Thursday, December 16, 2010

Class 14 Thursday, December 16

FINAL CLASS

Please have all projects ready to be viewed as Quicktime or VLC viewable video files OR projectable 16mm originals.

Thank you all for the great semester! - Gordon

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Class 13 Thursday, December 9

We will meet in the usual Film 2 classroom & likely move to Tower room 713 for part of the class.

Watch rough cuts. Edit. Finishing in Final Cut Pro.

Please have projects ready to be viewed.

DUE: Rough cuts of final projects

NEXT WEEK IS THE FINAL CLASS: ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED

Friday, December 3, 2010

Class 12 Saturday, December 4 MAKE-UP CLASS

MEET SATURDAY, DEC 4, 11AM @ FINAGLE A BAGEL, 129 TREMONT STREET: We will then move to the Boston Commons and shoot 100ft of 16mm Kodak 100D color film. In the event of precipitation, we will move to an indoor location.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Class 11 Thursday, December 2

SCREEN ANY WORKS IN PROGRESS. SCREEN ANY FINISHED PROJECTS AND DISCUSS.

DISCUSS AND PLAN MAKE-UP CLASS SHOOT THIS SATURDAY, DEC 4, 11AM @ FINAGLE A BAGEL, 129 TREMONT STREET: We will then move to the Boston Commons and shoot 100ft of 16mm color film. In the event of precipitation, we will move to an indoor location.

FURTHER DISCUSSION OF EDITING WITH SOUND AND SOUND DESIGN

RESOURCE/FURTHER READING AT FilmSound.org

READING: The Films of David Lynch: 50 Percent Sound

Screen examples:

Excerpts from: "The Godfather" by Francis Ford Coppola , "Red Desert" by Michaelangelo Antonioni, "The Elephant Man" by David Lynch, "Blue Velvet" by David Lynch

Watch final film rushes. Edit
DUE: Final project rushes
Assignment: Take final film to fine cut with sound

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Class 10 Thursday, November 18

More with Final Cut Pro. Bring footage to edit. After meeting in our classroom, we will go to a computer lab to cover editing. Bring your own laptop if you want.

Shooting titles and 2-D artwork; Further use of editing software and hardware; Set a time/place for make-up class.

STUDENTS: TRY TO WRAP SHOOTING BY DECEMBER 1

Assignment: Rushes due next class on December 2

Download handout "Working in FCP" LINK

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Animation Software

FrameThief is a really nice free stop-motion animation program for Apple OS. You can download it HERE.

Friday, November 5, 2010

NOVEMBER 11 is VETERAN'S DAY HOLIDAY: NO CLASS

MassArt will be closed in observance of this holiday. We will make up the class time at a later date.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Class 9 - Thursday, November 4

TREATMENTS AND STORYBOARDS FOR FINAL PROJECTS DUE TONIGHT

Also...

We will experiment with hand processing 16mm film in the darkroom in the Kennedy Building, 6th floor. Bring any 16mm B&W film for processing.

DOWNLOAD directions for hand processing HERE.

LINK and LINK to further readings on the subject of hand-processing movie film.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Class 8 - Thursday, October 28

TREATMENTS AND STORYBOARDS FOR FINAL PROJECTS DUE NOVEMBER 4

Discuss treatment and storyboards; short film ideas; view examples; Navigating the film lab

Beyond basic cinematography; characteristics of prime vs. zoom lenses; macro; reading light


































HANDOUT: DEPTH of FIELD HERE
HANDOUT: Contrast Ratio HERE

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Class 7 - Thursday, October 21

TREATMENTS AND STORYBOARDS FOR FINAL PROJECTS DUE NOVEMBER 4


TREATMENT ASSIGNMENT: Write a short (200-300 words) description of your final project idea. Include running time, film stock, budget and any other important details regarding the production. If your film is narrative, you should also include storyboards. A storyboard blank may be downloaded HERE.


HERE is a link to an example of storyboards from the film PSYCHO


VIEW any Document projects in progress or rough cuts


Discuss treatment and storyboards; short film ideas; view examples; Navigating the film lab


Handout: FILM FINISHING COST SCENARIOS


Handout: What is a Treatment? HERE


Handout: How to write a documentary treatment HERE


Screened film examples:
Continuity/lighting setup plus montage sequence from "Psycho" by Alfred Hitchcock
Unmotivated lighting chase sequence from "Suspiria" by Dario Argento
"Crime Without Passion" montage sequence by Slavko Vorkapich
Hand painted film "Begone Dull Care" by Norman McLaren
Pixilation animation "Neighbours" by Norman McLaren
"Kustom Kar Kommandos" by Kenneth Anger
Excerpt from "Scorpio Rising" by Kenneth Anger
"Darkness, Light, Darkness" by Jan Svenkmajer

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Class 6 - Thursday, October 14

The characteristics of sound for film; Microphone types and pick-up patterns; Analog and digital recording; Techniques of sound recording; Sound transfer to computer; editing theory, continuity, montage; Watch examples; View Document project rough cuts

Assignment: Pincus & Ascher Chapters 12 & 13

Handout: Microphone types


















Download the Marantz PMD 660 Digital Sound Recorder manual HERE

















Marantz PMD 660

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Reading: Bolex Lenses

A nice article explaining uses of Bolex lenses can be found HERE.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Class 5 - Thursday, October 7

Demonstrate Projection; demonstrate simple video transfer; demonstrate bench editing equipment, Edit class shoot.

Interested in using mattes with a Bolex? HERE is a nice example by a filmmaker named Sid Laverents.

Assignment: Pincus & Ascher Chapter 9 & pp 288-303
Create a treatment and storyboard for your Final Project
















A standard 16mm editing bench














A 16mm Guillotine splicer















A 16mm Zeiss Moviscop viewer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ordering film from Kodak

You can apply for a Kodak educational allowance HERE

OR

You can purchase film over the counter at the SMFA STORE Their phone # is 617-369-3889. The SMFA store is a short walk from MassArt at 230 Fenway.

MassArt Film Society

massartfilmsociety.blogspot.com

Massart Film Society shows are held in screening room 1 in East Hall in the Film Department @ The Massachusetts College of Art, 621 Huntington Avenue in Boston. Shows begin promptly @ 8pm unless otherwise noted in the schedule below. Suggested donation is $4 at the door and free to MassArt community with their ID. Donations are used to give visiting artist something for their expenses of coming to show their work.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Class 4 - Thursday, September 30

Composition for the moving image; screen direction & 180 degree rule Demonstrate lighting equipment; Assembling a kit bag; Lighting: natural, stylistic, motivated, unmotivated.
Assignment: Pincus & Ascher Chapter 5

Screened "Meshes of the Afternoon" by Maya Deren in original 16mm

Fall Lecture Series at MassArt

Great artists and scholars teach in MassArt’s Professional and Continuing Education program. Join us for a FREE once-a-month Thursday night lecture series with some of our faculty and learn about the extraordinary range of practice and scholarship that takes place at MassArt. Enjoy light refreshments and socialize with others in the MassArt community.
The Fall 2010 schedule can be seen HERE

Monday, September 20, 2010

Class 3 - Thursday, September 23

CLASS SHOOT

MEET IN CLASSROOM.

Shoot a test roll of 100’ of Kodak Tri-x film with a Bolex
Assignment: Read Ascher & Pincus Chapters 8 & 11
Begin shooting DOCUMENT project

Monday, September 13, 2010

Class 2 - Thursday, September 16

Reversal Film Stock; Camera and lens characteristics; Exposure control; Cinematography concepts; depth-of–field; Bolex H16RX Camera; Sekonic light meter


Assignment: Read Ascher & Pincus Chapters 2 & 3

Begin planning DOCUMENT project


DOCUMENT PROJECT: Working individually, each student will document a subject of their choice using a single roll of 16mm Kodak TRI-X black and white reversal film. Use a variety of shot sizes and lens focal lengths to describe and bring out some unusual aspects of your subject. Keep your subject in focus and correctly exposed. Finished projects should be 1-2 minutes total running time.
Works in progress will be viewed on OCT 14 and finished projects are DUE on OCT 21.

Bolex Shutter Speeds with Sekonic Meter setting:

















Download a Sekonic L-398 Light Meter Quick Instructions HERE.


Download a Bolex H-16 manual HERE.


Here is a video demo I made on loading the Bolex camera. Click HERE to watch on Youtube because it is cropped on this blogsite.



BOLEX SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION

Class 1 – Thursday, Sept 9
Introduction to the class; Policies; Types of projects that will be possible; Film production workflow; Review costs and other materials; Overview of 16mm film history and background

Assignment: Read Ascher & Pincus Chapters 1 & 4

Download the syllabus HERE

WIKI PAGE OF FAMOUS FILMS SHOT ON 16mm