Archive for the ‘Film Directing Classes’ category

Safeguard your story…

September 22, 2009

Your creativity is a gift, and can easily be stolen. As we have completed finalizing our stories with beet sheets and treatments, we’ve learned its absolutely pivotal to safeguard your story ideas with the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Therefore, all of us 30+  media sophomores will be registering our stories with WGA this week before finals. Ahhh, with a sigh of relief, we can all enjoy break more soundly with our ideas safely guarded. Now, the fun part of writing begins next quarter as we breathe life and personality into our characters during the development of our first draft screenplays…

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What’s happening with the Senior Film Majors?

August 21, 2009

So…graduation is just a few months away, and the senior film students are buckeling down on their final thesis film projects. This is a huge undertaking –Some are full-feature length projects and still others are bringing on professional SAG actors who have been on major budget films. I’ve been fortunate to have the great experience of producing one of the senior film project’s and am looking forward to our first day of shooting this weekend. Now, 3 months later since undertaking this task, it’s been a lot of work, from making phone calls to caterers, to scheduling actors, scouting out locations, and filling out paper work with SAG. Pre-production is certainly key for a smooth shoot–but, whew, exhausting! Stay posted to hear how this weekend turns out…I’ll be posting pictures on our facebook page. Lights, Camera, Action!

Climax in Directing Class

June 20, 2009

As some of you may or may not know, our line up for classes last quarter was quite the doozy. We had Advance Production, Writing for Stage and Screen Two, AND our first, full fledged Directing class! The Seniors had all three classes but each were in separate quarters. We were assigned to film four shorts each week, write ten to twenty pages of our script, and keep up with the occasional field trip. These are three pretty heavy duty classes.

In the last three weeks of the class, each student had to direct his or her final for the quarter. Each film had to be approximately five minutes long. With only five cameras and seventeen students, the weeks quickly became quite frantic. Some of us got ahead of the game, some of us fell short. People were writing scripts, freshman were auditioning, and everyone was trying to juggle the cameras.

I’ve always been more interested in writing, so I was quick to crank out a script that was worthy of Prof. Scoggins greenlight. Unfortunately for me, since writing takes such a higher spot than other aspects of film making, I spent most of my time working on the script. My time for filming was quickly eaten away. So much to the point where I filmed my last scene the night before the final was due!

Overall, directing the short (which ended up being around eight minutes) was one of the best experiences I’ve had thus far at JP Catholic. Writing, producing, DP, cinematographer, and directing the entire thing certainly sent me through the ringer. But thankfully, one of my most favorite people in the world, freshman, Laura Lopez, was able to edit the whole thing for me! There’s no way I would have made it out alive if it weren’t for her incredible tech-skills! Here’s a shout to you, Laura!

The class was, needless to say, the single most amazing class thus far in my JP Catholic career. Not necessarily the Directing class, but that final “class” on Monday morning. Each student really stepped up their game and turned in a finished product that was well worth the wait and effort. The entire class was obviously motivated to turn in a film with a story that was in someway worth while. I am very proud to be in a group of people who harbor such effort and motivation. Here’s to Directing Two next quarter!

The life of a producer…

June 9, 2009

For the senior projects, some of the other classes are collaborating with the upperclassman on their film teams. As a freshman, I’ve been fortunate to be a producer for one of these seniors. It’s funny that this opportunity opened up, since I’m actually taking a producing class, so it worked out perfect! Not only, am I learning the theory of producing, but I’m actually going to be working the craft of producing as well.

I’ve so much to do in the next few weeks. We’re hoping to get several name actors for a couple days during our shooting in August, one in particular is John Voight. I’ll be making several phone calls to his agency this week.

I’ve locations to scout out, a script to finalize, scheduling, casting, and budgets to work out. So much to do…good thing summer break is almost here to figure out all the logistics.

Stay tuned to hear more how the project unfolds…

Skin Deep: student production simulation complete

May 22, 2009

Here is the YouTube playlist for the completed Skin Deep series. We have gotten a plethora of feedback, some good, some bad. It was a learning experience, and one that we are all glad we were a part of. It was difficult, and we are applying the lessons we learned to our next projects already. Skin Deep is being entered into the iTV festival, and there is some talk of continuing the series in the future. But for now, this is what we have: enjoy.

Introducing Our New “Ask a Professor” Video Series

May 13, 2009

About JP Catholic’s Ask a Professor Series

At JP Catholic, one-on-one mentorship is a vital facet of our educational experience. In our small school setting, our students have constant access to personal consulting and mentorship from professors who have significant industry experience in their area of expertise. Mentorship is a crucial component to successfully launching a business, and it is a critical element of JP Catholic’s on-campus launchpad.

Our new Ask a Professor series attempts to bring this experience to wide audiences through Facebook. Through this series, you’ll be able to meet and interact with some of the highly accomplished faculty at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

How Ask a Professor Works

Please read the guidelines below:

1. Watch our professor’s kickoff video on John Paul the Great Catholic University’s Facebook profile. We will post Prof. Dominic Iocco’s kickoff video on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009.

2. We encourage you to engage the professor in dialogue by asking questions in the comment thread beneath the video. Anyone on Facebook is welcome to participate.

3. For this series, we will post two additional videos in the subsequent weeks, in which our professor will respond to questions and continue the conversation. To follow the conversation in your newsfeed, become a Fan of John Paul the Great Catholic University.

You can help us create an interesting and substantive discussion by following some ground rules:

• Please be respectful in your comments towards our professors and other participants. Any profanity, abusive language, or personal attacks will be immediately removed. Debate and dialogue is encouraged, but we reserve the right to remove any abusive comments or personal attacks.
• Please try to stay on topic. We do, however, encourage general questions about general life and career planning (e.g. “I am interested in pursuing work in your field, do you have any advice?”).

Skin Deep Episode 2: Sunshine Typhoon

May 12, 2009

Here is number 2 of 4 for our Skin Deep series. This one involves the art classroom, which proved very hard to light. I like this episode better, but boy, was it tough to film!