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  • 1. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Creating a storyboard to show all the shots in the video preliminary task (or ‘prelim’). You will all make a short film early in Term 1 of the AS course which will be a crash course in how to use digital video cameras, tripods and iMovie, the editing software on the iMacs in E8
  • 2. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 The brief Your prelim must follow this basic structure and must contain the following features: 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.
  • 3. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Here are some previous efforts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7T0BbM27Eo http://lukebarnettmediaas.blogspot.co.uk/2012_09_01_archive.html But this is just the basic outline. You can choose any genre, any storyline, any characters you like. For instance, you could make your prelim a spy thriller. Or a rom-com. Or a zombie horror.
  • 4. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 However, before you can do any of the filming, you will need two things: A script A storyboard Creating these is half of your Media Studies summer holiday assignment.
  • 5. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Film script / screenplay A script will have the dialogue for your performers just like the playscripts that you studied for GCSE. But film scripts look different and contain extra information. CHARACTER’S NAME IS IN CAPITALS AND COMES ABOVE THE LINES. Information about where and when the scene is set, what the character does when he’s not speaking is written across the full page width. The dialogue is in the centre of the page and has wide margins on both sides. (Any directions for the actor to do during the lines come after the name and sit between brackets)
  • 6. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 You can read all of this script here: http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/scriptsample.pdf
  • 7. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 This annotated script lets you know the names of the different parts and is a clear example of what a film script / screenplay needs to contain.
  • 8. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Storyboard A storyboard is the most important tool for a director to communicate his or her vision of what the finished film will look like to the people operating the cameras, designing the sets and costumes and even editing the finished footage together. It is very similar to a comic book, as it shows a range of ‘camera shots’ and angles as static images. It also has a set of conventions for showing movement within a shot.
  • 9. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Storyboarding Professional storyboards are drawn by artists who often come from a background in comics but the real skill is being able to visualize someone’s ideas of how every shot will look so other people know how to make that shot happen. Simple drawings and stick figures can be just as effective.
  • 10. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Here is the storyboard for the most famous scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic ‘The Birds’. And you can check out the YouTube clip of the scene as it appeared in the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd LJtKlVVZw AND here is a spoof version from the sketch TV show ‘Big Train’. See if you can spot the link to Shaun of the Dead… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =WLToN2pjik8
  • 11. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 http://www.slideshare.net/andywallis/preliminary-task- story-board
  • 12. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 The storyboard you make has got to show every shot that you want to have in your prelim. We recommend that it is at least 12 shots long but can be many more. As you will only have two lessons to shoot your movie, you probably won’t be able to film many more shots. You’ll also only have two lessons to edit your prelim so you don’t want loads of footage to sort through and cut. Storyboard practicalities 1
  • 13. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Storyboard practicalities 2 • Use this template for storyboarding; it’s also on the media blog. Or find another one online that you prefer. Or design your own. • Include written information if you need to explain camera movements such as tilts, pans, zooms etc. Do
  • 14. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 Storyboard practicalities 3 Just do a single image for a ‘scene’. The scene of someone coming in through a door (part of the brief) needs to be made up of several different shots – that’s how you show match-on-action editing. Don’t
  • 15. Media Studies homework Summer 2013 And finally… There are shedloads of resources on t’interweb to help you storyboard. Here’s my favourite video resource for guidance and advice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e -yeI83fN6s What you need to have is an IDEA. And a sense that all films and TV drama are made up of lots of different shots which have been edited together. But they all started out as ideas in a writer / director’s head and ALL existed as storyboards before any actor stepped in front of a camera!

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