Montage Project

KEY PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES/SKILLS BEING ASSESSED - Scene Production - Scene Directing - Editing visuals with "forward momentum" and use of sound to enhance the message.

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Project Start Date:   Fri., Jan. 4th            Mon., Jan. 7th
Project Deadline       Mon., Feb. 25th       Tue., Feb. 26th  


In TV, video or film, how the visuals and the sound are combined make a big difference on keeping the interest of the audience.  Shooting of the scenes and the post-production editing of the scene sequences are vital to being an effective communicator of a story message to an audience.  In addition, stories should employ the main characteristics of storytelling: Exposition, Rise In Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution.

A deliberate approach to directing the scenes, editing the visuals, and selection & use of audio (music, dialogue, nat sound) become the key production elements to the delivery of an effective message & the “forward momentum” of the audience.

GOAL: Produce a video using the the technique of film "Montage" showing a change in a central character over a passage of time, and employing the main characteristics of storytelling: Exposition, Rise in Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.

PURPOSE/ASSESSMENT 1. To use the film/video technique of “Montage” to show “improvement or a change in a central character over a passage of time in the delivery of the story. 2. To use and apply the concept of shot sequencing in scenes with creative shot composition and camerawork. 3. To be very deliberate and specific on camera shot framings (wide shots, close-ups, medium shots) and use of them. (Directing) 4. To use editing, and its elements (video, music, sound effects, nat sound, dialogue, & transitions) as central production elements in the effective communication of the story.

ASSESSMENT GRADING                                             


(You will be graded at three intervals throughout the production.)

Producer (30 Points)   Organizes production crew to use time and resources most effectively. Schedules and maintains production needs so that production moves along at a consistent and effective pace. Makes sure production is consistent with outline or storyboard.

Director (30 points)  Makes sure ALL shots of scenes are achieved to effectively edit “shot sequences” as a means to tell the story at a good flow and pace.  Works closely with Camera Operator to achieve video needed.  Directs actors and shooting of scenes in conjunction with storyboard and development of story idea and concept.

Camerawork  (30 Points)   Frames and composes all video shots paying attention to all aspects of shot composition. (Headroom, Leadroom, Backgrounds, Lighting, & use of Angles).  If Camera moves are used (zooming in/out, following movement, tilting up/down), moves are done smoothly or in line with production need of shot.

Editor (30 Points)   Coordinates & oversees the editing of the video.  Edits the video with excellent knowledge & use of iMovie.  Gives attention given to order of shots, length & trimming of shots, use of video transitions, use of music, and use of audio levels of sound (music, sound effects, nat sound & dialogue).

Teamwork  (30 Points)     Active participation in all aspects and production of your production team, including idea development, storyboarding, shooting of scenes/shots, and editing.  ACTIVE PARTICIPATION is defined as working with your team throughout the entire process.  If you are with another team at their editor when your team is editing, that is NOT active participation.  If you leave your team to go speak with your friends during shooting of scenes, that is NOT active participation.


Storyboard and Shot List (10 points)

Storyboard clearly lays out the scenes needed to deliver the story message to the audience, including specific scenes for Exposition, Rise In Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution.  Each scene has a clear list of shots needed to achieve the professional production execution of that scene.

Effective Communicator/Story Development  (20 points)  Story includes all the criteria for story development (Exposition, Rise in Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution).  Story/Idea is presented in a way to clearly convey the meaning to the audience.  Character is introduced and their situation is clearly outlined and developed by the producers. Development of the story effectively communicates a change in a central character over the passage of time, incorporating emotion or feeling to the audience.  “Forward Momentum,” (Excellent Flow & Pacing) is evident in the development of the story evidenced by the audience being engaged and kept interested the entire time.  Audience has no questions or uncertainties after watching the video/film story.