10: The Film Challenge

Updated: Apr 6


This is your week to do something big!

Here's the big challenge for the week, due by Thursday both to me, and hopefully, as an entry to The Stay at Home Short Film Challenge!


NOTE: IN ADDITION TO THIS CHALLENGE, STILL LOOK ON THIS SITE FOR MUCH SHORTER LEARNING-FOCUSED TUTORIALS I WILL BE RELEASING STARTING TUESDAY THIS WEEK. THOSE WILL TAKE UNDER 15 MINUTES A DAY AND WILL INCLUDE A SHORT QUIZ.

The Film Challenge

It's rather simple. Produce a short film and enter it (for extra credit) to Film Riot for their national filmmaking contest. It's this simple: create a short film with a 60 second maximum duration. You have to think carefully about this and plan it out. Don't just push record and start filming. All of you know how this process works. Write any scripts you need. Plan your shots - and yes, use the variety of shots you learned in our program. More your camera! You might shoot a short, narrative story (fiction). You might shoot a commercial, a PSA, a very short documentary, nearly anything goes. But, like any good video production project, it can't be a one-shot project. You need to create multiple shots, with audio, and music has to be royalty free is you enter it. These are the rules: ►No longer than 60 seconds ►Must take place at your residence. Outside is allowed only on your own property. ►Contest ends April 2nd @ 5pm ►No doom and gloom ►You can submit multiple videos (once a day) ►Royalty-free music only Now, how to do this: The Gear Use your phone or camera.

  • Edit on your phone - or on a computer or iPad if you have one.

  • If you have a camera and computer from the program, use that.

  • For a free phone app, use Adobe Rush, or if you have an iPhone, use iMovie. Look for free apps!

  • Both Adobe Rush and iMovie have built in music available. Definitely use something non-commercial.

  • If your phone has no storage left, clean it out! Connect it to your Google account and get it synched.

  • If your phone won't do it, get your parents to pony up theirs. Tell them it's homework, because it is! Plan

  • Come up with a concept and plan the shots before you shoot.

  • Your project should come as close to 60 seconds as you can, but don't go over.

  • Remember, it can be nearly anything: short story, memoir, commercial, mini-documentary, and the subject is totally up to you.

  • Limit your shots - remember, typically nothing is over 4-5 seconds, and usually many are much shorter.

  • Plan on shots that let you move the camera. You can do things like cut slits in a plastic cup to hold your phone to slide it on a smooth surface for dolly or tracking shots. Or lean it against something, or use a selfie stick. Don't have one? Make your own.

  • Keep track of your shots. It's best to write them down.

  • This week is about being creative!

  • Shoot for the edit.

  • Plan your shots so you know what you shoot will go into your film.

  • Meet the deadline! Enter and/or submit to me by Thursday at 5 p.m.!

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