weekly agenda


week 1

Introduction to Digital Film Production 1

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Contracts: Rules, Procedures, Policies, Pretest, Survey
This first week is an introduction to Digital Film Production 1 — what we are going to learn in this class, the policies, procedures, rules, expectations, proper use of equipment as well as the consequences of improper usage. During the first week we review the class contract, class fee of $10.00 for the year, and the syllabus. The class contract must be filled out and signed by student and parents, and returned to me, as well as the $10.00 class fee before using the equipment. These are the first two assignments in the class (each worth 20 points). After that we’ll do a pretest on googl forms, and figure out seating assignments. Once you have your assigned computer, you will complete a brief survey which tells me what you are interested in and what type of experience you’ve had in film up to this point. We will then review the class website, the iMac interface, using google advanced images, and the four programs you will learn and use: iMovie, Photos, iTunes & GarageBand. Your first assignment will be learning how to use creative shot types and angles in order to make more professional films.

week 2

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<<< Extreme CloseUp Shot (ECU)
used to convey emotion
 
(image: flickr.com)

Part 1: Contracts, Fee, Review 
Last week we reviewed the iMac interface and system preferences, as well as the different programs we use in this class, 
iMovie, iTunes, Photos and GarageBand. We discussed what each program is designed to do. You then added shortcuts for each of the 4 programs to your dock. We reviewed the class website, how to use the weekly agenda, and you added a bookmark to your browser for the class site. 

We talked about the difference between high resolution and low resolution images, and we reviewed how to use Google Image Search to find the type and resolution of images you need, and those that are copyright free to use or share. 

You took a pretest of Film Vocabulary on google. You will only be graded for taking the pretest to check your prior knowledge of film. This pretest is worth 25 points.

Part 2: 12 Basic Shot Types
During the second week of school we will start collecting contracts and class fees (20 points each).

We'll look at examples of the 12 basic shot types on the projector, and then we'll watch some short videos. If you want to watch them again, they are on the home page of this site. Read pages 84-92 in the Stinson textbook, and draw an example on the handout sheet of each of the 12 shot types. Turn it in to me for 24 points. Make sure your name and class period are at the top. 

Essential Question: How directors and camera operators on a film crew creatively compose powerful camera shots to enhance the quality of their films using good composition and The Rule of Thirds?

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe and capture the 12 basic shot types using camera angles, creative composition and The Rule of Thirds. 

week 3

iguana closeup

<<< iguana closeup free to use: pixabay.com

12 Basic Shot Types PowerPoint Assignment
This week you will create a PowerPoint using shot type images you have downloaded from google. Make a folder on your desktop and name it "Shot Types.” Using Google Image Search, find appropriate examples of each of the 12 Basic Shot Types, dragging and dropping the 12 images into your folder (DO NOT copy/paste). Next, insert each image onto its own slide, with the corresponding shot type. In your own words, type a brief description of each shot type under the shot type name below the image. You may use the textbook as reference if you need to. When you are ready to submit it for a grade (24 points), save your powerpoint document in the same folder. I will walk around and grade them on your computer.  Any use of inappropriate images will result in an automatic “F”on this quiz. By the end of this unit on the 12 basic shot types, you should have a good grasp of them in preparation for practicing getting your own with the camcorder.

12 basic shot types web quiz.pptx

Essential Question: How do directors and camera operators on a film crew creatively compose powerful camera shots using the 12 basic shot types to enhance the quality of their films?

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe and capture the 12 basic shot types in their films.

week 4

imovie-icon

<<< iMovie icon: apple.com

Learning to edit in iMovie 
This week you finish your short movie based on a word, object or feeling. Each student must make their own imovie, so that everyone knows how to edit a film using this program. Use the search tools in google images to download large size high resolution images to a folder on your desktop, so the pictures in your movie are high resolution, sharp and not pixelated. Your short still movie must have an opening title, closing credits, 15 still images, transitions in between your images, and a soundtrack. You may also add sound effects for extra points. Have fun - we will be watching your movies later this week on the big screen! Next up, Rule of Thirds technique and then we start using the camcorders.

Essential Question: How do professionals in the film industry use creative editing techniques to make their films more polished?

Learning Objective: 
Students will learn the basics of film editing to create a short film in iMovie with a beginning, middle and end -- including titles, soundtrack, transitions, sound effects and opening and closing credits.

week 5a

tercios

<<< Rule of Thirds image free to use: flickr.com

Good Composition & The Rule of Thirds
What is meant by “good composition using the Rule of Thirds?

1. WATCH two short instructional videos by clicking on the links below. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTF0MrMAIIo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSSOZxLnNyc

2. CREATE a PowerPoint slideshow with five still images taken from clips of your favorite films, describing how the Director of Photography has used good composition and The Rule of Thirds technique. Use the PowerPoint template provided below:

Rule3rds.ppt_template.pptx

Steps for PowerPoint Assignment (part 3):
1. Make a folder on your desktop and name it Rule of Thirds.
2. Google movie trailers from five of your favorite movies.**
3. Identify one point in each of the five film clips that illustrates good composition and where the Director of Photography, or DP has used the Rule of Thirds technique.
4. STOP the video at a point in the film clip where you see good composition and where you think the DP has used this tool to make the viewer look where he/she wants them to look.
5. Use the keyboard command 
Command / Shift / 4  to take a screen shot on your computer. Press and hold all three keys one at a time. You will get a target icon on your computer. Click and drag a box across the image where you want to take a screen shot and where you have stopped the film. This will take a screen shot of your image and place a .png file on your desktop. Drag this image into your folder.
6. Open the provided Powerpoint. Drag and drop your five screen captures into the PowerPoint and save the PowerPoint file into your Rule of Thirds folder on your desktop. Erase the text below your 5 screen captures and describe in 1-2 sentences in your own words how the cameraperson has used the Rule of Thirds technique to make the shot more interesting.  (worth 25 points).

** Any use of inappropriate imagery will result in an automatic “F” on this assignment.

There will be a quiz at the end of the first six weeks on 12 Basic Shot Types, Composition and the Rule of Thirds technique.

Essential Question: How do directors and camera operators on a film crew creatively compose powerful camera shots to enhance the quality of their films using good composition and The Rule of Thirds?

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe and capture the 12 basic shot types using creative camera angles, good composition and The Rule of Thirds technique.

week 5b

canon HF R21

<<< HF R21 image free to use: eastwestphoto.com

Parts & Settings of the Canon HF R21 Camcorder
This week you will learn how to handle the Canon video camcorder, and adjust the settings. Later in the week, we will go outside to practice getting the best 12 basic shot types with the cameras. If you like looking at manuals, you can download a digital users manual in PDF format below and keep it for reference on your desktop. If you prefer a hard copy, just ask for one. Below the manual is a link to the camcorder parts slideshow I have shown you on the projector. Note: there are some parts listed on the slideshow that you do not need to memorize, so refer to the parts checklist for the 20 
parts of the camcorder that you must become familar with.

HF R21 manual.pdf
camera parts HF R21.pdf
HF R21 parts checklist

I’ll first review the 20 parts, and show you where they are and what their function is. You will then practice with the cameras with a partner at your desk. Open the HF R21 parts checklist on your computer, and test one another on all of the parts - keep testing one another till you know all 20 parts. I will randomly come around and test individual students.

Later in the week you will learn how to use the Functions & Settings Menus of the camcorder, so you understand how to get into the settings and change things such as white balance (light settings), taking and deleting video and still shots, recording to the memory card OR to the hard drive of the camera, adjusting the audio recording level, and using headphones output vs using the built in AV function on the camera itself. Get a printout of these FIVE functions/settings from the front counter, and work with your partner on figuring out how to adjust them. You can use the manual or ask me or another student if you are unsure where to find them. Below is a link to the digital version of the settings, if you prefer that.

function_settings directions

I’ll review the procedures for checking out equipment, and students will break into teams of 2-4. One member of your team will check out and sign off on a camcorder, and we’ll go outside the D building while teams will practice getting the 12 basic shot types we've been studying. Be sure to set your camera to record to the hard drive and check your white balance settings for optimal lighting. Check that your audio recording level is turned up, and take turns with your team capturing the 12 basic shot types. Use the built in microphone to record your voice telling us what shot type you are capturing. As you are working, I will be randomly testing students on the camcorder parts and the settings you have learned so far.

Essential Question: How directors and camera operators on a film crew utilize their equipment and settings to capture professional-looking video?

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to use their camera equipment and program its settings effectively and safely.

week 5c

our tripod

<<< Velbon tripod

You are now ready to practice Tripod Mastery. I will demonstrate first how to set up and break down the tripod, and how to attach the Canon camcorders. Students will then break out into teams of three and practice setting up and breaking down the tripods. ALL STUDENTS MUST PASS THE TRIPOD QUIZ. Click on the link below, open it on one of your computers, and test one another on all the parts, setting up, attaching the camcorder, and breaking down. I will come around and randomly test students to make sure you all know how to use the tripod and attach the camera safely and effectively. On the next block day, we will go outside and practice filming with camera and tripod by interviewing one another and asking what you have learned so far in DFP1. You will then download the footage into iMovie for editing.

 tripod mastery checklist.pdf

Essential Question: How directors and camera operators on a film crew safely use their camera equipment and settings to capture creatively composed and powerful video?

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to use their camera equipment effectively and safely.

week 6

ed filmfest.org

<<< short film challenge graphic: edfilmfest.org

First Film: Short Film Challenge!!
Today you begin planning for your first film. I am attaching a document here which describes the project - please read this thoroughly so you understand what is entailed. I am also attaching the document you will need to start planning your film, the concept map/synopsis. You will begin PREPRODUCTION (planning) your first film today by choosing 1-3 other students for your film team and choosing a genre, character, line of dialogue and a prop from the supplied list below. Once you have decided on those four elements of your film with your team, you must download and completely fill out the concept map/synopsis for your film. I’m also including an example of how to write a one paragraph synopsis. Save your filled out concept map to your desktop and you will print it out on Friday and turn it in for a grade. Once you have completed a concept map/synopsis, storyboard and a script you are ready to start filming your masterpiece!

short film challenge description
HowTo Write Film Synopsis.pdf
PreProduction_ConceptMap.Synopsis

Essential Question: How does the pre-production phase of filmmaking (planning phase) improve a film?
Learning Objectives:
1.     Identify the steps of the preproduction phase of filmmaking: concept map, storyboard, and script.
2.     Brainstorm the beginning, middle and end of a scene with a concept map.
3.     Create a simple storyboard with the beginning, middle and end pre-planned and illustrated.
4.     Write a short script including dialogue for your film.

week 7

pre-production

<<< preproduction graphic: norwichfilmfestival.com

First Film: Short Film Challenge!!
Your preproduction documents are due by this Friday, September 29th, which includes your concept map, 8-scene script, and 8-scene storyboard. Attached below is a document which describes the project - please read this thoroughly so you understand what is entailed. I am also attaching the document you will need to start planning your film, the concept map/synopsis. You have already chosen your film team and a genre, character, line of dialogue and a prop from the supplied list below. Once you have completed concept map/synopsis, script and storyboard you are ready to start filming your masterpiece!

short film challenge description
HowTo Write Film Synopsis.pdf
PreProduction_ConceptMap.Synopsis

Essential Question: How does the pre-production phase of filmmaking (planning phase) improve a film?
Learning Objectives:
1.     Identify the steps of the preproduction phase of filmmaking: concept map, storyboard, and script.
2.     Brainstorm the beginning, middle and end of a scene with a concept map.
3.     Create a simple storyboard with the beginning, middle and end pre-planned and illustrated.
4.     Write a short script including dialogue for your film.

week 8

FilmCrew

<<< film crew graphic: hollywoodoracle.com

First Film:
Short Film Challenge!!

As soon as you have your THREE preproduction documents completed (concept map, 8-scene script, and 8-scene storyboard),  you are ready to film!! Attached below is a document which describes the project - please read this thoroughly so you understand what is entailed. I am also attaching the document you will need to start planning your film, the concept map/synopsis. You have already chosen your film team and a genre, character, line of dialogue and a prop from the supplied list below. Once you have completed concept map/synopsis, script and storyboard you are ready to start filming your masterpiece!

short film challenge description
HowTo Write Film Synopsis.pdf
PreProduction_ConceptMap.Synopsis

short film challenge rubric Fall2017
short film challenge reflection

Essential Question: How does the pre-production phase of filmmaking (planning phase) improve a film?
Learning Objectives:
1.     Identify the steps of the preproduction phase of filmmaking: concept map, storyboard, and script.
2.     Brainstorm the beginning, middle and end of a scene with a concept map.
3.     Create a simple storyboard with the beginning, middle and end pre-planned and illustrated.
4.     Write a short script including dialogue for your film.


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