The last project of the fourth quarter is the Independent Study, a documentary script. The first step is to send me a one paragraph description of what you want to study, and the films you plan to use. This is due Friday, May 24. The next step is to write an outline for your script. The outline should be one page long and provide a more developed framework of your script. This is due June 3rd. A rough draft is due June 14th. Each stage is to be uploaded in the Film blog.
Write a one to three minute scene in script format (1 to 3 pages of script) that could be a deleted scene from The Seventh Seal. The scene should add something to the development of the film's theme. You can create characters. Note: "Brain-blasting, sense-shattering, eyeball-exploding fight scene!" is not consistent with the expectations of the assignment. Due May 2.
Post your 2 page reflection on the process of making your one minute film on the IB Film blog. Due April 30.
Download the video you recreated. Give me a pen drive with the original video, and your recreation. Both will be uploaded to the IB Film website - check with your parents to get their permission to do so. Due April 30.
Reverse Engineering Project.
Read this description of movie script format. Write a first draft of your screenplay and email it to me. Go to the class blog entry for First Draft of Your Screenplay and tell me what date your script was emailed to me. That way if I lose it, I can go to the blog and find what day to search for your email. Due February 15.
Based on feedback that I will post in response to your story idea, revise your story idea. Post in a blog entry a description of each scene of your movie. This should be several paragraphs long. Due February 8. Extra credit for Recognition, Reversal and Dramatic Irony. Please review the class notes for Story, available on the IB Film Documents page.
Use what we have covered in the unit on Story, either the 3 act story, the Hero's Journey, Aristotle's Poetics or Dan Harmon's approach to create a story structure for your 6-7 minute IB film. Your story should be explained in one paragraph and reference the stages in whatever story structure you choose to work with. Post in the blog by January 25.
Read this post by Dan Harmon, which overs story structure in more detail, and this post, also by Harmon on how to make movies that no one will ever want to see. Respond in a blog post by January 18.
Read this post by Dan Harmon on the story structure of short movies. Respond in a blog post by January 11.
Read the article Dispensing with Storyline conventions. Respond in a blog post by January 4.
Sometime over the Christmas break watch at least 2 movies on DVD while listening to the commentary track. You can pick the movie, but follow the IB Film guidelines contract regarding R and Unrated movies that you and your parents signed in the beginning of the year. Most commentary tracks are done by the director or other people who helped make the movie. Write a blog post about something interesting you learned about how the movie was made. Post one blog entry for each of the two films. Due no later than February 17th.
Your IB Film Christmas Break assignments will focus on finding a story idea and developing it into a script for your IB Film (6-7 minutes long, including credits). Follow each step outlined above and be mindful of your deadlines.
16) Go to the TV and Movie Tropes website. Pick a couple of tropes and find your own examples from movies or television.
15) Go to this web site on silent films. Pick one of the films available, watch it and prepare a 5 minute presentation explaining why this movie was important.
14) Watch another film in the Casablanca, Vertigo or Double Indemnity folder and fill out a three act story analysis.
13) Pick a film from the class collection, or suggest one for my approval. Watch the film, pick a scene and apply the presentation rubric to analyze.
12) Present final version of Terminator scene. Watch clips from Modern Times, including the matte shot.
11) Watch Casablanca, Double Indemnity or Vertigo over the weekend and fill out a 3 Act Worksheet. Send to class blog or to my email. Due October 29. Download the 3 Act Story Template from the Film Documents page.
11) Be prepared for a run through of your presentation on The Terminator.
10) Here is the Hero's Journey worksheet. Begin watching Star Wars in class. Finish watching the movie at home. Describe the story points in Star Wars that correspond to the Hero's Journey. Turn in your completed worksheet in class on October 23.