You will have half a lesson to work with your teacher on presenting and developing your idea.
You need to bring the following to the meeting:
Shared Vision Slideshow
During the meeting you will have an opportunity to discuss your inspiration for the short film and explain the specific camera, editing & sound design techniques you wish to use.
The outcome of the meeting should be a shared creative intention that you can then adapt to reflect your production role.
The meeting will be filmed, so that you can review the discussion, creative intentions and next planning targets.
You will also need to discuss the narrative shape and the individual scenes in your short. Once agreed, you will need to complete a step outline for each scene.
The Step Outline
Once you have got a more visual idea of your short it is time to start developing it in more depth and detail, considering what will happen step by step and what we SEE and HEAR how the scene will unfold.
This work should be shared among the group with each person being responsible for drafting at least one step outline document, which they then bring back to the group to discuss.
If you have a director they have final editorial decision, if not, you will have to reach a compromise in the group.
An animatic is an animated storyboard. Images from the storyboards are brought into an editing program and are cut together with the correct timing and pace of the film. An animatic should include basic sound effects, dialogue recordings and temp soundtrack.
What is it used for?
Similar to storyboards, animatics are used for pre-visualizing the film before production starts. This is when you first get a sense of the pacing, the rhythm and the progression of your film.
We are not going to draw a complete storyboard, but will use a combination of drawn and found images to complete your animatic.
It will be the job of the cinematographer to find stills for the animatic and the job of the editor to cut them together. The sound designer will also put together a multi-track mix of music, dialogue and sound effect.
You can also use titles if you can’t find an appropriate image. These will be helpful in giving you a sense of timing. You could also use some images from location scouting.
You need to start developing your production report.
This is a 2,000 word report which will be submitted in 5 sections:
The content of this report is worth up to 2/3 of your final mark for the collaborative project. There are no extensions on deadlines. We have to submit your film and the report to the IB by the end of this term!
This means you must submit the report in stages in order to get feedback.
You need to start creating a group vision and start developing your creative intentions. It is much easier to develop a shared vision using images. So you need to create a collaborative slideshow / moodboard with images of:
Take a copy of this slideshow and use it to compile all the inspirations and ideas that you have for your short film. Some of this will be completed individually the first two slides will be completed by the group
You should complete notes as you read through and gather your peers’ feedback at the end on how you could improve your work.
Visualising The Script (Independent Study)
Once you have received your peers’ feedback on the draft script you need to redraft based on that feedback and convert the essay into a script that will run alongside visuals from the two films.
You should consider the following: At a FAST talking speed (160 words per minute) you are limited to about 1,500 words! I used this website to calculate speech speed. You should test your reading speed by recording you reading out a 200 word section of your essay on your phone, find out your talking speed (remember audibility and clarity are assessment criteria)
Use this document to drop in sections from your script and screenshots from key scenes + time codes. You must observe the word count limit and based on your own speech speed test you may need to amend this down.
THE MAXIMUM DURATION IS 10 MINUTES. THE EXAMINER WILL STOP LISTENING AFTER THAT TIME!