In your group you will create a lesson of about 10 minutes for your class about your selected Genre of film. You will first do some in depth research about your Genre.
As well as books from the class room and the library here are some online references to help you:
To see a detailed outline of assessments for this unit including assessment rubrics click here
Choose one of the clips below from the genres we have learned about in class. You will complete a formal analysis of the clip using the criteria which can be found here.
Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese. 1980)
Rocky ( John G. Avlisden. 1976)
Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood. 2014)
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQPz432NvRs[/youtube]The Big Sleep
(Howard Hawks. 1946)
Chinatown ( Roman Polanski. 1974)
Here are the three exposure settings on your camera which will help you control the light when shooting. NOTE: they also control depth of field, motion blur and crispness and film grain – or image noise.
How to avoid image noise or grain when using the CANON VIXIA – as there is no ISO setting you have to AUTO GAIN CONTROL
White Balance is all about colour temperature. Different kinds of light have different colours so you need to change your the white balance on your camera depending on the light in your location.
Although the AWB (auto white balance) on the DSLR is pretty good it is always better if you can custom set the white balance for your location manually. This video shows you how. You can use a white piece of paper. Always change your white balance when you change your location as the light colour temperature will change.
Here are some videos to help you improve your cinematography skills.
Ignore the accent – the advice is good!
Depth of Field
Controlling Depth of Field, focus and sharpness of image. This will also help you when you are trying to focus during Camera Movements.
Shooting in Low Light Conditions
Remember the 4 Rules of Filming in Low light:
1 – ISO – Highest setting should be 1600 to avoid grain.Do some test shots at 800 and 1600 and see how they look on your computer – hard to see grain on camera screen.
2- Shutter Speed between 1/30 and 1/50.
3. Aperture – 1.2 – 5.6
4. Reduce the Contrast on your camera. Do this on Cannon D600 by going to Menu – picture style, choose a style press ‘info’ button and lowering the scale right down.
What is Mise en Scene and how can it help you to create richer more meaningful films?
How is Mise en Scene used in this scene? How does it work to build a sense of character? How is sound used in support?
Look at this beautiful video. Again, cinematography and sound work hand in hand to tell a story.
Any filmmaker will agree that capturing sound correctly is just as important as capturing great images. Sound can make or break a professional or amateur production, so making sure you know your way around a microphone can’t hurt. So let’s go over some basic ways to capture sound and take your video to the next level of awesomeness we all know it can be!
The sound from your camera does not always suck! it depends on how far you are from your source of sound. The camera mic is ok as long as you are about 10 feet or about 3 metres away.
Any more that that and you need to use an external Microphone and maybe even an external recorder.
Check out some of this equipment and see how learn how to use it with your team.
Sound Poem Challenge
These were created using Garageband. Get to know the basics of Garageband by having some fun experimenting with the software. Gather some sounds from the school import them into Garageband and have some fun manipulating them.
You will learn how to use Garage Band in Class but this video might give you some ideas too.
Why Study Film History?
As an art form that has only developed in the last 120 years, film is relatively new. Why then do film makers, film writers and historians find it important to study Film History?
You will be given a decade of cinema history to investigate. Through research, you must explore key developments in the film during your decade.
a) What were the important films of the decade? Why – were they critically acclaimed for their style, acting, editing, sound track, special effects? Did they challenge conventions of film making or epitomize a particular film movement or genre? Who were the dominant directors and actors?
b) What technological advances dominated your decade? E.g. coming of sound, colour, 3D etc. How did these impact on individual films? Use examples from later films that show this impact.
c) Investigate the commercial and industrial context of the films in your decade. E.g. were films being made within the studio system or independent of it? Was it a decade of blockbusters? Was the film industry financially threatened by other entertainment industries e.g. television, VHS recorders, DVD, internet. How did the film industry respond?
d) Historical, social and political trends. What were the key events happening outside of the industry e.g. Vietnam War, rise in feminism, AIDS, revolutions, peace movements, 9/11 attack, space exploration. How were these reflected in films of the time?
Things to consider:
Some suggestions for internet searches:
Story Boarding Tips
Planning you film is arguably the most important part of the whole process. Though storyboarding is not compulsory it helps you to think visually and make sure that every member of your crew is working towards the same cinematic goals.
Here’s how storyboards work in the movies:
Story boarding is not easy, especially if you are not a confident artist. Here are some resources to help you make the most of your storyboards.
Add you favorite Video to the google+ pop music site. Add the band or artist, the year and try to find out who directed it. What other Music Videos did they make? Do they have a particular style?
In class we have looked at the structure of Music Videos and uncovered the way they all use the following elements in some way or another:
Performance, Narrative, Themes and Symbols.
Now create a case study using a video from the Pop Video Timeline. Make a presentation which you will share with the class. Include all elements above and include how it effected the evolution of the pop video.
Some resources that might help you: