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February 23, 2009

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International Short Films database

February 18, 2009

Links + Resources

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Pitch Links

A good pitch is generally between five and ten minutes long and lays out the premise, hook and essential beats of the story, along with thumbnail sketches of the principal characters (often including the names of actors who might play the roles), and a clear idea of the genre, tone, likely audience, and budget level.

Pitches come in two forms: the two-minute pitch, also known as the teaser, and the story pitch

Here is some background info that will be useful for your future assignment

links below

The Two Minute Pitch
The two minute pitch starts off with the hook of the story. You have to sum up the
storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. This is the hook, an example would be:

The Godfather
: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine
empire to his reluctant son.
After you have drawn in the executives with your hook you will be asked to continue. This
is when you can go over the storyline briefly from beginning to end. Focus on two or
three characters at most and the action, conflict and emotions they will go through.

Pitches come in two forms: the two-minute pitch, also known as the teaser, and the story
pitch, which is traditionally 10 to 20 minutes in length, though the shorter the better.
Teaser Pitch
first sentence introduces the characters, the next sentence illustrates their conflict,
and the final sentence leaves listeners wanting more. The conflict generally suggests the
film's genre, but if not, consider alluding to that in the final sentence as well.
The story pitch is much longer than the teaser pitch, but try to keep it under ten
minutes, if possible. The story pitch starts with your hook or your logline, and then you
run down the rest of the story. Be sure to illustrate those universal elements ? the
heroes, their goals, the conflict, what's at risk and why they're fighting to save it,
any pivotal events or emotional turning points, and the conclusion.

Film Pitch Example
The written part of the assignment should include:
* your pitch (or the notes you used in your pitch)
* a synopsis (no more than 2.5 pages)
* a tagline (a single sentence that tells us the story)
* a single scene of roughly 5 - 7 pages of dialogue/action
* the breakdown of the movie into its three acts, including plot points
* anything else you decide to include that gives me a better idea of what the movie
is about

Transcript of a Successful Movie Pitch

How to pitch a movie

Pitching your story

The Art of the Film Pitch

Pitch (filmmaking)

Movie pitch concerning a young man and his fellow college graduates who are out of work
and decide to start a church to make money.

A film treatment (or treatment for short) is a piece of prose, typically the step between
scene cards (index cards) and the first draft of a screenplay for a motion picture. It is
generally longer and more detailed than an outline (or one-page synopsis) and shorter and
less detailed than a step outline, but it may include details of directorial style that
an outline omits. They read like a short story. There are two types: the original draft
treatment, created during the writing process, and the presentation treatment, created as
presentation material.

Film Treatment


Kurt Vonnegut's Rules for Short Stories
Sounds suspiciously like Syd Field's rules for screenplays:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time
was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.*

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful
things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so
to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with
suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few

February 9, 2009


About Animatics
An animatic usually consists of pictures of the storyboard synchronized with the soundtrack. This allows the animators and directors to work out any script and timing issues that may exist with the current storyboard.

More about Animatics + Links below...

More about Animatics
In animation and special effects work, the storyboarding stage may be followed by simplified mock-ups called "animatics" to give a better idea of how the scene will look and feel with motion and timing. At its simplest, an animatic is a series of still images edited together and displayed in sequence. More commonly, a rough dialogue and/or rough sound track is added to the sequence of still images (usually taken from a storyboard) to test whether the sound and images are working effectively together.

This allows the animators and directors to work out any screenplay, camera positioning, shot list and timing issues that may exist with the current storyboard. The storyboard and soundtrack are amended if necessary, and a new animatic may be created and reviewed with the director until the storyboard is perfected. Editing the film at the animatic stage can avoid animation of scenes that would be edited out of the film. Animation is usually an expensive process, so there should be a minimum "deleted scenes" if the film is to be completed within budget.

Often storyboards are animated with simple zooms and pans to simulate camera movement (using non-linear editing software). These animations can be combined with available animatics, sound effects and dialog to create a presentation of how a film could be shot and cut together. Some feature film DVD special features include production animatics.

What is an Animatic

Animatics and me


This is a very simple system, but the idea is powerful. Quick animatics. As it is it can
quickly produce youtube animations, using 3D characters with drag and drop interface.


Starwars animatic process

Deviant Art Animatics

Peach Blog, Sacha Interview - Making an animatic

28 weeks later storyboard animatic

Joust Animatiic

Madame Tutli-Putli Animatic

Film Noir (anamatic 2)

Cyclops and Odysseus Animatic

Rough Anamatic

Gorillaz - Dirty Harry (Animatic)

embarcadero blues animatic

Animatic (Dark Crystal)

Blender.org Animatic

3d animatics





Storyboarding Links

The Art of the Storyboard: A Filmmaker's Introduction by John Hart

Storyboard LInks





Storyboard Blog

Here is a good short video reviewing the art of the storyboard as it's used in story development and production in the motion picture industry.


4 Minute Film School > STORY BOARDING


By Matthew Taylor

a guy who draws for the movies

Using Creative Suite 3 for storyboard cutouts
Photoshop tutorial

February 1, 2009

Film Elements

Reading Assignment
Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll

Please post to blog by September 25

Select one example of a film making convention that you would use in storyboarding your first project. Describe the film element from the book and how you would use this technique in your own short film.