Pressies…

Some great ideas kicking around today, and I’m happy with the initial progress being made by all groups so… Yay, Class! 👏

Thought you might appreciate electronic copies of the Production Booklet. If nothing else, it’ll allow you to have a copy on your e-device of choice. 🙂 For the PDF version, click on Mrs Bates, for the Word version, click on the Word icon! 😉

Hitchcock Booklet Cover

word-doc-icon

I’ll Be Brief…

"Noooo!!!! Why did I have the beans for lunch..."
“Noooo!!!! Why did I have the beans for lunch…”

🙂 Hopefully you’re clear on this first stage of the Production… if not, ASK! I’ve added a copy of the Brief to this post, and I know most of you can read, so I’ll not repeat anything here. What I will say is that you need to be willing and able to justify any and all decisions, and in doing so, you need to draw on the coursework we are covering with regards Narrative Structures (ie: how you are choosing to tell your story), your Plot (which of Booker’s 7 Plots you are going to use), and the Characters you will introduce/use (ie: Propp is your pal!)…

You’re not daft, so you’ll be aware that there is much more to it than this, but that’s enough to get you off and running. We’ll return to exclusively looking at your production next Thursday as we’ll need to consider Audience for the first part of the week.

One Thing…

Start doing research! Think of the style/genre/movie you want to make. Can you find examples of existing media that you can emulate? It might be the style of a whole film or TV show (like Stranger Things), or perhaps just an individual scene/incident… what ever it is, make a note/find a link and be ready to share with the rest of your group/class. It’s one of those great subjects where it really is easier to show someone rather than tell them…

Anyway… HERE’s Da Brief! (See… I is down wit’ da kidz…)

pdf-icon-1word-doc-icon

 

Ready… Set… Go…

FilmFreewayLogoJust punting this in your direction. It’s a film making competition that you could consider entering. There are prizes, and a screening at the end of March in Glasgow, and it could be a fun way of sharing your films with a wider audience.

The entry requirements are pretty much that the film can be considered Scottish (which yours are), and that the people that made it are under 25 (which you are)…

Closing date: 1st March.

Details here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FirstActFilmFestival

 

This Goes Up To 11…

Been meaning to post this for a while, and a discussion in class reminded me to do so…

up_to_11__spinal_tap__by_siddv-d4vwq1q

It’s really important that you collect and view a number of sources as reference for your own product. It’s not a case of encouraging you to mindlessly ape what others have done, it’s about giving your research enough depth and breadth so you have options as you consider your scripts. It will also give you ideas for shots and editing when you start filming and then panicking as you get nearer your deadline. (Never underestimate the power of a good panic!)

To that end, here are a few documentaries and ‘mockumentaries’ that may prove useful/entertaining/thought-provoking. Some are available on Netflix or Amazon, others I have and will let you borrow if you think they’ll be useful. Happy researching!

First up is one of the most horrific films/documentaries I’ve ever seen: The Cove (2009). It’s an Oscar™ winning film about the annual killing of dolphins in Japan. It is not for the squeamish. It is also not immune from criticism for its portrayal of the Japanese whaling industry and the methods used to make the film. Here’s the trailer:

Another serious documentary worth watching is Michael Moore‘s Bowling for Columbine (2002). It addresses America’s infatuation with guns, and is notable for many things, not the least of which is that the oft reviled Marilyn Manson comes across as an articulate and intelligent commentator on the horrific shootings that he was partially accused of causing. Here’s the trailer:

The next one is short, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, but switch off the ‘awe factor’ section of your brain and switch on the ‘how and why did they film that’ bit (Hint: There’s a ‘making of’ video). Welcome to Danny MacAskill: The Ridge

And finally (for now… as it’s late… and I’ve got school tomorrow…)

The ultimate Rock music (spoof) documentary… it’s far too close to the truth, and it goes up to 11: This Is Spinal Tap!

Watch lots, and think “How did they do that?”, “Why did they do that?”, “Do I want to do that?”, and “How can I do that?”

🙂

Some Goodies For You

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Just a couple of ‘treats’ for you… many more to come in class tomorrow.

First up is the Production Calendar. All the relevant dates for completing the three phases plus the write up for submitting to the SQA. You will get time in class for your making your product, but you will need to be prepared to use some of your own time as well.

PHS Media – Roles and Schedule 14-15

The other file just now is a Pre-Production Checklist. You must complete all of the tasks on it before you get to start the production itself.

PHS Pre Production Checklist

And finally, I’d just like to offer my thanks to Mr Pickavance who teaches Media at Dunblane High School. He has allowed me to adapt his Higher Media documents for you to use… much easier and quicker than me having to reinvent the wheel… again!