ARTC 4440 / 5440, Spring 2014
Advanced Digital Video Art
Heather Elliott-Famularo

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:

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 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 storyboard.

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:

Email it to by Wednesday, 2/5.

Part 2b: STORYBOARD (Due Wednesday, 2/5):
Your storyboard must contain the following:

  1. A Sketch of the shot (include effects if used)
  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 a blank, printable storyboard: HD 16:9 format or SD 4:3 format

Scan and email it to by Wednesday, 2/5.

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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