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January 30, 2014

Enter the Yeti!

Enter the YETI film festival at UMD:

Categories Include:
30 second short
Music video
On Campus Theme - Must be filmed on campus

Submission deadline is February 9th.
Submit via email to tufte015@d.umn.edu (Seth Tufte). Or via flashdrive to the KPB office in KSC 115.

Overall best-in-show - $250
Overall runner up - $100
Overall in each category - $50 each

Screening on Wednesday Feb 12th at 6pm in Chem 200
Award ceremony Thursday Feb 13th at 6pm in Chem 200

January 23, 2014

Blog Assignment #2: 5 Short Films

What makes a good short film? What types of stories and characters can be captured in this short format?

Please view at least 5 Short Films over the next week and take notes using the format below. Find quality short films... like Oscar Nominated Shorts, and other award winning short films. View others you find on the web. Be selective. Join Vimeo to help you start a list of your favorites. If possible, find works that relate somehow to your own creative work, as inspiration for a technique or look you hope to achieve. Try to use films that are longer than one minute and shorter than 15 minutes (though the definition of a short film may vary).

Make notes on your favorite shorts, type your reflection and post to the blog once you have viewed 5 shorts. Your blog must note all of this info for each film (some of this info can be found online and pasted into your reflection):

Run time:
Link to the film : (URL of website, dvd, tv or movie theatre)
Story Synopsis:
Visual strengths:
Use of Light / Color:
Digital techniques:
Use of Sound / Music:

See links to Short films...






January 21, 2014

Emerging Photographers Exhibit

Come out and support UMD photo students
Opening Thursday January 23, 5 - 7 PM

Emerging Photographers
Featuring Work from UMD's Photography Department
Sponsored by Jen Dietrich & Lew Connor
Corridor Gallery
January 23 - March 27, 2014
Gallery Celebration: January 23, 5 - 7 PM
Gallery Discussion: March 27, 5:30 PM

The Duluth Art Institute's annual Emerging Photographers show is a showcase for the amazing talents coming out of the University of Minnesota Duluth's Photography department. This year's participants are Sara Hughes, Daniel Badhwa, Lauren Budge, Jordan Hoeft, Dane Pedersen, Steve Pestalozzi, and Marissa Murdy. These seven students work in mediums as diverse as anthotypes and cyanotypes, black and white and color, applying their chosen medium to a diversity of subject matter is well worth a viewing.

Tutorials on Lynda.com

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.
UMD users will log in using their University Internet ID and password in order to access training videos available on lynda.umn.edu. Lynda.com's vast library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and contains thousands of professional-grade Windows and Mac video tutorials.
Use your UMD log in to Lynda training tutorials:

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.

Photo composition

Project Imagination / a model for collaboration

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...

Exercise # 1 : Composition, Shots, Angles

Exercise 1: Composition, Shots and Angles
Edit to 10-15 seconds / no sound.
We will work on this Thursday Jan 30 in class
DUE Tuesday Feb 6

With a simple object, person or PLACE as your subject, test camera composition strategies. Assemble a very short montage using shot list to include at least 10 different shot types and camera angles.
(see examples http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/shots.html )

EXPLORE A SENSE OF PLACE / Use this project to explore a location that you are drawn to as a potential setting for a longer project. This should be an interior or exterior location that you have access to in town or near by. Save stills and motion clips for future reference.

Blog #1 If this was...

If this was a movie about my life, it would be a ___________________ (genre / style), created by _________________________________ (artist/ director).

The story about my life would be ____________________ ________________________________________ (describe visual qualities and emotional tone). It would be set in _______________ (era) in ___________________ (location). The pace of the story would be _________________. The Director of Photography would be ______________, the camera work would be ______________________(describe shot types and look of cinematography)___________________ .

It would be the story of _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
(short synopsis). In the project, my ________________ (family member) would be played by _____________________ (actor) and __________________ (actor) would play the love interest. The main conflict in the story would involve ___________________________.
In the climax of the story, _________________________ would happen. This scene would feel very ______________(emotion) and be visually _________________ (look). The audience would be most surprised by the ending, when I _________________________________________________________.

Use this story template to reveal something about who you are and what you love in cinema. SAVE your story to post to the blog.

January 6, 2014

David Bordwell on Constructive Editing

Constructive Editing in Robert Bresson's Pickpocket from David Bordwell on Vimeo.

Essay by Bordwell

January 2, 2014

Sundance Film Fest > New Frontier

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Movies to catch on Netflix

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