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:
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:

– 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: (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

Example 2

FYI: Depth of Field Calculator:

– We have one long lens (80mm – 200mm), and so the two groups should plan ahead to take turns.
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!