**It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed. Each paragraph must have several sentences of descriptive writing. If you need help writing, use the BGSU Learning Commons (Links to an external site.). Upload the file to Canvas before start of class. We will give you feedback to help you toward your script & storyboard.
Final Project Guidelines
DUE for Critique on HW folder: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:00pm
Final Due with any revisions: Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:00pm
This should be the video you've wanted to make all semester! It should reflect all you have learned this semester about shooting, editing and conceptualizing documentary and art videos. The final is worth 25% of your overall grade, so please take it seriously!
This final represents the culmination of a semester's exploration in video art. We have worked with many different genres and styles. This is your opportunity to create something film-festival worthy, a short film that is stunning, thoughtful, exciting! Since you have had two "real world" video projects at the end of this semester, our time is shorter so I am accepting the reworking of past projects, as well as new ones. You must meet with me to discuss your ideas. Our overall goal is that you each create a film that is ready for festival or exhibition submission.
Create a 3-6 minute video, content of your own choice, but approved by the professor. You may choose to experiment with form and content / concept. You may make an experimental piece, a narrative, or a documentary.The only RULES are that it must be a technically well-done, professionally shot video art work, and you CANNOT use any copyrighted sound, unless doing a parody. The following are NOT PERMITTED: MTV-style music video (unless it is your own music), commercial / promotional video.
You may also create a video installation (single or multi-channel), considering the space where you will install the piece. You may show it during ArtsX, along with your first one. You will need to follow the School of Art Installation Policy to acquire and reserve the space.
If you are not sure what you want to create, please schedule a meeting outside of class with the professor who will be happy to help you brainstorm something you are excited about and that builds on your strengths demonstrated this semester.
Things to Consider:
- Don't hesitate to seek assistance from your classmates, particularly for production! You won't get professional results if you attempt to shoot, direct, and star in the piece!
- Shoot this professionally: play with the Depth of Field, use a tripod or our steadicam, Be sophisticated in your cinematography!
- Be sure to carefully consider sound in this piece. The soundtrack should be complex and should incorporate sync sound, ambient sound, voiceover, sound effects (foley).
- Carefully thought out editing is essential! Consider pacing, transitions, types of shots, etc.
- Create professional / appropriate titles and credits on your final master (be sure to use the required BGSU-DA credit at the end). BGSUCreditsforfilms.docx
- Transitions: Transitions generally relate to the passage of time. A dissolve usually gives the sense that a relatively short period of time has passed from one shot to the next (perhaps several hours or a day), and a fade to / fade up from black usually gives the sense that a longer period of time has passed (perhaps months or years). Wipes are often used to transition between two distinct scenes or narrative spaces. Use transitions with INTENTION.
- Time: cutting rhythm affects the passage of time. Consider experimenting with time: distort it, disrupt it, speed it up, slow it down, etc. using varied cutting rhythms, transitions, etc.
- Use a tripod. (It usually IS necessary!)
- The piece must be a resolved and complete piece, not an exercise.
Professional Proposal & Synopsis: (Due Friday Dec. 9): You must write a professional, well-written, and detailed Project Proposal. This must include separate PARAGRAPHS for each of the following:
- Your concept clearly stated (the main point of your video).
- What your intention is with the piece (what you want the audience to think about with the piece).
- Types of shots and camera work you will utilize when shooting, location of the piece, etc. Also what you want the piece to "look like" (the treatment, aesthetic, etc.), if applicable.
- Details about the soundtrack - how you will use all three types of sound (music, sound effects, and speech)
- A brief Synopsis of your video piece (that will be published with the video on Vimeo):
Quick read on how to write a synopsis and samples here (Links to an external site.)
Final Critique Tues., Dec. 13 Videos due, copied to HW folder
Final Project .mov's due Thursday. Dec. 14
Video Art Final DVDs 5pm SHARP in box outside my office door - SOA 1014