Cinema: Classic Films

Film Project 1: Establishing Shot, Rule of Thirds, Close-up, Wide Angle

Paper Assignment

Complete the left side of "Activity Sheet 3" from Cinematography: Capturing Images on Film.  Be sure to include a print-off of your selections

First Friday

   The quiz will include naming the stars from the chosen film and other questions. 

   Know the definition for framing and the definition and uses for each of the following three shots:  wide angle, close-up, and establishing shot
     Click on the "Cinema" icon below to learn about how these shots are used.  Click on "Digital Director" to see some great tips. 

Above left is the link for the Yale University Cinema site, our "text book" for this course. 
For this project, you will need to study the following sections of Chapter 3: Cinematography.

Film Project for Week 1-2: Choosing the Frame: Close-up and Wide Angle, Rule of Thirds. 
Goal: Create a silent film 1-3 minutes long that tells a story. 
Procedure: Plot the shots on a storyboard, shoot it, edit it, and make it available for viewing on the computer. 
Focus: Do not use different camera angles (tilting 
        and angling); do not use camera movement (panning, or tracking shots, or zooming). 
        Instead keep the camera level and still so that you can emphasize the contrasts between
        close-up and wide angle.       Due at the end of the 2nd week. 

Rule of thirds: photography is more appealing when the subject isn't centered, but appears on the "thirds" lines.   

Film Projects: Keeping them Simple
Best advice: Focus on the Skill Assigned.
Each week, the film director (that's you) will have the opportunity to explore one or two particular skills.  Focus on these skills and design your assignment film around them.  Don't get distracted into developing a film that is complicated by some other focus, such as:
           dialogue (using silent keeps it simple),
           a lengthy film (keep it short; keep it simple)
           emotional impact (needs great acting)
           special-effects, such as miniatures or make-up (very time-consuming)
           high-action scenes, such as fight, sports, or vehicles (difficult to get good film)
Save these for your end-of-the-quarter project, where you will have a more open assignment .  These will distract you from your mission of learning the particular skill that you should be demonstrating.

Helpful Sites
Simple Storyboarding Form (PDF)        Storyboarding form with comment areas

Film Language, Film #11 of American Cinema, Site hosted by Annenberg/CPB
Watch film #11: 28 minutes; This short film shows how a scene is created: tryouts, storyboarding, camera placement, editing, etc. 

"AMC Academy".
          short films made by high school students

Ehman, Lee. 
"12 Video Tips".  Advancing Students in Technology. 

Hanks, Marion. 
Introduction to Cinematography, Coral Reef High School, Florida  66 pages.