Week 10 Final Cut Pro basics and Storyboard layout

In class today we discussed the basics of Final Cut Pro.

Take out hand out on Final Cut Pro and take notes on demo in FCP and FCP express. Complete 2nd draft script and rough storyboards, be sure blog is updated

Fri/Sat/Sun music video shoot hip hop group god silla (extra credit) see me for details

Next Mon class will meet to see – For colored girls @ Magic Johnson theatre @ 5:45pm (write a critique on the movie)

We discussed storyboard layout. the scene/#, shot/#, camera angle (CU, MS, ES), action, audio (dialogue/music,narration). We are allowed to do hand drawings, vector (digital) drawings, photography, celtx software. Fill in entire frame of storyboard. Include video, dialogue, and action below. Final storyboard and Final Draft script are due no later than November 11, 2010.

Storyboard and script should go hand in hand. Ask questions who, what, and where. 15 – 20 storyboard box’s. Doesn’t have to be extremely detailed or in color but show the foreground and background.  The information should be below the drawing. Indicate various camera angle and transitions as they relate to the storyboard and the script.

Storyboards make the time of creating a story more efficient. They allow the idea to appear on paper. Storyboards help you visualize what you want to put on the big screen. Scriptwriting and storyboards lay the foundation of your story and they provide you with a concrete plan.

*check out the AFI education video on “how to create a storyboard” on youtube

Always bring a “release form” and get permission for music and rights to shoot in location.


Animatic is an animated storyboard.

Double up video is two songs in one.

Release form (extremely important) you can’t just go places and shoot. It is mandatory that you ask for permission!

(link) how to storyboard your film: Indy Mogul (youtube.com)


Week 9

“Through the cracks”


Always going to have problems when shooting a film. Don’t need money.

Guest speaker “Jesse

Teen Lesbian, dear mother

canon xlt

helps to write.

Dig into the psyche. Show the inside and out. obsession = drama.

your film is your film. there is always someone who will not like your film.

Go handheld and follow the person from the waist. Don’t hold up on shoulders because its home movie style. create different angles.

Shaky isn’t too bad for that independent look.

Get a reflector and use the sun. Have to find a way to get the shot you need.

Just make a film.

don’t want to mix lights. think about light source and white balance. when it comes to lights find a fuse box because you will probably blow a fuse.

20-30 panels give and take for storyboards. typed for final storyboard.

Monday October 11, 2010 Week 7

Midterm Review/Exam

-Notebook/Journal. 3 ring binder w/ dividers (In tabs)

1. Syllabus (write name, ID, blog/vimeo/site.

2. Handouts

3. Notes

4. Critiques

5. Events

6. Projects/Assn. (Proposal, Script, etc)

7. Tests/exams

CD-R – Videos: Large (720 x 480), Medium (320 x 240), Small/Web (160 x 120)


use quicktime video

Don’t try to upload video’s in ANGEL (Videos are way too large to upload in ANGEL!) Send the youtube or vimeo address in angel and also post the videos on your blog and send the link through ANGEL for video projects.

The in camera narrative project is due Thursday October 14, 2010.

Week 4 27 September, 2010

set up vimeo account and submit video project through vimeo. 

Project 4: In Camera Narrative. choose a person, place, or thing. tell the story through images. graded on correct light balance. must shoot on a tripod. always shoot for coverage (shooting more footage than actually needed).

In camera narrative (shooting all play into camera), no special effects, no sound. Should be based on the images. No zooming. A 3 minute video. Bring into imovie. Submit project on a CD-R w/ a case.

http://www.mediacollege.com/video (various camera angles) will be tested on.

Pick up some mini dv cassettes by sony from bestbuy or target.

Alan Smithee’s Hollywood Tips

What do you need to do when you go out to do a basic video shoot?

Location (avoid shooting in direct sunlight) back should be toward sunlight. Choose locations accordingly. (clear locations before shooting) A noisy location will ruin your soundtrack. Always use an audio source external microphone. (never rely on the microphone inside the camera).

Auto focus, auto exposure, and auto white balance (turn everything auto off)

first thing you want to do is set up the white balance by zooming in on a sheet of paper. (white balance is important for getting the correct color temperature. to make sure your lights are lights, and your darks are darks. 

Disable focus from auto to manual. Zoom in to focus your subject and zoom back out. By all means make sure you are working with a tripod. 

Set the exposure manually by turning off auto exposure.

Aperture the amount of light that comes in the lens.

Depth of field the amount of distance from the camera to the subject. narrow, shallow depth of field. always consider lighting before you shoot. The darker your image is the harder it will be to achieve the focus. 

White balance manually set the white balance to something white and push the white balance button to adjust a nice balance of colors.

Tripod gives you rock solid shots. 80 – 90% should be on a tripod. Don’t mess with the zoom button. As opposed to zooming in and out just move the camera on a book to make sure everything is steady.

A white board is good to carry with you to reflect the sunlight. 

Think of the entire frame when going out to shoot. 

As you compose your shots think of imaginary lines (the rule of thirds), the overall composition.

Shooting for coverage. You want to shoot several takes. Usually shoot  2-3 takes. Shoot about 10 minutes worth for project 4.

The need for clear communication. Talking to your cast and crew, rehearsals. tell actors what you want. Treat people with respect.

After production comes post production. 

1. Pick locations carefully

2. use an external microphone

3. turn off automatic controls

4. use a tripod

4. think about lighting

5. shoot enough coverage

6. communicate

7. take time in postproduction

10 Ways to shoot a chair (will be on midterm)

the long shot entire body of subject

the medium shot 

the close up shot

an extreme close up shot

wide angle shot

normal shot

telephoto shot magnifies your subject

shallow Depth of field subject is in focus while background is not in focus.

narrow depth of field subject is not in focus while background is in focus.

wide angle close up

camera angle:

high (makes subject look weak or powerless)

normal (subject is set at eye level)

low (makes subject look powerful or domineering)

only sony mini dv cassettes, only 4 to 6 pin fire wire cable, blank CD-R’s to burn project to w/ cases. the camera has to be able to record to mini dv cassettes and has a fire wire cable. Get about 5 mini dv cassettes. their are white ones and black ones. bring in a pair of headphones.

 a 4 to 6 pin fire wire cable is needed to upload footage into imovie.

Camera setup > white balance > Manual or Set.

Have something purely white to set up the white balance.

F-Stop the lower the number the more light will come in, the higher the number the less light will come in. 

When checking out cameras charge the battery before returning it. Can only check out cameras on monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday only. 

Intro project:

Import images into imovie.

Illustrator JPEG (painting or photo of someone)

Portable Network Graphics (PNG) (logos, graphics in illustrator, anything graphic based should be saved as a PNG)

Vector based and rastor based?

Work in pixels, not inches.

Image > mode > rgb.

Create a root folder for everything.

Gregory Wills ART 360 Digital Cinematography (001) Week 3

20 September, 2010

Today class was about 

We discussed 

Upload copy of proposal

Converting document to Pdf: Go to file > print > left hand bottom corner save as pdf > save as Pr1PropasalWILLS > click save

Keep a copy of everything! 

PDF is the doc format you want to stick with througout this class. 

When we brief films talk about the film. Be sure to type  and complete brief critiques (2-3 paragraphs minimum; typed) in your notebook journal and blogs. They should discuss the subject matter (plot/theme), production and technical aspects, as well as your own personal (and informed) reaction to the film/video. Be sure to provide the name and title of each work in your critique as well as provide a date.

Will be required to check out cameras to go out and shoot on campus. 

Will be able to choose which series or episode you would like to talk about. Talk about the plot and theme. one for each. 

You should have an important story to tell.

Just Like Me by Kira Davis 

got alot of hits off a viral video. 

What is beauty to you?

The landlord of Will Ferrell

The Good Cop, Baby Cop

If I Could Do It All Again by Corrine Bailey Rae 

Repitition, Lighting, Rule of Thirds, Composition, Juxtaposition

Look for the lighting, acting, clothing, make-up, etc,.

The Story is your best selling point. 

Charlie Chaplin

3 Act structure – Act 1 beginning, Act 2 middle, Act 3 end. (ch.1)

What is your story? – who, what, when, where.

Share your story with as many people as you can to see their inputs and opinions.

Create a 5-8 minute video. Don’t go to 10 minutes.

Who will tell the story? Narrator? 

How will your story be different from other stories in the genre?

Upload proposals, treatment and script via ANGEL before next class.

Plot or theme is doing a documentary.

What are we getting out of this story?

Celtx.com (screen writing software) Download celtx (don’t use Microsoft Word to create script!)


scriptbuddy.com (have to pay)


save and export scripts from celtx as a .PDF 

Contact Information:


Student ID

Class (Art 360)


Project *

Version (DRAFT 1)

-In-Camera narrative project

Black and white solid film. No audio. Shoot on campus. Think of an interesting person or scene someone local that you can tell the story of. 3 minutes long. 

-10 ways to shoot a chair

Shot Size: The long shot (LS), the medium shot (MS), the close up (CU).

Focal Length: Wide angle, normal, telephoto.

Depth of field deals with subject matter in focus. Distances are exaggerated.

Telephoto lens magnifies your subject. 

Wide angle lens blows the face out for dramatic effect. 

Camera Angle: High, normal, low

Shot Attributes: Shot size,