Author: <span class="vcard">irina</span>

due March 25 (TREM 4728)

I. Watch Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing. It’s available for rent on all major media outlets: Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, etc. Post your thoughts on the movie’s “key,” or goal + a still from the movie that visually reinforces your point.

II. Read Evidence chapter from Crafting Truth. You can find it here: Evidence from CT. I will email later how we can discuss it.

III. Motion exercise is due. Export you movie with a H.264 codec. It should be less than .5GB in size. Name it FirstName CourseNumber Motion, ex. Anna 4728 Motion. Files named differently will not be watched or graded. Remember, you are graded on animation, videos and text have to move. 10 animations of video and 10 animations of text will get you a B max. If the rest is good, and the video shows consistency in production and content, you can get an A. Put it here. You are sharing this folder with TREM 3871 students, so watch all the videos, get inspired!

IV. Start working on your midterm – a film self portrait that uses interview (A-roll) and carefully composed cinematography (B-roll) to convey your personality. It is due March 31.

V. Keep thinking of Final Project – a creative documentary. As I said it can be done in groups of 2.


due March 24 (TREM 3871)

I. Motion Exercise is due on March 24.

Export you movie with a H.264 codec. It should be less than .5GB in size. 1-2 min. Name it FirstName CourseNumber Motion, ex. Anna 3871 Motion. Files named differently will not be watched or graded. Remember, you are graded on animation, videos and text have to move. 10 animations of video and 10 animations of text will get you a B max. If the rest is good, and the video shows consistency in production and content, you can get an A. Put it here. You are sharing this folder with TREM 4728 students, so watch all the videos, get inspired!

II. Style

We will be looking at 3 more directing styles (neo-noir, impressionistic and expressionistic). I’ll email later how we can watch clips together and discuss them.

For the MIDTERM (DUE March 31), you will create a short film (1-3 min) in the directing style of your choice. The film should be (loosely) based on Jacques Prévert’s poem “Dejeuner du Matin”). You can find it here: Jacques Prevert.

You can interpret it any way you want. You do not have to follow the words or even actions described in the poem. The main point is there are two people having breakfast and one of them is not talking to the other. They may not be talking because they are mad, sad or gaged. It can be set in a kitchen, in a bedroom, in a car, in the park, wherever. It may or may not have dialogue. Here are some examples from previous semesters, but if you have an idea, you don’t have to watch any of them. Some of these are made by MFA students, yours can be shorter, simpler etc. The main point of the exercise is to prepare you for the final project.

The second part of you midterm is a PowerPoint (or KeyNote) presentation, in which you will choose one of 6 styles presented “in class;” discuss stylistic elements of a given film (I’ll post titles after next class), incorporating examples of stills from it, as well as discuss how your film (Breakfast adaption) adheres to the style you have chosen.

III. Final Project

Script is due. Please upload your scripts by March 17 into this folder. I will show you examples of LookBooks next class which will be due on March 31. I have updated the calendar.


due March 11 (TREM 4728)

I. We will finish the motion graphic exercise. Try to work on it at least for 4 hours before next class.  We will start working on the Midterm – your (self)-portrait. It can be shot as a traditional documentary (A-roll – interviews of you, and/or your friends and family + B-roll) or it can be a creative essay-type film that uses voice over that you have written under impressionistic shots and/or montage.  You will have to shoot original footage. The midterm is due March 18.

II. Watch A strange Love Affair with Ego, post your thoughts and a still from the film that visually expresses them. You will find the film here.


due March 10 (TREM 3871)

  1. Bring Final Project Proposal to continue workshopping it in class. You will hand it to me for comments.  2 pages max. Font 11-12, single or 1.5 line spacing. Answer questions (1-7) from the doc below (do not restate the questions, but do number answers)

Final Project Outline

2. Bring 3-5 shots of your life that you could use as b-roll to illustrate your interview. You can shoot them on your iPhone or any camera. Remember FEMO equation and try to use natural light. You can partner with a classmate, come an hour earlier and film each other.  Make sure you have

  1. Close Up of your face
  2. WS of you doing doing: studying, writing, cooking, driving, walking your dog?
  3. You with your friends of family
  4. You alone, facing window?

due March 4 (TREM 4728)

Watch Tarnation by Jonathan Caouette. You can find it here (and Brother’s Keeper, you can watch and get credit for last HW)

Read a chapter Authenticity from Crafting Truth. You can find it here: Authenticity

You do not have to upload a paragraph on the blog this time, but be prepared to discuss the easy and the film.

 

 

 

Bring 3 shots that could be used as B-roll for your digital portrait. we will work o it in class.

  1. WS of you doing something (making coffee at homers OK, playing soccer is better)
  2. CU of your face (looking out of the window, thinking, try outside with natural light, be mindful of FEMO)
  3. Shot of you with friends, family or colleagues (laughing, arguing are good, something active)

All could be shot on the phone or camera. If not using tripod, make sure it is not shaky at least for 20 seconds. You do not have to upload it. Bring it class. Here is a nice tripod for phone.

You all must buy Hard Drive to keep your footage/projects on. Here are recommendations from Young Cheong:

500GB HD

Better one, 1TB


due March 3 (TREM 3871)

We are setting up and recording interviews in the TV studio 2-4. Please come early to help set up.

Somos Cuba video is due with titles/credits. We’ll mix sound in class. You may have the two types of montage (20 1/2sec. shots and 5 1sec shots) but you don’t have to.

Video should be 2 min. max and should have some sort of story, or mood, or tone that would make it work as a piece. Feel free to use your own music.

Here is a nice tripod for phone.

You all must buy Hard Drive to keep your footage/projects on. Here are recommendations from Young Cheong:

500GB HD

Better one, 1TB


due February 26 (TVRA 4728)

I. Watch Brother’s Keeper by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky and write one paragraph on what the film is (really) about and how production (methods, styles, techniques) reinforce its “key.” Post 1 still from the film that exemplifies your point.

II. Read the Chapter on the Art of Interview. I uploaded it into our Google Drive folder.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13sZInV4OCY1vnsSjAAKjozGfkdZfGQUq?usp=sharing

III. Make a short interview of a friend, relative or neighbor. Like you did in class (with your neighbor), ask them a couple of questions about their life, where they live, what is special about it, what they want etc. looking (like we did in class) for a detail that inspires interest and empathy in the viewers. Trim your video (on the phone) to that one detail and upload into the Class 5 Art of Interview folder (link above). Yo will be graded on 1) Content: how specific/visual the detail is 2) Form: how good your frame is, remember FEMO and background texture.


due February 25 (TVRA 3871)

I. Bring your idea for midterm or final project to pitch in class. Print it to hand to me. It has to be less than a page with standard margins, double spaced in Arial font 12. Structure your pitch as follow:

  1. Introduction (1-3 sentences)

should contain a “hook,” could be an anecdote, statistics, a joke, a question that your project will pose or answer, or a striking image

  1. Summary of Topic (1-3 sentences)

Briefly provide contextual information to acquaint the reader to the subject, advising why the topic is critical and why such a film is needed now. Explain any global relevance for the contemporary social issues addressed. Describe why you are the best person to tell this story. Please be concise.

  1. Narrative Synopsis (1 paragraph)

Clearly communicate the story your film will tell. Who are the characters and what is their journey? What might be different for them from the beginning to the end? Consider narrative arc, point-of-view, and use of artistic elements.

It is very important not to linger on this part. Stick to “police report” format: what happens when, nouns and verbs, easy on adjectives. Stay away from evaluative language (great, interesting etc), your critics/audience will judge that.

  1. Background Information. Research (1-3 sentences)

Outline what you have learned on the subject of your project from academic and non academic sources. jMention some names and facts.

II.

Refections Exercise

Create a short video shot through reflections, abstractions, shadows, extreme (not recognizable) close ups. You may use only one “normal” shot (probably last).  Maximum length – 1 min. No dialogue, but keep the original sound. Music only. The exercise should tell a story and adhere to rules and principles of a certain genre: Love Story, Modern Epic (Individual vs. State), Western, Coming of Age, Redemption (protagonist change from bad to good), Education, Disillusionment, Comedy, Crime / thriller (victim’s pov), Crime / murder mystery (detective’s pov), Domestic Drama, Mockumentary, Musical, Animation or Experimental.

Call your video Your Name_ Reflections and upload it into Reflection exercise folder:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sa1XFav4hEvJeS2GyCfHhtdTsjSo_m9c?usp=sharing


due February 19 (TVRA 4728)

  1. Watch Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley and write/post one paragraph, what the film is (really) about.

 

 

 

 

2. Digital Haiku Exercise. Create a sequence of 3 shots that convey an emotion and tell a story. In compliance with Japanese haiku tradition, let’s make the length of the 1st video 10 seconds,  second 14 seconds and third – 10 seconds.

  1. Shoot them on your phone or camera, cut them together using free editing apps or put them into a folder as 3 separate shots. Make sure the folder has your name.
  2. 2 of the shots should be portraits of a person (your mom, your roommate, or your pet): one Wide Shot, One Close Up
  3. Upload them into Google Drive folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1St0y4Xfb-HAHlu79KWzMMKSH38Bgf7iC?usp=sharingJapanese haiku have been traditionally composed in 5-7-5 syllables. There are several techniques one may say Haiku poets use: The Technique of Comparison, Contrast, Association, Sense switching, Narrowing Focus, Paradox and Humor.Haiku, which seem so light, free and spontaneous, are built on discipline. Here are some basic principals.
    • Have two images that are only comparative when illuminated by the third image.
    • Have two images that are only associative when illuminated by the third image.
    • Have two images that are only in contrast when illuminated by the third image.
    • Work to find the most fascinating and eye-catching first images.
    • Shoot the impossible in an ordinary way.
    • Attempt to have levels of meaning in the haiku. On the surface it is a set of simple images; underneath a philosophy or lesson of life.
    • Relate a human feeling to an aspect of nature.

     

    Examples of Haiku Poetry

     

    old pond

    a frog jumps in

    the sound of water

    (Basho)

     

    the rhythm

    of her old brown hands

    weaving thin wet reeds

    (Elizabeth St Jacques)

     

    Road from Banbury

    a man spilled from his crushed car

    dead eyes full of rain

    (Jane K. Lambert)

     


due February 18 (TVRA 3871)

1. Shoot another 1 shot (long take mobile mise-en-scene) mini-movie “Morning” on your phone and upload it to the Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1imGjpEk8rBLGi2fru4NVsXSn9n5bRmCY

“Morning” should show a typical (or not so typical) morning routine. You can follow an actor or the camera can represent them, be their POV (Point of View). It can be comedy (nothing is where it is supposed to be), horror (ghost?), drama (the morning after), essay (this is my day), thriller (before she gets home), crime (after the murder), experimental.  Make sure you intersperse tracking shots of a person going on about their morning (waking up, turning off the alarm, brushing teeth, making coffee, feeding their pet etc) with freezing for a few moments a camera in a carefully designed CU (at least 7). No cuts, but there should be several clearly different frames. TRT (total running time) 30 sec – 1 min. Longer movies will not be accepted. It may have natural sound or music or soundscape.  You will be graded on frame composition and FEMO.

2. Bring to class 3 ideas for Midterm or Final Project. Each of the ideas should be centered around a different character. It maybe be helpful to think along the lines of “a  day in a life of XY. This is why I think it will lie interesting” or “XY wants to do this. These are the obstacles” or anything else if you can think of.  Should be .5-1 page long. Longer proposals will not be accepted.