ARTC 3440 - Fall 2015
Digital Video Art
Heather Elliott-Famularo

Final Project Guidelines
DUE: Wednesday, December 16, 10:45am
100% finished and copied to HW folder for final critique.

** Your final grade will be comprised of grades based on meeting all of the deadlines and the thoroughness of the proposal, script, and storyboard, so be sure to come to class prepared! You will need to upload assignments to Canvas for this final project.

The final is worth 100 points, so please take every deadline seriously!

Create a 3-6 minute video, content of your own choice, but approved by the professor. You may choose to experiment with form, content, or hopefully both. You may make an experimental piece, a narrative, or a documentary. The RULES are that it must be art, and you CANNOT use any copyrighted sound or image, unless doing a parody. The following are NOT PERMITTED: MTV-style music video, commercial video.

You may also create a video installation (single or multi-channel), considering the space where you will install the piece. You will need to follow the School of Art Installation Policy to acquire and reserve the space. A great opportunity is ArtsX (Saturday, December 6) for a public venue if you are so inclined. There will be a huge crowd!

If you are not sure what you want to create, please schedule a meeting outside of class with the professor who will be happy to help you brainstorm something you are excited about and that builds on your strengths demonstrated this semester.

Things to Consider:

PART 1: Professional Proposal & Synopsis: (Due Monday 11/16): You must write a professional, well-written, and detailed Project Proposal. This must include separate PARAGRAPHS for each of the following:
1) Your concept clearly stated (the main point of your video).
2) What your intention is with the piece (what you want the audience to think about with the piece).
3) Types of shots and camera work you will utilize when shooting, location of the piece, etc. Also what you want the piece to "look like" (the treatment, aesthetic, etc.), if applicable.
4) Details about the soundtrack - how you will use all three types of sound (music, sound effects, and speech)
5) A brief Synopsis of your video piece (that will be published with the video on Vimeo):
    Quick read on how to write a synopsis and samples here

**It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed. Each paragraph must have several sentences of descriptive writing. If you need help writing, use the BGSU Learning Commons. Upload the file to Canvas before start of class. We will give you feedback to help you toward your script & storyboard.

PART 2: SHOTLIST / SCRIPT REQUIREMENTS (Due Wednesday 11/18 - Upload a .xls file to Canvas before start of class. You may use the "Sample Shot List" as a starter!
Your "script" must include an initial paragraph describing your idea, and shot-by-shot descriptions of the visual and aural sequence. If there is dialogue or voiceover, it must also be included.

Use this Shot List spreadsheet

Part 3: STORYBOARD REQUIREMENTS (Due Monday 11/23 - scanned (or digitally created in photoshop) and uploaded to Canvas before class.

Blank Storyboard: SD (4:3) or HD (16:9) templates

Your storyboard must contain the following:

  1. A NEAT, clear (readable) sketch of the shot
  2. Description of plot / action of story
  3. Transitions (dissolves, wipes, cuts, fades)
  4. Description of camera work (i.e. close-up, pan, track, midshot, etc.)
  5. Soundtrack (description of narration, sound effects, non-diegetic sounds, etc.)
  6. TIMECODE: length of shot, overall time (min:seconds)

Monday, November 16: Proposal for Final Project (typed) DUE on Canvas; Pitch ideas to full class.
Wednesday, November 18: Shotlist / Script for Final Project DUE on Canvas; Small group peer reviews.
Monday, November 23: Storyboard DUE; Scan and upload to Canvas
Monday, December 2: Rough Cuts DUE: Individual In-Progress Critiques (graded)
Saturday, December 5, 5-9pm ArtsX PUBLIC SCREENING (extra credit for submissions - invite your family!)
Wednesday, December 16:

FINAL CRITIQUE (10:45am-12:45pm)! Videos due, copied to HW folder
*** Students with a solid version on Wednesday 12/9 are encouraged to critique then so they have more time for revisions.

Thursday, December 17: Video Art Final DVDs and Final Project .mov's due 4pm SHARP in box outside my door

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