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  • 1. PRE-PRODUCTION MASTERCLASS BA MEDIA DEPT
    • Story ideas
    • Pitch and treatment
    • Script
    • Storyboard
    • Location
    • Cast / Auditions / Rehearsals on and off location
    • Shooting schedule
    • Call sheet
    • Equipment
    • On the day – March 17 th & March 18 th – 4 weeks to go !
  • 2. YEAR 12 PRODUCTION BRIEF
    • Brief: Create the opening sequence of a new film (including credits.) Your film will be a modern version of a classic fairy tale
    • Genre: Family Drama
    • Target Audience: Young children from the age of about 10 to adults (typical audience for a family drama)
    • Casting: No teachers to be used. All cast to be cleared with HOD
    • Locations: School locations
    • Dialogue: Minimal dialogue to be used.
    • Soundtrack: Your opening sequence will need a soundtrack
  • 3. OUR EXPECTATIONS …..
    • THE PRODUCTION LOG
    • PRODUCTION MEETINGS – what are these and why are they important
    • THE BLOG
  • 4. WHERE DO STORIES COME FROM?
    • Newspaper stories – weird & wacky
    • Fairy tales – key ingredients
    • Poetry
    • Music lyrics
    • And many more …..
    • **Red Riding Hood story analysis
  • 5.
    • 81 cats found, taken from house Ex-nun, nurse said they'd hoped to find homes for them all read more
    • Conway's big bubble blower has blown away the British. Bubble-blowing queen Kelsey Lea went to London and brought home another biggest-bubble crown. read more
    • America's growing waistlines are hurting the bottom lines of airline companies as the extra pounds on passengers are causing a drag on planes read more
  • 6.
    • Texas Girl Kills Sleeping Mother [Dallas, TX] - A 12-year-old girl upset about being grounded by her mother fatally shot the woman in the face while she slept. read more
    • Woman Digs Beer, Cigarettes from Boyfriend's Grave [Portage, WI] - A woman has been arrested for digging up her dead boyfriend's ashes from a cemetery more than 10 years ago and drinking the beer that was buried with him. read more
    • **Use brainstorm on Ark girl story on projector
  • 7.
    • CHARACTER and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
    • RESOLUTION
    • LOGICAL CAUSALITY – a story contains a series of interconnected events which lead to a resolution
    • THEME
  • 8. PITCH & TREATMENT
    • TREATMENT : Synopsis of the story (see examples)
    • PITCH : Try and sell the story to the producer for funding. Does it have decent characters? good ending?
    • You will get feedback from the class and your teacher.
    • You need to make detailed notes so you can go back and improve the treatment and pitch again.
    • Example:
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8sK2EY0ZuU&feature=PlayList&p=833792608994279B&index=4
  • 9. STORYBOARD
    • Visual representation of what is in your head needs to go down on to paper
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvQV21hkMjI
    • Hand drawn by the group – why?
    • Photo storyboard
  • 10. SCRIPT
    • What makes good dialogue in film openings?
    • Do you need dialogue?
    • Avoid dialogue ?
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YswkF-d2VZ8
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr_i2w0W-ZM&feature=PlayList&p=EF93FC74B129C968&playnext=1&index=16
  • 11. LOCATION RECCE
    • See LBY’s handout on this
  • 12. CAST/AUDITIONS/REHEARSALS
    • Avoid having too many cast in the opening sequence – more cast means more things for you to manage on the day
    • Difficult to take other pupils off timetable so keep this to a minimum
    • Avoid using teachers in your film – they are too busy !!
    • Reading script with cast off location
    • Rehearsals on location before the shoot
    • Rehearsal on location on the day of the shoot before each take
  • 13. CAST/AUDITIONS/REHEARSALS
    • Call sheet
    • Contracts
    • Phone nos:
    • Timetables
    • Contact details
  • 14. SHOOTING SCHEDULE
    • A shooting schedule is a project plan of each day's shooting for a film production.
    • Why do we need this?
    • (Clapperboard, editing rushes)
    • How – use commonsense and be practical about grouping shots together. Also fit this around availability of cast.
    • Like the conductor in an orchestra !
    • See examples
  • 15. CONTINUITY
    • Why do this?
    • How to do it?
    • Check continuity before each shot for each character and prop separately
    • Roll camera
    • Sound ok?
    • Continuity ok?
    • Action
    • Cut
  • 16. EQUIPMENT
    • Check in and out
    • Collect continuity sheets
    • We go home at 5pm!
    • Do not ever leave equipment unattended
    • Pack it up safely and carefully – you will be charged for damages
  • 17. ON THE DAY
    • You are being assessed as you work on location around the school
    • Food and drink
    • Schedule carefully – shooting schedule
    • Let cast know – call sheets
    • How to use the clapperboard
    • View daily rushes where possible back in studio– do not rewind tape
    • Rehearse on location before each tak
    • Director cues –
  • 18. HOW TO FILM EACH SHOT
    • ACTORS ACT OUT THE SEQUENCE EACH TIME BUT THE FOCUS OF THE CAMERA MOVES EACH TIME
    • *Use example of someone coming in and leaving room
  • 19. BACK UP SHOTS ARE VITAL !!
    • CUTAWAY SHOTS - A bridging, intercut shot between two shots of the same subject. It represents a secondary activity occurring at the same time as the main action. It may be used to avoid the technical ugliness of a 'jump cut' where there would be uncomfortable jumps in time, place or viewpoint. It is often used to shortcut the passing of time.
    • http://www.mediacollege.com/video/shots/cutaway.html
  • 20.
    • SAFETY SHOTS / TOTAL SHOTS- before you move to the next scene shoot the whole sequence as a TOTAL SHOT where everything is filmed in WIDE ANGLE / LONG SHOT. This ensures that you have material to use in editing
  • 21.
    • http:// www.mediacollege.com /video/shots/ - you need to have a confident grasp of different shot types, movement and angles.
  • 22. OUR EXPECTATIONS …..
    • THE PRODUCTION BLOG
    • PRODUCTION MEETINGS – what are these and why are they important