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Film openings

  1. 1. making film openings
  2. 2. www.petesmediablog.blogspot.com @petesmediablog
  3. 3. Dave Brailsford
  4. 4. “ I t ’s i m p o r t a n t t o u n d e r s t a n d t h e‘aggregation of marginal gains’. Putsimply….how small improvements in anumber of different aspects of what we docan have a huge impact to the overallperformance of the team.” Dave Brailsford
  5. 5. lots of small things add up to get you better marks
  6. 6. 9 Steps to best results!
  7. 7. Strengths and Weaknesses?
  8. 8. Strengths and Weaknesses?
  9. 9. Step 1: take stock• what’s the task?• what’s the assessment?• what’s the timeframe?• what’s the equipment?
  10. 10. task and assessment• Titles and opening of a new fiction film• up to 2 minutes• 20 marks Research and Planning• 60 marks Construction• 20 marks Evaluation
  11. 11. timeframe and equipment• build your skills• build up your research• build up your planning• give yourselves time to shoot and edit• keep evidence throughout the whole process
  12. 12. Step 2: set up a blog• and keep evidence of everything you do!
  13. 13. Step 3: build up skills• sound• camerawork• editing
  14. 14. foley
  15. 15. preliminary task
  16. 16. prelim- what did you learn?
  17. 17. re-make
  18. 18. re-make
  19. 19. ident
  20. 20. make a production company ident
  21. 21. make a production company ident
  22. 22. Step 4: investigate• what do film openings actually look like?• what does other student work look like?• what do you need to know about titles?• how are you going to do something that stands out?
  23. 23. key features• genre• narrative (enigma)• character• atmosphere• setting
  24. 24. film openings to look at?• start general• home in on specific• make your research focussed and relevant
  25. 25. www.artofthetitle.com
  26. 26. which are key here?• genre• narrative• character• atmosphere• setting
  27. 27. influence of Saul Bass
  28. 28. which are key here?• genre• narrative• character• atmosphere• setting
  29. 29. which are key here?• genre• narrative• character• atmosphere• setting
  30. 30. search for student film openings on youtube and vimeo (G321)
  31. 31. titles exercise
  32. 32. Step 5: brainstorm ideas• possible scenarios for pitches/treatments• 25 word pitch• moodboard treatment• peer and teacher feedback• realistic expectations- keep it simple
  33. 33. Step 6: planning• experimenting with camera and editing• recce shots of locations• examples of shots, costumes, props, etc onto blog• post-it storyboard, animatic, moodboard• logistics planning- including risk assessment
  34. 34. Step 7: the shoot• people, places, props, costumes• rehearsing, directing• equipment, jobs on the day• keeping a record of the process
  35. 35. Step 8: edit• all having a voice/hand in it• screengrabs of process• importance of audio and titles• foley - not just music• rough cut deadline and peer feedback
  36. 36. big picture before fine detail
  37. 37. Step 9: evaluation• seven guiding questions• 20 of the 100 marks• need to be creative in execution• digital depth• act on teacher advice!
  38. 38. six most common student film openings• Saw: victim tied up in shed• Scream: hooded stalker follows female victim• Se7en: killer sticks knife in polaroid photos• Lock, Stock: gangsters play cards and kill each other• Waking up: clean teeth, brush hair, leave house• Flashback or Flash forward: “2 weeks later...”
  39. 39. six most common problems• looks more like a trailer or a short film• insufficient titles• poor sound, poor lighting• poorly directed actors, not costumed• confusing for the viewer• uses one of the six common openings(badly)
  40. 40. you are the ref- what score and why?
  41. 41. Level 1: minimal ability 0-23 Level 2: basic ability 24-35 Level 3: proficient 36-47 Level 4: excellent 48-60
  42. 42. score out of 60? why?
  43. 43. Level 1: minimal 0-23 Level 2: basic 24-35 Level 3: proficient 36-47 Level 4: excellent 48-60
  44. 44. score out of 60? why?
  45. 45. this one?
  46. 46. Level 1: minimal 0-23 Level 2: basic 24-35 Level 3: proficient 36-47 Level 4: excellent 48-60
  47. 47. score out of 60? why?
  48. 48. this one?
  49. 49. Level 1: minimal 0-23 Level 2: basic 24-35 Level 3: proficient 36-47 Level 4: excellent 48-60
  50. 50. score out of 60? why?
  51. 51. this one?
  52. 52. Level 1: minimal 0-23 Level 2: basic 24-35 Level 3: proficient 36-47 Level 4: excellent 48-60
  53. 53. score out of 60? why?
  54. 54. key advice• plan for everything• keep all the evidence• avoid the obvious• pay attention to detail• make your blog varied• learn from other work
  55. 55. www.petesmediablog.blogspot.com @petesmediablog

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