AS to A2 Transition: Media filming preliminary task

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AS to A2 Transition: Media filming preliminary task

  1. 1. AS Media Film Preliminary exercise COMPULSORY
  2. 2. • Purpose: To enable students to become familiar with basic filming and editing. • Duration: 2 lessons (1 to plan/ storyboard and film, 1 to edit) • Work in groups of 3 or 4
  3. 3. THE SET TASK: • Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. • This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
  4. 4. EXAMPLE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CSlLSRxyhk
  5. 5. Match on action • To use this technique, cut from one shot to another view that matches the action and pace of the first shot. This creates an impression of continuity. • If a character begins an action in the first shot and completes it in the next, a visual ‘bridge’ is created which acts to disguise the cut from one to the other.
  6. 6. Shot reverse shot Shot reverse shot is a film technique wherein one character is shown looking (often off-screen) at another character, and then the other character is shown looking "back" at the first character. Since the characters are shown facing in opposite directions, the viewer unconsciously assumes that they are looking at each other.
  7. 7. 180 degree rule The 180° rule is a basic film editing guideline that states that two characters (or other elements) in the same scene should always have the same left/right relationship to each other. If the camera passes over the imaginary axis connecting the two subjects, it is called crossing the line. The new shot, from the opposite side, is known as a reverse angle.
  8. 8. Step 1: STORYBOARD Storyboards are essentially basic, cartoon versions of what each shot will look like when filmed and edited. Each storyboard frame should indicate: • the action (especially where each character is positioned in relation to each other) • the mise en scene (background, the props, lighting) • the shot type (close up, extreme close up, long shot, mid shot) • any movement (pan, zoom, tilt, track)
  9. 9. Step 2: Write the DIALOGUE Keep it brief to a couple of lines only
  10. 10. Step 3: GET FILMING! As part of the transition from AS to A2 you must walk into a room and sit down. This activity is the first part of you A2 coursework and must be completed by all students. Work in a group of no more than 4 students. All students must produce their own storyboard and edit their own version of the footage Roles Actor 1 Actor 2 Director Camera operator Shots Close up Extreme close up Medium shot Long shot Match on action Shot reverse shot Two shot

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