ARTC 4440, Spring 2011
Advanced Digital Video Art
Heather Elliott-Famularo

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:

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:

GRADING: The following aspects of the production process will be CRITICALLY graded on professionalism and thoroughness:

GRADING: The following aspects of the piece will be CRITICALLY graded:

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:

  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? What camera / format will you shot with?
  3. the location(s) of your piece - where you intend to shoot, if you don't know, what TYPE of place are you looking for.
  4. information on the actors / characters (if you know who you will use, describe them. If not, what type of person are you looking for?
  5. what your intention is with the piece (what you want the audience to think about with the piece)
  6. details about the sound track - what types of foley and music you will need
  7. details about editing, timing, and pacing of the piece.
  8. what effects you could incorporate and HOW they will support your concept.
**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.

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:

Part 2b: STORYBOARD REQUIREMENTS (Due Thursday 4/7):
Your storyboard must contain the following:

  1. A 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)
Download an empty storyboard here:

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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