Take out your Library Storyboard from Friday, and on a sheet of paper, write down five things I did to make it easy to understand. I'll be around to check as we go.
Yup. Here's what most of us write.
SHOT ONE - Two guys walk up to each other and fight.
What we need is this:
SHOT ONE - TS guys walk up to each other and meet
SHOT TWO - OTS Guy One - I hear you're looking for me.
SHOT THREE - OTS Guy Two - Yup.
SHOT FOUR - OTS Guy One - Well, here I am.
SHOT FIVE - OTS Guy Two - So I see.
SHOT SIX - CU of Guy One's hand as he reaches for his holster and takes out his gun.
SHOT SEVEN - CU of Guy Two's squinty eyes as he reacts to the sudden move.
SHOT EIGHT - CU of Guy Two's hand moving toward his own holster.
SHOT NINE - FS OTS with Guy Two's back to the camera as he shoots Guy One.
SHOT TEN - FS Guy One grabs the wound in his chest and falls to the ground.
SHOT ELEVEN - POV of Guy One as he looks up and sees Guy Two Standing over him.
Guy Two - Many men have tried, and many men have failed. Adios, amigo.
I've taken a look at our work. Many of us have left out tons of detail. We need a video that's at least sixty seconds long, and we want to change camera shots at the most every six seconds or less, but some group only five shots. The samples I showed you had thirteen.
In our proposal, we were asked to list out each step of our job, then show the people doing it, but many of us have left that out, too.
Check out this animatic from Iron Man 3 that highlights an action sequence. Imagine that every time they change shots, you would draw a new picture on your storyboard. This is the level I want us to think out our movies before we make them.
Do we need this level of artwork? NOPE, but we do need to visualize the story before we film. Here's how.
Go back to your proposal. I'd like you to add something to it after your storyboard is complete, by telling me which shot do we see you doing each step of your job, so it looks like this:
Complete the proposal first, then add in each action to the script as you go. (Stage directions go in parentheses)
Don't forget those first grade writing rules. Have you written in complete sentences? Is the first word capitalized? Proper nouns should be upper case, too. Make sure that there's a punctuation mark at the end of a sentence, too.
The instructions were to show each step on screen, but many of us have skipped that. Think about when, where and how we'll see every single thing happen. Many of us will have to redo our storyboards. That's fine. It's easy to get excited and rush through the assignment, but we want to tell a visual story with excellence, so let's back up, slow down, and pump up the quality.
This is something we struggle with daily, so here's a tutorial on how to make sure your computer is juiced and ready to roll.
One of our favorite projects is when you take a scene from a favorite film, then re-record all of the dialogue, then add your own music and sound effects. The guidelines for this one is simple:
Watch the video on YouTube and write down every word spoken by each actor.
Yup, hand-write it on a sheet of paper. I'll explain why when we get farther into the assignment.
If you're done with your Proposal, Script and Storyboard for Everyday Drama, that's your next step. 😀
Spend some time on your storyboard. Here's how.
When your Everyday Drama script is complete, break your script down into shots in a storyboard. How do you do that? Like this.
Fill in these notes on today's handout for our quiz the next time we meet. You're welcome!
FACT! The beginning and ending of each day have weird things we need to discuss. Here they are.
During first hour, we need a book to read during POWER. During our reading time, you have two jobs:
2. Eat breakfast
Notice that number three is not Talk. Use the time for silent reading, please.
During POWER or anytime, there are a few requests I make regarding drinkables in my classroom. If you have water or a juice box, please don't drink it at your desk. Spills on your computer keyboard can ruin them. Instead, take your drinks to the back of the main aisle near the camera cabinet and drink them there. You'll see me do the same at the front of the room when I have a drink of water. I don't bring my bottle close to my laptop.
Reading books need to be here beginning Monday at the latest. If they aren't, I will give a pink slip or call your parents so they know what you need. Pink slips for me are extra writing homework, so get it together, Patriots.
Last hour, please stack your chairs with their backs against the wall. Leave two for each computer, and stack the rest against the wall under the window to the studio.
For everyone - Please wait for the bell at your seat, not lined up at my door. If you want to get a headstart, stand up and push your chair in, but please wait until 30 seconds before the bell, not before.
Three teams in the room will always use Wifi to log into the internet. They are the third row computers up against the hallway wall, and the back row machine in front of the studio door. Look for the Wifi symbol and choose FWCS Mobile. Please do this each day before starting your work. Everyone else should have their Wifi turned off since they are hard wired to the network.
More stuff tomorrow. We may or may not quiz over this information, but I need you to follow it every day. Thanks. 😀
Take an ordinary household event and make it worthy of its own film or TV show. Here's a list from which to choose, along with a ton of different ideas for which kind of program you might use.
How long should the script be? Check the bottom line.
First, decide what style of show you would like to parody, and tell me in a one-sentence summary what's going to happen. Next, list the steps of your process from start to finish so we can see your actors perform each of them during the film.
Want to see the entire video of how this process works? Press PLAY.
A rough script that looks like this is due at the end of class on Tuesday, August 23. Notice that all I've done is list who is speaking, then added their movements in parentheses.
Why no camera shots? I want you to make the story strong. We'll deal with the visuals later. Your rough script should look like this. Be sure to follow my format. No weird line spacing or capitalization that you don't see below.
Here are three examples of these videos.
Getting the mail
Our objective for today? I can set up my bookmarks in Safari. Here's how it works.
If you can't see your bookmarks, click View, then select Show Favorites Bar. It's the third line down.
Next, grab each of these bookmarks and drag them to your Bookmarks Bar, putting them in order as you see here.
I'll check your bookmarks during the next few days for a participation grade. Make sure you have them all, and make sure your capital letters are in the right place.
A few prompts as we start. Create a four to five paragraph paper, or a short story of two pages. Your choice, but either must be individual and handwritten. Only those editing a video should be on their computers at this point.
Don't start with, "Today, I'm going to talk about." Paragraphs are easier when you build to your main idea, especially when we need ten sentences. Imagine that you're climbing a flight of steps, and your topic sentence is at the very top. Lead the audience to what you want to say, that way you've proven your point before you even say it.
Great ways to start an introduction: Ask a question. Use an example. Tell a story. Don't talk about yourself as a writer, stick to the main idea like you see below. The entire section is an example of how the character in the film personifies my final sentence.
I've chosen a prompt that's not on your list, but read my writing assignment HERE.
Your pre-write should be finished by Monday when we return, and we'll have two days to write. The project is individual, so write on your own with pencil and paper. Keep the noise down and you can get it done, easy.
Yesterday, we watched the last 45 minutes of Mary Poppins. Mr. Banks is seen as a stuffy, arrogant man who is not that interested in being a parent to his children. As we'll see in today's film, he was based, in part, on the author's father, who did not appreciate the way that Disney's team portrayed him in the film.
Here are a few writing prompts to consider as we watch the film.
One day of pre-writing and two days of writing will follow our video.
War, it seems to be all Nick, Stark, and the rest of Shield want. Everything is way different from 1945. Back then, we did what we had to do for our protection and keeping freedom. Now we almost scare people into accepting it. I’m not saying that who’s on my side of the civil war are all great people but I served with Bucky and he has a sense of the greater good. Falcons been an excellent soldier for years and Hawkeye has too. Ant-mans not the greatest guy but he always does good for his daughter and Scarlett Witch longs to avenge her brother. Isn’t that what we were made for, to avenge.
Now Stark on the other hand is greedy and wants nothing more then to implement his creations all over the world. Just a year ago he almost destroyed it and killed us all going against what we told him because it would better improve not us, but him. Iron Patriot’s not bad but he works for the government and will do anything to get his paycheck. Black Widow is a trained assassin and no one really knows her background. The only person on Starks side with any sense at all is Vision. Now some may argue he can lift Thors hammer so he has to be worthy but guess what, so can I. Black Panther’s not a bad guy but no one really knows much about him or his origin.
I grew up as a little guy in Brooklyn when everyone who was still there hated America. I was pretty much the definition of patriotic and many people didn’t take all that kindly to me. I know how it feels to get bullied and I swore I would protect everyone who needed it. Right now, Stark and his band are the bullies. They think because they have money and power they should be the ones to rule. This is where there wrong. True power comes from the heart and trust me we have a lot of that. Scarlett grew up like me, bullied and beaten by guess who, Stark. Seems like everyone’s felt his wrath, including me.
I’ve always had somewhat of a problem with Tony but let’s be honest, who hasn’t. He always has something to say, usually not what you want to hear. Stark has a one minded only think about what’s good for him mentality. With everyone helping me having served in the wars we have an open mind willing to put everything we have to save other people. It has to be hard for him to be an avenger when he doesn’t care about anything enough to avenge it. The only thing Stark might avenge is himself. Anyone who has more suits then he knows what to do with, obviously he has either something to hide, or a war to start.
The three aircraft carriers that almost wiped everyone good off the face of the planet were designed by, you guessed it, Stark. He had good intentions I’m sure but scaring people so much that they accept their life how it is isn’t the way to go. Its especially not right if this invention can kill everyone in the world who wants to protect it. Thankfully I destroyed the three aircraft carriers but you know who wasn’t there to help, Stark. This Civil war’s not going to end anytime soon, but after everything Starks done with his money and power, it’s time to take that away from him and give the little guys a shot. That’s what they did to me, and look at how much good has come.
Recording an Audiobook
Once that's done, let's review procedure for Importing Video. As we get closer to the end of the year, many of our procedures are being forgotten, but I still need you to take care of yourselves, so here's a re-run for you. Quiz tomorrow.
Sixteen days left. Not much time. Here are our writing prompts for this week.
7th and 8th Grade
Write a sequel or prequel that explains the actions or attitudes of a character from the film, or choose any other character from any other story you like.
Create your proposal first. What does the character like, love or represent? What does he hate? Here's my example.
I will tell the story of how Captain Hook became a bloodthirsty pirate. First, I thought of who he fights – Peter Pan, the guy who personifies the phrase, “I don’t want to grow up.” Why would someone hate that kind of attitude? If someone who thinks just like him leads to the death of his own child.
Note that I’m starting with the end in mind, and writing until I reach it.
Hook will start as a quiet kid with a picky dad who tells him, “Grow up. Be an adult. Don’t be childish.” He follows his advice, more out of fear than agreement, and gets a boring desk job, even though he excelled at fencing and sports in school. He was a closet jock, but he knew Dad wouldn’t approve, so he kept it a secret.
After Hook settles down with a wife and kids, his son takes up with a young prankster who mocks all the adults in his life. One day, the boy sneaks out with his new friend, who leads him to the docks for some kind of hijinks I have yet to determine. In the end, the son drowns.
The young man narrowly escapes, and is saved by Tinkerbell when she hears him crying in the dark, fearing for his life. She takes him to Neverland for safety. He becomes the fairy king known as Peter Pan.
Hook discovers Peter’s secret, and pulls the same trick, crying at the graveside of his son. Tink sprinkles fairy dust on him, and decides to take him to Neverland, too, in hopes that he will be a Father for the Lost Boys. Once Hook arrives, he teams up with the pirates instead, and two legendary characters of modern literature are born.
My proposal is detailed. I've tied the characters from the story into mine so we can see how everything is connected. You should do the same. We'll need one per person this time, not one per group.
Once it is done, write your story, which can easily be made into an audiobook.
Here are our prompts again.
We will need four or five ten-sentence paragraphs if we're writing an essay, and a minimum of 500 words for a story. I've chosen to write a standard English paper for mine, so I'll have at least an introduction, a conclusion and two body paragraphs, maybe three. You should do the same. Click here to read my example.
If you're writing a story, outline it from start to finish. Who are the chaaracters? How will they interact? What will happen? Bad outlines say things like, "I will experience lots of problems that keep my from my goal." Good ones tell us what the problems are, and what you do to overcome them.
I'll need your paper before you leave this hour. Check out the above video, but you may have different steps to follow if you use something other than Gmail.
Steps to follow:
It was a haircut I would never forget.
“Matthew! Get over here!”
The woman pointed to the floor beside her chair. Her little angel sat ten feet away, just out of arm’s reach, rearranging the shampoo and conditioner bottles on the lowest shelf. He looked back to her and smiled, then returned to his playtime.
“MATTHEW! Did you hear me? Come. Here. Now.”
He giggled, picked up one bottle and held it to his right eye, pretending it was a telescope.
Mom groaned to a friend. “Oh, this kid never listens to me. If I treated my Mama like this when I was young, I woulda gotten the belt.”
“Oh, yes,” came the reply. “They just don’t know how to act anymore.” I saw lots of worried head-nodding from the frazzled adults all around the waiting room.
This continued for five minutes with the mother bellowing out commands and the kid totally ignoring her. All I could think was, “You know, lady, maybe if you got off your lazy butt, picked him up and plopped him down on the floor next to you, he’d stay here, especially if you had a toy or two to keep him occupied. He’s bored. He’s also two years old. Give the kid a break.”
There’s a scene in the movie Inside Out that I love. An eleven-year-old has a breakdown while we hear her emotions talk about how awful it is. Fear screams, “We’re crying! In school!” while Disgust says, “They’re judging us,” and that’s what I think is the problem. I’ve felt it myself as a father, the thought that other people are judging me because of what my children say and do in public. This is a huge issue in today’s world, so what are its causes, and how do we solve it?
A joint study between the Universities and Pittsburgh and Michigan tell us quite a bit about this style of parenting so common, it has its own acronym: HVD, or Harsh Verbal Discipline. Why was Matthew’s mother yelling? To make him feel guilty for his bad choices, and hopefully, change his behavior. As anyone could tell you, though, bullies don’t always see things the way they really are. Most young people walk away from conversations like that feeling that the parent hates them, and just like in physically abusive relationships, all the sweet talking in the world won’t make your little boy respect you again once you’ve hurt him that way. Kids whose parents do more screaming than explaining often have a low self-esteem, they constantly question their own behaviors, and ask themselves, “What do I have to do to avoid Mom’s anger?” They’re also more likely to make poor choices because the grown-up’s behavior is so erratic, they can’t anticipate the right choice. When parents try to fix these problems through brute force, they make it worse. How can Mom avoid this? By speaking to her child as a person deserving just as much respect as she is.
What if you’re the child, dealing with this type of abuse from a bossy Mom? Remember the difference between her chronological age and her emotional age are very different. Since she is an adult, you expect her to act like one, and you’re continually hurt or angry when she doesn’t. My first piece of advice is to disconnect from your emotions. If you use your logical mind instead of what your heart has to say, you won’t need her approval to be happy. She probably won’t give it anyway. Second, and this is the hardest part, do not expect her to change. If you’ve asked for the yelling to stop multiple times, and it still continues, it probably will forever. Don’t feel guilty about this. Bullies avoid emotional ties with people; they’re more comfortable being in command. Ask for civil treatment, but after a while, drop it and ignore the problem as best you can. There’s a quote I love that anyone who’s dealt with an abuser knows as truth: You can’t change someone who doesn’t see a problem with her actions.
One last thing to consider: Be sure you’re not the one who’s being unreasonable. When there are two radically different stories of any relationship, it’s usually because one person refuses to admit the ugliest of who they are. It’s easier to point the finger, and say, “It’s all HIS fault!” Parents do this to their kids, but many times, it’s the other way around. We misbehave, time after time, until Dad loses his mind, then blame it on him. Adults need to understand that when kids do this, keep a cool head, and tell them what needs to change without threats or ultimatums. And when Mom is the problem? Sons and daughters should do the very same thing. Don’t allow your feelings to keep you from the fact that the other person may stay this way forever. It’s up to you to rise above it, and live your life anyway. When you’re a kid, this hurts, more than anything else in the world, but for your own sanity, it might be your best way out.
Entine, Esther, M.D.
A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn’t Help.
New Harbinger Publishing, via the Huffington Post website
Parents Who Drive You Crazy: Four Steps for Handling Emotionally Immature Parents
Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures