1. Choose one technical or artistic film topic (example: SPFX, acting, sound, lighting, etc.) and describe how its evolution has affected Motion Picture Filmmaking. How did this particular technology or technique shape and influence motion pictures over the course of Film History? What innovations do you think have been the most important in creating the modern cinema? How did the subject you chose change how things were done behind the camera and on the screen? Did it effect the audience experience in any way? These questions are not necessarily meant to be answered literally. Rather they are food for thought and a way to help guide your thoughts.
2. Trace the evolution of a specific film genre. For example: the evolution of Martial Arts films, Animation, Westerns, Horror, Musical, Romance or any other genre in which you are interested. How did the genre change and evolve over time from its introduction to the present day? Take into consideration socio-political influences and technological innovations.
3. Off the beaten path. If there is a topic in which you are interested and don’t see it listed, please run it past me for approval. Some topics that have been done are, for example, the evolution of censorship, the evolution of the movie theater, the evolution of opening title sequences, evolution of product placement, etc.
Introduce yourself and tell us what topic you are covering. Choose only one topic in motion picture filmmaking.
The video must be 3-4 minutes in length. **No more, no less.
Visual and audio elements are required. However, you are not required to appear on-camera.
It can be as basic as you talking to your laptop camera. That’s it! Or you may stretch your wings as filmmakers and provide a full video production with enhancements.
Enhancements (photo, video or audio) must be just those… enhancements… to your originally authored material. Just a montage or list of film clips is not acceptable.
Do not skip over several decades of evolution. Provide high points to bridge the decades together.
Must contain at least 1 source citation. Showing credits at the end is fine. Alternatively, you may email a word doc with the citations on it. Lack of citation will cost point deductions.
All file submissions must be labeled with your name and be delivered as either an .mp4 file or any other file that can be viewed as a video. If creating the project in Powerpoint or Keynote please convert it to a video for viewing. The following links are conversion tutorials:
TIPS & STRATEGIES
If you are uncertain whether a certain topic is appropriate to the project please contact me.
Choose only one topic. This is a short 3 -4 minute documentary. Don’t overload yourself.
Think like a professional filmmaker; treat HMA as your client. Follow the client’s specifications.
Engage the audience with your material. Make it interesting and informative.
Do research. Back up your thoughts with a body of proof. A good format to follow is Premise, Body of Proof and Conclusion.
If using background music, be sure that it does not distract from your content.
When shooting your own video think about composition, foreground AND background.
Are you presenting a professional manner and appearance?
Content should utilize sources and enhancements to tell us the story from your unique perspective
Do not skip over several decades of evolution. Provide high points when in doubt. Think of it as a timeline.
A general definition of “evolution” is: Change and variation over time. Google.com’s definition is: The gradual development of something, esp. from a simple to a more complex form.
Remember that the subject is History of Motion Pictures (Films) not television, amateur film/video or still photography.You may use examples from stills, television shows and the internet if they are relevant to your topic.
What societal influence(s) created or affected your topic?
What economic influence(s) created or affected your topic?
Remember that the subject is History of Motion Pictures (Films). If you are going to discuss a technology, please be sure to discuss professional motion picture technology not consumer or prosumer tech. For example, a discussion of the Evolution of Cameras should focus on professional Motion Picture film cameras and the professional Digital Cinema counterparts. Consumer/prosumer video cameras and digital DSLR’s are not motion picture standard. If TV & the internet comes into play regarding the topic, by all means include it. Remember that we are talking about professional motion picture filmmaking.
Avoid using generalizations such as “back in the day”, “back then”, “in the olden days”, “way back when”, “now days”. Be more specific, provide a time frame.
Contact your instructor if you have any questions at all.
Check to be sure that you have met all of your client’s (HMA) requirements for the project.
It must have relevant visual and audio components.
You may use any equipment or software at your disposal. You can also use Web 2.0 presentations like Prezi, Animoto and Adobe Spark.
It can be as basic as you talking to your laptop camera. Thats it! Or you may stretch your wings as filmmakers and provide a full video production with enhancements.
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