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Assignments

Use this page to find the key lessons, assignments and projects for Film 12.

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1. Introduction to Film - WEEK 1, Sept 7 - 9

In this lesson we will cover the basic structure of the Media Course. You will tell me a little about yourself in the Who Are You assignment, look at the course syllabus and learn the basic expectations of students in this class.

2. ​Production Company Name & Logo - WEEK 1, Sept 7 - 9

Create a company name and logo for your credits/title sequences for each of your films that you Direct.  Submit the design to the Digital Hand In Folder​. Please note: all your films must include Rapids Productions as well as your own. Please give credit to the school that provides you with the equipment and training to complete your productions! Many films have multiple production companies working on the film.

3. Setup Filmography Site - WEEK 1-2, Sept 7 - 16

Go to the Filmography page and start your Filmography site. You don't need to finish the site but it must be started and include your filmmaker statement along with the general layout. Make sure you submit the URL by the end of week 2.

3. How Does A Camera Work? - WEEK 1-2, Sept 7 - 16

Watch the video "How A Camera Works" and then read the How A Camera Works document. Once you have completed reviewing the above material, take the How A Camera Works quiz. Submit the quiz only once!

4. Camera Parts - Individual Assignment - WEEK 2, Sept 12 - 16

​Learn the important parts for shooting on a Canon Camera​  by completing the the Canon Camera Parts Assignment. Try completing as much as you can without looking up each part. Then, take a look at the Canon T7 Manual can be found here​.

5. Camera Safety and Procedural Presentation - WEEK 2, Sept 12 - 16

​Camera safety is paramount to continuing to offer Photography at Riverside. In this presentation, you will learn the procedures for borrowing a school camera and how to use it safely. After this presentation, there is a Safety Procedures Test that you must attain at least 80% in order to borrow a camera. Any questions you get wrong, must be corrected in full answer and handed in. You can review the Procedural Presentation Notes​ prior to completing the quiz. Please Note: You must have handed in your signed Photography Contract prior to  borrowing any equipment.

6. Tech Workshop - WEEK 2, Sept 12 - 16

Learn the basics of setting up your camera before you do your first photo shoot. In the tech workshop, we will setup the camera and get comfortable with it's settings. You may view the Tech Workshop Notes here.

7. Camera Video Setup - WEEK 2, Sept 12 - 16

Find a short video on Youtube outlining the proper settings for shooting video on the camera of your choice. Review the video with your camera in hand, following the various settings and setup.

8. Know Thy Camera Assignment -  WEEK 2, Sept 12 - 16

With the camera you have chosen, complete the Know Thy Camera Assignment.  You may work in pairs IF you are planning on using the same camera! Edit the Know Thy Camera Assignment so that you have 5 seconds of each of the listed shots and a title overlay for each.  Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. 

9. Show Off Your Editing Skills - WEEK 2 & 3, Sept 12 - 22

Show off your editing skills by downloading Terminator Movie Stock Footage and create a custom movie trailer (Mirror Site). Your trailer must be no less than 1 minute, contain at least one movie trailer voice (in download file), contain at least 2 custom titles, 2 transitions, and a great sound track!

10. Forest Gump: Example Shoot and Edit - WEEK 3, Sept 19 - 22

In this class assignment, we will shoot a popular scene from Forest Gump to learn about film production. Film 12 students will be responsible for editing together the completed scene. Familiarize yourself with the Forest Gump Bench scene. Then, using the Forest Gump Storyboards, recreate the scene using members from your class. You can view the Original Scene here. Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. 

11. Project Pre-production Material - PROJECT WEEKS 

Before you start your first project, review the following organizational resources.  Which ones apply to your project?
-Steps In Making A Complete Film
-Story Web
-Shot List Sheet
-Storyboard Sheet

12. Project #1 -  WEEK 3-5, Sept 19 - Oct 7

Choose a project category of your choice to explore during this film (see the list at the left). Note: your first 3 projects must all come from different categories; see the Film 12 Project Outline for details.  In your final project you are permitted to go back and make another film in a category you've chosen previously. After the completion of this film there will be a viewing class to see all the finished films. See the Film 12 Grading Rubric for information on how this project will be evaluated.  Start by filling out the Pitch A Project form for approval by your instructor. Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. 

13. Visual Effects in Film - WEEK 6-7, Oct 11 - 20

​In this unit you will explore how to create visual effects in film of your choice. Follow the instructions on the VE Lessons Page to learn more.

14. Scene Analysis (Voice Over) - WEEK 7, Oct 17 - 20

In the Scene Analysis individual assignment, you will create a voice over of a scene from a feature film dissecting it for it's merits in film production. Read the Scene Analysis Voice Over assignment outline for more details. You can find an example analysis here and here.

15. Project #2 - WEEK 8-10, Oct 24 - Nov 10

Choose a project category of your choice to explore during this film (see the list at the left). Note: your first 3 projects must all come from different categories; see the Film 12 Project Outline for details.  In your final project you are permitted to go back and make another film in a category you've chosen previously. After the completion of this film there will be a viewing class to see all the finished films. See the Film 12 Grading Rubric for information on how this project will be evaluated.  Start by filling out the Pitch A Project form for approval by your instructor. Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. 

16. Working in Film: Set Etiquette - WEEK 11, Nov 14 - 18

During this mini unit you will learn about the film industry in BC, the different positions/jobs for crewing a film and how they are organized, and the proper set etiquette expected when working on set.  You are expected to know the related Film Terminology.​ This unit will be followed up with a comprehensive test on all material covered.  You may review the instructor notes from each presentation here:
-Film Orientation: Etiquette
-Film Orientation: Structure
-Film Orientation: Industry​
Link to the final test: Film Orientation Test

17. Project #3  WEEK 12-14, Nov 21 - Dec 9

Choose a project category of your choice to explore during this film (see the list at the left). Note: your first 3 projects must all come from different categories; see the Film 12 Project Outline for details.  In your final project you are permitted to go back and make another film in a category you've chosen previously. After the completion of this film there will be a viewing class to see all the finished films. See the Film 12 Grading Rubric for information on how this project will be evaluated.  Start by filling out the Pitch A Project form for approval by your instructor. Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. 

18. Video Party - WEEK 15, Dec 12 - 16

In this assignment, you will organize a Video Party to watch a film from the American Film Institutes Top 100 Movies.​ Your video party should include members from Film 12 and/or IDS students. You may choose to invite students from Film 11 and other friends of your choice. Watch the movie and have a brief discussion over why you think it might be on the AFI's top 100. Refer to the Movie Party Instruction Sheet​ for further details. Please use the Video Party Discussion page​ for the group discussion; Video Party host should create the thread.

19. Combat For Film Assignment - WEEK 15, Dec 12 - 16

Learn how to create realistic and safe fight scenes by completing the Fight Scene Shot Assignment.  At no time should the actors, film crew, or equipment be at risk during an action scene.  If you think that someone or something is at risk, stop and talk to your instructor. Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. 

20. Film Festival Submissions - WEEK 1 - 18 [Sept - June]

Filmmaking involves 4 important phases - preproduction, production, postproduction and circulation. During the circulation phase, you are trying to get your film out to the widest audience as possible. It is HIGHLY recommended that you submit your work to as many of the recommended film festivals as possible. Talk to your instructor for more information.

21. Project #4 - The Full Nanaimo (Group project) - WEEK 16-18, Jan 3 - Jan 20, 2023

Choose a project category of your choice to explore during this film (see the list at the left). Note: your first 3 projects must all come from different categories; see the Film 12 Project Outline for details.  In your final project you are permitted to go back and make another film in a category you've chosen previously. After the completion of this film there will be a viewing class to see all the finished films. See the Film 12 Grading Rubric for information on how this project will be evaluated.  Start by filling out the Pitch A Project form for approval by your instructor.  Export the movie and copy it to the Film 12 Hand In Folder on the Network. ​
*Your group is also responsible for creating a movie poster. It can be from any of your 4 films, preference for films that have been shown and/or won at a film festival. Here is a great site for movie poster design - 25 Designs Of Movie Posters.

20. Project #4 - Film Portfolio (individual project) - WEEK 18, Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2023

In this project, you will  author and create a compilation of all your films you have completed for class.  This is an individual project, each student is responsible for authoring her/his own Vimeo website!  The films on the site may be identical to other students (ie: if you worked with the same people throughout the semester) but the design and layout of the site will be different. Please see the Vimeo Filmography page for details on how to start your Site compilation.

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