Project II Criteria

Group 1:
Conny, Melisa, Nico, Edwin, Emmanuel, Mo, Shennie, Amar

Group 2:
Nick, Roosevelt, Jelani, Cristian, Alisha, Eudora, Bacilio

On the day of the final exam, after the test, each group will shoot footage for Project II. There should be more than 2 hours to work on the project.

This coming Monday, December 9th, we will form two groups. Until then, please participate in the “Brainstorming” (“Pre-Pre-Production”) phase after reading the project criteria:
https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/ent3290fall2019new/project-ii-brainstorming/
This will be part of your project grade.

Project II Criteria

It will be good to think of creating some short scenes/situations to adopt these required techniques as follows:

1. Steadicam

The required techniques are demonstrated in the “training video,” which we watched in class. Here is the link of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrzet1iO408&t=555s

– Wait for an actor to walk by. Instead of tilting up, do booming up and down, and keep filming the actor walking away
– “panoramic shot” for this project): In the training video, the operator goes around flowers.
– Going around the corner (You must go around a corner of a hallway, building or possibly an object such as a large monument. This is one of the stylistic techniques)
– Walk along with your actor, and film trees, posts, and columns or even people between the camera and the actor. Here is an example; someone took advantage of posters: https://youtu.be/WwhKZMQ6U2U (forward to 0:40)

2. Polarizer Filter (DSLR)
– Effective use of polarizer (e.g. reduce reflections on a window etc.) We have only one polarizer, and so the two groups must communicate with each other to time it.
– Effective use of ND (Make the sky darker blue, for example. ND is usually used for exterior settings)
– When you use filters most likely, you need to compensate (open up) the F-stop a little.
– In terms of content, think about a scene. Don’t just film anything with the filters. They are used to tell stories. It could be a scene that is as simple as someone is waiting for someone else.

3. Pull focus (DSLR)
– CU or MS of Actor 1 facing the camera (this person is in focus), in the background Actor 2 enters the frame, Actor 1 turns around, and Actor 2 is in focus. Actor 1 turns back to the camera, and the focus is on actor 1 again. These are some examples from an in-class exercise, not a project in the past:

Example 1 http://youtu.be/T7JuZfdwZxY

Example 2 https://youtu.be/jnlrFOS7yLU

FYI: Depth of Field Calculator:
http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

– We have one long lens (80mm – 200mm), and so the two groups should plan ahead to take turns.
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4. (TBD) This is an optional. We may not include this, depending on what ideas you come up with…

Effective Use of Jib-Arm (not only dollying, but also think of booming up or down)

General Tips: To think of story ideas, often it is a good idea to read some proverbs. They always give us very good hints!

Have fun!