Intention (SMART Goal)
By January 28th, as part of Team 1 of my film class, I will have studied Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll to be able to effectively and purposefully use light and darkness to aid in the storytelling of my team’s film for this month.
PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY
Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)
Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll
- Week 1 (January 10 to January 14): PRE-PRODUCTION
- Create rough storyboard
- Choose filming location
- Take test shots at filming location
- Revise storyboard
- Write script
- Week 2 (January 18 to January 21): PRODUCTION
- Shoot film
- Upload video files into Google Drive folder
- Organize and label files
- Week 3 (January 24 to January 28: POST-PRODUCTION
- Make notes and choose takes to use
- Edit film
- Record ADR
- Week 4 (January 31 to February 1): FINAL WEEK
- Export final film
- Finish team slideshow
- Present final film to class
- Finish blog post
PRODUCTION – ACTION
The FILM Creation
POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION
21st Century Skills
Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)
For this production session, I was creative in how I chose to interpret and modify the original prompt given to me by my teacher. I was a critical thinker and a problem solver in how I helped my team adjust and improvise through the difficulties we ran into during production and post-production. When we couldn’t get our technology to work properly and couldn’t go to our teacher for help, we came up with alternative solutions to ensure we could come up with a complete project.
Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)
I was a communicator in how I kept track of the individual tasks my team members were doing while also making sure they had everything they needed to complete their roles. I was a collaborator in how I shared ideas with my cinematographer and editor in order to reach our common goal of effectively telling a story through our film.
Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)
I collected information from training resources such as Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll and my teacher’s expertise to help me advance my film knowledge and incorporate new techniques into this production.
Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)
Through this production session, I developed better problem-solving and time-managing skills which will be useful for me in my life and career. My team and I also made sure to stay as organized as possible to make our production process flow smoother.
Reactions to the Final Version
“The concept of this film is creative and well-done” – Peter
“There was a lot of organization in the process of making this film.” – Josie
“The difference in sound quality for the voiceover at the end helps to sell the genre portrayed.” – Bree
Self-Evaluation of Final Version
I was excited about the concept of this project and had a lot of ideas going in, but a lot of them ended up not working out the way I wanted. My team and I tried a lot of new things during this production session which is great, but the end product of our efforts was not the best. We tried doing ADR for this film because we could not get a mic set up while filming on set but we had a lot of technical issues and couldn’t figure out how to properly use equipment since our teacher was gone during the post-production week. For editing, we also tried using Premiere Pro for the first time which was frustrating since the program was so complicated. However, I’m proud of my team for struggling through it and being great problem-solvers. Despite all the difficulties, we managed to produce a complete film that met the basic goal and was able to share it with the class.
What I Learned and Problems I Solved
What I learned from this production session is that I shouldn’t expect things to go the way I want them to and should be prepared to adapt if problems arise. I also learned the value of taking aside time to learn how to use equipment and technology earlier on to avoid having to do so later when time is limited. Though this production session was frustrating, I’m glad I was with a group of great people who took the challenges in stride. I’m sure we’ve all learned a lot and I hope my team can use this experience to do better in the next production session.
Grammar and Spelling