Weekly outline

  • General

    La La Land

    Welcome to Film Production! I'm excited about this semester. This class is made up of both Film I and Film II students; Film I students, in the first few weeks especially, lean on your Film II classmates when you're stuck or have a question; I think you will find them more than ready to help or offer advice. Film II students, I'm excited to see how you grow even more this semester.

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir said: "If you paint the leaves on a tree without a model, your imagination will only supply you with a few leaves; but Nature offers you millions, all on the same tree. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself." You have countless "films" that surround you; you only need to have eyes to see them and skill enough to capture them.

    This semester you'll be challenged; the most important thing is to drop your guard, and make a film; it's not going to be perfect; you just need to make it the best you can in the time that you have. And if you have questions along the way, ask. In this class, we care more about the process than the product...but I think you'll be inspired by your classmates' products too.

  • January 14 - January 20

    Monday

    • Intro to Film Production
    • Introductions
    • Log in to the class (Moodle)
    • Intro to first film: Meijer Great Choices film: Due February 8!
      • Watch some MGC PSAs
      • Come with a PSA idea for tomorrow.
    • Assignment: (1) By next Friday, January 25, you need to show me that you have your own Class 10 SD card––be sure that it's fast enough to record HD. If you want a fairly cheap (and good one), I'd recommend this one or this one. (2) Come with 3 Meijer Great Choices PSA idea to pitch tomorrow. Come with (a) an idea, (b) the category (diversity, character, health), and (c) the age group (K-6th Grade OR 7th-12th Grade) [3 Notecards].

    Block Day

    • Pitch your film idea for Meijer Great Choices and get some feedback.
    • Watch the Vimeo tutorial (see Moodle) on the difference between frame rates (fps) and shutter speed.
    • Head to the Media Center to learn how to check out cameras. 
    • Assignment: Get an SD card (consider this one or this one) by Friday, January 25!

    Thursday

    • Decide on an idea for MGC film.
    • Go through the T3i/T5i checklist to become acquainted with these cameras.
      • Be sure to focus especially on ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (the Big 3).
    • Assignment: Get an SD card (consider this one or this one) by Friday, January 25!

    Friday
    • Wrap up the T3i/T5i checklist.
    • Intro to shots and angles for Film I.
    • Assignment: Get an SD card (consider this one or this one) by Friday, January 25!

  • January 21 - January 27

    Monday

    • MLK Day!
    Block Day
    • Live Streaming Workshop with Mr. Vos
    • Assignment: Show me your SD card by this Friday, January 25 (this is a 10-point assignment).
    Thursday
    • Camera/Equipment Intro
      • Camera/Equipment Check-Out Reminders: 
        • Fill out the sign-out sheet.
        • Check out extra batteries or the charger if you might need them.
        • Return cameras/equipment by 8 AM the following day––otherwise, you will be charged a $2.00 late fee for each piece of equipment that is out.
    • Part I of Storyboarding workshop: "Seeing the Shots."
    • Assignment: (1) Show me your SD card by this Friday, January 25 (this is a 10-point assignment). (2) Continue working on storyboards; we need to be filming over the weekend...or early next week at the latest!

    Friday

    • SNOW DAY!
    • Show Mr. Schemper your SD card by Monday!
    • Work day on MGC films: see the email sent out. Before storyboarding, write out your PSA, second-by-second. Something like this:
      • Seconds 1-5: Child A walks down a hallway and turns a corner.
      • Seconds 5-7: On Child A's face as she sees something startling.
      • Seconds 7-10: Now we see a greased pig running down the hallway.
      • Seconds 10-14: Children come screaming after the pig, trying to catch it.
      • Second 14: Child B dives over top of the pig.
      • Seconds 15-16: Child C––in slo-mo––dives at the feet of the pig.
      • Seconds 16-17: Child C's face––deep disappointment
      • Seconds 17-20: Children ahead of the pig join hands and make a human chain, in attempt to stop the pig from advancing.
      • Second 20: The pig breaks through the line.
      • Seconds 21-27: A PE teacher emerges in the hallway with a whistle around her neck, looks at the children, and says: "Well...what are you waiting for––after the pig!"
      • Seconds 27-30: Fade to black with the TEXT: "WHATEVER IT TAKES––GET HEALTHY!"

    • Assignment: Plot out your PSA second-by-second.

  • January 28 - February 3

    Monday

    • SNOW DAY!
    • Workshop on storyboarding.
    • Work on storyboards––we need to begin filming soon.

    Tuesday

    • SNOW DAY!
    • Work on storyboarding/prepare to film. 

    Wednesday

    • SNOW DAY!
    • Work on storyboarding/prepare to film. 

    Thursday

    • SNOW DAY!
    • Work on storyboarding/prepare to film. 

    Friday

    • SNOW DAY!
    • Work on storyboarding/prepare to film. 

  • February 4 - February 10

    Monday

    • Welcome back! This will be a busy week. Our goal is to have a 1st draft of our MGC film finished by Friday. As I told you in an email, the Meijer Great Choices film contest deadline has been pushed back to Friday, February 15, but that still is not a lot of time.
    • Quick workshop, finishing up "Seeing the Shots" and storyboarding.
    • Come up with a production plan: what and who do you need where and when?
    • Check SD cards & Storyboards
    • Please fill out this Pre-Production chart so I know what you need for your production. 
    • MGC Checklist: (1) 
    1. Storyboard: 20 Points - Due Tuesday, February 5
    2. 1st Draft: 20 Points - Due Friday, February 8...Monday (Feb 11) at the latest!
    3. Final Draft: 10 Points - Due Thursday, February 14
      • 50 Points Total. Don't skip a step!

    Tuesday

    • Quick workshop on iMovie 
    • Workshop our films; again, the goal is to have a 1st draft finished by Friday. Plan realistically and carefully.

    Thursday

    • Workshop our films.

    Friday

    • Feedback on the films that are completed.

  • February 11 - February 17

    Monday

    • Welcome and plan for the week:
      1. MGC Films due Thursday. 
      2. Online registration must be filled out by Thursday (if submitting).
      3. $10 must be given to Mr. Schemper by Thursday (if submitting).
      4. Talent release forms––including one for yourself––is due by Thursday.
      5. Final film must be submitted/linked by Thursday.
    • First drafts are due Today!
      • Meet with Mr. Schemper to discuss editing choices.
      • Meet with others to get their feedback on the film.
    Tuesday

    • No School - Freezing Rain Day

    Wednesday

    • HUGE work day––we need to reshoot scenes that didn't work the first time around, continue editing, choose, appropriate royalty-free music, get feedback on our drafts...and do anything else that needs to be done. 

    Thursday

    • Wrap up loose ends, and show our films to each other one last time before uploading them. We'll watch the final drafts of all our films when we return to school next Tuesday.
    • Upload your film to Google Drive, and then link it to this document: Meijer Great Choices Film Final Draft.

    Friday

    • No School - Winter Break!

    • February 18 - February 24

      Monday

      • No school - Presidents' Day

      Tuesday Block

      • Show our drafts of our Meijer Great Choices films
      • Introduction to our next film: "Shots & Angles Film"
        • Introduce film
        • Watch "The Ticket" and discuss how the shots and angles are used with intentionality in this film.
        • Begin brainstorming and storyboarding our idea.
      • Film History assignment - Due March 7: work on this assignment whenever you have any spare time. [See Google Classroom for this assignment.]
      • Assignment: (1) Storyboard is due Friday. (2) Film History assignment due March 7.

      Thursday

      • Storyboard our "Shots & Angles" films––show our storyboards to at least 2 other people to get feedback. Talk to Mr. Schemper before filming, and link a picture of your storyboard up on the assignment document.
      • Complete the Oscar ballots by tomorrow.
      • Assignment: (1) Storyboard is due Monday. (2) Film History assignment due March 7. (3) Oscars ballots due Friday.

      Friday

      • Final feedback on storyboard and begin filming. Your 1st draft of your film is due (needs to be uploaded and linked to the assignment document) by Friday, March 1. 
      • Oscar nominations ballot due today!
      • Assignment:  (1) Storyboards due Monday, February 25. (2) First Draft of film is due Friday, March 1. (3) Film History assignment due March 7.

    • February 25 - March 3

      Monday

      • Talk about the Oscars...and hand out an Oscar to the winner!
      • Reminder and Update: Film History viewings and response guide are now due March 8 (instead of March 7)!
      • Storyboards for our "Shots & Angles" films are due today! Don't forget to upload a picture of your storyboard and link it to the "Shots & Angles" document.
      • Homework(1) First draft of film due Friday - be sure to upload and link to the "Shots & Angles" document. (2) Film history response guide is due Friday, March 8.

      Tuesday Block

      • Time to film: work with each other to be productive! You're in charge of your own film, but we need to work as a team to support each other.
      • Homework(1) First draft of film due Monday - be sure to upload and link to the "Shots & Angles" document. (2) Film history response guide is due Friday, March 8.

      Thursday

      • Finish filming and edit draft of your film; don't forget to copy the film (play it back-to-back), and then label all your shots and angles in the copy of the film.
      • Homework(1) First draft of film due Monday - be sure to upload and link to the "Shots & Angles" document. (2) Film history response guide is due Friday, March 8.

      Friday

      • Feedback on your draft and begin working on the final draft, picking up missed shots and refining the editing.
      • Homework: (1) The final draft is due Thursday, March 7 - plan accordingly. (2) Film history response guide is due Friday, March 8.

    • March 4 - March 10

      Monday

      • Work day: complete and upload a draft of your film so we can critique it tomorrow. 

      Tuesday

      • Snow Day!

      Block Day (Thursday)

      • Give feedback on Draft #1 of film, and edit for the final draft due Friday.

      Friday

      • Final draft of "Shots and Angles" film due today.
      • Work on Film History packets - due Monday

      Monday

      • Film History due today; discuss film history.

      • March 11 - March 17

        Monday
        • Be sure to have your final draft of your "Shots & Angles" film up on Google Classroom by tonight. Remember when the editing is finished to copy the film and paste it after the end of the original - so the film plays twice in a row; in the 2nd film label all your shots and angles.
        • Talk about early Film History
          • If you were absent Monday, check out Buster Keaton in "The Art of the Gag." 
          • Going further: the power of choosing the right lens.

        Block

        • Watch some of our "Shots & Angles" films.
        • Watch a short film - look for how the film uses shots & angles.
        • Introduction to our new film - this film will focus on lighting and essentially be a collection of lighting shots.

        Thursday

        • Workshop on Lighting
        • Scout out locations for our films and being filming.

        Friday

        • Wrap up our lighting films.

      • March 18 - March 24

        Monday
        • Finish our lighting films - make sure you capture the 9 different types of lighting; cameo is extra credit!
        • When finished, upload to Google Classroom. Thanks!
        Tuesday
        • Intro of next film: Transition Film.
        • Before delving into a storyboard, let's watch check out some examples of transitions:
          • "Cuts and Transitions 101" by Joey Scoma
          • "Satoshi Kon: Editing Space & Time" by Tony Zhou
          • "Watchtower of Turkey" by Leonardo Dalessandri
        Thursday
        • Finish storyboard of transitions film and upload the storyboard to Google Classroom.
        Friday
        • Max's uncle (a professional sound designer) visits us!

        • March 25 - March 31

          Monday
          • Finish storyboarding your Transition film, take a high definition picture of the storyboard, and upload it to Google Classroom.
          • Begin filming your Transition film if ready.
          Tuesday
          • Work on your Transition film today.

          Thursday
          • Introduce our next film:
            • The film must be shot on your phone...or someone else's phone.
            • Two minute maximum length.
            • Two character maximum. Others may be in the background but may not contribute significantly to the story.
            • Tell a story in your 2 minutes, but leave us wanting more.
            • Tell a significant story that we might miss if we're not paying attention. For this film, no one may die or be depressed in the film.
            • Suggestion: Go heavy on the images, light on dialogue.
            • Within Story: Hook our attention (Inciting Incident), Establish setting and characters (Exposition), Spin us toward the Main Story (Key Incident), Pause at the story's Midpoint (Midpoint), Build toward a Climax...and keep the resolution short
            • **Start coming up with ideas. We should have 3 ideas on a 3x5 card by April 9.
          • Continue working our your Transition film. When finished, upload your film to Google Classroom. This film is due next, next Tuesday, April 9.
          Friday
          • Spring Break Begins!

          • April 8 - April 14

            Monday

            • Welcome back!
            • Finish transition films
            • Homework: Come in tomorrow with 3 story ideas, one on each 3X5 card, for your next film. The story ideas should be written like this: When __________ (someone) encounters/is faced/(any verb indicating a challenge) ____________________ (the challenge), he/she must ____________________ (their reaction to the challenge).
              • For example, When Soto discovers a message carved into his bedpost that hadn't been there the night before, he must choose to either ignore the message and risk losing his feet or do what it says.

            Block

            • Pitch our story ideas to each other and get feedback; revise our films and turn in a polished pitch card.
            • Begin storyboarding our films

            Thursday

            • Finish storyboarding our films

            Friday

            • Begin filming.

          • April 15 - April 21

            Monday

            • Finish storyboards and get feedback from a classmate or two. Then upload to Google Classroom.
            • Begin prepping for your filming.

            Tuesday

            • Begin filming

            Thursday

            • Continue filming and begin editing your film.

            Friday

            • First Draft due today. Get some feedback on our films and begin polishing our films; the final draft is due Tuesday, April 23.

          • April 22 - April 28

            Monday
            • Reminder of Livestream requirement––there are games this week!
            • Watch "How does an editor think and feel?" by Tony Zhou.
            • Wrap up our "Phone Films" and by sure to upload your rough draft by tonight.
            • Final Drafts due Monday.
            Wednesday
            • Watch the first part of La La Land
            Thursday
            • Watch La La Land to its close & discuss.
            Friday
            • Final Drafts of "Phone Film" due Monday.
            • Work day to polish, re-shoot our films.

          • April 29 - May 5

            Monday
            • Work day on our rough draft "Phone Films."
            Wednesday
            • Work day on our rough draft "Phone Films" - films are due polished and ready to watch Thursday.
            • Watch "The Quadrant System" by Tony Zhou - consider how you might "layer" your communication to your audience by, at one point, using the "quadrant system."
            • Introduce our next film: a scene. This will probably be the greatest test of your filmmaking ability to date. You need to pick a scene. (This list may help...but you're not confined to the list.) After you pick a scene, stick with it––you may not escape the scene, but you must see the scene through. People may join or leave the scene, but the camera may not leave. 
              • Begin brainstorming, and come up with 3 ideas to pitch for your next film.
              • Write the 3 ideas on a 3X5 card. Consider using the following structure: When __________ (character) encounters/faces/find out, etc., he/she must decide/confront/act/etc. to ____________ (goal of the character). Use different words if you'd like, but this is the basic idea.
                • *This time you will be graded on the quality of your ideas and your preparation. The 3X5 cards need to be hand-written and completed before showing up to class.
            Thursday
            • Watch our films
            • Pitch our ideas for our next film.
            Friday
            • Work on our next film.

          • May 6 - May 12

            Monday
            • Intro to Celtx
              • We'll use this program (or another one like it) to develop our story ideas.
            • Write a 1-2 page script of your scene. Let's try to have this finished by Wednesday! (20 Points)
              • CAPITALIZE all shot types
              • Write only what is visible.
            Tuesday
            • Work on 1-2 page script.
            • When finished, share the script with 2-3 people, and show Mr. Schemper. (Also, be sure to upload a PDF of your script to Google Classroom)
            Wednesday––NO late start (Hours 1, 2, and 3)
            • Share scripts, and begin working on our 1st drafts of our films.
            Friday
            • Work on first draft of your film. 

          • May 13 - May 19

            Monday

            • Take a look at Screenplayed's  excerpt, and discuss scripts.
            • Work on Scene Film - be sure to turn in a copy of your script to Mr. Schemper
            • Seniors, work hard this week, and remember we meet Wednesday instead of Tuesday.

            Wednesday

            • Work on Scene Film

            Thursday

            • Draft of Scene Film due today...for seniors, it's the only draft you'll need.

            Friday

            • Work on final draft of Scene Film.

            • May 20 - May 26

              Monday

              • Feedback on Rough Drafts
              • Polish RDs and upload finals

              Tuesday

              • Work on group films
              Thursday

              • Work on group films

              Friday

              • Watch group films