Tuesday, May 5th
It was good to see you all in class yesterday. As discussed, you need to describe what you will do for this project, and keep posting detailed comments here as you develop it. You must write informational and meaningful comments for your grade and also for the sake of your production. It is always a good idea or indeed is necessary to take detailed notes to produce a good film during pre-production, production, and also post-production. This project counts 20% towards your course grade.
Sunday, May 10th is the upcoming deadline concerning your online participation here. I call it the pre-production phase. You are welcome to upload your work-in-progress film already.
Then, Sunday, May 18th is the following deadline for describing your production/post-production experience such as whether anything had to change from your original plans, any difficulties, which you faced if any, how you solved them, and what was fulfilling. You also need to upload your finalized film before or one the date.
If you foresee any issues with editing (e.g., no availability of editing software), you need to let me know now. Then, we will think of an alternative.
This project is about your family, or something about yourself. So, I expect that you produce a film that your can be proud of. It should be about 2 – 3 minutes (or up to 5 minutes), which is short, but should be impressive. All the best!
Wednesday, April 29th
As discussed during the last two sessions, the next/last project will be produced by each student individually, not by any group. We happened to talk about everyone’s background/cultural heritage in class two weeks ago. I believe “diversity” is one of the aspects, which makes City Tech unique. As you will be able to produce a film on the theme of your family while you are home, I chose this topic for the project. You can feature your family members, including yourself (or you can focus on one of them), include some photos or video footage of them from the past as supportive materials (NOT main materials), shoot new footage, edit, and produce a 2 – 3 minutes long piece. Please let me know in advance if you can’t edit while you are home.
You can interview your family members(s), but DONT’T include a long interviews as you should have a variety of shots instead of long, talking head interviews. You are welcome to narrate your film your own (voiceover). As it is about your family, the film should be good and intriguing. It could be about their immigration experience, how they grew up, their present life, how you were raised, and any interesting anecdotes. Please honor your family. Even if you are away from your family, you could still produced a story about them, or you can focus on your own life.
If you prefer not to focus on your family, I respect that, too. But you must state what to focus on instead.
On this thread, “Project II,” before the next session, please state what your story will be about, and you can already start filming if you wish. Update the status of your film at least once a week. The commenting in this thread will be part of your project grade. So, no one should come up with ideas at the last minute, and quickly film footage to just meet the deadline. Please plan wisely. Planning is always an important part of filmmaking.
On Monday, May 11th, you should have a work-in-progress film uploaded online and share the link in this thread. We will review it, and exchange some ideas. The deadline of the final version is Monday, May 18th before class. After the final exam, we will watch everyone’s film.
Have fun, and produce a fantastic film!