April 9, 2014

The Power of Film

Some TED talks about cinematic storytelling

Playlist: The power of film
12 talks · 3h 12m · Curated by TED

Andrew Stanton:
The clues to a great story
TED2012 · 19:16 · Filmed Feb 2012

January 21, 2014

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...

April 30, 2013

The Cutting Edge > Editing Plan

We'll be watching this DVD in class. Plan to blog about it here.
As you prepare to edit your final project, what aesthetic and technical choices do you plan to make to create a unified story? What is your plan for the use of pacing, shot types, cuts, continuity, and sound in your final edit? Use a specific example from The Cutting Edge of an editing choice you might try in your own project.

March 11, 2013

elliptical editing... in a film by Agnes Varda

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

Bordwell's blog
Bordwell's website

March 2, 2013

Moviestorm software for our labs!

Moviestorm is a software application that lets anyone make 3d animated movies on their computer. Great News...We are going to be able to acquire this software for use in the Digital Arts area and the Multimedia Hub. The Moviestorm software will be a cool addition for students interested in interactive storytelling, game design, filmmaking, and machinima!

View Movies made with Moviestorm:

More info here:

February 14, 2013

Beasts of the Southern Wild

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.

February 1, 2013

Movies about Photography

This is a good list!

June 19, 2012

2D / 3D Space in Cinema

Cinematic Storytelling Sample

June 6, 2012

Cinematography and Light


Examples of shots, angles and lighting:

Beautiful Stills

Vocabulary Camera Angles:

Not Quite Stills?

December 6, 2010

Eisenstein Montage Themes
From the pioneering Soviet Russian film director and film theorist, often considered to be the "Father of Montage."

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.