Southern Methodist University – Spring Term 2007
117 Umphrey Lee, Mondays 9:00-11:50am
Robert Flowers, Instructor
Project 03: Final Project
Present to me on paper an idea you would like to produce into a
3-6 minute film/video with sound and titles. The topics are wide open. Make sure that the project can be completed by the due date.
If you can not come up with an idea for a final project idea, you can do the one described below:
Create a montage that depicts the city in which you live. e.g. Your street, neighborhood, local supermarket, gas stations, police stations, kids playing in a park, teams playing on a soccer field, water tower, road or building construction etc. Remember the two B&W Movie examples shown in class: Berlin, Symphony of a Great City and Man with a Movie Camera
Use juxtapositions, for example:
Shot A: close-up of a lamp with a red light.
Shot B: medium shot of man waiting for elevator door to open.
Shot C: long shot of doors opening on the back of a trailer, and cows walk out.
Shot D: man walks into grocery store
Shot E: burger tossed off spatula
Shot F: boy catching Frisbee
Shot A: Close up of ear.
Shot B: Audio Speaker
Shot C: Couple on dance floor
Shot A: woman running
Shot B: dog swimming
Shot C: A city park
A+B=C or A+B+C+D+E=F etc
Build a rhythm, a “melody of pictures” using juxtapositions to create a video without “actors” that tells the story of where you live.
DO NOT TURN YOUR PROJECT INTO A MUSIC VIDEO!
DO NOT JUST SHOOT OUT THE CAR WINDOW!
“FINAL PROJECT 02 DUE, Monday May 5th, NO EXCEPTIONS!”
Finished film/video format yet to be determined e.g Mini-DV tape or DVD
GET YOUR RESERVATION SHEETS SIGNED BY ME
DO NOT “OVER-REACH” (do not plan more than you can complete)
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE
TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION TIME AT LAB AND TIME TO AND FROM
FED-EX, UPS, PRIORITY OVER-NIGHT ALL FILM
HELP EACH OTHER WITH YOUR PROJECTS
Take notes for each shot e.g. f/stop, focal length (25mm, 50mm, etc.)
Reserve Bolex, tripod, lights, etc. in ADVANCE
Determine Film stock:
ASA Daylight Tungsten
Kodak: B&W Color
Get crew together (if necessary)
Pick Lab (use course pack)
Will they telecine? Expensive
Will you telecine at school? Cheap
If you shoot color negative = lab must transfer
You must pick a lab that can make a workprint (positive film print) (Medium cost)
Transfer workprint to video at SMU
1 – light = film is workprinted, or transferred to video at the “standard” exposure.
Best light = “ “ “ at the average exposure of all shots
Timed = ” “ “ all shots are corrected
Schedule time to edit in AVID lab (if you choose to edit with it)
Edit with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Vegas, or Edius on your own computer.
Output final film to mini-DV tape or DVD with sound and titles and deliver to me. I will keep
all final projects, make sure you have a copy for yourself