ARTC 4440, Spring 2011
Advanced Digital Video Art
Project #1: Incorporating Effects
Thursday, February 17 Thursday, February 24
100% finished and copied to HW folder by 1pm
Create a 2-5 minute video, content of your own choice, that includes some of the new effects that we have
learned in Final Cut Pro. You may use one effect over the whole piece, or a variety of effects throughout.
You may choose to experiment with form, content / concept, or hopefully both. You may make an experimental
piece, a narrative, or a documentary. The only RULES are that it must be art, it must be professionally shot,
and you CANNOT use any copyrighted sound, unless doing a parody. The following are NOT PERMITTED: MTV-style
music video, commercial video.
Things to Consider:
- Shoot this professionally: play with the Depth of Field, Use a tripod or our Steadicam, Be sophisticated in your cinematography!
- Be sure to carefully consider sound in this piece. The soundtrack should be complex and should incorporate sync sound, ambient sound, voiceover, sound effects (foley). (A MUSIC SOUNDTRACK IS NOT ENOUGH!)
- Carefully thought out editing is essential! Consider pacing, transitions, types of shots, etc.
- Time: cutting rhythm effects the passage of time. Consider experimenting with time: distort it, disrupt it, speed it up, slow it down, etc. using varied cutting rhythms, transitions, motion effects, etc.
- Transitions: Transitions generally relate to the passage of time. A dissolve usually gives the sense that a relatively short period of time has passed from one shot to the next (perhaps several hours or a day), and a fade to / fade up from black usually gives the sense that a longer period of time has passed (perhaps months or years). Wipes are often used to transition between two distinct scenes or narrative spaces.
- Effects: choose effects with intention! Use them to create a desired mood, atmosphere, accentuate action,
dramatize a moment...
- Be sure to put titles and credits on your final master.
- The piece must be a resolved and complete piece, not an exercise!
The content of the video is of your choice! My hope is that technical exercises sparked some excitement and generated some ideas. But if you need a starting point, consider these approaches:
- Tell a story in a new, dynamic way
- Create or display a poetic experience
- Produce a personal, political, or critical essay about something in our contemporary culture - give it a "voice"
- What inspires you? What does "inspiration" mean? Make the piece about what inspires you.
- Conversations: make a piece about conversations or communication between individuals or the self.
Reading #1: (Due Tuesday 2/1):
Chapter 1: Introduction to Digital Compositing (pgs 1-14) from The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Second Edition: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion
Graphics By Ron Brinkman.
Download HERE: Reading1.pdf
PART 1: Professional Proposal: (Due Tuesday 2/1):
Write a professional, well-written Project Proposal. This must include a PARAGRAPH for each of the following:
1) your concept clearly stated (what is the piece about, what happens?)
2) what type of shots and camera work you will do when shooting
3) what your intention is with the piece (what you want the audience to think about
with the piece)
4) details about the sound, editing, timing, and text if used.
5) what effects you will incorporate and HOW they will support your concept.
**It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed.
Bring the printout and email it by 2/1. We will give you feedback to help you toward your
PART 2a: SCRIPT (Due Thursday 2/1):
Your script/shotlist should describe in detail each shot (every camera movement), any audio / dialogue, and effects. It can be in outline form as a list.
Examples of scripts to download: http://www.filmscriptwriting.com/samplescripts.html
Part 2b: STORYBOARD (Due Thursday 2/1):
Your storyboard must contain the following:
Download an empty storyboard here:
- A Sketch of the shot (include effects if used)
- Description of plot / action of story
- Transitions (dissolves, wipes, cuts, fades)
- Description of Camera work (i.e. close-up, pan, track, midshot, etc.)
- Soundtrack (description of narration, sound effects, non-diegetic sounds, etc.)
- TIMECODE: length of shot, overall time (min:seconds)
|SCHEDULE OF DEADLINES / EVENTS FOR PROJECT #1:
|Tues, Feb 1:
||Proposal for Project #1(typed) DUE; Present to class - CRITIQUE.
Reading #1 Due;
|Thurs, Feb 3:
||Storyboard & Script DUE
|Thurs, Feb 10:
|Rough Cuts DUE: Individual In-Progress Critiques
|Tues, Feb 15:
||Rough Cuts DUE: Individual In-Progress Critiques
|Thurs, Feb 17:
|PROJECT #1 CRITIQUE!
|Thurs, Feb 24:
||PROJECT #1 CRITIQUE! Videos due, .mov files copied to HW folder
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