T351 Week 8 - Fall 2013
- Reality Check
- Intro to Storytelling
- Final Projects - Final Project
proposals and treatments are due by the start of lecture next week. (Turn in via Oncourse). I'd like to meet with each of you individually sometime in the next few weeks about your individual projects.
- No lab this week. Take the time to work on & finish your Interview/Feature stories.
- Next week we'll look at your Interview/Feature Stories starting at about 10:00 AM. Remember
they need to be exactly either 2 or 3-minutes. Do NOT include the slate in your timing. Also, for a short interview/feature story, you should not have a lengthy title sequence, jump cuts,
or rolling, ending credits. It's also bad form to put yourself more than a few times in the credits. (I might have "Produced by _______" artfully keyed over the video somewhere near the beginning or very end.) Work minimal titles into your project tastefully
- Your Art Video storyboard or script should be turned in via Oncourse by the start of lecture next week.
- Drama/Storytelling pieces. Everyone
is expected to submit a proposal and treatment. Please make sure this is uploaded to Oncourse (Resources/"Drama/Storytelling" folder) by the start of lab next week. This component will be individually graded. Please be prepared to quickly & succinctly pitch your story idea. We will choose teams and projects. Once
you decide on a project, your group needs to submit one completed, polished
script. Supporting materials (E.g. shot sheets, schedules) will earn you brownie points. Your group will share a grade for this- so be sure it's solid!
These are group projects. Everyone in a group is expected to turn in their own edit - unless you tell me your plan for collaboration.
Conflict is essential to storytelling. People never
live happily ever after until the end of the story, after the conflict
has been addressed.
- Lovers who can't be together
- A dog who is trying to find his way home
- A boy battling a giant
- Two nations at war
Stories have a beginning, middle and end. Your conflict must be resolved (happy or sad). If you don't have an ending or resolve it in some way you are not presenting a good story.
An interesting scenario is NOT a story. (a man wakes up in a rowboat, in the middle of a lake.....) Once you introduce the prime character and the conflict, you need to resolve it.
Your story doesn't have to revolve around a person or an animal. A former student wrote one about a pen. (The character arc was kind of
difficult.) It started on a CU of the pen hanging in the bookstore. It was then used to create art, write papers, and pen love letters. I did show you "Cart: The Film"
Terrible ideas / things to avoid - The fewer characters the better. Find people who can act (not your friends). There is time to line up talent, but you have to start now. Whatever you do don't write one more about the "worse day
ever" or being "late for class" or "and then the test was canceled" or
have your character then wake up and realize "it was all a dream". Another terrible idea that keeps returning is the "woke up with a hangover and can't remember what happened".
Characteristics of a strong treatment:
- Each & every scene has a label or some kind of identifier (name, number, etc.)
- Each scene has a purpose (develop the story or the character)
- The content will be present tense in a narrative manner and describe the flow of action & dialog. Include only what can be seen or heard. (Describing back-story or thoughts is challenging- you have to figure out how to SHOW it)
- Scenes are the
building blocks of film and video. They can be thought of as mini-stories
in that they have a beginning, middle and end.
A treatment for a short story could be as short as three scenes.
Scripting Documentaries & Art Videos
Please see my short article on Treatments and Scripts
What makes a first-rate video?
- Every shot and sound is there for a reason.
- The message and storyline are clear
- All of the audio and visual elements are top notch.
- There is no fixing it in the edit. What you shoot is what you have
to work with. Do it thoroughly and right the first time. Make sure
your audio is clean, your video is well lit, and framed. Make sure
every single edit is motivated and that your video has a consistent
look and feel.
- You have everything it takes to make a great video.
Review & critique Interview Feature Stories
- Start a new text doc
- Save it as your IU login / username
- As you review your classmates' work, write down two things that were working (strongest elements) & two things that could've been improved (weakest elements).
- Put a copy in Oncourse "Peer Critiques" folder (under your T351 resources link). Make sure it's saved as your IU login / username.
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