Movie Trailer Day 3: Finishing our Project Proposals

Today’s essential question: How can I write a cohesive project proposal for my movie trailer?

Today we will finish our project proposals. Once Ms. Lawson has approved your proposal, you may begin filming video footage.

Dallas has created an excellent project proposal for her movie trailer. Notice how she puts the photos in the order the frames will occur in the trailer, and includes the part of the screenplay that goes along with each frame. (Even if your trailer will not have words, make sure you include a describe of the concept, how you plan to transition between shots, what type of music you will play, etc.)

Establishing Point of View

You can help establish a particular point of view by controlling the distance from the subject, the amount of negative space around the subject, the camera angle, and any objects in the foreground. How have these techniques helped establish a particular point of view in each of the photos below?

Over the Shoulder Shot and High Camera Angle

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Low Camera Angle

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Long Shot with Minimal Background

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Today we will:

  • Discuss how to establish a particular point of view by controlling the distance from the subject, the amount of negative space around the subject, the camera angle, and any objects in the foreground.
  • Finish our project proposals by including the following:
    • Take 5-10 still photos showing how you will stage the various parts of your movie trailer. Include a closing screen.
    • You will insert each photo alongside the relevant part of your actual script/voiceover. If you plan to use background music, name which part of which song you plan to use and why.
  • Publish our finished project proposals to our blog. Once Ms. Lawson has approved your proposal, you may begin filming video footage.
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Movie Trailer Day 2: Film Stills

Today’s essential question: How can I frame well-designed shots in my movie trailer?

Featured Artist: Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson is known for his well-designed frames. You can stop one of his movies at any point, and it will look like a well staged photograph. Check out the examples below.

What photography techniques has he used in his films?

Moonrise Kingdom

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Today we will work on our scripts and shoot photos to go along with the script. By the end of today’s class, you should publish a blog post with 5-10 still photos and a script to go along with those photos. Include any music you plan to incorporate.

Today we will:

  • Discuss how to frame well-designed cinematic shots
  • Finish our project proposals by including the following:
    • Take 5-10 still photos showing how you will stage the various parts of your movie trailer. Include a closing screen.
    • You will insert each photo alongside the relevant part of your actual script/voiceover. If you plan to use background music, name which part of which song you plan to use and why.
  • Publish our finished project proposals to our blog

New Project: Movie Trailer Video

cats-at-movies-300x281.pngFor our next project, we will create a 60 second live action movie trailer using Adobe Premiere (if you choose to use a class video camera and computer) or iMovie (if you choose to use an iPhone or iPad). We will work in small groups.

Part I: The Proposal, Still Photos, and Script

You will have two classes to work on the proposal, still photos, and script. Your proposal should contain the following items:

  • Name your group members.
  • Describe your movie. What is it about? What genre would you classify it? (eg. Action, Horror, Drama, Comedy, Documentary, etc.)
  • Identify your target audience.
    • Who do you think would be interested in your movie? Why?
    • What wants/needs/fears/areas of interest does that target group have?
    • What considerations should you keep in mind when presenting your topic – tone, vocabulary, type of imagery, background music?
  • Take 5-10 still photos showing how you will stage the various parts of your movie trailer. Include a closing screen.
  • You will insert each photo alongside the relevant part of your actual script/voiceover. If you plan to use background music, name which part of which song you plan to use and why.

Part II: The Movie Trailer

Your movie trailer should be 60 seconds. Make sure you are backing up raw footage daily to your google drive, and creating daily blog posts with screen shots and written reflections on your progress.

Today we will:

  • Introduce the Movie Trailer project
  • Pick Our Groups
  • Brainstorm our movie idea and begin working on our project proposals

 

Typographic Animation Critique

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Today’s essential questions: What are some things that are working well in our animations? What, if anything, could be improved?

Today we will critique our animations as a group. We will then make any necessary improvements, and create a blog post with a link to the YouTube visit of our final animation and an artist statement about our animation.

Artist Statement Brainstorming Questions:

  • What is your animation about?
  • How did you create your animation?
  • What challenges did you face while creating your animation? How did you work through these challenges?
  • What would you do differently if you were to do this project again? Why?
  • What would  you like your audience to think or feel as they watch your animation?
  • How has this project affected how you view animated movies, games, etc?

Class Animations

(If you have not been posting links to your in progress YouTube videos, please so do at the end of class so you can receive credit for your work.)

Today we will:

  • Critique our animations as a group
  • Make any necessary improvements
  • Create a blog post with the following:
    • a link to the YouTube visit of our final animation
    • an artist statement about our animation

 

Typographic Animation Checkpoint

Today’s essential question: What do I need to do to complete my animation in the next 3-4 classes?

happy_mickeyThe Good

Some people have made great progress on their animations. Not only has Yoly posted her progress, but she wrote a reflection on what still looks weird in her animation so she knows what to work on over the next few classes. Everyone should do this moving forward.

Andrew has already completed an animation that fulfills the project requirements! What are some things that make his animation interesting?

 

angry_mickeyThe Bad

Several people are very far behind. Some people haven’t even posted storyboards! We have been working on this unit for 7 classes, and only have 3-4 classes left. If you are not animating in Flash by the end of today, you will need to start coming in during free periods to catch up.

Today we will:

  • Continue working on our animations
  • Post our progress to our blogs (this likely means exporting an unfinished MOV and uploading it to YouTube)
  • Write a few sentences on what you still need to complete or fix in your animation, especially anything you would like help with

Typographic Animation Day 2: Converting Text to Vector Outlines in Illustrator

Today’s essential question: How can use Adobe Illustrator to create the graphics I will later animate in Flash?

Part 1: How to Convert Text to Vector Outlines in Adobe Illustrator

  1. Select the type tool. type_tool
  2. Change the size and typeface from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. Choose a large size (72-200pt) so you will be able to see your word.
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  3. Type some text.
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  4. Select the selection tool. selection_tool
  5. Type -> Create Outlines
  6. Object -> Ungroup
    This will separate the letters.
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  7. You can now move, scale and rotate individual letters with the selection tool.
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  8. You can also select and move individual points on a letter with the direct selection tool. direct_selection_tool
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  9. You can thicken a letter by adjusting the stroke (Window -> stroke)
  10. Make sure you save your file as an Ai and PNG and post your progress to your blog.

Why might you want to convert each letter (or even part of a letter) into separate graphics before bringing them into Flash?

Part 2: How to Import Vector Graphics into Flash

  1. Make a new Flash file
  2. File -> Import -> Import to Library
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  3. Select “Convert to Flash Layers”
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  4. Go to the library and drag each graphic onto its own layer in your timeline.

Today we will:

  • create our word graphics in Illustrator
  • save our file as both a Ai and PNG
  • import our graphics into Flash
  • make a new blog post with images of our progress
  • back all our files up to our animation folders in our Google Drives

Missing Assignments

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A brief animation about the last week of the marking period

Today we will complete and post any missing assignments to our blogs.

The following students are missing the following assignments:

  • Exzavier – Ghost Dog, Motion Path, Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Yoly – Motion Path
  • Carla – Ball, Ghost Dog, Cat, Motion Path, Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Tina – Cat, Bookmark Artist Statement (current artist statement is way too short)
  • Aiden – Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Narionna – Motion Path, Bookmark Artist Statement
  • Andrew – Motion Path
  • Brandon – Ball (video does not load), Cat, Motion Path

Here are links to the assignments:

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Need community service hours? Free this Saturday?
Check out the following March for Science volunteering needs:

Marshal (2 hr)

Marshals would help direct pedestrian traffic around the Rally with a focus on assisting people with wheels. At the end of the Rally, they would march with the group and would be responsible for keeping the march on course. Would need to start at 11AM

Event photographer. (2-6hrs based on availability.)
Will begin photographing attendees and venue at the Rally, during the march, and at the expo. Begins at 11:30 amand continues as long as the student wishes.
AV specialist. (3-4hrs)
Will monitor sound and video equipment in the Expo speaker area and aid presenters when needed. Starts at 11:30 AM. This person may also volunteer as a marshal which would involve attending the rally, marching and ensuring the crowd stays on course. If marshaling, they would need to arrive at the Expo by 11:00 am to allow travel time to the rally.
Zero Waste Ambassadors. (2-6 hrs)
Will work with Impact Earth to teach people about recycling. Need help at rally site (2 hr) and expo site (4 hr) may also serve as a marshal (extra 1 hour)
NASA coach. (4hrs)
Coaches kids as they play a NASA’s space rocks game. Involves throwing rocks around the Expo. Would need to be comfortable working directly with children.

Today we will:

  • Complete any missing assignments and post them to our blogs.