In groups of 4 or 5, develop and shoot one of your 250-word screen scenarios (Assessment 1) from MDA1800 Storytelling and the Screen. Although you can rework your scenario, you must use one of your scenarios as the basis of this film. Your film must not exceed 5 minutes, including credits.
A successful project will:
- tell a story with a clear beginning, middle and end;
- portray distinct characters who change in some way;
- involve action which brings about character change;
- show your ability to work in continuity style;
- develop a mise-en-scène appropriate to the subject;
- employ a creative and appropriate use of diegetic sound; and,
- use titles and credits clearly and effectively.
Take a scene, up to 1½ minutes long, from any movie and re-create it. It has to be as close to the original as possible in terms of location, acting, lighting, sound, etc. It is essential, though, that your re-creation is identical to the original in terms of camera positioning, framing, script, music, shot number and length, and overall scene length. Choose your scene carefully!
In groups of 4, shoot and edit a non-dialoguescene consisting of not more than 10 (production) shots (i.e., set-ups) in which one character (‘A’) enters a location and gives an object to a second character (‘B’). The scene must begin and end with character A in a separate space from character B. The scene is to be shot in continuity style.
In groups of 4, produce two one-minute documentary interviews. One member of your group should be featured in one documentary, and a different group member in the other documentary. Be sure to rotate production and postproduction roles among group members.
Pay attention to the setting and the composition. The sound for one interview is to be recorded with a boom microphone onto track 1; the sound for the other interview should be recorded with a tie microphone onto track 1. The camera microphone should be recorded onto track 2 for both interviews. The voice should be recorded at a good level and should be clearly audible.
Edit the interviews to ensure they are interesting – and only one-minute long!
Lighting Assignment: In groups of 4, create a one-shot interior scene in which two characters interact without speaking. Shoot the scene 2 times: once creating a ‘natural’ look making use of daylight, and the second time sing only tungsten lights. The locations of the two scenes need not be the same, although the action must be the same (the actors, however, can be different in each scene). Bring your 2 shots to class on an SD card, and also upload.
Unity of Action: In groups of 4 produce a single shot that represents a unity of action and creates a sense of completeness. It should contain a beginning, middle and end.