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Final Cut X – Ripple Training Tutorials GUIDE

Lesson 01 – Exploring The Interface Event Library – master folder for imported files Media browser – select clips ready for the timeline Project Library Project timeline - editing Viewer - Playback Blue arrow – menu of editing tools for making changes to clips on the timeline. With keyboard shortcuts Dashboard – timecode + background tasks button, audio meters Enhancements menu, audio fixing, speed changes, effects, transitions, Read full article »

Pre-Production: Making A Shot List

Hi Guys, Super excited at your short film ideas! Next step is translating this into working scripts, shot/sound lists and storyboards. As discussed in class your script and storyboard should be formatted on Celtx free software or by hand scanned into Google site. All Pre-Production elements DUE on Google site by Thursday, Oct 25th - 3pm. Note - Read full article »

Twilight-Portal Short Film

Assignment Guidelines: Shoot 3 scenes (3-5 Mins Total). All 3 Scenes must include: 3 different POV’s, 1 Wandering Camera and 3rd Eye. Genres: Mystery, Psychological Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy Project Requirements: 3 Time-Lapse Shots, 3 Portals, 3 Match Cuts, 3 Jump Cuts, 3 Montages 3 Pans, 3 Tilts, 3 Tracking/Dolly Shots, 3 Handheld Shots, 3 Angles 3 Mounted, 3 Crane Shots, 3 Read full article »


1. Brainstorm, Mind Map, Prepare Pitch. How can you make film most engaging for your viewers making maximum use of film language? TUESDAY, OCT 16th 2. Pitch to the producer with 2-3 Sentence Logline and 3 Min Pitch by Director. Other roles have 2 Mins to describe techniques, ideas, skills relevant to role. DUE THURSDAY, OCT 18th (Start of Class) 3. Write script using Read full article »

Short Film – Production Portfolio Elements

Pre-Production: • Rationale on selection of your individual role • Documentation of communication with Director from brainstorming idea to treatment, pitch, feedback, etc. • Screenshots or sounds from other films used for inspiration documenting how you will adapt into your film • Photos of scouting, references and selection of locations. • Photos and notes on acquisition of costumes, props and other elements of set design. • Documentation on casting of Read full article »


SEPTEMBER 3rd - 7th: 1. Review of Film Language Test 2. Writing About Film: Form & Content (Refer to Post) 3. Writing About Film Exercise (Refer to Post) SEPTEMBER 10th - 14th: 1. Choosing Sequence of your choice to Analyze 2. Researching Sequence, Film & Director 3. Oral Presentations of Analysis Begin SEPTEMBER 17th - 21st: 1. Oral Presentations of Analysis Continued 2. Film Analysis - 'Chinatown' Screening 3. Introduction to Read full article »

Oral Film Presentation: Chinatown

*Select 5 min extract to analyze and prepare a 10-15 minute oral presentation A. Introduction 1. Excerpt Choice & Significance – Brief Rationale Why? 2. Excerpt Relationship to Whole Film 3. Brief Intro of Shot Analysis Areas to be focused on 4. Director’s Background & Intent 5. Genre & Sociocultural Context (Time/Place & consider Historical, Political, Economical Environment made) B. Main Body 1. In depth Shot by Shot Analysis 2. Interconnecting Excerpt to Whole 3. Analyzing & Read full article »

Written Film Analysis: Chinatown

1. What elements make Chinatown a multi-layered film? Consider its genre defying boundaries – detective/mystery, psychological drama, suspense and revisionist noir. How do the film and its characters express real life issues? 2. How does director Roman Polanski deliver subtle hints and maintain suspense? Using film language - analyze 2-3 twists in story and how each unfolds. Consider the methods Read full article »

Introductory Exercise – Writing About Film

Choose a film you have on DVD or a File you bring in that your familiar with. Select a 1-2 minute sequence from the film and begin researching the film, filmmaker and context through books and websites starting with,,, and and many more. Prepare the following: • Name the Film title • Identify where this sequence Read full article »

Film Language TEST #1 & ANSWERS

1. What is the difference between FORM & CONTENT in a film? What is Formal vs. Textual Analysis? Describe what makes up each in some detail. CONTENT is the subject. FORM is how that subject is expressed or the individual technical elements that make up a film. FORMAL ANALYSIS is shot by shot breakdown and analysis. TEXTUAL ANALYSIS involves analyzing the Read full article »

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