Enrichment Project

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This Powerpoint was my enrichment project presentation, at Western Connecticut State University\'s (WCSU) 2009 writers residency. The enrichment project is a component of WCSU\'s Professional Writing Program.

For my enrichment I wrote, produce, and directed the short film, After the Headlines. After the Headlines, is about a mother\'s struggle to move past
her emotional trauma after the tragic death of her teenage daughter. The film is currently in post-production.

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Enrichment Project

  1. 1. Enrichment Project: After the Headlines A short film written and directed by Aaliyah Miller
  2. 2. Unfortunately the scheduled short film is not ready for viewing at this time.
  3. 3. My Creative Process <ul><li>My Inspiration for After the Headlines </li></ul><ul><li>Writing the script (an outline and timeline) </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-production </li></ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul><ul><li>Post-production (Still in the process) </li></ul>
  4. 4. My Inspiration <ul><li>ATH (After the Headlines) is loosely based on a series of articles I read in the Hartford Courant. </li></ul><ul><li>Initially I wanted to develop the script as a feature (which I still plan on doing). </li></ul><ul><li>I found a short scriptwriting contest online in which writers were given a week to write a screenplay 15 pages or less. My genre was drama and my subject was newspaper clippings. </li></ul><ul><li>After the Headlines was born (See handout). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pre-Production <ul><li>Develop film budget </li></ul><ul><li>Plan three-day shoot </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard the script </li></ul><ul><li>Find film locations </li></ul><ul><li>Hire cast and crew </li></ul><ul><li>Develop scene breakdown, shot list, and shooting schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Set design </li></ul><ul><li>Read-thru of script with cast </li></ul><ul><li>Rewrites to the script </li></ul>
  6. 6. Production of ATH
  7. 7. Production: First Day <ul><li>Crew arrives and everyone loads in </li></ul><ul><li>Set-up location (props, furniture, and wardrobe and lights for first scene of the night (this can take a while) </li></ul><ul><li>Check sound (absolutely crucial) </li></ul><ul><li>Six scenes were shot on the first night </li></ul><ul><li>Two locations (AFT studios in Rocky Hill, CT and Kim Dorfman’s home in New Britain, CT </li></ul><ul><li>We started at 6 p.m. and finished at 2 </li></ul><ul><li>a.m </li></ul>
  8. 8. ATH Production Stills Day One
  9. 9. First scene: The script supervisor checks the talent’s clothing. News background will be added in post-production.
  10. 10. We watch the scene playback on the monitor.
  11. 11. Since there was no director’s clap board, Lawrence, a co-producer, gets creative and makes his own.
  12. 12. Sound rolling….lights, camera, and then action.
  13. 13. Tim (location sound) records audio for news anchor scene.
  14. 14. I talk to actors about the support group scene.
  15. 15. I check out the support group meeting in the monitor.
  16. 16. Cast and crew in AFT studios parking lot for exterior scene.
  17. 17. Cast and crew watch a playback of the scene on the monitor.
  18. 18. Brandy begins to apply Mika’s special effects make-up.
  19. 19. The finished product. Now Mika has to wait for the crew to set up.
  20. 20. Mika patiently waits for action.
  21. 21. More special effects make-up for Alexis’ slit wrist’s scene.
  22. 22. Production: Second Day <ul><li>10 a.m. call time for cast and crew </li></ul><ul><li>Eat breakfast and set-up first shot </li></ul><ul><li>15 scenes were shot on the second day (a very long day) </li></ul><ul><li>Our two set locations included Brandy Devoid’s residence (Clara’s house) and Black Rock Center (coroner scene, hospital waiting room scene, sessions with Dr. Braxton, and exterior shots) </li></ul><ul><li>Changed shot list due to rain </li></ul>
  23. 23. ATH Production Stills Day Two
  24. 24. A shot of the table for film continuity.
  25. 25. Looking over the script with Brandy (assistant director) and Melissa (script supervisor).
  26. 26. Crew standing by……..
  27. 27. I am not sure what I’m looking at….
  28. 28. Brandy with Mika in make-up for the coroner scene.
  29. 29. Mom takes a picture of Mika before she shoots the coroner scene.
  30. 30. Mika plays dead….
  31. 31. Clara meets with the doctor.
  32. 32. Watching the scene on screen.
  33. 33. Jaye (Clara) catches a nap.
  34. 34. Time to eat, where’s the grub?
  35. 35. Alex sets up a light for the final scene of the night.
  36. 36. Production: Final Day <ul><li>Crew call was 9 a.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Shot 13 scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Locations were Brandy’s residence, Bridgeport, CT and Kim’s residence, New Britain, CT </li></ul><ul><li>Kim made the crew lunch (kudos) </li></ul><ul><li>Martini shot (last shot of the production) happened at around 7:30 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to log and digitize the DV tapes </li></ul>
  37. 37. ATH Production Stills Final Day
  38. 38. Clara walks through Alexis’ room.
  39. 39. Jaye with Mika before they shoot a scene.
  40. 40. Melissa and I are in Kim’s hallway waiting for the next take.
  41. 41. Alexis’ messy bedroom (actually Mika’s brothers room).
  42. 42. Tim caught in the messy hallway.
  43. 43. Keith, Elvis, and I watch the take in the cold.
  44. 44. Neal and Melissa look at footage.
  45. 45. Jaye and I talk about the last scene to be shot.
  46. 46. It’s a wrap…..
  47. 47. Post-Production <ul><li>Footage has been logged and digitized for the editor (with the exception of the coroner scene) </li></ul><ul><li>The editor is working on the first cut of the film (hopefully it will be done by the end of January) </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve begun to work with Dmitry, the storyboard artist, on the artwork for the DVD cover </li></ul><ul><li>I may need to re-shoot some scenes for continuity and better production value. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a media kit for film festival submissions </li></ul>
  48. 49. THE END….. FOR NOW

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