January 10, 2011

Building a Scene through Camera Angles

Opening Items

  • iVIE Dates (click the Information tab above for more)
    • Festival: May 14
    • Awards: May 24
  • Exporting and Uploading to your Blog
    • Don't post Pages originals of Script and Storyboard
    • Put both Storyboard and Script in the same blog entry
    • Use the Paperclip Icon for multi-page PDFs, the Media Icon for single page PDFs
    • Use the Media Icon to post videos
    • If you scan documents as JPEGs, convert to PDF in Preview, and then join all pages into one document for uploading.
  • Using the Precision Editor (Roll Edit: Shortens one clip, lengthens the other; the overall length remains the same)
    • Click on the Gear Icon and choose Precision Editor 
    1. Slide the Thumbnail Timer all of the way left
    2. Adjust first edit in 1-frame increments
    3. Play around edit to judge
    4. Move on to next edit
    5. Repeat until done
    6. See how here
  • Using the Clip Trimmer (Ripple Edit: Shortens or lengthens one clip only; the overall length is also lengthened or shortened)
    • Click on the Gear Icon and choose Clip Trimmer 
    1. Slide the Thumbnail Timer all of the way left
    2. Adjust front edit (In-point) in 1-frame increments
    3. Adjust back edit (Out-point) in 1-frame increments
    4. Repeat until done
  • FCP Group: a quick Tips and Tricks session on using the Ripple and Roll Tools (equivalent to the Precision Editor and Clip Trimmer in iMovie '09).

Film Featurette:

  • The Godfather 
  • #2 AFI Top 100
  • Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando; he refused it), Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars
  • Classic example of Commerce vs. Art (art won)
    • Paramount didn't want Brando; they thought Danny Thomas would be a good fit (really); also Laurence Olivier or Ernest Borgnine (I'm not making this up)
    • They wanted Robert Redford instead of Al Pacino for the role of Michael (good Sicilian stock, that Redford)
    • Tried to elbow Coppola out as the Director
  • It was a real horse's head, delivered from a dog food company (No animals were harmed in the making of this movie...)

If your name isn't listed, choose a room to join

Team 1 (Todd's Room 215)
  1. Todd Mattox
  2. Terri Price
  3. Robyn Somolich
  4. Mary Lou Jenkinson
  5. Shawnda Allen
  6. Courtney Simson
Team 2 (Next to Todd's Room)
  1. Tom Borer
  2. Brad Pascoe
  3. Wade Lemaster
  4. Albert Ngo
  5. Tim Pfeiler
Team 3 (Mitchell's Room 219)
  1. Mitchell deNeve
  2. Tali Collier
  3. Elizabeth Lopez
  4. Patty Anderson
  5. Nicole Koncur
  6. Mike Tillyer
Team FCP (Next to Mitchell's Room)
  1. Gerald Lake
  2. Larissa Parrott
  3. Suzanne Catalanotto
  4. Tamara Whitney 
  5. Shannon Svensen
  6. Christy Stringfield
  7. Scott Soucy
  8. Kim Buhler
  9. Michael DeNeve


Your task is to shoot the script below by walking into the scene and finish by walking out again (i.e. WS—MS—CU—MS—WS). You can take as many liberties as you want with the material presented. The scene represents a Parent Conference for Billy, a very troubled boy. The short snippets allow you to capture a shot without much memorizing; do the best you can. Actually try to sculpt an effect by the camera angles and placement you choose. Take multiple takes, if you want, and decide which to use in editing.

The Script

Teacher: Good afternoon, Mr(s). Smith. Thank you for coming in.
Mr(s). Smith: It's so nice to see you again.
Teacher: I would like to start our conference by talking about Billy's performance in the Science lab.
Mr(s). Smith: Oh, the dissecting of the frog! Billy enjoyed that very much. He told us every detail.
Teacher: I see. Then you aren't aware the lesson was on magnetism? The frog was a class pet.
Mr(s). Smith: Oh, my. Boys will be boys, won't they?
Teacher: Uh-huh. Well moving right along. Next, there's his behavior in PE...
Mr(s). Smith: The javelin throw!!

Fade to black

Plan it Out
  1. "Storyboard" the script by discussing the script; how will each line be shot?
  2. Do a run-through to test your ideas.
Shoot the Scene
  1. While following the guidelines, really try to make each shot visually interesting; remember the Cinematography tips from last time
  2. Shoot each line, multiple times if desired to get the perfect take or to experiment with camera placement.
  3. Remember to shoot a little extra at the front and back of each shot; extra can be lopped off in editing.
  4. Keep in mind you are trying to walk the viewer into the scene, and then back out.
Publish your Work
  1. Bring the finished clips into iMovie '09.
  2. Layout the clips to tell the story. Trim the ends so there's not a frame too few or too many.
  3. Use the Precision Editor and the Clip Trimmer to be super precise.
  4. Pretty it up anyway you wish: titles, soundtrack, etc.
  5. Export from iMovie or FCP, copy to a thumb drive and deliver to Frank (or post to blog).