ARTC 4440 / 5440, Spring 2014
Advanced Digital Video Art
Project #1: Incorporating Effects
DUE: Wednesday, February 26
100% finished and copied to HW folder by 2:30pm
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 technically well-done, 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.
This project fulfills 20% of your overall grade in class.
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 ONE-SONG 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 - your 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 Monday 2/3):
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 Wednesday 1/29):
Write a professional, well-written Project Proposal. This must include a PARAGRAPH to answer each of the following questions:
1) Clearly state your concept (what is the piece about, what happens, the story?)
2) What GENRE does your piece fall into?
3) What type of shots and camera work will you incorporate in the piece, and how does that support the concept?
4) What is your intention with the piece (what you want the audience to think while watching?)
5) List some details about the 1) sound, 2) editing style, 3) timing, and 4) use of text, if applicable.
6) What types of effects will you incorporate and HOW they will support your concept?
**It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed.
Email it to email@example.com before the next class (Wednesday 1/29). In class you will "pitch" your idea, and we will give you feedback to help you toward your
PART 2a: SCRIPT and/or SHOT LIST (Due Wednesday, 2/5):
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
Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 2/5.
Part 2b: STORYBOARD (Due Wednesday, 2/5):
Your storyboard must contain the following:
Download a blank, printable storyboard: HD 16:9 format or SD 4:3 format
- 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)
Scan and email it to email@example.com by Wednesday, 2/5.
|SCHEDULE OF DEADLINES / EVENTS FOR PROJECT #1:
|Wednesday, Jan 29:
Proposal for Project #1(typed) DUE; Present to class - CRITIQUE.
|Monday, Feb 3:
Reading #1 Due;
|Wednesday, Feb 5:
||Storyboard & Script / Shot List DUE
(emailed, two items)
|Monday, Feb 17:
||Rough Cuts DUE: Individual In-Progress Critiques (graded)
|Wednesday, Feb 26:
||PROJECT #1 CRITIQUE! Videos due, .mov files copied to HW folder
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