You are going to create a film to be submitted to the One Minute Film Competition.
This year's theme that has to be incorporated into your film is "LOYALTY". You can (and should) be as creative as you like in how you include this in your film.
The key focus for this film is technical sophistication. You're aiming to create high quality, professional looking finished products that are creative, unique and aimed at a wider audience than your own circle of friends.
This means we don't use phones to film it, we make the time to organise costumes and actors and we take the time to plan it and ensure you have an idea that is interesting and engaging for a wide audience.
There are a wide range of film genres you can base your film around, including: documentary, horror, drama, music video, animation, comedy and much more.
As you've no doubt learned from the Romantic Comedy film, planning is very important when creating a quality finished product.
So you're going to need to create a Treatment, a correctly formatted script and storyboards.
A Treatment is like a creative writing story, as if you were writing it for an English class. So you come up with the idea for your film and then write it just like a story, not worrying about how you're going to make it into a film just yet. This is the first part of your planning and should be 200 words long.
Then you're going to write your script. A script should be correctly formatted and should be written as if your finished film is being projected up onto the wall in front of you: it should detail everything we see and hear. If someone speaks, your script should tell me what they say. If someone walks across a room, it should say that. A correctly formatted script equates to about one page per minute of screen time, so for the One Minute Film Competition, it should be about a page in length correctly formatted.
Your storyboards come next. This is when you start thinking about exactly HOW your film will look. If your script is a written version of everything that will be seen and heard in your film, then your storyboards are a visual version. This means yes, that you will either have to draw your storyboards, or take photos to represent what shots you will use in your film. This is when you start thinking about particular shots (close-ups, mid-shots, wide shots, etc.) as well as the angles and height of your camera (low-angle, high-angle, dutch angle, etc.)
Now that all your storyboards are done, you should be getting ready to start filming. First things first, you need to create a shooting schedule/filming schedule.
This is quite literally a calendar where you will write down on particular days what you're going to do. This should be specific. It's not enough, for example, to write down for Saturday, 6th April "filming". You should specifically name what scene you're going to film, at what time and who needs to be there (actors, etc.). If you're doing your film well and with lots of shots, angles, heights, etc., it should take you multiple hours just to film, so you may not be able to film it all in one go.
Your schedule should also set aside time for editing, titles, sound effects, music, etc. Every aspect of your upcoming filming and editing and submitting schedule should be planned out.
To create a calendar/shooting schedule, you can go to Word and choose "New from Template" and then choose Calendar. It may ask about Macros. You can just choose "Enable" for this.
Following on from what you've learnt from the RomCom task, it would be ideal if you added more creative flair to your One Minute Films. This starts with not shooting at school if not necessary to the plot, using actual costumes that are not school uniform, and using actors that accurately represent the character they are meant to be playing (a 14 year old doesn't pass as someone's dad).
To help you with making these decisions, you should create an Excel spreadsheet that lists:
a) each character in your film
b) a character description for each character, e.g. Steven is a 40 year old teacher who hates kids and should have retired years ago
c) who is going to play that character
d) what their costume will be (pants, shirt, shoes, jumper, etc)
e) what props will be needed for each scene
Planning Due Dates:
Due Date for finished film:
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