ARTC 4440, Spring 2011
Advanced Digital Video Art
Final Project Guidelines
DUE: Thursday, April 28, 1pm
rendered and copied to HW folder for critique time
This final represents the culmination of a semester's worth of exploration in video and VFX. For some of you it is your last Video
class. Make this an opportunity to create something film-festival worthy! Something that is stunning, thoughtful, exciting!
We are devoting an entire month to creating this piece, so the expectations are high.
Create a 5-7 minute video, content of your own choice. You may choose to experiment with form, content, or
hopefully both. You may make an experimental piece, a narrative, or a documentary. You may also create a
video installation. The only RULES are that it must be art, and you CANNOT use any
copyrighted sound, unless doing a parody. The following are NOT PERMITTED: MTV-style music video, commercial video.
NOTE: If you have trouble coming up with ideas, meet with me individually and I will help you get started!
Things to Consider:
- Don't hesitate to seek assistance from your class colleagues, particularly for production! You won't get professional results if you attempt to shoot, direct, and star in the piece!
- 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.
GRADING: The following aspects of the production process will be CRITICALLY graded on professionalism and thoroughness:
- Proposal - does it have all the required paragraphs? Is it throrough?
- Script / Shot list - is EVERY shot clearly oulined? Is it production ready? Is the dialogue written?
- Storyboard - it should be MANY pages. Every shot should be sketched!
- Production process: Shooting - all done by April 19th deadline
- Rough Cut: All video digitized and roughed by April 21st deadline
GRADING: The following aspects of the piece will be CRITICALLY graded:
- Concept / story - the thoughtfullness and thoroughness of the plot, characters, atmosphere, etc.
- Cinematography - production quality of shots (angles, depth of field, movement, etc.)
- Soundtrack - I expect thorough sound development that includes: sync sound, sound effects and/or music.
- Post-production - use of effects to enhance the meaning of the piece.
- Titles / Credits - font and content should be well layed out and appropriate for the story and aesthetic of the piece.
PART 1: Professional Proposal: (Due Thursday 3/31):
You must write a professional, well-written Project Proposal. This must include a THOROUGH PARAGRAPH for each of the following:
**It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed.
Print and email the proposal to me by 3/31. We will give you feedback to help you toward your storyboard.
- your concept clearly stated (what is the piece about, what happens?)
- what type of shots and camera work you will do when shooting? What camera / format will you shot with?
- the location(s) of your piece - where you intend to shoot, if you don't know, what TYPE of place are you looking for.
- information on the actors / characters (if you know who you will use, describe them. If not, what type of person are you looking for?
- what your intention is with the piece (what you want the audience to think about with the piece)
- details about the sound track - what types of foley and music you will need
- details about editing, timing, and pacing of the piece.
- what effects you could incorporate and HOW they will support your concept.
PART 2a: SCRIPT REQUIREMENTS (Due Thursday 4/7):
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. Please make it PROFESSIONAL, following a standard example:
Examples of scripts to download: http://www.filmscriptwriting.com/samplescripts.html
Part 2b: STORYBOARD REQUIREMENTS (Due Thursday 4/7):
Your storyboard must contain the following:
Download an empty storyboard here:
- A Sketch of the shot
- 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 FINAL PROJECT:
|Thurs, March 31:
||Professional Proposal for Final Project (typed) DUE; Present to class
|Thurs, April 7:
||Storyboard & Final Script DUE; Present to class - CRITIQUE.
|Tues, April 12:
||Work Day (Heather at NAB)
|Tues, April 19:
||Production DONE: All footage shot!
|Thurs, April 21:
||Rough Cuts DUE: Individual In-Progress Critiques
|Thurs, April 28:
||Last In Progress critique GRADES GIVEN
Videos due, copied to HW folder by 1pm
|Thurs, May 5:
||FINAL CRITIQUE! (1-3:20pm) Videos due, copied to HW folder by 1pm
|Fri, May 6:
||Final Reel DVDs due 1pm SHARP in box outside my door
Extra Credit due 1pm SHARP in box outside my door
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