Students.   https://vimeo.com/groups/115939

This Vimeo group is for students to share video projects and inspirations. If you are a student at UMD (University of MN Duluth), you are welcome to join and share here. Only members can see this group, so feel free to post your favorite short films for discussion!

Is Vimeo Basic just a free trial?

Nope. Vimeo Basic is perfect for individuals who want to join the community, but who might not be uploading tons of HD videos each week. If that sounds like you, you might never pay a dime for Vimeo. 

Viewing Assignment / Five 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.

Please Join Vimeo to help you start a list of your favorites. Then JOIN THIS VIMEO GROUP: https://vimeo.com/groups/115939

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.

PLEASE Title your document: YOUR NAME_FIVE 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):

Title:
Year:
Director:
Run time:
Link to the film : (URL of website, dvd, tv or movie theatre)
Story Synopsis:
Location:
Characters:
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!)

https://vimeo.com/shortstv

http://www.filmsshort.com/

http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2014/25-of-the-best-short-films-you-can-watch-online/

https://www.shortoftheweek.com/

http://filmshortage.com/

http://mashable.com/2014/01/18/sundance-short-films/

http://vimeo.com/categories/films/shortfilm

https://www.longliveimagination.com/

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 _________________________________________________________.