The MPP Film Awards

April 9, 2010

Your chosen films…

March 20, 2010

(Nearly) all of the films chosen by you as your best film are online now on this page.

Take a look and remember to place your votes for the MPP Film Awards!

See you Monday!


Blogging Assessment Outline, Guidelines and Feedback Form

March 19, 2010

The deadline for the submission of your blogging assessment is 12pm on Friday the 26th March.

These are the submission details:

  • Three of your best posts should be printed with each of the the blog post URLs indicated clearly at the top of the page.
  • Direct hyperlinks should be provided for any content (such as images or video) included in the blog post but that are hosted elsewhere.
  • All posts authored by you on the group blog should also be very clearly indicated as such, as theĀ  totality of your posts will be considered when assessing consistency and development.
  • The submission deadline is 12pm on Friday 26th March 2010. Work should be handed in to the Department Reception in Parry-Williams along with the appropriate cover sheets.
  • Late submission will incur marks penalties as outlined in your student handbooks.
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Tips for Blog Material

March 15, 2010

Here are some ideas for blog material if you’re struggling…

  • Script – what changed from script to screen? How? Why?
  • Script – what were your influences for your script?
  • Script – how did you collaborate on the screenwriting process? What was difficult?
  • Planning – shoot a video blog of your planning meeting
  • Planning – take photos of your planning notes
  • Planning – were there any disagreements / conflict in your meeting? Why? How did you resolve them?
  • Locations – film your location scouting as a video blog
  • Locations – take photos of potential locations. Were they used in the film? Why/Why not?
  • Locations – how did the location improve your film and the storytelling?
  • Production – ‘making of’ clips – shoot before and after interviews (1-2 minutes) with your team for key sequences. Did you succeed? Why? Why not?
  • Production – What choices did you make during the shoot? How did they affect your storytelling?
  • Production – how did you overcome your problems? Did you suceed despite them? Why?
  • Music / Sound – what specific choices did you make in regard of sound? What were your aims? What was your insipration?
  • Music / Sound – were your ideas re: sound / music fully realised?
  • Edit – did your film change in the edit? Was it for the better? Why?
  • Edit – how did your choice of shots affect your choices in the edit?
  • Overall – look at a single element of the filmmaking process (script, edit, shoot etc) and compare your first film with your final film for that element – what have you learnt?
  • Overall – take a scene that you thought succeeded and give an analysis of the reasons why?
  • Overall – take a scene that you thought did not succeed and give an analysis of the reasons why?
  • Overall – which film / sequence got the best reaction in feedback sessions – explain why?

These could be written blog posts, video blogs, audio files, or a mixture of all of these.


Using Scribd to embed scripts in your blog

March 12, 2010

Scribd is a web service that allows you to upload text documents and spreadsheets and embed them in your blog in an easy to read ‘player’.

This is one example:

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These are the steps to getting a copy of your script on your blog:

  1. Upload a file
  2. Click on the ‘Share’ button in the toolbar above your document
  3. Scroll down to ’embed this document’ and click on the ‘WordPress.com format’ tab
  4. Copy the code in the box
  5. Paste the code into your blog.
  6. and Publish…

Blogging Advice and Planning Posts

March 12, 2010

Planning posts

Blogging Tips for beginners


How to take short video clips from your films

March 12, 2010

So, maybe you want to take a certain scene in one of your films and carry out a shot by shot analysis of it. How can you easily get hold of the specific clip without having to go back to the original master on Avid/FCP?

By using online services such as Splicd or TubeChop, that’s how.

Splicd allows you to enter the URL of a video, the time when you want the clip to start, and the time when you want it to cut. It will then download the video clip for you.

TubeChop does the same thing but using a visual editor.

Both services can be really useful if you wish to do a director’s commentary or use a specific clip to illustrate a point.