Team Member Score Sheets

Here is a pdf of the Team Member Score Sheet that needs to be handed in to me by Thurs 16 Dec. It is a part of your grade, so make sure you fill one out! You can turn it in during class, or you can leave it in my mailbox in the Art Dept office.


Reschedule of Final Class due to Blizzard

Due to the snow emergency, many of you - if not all of you - will be unable to work together on your projects this weekend. I really do not want any of you trying to get together in this weather. In fact, let me just say this: Don't go out!!! Stay home and be safe, play board games, drink hot cocoa, make snow angels, write papers, study for finals, etc. Meanwhile, I've checked the finals schedule and there are only math finals scheduled at 1:30 on Thurs Dec 16. So:


You must be there.

If you have a math final at that time, let me know ASAP. Otherwise, I know some of you may have something planned on that date/time since we weren't originally scheduled to have class, but you'll need to reschedule whatever it is. Being present at the final class is MANDATORY.

So, we will not be having class on Tues. I repeat: No class on Tues Dec 14. You should use this time to work on your projects - the classroom will be open exclusively to you from 1:30-4:30 on Tues. And remember - no late projects will be accepted, so if you do not arrive to class with your 2 DVDs in hand ready to go, then you get NO POINTS for the final project.

On another note, I'll be emailing the score sheet for evaluating your teammates later this weekend. I'll also upload a copy of it to the blog. Each of you will need to hand in (or email) your score sheet to me by the start of class on Thurs or you will lose points!


Launch the iDVD application (you may need to find it in your Applications file). Choose "Create a New Project" and save your project. The name you give it will show up on the DVD when inserted into the computer to be played.

The default theme will play, but ignore it. Switch to "DVD map" view (either by clicking the button below the iDVD screen or by choosing "View" from the menu bar at the top and selecting "Show Map"). Drag your final QuickTime .mov file to the little box that says "Drag content here ..." You should see an icon for your file in the box and it should begin encoding. To see the encoding process, choose "Project" from the menu bar and click on "Project Info."

Before you burn your DVD, choose "Advanced" from the menu bar, and click "Loop." You will see a small circular arrow appear in the box on the DVD map w/your file. This will ensure that you bypass the funky little theme that iDVD so desperately wants to play -- and your movie will automatically play w/out a theme when you put it into the DVD player.

Now, you click the "Burn" button, or choose "File" and click "Burn DVD." Insert a blank DVD when the program tells you to. I recommend DVD -R (though +R will also work in these Macs. I just have had better luck w/the -Rs). It should take about 20 min to burn, hopefully less. When the first DVD is done and you eject it, the program will ask if you want to burn a second one. Go for it.

Good luck and see you Tues w/your finished DVDs in hand!!!!

Project #4 Info/Resources


• Pre-production

• Production

• Postproduction

Preproduction Phase

In general, the preproduction phase encompasses all aspects of preparation that are performed before the camera starts to roll. Some aspects of preproduction include:




Assembling a crew


Costume Design

Location Scouting

Set Design

Properties ("props")


Production Phase

The production phase refers to the period of time when the film is actually being shot. Some aspects of production include:


Camera operation


Sound recording (dialogue, room tone, music, sound fx)


Production Management (scheduling)



Basics of writing a screenplay (pdf):

How to format a screenplay (link):

Example of formatted screenplay (pdf):


Basic Template:



Script Breakdown Sheet (pdf):

Shooting Schedule Template (xls):
Shooting SchedTemplate.xls

Shot by Shot (Shot List) Template (xls):

Quotes for the Week

Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
~George Adams

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
~Sally Field

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.
~Author Unknown

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~David Brinkley

It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
~Author Unknown

It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.
~W.C. Fields

Whether you think you can or think you can't -- you are right.
~Henry Ford

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.
~Allen H. Neuharth

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.
~Buckminster Fuller

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
~Wendy Wasserstein

I am not a has-been. I am a will be.
~Lauren Bacall

The light of starry dreams can only be seen once we escape the blinding cities of disbelief.
~Shawn Purvis

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.
~Author Unknown

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
~Peter T. Mcintyre

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969

Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.
~Richard Bach, Illusions

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
~Michael Jordan

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.
~Richard Kline

If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.
~Henrik Ibsen

Nothing reduces the odds against you like ignoring them.
~Robert Brault

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1604

Just as much as we see in others we have in ourselves.
~William Hazlitt

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor.
~Nicholas de Chamfort

How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.
~Robert Brault

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
~Henry Miller, Sexus

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
~Author Unknown

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.
~Sonya Friedman

Setting up office hours for Project #3

If you want to arrange some time with me to work out problems or get support for your upcoming projects, please don't hesitate to send an email and we'll set up time in my studio or in W248 to make sure you are achieving the piece you envision.

If You Want to Attend Events at Spark Fest w/Classmates:

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If you want to go to events with other people from class, you can list when you're going as a comment here, or you can email the class (see previous emails to class from me). Great idea, SarahMay!

Quote of the Week

"If the world were clear, art would not exist." -- Albert Camus

Assignment #2: Spark Festival


Tuesday Sept. 28 will be an optional studio day -- meaning there will be no formal class, but I will be in the classroom to assist if you want to use the time to work on your projects. However, in lieu of coming to class, everyone is required to attend at least TWO events at the Spark Festival, which runs from Wed Sept 29 through Sat Oct 2. There are many events on and around campus -- some in the Regis Center for Art. Below you can click on the link to the website or download the schedule for details on times and dates of events.

Attending two events is the first half of your assignment. The second half is to write at least two paragraphs as a blog entry (as a comment to this assignment) describing the events you attended and answering all three of the following points:

  • 1. Describe something about the performance or art that worked for you and discuss why.
  • 2. Describe something about the performance or art that did not work for you and discuss why.
  • 3. Describe something about the performance or art that inspired you.

The assignment is due by midnight Sunday Oct 3.

Link to festival website:

Click on link to download a pdf listing of events:

Assignment #1


Please visit the Katherine E. Nash Gallery exhibit, Vis/a/Vis: U of M Faculty Show, and pick one work of art from the show to which you felt a strong connection. Write a 2-3 paragraph comment on the main blog page beneath this entry describing the piece you chose and the connection you felt to it. Then answer these 3 questions:

  • 1. Is there a story and, if so, whose story is it?

  • 2. Whose point of view is being expressed in this piece?

  • 3. What do you feel is the "truth" of this piece?

Please post your entry by midnight, Sunday Sept. 19. This Assignment is in addition to your weekly journal entry, which is also due at that time. Late assignments and journal entries will not be given credit.

For information on the Nash Gallery and this event:

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