Syllabus

COURSE OBJECTIVE
The goal of this independent study is to create two short films by the end of the semester showing an understanding of story telling in less than 8 minutes.
In the process of watching short films throughout the semester, I will be able to get a better understanding of editing down to a smaller time length while maintaining a thorough storyline.
Being able to make a short film is essential to potentially having an opportunity to make longer ones.
The work for the completed project will have use in my portfolio and senior show.

COURSE MATERIALS
Cinematic Storytelling - Jen Van Sill
Master shots - Chris Kenworthy
Setting up your shots - Jeremy Vineyard

QUESTIONING PROCEDURES
NOTE: View at least 3 Short Films each week and take notes using the format below. Try to use films that are longer than one minute and shorter than 15 minutes (though the definition of a short film may vary). Please note all of the info for each film:
Title:
Year:
Director:
Run time:
Viewed on : If found online, The date it was posted, AND the date you accessed it and then the url.
(link to website, OR name of dvd collection and distributer /publisher of dvd)

More video questions to be used.

Story Synopsis:
Location:
Characters:
Visual strengths:
Use of Light / Color:
Digital techniques:
Use of Sound / Music:
Inspiration for my project:

a) What was the name of the video.
b) What was the video about? Give a brief overview.
c) Which part of the video will you most remember? Why?
d) Was there something on the video you disagree with? What was it, and why do you disagree?

SCHEDULE
While working on the final, all tutorials viewed will be written down along with what has been learned from them and where or how it can be used in the final.

Week 1
Any reports from the summer. Up to 1 page paper listing what I did and how it will help with the final project or processes during the semester..

Week2
Up to 1 page Listing how to achieve my visual goals in film for this course? What makes motion pictures effective? How will my film be successful?
Films:

Week3
Clip subject: continuity
Films:

Week4
Clip subject: camera movements
Films:

Week5
Clip subject: sound
Films:

Week6
Clip subject: lighting
Write a short essay describing the psychological effect of dramatic lighting based on one of the films seen from course.
Films:

Week7
.Clip subject: montage
Mid Term: Possibly create a short with all subjects so far: continuity, camera movements, sound, lighting in 3.5 minutes or less.
Films:

Week8
.Final Project proposal about what the subject will be and

Week9
Clip Subject: working with others
At least one minor project must be done in collaboration (not necessarily a UMD student).

Week10
Work on final project
Tutorials Watched:

Week11
Work on final project
Tutorials Watched:

Week12
Begin organizing everything from semester into a digital portfolio.
Tutorials Watched:

Week13
Work on final project
Tutorials Watched:

Week14
Work on final project
Tutorials Watched:

Week15
Finalizing project with statement

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