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Summer School Juniors topic list

WEEK 1

DAY 1 CAMERA THEORY + PRACTICAL, FRAMING & MIS EN SCENE

AM

Welcome
Overview of course & expectations
Group Discussion: The first film we saw; Favourite film. What is film - STORY.
Camera exposure theory; ‘The Triangle - Controlling Light’
Camera practical groups of 3: ‘Scavenger Hunt’ Exercise
Regroup - look at images/footage and feedback

PM

Looking at Film: Examples of excellence in Framing; Depth of Field; Lens choice
Mis en scene: What’s in the frame? Serving the Story
Groups of 4: Set Up a Scene to create a story; short shoot.
Regroup - look at footage and feedback

DAY 2 SOUND RECORDING + LIGHTING

AM

Re-cap Day 1
Group discussion: Memorable sound
Looking at Film: Examples of use of sound to foreshadow / create atmosphere / build
tension / motif’s.
Sound Recording Demonstration
Groups of 3 - Capturing clean sound; recording dialogue, atmos, soundscape
Regroup, listen & feedback.
Story/Script: Any idea’s from students for short film?

PM

Looking at BFS lighting kit.
Basic Lighting Introduction; High contrast, Low key, Shadows, Style
3 point lighting set up; Shoot simple Interviews using Clapperboard.
Introduction to Final Cut Pro

DAY 3 CUT IN CAMERA + SIMPLE EDIT + STORY

AM

Re-cap Day 2.
Short film viewing.
Groups of 4: Plan and shoot a short chronological sequence in ten shots; the
invisible cut & dynamic shot sequences.

PM
Story & Character; Looking at Narrative Structure and the Role of Character (to
move story along). Joseph Campbell’s Theory of Mythology
Exercises to generate story material and start writing in small groups/pairs
Editing; Assemble and view mornings shot sequences in FCPX

DAY 4 MAKING DRAMA & DIRECTING ACTORS

AM

Re-cap Day 3.
Split group: Group A - Directing actors in studio with script.
Directing approaches & methods; etiquette on set; shoot short sequence.
Group B - Developing story ideas to pitch to group

PM

Group changeover
Story pitch to group & vote

DAY 5 EDITING and PRE-PRODUCTION

AM

Re-cap day 4
Pre Production for chosen shorts; storyboard, schedule, shot lists, props, casting,
sourcing needs

PM

Edit material made during the week in FCPX; group viewing of edits
Re-grouping; final checks - what do we need for next week? Crew up / roles.

DAY 6 SHOOT BEGINS!

AM

Tie up any Pre-Production; Final Casting
Set dress & lighting

PM

Warm up shoot for Crews A & B (1.5 hours each to shoot cutaways / inserts)

DAY 7 SHOOT

AM Crew A shoot (crew B in supporting roles, clapper, boom etc)
PM Crew A shoot (crew B in supporting roles, clapper, boom etc)

DAY 8 SHOOT

AM

Crew B shoot (crew A in supporting roles, clapper, boom etc)

PM

Crew B shoot (crew A in supporting roles, clapper, boom etc)
Possible group A start editing

DAY 9 EDIT

AM

Groups A & B all editing material in FCPX.

PM

Finalise and view first assembly edits

DAY 10 SHOW & TELL

AM

Finalise all Edits

PM

Review of all work + Cakes