T356 Final Project
Final Projects will be produced the last two weeks
of the semester. This will be your last chance to produce a high-quality studio
piece for your portfolio. As with the Dramatic Scene Exercise, everyone will
pitch a final project idea. The class will vote on which projects to produce.
If your project gets selected, you will function as the producer.
Pitches and Program Proposals
When you pitch your idea in class you should have:
- Program title
- Proposal (including a treatment) Scripts are not necessary, but nice to
Process: Once your group has been seelcted, the producer should assign
people to handle all of the necessary pre-production and production tasks.
to fill the following roles: director, lighting and sets,
properties manager, graphics, sound designer etc. You should also secure on-camera
talent for your production. Members of your group should not function as
for their own production.
- Time: While there is no "set" time requirement,
it is recommended that you focus on quality not quantity. 4 minutes might
be plenty of time for a short dramatic scene, while 8 minutes might be a
good length to explore a topic for a talk show.
- Graphics: You need at least two graphics, including an
opening title and closing credits.
- Music/SFX: Your group must use at least two cuts of either
music and/or sound effects. (Appropriate music is HIGHLY recommended)
You might start and close your piece with some music. A background
bed of sound effects can help establish your location.
Grading - You will be graded on a number of
criteria including: pre-production, production, lighting, blocking, graphics,
sound and your individual critques.
On the day of your production, it is vital that you come to lab prepared.
Do not plan on being able to go to the production lab to make last-minute
changes to graphics, select music or find sound effects. Come Prepared! Except
for the credit given to your individual critiques and initial proposals, you
will be graded as a group and should submit the following in a professional-looking
production booklet the day of your shoot:
- Program proposal
- Master Script
- Floor Plan
- Lighting Plot
- Relevant production materials: timeline, storyboard, camera shot sheets
Each student will turn in a two-page journal/critique documenting
the final project and their experience in class the following week (at the
time of the final exam).
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