This spring, UMD Acting for the Camera students and Visual Narratives filmmakers collaborated to create short video projects, each integrating a glass from this set. Scenerios were brainstormed, locations scouted, characters invented, scripts developed. Six teams went into production, shooting 6 different scripts, each featuring at least 2 actors in speaking roles. Each story varied in choice of setting, character conflicts, mood and genre. Each filmmaker edited a unique cut of their project. Music students created original compositions used in sound tracks for many of these shorts. Duluth locations included the Glensheen Mansion, the Duluth Depot, and the Tweed Museum of Art.
Links to the SET of SIX shorts on Vimeo can be posted here:
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
covers the history of world cinema, from the 19th century into the digital age.
Select an Episode and watch on Netflix streaming
1Birth of the Cinema2The Hollywood Dream3The Golden Age of World Cinema4The Arrival of Sound5Post-War Cinema6Sex & Melodrama7European New Wave8New Directors, New Form9American Cinema of the 70's10Movies to Change the World11The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream12Fight the Power: Protest in Film13New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America14New American Independents & The Digital Revolution15Cinema Today and the Future
Some TED talks about cinematic storytelling
Playlist: The power of film
12 talks · 3h 12m · Curated by TED
The clues to a great story
TED2012 · 19:16 · Filmed Feb 2012
The White Balance, ISO and Exposure Compensation buttons are located on the handle, as is the front dial, which is used to navigate through menu features and select exposure parameters. When you select any of the three buttons, you can either navigate by using the touch screen or the dials atop or on the back of the camera.
Hint: To quickly select white balance, choose one of the manual WB settings, aim at a pure white, grey or black object in the scene, and press Select White Set on screen. Then hit the Menu/OK button, and your white balance is set.
Manual Video with GH3 camera
More GH3 video tips
One of the most enduring tools to measure Hollywood's gender bias is a test originally promoted by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in a 1985 strip from her "Dykes To Watch Out For" series. Bechdel said that if a movie can satisfy three criteria -- there are at least two named women in the picture, they have a conversation with each other at some point, and that conversation isn't about a male character -- then it passes "The Rule," whereby female characters are allocated a bare minimum of depth...
Alison Bechdel's 1985 'The Rule' comicstrip
The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women
By WALT HICKEY
Attention aspiring filmmakers:
Here's a chance to make a short film about people overcoming poverty.
5 entries will be featured at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: http://b-gat.es/1gfJ29x
Create a unique, compelling, and personal Short Film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health.Your Short Film can be narrative fiction or documentary, imaginative, unorthodox, daring or simple -- the style and structure are completely up to you but you must touch on economic inequalities.
Editing & Music: An Interview with Three Editors at the Sundance Film Festival
What is the future of film?
...a master of picture editing and sound design, Murch has worked with, among others, director Francis Ford Coppola on such cinematic milestones as The Conversation, The Godfather I, II and III, and Apocalypse Now.
"Walter Murch: From The Godfather to the God Particle"
Walter Murch on Editing:
There is so much good support for your learning online.
Please make sure to do at least 8 hours of Lynda.com training over the semester.
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Video Tutorials > Learn about videography and motion graphics, including tutorials on storyboarding, color correction, lighting, and video editing in After Effects, Premiere Pro, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro.
Project Imaginat10n launched with a photo contest, inviting the masses to interpret 10 storytelling themes through photography. After receiving tens of thousands of submissions, the 91 winning photos were announced. Then, the 5 Celebrity Directors and 5 Film Contest Winners each chose 10 photographs, one from each theme, to inspire their films. Watch them all here...
Movie List: Must-Watch Films You Might Have Missed
by BLOUIN ARTINFO 01/01/14 7:59 AM EST
"Frances Ha" - Directed by Noah Baumbach
"To the Wonder" - Directed by Terrence Malick
"Something in the Air" - Directed by Olivier Assayas
Short films and online posting / film festival eligibility...
and more interesting stuff on Short of the Week
THE RED PARASOL PROJECT
University of Minnesota Duluth digital art students collaborated with acting students in Spring 2013. The unifying constraint: each short video project needed to integrate a Red Parasol. Five project storylines went into production, each featuring 2-3 student actors from UMD's Acting for the Camera class. Each production team also included 3 students from our Digital Filmmaking class. Each small crew needed to cover all the pre-production concept development and location camerawork for their production. Students took turns directing shots and covering various tasks on location in Duluth. Each filmmaking student edited their own version of the Red Parasol Project, using the characters, settings, storyline and video captured by their small team. The resulting 15 short films were screened at our final exam.
More RED PARASOL PROJECTS ON VIMEO
April by Kendra Jaeger
April by Missy Smetana
April by Bethany Bourgoin
Anamnesis by Ryan Holmquist
Anamnesis by Sam Hagen
Anamnesis by Vivian Otoo
The Mystery Man by Brady Roy
The Mystery Man by Marissa Murdy
Mystery Man by Kate Bendel
Daydream by Keri Koskiniemi
Daydream by Sarah Heil
Daydream by Emyli Gudmundson
CRIMSON AND CERULEAN
Crimson and Cerulean by Rick McLean
Red + Blue by Brittany V. Hecker
more about cast + crew of Red Parasol Project...
Bordwell and Thompson's textbook, Film Art: An Introduction explores key concepts in cinema--mise-en-scène, lighting, cinematography, sound, and editing--through examples. Their examples are short and to the point, here is one showing elliptical editing in Agnes Varda's Vagabond ...
More about filmmaker Agnes Varda
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Anyone interested in cinematography and video editing should see this film from director Benh Zeitlin. It took home the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Expected to win some oscars next.
This is a good list!
There are some big differences between the CS5 and CS6 versions of Premiere.
Make sure you do tutorials that match with the version you are using.
Help with Adobe Premiere Pro
Please set up your own vimeo account (free) to share your short digital video project.
More info here:
Vimeo Help Center / Frequently Asked Questions
Vimeo Video School
Blog by Maria Popova
Operating Manual / Download here:
Quick Menu tutorial
Examples of shots, angles and lighting:
Vocabulary Camera Angles:
Not Quite Stills?
Submissions to the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are now open.
Celebrating the best in online video, the 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are jam-packed with new judges, new categories, and new monies -- $5,000 grants for category winners and one $25,000 grand prize.
The Living Room Candidate
The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. This innovation had a permanent effect on the way presidential campaigns are run.
Film Studies for Free
A pluralist, pro bono, and purely positive web-archive of examples of, links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. Check out this blog by Catherine Grant
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Monarchy of Roses video using black and white animation
This was done in Digital Methods in Art Education a few years ago. Whitney wrote and played the song, as well as created the chalk animation in stopmotion.
More links & examples of Chalk Animation on her blog: