Product Resources

Here’re some handy ‘extras’ for you… use them wisely. 🙂

I think you should just need to drag them into the timeline in your editing software and that should automatically convert them into a short video clip. If not, let me know and I’ll let you use my MacBook to do it.

Ratings template (Powerpoint format: Simply edit, then ‘Export’ as a PNG file (set it to 1024px width))

Click to download the Template

And as a special bonus, here’re some Film Company Idents as discussed… feel free to Google for your own ones if I haven’t uploaded one you’re after. Clicking on them should take you to the full-sized image (always use the BIGGEST size you can to ensure you get good resolution). And again, you should just need to drag them into your timeline… Enjoy!

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Trailers Part 1

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 23.16.42Just finished converting the slides from today (it took a while to strip out the trailers from the document). You will get most of these as a handout as soon as I can find a working copier and time to press “print”! In the meantime, you should bear in mind that as well as allowing you to consider how you will approach your own trailer, studying trailers is an interesting media exercise in itself.

If I were to give you any advice at the moment, it would be to be making a mental note of the common features in the trailers. What does every trailer appear to have? And remember, the from the second the trailer starts (and I mean the green MPAA slide when I say that), it is trying to get you to pay to see the film. If I draw an analogy with English, one could argue that a trailer is like a poem in that there is no waste in it. Everything is there for a reason (purpose).

Anyway, here are the slides (Click THIS LINK, or click on the thumbnails on the right to download).

Part 2 tomorrow, and remember, Mr Jamieson will be sitting in and asking you about the course (so I’ll be nervous and talking far too much!). Please be honest with him. We need to know the bad as well as the good. 🙂


Filming Help

Good luck those of you who are carrying out some filming over the long weekend. I meant to give you copies of a suggested ‘Shot List’ sheet. This is a pretty useful/essential tool that you should use while filming to keep a list of the shots you have made. If nothing else, it allows you to keep track of what you have filmed and what you still have to film… and if you are offloading a lot of files at the same time, it will speed up the search for the ‘right’ take when you are editing! (You will take sooooo long when it comes to editing that you’ll thank me for this, honestly, you will!)

It looks like this (click the pic to download as a PDF), and I have a pile of them in my room if you want to grab some.

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filepicker-vawFINbnQJ2Szh0ngW4t_movie_cameraAnd so it begins!

The Product Log (Word/PDF) is attached to this post for you to download. As mentioned in class, it is an invaluable aid to allow you to complete the assignment with the minimum of stress! Keep it up to date, and use it to plan your next steps.

First… the overview

You are to produce a short film (roughly 8 – 10 minutes long) and then create a trailer for the film. This trailer will form the basis of your final report.

Your final report has to be completed individually, but it is impossible to do without working with others. We’ll be covering all the necessary parts as we go along, but you will find there is a fair amount of work you need to complete outwit the class time. Because of this, I will be running a drop in support session most lunchtimes and after school on a Tuesday (starting 8th September).

Your first task is to come up with 3 or 4 ideas for stories that you can begin development work on. These need to be done for next Monday (7th September) so we can get the brief and initial research completed.

It’ll be hard work, but I think you are really going to enjoy it. 🙂

Click the relevant icon to download the Logbook

This Goes Up To 11…

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


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?”