Film Projects: Keeping them Simple
Best advice: Focus on the Skill Assigned.
Each week, the film director (that's you) will have the opportunity to explore one or two particular skills. Focus on these skills and design your assignment film around them. Don't get distracted into developing a film that is complicated by some other focus, such as:
dialogue (using silent keeps it simple),
a lengthy film (keep it short; keep it simple)
emotional impact (needs great acting)
special-effects, such as miniatures or make-up (very time-consuming)
high-action scenes, such as fight, sports, or vehicles (difficult to get good film)
Save these for your end-of-the-quarter project, where you will have a more open assignment . These will distract you from your mission of learning the particular skill that you should be demonstrating.
Simple Storyboarding Form (PDF) Storyboarding form with comment areas
Film Language, Film #11 of American Cinema, Site hosted by Annenberg/CPB. http://www.learner.org/resources/series67.html?pop=yes&vodid=109383&pid=206#
Watch film #11: 28 minutes; This short film shows how a scene is created: tryouts, storyboarding, camera placement, editing, etc.
"AMC Academy". AMC. http://www.amctv.com/article/0,,1393-1--0-106-EST,00.html
short films made by high school students
Ehman, Lee. "12 Video Tips". Advancing Students in Technology. http://www.indiana.edu/%7ew210/videotips.doc.
Hanks, Marion. Introduction to Cinematography, Coral Reef High School, Florida. http://www.adobe.com/education/pdf/exchange/cinematography_workbook.pdf. 66 pages.