322.002 Course Outline
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If you don't read and study, you have not earned the right to complain. Our goal here is substantive learning, not credit for a class. The course outline shows you what to read each week--always come to class prepared.
REMINDER: You may NOT shoot any stunts at any time as part of any work for the class. Doing so causes automatic failure of the course.
This is for the Monday-Wednesday 4:00 class
Week 1 (8/26-28) Reading to complete this week: Chapter 1
Monday: First thoughts about filmmaking. Filmmaking versus moviemaking. Film versus HD video. Ideas about script writing--creative ideas. 'AIS formula.' Artistic movies vs. Hollywood formula. Bottom line: making money as a filmmaker. Short films market? Internet and film festivals--promoting a career but not moneymaking.
Wednesday: Overview of specifics about developing, writing and pitching scripts. Assignment--start working on a 10-minute short film script. Concept due next week; treatment and outline due third week; script due fourth week.
Filmmaking Chapter 1 study questions (linked here)
Week 2 (9/4) Reading to complete by Wednesday class: Chapter 11
Wed class: CLASS WILL START AT 4:15 and go until 5:30 today, instead of 4:00 to 5:15. A typed concept is due at the start of class, as discussed in Week 1. This will be about 4-7 sentences describing what you would write a treatment then script for as a short film project. This must be your firm idea--changes after Wednesday will have a signficant grade impact on Project 4. The treatment is then due at the start of next Wednesday's class. See Chapter 1 and do online searches for tips, tutorials and guidance.
As always, class may start with a short quiz over assigned reading. Today's quiz would include Chapters 1 and 11.
Introduction and overview of terminology of 'visual storytelling.' Based on changes related to plans with the graduate film class -- the projects for this course have been adjusted. See the updated syllabus here.
Chapter 11: _______ is the shooting of any scenes that involve the main actors, which is the majority of a movie and involvrs the director and first unit crew. DP stands for __________ . The ________ unit camera crew shoots insert shots, plates for visual effects, stunts, and any other sequences that do not involve the main actors. What are the realities of a film-shoot production schedule? A typical production day lasts ____ hours, not including lunch. _______ is a typical official call time when the crew is ready to work and, based on that _____ is the standard completion time--but, if shooting continues beyond that time, ______ is served and ________ begins for the crew. (ETC>continue making notes and studying. More may be added later: check back) All for this chapter are LINKED HERE
Week 3 (9/10-12) Reading to complete by Monday class: Chapter 12
Watch 'Magic of Movie Editing' this week--you may have to watch this outside class.
Monday: Complete introductory 'visual storytelling' overview as needed. As always, possible quiz over assigned reading. Revisit initial issues of writing / developing content related to producing and directing.
Wednesday: Chapter Exam 1 over Chapters 1, 11, 12. See review materials and notes you should have taken during class discusions.