Jun 24, 2013

CAP Hollywood Films

Hello,

I posted all the CAP Hollywood films on the silver-lens.org site. If, for whatever reason, you do not want your film posted please let me know and I will take it down.

Hope everyone is having a great summer. Sorry for the delay in getting these films up!

mrmayo

Jun 17, 2013

CAP Hollywood 2013

Hello,

I'll have the CAP Hollywood films posted sometime this week. Let me know if you have any questions.

May 4, 2013

CAP Hollywood Reflection #1


Everyone should be wrapping up all filming by the end of this weekend for their CAP Hollywood productions. All filming must be completed by this Wednesday, May 8th. Otherwise, there is no way you will complete your films on time.

Here is the prompt for the CAP Hollywood reflection that is due before our next class. You can either post your reflection on your blog or type it out and hand it in. If you have any pictures or short clips from your films please consider sharing them in this reflection.
  1. Describe how your film is progressing at this point. What are some of the challenges? Successes? Concerns?
  2. What exactly have you contributed to your project this week. Please be very specific.
  3. What exactly do you need to get done next week? Please set a short term goal(s) for the following week.
All groups should have a rough cut of their films in their timelines by the end of this week. The footage I have seen so far is looking great. I can't wait to see your rough cuts at the end of this week. I'll be staying after school all this week for anyone who wants to put in extra editing time. I will also be at school the next two Saturdays for anyone who wants to edit.

Apr 3, 2013

Call for Submissions

Local youth media organization, The Ghandi Brigade, is taking submissions for their upcoming film festival. The deadline to submit work is this Friday, April 5th. The film festival is Saturday, May 11th, at the Silver Spring Convention Center in downtown Silver Spring. The categories for submitting work are: Visual Art | Performance | Photography | Video. You can submit work created in or out of school. Many of the documentaries we created this year would fit into the video category.

There are prizes and awards for the winners. All work will be screened at the convention center on the day of the festival and winners will be presented with awards. There is also a four hour film challenge on the day of the festival. The film challenge would be a fun way for you and a few friends to test out your filmmaking skills.

To submit work CHECK OUT THIS PAGE. Please consider submitting some of your original work! And you should seriously consider checking out the festival. There's lots of cool (and free) workshops and the chance to see interesting and creative work created by your peers across our area. Let me know if you have any questions.

Mar 20, 2013

Step 1: Write the Rough Draft

Hello,

Hopefully, some of you will be able to find a little time over the break to work on your scripts.

HERE IS A LINK to the script formatting handout we reviewed in class. We're using the one column script format for this project. We also used this format for the 60-second film challenge.
Remember, the most important part of writing your rough draft is actually writing your rough draft. Don't worry about getting everything perfect. Just focus on getting the rough draft completed.

Please follow the typical 3 Act Structure as a general guideline when writing your script.

Act 1:
  • The setting is established
  • Main character(s) are introduced
  • Main conflict is introduced (inciting incident)
Act 2:
  • The dominant part of the film. The action, obstacles, challenges, or problems heighten leading to an eventual climax in Act 3
Act 3:
  • The climax, resolution and closing action
A few tips to remember:
  • Try to limit the number of characters. What does your main character want? What are their goals in the film? This should be very clear to the audience.
  • Limit the number of locations. This will make it easier to film.
  • Make every scene count. EVERY scene should have a distinct purpose: To move the plot forward, to reveal something about the characters, to help establish setting.
  • Keep it simple. It's very important that you cut everything and everyone from your story that is not essential. Your story MUST be clear and understandable.

Mar 18, 2013

No More Videos

Hello,

I said I was going to post one last film today but I have run out of time. So you only have to watch the three films. Please bring your responses in tomorrow to the questions. We will get into groups tomorrow and start working on ways to adapt the stories into scripts for CAP Hollywood.

mrmayo

Mar 17, 2013

Questions Due Tuesday

Hello,

The questions for our Short Film Marathon are due Tuesday in class. I will post the final film Monday afternoon.