Archive for the ‘Production Simulation’ 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!

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.

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!

Skin Deep – student film

May 1, 2009

This is the product of last quarter’s production simulation. It is part 1 of 4. Watch and enjoy! Oh, and show it to everybody.

Freshman Producing Simulation Project

April 27, 2009

Introduction to Producing for freshman media students is getting off to a dynamic start!

This week, students grouped into teams of two and chose from three stories to research for a producer’s pitch meeting simulation. Several weeks from now, each team will present a 5-7 minute pitch to Professor Chris Riley, who will act as our “agent.” The pitch has to include a director, our main actors, a studio (i.e. Lionsgate, New Line Cinema, etc), and a poster for our movie. Also, as “producers” we will formulate a budget for production and determine which scenes will be used in our trailer. My team has chosen a story called, Prisoner of the Heart, from a podcast on This American Life, a radio station that broadcasts true stories on the lives of ordinary people often in extraordinary circumstances.

This is such an awesome project— experiencing life as a producer in Hollywood!

Let the creativity and planning begin…

Senior Project

April 17, 2009

Back home from the Europe trip, and that ‘other’ home that is the Eternal City, some of us find ourselves in our senior year. And you know what that means.

Our senior projects are short films. The idea is we will create something that will be our own personal “calling card”, if you will. A couple students may be doing something a little different, but generally speaking, this is how it will work:

We have three more quarters here. Ten weeks per quarter. This quarter we will do the pre-production (writing and preparing) for our films. Next quarter we will film our projects. And in our final quarter we will edit and market the souls out of them.

This quarter is taught by Professor Nathan Scoggins. Last week we had to come to class with three different concepts for our short films, and pitch them to the class like at a real studio. After discussion, we would help each other choose what project we will be devoting ourselves to for the next 9 months. That is a big decision!

I had two good ideas, and one that was more of a spare tire. The first I pitched was a suspense thriller, Hitchcock style. A murder mystery with a twist ending, about a guy who learns he is going to die, so he fakes his death, and comes back in the guise of a vengeful ghost.

The second idea is the one I am going to work on for my senior project. It is about a guy who can see his guardian angel. (That is all I will divulge this early). When I pitched it, Professor Scoggins loved it right away. In fact, he had so many ideas and suggestions, that he kept interjecting with thoughts of his own as I pitched. He had me pitch it to Chris Riley, our screenwriting professor, as well. He also liked it, and said that the beauty is that it is not strictly tailored to Christian audiences. It has that great spiritual element, but it will reach audiences we would prefer to reach. I also pitched it seperately to Steve Marshall, who was immediately hooked, and wants to produce it.

But if I told you any more right now, I would have to kill you, so I will stop. Suffice it to say we have big plans for this project.

All of the senior projects look very promising, and I have high hopes for all of them. Keep us all in your prayers, because these projects may be what we are known for as we graduate and go make a living somewhere. Within the next two weeks, we have to write them. You can imagine how important prayers are to us now!