For those of you who who are planning to do the Short Film module next term, there are a few things that you need to do to get ready for the module.
1. Buy the module book, the wonderful Video Production by Dawkins and Wynd.
Read it over Christmas as we will be using it as an aide-memoire throughout the module.
2. We will be working with Film Nation Shorts next term. They will be bringing in a crew and professional actors to do a masterclass on directing. The deal is that we provide some films to their competition so, you should all look at their website now:
Their competition brief is that they are:
… looking for films up to three minutes long, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality as well as (their) new theme of truce.
As you can see, these words are very broad, so what we want you to do is to start thinking of ideas around each of those words. You will be asked to produce scripts by week 2/3 of the module so the further you get in developing those ideas, the better. The diagram on page 42 of the wonderful Dawkins and Wynd is worth looking at here as it shows you the stages that you need to go through before beginning to script.
3. We will be using the JVC 700 cameras in the module so start researching them.
Looking forward to working with you on the module a lot.
Steve and Spencer (James not Murphy)