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smatl: Brookej@newschoo1.edu New School Film Production Office: (212) 229-5899 Course Description:
To realize an artistic vision in film, the filmmaker needs a thorough understanding of the technology, process, and tools of filmmaking. In this hands-on course, students explore advanced concepts and techniques in film and digital media production through in-class assignments and exercises evolving into increasingly complex collaborative projects. The class covers a range of topics, including operation of advanced16mm film and HD digital cameras, film stocks and video formats, the stmcture of a film crew and the responsibilities of its members, lenses and lighting equipment, shooting exteriors and interiors, gripping, production design, field sound recording, preproduction planning and breakdowns, film and lID workflows, and the collaborative process. Working as a team, students set up and shoot several scenes in class and two scenes on location using syncsound film and HD cameras and rotating crew positions. The class screens and reviews the scenes afterward. Students hone their skills and work collaboratively to master various aspects of film production, gaining the technical knowledge necessary to successfully execute advanced film and video projects. (3 credits)
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Theory and Pratice: Image Making for Cinematormq>hers. Directors. and Videographers. Blain Brown, Focal Press, 2002 ~(\G'\~. \ FIlmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age. Edward Pincus and . Steven Ascher, PlumelPenguin, 2008 Assignments: Most of this class' is dedicated to the completion of shooting your individual films. In order to accomplish this task, you must complete all the required preproduction work and technical exams. All written assignments must be typed.
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Students will primarily be completing all assignments as part of a large group or smaller sub-group. Depending on the size of the class, large groups may vary from 6-8 students.
Group Assignments: For the out of class assignments, students are broken into 2 larger groups (Production Companies), each responsible for producing 2 movies - one shot on 16mm film and one shot digitally - over the course of the semester. Each Production Company is then split into sub-groups - "Producers" and "Crew" - for each of the two projects that the Production Company is responsible for. Each student will do opposite duties on Film and HD projects. All movies must meet criteria as assigned in class for length and content to be accepted. Work individual student is responsible for: (Ex. for student in Production Company AD, responsible for 16mm Movie A and Digital Movie B): • • • • • • • • Work in small group to write 2-5 page script (Producers A) Work in small group to do script breakdown and secure needed materials and cast for Movie A (producers A) Work in small group to do shot list, lighting plan for Movie B (Crew B) Work in larger group to plan and execute 3 day sHoot of Movie A Work in larger group to shoot and crew 3-day shoot of Movie B Individually complete peer review of group members for both productions Work in small group to edit Movie A/Screen "Final" Film (producers A) Participation: You must be present and actively involved in class discussion, inclass shoots, workshops and exercises (see below).
Grading Summary: Grades will be determined individually at the instructor's discretion. While some assignments will get a group grade, each student will be assigned grades at the end of the course based on their individual effort and course work. Your final grade will not be determined as a group and will be based on the following: 5% 5% 5% 20% 20% 10% 10% 20% 5% Movie A Script -- Producer 2-5 minute film (3-6 pages) Movie A Script Breakdown - Producer Movie B Shotlist - Crew Produce and Direct Movie A Crew Movie B + Footage Edit Movie A Peer Review CrewlProducers AttendancelParticipation in class shoots Passing Both HD and Arri Camera Test
Attendance & Particination This is VERY important, as the class requires that you fully grasp the technical aspects of the equipment. Missing more than two class sessions without instructor permission will result in failure and the revocation of equipment access privileges. Au excused absence requires contacting me 24 hours prior to class, and my affirmative response that the absence is excused. Excessive or repetitive lateness to class is not acceptable; it will affect your grade. While in class. students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and exercises. Note: No incompletes will be given in this course. For anyone needing a grade or an approval in the class, the absolute last day to turn in work is December ISh. While there are possibly circumstances where students cannot, for some external reason, fulfill the attendance or crewing requirement of the class, I do not make judgments about them. These are often personal and difficult circumstances, however, the class requirements remain the same for everyone. In other words, you must attend all requisite class sessions and meet aU out of class production requirements. Shooting and Crewing Commitments In the third week of class, you will all commit to shooting and crewing dates for the 10th and 12th weeks of class. Dates will be assigned to you based on the Production Studio you are in and students may not change them. Each student will be on two shoots, one over a weekend and one during the early part of a week. You!!!!!!! attend both shoots, at the call times set by the director/producer of the film, and perform all assigned duties to pass the class. As we will discuss, students in our class!!!!!§! have a substantial crew role on each class project (DO NOT ask a fellow student to be a PA). If there is conflict I will intervene. Please remember that you are a community of filmmakers and that everyone is here to learn a highly.specialized craft. The quality of the projects is very important, but the learning environment of the class is paramount. Additionally, students in each Production Studio are responsible financially for any loss or damage to the equipment while it is on your shoot. While using outside crew in primary positions is not allowed for these projects, if you do ask people outside of class to round out your crew, it is in your best interest to ensure that they know how to use the equipment and that they are people you trust.
Practieal Exam '
You must attend and pass the 16mm film and lID practical exams (date TBA) in order to check out equipment. If you do not pass the practical exam, you will not have clearance to check out equipment and you will not pass the course.
SCHEDULE Due to the time constraints of the class and specific needs of the students as judged by the instructor, some changes may be made to the syllabus or curriculum during the course of the semester.
Introduction/Review of course requirements, goals, and objectives Lecture: General production concerns Crews/Collaborative filmmaking Overview of Assignments
Shooting film vs. HD Discuss "Production Studios"
In-class demonstration: Get to know the equipment (Arriflex SRII) SESSION 2 Discussion: Assign Large Groups, Shooting Schedule Film Review, filmstock & processing choices September 6
Arri SR Camera Workshop: Basics of camera functions, operation, loading, filters, batteries Lenses Mounting the camera on the tripod The video tap In-class exercise: Loading the Arri mag Camera tech (hands on) Assignment for next session: Catch up on any 16mm tech as necessary
SESSION3 September 13
Split Groups into "Producers" and "Crews" (3&3 depending) for each film Assign shooting dates Discuss Props/Character requirement Arri SR camera ctn'd Lenses & Focus (Arri) Accessories, Dealing w/ Camera on set DP/AC duties (Arri) - Dealing with Film on Set
Group Assignment for session 5: Movie Scripts or Experimental Project Outline
Camera exercise 1#2 Lecture: shooting 16mm for sync; Ani SR
DoFreview Sound Kit Tascam digital recorder (double system) Mics (boom, lay) Working wi Multiple Mics
In-class exercise: Arri SRII Practice shoot wi Sound -- shooting 16mm for sync Assignment for next session: Movie Scripts or Experimental Project Outline Begin Production planning September 27
SESSION 5 - Scripts Due Screen and discuss: Camera Exercise footage Discussion: On-Set realities, Cooperating with Crew
Presentation of Scripts (4)
Begin workshopping scripts Lecture: Script Breakdown/Shot Casting lists
Assignment for next session: Production PlanninglProblem solving Group Assignment for session 7: Shot List/Breakdowns for all Films
SESSION6 Discussion: Review ScriptslProduction The Laboratory Processing Basics of shooting lID Shooting to edit lID Cam (AF-IOO) Tech for next session: Production Planning/Problem Concerns
SESSION 7 SHOT LISTIBREAKDOWNS DUE
Discussion: Lecture: Shotlists/breakdowns HD cam - Advanced Techniques Lenses & Accessories (HD) Video Dailieslflow of Post Log & Capture/Log & Transfer (FCP)
Assignment for next session: Production PlanninglProblem solving
Prepare for Camera Tests
FILM & lID CAMERA TEST REVIEW SESSION****
SESSION 8 October 18 Camera exercise #2 - shooting HD for sync; Panasonic Camera
Lecture: Dealing with AVCHD footage on set Drives and Backups Lighting & Gripping intro Panasonic AF -100 camera & Double System Basic lighting composition
In-class exercise: Camera exercise #2 -
Assignment for next session: Production PlanningIProblem solving
Prepare for Camera Tests
****TBA-MANDATORY SESSION 9
FILM & lID CAMERA TEST**** October 25
Screen and discuss: Camera Exercise footage Discussion: Lighting and Grip package Lighting procedures and safety Lighting Technique Grip and shaping light
*****SHOOTING BEGINS***** SESSION 10 (possible no class) 16mm FILM SHOOTS
Lecmre: Syncing in FCP
Group Assignment for session 13= Begin Post-Production (sync and prep) Assignment for session 15: Written Peer Review/Self-Evaluation
SESSION 12 (possible no class) DIGITAL MOVIE SHOOTS Production Troubleshooting/Screen Dailies November 15
******Thanksgiving Break November 24th-November 2Sth****** ******NO CLASS NOVEMBER 22nd*** SESSION 13 Workshop:
November 29 Critique Project Dailies Discuss Shoots Preparing for Edit
FCP Ingesting Review and Project Concerns
Cont'd FCP Syncing, other techniques SESSION 14 - Rough Cuts Lecture: FCP advanced techniques December 6
In-Class exercise: Editing week
SESSION 15 - Screening; Self-Evaluation Due Workshop: Critique Final Cuts
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