1. October 1, 2012

Working with Filmic Pro, Filmic Pro 2 and QR Slate

Opening Items

  • Edmodo
    • Please post in Project LIVE 2.0 sub-group (move if necessary; trash old post)
    • Please post PDFs, not Pages files (please re-upload if necessary)
    • Please post to a single entry, not one for script, one for storyboard (please combine if necessary)
    • Please label Project 1 Script/Storyboard for search purposes (Please add, if necessary)
    • Script/Storyboard Comments by October 8 (Review teams left sidebar)
  • Upload Video: SchoolTube
    • Check for your school
    • Register your school if not already there
    • upload videos
    • embed on pages in Google sites
    • Make links to URL
  • Upload Video: Post to Teacher Pages
    • Get Fetch (the activation code can be found at the link below)
    • General directions from Teacher's Resources
    • URL: http://www.eusd.org/schools/school_name/teacherpages/email_stem/video/movie_name.mov
    • Example: http://www.eusd.org/schools/farr/teacherpages/fmaggi/video/edmodo_for_Kathy.mov
    • Contact us for help if you want to go this route
    • Watch the process
  • Free custom-length soundtracks for school projects
  • Create Custom Soundtracks down here

Film Featurette:

  • Sunset Boulevard 
  • 11 Oscar nominations
  • 3 Awards
  • Famous lines: 
    • "I am big, it's the pictures that got small!"
    • "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup." (last line in the movie)


Camera App
  1. Touch and hold to lock focus and exposure
  2. Upload to iMovie either through iPhoto (Import) or—
  3. Upload to iMovie (click the camera icon)

  1. This can be used with all of your iPods/iPads if we gave you a code
  2. See the Filmic Pro Help page for suggested settings
  3. Strongly urge you and your students to lock
    1. White Balance (blank paper or whatever)
    2. Exposure (round reticle)
    3. Focus (square reticle)
  4. Unfortunately, I think I've deduced that the slate causes the audio sync problems
    1. Use it if your project is voiceover or "headless" (like Colin's Kickoff video)
    2. Turn it off if lip sync is important; use a manual slate
    3. In either case, a shotlist (see sidebar) that keeps track of good/best takes will save you lots of time editing
    4. Edit in iMovie on the iPad
      1. From start to finish or
      2. Rough (finish in iMovie/FCP X); publish to iTunes
  5. Better yet, use with QR Slate, forget the built-in slate, and full steam ahead
  1. This can only be used on the iPad or iPhone 4S or better (dual processor devices)
  2. Six presets to lock in all of settings
    1. one for 1080p, one for 720p, for example
    2. Maybe same settings for each preset, but for different projects so the Project Name is part of the file name?
  3. Timelapse, SlowMo (overcranking) and FastMo (undercranking)
  4. Digital Zoom
    1. 8 speeds
    2. Onscreen controls
    3. Auto-zoom by keyframe (cool!)
    4. It's digital zoom; just blows the picture up (gets softer and softer)
    5. Use zoom with prudence
  5. Slate that works (sort of; I'll explain)
  1. Set Project, Scene, and Take
  2. Identify DP, Director
  3. Put in front of camera before shooting starts
  4. Filming:
    1. Slate in position
    2. Director says "Rolling" as DP begins filming
    3. Slate operator touches slate bars to start slate
    4. Leave in camera view until QR code goes away
    5. After slate is removed, DP locks focus and exposure, then says "Ready"
    6. Director calls for "Action"
    7. When Director says "Cut", slate operator stops slate and enters Take Quality
    8. If desired, slate operator adds Description or Comments (this can be done after the fact)
    9. Slate operator Saves slate
    10. When shooting is complete, slate is emailed to teacher or...


Work with a partner
  1. Pay scrupulous attention to the process for both slate and camera
    1. Begin to develop ideas of how you'll teach the process to students
    2. Customize the process in any way that makes your work better
  2. Scene 1: "I am big, it's the pictures that got small!"
    1. One films, one does the slate and acts
    2. Take at least 3 takes
    3. Label all takes
    4. Label the best one "Circle Take"
  3. Scene 2: "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."
    1. Switch positions (but leave the camera and slate as is)
    2. Take at least 3 takes
    3. Label all takes
    4. Label the best one "Circle Take"
  4. Be prepared to share at least one of your Circle Takes (no editing required)