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  1. 1. Guidelines for Film 1 Project General Advice • Read these guidelines thoroughly before you begin making an application; • Plan your application well in advance and allow plenty of time to submit your application form; • Remember that several people will be involved in making a decision about your application – so make it clear, concise and unambiguous; • Do not assume that the assessors will know you or your work. Treat each application as if it were your professional work; • Have a clear and realistic idea of what you want and how much your proposal costs, and make your budget as clear as possible; • Ensure you include the supporting materials that are essential; • Let project supervisor look over your application before you submit it. FINAL PLEASE NOTE – The information in these Film Project Guidelines supersedes those of the Internship Guidelines.
  2. 2. Section 1 - About the Film Project Purpose and Priorities of Film Project The MSJ Department of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) believes that: 1. Its students should have a well-rounded education – a balance between theory and practice academic knowledge and practical skills. 2. Its students should be able to demonstrate practical application of their skills. This is partly fulfilled through the film project. 3. ULAB has made project a mainstay of its co-curricular life. In their final semester of study, students may choose to do a film (documentary or fiction or experimental) as a Film Project in lieu of an Internship. Internship Course Codes and Credits: The MSJ Department has a six-credit internship/Film Project course with course codes: MSJ 498 and MSJ 499. Film Guidelines: 2 • Films must be not less than 20 minutes in length and must include a title screen and credits for all materials used in the film and for all students who worked on the film. • Films must have an original script or in case of story/content adaptation, student should have a written permission from proper authority. Film Format: Any Digital shooting format may be used to produce an original film. Films may be submited on digital formats like Quicktime .mov; Audio Video Interleave (AVI) .avi, or Digital Video .DV. or High Definition Video HDV or HD. MUST be in PAL. Do not submit original copies, MSJ department will not be held responsible for damage to or loss of films resulting from handling, judging or screening. Rights: • By applying the Film Project, the applicant(s) certifies that the submitted film is an original work of the student and it does not violate any copyright laws or any other rights of any person or corporation. • Submitted film copy becomes the property of MSJ and may be used for internal broadcast on the ULABtv, on MSJ promotional CD, DVD, or in any other activities. These rights given to MSJ do not limit the use of the film by the submitting student(s). • As a part of The Film Project student should display the name and the logos of the Department of Media Studies and Journalism of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Film Project Period The Film Project period is usually completed from 10 to 12 weeks. However, Students may prefer different periodic distribution depending on the project volume and his responsibilities in the project. . FINAL • If the film participates in any festivals and/or gets awards, there should be an acknowledgement by the student that the film was a project submitted to The MSJ Department in appropriate forms.
  3. 3. What Support can YOU get from the MSJ Department? For Film Project, the following support may given by the MSJ department All documentations related to shooting permissions will be supported. May use ULAB campus as shooting veniue. May give limited technical support depending on Media Lab’s availability. May use ULAB auditorioum for screening the film. In order to be considered for assessment under Film Project, YOU must include the followings with your Proposal: Film Proposal Format 3 A. Should have a cover letter B. Should have a working title of the Film Project with Project Duration, Project format and Budget C. Should have the Film Treatment D. Should have Project details I. Purpose of the Project II. Stages of the Project III. Working dummies IV. Synopsis V. Exhibition Strategies of the Project E. Should have a Detail Budget F. Should have The Team descriptions G. Should have a Personal Statements (what motivates you personally about this idea; what role do you see yourself playing in the project if the concept is approved; why do you think you are uniquely qualified to perform this role) H. Should have a CV I. Samples of earlier work PLEASE NOTE – Applicant MUST submit Film Proposal in Hard copy (with the exception of the sample works). If you do not submit the required supporting material, the Assessment Committee will not be able to evaluate your application. All eligible applications are assessed under 3 criteria as follows: Artistic merit Meeting the objectives and priorities of the Film Project Feasibility You can see more information on each of these criteria in Section 2 – Assessment and Processing of Applications FINAL Criteria for the Assessment of Applications
  4. 4. Section 2 – Assesment and Processing of Applications The process Criteria for the assessment of applications The student Film Project Advisor along with a panel of Faculty (usually Head of MSJ and Film faculty) will approve the suitability of the Film Project for the student. Then, MSJ Department will provide the student an approval letter as a potential candidate for the Film Project. Applications are assesses with consideration of the available resources. All applications are assessed under the following criteria: 1. Artistic Merit 2. Meeting the objectives and priorities of the film project 3. Feasibility 4 1. Artistic merit An assessment on artistic merit would focus on the applicant and those involved in the project as well as the nature of the proposed arts activity and might include, amongst other things, consideration of: The quality of the idea and the proposed arts activity as outlined on the Proposal; The track record of the applicant and the personnel involved in the project evidenced through the CV(s) and other support material submitted; The context in which the activity is proposed; The ambition, originality and competency demonstrated in the proposal. 2. Meeting the objectives and priorities of the Film Project An assessment under this criterion would focus on the benefit and strategic significance of the proposed activity in relation to the stated objectives and priorities of the Film project. 3. Feasibility An assessment on feasibility would consider the extent to which the applicant demonstrates capacity to deliver the proposed activity. This might include but not be limited to consideration of – The personnel involved in the project; The extent to which the applicant demonstrates the provision of equitable conditions and remuneration for participating artists; The involvement of project partners; The proposed budget; Other sources of funding; The availability of and access to other resources; The propose timetable or schedule. Am I able to reapply? Can I get help with application? You will be informed in writing if your application is not successful. Unfortunately, MSJ department does not guarantee permission for Film project. If you did not get the permission for Film Project you will be not eligible to reapply for the same Film Project. If MSJ department feels that the proposed Film project is not suitable; you may suggested to apply for a different Film Project. If you have a technical query, you can email If you still require general assistance you can call +88 01738301003 If you have access requirements, you can contact the Head of MSJ. FINAL What happens if YOU did not get permission.
  5. 5. Section 4 – Responsiblities and Submission Guidelines To monitor the progress of the student during the course of his/her project To assess the proposed project placement of the student – whether it is in accordance with the goals of the course To act in consultation with the MSJ Department Head in case the student encounters problems during the course of his/her project. To participate in evaluating the student’s performance in the project Film Project Advisor The Film Project is a serious undertaking. Students expected to work hard since their performance reflects on ULAB. Students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of their Film Project. Have to ensure their responsibilities. To Finish the Film To work as a Team To show discipline and matured manner To be independent, proactive and flexible Student Applicant 1. 2. 3. Guidline for Production Book Submit your Film, Production Book and evaluation report to your Film Project Advisor on or before the prescribed deadline. The Film Project presentations are conducted in public. This means that anyone can observe the Film presentation. The main participants to the Film Project are the project students and an evaluation panel – MSJ Head, Student Project Advisor, Film Scholars and other MSJ Faculty. Production Book MUST include: - Names of each team member and their role on the film - Vision or artist statement about the film - Synopsis, Draft Script and running time - Character descriptions and their objectives (what does each want) and casting needs - Description of the discoveries and decisions in the script for your main character - Scout out a location and draw floor plan of each scene, include blocking notes as well as lighting plot (camera and lighting placements for each shot) - Storyboard - Shot list that includes: - camera angle, shot size - camera movement - blocking (movement of performers) that tells the story visually - Schedule of the shoot: noting cast and crew, scene to be shot, location, and times - Release contracts for locations and performers permissions. FINAL Final Submission 5
  6. 6. Genaral Guidelines for Report 1. The purpose of the report is for the students to record in detail their project experience: Expectations/Objectives Week-by-week experience in the project Details of the projects worked on Work outcomes Satisfaction regarding the Film project 2. Great Care should be taken with the write up The report should be written in clear and concise language Attention to spelling and grammar is requested The report must be word processed It should be presented in a folder 1. Introduction Please introduce yourself and your host institution: Name: Student ID: Department: Concentration: Your career goal: Project name: Film Project Supervisor (from the faculty): Project type (Narrative Fiction, Documentary, Infotainment TV show, Experimental etc.): Project Start Date: Project End Date: How many hours/week: 2. Expectations/Objectives Here you should state why you want to do the Film Project and what you expect to achieve. You can return to this when you are preparing your evaluation and discussing the outcomes. For example: "On the completion of the Film Project, I expect to: Develop further technical skills in the field of Digital Filmmaking Acquire new production skills in Digital Filmmaking Develop an understanding of business practices in the field of Digital Filmmaking " 3. Tasks List your daily or weekly tasks at the Project. 4. Project Details Provide in-depth details of your Film Project, such as Pre Production, Production and Post Production details. Please provide evidence here of your duties (in reference to Production Book), if possible, provide some behind the scene photos and videos. FINAL Report Format 6
  7. 7. 5. Outcomes Comment on the advantages of doing your Film Project. Also, comment on the drawbacks of doing your Film Project. List the things you feel you have definitely achieved because of participating in the Film Project. That is, what lessons have you learned during the Film Project. For example: "As a result of the Film Project I now have a clear understanding of the way which a Digital Film being directed/produced/Cinematography etc. I acquired the following additional skills .. I have begun to create a network of contacts in the area that will benefit my employment chances in the future." 1. During the Film Project presentation, the student must make sure of the following: Final Film presentation PowerPoint presentation Exhibit of work samples in the venue (if appropriate) Dress appropriately 2. During and after the presentation, the panel may ask questions to the student. The student will be given some time to answer the questions raised. 3. After the question-and-answer, the intern and the audience (if any) will be asked to leave the room in order for the panel to deliberate on the grade. After deliberation, the intern alone will be called in to listen to the evaluation of the panel. The Student Film Project Advisor will explain the basis of the evaluation to the student. FINAL Guidelines for Presentations 7