Lights! Camera! ... Action!
Now that you have completed your genre analysis, it is time to write and produce a narrative within the genre you have selected! This will be your major assessment task for Term 3.
The Major Production Task
Option 1 - Film
Create a short narrative film of no more than 10 minutes. The film must be edited using post production editing software such as Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.
Option 2 - Photography
Create, print and mount a photographic narrative sequence of 30 edited images. Each image must be edited using post-production software (such as Photoshop or Lightroom) to digitally enhance each composition.
Stage 1: Planning
In the planning stage you will be required to complete a written and visual planning document.
WRITTEN PLANNING - Film screenplay
Using the website writerduet.com you will write your film screenplay. This website is designed to make screenplay writing easy. Remember to include the tropes and conventions of your chosen genre in your screenplay.
Watch the video below on how to use writer duet
WRITTEN PLANNING - Photography treatment
On OneNote, you will be required to write a narrative treatment for your series of 30 edited images. A treatment is a story told in present tense - typically about 2-3 pages long. This will become the story of your photographs.
Watch the video below on how to write your treatment.
VISUAL PLANNING - Film storyboard
Next, you will need to storyboard every shot in your short film. A storyboard is a pre-visualisation of every single shot in your film - much like a comic book.
ARROWS: Within each panel you draw what is being seen by camera, plus any movement (this could be any actor or camera movement). For actors, you use arrows within the frame to denote movement. For Camera, you use arrows outside the frame to denote movement.
ADDITIONAL: Dont forget to number each panel and include written info like dialogue and audio underneath.
You can use Boords.com to make an online storyboard, or you can use OneNote to hand-draw each frame.
VISUAL PLANNING - Photography storyboard
Next, you will need to storyboard all 30 images in order. Your storyboard should consider the layout of each image and how you want your audience to view them when mounted.
MOUNTING: The storyboard should be constructed to look like the final mounted series of photographs. Left to right? Vertical? Etc.
ADDITIONAL: Under each composition, copy and paste the section of your treatment that applies to that image.
You can use Boords.com to make an online storyboard, or you can use OneNote to hand-draw each photograph.
Stage 2: Production!
Congratulations! With your written and visual planning now complete, it is time to film/photograph your narrative!
Here are the task parameters:
Here are the task parameters:
- You can shoot in class time and in your own free time
- You cannot do anything illegal (eg: underage drinking, driving, trespassing, etc) while making your product
- You must have permission from any person your film/photograph. Do not film the general public.
- You must use your own technology (cameras, lighting, audio) where possible. I have some limited cameras and lighting i can lend you if you need
- Cast early and communicate efficiently! Agree on a shooting day(s) and be kind to your actors/talent
- Back up everything you shoot in 2 places! A hard drive, USB, cloud drive, etc
- Think about lighting! You want to seperate your actors from their backgrounds using light.
- Think about mise-en-scene. Plan everything you want in your background, foreground and spend some time on production design!